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Two Juveniles Arrested Following Strong Arm Robbery Attempt  

At approximately 1:10 p.m. today, Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to Central Stations responded to the 400 block of Second Street in the City of Solvang to investigate a report of an attempted “strong arm” robbery. The victim, a tourist visiting Solvang, reported that a male suspect attempted to forcibly take her purse. The victim was able… Read more »

Chainsaw Burglary Suspects Arrested

Just before 2:00 p.m. on December 6, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call from a resident who reported that suspects entered his garage in the 500 block of Dale Way in Orcutt and stole a chainsaw.  The victim had been working in his garage, on his chainsaw, with… Read more »

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 »

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