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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 »

Dive Boat Conception Burns, Sinks Off Santa Cruz Island

The dive boat, named Conception, caught fire while anchored off Santa Cruz Island early Monday, per Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. 5 people have been rescued, 4 deaths confirmed, and 30 still missing. The Sheriff’s Office & County of Santa Barbara is transitioning to take the lead on the Conception Boat Incident. Press conference is… Read more »

Suspected Opioid Overdoses in Santa Barbara County Jail

On August 29, 2019, numerous inmates and Custody Deputies at the Santa Barbara County Jail were treated for exposure to suspected Opioid based narcotics.  Just after 2:00 PM, Custody Deputies in the Main Jail were alerted to an inmate who had collapsed.  Deputies and jail medical staff responded to render aid to the inmate, who… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office to Host Citizens Academy – Applicants Welcome

Solvang – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for it’s North County Citizens Academy, which begins on September 11, 2019.  The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy was developed to educate citizens about the role of law enforcement in their community, and to give attendees a better understanding of the operations of the Sheriff’s Office…. Read more »

Officer Involved Shooting Arrest

On August 12th, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call from the California Highway Patrol dispatch reporting that a California Highway Patrol motor officer was involved in an officer involved shooting in the 200 block of Comstock Dr. and were requesting assistance by our officers.  Several officers with the Ventura Police Department responded… Read more »

Arson arrest in Santa Maria

On August 23, 2019, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies in the Santa Maria area responded with Santa Barbara County Fire to the Winepress Church located at 896 Cambria Ave. for a report of a structure fire.  When deputies arrived, they saw heavy smoke rising from a structure behind the main church.  Deputies approached the burning… Read more »

Cannabis Compliance Team Uncovers Large Illegal Grow and Distribution Operation

August 28, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Cannabis Compliance Team, with the assistance of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, concluded a month’s long investigation into an unlicensed and illegal cannabis cultivation operation in the area of Morning Hill and Dominion Rd. in Santa Maria.  The investigation culminated in the service of several… Read more »

“Jail Bird” Released from Custody Back Home with Grateful Family

Staff at the Santa Barbara County Jail located at 4436 Calle Real in Santa Barbara, located a domestic Cockatiel Bird inside the fenced secure area to the rear of the Main Jail. Likely an escapee from its home, the bird somehow found its way into Sheriff’s custody.  The bird was hungry and obviously out of… Read more »

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