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
  • Union Concerned for Capitol Groundskeepers’ Safety

    SACRAMENTO — The workers who keep the State Capitol grounds pristine for tourists say they have been the victim of recent physical attacks from homeless people in the area. “We’re aware of five incidents in the last several months,” Brandy Johnson, a representative of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39, told FOX40. Johnson says those are the incidents they know of because it’s difficult to get an account of the attacks from the Department of General Services which […]

  • Surveillance Cameras Installed by Loomis Neighborhood Can Read License Plates

    LOOMIS — As home security cameras get better and more affordable, one Loomis neighborhood is hoping to use them to help fight crime. Step one for investigating residential crimes these days involves looking for home surveillance cameras in the surrounding neighborhood, according to Sacramento Police Officer Karl Chan. But even if security cameras catch a thief in the act, getting an identification or finding the crook is not a given. “So, the police gets the face and still can’t do […]

  • Lawsuit Blames Discount Store’s Popularity for Parking Lot Headaches

    CARMICHAEL — A dental group in a Carmichael shopping mall has sued the Falling Prices store and its landlord for not dealing with parking headaches they say are caused by the discount store’s popularity. The Marconi Dental Group says it is losing patients after investing heavily into an expansion of its practice. That was before Falling Prices opened at the beginning of the year. The dental group and a number of other small businesses in the shopping center say their […]

  • Annual Lodi Grape Festival Kicks Off With Heightened Security

    LODI — The Lodi Grape Festival, one of the last big fairs and festivals of the season, got underway Thursday. For over 80 years, people have looked forward to the annual Grape Festival. This year, security has been revised given the shooting incident at the Gilroy Garlic Festival last month. Metal detectors and bag checks at the gates were standard long before the Garlic Festival shooting. That gunman cut his way in through a back fence from a wooded area. […]

  • Tuff Sheds for Homeless Erected in Yuba City

    YUBA CITY — Storage sheds designed to shelter homeless people who seek to gain permanent housing were put up by work crews Tuesday in Sutter County. Ten Tuff Shed units measuring 10 feet by 16 feet have yet to get furniture, insulation, electricity or heating and air conditioning but may be ready for occupancy within 30 days. Ten additional units will go up next week at a base cost of $4,900 each, including installation. The Better Way transitional housing facility […]

  • Homeless Ordered Off Rat-Infested Lot in Downtown Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento County Health Officer has ordered homeless people vacate the perimeter of a city-owned lot at North B and Ahern streets because of a rat infestation. City officials responded to a complaint and coordinated with the county health office to erect a fence around an existing fence on the property and campers were threatened with arrest if they did not move. A sign warned of the hazards of diseases transmitted by a growing population of rats. The […]

  • Sheriff’s Office Says ‘Code Red’ Warning System Successful after Swedes Fire

    OROVILLE — The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says it was able to activate its “Code Red” emergency alert system this weekend more successfully than it did during the Camp Fire that killed over 80 people last November. Evacuations were ordered after the Swedes Fire burned out of control eventually scorching 400 acres and destroying two buildings. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Megan McMann said 221 emails, 809 phone calls and 225 text messages were sent to targeted residents in the vicinity of […]

  • Developer Eyes Downtown Sacramento Lot for Site of Airbnb-Style Hotel

    SACRAMENTO — A Fairfield developer is hoping to build the first app-based hotel in downtown Sacramento that will operate without a lobby, front desk or staff. The 14i Hotel, located near 14th and I streets, would be six stories tall and contain 19 units on what is now a tiny, empty lot. David Sowels of Cogent Bay Inc. said he examined properties in midtown Sacramento for short-term rental properties but found the city’s rules too restrictive. The city limits the […]

  • UC Davis Puts End to Student-Run Marching Band

    DAVIS — The University of California, Davis Marching Band, known on campus as Band-uh!, is no more after university officials shut down the student-run organization that has represented the university at sporting events and other campus functions. The band was suspended this spring after several newspapers uncovered bullying, hazing, sexual assaults and drug and alcohol use among members. Many of the incidents occurred during out-of-town band retreats where bonding and partying occurred. The university also disassociated itself from the alumni […]

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