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Sheriff’s Office Confirms Identities in Hope Ranch Incident

SANTA BARBARA, CA – At 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at the home of actor Ron Ely. Upon arrival, deputies contacted Ron Ely and discovered his wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, deceased with multiple stab wounds inside the home. While on scene,… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Discovers Apparent Homicide in Hope Ranch Home

Suspect Fatally Wounded in Confrontation with Deputies Santa Barbara – At 8:15 PM on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office – Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a family disturbance at 4141 Mariposa Dr. in Hope Ranch, CA.  Deputies responded to the residence and discovered a female deceased… Read more »

Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Suspected Gang Member with Drugs and Guns

Santa Maria – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office – Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) concluded a several month’s long investigation, culminating in the arrest of 26-year-old Jacob Cardenas on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Detectives had been investigating the suspected criminal activity of Santa Maria resident Jacob Cardenas, a convicted felon and suspected Westpark gang member,… Read more »

Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team Serves Multiple Warrants

Santa Barbara County – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Cannabis Compliance Team served several unrelated search warrants over the past week in an effort to eradicate illegal, unlicensed and unregulated marijuana operations. On Saturday, September 14, 2019, detectives served a warrant in the 3500 block of Cebada Canyon Rd, in the unincorporated area of… Read more »

Five Juveniles in a Stolen SUV Lead Deputies on High-Speed Pursuit in Santa Maria

Santa Maria – Five juveniles who were in a stolen vehicle, led Santa Maria deputies on a high-speed pursuit after stealing alcohol from an Orcutt store.  Deputies called off the pursuit due to unsafe conditions, but the vehicle continued to drive erratically until it crashed.  Deputies were able to take four out of the five… Read more »


Santa Barbara – Sheriff Bill Brown announced today that on Monday, October 10, 2019, Raquel Zick will become the new public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office. Zick, who began her career with Santa Barbara County in 2001 as an intake & release specialist for the Probation Department, has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since… Read more »

Deputy Jaycee Hunter receives Kiwanis Club Justice Award

On Wednesday, 9/18, Jaycee Hunter, School Resource Deputy at San Marcos High School, received the Kiwanis Club Justice Award for all of his work with Teen Court and the students at San Marcos HS. Congratulations Deputy Hunter!

Vandalism Suspect Arrested at Goleta 7-Eleven

Goleta – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Isla Vista man for felony vandalism after a bizarre incident at a Goleta 7-Eleven convenience store. Just after 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a man destroying property and merchandise at the 7-Eleven convenience store located in… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

Zhanpeng Huang, 23 years old, is wanted on a $250,000.00 felony warrant charging him with kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery on a spouse or cohabitant and intimidating a witness.  He is described as 5-7, 130 lbs with black hair and brown eyes.

Drunken Driving Suspected in 3-Vehicle, Head-On Crash on Highway 154

Santa Barbara – A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office employee was involved in a serious injury collision on SR – 154 near Lake Cachuma on Saturday evening, September 14, 2019. The Buellton office of the California Highway Patrol responded to the accident.  Javier Antunez, an off-duty Custody lieutenant assigned to the Main Jail, was driving… Read more »

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