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Notice of Inmate Death

Santa Barbara, Ca. – At approximately 2:30 pm on February 19, 2021, custody staff at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail conducting routine security checks discovered 30-year-old Michael Anthony Remijio unresponsive in his cell. Remijio was hanging from a bedsheet he fashioned as a ligature in an apparent suicide attempt. Custody staff immediately rendered aid… Read more »

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Releases 2020 Crime Stats

Overall Crime Rate Rises & Specific Concerns Identified Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the 2020 crime statistics for the communities served by the Sheriff’s Office.   After experiencing a couple years of declining crime rates within our communities, we experienced an 18% increase in overall Part 1 crime over… Read more »

Coroner’s Office Releases Findings in Brandy Vaughan Death Investigation

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office has completed the death investigation of local community activist Brandy Vaughan. The Coroner’s Office has determined that she died from natural causes. On December 7, 2020, 44-year-old Brandy Vaughan, a resident of Santa Barbara City, was found down in the bathroom of her East… Read more »

One Staff and Two Additional Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

Santa Barbara, Calif. – A member of the Sheriff’s Office professional staff and two inmates have been found to be COVID positive. This brings the total number of Sheriff’s employees who have tested positive for COVID to 114, with 106 having recovered and returned to work. Two additional inmates were found to be COVID positive… Read more »

Mail Thief Arrested- Sheriff’s Office Offers Tips to Prevent Mail and Package Theft

Montecito, Calif. – A follow-up investigation to an online report has resulted in the arrest of 31-year-old Juan Carlos Coronado-Mendoza of Santa Barbara for mail theft and numerous other theft-related charges. On December 29, 2020, a victim of mail theft filed an online report for several packages that had been taken from their community mailbox… Read more »

Two Staff and Thirteen Inmates Added to COVID-19 Positive Tally

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Sheriff’s Office is reporting two additional staff and 13 additional inmates as being COVID-19 positive. One member of our professional staff and one Deputy have been found to be COVID-19 positive. This brings the total number of Sheriff’s employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 113, with 102 having… Read more »

Juvenile Suspect Booked for Murder Charges, Getaway Vehicle Impounded

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Sheriff’s Detectives have re-booked the juvenile from last week’s warrant service on additional charges including two counts of murder. Last week, during warrant service related to the double homicide on January 7, 2021, Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a 15-year-old male juvenile who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. As part of… Read more »

Additional Staff and Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Sheriff’s Office is reporting five additional staff and nine additional inmates as being COVID-19 positive. One member of our professional staff, three Deputies and one Custody Deputy have been found to be COVID-19 positive. This brings the total number of Sheriff’s employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 111,… Read more »

Detectives Participate in Operation Reclaim and Rebuild

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Human Trafficking Task Force recently participated in the 7th Annual “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” along with over 90 agencies statewide. The operation focuses on rescuing victims of human trafficking, identifying and arresting their traffickers, disrupting the demand for vulnerable victims, and connecting victims of human trafficking with… Read more »

Suspects Arrested in Double Homicide Case

Santa Barbara, Calif – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two suspects for their involvement in the double murder committed on Burtis Street on January 7, 2020. Detectives arrested 21-year-old Bryan Munoz and 24-year-old Joshua Isaac Vega, both of Santa Barbara, during warrant service this morning at four addresses in the city of… Read more »

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