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Alleged Butane Honey Oil Dealer Arrested

On June 13, 2018, Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) Detectives concluded an investigation into 30-year-old Dylan Sulit-Swalley who was believed to be selling controlled substances in Santa Barbara. Sulit-Swalley was released from Pelican Bay State Prison in 2017 and placed on parole. At approximately 3:00 p.m. yesterday, June 13, Sulit-Swalley was contacted in the 300… Read more »

Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery at Marijuana Cultivation Facility

At approximately 5:30 a.m. on June 9, 2018, four black male adult suspects entered a marijuana cultivation facility in the unincorporated area of Carpinteria.  The suspects were detected by onsite security and an alarm was triggered. The security guard was detained by gunpoint.  The suspects subsequently fled the area with some stolen property.  The case… Read more »

Sheriff’s Lt. & Local Special Olympics Athlete Carry Torch into Opening Ceremony of 2018 Southern Cal Summer Games

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Butch Arnoldi and Carpinteria Special Olympics Athlete Ben Watts were honored today, June 9, 2018, with the privilege of carrying the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Southern California Special Olympics Summer Games in Long Beach. This morning at 9:30 a.m., they brought the torch into the Cal State… Read more »

Three Car Vandalism Suspects Caught in Orcutt

Just after midnight this morning, June 9, 2018, a Sheriff’s deputy on patrol observed a vehicle matching the description of a suspect vehicle involved in a rash of car vandalism incidents in both Santa Maria and Orcutt.  The 2003 Toyota Corolla sedan with a spoiler was stopped in the area of Mira Flores and Via… Read more »

Five Sheriff’s Deputies Graduate from the Prestigious Allan Hancock Law Enforcement Academy

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to officially welcome five new Sheriff’s Deputies to our team. This morning, June 8, 2018, at a traditional ceremony before a room full of dignitaries, family and friends, 13 recruits graduated from the prestigious Allan Hancock Law Enforcement College Academy in Lompoc. Of those graduates, five were… Read more »

Car Vandalism Investigation Continues Following Another Crime Spree

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation into a series of incidents involving windows being shot out of vehicles by what appears to be an air soft or BB gun. More than a dozen vehicles were vandalized overnight on May 31, 2018 and on June 7, 2018 another 12 vehicles were targeted in… Read more »

DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Tonight

The Goleta Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on June 8, 2018, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Goleta PD supports the new effort from… Read more »

Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Barricaded Suspect on Padaro Lane

Just before noon yesterday, June 4, 2018, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Padaro Lane in Carpinteria for a report of a suspect who was trespassing and in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. The suspect, 46-year-old Brandon Wayne Cheek, a resident of Santa Barbara, had made entry into the residence and when… Read more »

Assistance Needed to Locate Domestic Battery Suspect  

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public to help locate a Felony Domestic Battery and Elder Abuse suspect. In the early morning hours on 05/06/2018, 24-year-old Nicholas Jay Castillo went to his former girlfriend’s home in the 4700 block of Chandler Street, a county unincorporated area between the cities of… Read more »

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Planned for Goleta

The Traffic Unit of the Goleta Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations tomorrow, June 6, 2018, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians. The Traffic Unit will be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users. The department has… Read more »

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