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San Marcos High School Student Responsible for Firework Incident Identified

The Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of San Marcos High School Administrators have identified the student believed responsible for igniting a firework on campus on March 12, 2018.  The crime was committed during a time when there was a heightened sense of fear following recent threats of a school shooting on campus. The student was… Read more »

Threatening Social Media Post Prompts Lockdown of Righetti and St. Joseph High Schools

At approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, March 14, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a potential social media threat at Righetti High School in Santa Maria. The threat indicated there was a gun on campus and threatened violence during a planned National School Walk Out to commemorate the one-month anniversary of… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

Luis Lopez is wanted on a $50,000.00 felony warrant charging him with felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. Lopez is described as 5-7, 200 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in Lompoc CA.  

Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Two Isla Vista Residents Following Investigation into Overdoses

As a result of nine college-aged males who suffered overdose symptoms on March 1, 2018 at an Isla Vista residence and were transported to the hospital, the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) detectives initiated an investigation to identify the person(s) responsible for providing the drugs. The patients ingested an unknown amount of alcohol and a… Read more »

Mandatory Evacuation Orders Lifted for Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with fire agencies and other public safety officials, has announced that effective immediately (10:30 a.m. today, March 13), Mandatory Evacuation Orders are lifted for all areas. The National Weather Service has advised that critical rain rates did not materialize over the area as expected.  Showers are expected… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Firework Incident at San Marcos High School

Just after noon today March 12, 2018, at the end of the lunch period, deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and UCSB Police Department responded to a report of possible shots fired near a classroom at San Marcos High School.  Once on scene, deputies initiated an immediate school lockdown and… Read more »

Mandatory Evacuation Order Issued for Areas of Extreme Risk for Debris Flow Due to Storm

National Weather Service Issued Flash Flood Watch for Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Alamo Burn Areas The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with National Weather Service and other public safety officials, has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective today (Monday) for individuals in Extreme Risk (red) areas near the Thomas, Sherpa, and Whittier burn… Read more »

Lompoc Resident Arrested for Attempted Homicide Following Stabbing Incident

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing additional details regarding a  stabbing that occurred yesterday, March 9, 2018 at a Vandenberg Village residence in Lompoc.  The victim, a 71-year-old male, is in an area hospital recovering from multiple stab wounds.  31-year-old Jacob Salter, was detained at the scene and subsequently arrested.  He is booked… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Stabbing at a Vandenberg Village Residence in Lompoc

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing that occurred today, March 9, 2018, at approximately 4:35 pm. at a residence in the 700 block of Mercury Avenue in Lompoc.  Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a stabbing inside the Vandenberg Village home.  When deputies arrived, they located a male victim who… Read more »

No Evacuations Anticipated with Upcoming Storm System

A storm system is expected to bring showers to Santa Barbara County beginning in the afternoon Saturday, March 10 and continuing into Sunday. Predictions for the storm have not changed over the past 24 hours. No evacuations are anticipated at this time. “While all indication is that this storm will not meet the thresholds for… Read more »

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