I spent 11 years as a newspaper reporter, yearning to report on TV; I love the immediacy of television and getting a story out.

With no experience from working in smaller markets, I would record mock reports and hand deliver them to all the Sacramento stations. A former Fox40 news director, took the time to write me a two-page letter, telling me to stay in print, because making the transition to TV would mean moving away to get experience. I kept that letter in my underwear drawer for a couple of years.

I got my break when a new news director at Fox40 hired me, because he knew I could report and had a lot of sources. I gained TV experience working the assignment desk, and began reporting in front of the camera six months later.

Today, I’m grateful to be the Solano County Bureau Chief. I’ve covered that county for nearly 20 years, most of that time reporting on infamous murders and murderers. It was during that time police credited me for helping them clear the murder of an innocent 21-year-old Fairfield man.

I’m known around the newsroom for…
Getting the harder-to-get stories, the ones where victims shed gut-wrenching tears, or suspects surprisingly run their mouths; the stories other reporters cringe on having to do.

What keeps me going
Being able to hold my kids, my faith in God and finding comfort in Him during a long drive back home at night, especially after hugging a weeping parent who just lost their kid, or talking with someone whose innocent family member was killed in some violent crime.

I give back to my community by
Spreading someone’s story I’m trusted with, hopefully helping someone else in the process.

Why FOX40?
I love Fox40 because they take chances on people like me, and I love the immediacy of getting a story out.

My greatest TV moment
Getting the only interview with a child murderer who admitted to killing a 7-year-old Vallejo girl he had kidnapped. He was eventually convicted several years later, and died in prison.

If I had free time, I would…
Spend it with my loved ones, watch more movies with them, and go to church more often.

Recent Articles
  • Thieves Take Advantage of Walmart Trade-In Event by Stealing Car Seats

    NORTH HIGHLANDS — Avid North Highlands neighborhood watch groups have been warning parents that thieves are breaking into cars and stealing child car seats. Police say the thieves are turning those stolen car seats in to Walmart for $30 gift cards. The company’s program accepting car seats ends Sept. 30. “For $30. Anything to get money nowadays,” said North Highlands resident Ashley Quill Simonton. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tess Deterding told FOX40 this crime is not new to North Highlands. […]

  • Butte County Investigators Search for 2 Women Missing for Over a Week

    BUTTE COUNTY — A North Highlands woman and her elderly aunt-in-law have not been seen or heard from for more than a week. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office believes 84-year-old Barbara Olmstead is with her 55-year-old niece, Rebekah Vierow. Olmstead was reported missing Sept. 6. Days later, the sheriff’s office says their investigators spoke with a woman claiming she was Olmstead. She was told to contact the California Highway Patrol to be removed from their missing persons database but never […]

  • Bench, Plaque Pay Tribute to Fallen Sheriff’s Deputy Stasyuk

    RANCHO CORDOVA — Officers came from as far as Menlo Park to pay their respect to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Stasyuk on Tuesday. “It’s a day of reflection, a day of celebration of Mark’s life,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Tess Deterding said. Stasyuk was killed one year ago when investigators say he was fatally shot at the Pep Boys along Folsom Boulevard in Rancho Cordova. The manager of the store wanted to create a lasting memorial there that would honor […]

  • Midtown Sacramento ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ to be Released from Prison This Month

    SACRAMENTO — A violent serial rapist, known as the “Pillowcase Rapist” for his use of a pillowcase to muffle his victims’ screams, will be released from prison this month. It was an email “Marie”, who chose to use an alias, received three months ago that would shatter the peace and safety she has felt most of her adult life. “I was devastated,” she said. “I collapsed.” It said that Ronald Mark Feldmeier, now 67, would be released from prison on […]

  • Rio Vista Police Chief to Retire after Backlash

    RIO VISTA — After several turbulent months in Rio Vista, the city may finally have some peace. City Manager Robert Hickey would not go on camera but his office did confirm that Police Chief Dan Dailey’s contract with the city will terminate at the end of the month and that he “elected” to retire. Since February, community members have shown up in force at several council meetings urging City Council to fire Chief Dailey amid allegations of discrimination, specifically against […]

  • County Takeover Could Mean Dozens of Stops Along Jackson Highway

    AMADOR COUNTY — A section of Highway 16 is planned to be turned over from the state to Sacramento County — and with that handover come many anticipated changes. “There’s so many moving parts that we don’t want to make a mistake in doing something that down the road is going to cost the taxpayer,” said Matt Robinson, a spokesman for Sacramento County. Robinson said the handover has been in the works for several years and there still is work […]

  • Retired Solano County Sheriff’s Dive Team Leader Considered Conception Among Safest Dive Boats

    DIXON — Gary Short, a retired captain and dive team leader with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, has been on the Conception as a diver on chartered excursions five times, with the most recent being in 2014. He told FOX40 Wednesday he has chosen to dive with Truth Aquatics, which owned the Conception, over the years because he considered them the safest. “In California, Truth Aquatics is always the one that’s talked about, has been one of the best charters […]

  • Animal Control Investigating after 6 Pitbull Puppies Found Dead in Garbage Bin

    SACRAMENTO — Six dead pitbull puppies were found wrapped in plastic bags inside a bin that was left in a South Sacramento neighborhood. Neighborhood surveillance cameras indicate that the garbage bin was abandoned in front of a home along Wacker Way, near Meadowview Road and Freeport Boulevard, sometime between 5 and 8 p.m. on Aug. 1. “I just looked out to see why that can was there and opened it up, and it just … the dogs’ face just almost […]

  • Santa Clara County Judge Rules Sexually Violent Predator Will Live in Del Paso Heights

    SACRAMENTO — A Santa Clara judge determined that Dariel Shazier, a convicted violent sex offender, will make Del Paso Heights his home. Despite the community rallying with hundreds of signatures and letters opposing the move to Sacramento County, the judge ruled Tuesday that Del Paso Heights was a good fit. “If he were placed in Placer County, he would stand out as an African American but if he were placed in Del Paso Heights, he would blend in,” said Dr. […]

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