2013 Press Releases

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that yesterday, April 29, 2013, 33-year-old Michael Sastre was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison after pleading guilty to Second-Degree Robbery and Arson of Personal Property.

An annual quarantine of all sport-harvested mussel species along the California coast is now in effect according to the California Department of Public Health. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning as the toxins found in mussels can lead to severe illness and death.

On April 29 at 8 am, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) in conjunction with all other local fire jurisdictions, will declare the beginning of the 2013 High Fire Season period for all areas of Santa Barbara County.

In celebration of "Chihuahuas de Mayo," Santa Barbara County Animal Services, the Santa Barbara Humane Society, the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, and the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society have joined forces to offer half price Chihuahua and Chihuahua mix adoptions throughout the month of May.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that on Thursday, April 18, 2013, Investigators from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office and Detectives from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department served a search warrant at the residence on Oak Knoll Road in Orcutt.

At 10:30 am, Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBC FD) responded to a water rescue, located near the Gaviota Pier. SBCFD responded three engines, a water rescue team, Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit (ASU), and a battalion chief to the scene. SBCFD was assisted by California State Parks, and American Medical Response.

The District Attorney's Office will continue to commemorate National Crime Victims' Rights Week by having a press conference on Friday, April 26, 203, at 11:00 a.m., in the County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors Hearing Room located at 105 East Anapamu Street.

Beginning May 1, 2013, the Santa Barbara Psychiatric Health Facility operated by Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services will no longer permit smoking on the premises. The change to a smoke-free facility was initiated to support the physical health of hospitalized individuals. Therapeutic alternatives will be offered to mitigate withdrawal symptoms and to encourage smoking cessation.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is asking the community to be on high alert after identifying five confirmed cases of canine distemper in Santa Maria. If residents notice any distemper symptoms in a dog or have questions about a dog's vaccination history, they are asked to contact a veterinarian.

A minimum of 100 feet of defensible space is required around your home in Santa Barbara County. On May first, The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will begin defensible space inspections. Engine companies will perform inspections and provide homeowners with an inspection form and educational documentation on how to comply.