Sheriff's Message


Isla Vista During Power Outage

Just before 10:00 p.m. last night, December 4, 2017, electrical infrastructure damage from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County caused sweeping power outages affecting the southern part of Santa Barbara County, which included the community of Isla Vista. Contemporaneous with the power failure, unknown subjects began to fire off commercial grade fireworks in Isla Vista…. Read more »

Felon in Possession of Assault Rifles and Meth Pipe

At approximately 9:00 p.m. yesterday, November 23, 2017, Sheriff’s deputies conducted a vehicle enforcement stop for excessive speed in the area of Mahoney Rd. and Black Rd. The driver was identified as being 52-year-old Barry Pardo of Santa Maria. During the enforcement stop, a search of Pardo’s vehicle was conducted. The search revealed a methamphetamine… Read more »

Grand Theft Auto Suspect Arrested in Santa Maria  

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at approximately 12:50 a.m. deputies on patrol in the Santa Maria area conducted a traffic stop on a green Honda Civic in the 1400 block of S. Broadway.  During the stop, deputies contacted the driver and sole occupant who they recognized as 41-year-old Samuel Fuentes.  Deputies were familiar with Fuentes… Read more »

Undersheriff Bernard Melekian Elected as Chairman of the National Police Foundation

Undersheriff Bernard Melekian is the new Chairman of the Board for the National Police Foundation. The Undersheriff was recently elected to the position after serving on the Board of Directors for the past three years.  The National Police Foundation (NPF) is a Washington D.C. based research organization, committed to the premise of “advancing policing through… Read more »

Distinguished Service Medal Awarded

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown awarded Senior Deputy Michael Durant, the prestigious Distinguished Service Medal, at the 65th annual Peace Officers Research Association of California’s (PORAC) Conference of Members. Senior Deputy Durant’s career with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spans more than 30-years. He was assigned to patrol, field training, investigations, custody and… Read more »

Homicide Victim Identity Released and OIS Decedent

The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau is releasing the identities of the homicide victim and the homicide suspect who was fatally injured yesterday, November 19, 2017, in the Lompoc Police Department Officer Involved Shooting.  The homicide victim is 28-year-old Timothy Ross Culley of Lompoc. The homicide suspect/officer involved shooting decedent is 34-year-old Geronimo Vicente Santos of Lompoc. … Read more »

ATM Safety Reminder Following Incident

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to be alert and aware of their surroundings while using ATM machines following an incident in Orcutt.   At approximately 2:00 p.m. on November 6, 2017, a suspect armed with a knife approached a citizen who was using an ATM machine.  Fortunately, the citizen fled and was… Read more »

Lompoc Police Department Officer Involved Shooting

  At approximately 7:30 a.m. today, November 19, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Lompoc Police Department (LPD) regarding an Officer Involved Shooting that occurred within the City of Lompoc and involved five LPD patrol personnel. Sheriff’s Office personnel assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau as well… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Launches New Website

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to debut our new upgraded and very user-friendly website.  The responsive, mobile-compatible, interactive site is more than 120 pages long and includes more than 650 photos and dozens of informative videos.  Unlike our previous 18-year-old website, it uses a content management system, which will allow us to… Read more »

Warning Regarding Virtual Kidnapping Scam

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the public about several reports of “virtual kidnapping” extortion calls we have received.  The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that these are scams and if you receive a phone call from someone demanding a ransom for an alleged kidnap victim and you suspect… Read more »

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