Sheriff's Message



Transportation Available for Returning Residents with Access and Functional Needs  For preplanning purposes, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has announced that effective at 12 P.M. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, evacuation orders and warnings will be lifted for parts of Montecito. The Voluntary Evacuation Warning will be lifted for the following area of Montecito:… Read more »

Search Teams Locate Body of Missing Montecito Mother

Updated Numbers include 21 Confirmed Fatalities and 2 People Missing Just before 10:00 a.m. this morning, January 20, 2018, a search and recovery Human Remains Detection dog team located the body of an adult female in the 100 block of Santo Tomas Lane near Olive Mill Road and above Coast Village Road. The Sheriff’s Coroner’s… Read more »

Upcoming Blood Drive at Sheriff’s Headquarters

We know people right now are looking for ways to help their community in general.  Here is an idea. There is a blood drive on January 23 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 4436 Calle Real.  Click on flyer for details. Make an appointment, we hope to see you there.

Public Assistance to Identify Guitar Theft Suspect

On Friday 1/12/18 at approximately 6:00 p.m. the male suspect in the provided surveillance video entered the Living Space Church in the 4500 block of Hollister Ave. While staff was busy teaching the membership of the Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy, the suspect entered one of the music equipment rooms, stole a guitar and fled… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

UPDATED: Orellana was arrested on 1-21-18 and is currently in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Niki Orellana is wanted on a $100,000.00 felony warrant charging her with failure to appear after posting bail related to a vehicle theft arrest. Orellana is described as 5-6, 125 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes…. Read more »

Heartfelt Message from the Cantin Family

We are heart-broken at the loss of my dear husband David Cantin. Dave lit up our world with an infectious smile behind which was a man who was led by his values of faith, family and a goal to make a difference. I could not have had a more loving, kind, and devoted husband. Our… Read more »

Missing Person Located Safely in Ventura with Dog

The Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that 53-year-old John “Jack” Keating has been located safely in Ventura with his dog “Tiny” and is no longer on our active missing persons list.  Keating is a transient and turns out was in Carpinteria and not Montecito during the storm.  Sheriff’s detectives are following up on all… Read more »

Search Continues for Four Missing Persons in Montecito

As of 6:30 p.m. tonight, January 14, 2018, there are four active missing persons cases related to the January 9, 2018 flood incident in Montecito.  The list decreased from five to four cases after 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa nicknamed “Oom” was located deceased at 3:45 p.m. yesterday, January 13, in the area of Hot Springs Road… Read more »

Number of Casualties from Flood Incident Increases to 20

The number of casualties from the January 9, 2018 storm and subsequent mudslides/flooding that occurred has risen to 20.  At approximately 3:45 p.m. on January 13, 2018, 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa was located deceased in the area of Hot Springs Road near Olive Mill Road during search and recovery efforts.  A positive identification was made this… Read more »

An Important Message from Our District Attorney

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley joins other County officials in expressing her grief, as well as her commitment to support the search and rescue efforts of Santa Barbara County’s first responders. “What has befallen our County is almost incomprehensible and for those first responders seeking to search for and rescue victims, it is almost unspeakable”… Read more »

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