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Six High School Students Under Influence of Xanax Taken to Hospital Including One Arrested for Distribution

Six high school students were taken to the hospital for medical clearance this morning, September 24, 2018, after they were determined to be under the influence of Xanax.  One of the students was arrested for possession and distribution of Xanax. The incident began shortly after school started this morning, when a teacher at Cabrillo High… Read more »

Sheriff’s Investigators Arrest 17 People for Prostitution Related Crimes

As part of an on-going effort in Santa Barbara County to reduce the amount of victims being abused by human traffickers, Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau and Criminal Investigations Bureau conducted a two-day undercover operation in the City of Goleta this past Thursday and Friday night, September 20 and 21, 2018. The… Read more »

Sheriff’s Deputies Assist Suicidal Subject On Overpass

At approximately 3:45 p.m. today, September 23, 2018, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a suicidal subject who was on the Turnpike Road overpass attempting to jump.  Deputies arrived on scene and located the 48-year-old Oxnard man who had climbed the west side security fence and was on the middle of the overpass overlooking the Highway 101… Read more »

Now that school is in full swing, it is a great time at the beginning of the school year for parents to go over important safety tips with their children.  The Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage parents to have discussions with their children about how to best protect themselves at home, going to and from… Read more »

Goleta Resident Arrested in Hope Ranch Wanted for Crimes in Santa Cruz County

A Goleta resident arrested on September 10, 2018 in Hope Ranch for prowling and stealing a vehicle is also wanted for crimes in Santa Cruz County. On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office received a notification from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office of an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Christen Aceves,… Read more »

Walk with a Cop THIS Saturday at Ellwood Mesa in Goleta

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Goleta invite you to participate in our second “Walk with a Cop” event.   On Saturday morning, September 22, 2018, come stroll through the beautiful open trails on the Ellwood Mesa with Community Resource Deputy Dave Valadez and other Sheriff’s deputies who patrol the City of… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Retired K-9 Betti Passes Away

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has lost our first and only female K-9 to work for our agency.  Retired K-9 Betti passed away yesterday, September 14, 2018, at age 14 due to health complications from old age.  Betti, whose full name is Betti Blue Van Haus Pe-ja, worked for the Sheriff’s Office for eight… Read more »

Santa Barbara City College Student Falls from Balcony and Over Cliff in Isla Vista

Just before midnight, last night, September 14, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a report of a cliff fall in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive. Several reporting parties said a female college student fell from a balcony and landed in the water. One witness said the young woman was… Read more »

New Forever Stamp Honoring First Responders Dedicated in Montecito

What a special tribute and memorable moment in Santa Barbara County history today. The U.S. Postal Service revealed its new Forever stamp honoring first responders. The official stamp dedication was held at the Montecito Fire Department. Local resident and celebrity Oprah Winfrey was the keynote speaker and we want to thank her for her heartfelt… Read more »

Do You Have What it Takes?  Join us at Goleta Beach Tomorrow!

The Sheriff’s Office is holding our first ever “Do You Have What it Takes Event?” and we want to see you there for this family friendly event. Come join us for an exciting day of physical challenges and team competitions including a tug of war competition. Meet some of the members of the Sheriff’s Special… Read more »

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