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.
MANTECA — A humble tribute now stands near where Vietnam veteran Charles Smith had been killed. “He did serve our country and what a terrible way to have to leave,” Roads Home Veteran Case Manager Yvonne Derby-Wills said. “I was so sad. I hadn’t talked to him in a while and I had hoped to meet up with him.” Derby-Wills says Smith had been homeless, living in Manteca’s Library Park for at least two years. She says while Smith was […]
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — A shortage of deputies in San Joaquin County has prompted the community of Mountain House to hire its own private security to patrol the streets. “We now have 24-hour coverage now because when the sheriff is not patrolling, we now have armed security,” Mountain House general manager Steve Pinkerton said. Pinkerton says the community will have private security or at least a month. “We are a community of over 20,000 people now, so we certainly need to […]
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — Three courthouses in San Joaquin County were forced to closed Tuesday after the sheriff’s department said there was a shortage of bailiffs. Whether they came to do their jobs or fight for justice, people were turned away from the San Joaquin County courthouses in Stockton and Manteca, as well as the juvenile hall. “They just had all these little shabby tables out here,” said Stephanie Davidson. “So I was like what’s going on?” While court staff […]
MODESTO — Police in Modesto say two men beat a homeless man to death with their bare hands after mistaking him for a sex offender. Those who knew him say 63-year-old Jace Decker was often found sitting on a bench in Garrison Park. “He minded his own business for the most part. He just was going through his own life struggles and different adversities,” friend Donnie Bibbs said. Acquaintances say Decker was a husband with a broken heart. “Pretty decent […]
MODESTO — The Modesto Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting at a home on Rosina Avenue. Authorities were called to the home just before 8 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The man was later identified as 29-year-old James Seth Brackett, who lived inside the home. “The thought that that could happen even just in your own neighborhood, it’s […]
WATERFORD — Three people were killed Wednesday night in a head-on crash just south of Milnes Road in Waterford. CHP Officer Tom Olsen says officers were called to the scene shortly before 10 p.m. “Sometimes when we get these calls as a department, head-on collisions out here in our rural county, rural roads, they usually don’t end well,” Olsen said. Investigators say the driver of a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, later identified as Jorge Flores Jr., somehow veered into oncoming traffic […]
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies say a new explosive ordnance disposal robot is exactly what they needed. “A little bit more pull to it, so we can actually pick up a little bit heavier objects, move things a little better,” Justin Ward, a sergeant with the sheriff’s office’s bomb squad, told FOX40. Ward says the new robot didn’t cost the department a dime. It was purchased on a grant. Earlier this month, Sheriff Patrick Withrow announced […]
RIVERBANK — The family of a sanitation worker in Stanislaus County who was killed on the job says he shared concerns about the safety of his equipment months before his death. Investigators say Ismael Martinez-Huertas was crushed to death Monday when something went wrong with his truck on Homewood Way in Riverbank. Alcira Vega, Martinez-Huertas’ wife, says her husband had been working for Gilton Solid Waste Management for at least three months and had complained about his truck to managers. […]
MODESTO — Amid Sunday’s misinformation about a shooting at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, people ran or hid for their lives and cried for their loved ones. “This like little 2-year-old, babies, who were there, who were hiding in the bathroom of Starbucks, and hiding under tables because they thought they were gonna die,” witness Lily Carillo said. “Their parents were trying to keep them calm. It was just a mess.” Witnesses say they heard what sounded like gunshots at […]