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Search and Rescue Efforts Continue to Locate Victims in Montecito

There is a Search and Rescue effort underway to locate people who may be alive and need to be rescued and to evacuate those who are trapped and need help getting out. We appreciate all of the prayers and support. We continue to hold the victims and their families close to our hearts. For the… Read more »

Storm Significantly Impacts Montecito, Carpinteria and Summerland

The predicted weather has caused significant impacts within the communities of Montecito, Carpinteria and Summerland. We have weather and road issues in North County as well, but at this time all major highways are open. There are many road closures including US 101 Northbound at SeaCliff and US101 SouthBound at Milpas as well as many… Read more »

Santa Maria Police Department Fatal Officer Involved Shooting  

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal Officer Involved Shooting involving the Santa Maria Police Department. The incident began at approximately 6:15 p.m. last night, January 7, 2018 at a residence in the 400 block of E. Mill Street. A suicidal subject, who had allegedly made threats while on the phone with… Read more »

Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue Conduct Evacuations

About sixty personnel from the Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue spent the day going door to door conducting evacuations due to significant rain that is expected tonight and the danger of mudslides/flooding and debris flow in areas below fire burn areas. The Sheriff’s Office is fully staffed to ensure that everyone has been… Read more »

Supect Arrested for Allegedly Using Fake Facebook Account to Victimize Young Females

In August of 2017, an investigator with the Sheriff’s Human Trafficking Unit received information that a male subject, later identified as being 31-year-old Trevor Ferrel of Santa Maria, was  using an alias Facebook profile to attempt to victimize young females.  The investigation revealed he would use the false identity to contact juvenile or teen-aged females… Read more »

Suspect Attempting to Sell Stolen Surfboards Leads to Arrests  

At approximately noon on January 3, 2018, Sheriff’s deputies responded to Play it Again Sports in the 4800 block of Hollister Avenue after a report of a subject inside attempting to sell stolen surfboards.  A deputy arrived within moments and contacted the subject, 44-year-old Aaron Derkacz of Santa Barbara, inside the store still in the… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

UPDATE 1-3-18 Thanks to your tips Scott was arrested by Santa Maria Police Officers on 1-2-18.  He is currently in custody in the Santa Barbara Main Jail.     Anthony Edward Scott is wanted on a $150,000.00 felony warrant charging him with stalking and terrorist threats.  Scott also goes by “Tony Scott” and “Anthony Dominguez.”… Read more »

Sheriff Office’s First Helicopter Pilot to Retire

 After almost 35 years of service, Sheriff’s Sgt. Gregg Weitzman of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support Unit announced he will retire early in the new year. Sgt. Weitzman’s first introduction to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office was as a reserve deputy while attending UCSB.  Even at age 21, he knew he wanted… Read more »

Sheriff’s Deputies Interrupt Residential Burglary in Progress

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on December 21, 2017, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary alarm at a residence in the Vandenberg Village area and discovered a residential burglary in progress. While walking up the driveway of a home in the 4100 block of Aructus Avenue, a Sheriff’s Deputy heard glass breaking as if someone had… Read more »

Thomas Fire Mutual Aid Assist with Burglary Arrest in Montecito

At approximately 8:30 p.m. last night, December 19, 2017, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence in the 1000 block of Channel Dr. in Montecito.  The property’s on-site manager received an alarm activation and reviewed surveillance video. The property manager saw an unknown male walking on the… Read more »

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