Lonnie Wong
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I’ve worked for FOX 40 since before there was a FOX TV Network; when our primary programming was old movies and MASH reruns. But we had a fledgling news show that has steadily grown.

I still enjoy covering murders, fires, local government and the occasional man bites snake story.

I spend the bulk of my time outside work raising my daughter and trying to keep my collection of bonsai plants alive, sometimes successfully.

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    Beloved Yuba City Coach Suffers Terrible Injury while on Vacation

    YUBA CITY — Community members in Yuba City are responding to an urgent call for help for a beloved high school coach who was severely injured over the holidays. Phil McCaulley was vacationing in Maui with his wife, Elizabeth, when he fractured his neck in several places. He had surgery right away but the cost of his care and transport has become hard on his family’s finances. Thankfully, McCaulley has his community’s support. Teams still practiced through the winter break […]

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    Immigrant Community Reacts to Sanctions Against Russia

    SACRAMENTO — A key leader of the Russian immigrant community in Sacramento says President Obama’s sanctions against Russia for using cyber tactics in trying to influence the presidential election smacks of sour grapes. Florin Ciuriuc is executive director of the Slavic Community Center. He says the Slavic community in the area and across the US supported Donald Trump for his stance on families, religious freedom and improving America’s status in the world. He says he’s known by Russian diplomats as […]

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    What Will California’s New Laws Mean for 2017?

    SACRAMENTO — Dozens of new laws will take effect come Jan. 1. One much debated bill will not have as big an effect as some people thought, at least in 2017. The minimum wage goes up just 50 cents an hour to $10.50 an hour. Employers with fewer than 26 employees will be exempt. However, the law will provide yearly increases to $15 an hour by 2022. A host of controversial gun laws were signed by the governor including laws […]

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    Tipster Who Recognized ‘Burrito Bandit’ Rewarded with $5,000

    FOLSOM — It was an unexpected Christmas gift for Woodland teacher Michael Monk. He was presented with a check for $5,000 by Bobby Coyote, the owner of the Dos Coyotes restaurant chain. The Dos Coyote’s Border Cafe was broken into by a rooftop burglar who unknowingly looked right into a surveillance video camera last June. At the time he jokingly talked about offering a couple of burritos for the identification of what he called the “Burrito Bandit.” But while talking […]

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    Twin Rivers School District Spreads Holiday Cheer

    NORTH HIGHLANDS — Staff members at the Twin Rivers School District used three buses to deliver food and gifts to needy families in the district several days before Christmas. Delivery organizer Yolanda Mayoral Falkenberg is the parent community engagement coordinator with the district. She was dressed up as Mrs. Claus and partnered with the food bank and other employees to gather food and new toys. “We have many families in need, we wish we could do more, but this year […]

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    100 Cats Need Homes After Being Rescued from Travel Trailer

    GRASS VALLEY — The Nevada County animal community came together to help find homes for 100 cats that were taken from an elderly couple living in a travel trailer. Cheryl Wicks, the founder of Sammie’s Friends, the nonprofit that runs the shelter, said a half-dozen veterinarians and other shelters are fostering dozens of the cats as they begin the spaying and neutering process that will allow them to be adopted. The staff was overwhelmed on Wednesday as the cats were […]

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    Three Rescued from Rising American River

    SACRAMENTO — The day started with another rescue on the rising American River just as a major rainstorm hit. Three homeless people and their dog apparently didn’t get the warnings put out by park rangers, sheriff’s deputies, fire personnel and the sheriff’s department helicopter. They got stranded on an island as the water levels rose and were boated to safety. Dozens of curiosity seekers came to Nimbus Dam to witness all 18 of its gates releasing water. None of the […]

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    PG&E, SMUD Crews Prepare for Wet, Windy Weather

    SACRAMENTO — SMUD crews were out in force Wednesday, trimming trees along its high power transmission lines in advance of a big rain storm that is expected to bring high winds as well. “We have 35 tree crews, 19 line crews in addition to that, trouble shooters, as well as service crews that will be available well into the night,” SMUD vegetation manager Steve Hallmark said. Hallmark said if high power lines get knocked out by tree branches or trees, tens […]

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    Sac Metro Fire Rescues Four Stranded Fishermen from Fast-Rising Waters

    SACRAMENTO — Four fishermen were rescued from an island that was surrounded by fast-rising waters on Tuesday. Six of the gates of Nimbus Dam were spilling water from Lake Natoma as a result of increased water releases from Folsom Reservoir upstream. Room needs to be left in the reservoir to protect against flooding in the Sacramento region. A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy spotted the fishermen, one of whom tried to wade back to dry land. “It was way too high, it […]