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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.

Recent Articles
  • The Bunker Bar and Grill Loses Liquor License, Owner Forced to Close Doors

    SACRAMENTO — The Bunker Bar and Grill, formerly known as Alley Katz, has closed its doors after the owner says he was defrauded out of it liquor license. Miguel Hinojosa said he bought the business and liquor license from Alley Katz operator Felipe Olvera, who is behind on taxes as well as mortgage payments on the building. Alcohol and Beverage Control records show a Franchise Tax Board of Equalization has put a hold on transferring the license. That spells the […]

  • Athletes, Animals Struggle to Stay Cool in Triple-Digit Temperatures

    The heat wave has everyone thinking of ways to adapt to being outdoors. These McClatchy High School tennis players are hot. No they’re not on a winning streak, they’re just hot. The summer tennis camp, which raises money for the tennis program, draws dedicated player, but no one, including Marc Christensen, expected a record heat wave. Tennis coach Willard Hom is glad the courts at Curtis Park have some shade, and drills have been kept short. “We take a lot […]

  • Red Flag Warning Puts Firefighters on High Alert

    SACRAMENTO — A red flag warning has firefighters in the Sacramento area on high alert. The warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 11 p.m. Thursday because of high temperatures, high winds and low humidity — a combination that creates some dangerous fire conditions. The Sacramento Fire Department says extra trucks and engines will be on calls to make sure any grass fires don’t spread to structures. Firefighters will also be paying attention to their own well-being, so […]

  • Pickup Truck Driver Killed When Vehicle Crashed Off Road into Ditch

    NORTH NATOMAS — The driver of a pickup truck died after crashing off of the road and into a ditch near Elverta and Levee roads on Sunday. The CHP says the truck was going east on the narrow road that connects I-5 to Rio Linda and North Highlands when it crashed. The driver was identified Monday as 58-year-old Rodney Jones. The call came into the California Highway Patrol as a vehicle collision shortly after 4 p.m., but it soon became […]

  • Local Farmer Faces $2.8M Fine for Plowing Land Without Permit

    SACRAMENTO — Stanislaus-based farmer John Duarte was defiant Friday as he went to federal court to fight a $2.8 million fine for not getting the proper permits to plow his land. Federal officials say the wetlands on Duarte’s wheat growing property cannot be plowed unless he has the proper federal wetland permits. Historically, however, the land has been plowed for years. The Clean Water Act says moist vernal pools that feed into rivers and streams must not be disrupted without […]

  • Crews Continue Search for Missing Swimmer in Lake Camanche

    AMADOR COUNTY — Amador County sheriff’s search teams are still looking for the body of a Lodi man at Lake Camanche. Valentine Valencia Ortiz, 24, is presumed drowned after he disappeared in the water on Tuesday. Divers are searching an area off the day-use area near the North Shore Marina. That’s where Ortiz was last seen in the water by a female friend about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Over the past two days a helicopter, infrared drone and site scan sonar […]

  • Vacaville Man’s Bail Revoked after 7th DUI Arrest

    VACAVILLE — A Solano County judge has revoked a Vacaville man’s bail after his seventh arrest for driving under the influence. The problem is that Michael Wynters’ DUI cases, including one in Seattle and another in Benicia, were extended into over 40 court appearances while he posted bail in each case. Trying to use court delays is not an unheard of tactic. His bail was set at $130,000 before it was revoked. Wynters’ photo was posted to a Vacaville community […]

  • ‘Dancing Dan’ in Arden-Arcade Recovering from Vicious, Random Attack

    SACRAMENTO — A homeless man known as Dancing Dan is recovering from a vicious, seemingly random attack on Sunday. Dan is known as an icon of sorts in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood. Residents have seen him dancing and waving signs along Arden Way and Morse Avenue off and on for the last 20 years. He’s known as a gentle and amiable man, in his trademark Spider-Man costume. Other homeless people in the area say they are often targets of random violence. […]

  • Rash of Home Burglaries has Fairfield Police Warning Residents to Stay Alert

    FAIRFIELD — Fairfield police are asking residents near the Interstate 680 and Interstate 80 freeways to keep an eye on potential burglars after a rash of break-ins over the past few months. Cops say the houses are mostly being “cased” by people driving by or parking nearby and walking past. Most burglars have been going through backyards that are hidden by landscaping. Fairfield police say they are hearing from other cities of the same types of crimes and aren’t sure […]