Dennis Shanahan
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Sacramento is my home. Sure, I grew up in the Bay Area. But after graduating from Sac State with a degree in communications, I knew that I would be happy living and working in this city. That’s why, after a few years reporting in Eureka and Reno after college, I jumped at the chance to come home to the Sacramento region where many of my friends and relatives live. I’ve been a reporter in the Capital City since 2001, and at FOX40 since 2008. I enjoy meeting the great people of this region and visiting so many cities and communities on assignment.

On weekends you can catch me forecasting the weather on FOX40. My love of the outdoors and the science of weather (even those blustery Blue Canyon snowstorms) led to this position.

On my days off, I enjoy keeping up with my extended family and spending time in the company of good friends. I also get along quite well with my DVR and flat screen TV. When the weather is nice, you might see me running or trying to play golf. Trying. During the winter, I gladly trade in the golf clubs for my snowboard.

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    Little League Equipment Stolen in Overnight Burglary

    STOCKTON — The Stockton Pacific Little League suffered a setback between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning when their equipment locker in Victory Park was broken into. A red Toro lawnmower and red Generac brand generator, both belonging to the league, were taken. The equipment is worth several hundred dollars. Anyone with tips about the burglary is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department. Donations to the league can be made online at

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    Theft Victim Hoping for Return of Unique Family Keepsakes

    AUBURN — A Grass Valley woman whose wallet was stolen in Auburn is asking for the safe return of some irreplaceable family mementos that were in that wallet. “In the change zipper part of it was a small silver pendant with a black face with a (picture of the) moon on it,” explained the theft victim, Gianni Tantillo. “And that was the moon from the night I was born. And that was the last thing my dad bought me before […]

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    Crews Gain Upper Hand on Cheyenne Fire in Calaveras County

    VALLEY SPRINGS — Crews with Cal Fire and surrounding agencies were able to gain the upper hand as they battled the Cheyenne Fire in Calaveras County on Wednesday afternoon. The fire, which was caused by a lawn mower near Cheyenne Way, according to Cal Fire, spread to an estimated 87 acres south of Camanche Reservoir. A couple of outbuildings burned. Several homes were threatened, but none were destroyed. Residents praised the quick response of firefighters who mounted an aggressive air and ground […]

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    Woodland Student Who Died in Crash Remembered Fondly

    WOODLAND — Hundreds of people gathered on the Woodland Christian School baseball field Monday night to remember a beloved graduate who died in a car accident over the weekend. James “JT” Murillo graduated earlier this month. He was going to attend college in Chico. The 17-year-old accepted a summer job near Lake Almanor. That is where he was involved in a head-on collision Sunday night that claimed his life and sent the occupants of the other vehicle to a hospital. “Our […]

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    Steinberg Wins Sacramento Mayoral Race

    SACRAMENTO — Darrell Steinberg is Sacramento’s new mayor. The mayor-elect took to the podium late Tuesday night at Beatnik Studios to say that though he looks forward to being mayor, he wasn’t ready to declare outright victory just yet. Wednesday morning, with all precincts reporting, Steinberg had won 59 percent of the vote. With over half the vote going to Steinberg, Sacramento will not vote in a mayoral runoff election in November. Steinberg’s closest opponent, City Council member Angelique Ashby […]

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    AP: Hillary Clinton Has Delegates Needed to Win Democratic Nomination

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton has commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, and will be first woman to top the ticket of a major U.S. political party. An Associated Press count of pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses and a survey of party insiders known as superdelegates shows Clinton with the overall support of the required 2,383 delegates. Now the presumptive nominee, she will formally accept her party’s nomination in July […]

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    Busy Week for Air Conditioning Repair Technicians

    SACRAMENTO — Air conditioning repair technicians have their work cut out for them while temperatures peak near 100 degrees this week in the Valley. “We had guys out until midnight last night taking care of folks, and getting air conditioners running,” said Trevor Gannon, a senior technician with Bell Brothers. FOX40 caught up with Gannon Wednesday afternoon at one of his many repair jobs. “Not all superheroes come with capes,” said grateful homeowner, Dan Randle while Gannon repaired his air […]

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    Sinkhole Shuts Down I-5 in Tracy

    TRACY — Northbound Interstate 5 in Tracy was shut down Tuesday because of a sinkhole in the road just south of State Route 33. According to the CHP, the hole is three to four feet wide and at least 15 feet deep. Caltrans said the sinkhole was discovered about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday. Caltrans construction crews are investigating the cause and making plans for repairs. Traffic is being  diverted off the freeway at Highway 132. With crews working around the clock, Caltrans anticipates […]

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    Sacramento Teen Impresses on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

    SACRAMENTO — A contestant from Sacramento impressed the judges on Monday night’s FOX premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation.” After receiving high praise from judges Jason Derulo, Paula Abdul and Nigel Lythgoe, 14-year-old Kida Burns is moving on in the nationally televised competition. Kida practices at Chapkis Studio in Suisun City. Studio owner and dance instructor Greg Chapkis was a contestant on Season One of “So You Think You Can Dance.” “He’s definitely a really hard […]