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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    WWII Veterans Celebrate Their 70th Wedding Anniversary

    CITRUS HEIGHTS — Cal and Betty Crawford celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Wednesday night surrounded by friends and family at Sun Oak Assisted Living. Cal, 94, and Betty, 91, are both World War II veterans. As for the secret to seven decades of happy marriage, Mr. Crawford explained, “When she goofs, I ignore it. When I goof, she ignores it. That way there’s no arguments.”

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    West Sacramento Girl’s Mission for Universal Kindness Goes Viral

    WEST SACRAMENTO — A FOX40 story about a girl handing out bracelets and encouraging people to be kind had been viewed online nearly 5.5 million times as of Tuesday night, hitting a sweet spot in a world where good news is needed. As FOX40’s Karma Dickerson first reported Sunday night, 10-year-old Leah Nelson launched a program called “Becuz I Care.” She has been handing out bracelets in public with a note that reads: “Because I care is a program that […]

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    Rancho Cordova Family Warning Residents After Coyote Kills Pet Dog

    SACRAMENTO COUNTY — A Rancho Cordova family is warning their neighbors around Hagan Community Park about a coyote that killed their beloved chihuahua. The chihuahua’s owner explained she had just let her dog outside to do his business on the front lawn in the early morning hours Monday when she saw the coyote snatch him and run away. The dog’s body was later found in the park. The owner and her family urge people in the area of Rhoda Way and […]

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    Warning: Scam Artists Are Demanding iTunes Gift Cards For Phony Tax Debts

    SACRAMENTO — A telephone scam in which callers impersonate representatives from the IRS and demand payments in the form of iTunes gift cards is on the rise. FOX40 received calls Monday from victims in El Dorado Hills and Stockton wishing to raise awareness. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has posted this alert on the Treasury website:   As of June 13, 2016, TIGTA has received additional information that callers impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Treasury Department […]

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    Two Separate Wildfires Break Out in Calaveras County

    VALLEY SPRINGS — Firefighters were busy in Calaveras County Tuesday afternoon battling two separate fires that charred nearly 400 acres. The first fire to break out was the Pacheco Fire off Lanford Pacheco Road, south of Valley Springs. None of the area’s homes or barns were damaged by the fire, but 350 acres of cattle grazing land burned. “It is valuable grazing land,” said rancher Rod Heier. “And we burned a lot of feed today. So yeah. It costs a lot […]

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    Graduate Sues UOP Alleging Sexual Harassment

    STOCKTON — A former University of the Pacific student is suing the university, alleging that she was sexually assaulted by a debate coach when she was a minor, and that leadership within the university tried to cover it up. In a 21-page document filed in federal court Monday morning, lawyers for UOP graduate Katherine Earley claim she and one of her debate coaches had several sexual encounters while Earley was still a minor. According to the lawsuit, Earley “who was […]

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    Vacaville Police, Fire Departments Crack Down on Illegal Fireworks

    VACAVILLE — The Vacaville police and fire departments put a comprehensive plan in place to crack down on illegal 4th of July fireworks. Extra firefighters, fire investigators and police officers were on duty during Independence Day in the city. They went out prepared to investigate and confiscate illegal fireworks, and give out citations. All personal fireworks, even safe and sane ones, are illegal in Vacaville. Last year, on Fourth of July night, the 320-acre Pena Adobe Fire raced through the hills of […]

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    Heat Wave Grips Valley Through Mid-Week

    SACRAMENTO — Downtown Sacramento had a high temperature of 107 degrees Monday afternoon, and triple digit temperatures are expected again Tuesday and Wednesday. Doctors and paramedics recommend avoiding strenuous activity in the heat. But for those individuals who have to be outside, extra water consumption is recommended. “We tell our firefighters, you want to be drinking at least a liter of water per hour,” said Cosumnes Fire Batt. Chief Kris Hubbard. “And you want to start that usually 12 to 24 hours […]

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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