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Suspects Arrested for Negligent Discharge of Firearm, Stolen Firearm Recovered

Goleta, Calif. –On Friday, April 2, 2021 at approximately 2:24 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of San Milano Drive to investigate a report of a shot heard in the backyard of a residence. Responding deputies contacted a suspect matching the description provided by the 911 caller in the front yard of the residence… Read more »

Give the Phone a “Break”: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Goleta, Calif. – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Goleta Police Department encourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road. Throughout the month of April the Goleta Police Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law. “When… Read more »

Detectives Arrest Suspect for Lewd Acts with a Child – Additional Victims Sought

Santa Barbara, Calif. – On Tuesday, 03-30-2021, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested Michael Felipe Limon at his home in the Unincorporated area of Santa Barbara for felony violations of California Penal Code Section 288.7(b)- Engaging in Sexual Acts with a minor under 10 years of age, and violation of California Penal… Read more »

Two Additional Inmates and One Staff Member Found to be COVID-19 Positive

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Two additional inmates and one Sheriff’s Deputy have tested positive for COVID-19. The two inmates were detected during the intake screening process. One of the inmates has since been release, and the remaining inmate is being housed separate from the general population. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related cases… Read more »

Detectives Arrest Masseur for Sexual Battery, Additional Victims Sought

Carpinteria, Calif. – At 1:29 p.m. today, Sheriff’s detectives arrested 46-year-old Xiaodong Mei of Oxnard for sexual battery charges perpetrated at his massage business. Earlier this month, Sheriff’s detectives began investigating two independent reports of sexual assaults that occurred at Max Relax at 1108 Casitas Pass Road, in Casitas Plaza. The survivors in each of… Read more »

One Additional Staff Member COVID Positive , Main Jail Remains Clear of COVID

Santa Barbara, Calif. – One additional Sheriff’s Deputy was been found to be COVID-19 positive, which brings the total number of Sheriff’s employees who have tested positive to 117, with 115 having recovered and returned to work. The Sheriff’s Main Jail remains clear of active COVID-19 cases (see related chart below). Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s… Read more »

Sheriff Brown Shares Message of Solidarity with Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is joining the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) in taking a clear stance in response to the abhorrent recent attacks against members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities across the country. In a statement released today, MCSA President Sheriff Peter Koutoujian of the… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Partners with STESA to Address Public Concerns in Social Media Posts

Goleta, Calif. – In response to widely shared social media posts, the Sheriff’s Office has thoroughly followed-up on the alleged incidents and are partnering with Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) to share information about survivor response, bystander intervention and STESA services. Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office became aware of social media posts that recount… Read more »

Be Safe and Sober This St. Patrick’s Day

Goleta, Calif. – If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, remember to do so responsibly by having a plan to get home safely. “If drinking is part of your plans, plan on designating a sober driver and find a safe way home,” Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer said. “Don’t make poor choices… Read more »

Sheriff’s Main Jail Clear of Active COVID Cases

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Sheriff’s Main Jail has cleared all of the active COVID-19 cases, while one additional Custody Deputy has been found to be COVID-19 positive. This brings the total number of Sheriff’s employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 116, with 113 having recovered and returned to work. All of the… Read more »

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