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Santa Barbara County Jail Awarded Accreditation from National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that it has earned accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care by demonstrating compliance with NCCHC’s Standards for Health Services in Jails. Accreditation recognizes the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office’s dedication to compliance with the most respected standards in… Read more »

Detectives Re-open 1975 Cold Case Homicide

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office is re-opening a 45-year-old homicide case this week. Paul Ornelas, who was 16-years-old at the time of his death on June 21, 1975, was found deceased near the railroad tracks at the Turnpike Road overpass in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara. The investigation was quickly… Read more »

Suspects Arrested for Negligent Discharge of Firearm, Stolen Firearm Recovered

Goleta, Calif. –On Friday, April 2, 2021 at approximately 2:24 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of San Milano Drive to investigate a report of a shot heard in the backyard of a residence. Responding deputies contacted a suspect matching the description provided by the 911 caller in the front yard of the residence… Read more »

Detectives Arrest Suspect for Lewd Acts with a Child – Additional Victims Sought

Santa Barbara, Calif. – On Tuesday, 03-30-2021, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested Michael Felipe Limon at his home in the Unincorporated area of Santa Barbara for felony violations of California Penal Code Section 288.7(b)- Engaging in Sexual Acts with a minor under 10 years of age, and violation of California Penal… Read more »

Detectives Arrest Masseur for Sexual Battery, Additional Victims Sought

Carpinteria, Calif. – At 1:29 p.m. today, Sheriff’s detectives arrested 46-year-old Xiaodong Mei of Oxnard for sexual battery charges perpetrated at his massage business. Earlier this month, Sheriff’s detectives began investigating two independent reports of sexual assaults that occurred at Max Relax at 1108 Casitas Pass Road, in Casitas Plaza. The survivors in each of… Read more »

Homicide Investigation on Foxen Canyon Road

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred Sunday, March 7, 2021 in the 6200-block of Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos. At approximately 6:12 p.m., Sheriff’s dispatch received a call of a single vehicle accident in the area. Fire, Medics and CHP responded to the area and quickly determined that… Read more »

Deputies Arrest Vehicle Theft Suspect After Two Hour Search

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 33-year-old Jeremiah Scofield of Santa Barbara after a search that lasted over two hours and spanned several neighborhoods in the More Mesa area. At 7:06 a.m. this morning, deputies were dispatched to a report of a subject causing a disturbance at the gas station on Hollister at… Read more »

Deputies Recover Two Stolen Vehicles and Arrest Seven Suspects

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested seven suspects at two locations for a string of theft related crimes in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta. At approximately 6:30 this morning, deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of La Meza Plaza and Santa Rosa Lane in Carpinteria. When they… Read more »

Suspect Arrested for Killing his Wife in their Tanglewood Home

Tanglewood, Calif. – On Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:43 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1800-block of Ironwood in the Tanglewood area for a 9-1-1 call of a domestic dispute. When deputies arrived, they contacted 63-year-old Eladio Herrrera, who was sitting in a car in front of the residence. Herrera told deputies that he… Read more »

Eight Arrested, One Cited During Protest Against Contractors on Via Gaitero

Santa Barbara, Calif. – On Thursday, February 25, 2021, Sheriff’s deputies arrested eight adults and cited one other during a protest by community activists against a contractor. Deputies became aware of the protest around 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, when contractors called to report a potential for conflict with the protesters at a… Read more »

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