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Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Announces Reward and Updated Information in 2022 Montecito Home Invasion Murder

Montecito, Calif. –  On May 27, 2022, 96-year-old Violet Evelyn Alberts, a longtime resident of Montecito, was found deceased in her residence. A victim of a home invasion, the autopsy… Read more »

UPDATE: Sheriff’s Office Shares Additional Information About In-Custody Death at Northern Branch Jail

Santa Maria, Calif. – The Sheriff’s Office is sharing additional information regarding the in-custody death on March 29, 2023, at the Northern Branch Jail. Notification to the decedent’s next-of-kin has… Read more »

In-Custody Death at Northern Branch Jail

Santa Maria, Calif. – On Monday, May 29, 2023, at approximately 2:19 p.m., a Custody Deputy and WellPath medical staff member were conducting medical procedures within B-Unit of the Northern… Read more »

In-Custody Death at Main Jail

Santa Barbara, Calif. – On Thursday, May 25, 2023, at approximately 10:57 p.m., a Sheriff’s Main Jail custody deputy and a WellPath nurse were conducting welfare checks. While checking on… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Honors Exemplary Performance in 2022

Santa Barbara, Calif.  –On Thursday, May 18, 2023, the Sheriff’s Office honored employees and community members at an Annual Recognition Awards Program and Luncheon held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds…. Read more »

Investigación sobre el tiroteo en Melody Market: Detectives comparten el nombre del oficial involucrado y los videos del incidente

Santa Maria, Calif. — Detectives de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Santa Bárbara está compartiendo el nombre del oficial del Departamento de Policía de Santa María (SMPD) que… Read more »

Melody Market Shooting Investigation: Detectives Share Officer’s Name and Incident Videos

Santa Maria, Calif. – Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives are releasing the name of the Santa Maria Police Department (SMPD) Officer who was involved in the shootings that occurred at… Read more »

Ojai Man Arrested for Possession for Sales, Large Quantity of Dangerous Drugs Seized

Carpinteria, Calif. – Sheriff’s deputies and detectives have seized a large array of dangerous drugs from an Ojai man who overdosed in Carpinteria. On Saturday, April 22, 2023, at approximately… Read more »

Deputies Honored at MADD Awards Luncheon for DUI Efforts

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Earlier today, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) recognized law enforcement officers throughout the Tri-Counties area for their efforts in keeping our streets and communities safe by… Read more »

Northern Branch Jail Fentanyl Overdose Amongst Indictments by United States Attorney

Earlier today, Sheriff Brown joined federal authorities and law enforcement leaders at a news conference where officials announced a dozen new federal cases targeting fentanyl dealers who, in all but… Read more »

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