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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
  • Parents File Claim Against Travis Air Force Base Amid Molestation Allegations

    FAIRFIELD — The parents of a 5-year-old girl have filed a claim for damages with Travis Air Force Base after they say she was molested by other kids at a childcare center there. The girl’s mother, Tanisha Porter, says Travis Air Force Base dragged its feet about two separate incidents in which she claims her daughter was molested by two other children, both times in the bathroom. “No child never should have to go through what our daughter went through,” […]

  • Animal Rights Groups at Odds Over Proposition 12

    Warning: The video below contains graphic images that some viewers may find disturbing. SACRAMENTO — Undercover video showing the treatment of pigs at a farm in Kentucky was used to make a push for Proposition 12. Mercy for Animals planted a worker at the farm for four months and gathered video of pigs being housed in gestation cages, where they can barely move. The animal rights groups says pigs were gnawing on bars because of the stress and boredom. It […]

  • Abuse Allegations Involving Children Prompt Travis Air Force Base to Hold Town Hall

    TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Allegations of the abuse of a 5-year-old girl at a Travis Air Force Base child youth center has prompted base officials to convene a town meeting with parents Monday. “I am one very pissed off mother,” said Tanisha Porter. Porter didn’t hold back after she said a 5-year-old girl used her hand to penetrate Porter’s 5-year-old daughter in an incident in the bathroom. Porter, a civilian employee at another child care facility on the base, […]

  • Local Dog Owners Support K-9 Officers at Roseville Fundraiser

    ROSEVILLE — Dozens of dog owners showed up at the Pet Food Express in Roseville for the second day of an annual fundraiser that seeks to provide K-9 police dogs and their handlers with safety equipment, like bullet protective vests and K-9 first aid kits. Sponsored by the Cover Your K-9 Foundation and the Foothills K-9 Foundation, the event turns over all the proceeds from dog washes at the store to the fundraising effort. Often K-9 handlers must foot the […]

  • Gun Rights Advocates File Lawsuit Against the DOJ for ‘Bullet Button’ Policy

    SHASTA COUNTY — Gun rights advocates are blaming the state Attorney General and the state Justice Department for a malfunctioning website that caused assault weapon owners to miss a crucial registration deadline. Gun rights groups are asking that the deadline be extended and because they haven’t gotten an answer, they’ve filed a lawsuit asking a judge to stop enforcement of a law requiring the registration of assault weapons that have the controversial ‘bullet button’ feature that allows shooters to change […]

  • Police Searching for 6-Foot Eagle Statue Taken from Modesto Home

    MODESTO — Police are on the lookout for a 6-foot-tall, 200-pound eagle statue that the owners call “Big Bird.” The chainsaw wood sculpture, signed in the front by artist Layton Kiblinger, was taken late Friday night or early Saturday morning from Orchard Park Way. Homeowner Aaron Crumrine said it was purchased by his father-in-law, Ken Symonds, who lives at the house part-time and is now at his second home in the Pacific Northwest. Crumrine said Symonds is a Vietnam veteran […]

  • First Months of California’s Wildfire Season Spark Concern

    YOLO COUNTY — This year has been the worst start to the fire season in California in the last decade, according to acreage figures generated by state and federal fire officials. A good portion of that assessment is the massive County Fire in Yolo and Napa counties. So far this year, nearly 200,000 acres have burned and 90,000 of that was the County Fire, which by Wednesday reached 86 percent containment. By contrast, in the last five years, 100,000 acres […]

  • As State Regulations Settle In, Pot Dispensaries Work Through Growing Pains

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento’s cannabis dispensaries went through some growing pains since July 1, when new state regulations took effect. Many found themselves without any product to sell because properly packaged and tested products were in short supply. That opened the doors for customers to turn to the ever-present black market for products, although many regulars say they feel safer about shopping at dispensaries where the products are tested and safe. Over a week later, some dispensaries were finally getting more […]

  • New Regulations Mean Empty Shelves at California’s Marijuana Dispensaries

    SACRAMENTO — Some marijuana dispensaries are struggling to serve their customers after state testing regulations kicked in on July 1. That’s when all cannabis products were required to be tested for pesticides and molds. The lack of testing facilities has caused a shortage. In addition, new child-proof packaging and other requirements are adding to the unavailability of cannabis products. Some dispensaries had the foresight to stock up on tested cannabis products before the deadline and can continue to operate. Organically […]