Category: General

Public Safety News Conference

District Attorney Joyce Dudley, Sheriff Bill Brown, and Fire Chief Mark Hartwig held a joint press conference on public safety today. A video of the entire press conference will soon be available on all three Department websites. ( District Attorney Joyce Dudley emphasized the importance of coming together as a community to watch… Read more »

Suspect Arrested for Domestic Violence and Weapons Charges

Goleta, Calif. – A suspect has been arrested on a warrant for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident that occurred in Goleta. On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in Goleta to investigate a report of a missing juvenile. Two hours after deputies took the… Read more »

Sheriff’s Deputies on Isolation After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Two Sheriff’s Deputies are recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. The first deputy was assigned to patrol in the Santa Maria area and last worked patrol on Saturday, March 21, 2020. The deputy began feeling ill the following day, Sunday, March 22, 2020 and was experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms…. Read more »

Sheriff’s Contract Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 No Additional Inmates or Staff Require Self-Isolation

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Yesterday, March 26, 2020, a Santa Barbara County Jail contract employee who had been tested for COVID-19 was notified the test was positive. The WellPath employee was assigned to the Jail through the Sheriff’s Office contract for inmate medical services. On Saturday, March 21, 2020 the employee, who is a resident… Read more »

Suspect Arrested for Lew Acts with a Child – Investigation Ongoing

Santa Barbara, Calif.  – On February 3, 2020, Sheriff’s Deputies received a report of suspicious activity occurring between an adult and teen-aged juveniles. Sheriff’s Detectives followed-up on the initial report and identified a male suspect who had befriended high school aged children. He allegedly invited the juveniles into his residence in the unincorporated area of… Read more »

Suspect Arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Solvang

Solvang, Calif. – On Saturday, March 21, 2020 at approximately 10:11 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred in the 400-block of Fifth Street. The victim had been taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. His identity and condition are not available for release. The… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office, County & Contract Employees Self-Quarantining Following Two Exposure Incidents with Persons Testing Positive for COVID-19

Prevention and Response Protocols in Place and Followed Santa Barbara, Calif. –  A total of twelve Sheriff’s Office, County and medical contract employees were directed to self-isolate in their homes after a recent incident in which they were exposed to a person who later tested positive for COVID-19. The incident, which occurred on Thursday, March… Read more »

Panga Boat Intercepted Along Gaviota Coast

Gaviota, Calif. – On Thursday, March 12, 2020 at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office Cannabis Compliance Team Detectives, Narcotics Detectives, K9 Units and County Air Support Unit along with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and California State Parks responded to the area of Gaviota Beach and Hollister Ranch… Read more »

Visitation at Main Jail will be Suspended

Santa Barbara, Calif. – While there have not been any identified cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, the Sheriff’s Office will be exercising an abundance of caution and suspending inmate visitation effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice. The Sheriff’s Office values visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation, but at this time… Read more »

Suspect Arrested for Shooting in Isla Vista

Isla Vista, Calif. – On Friday March 6, 2020 at approximately 11:58 pm, multiple people called 911 to report a fight involving several subjects in the area of 6600-block of Del Playa Drive.  As deputies were responding, a shot was heard and deputies, along with UCSB Police and CHP responded with lights and sirens.  When… Read more »

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