I’ve been dwarfed by the giant redwood trees in Humboldt County, been completely enamored by the colorful desert sunsets in El Paso, but nothing beats the cool Northern California nights and the cuisine. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve craved my parents’ home cooked adobo when I was away from home.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, where ‘hella’ was a word I used more often than ‘really’ and traveling from the East Bay to the snow-capped mountains was a weekend retreat. I hike, I run and I also like read.
The San Joaquin Valley will be home for me now. I look forward to the adventures, the new friends I’ll make and the people I’ll meet.
I’m known around the newsroom for: being the last one to get an inside joke.
What keeps me going? Pretentious coffee.
I give back to my community by: trying out new restaurants and stores and meeting new people.
Why FOX40 ? Because why would I want to be anywhere else?
My greatest TV moment: this would have been great – I was supposed to do a move with some Virginia Tech cheerleaders on live TV. Suffice it to say, the live shot died but it would have been an epic moment since everyone knows the only dance move I can pull off is the robot.
TV moment I’d like to forget: sometimes we learn what not to wear on TV after the fact. I’ll leave it at that.
If I had free time, I would: definitely read more books and travel.
TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — The grieving family of a Turlock teen is now pushing for safer streets at the intersection where she died last weekend. It was at the intersection of West Avenue South and Angelus Street that Jacqueline and Ramiro Valenzuela’s 17-year-old cousin, Thaily Gutierrez, died. It was also the point where they’re demanding change. “They’re not really safe drivers. They really speed a lot down this road,” Ramiro said. The siblings, as well as several neighbors, said they […]
STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — A Stockton woman who was convicted in a drunken, live-streamed crash that killed her sister in 2017 has been arrested again while out on parole. Obdulia Sanchez was released on parole from the Merced County Jail just three weeks ago. “She not supposed to drive,” her father Nicandro said. “She has (a driver’s license) but it’s suspended.” Stockton police officers say they tried to stop Sanchez for a traffic violation on Rosemarie Lane around 1:30 a.m. […]
STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — In two years, San Joaquin County and the city of Stockton aim to make a 4.5-acre field in French Camp the first step in ending veterans homelessness by 2025. San Joaquin County Housing Authority Executive Director Pete Ragsdale said the county recently donated the land for a project known as Victory Gardens. “This is permanent, supportive housing. So, this is service delivery on-site,” he explained. Renderings of the project show a 48-unit modular building that will […]
MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A fire Sunday night damaged a popular party supply store, burning thousands of dresses and gowns, according to the owners of Atiza Party Supply in Modesto. “I feel like I got kicked in the stomach right now,” said co-owner Andy Sanchez. “I mean, everybody is telling me to be positive, and I’m gonna do my best.” Most of the items inside the store were damaged or completely destroyed. Sanchez said the one thing untouched was the […]
TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — A 17-year-old girl died Saturday night after the car she was a passenger in was struck by an SUV, according to the Turlock Police Department. Investigators said the crash happened on Saturday at the intersection of West Avenue South and Angelus Street in Turlock at around 5:07 p.m. The victim has been identified as Turlock High School student Thaily Gutierrez, according to police officials. Gutierrez was in the car with her friend, another 17-year-old girl, who […]
SAN JOAQUIN — Some firefighters in Tracy had an unexpected guest Saturday morning. It happened around 3 a.m. at the South San Joaquin Fire Authority firehouse on West 11th Street. A few firefighters were asleep Saturday when one of them needed a glass of water. He made is way into the kitchen and encountered one of the most unusual situations of his career. “Took them back a bit, these are people who deal with all kinds of unique situations, but […]
MANTECA — A Bay Area police officer living in Manteca is facing his final days with stage-four pancreatic cancer, but he’s not alone thanks to the Stanislaus County-based Blue Line Wives. Pleasanton Police Officer Kyle Henricksen likes to share his whimsical side, singing with his daughter, even in the face of a devastating diagnosis. “It’s so emotional at this time just because I can’t even imagine what Jennifer’s (Henricksen’s wife) feeling right now,” Blue Line Wives board member Amanda Hartsfield […]
STOCKTON — A long-standing water feature in Stockton that drew hundreds of visitors every summer is set to return. City officials say the Weber Point Water Fountain will re-open by Memorial Day of 2020. For the past 20 years, families would beat the heat with the help of the Weber Point Water Fountain. “Have the water shoot out when you’re a kid, it’s like, oh it’s tight,” Stockton resident Ronald Cavitt told FOX40. Officials were forced to close the fountain […]
STOCKTON — Investigators say a boy was able to escape after he was forced into a car in Stockton Friday by an armed man. Just before 3 p.m., the 12-year-old boy was walking south on Alexandria Place from West Benjamin Holt Drive when a man with a black, semi-automatic handgun ordered him into a car, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says the man had driven the boy to the area of North Pershing Avenue […]