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Vandalism Suspect Arrested at Goleta 7-Eleven

Goleta – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Isla Vista man for felony vandalism after a bizarre incident at a Goleta 7-Eleven convenience store. Just after 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a man destroying property and merchandise at the 7-Eleven convenience store located in… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

Zhanpeng Huang, 23 years old, is wanted on a $250,000.00 felony warrant charging him with kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery on a spouse or cohabitant and intimidating a witness.  He is described as 5-7, 130 lbs with black hair and brown eyes.

Drunken Driving Suspected in 3-Vehicle, Head-On Crash on Highway 154

Santa Barbara – A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office employee was involved in a serious injury collision on SR – 154 near Lake Cachuma on Saturday evening, September 14, 2019. The Buellton office of the California Highway Patrol responded to the accident.  Javier Antunez, an off-duty Custody lieutenant assigned to the Main Jail, was driving… Read more »

Sheriff Holds Press Briefing Regarding Conception Victims

Santa Barbara 9/12/19 – In a press briefing held at Sheriff’s Headquarters this afternoon, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown announced that all 34 victims of the Conception dive boat disaster have been identified. The last victim from the Conception was located yesterday in a cove just west of where the vessel sank.  Divers from… Read more »

Sheriff Releases Update on Victims’ Identities / Search and Recovery Efforts

Santa Barbara 9/10/19 – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identities of 5 additional victims who died when the dive boat Conception caught fire in the early morning hours of Monday, September 2nd in the waters off of Santa Cruz Island. The Coroner’s Office, with the assistance of rapid DNA… Read more »

Sheriff Releases Update on Efforts to Identify Victims of Conception Incident

Santa Barbara 9/6/19 – In a press conference held earlier today, Sheriff Bill Brown provided an update on the efforts to identify the victims of the Conception Incident. The Sheriff’s Office has been successful in locating the next of kin of all 34 passengers who died in the incident.  While the search efforts are ongoing,… Read more »

Ongoing Recovery Effort and Start of Salvage

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. 9/5/19 – Dive teams from the Unified Command continued recovery efforts for the last missing person from the dive boat Conception Thursday afternoon. Crews are utilizing a wide range of equipment including Remote Operated Vessels and side-scan sonar to assist with search efforts. Salvage efforts began Thursday afternoon. The owner of the… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

Joel Rivera is wanted on a $50,000.00 felony warrant charging him with robbery and conspiracy.  He is described as 5-6, 160 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.  His last known address was in Santa Maria.

Conception Dive Boat Tragedy Vigil Set for Friday

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Local organizations are coming together to host a vigil for the community to gather, grieve, show support and be in company with one another. The vigil will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 at Chase Palm Park (stage and lawn area), 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa… Read more »

UPDATED: Conception Dive Boat Tragedy

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Search and Recovery efforts continue today for the one remaining victim of the Conception Boat disaster that occurred early Monday morning.  A devastating fire consumed the vessel as it was moored in Platt’s Harbor on the north side of Santa Cruz Island in Santa Barbara County. On Tuesday, September 3,… Read more »

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