Sheriff's Message


Mandatory Evacuation Orders Lifted for Santa Barbara County Effective Today (Thursday, March 22 at 5 p.m.)

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with Unified Command and other public safety officials, has announced that effective today (Thursday, March 22) at 5 p.m., Mandatory Evacuation Orders will be lifted for all areas.  The Recommended Evacuation Warning issued for the Alamo Fire burn area will also be lifted… Read more »

Storm Update As of March 21, 3 p.m.  

The National Weather Service is anticipating higher intensity rainfall later today (Wednesday, March 21) into Thursday, March 22. Public safety officials are asking the community to remain vigilant and understand the potential strength of this storm. Although the National Weather Service predicted a half-inch per hour, Tuesday night’s rainfall reached a 1/3 of an inch… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

Harry Roscoe is wanted on three felony warrants charging him with identity theft, forgery and sales of controlled substances.  Total bail is $325,000.00. Roscoe’s last known address was in the city of Santa Maria.

Serious Storm Approaching: Mandatory Evacuation Order Effective at Noon Tuesday for Areas of Extreme and High Risk for Debris Flows

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with the National Weather Service and other public safety officials, has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon for individuals in all risk levels. This means that those in Extreme Risk and High Risk areas – red, yellow and grey areas on the Debris… Read more »

Two Arrested Following Investigation into Butane Honey Oil Lab Discovered in Montecito During Thomas Fire

Narcotics detectives with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau concluded their investigation into a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) clandestine drug laboratory discovered during the Thomas Fire in the 2200 block of Bella Vista Dr. in Montecito. The case has been forwarded to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office for review. Following the… Read more »

Humans Remains Located Off Gibraltar Road Identified

The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office has received a positive identification for human remains located on November 3, 2017 near a vehicle off Gibraltar Road.  The decedent has been positively identified as being Timothy Black of Buellton who was reported missing on May 13, 2015.  Black, who was 57-years-old when he went missing, was positively identified through… Read more »

San Marcos High School Student Responsible for Firework Incident Identified

The Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of San Marcos High School Administrators have identified the student believed responsible for igniting a firework on campus on March 12, 2018.  The crime was committed during a time when there was a heightened sense of fear following recent threats of a school shooting on campus. The student was… Read more »

Threatening Social Media Post Prompts Lockdown of Righetti and St. Joseph High Schools

At approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, March 14, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a potential social media threat at Righetti High School in Santa Maria. The threat indicated there was a gun on campus and threatened violence during a planned National School Walk Out to commemorate the one-month anniversary of… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

Luis Lopez is wanted on a $50,000.00 felony warrant charging him with felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. Lopez is described as 5-7, 200 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in Lompoc CA.  

Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Two Isla Vista Residents Following Investigation into Overdoses

As a result of nine college-aged males who suffered overdose symptoms on March 1, 2018 at an Isla Vista residence and were transported to the hospital, the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) detectives initiated an investigation to identify the person(s) responsible for providing the drugs. The patients ingested an unknown amount of alcohol and a… Read more »

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