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
  • Suspect in Decades-Old Rape Cases Makes First Court Appearance in Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO — A rape suspect arrested through DNA technology after 27 years will stay in a Sacramento jail without bail for now. Mark Manteufell was extradited from Georgia after his arrest last week and will now face multiple sexual assault charges. Manteufell’s case is one of several high-profile unsolved crimes involving DNA traced through relatives. Today’s appearance is the first in what may be a long series of court proceedings for Manteufell. A number of people came to the arraignment […]

  • Officials on High Alert as Rafters, Boaters Flock to American River for Fourth of July

    SACRAMENTO — Area waterways are a natural place for locals to enjoy the Fourth of July but safety is a concern, and that’s why rangers in Sacramento County parks were out in force Thursday. One activity that kicks up a notch along the American River Parkway is rafting and that has taken on a different look over the past few years. Rafting season got off to a slow start this year because of the cool and rainy weekends leading into […]

  • Want to Take the Perfect Sunflower Selfie? Farmers, Deputies Urge Instagrammers to Not Trample Crops

    SOLANO COUNTY — This is the time of year where hundreds of people clog Solano County farm roads to take pictures of the blooming sunflower crop. But sheriff’s deputies are now saying sunflower tourists have become a nuisance. Sunflowers are a multi-million-dollar crop in Solano County. While ranchers understand the allure of their crop, they also say their fields are a workplace that is often interrupted by flower tourists. The sunflower blooming season lasts only a couple of weeks, one […]

  • After Losing His Livelihood in the Camp Fire, Paradise Man Starts Over in Yuba City

    YUBA CITY — The road to recovery can be a long one for those who lost their homes and businesses when the Camp Fire raced through Paradise. Mike Lampke is back in business. He’s started screen printing shirts on new equipment at his new shop in Yuba City that he’s named Phoenix Ridge. His old location behind his home was just getting a foothold in Paradise — then came the flames. “It was devastating for any and everyone,” he told […]

  • Man Found Dead in Car Near Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael

    CARMICHAEL — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in a Carmichael neighborhood near Mercy San Juan Hospital. When sheriff’s deputies got to the location of a 911 call shortly after 6 a.m. Friday, they found a green Ford Explorer parked cockeyed on the curb. There were indications the engine was still running, investigators said, and a man with signs of trauma was found inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released […]

  • Children Main Focus of Anti-Gun Rally at Cesar Chavez Park

    SACRAMENTO — Several hundred kids and parents attended a high energy anti-gun and unity rally at Cesar Chavez Park on Thursday as part of Anti-Gun Violence Month. Sponsored by the local Black Child Legacy Campaign, it was an effort to highlight the high incidents of gun violence involving children. While some participants carried Black Lives Matter signs and there was some criticism of gun violence by police, organizers said the emphasis was on the damage gun violence does to everyone. […]

  • Grass Valley Mayor Closing Her Store after Decades in Business

    GRASS VALLEY — It’s been a good 30-year run but the Mill Street Clothing Co. will be shutting its doors for good after owner Lisa Swarthout decided this spring to retire. Swarthout is a Grass Valley-native who returned to her hometown after starting a retail career in San Francisco. She based her clothing stock based on what she saw women in Grass Valley were wearing and attributes that to the store’s success over three decades. “We used to joke around […]

  • Man Dies after Attack on Freeport Boulevard; Police Search for Assailants

    SACRAMENTO — A man died four days after police say he was attacked by three men while walking in the Meadowview area. The victim, whose identity has not been released by the coroner’s office, was walking along Freeport Boulevard Wednesday evening when he was attacked by three men and beaten badly. The one-mile stretch of Freeport Boulevard where police say the attack happened is part of the old Highway 16, an uninviting location for pedestrians. “Our victim was walking on […]

  • Smoke Shop Clerk Accused of Sexual Battery

    NEVADA COUNTY — A clerk at a Nevada County smoke shop has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a customer. Nevada County sheriff’s investigators say the assault happened Sunday in the back of Hot Spot Smoke Shop off Highway 49 near Lake of the Pines. The Combie Road store is in a shopping mall with a grocery store, real estate businesses and medical offices. While many residents said the business is out of character for the small, […]

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