2013 Press Releases

A suspect who led a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputy on a pursuit outside of Lompoc on April 14th, drove his car over an embankment and fled on foot prompting a massive search to find him that involved Deputies, a K9 unit and Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit Copter 3 along with California Highway Patrol Officers and Lompoc Officers is finally behind bars. 27-year-old Michael Ibison of Los Alamos was arrested last night April 21st, one week after the pursuit.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department in conjunction with the National Weather Service offers the following information for the upcoming High Fire Season

At 3:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, Monday, April 15th, Tibor Karsai registered with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office as a "Transient" Sex Offender.

On Thursday, April 18, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management will conduct an incident response drill in conjunction with ExxonMobil at the company's Las Flores Canyon facility.

Pursuant to Penal Code Section 290.45 and Megan's Law, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is notifying the public of the release of a Sexually Violent Predator to Santa Barbara County. 60-year-old Tibor Karsai was released from Coalinga State Hospital today and will register with the Sheriff's Office as a "Transient" Sex Offender.

As part of Goleta's commitment to public safety, Goleta Police conducted a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Friday, April 12th. The checkpoint was held between 7:00pm and 3:00am at Storke Road and Phelps Road in the City of Goleta. This operation was one of many that have or will be conducted throughout the year in the City of Goleta.

For the seventh consecutive year, the value of Santa Barbara County's agricultural products grown during the past year surpassed the $1 billion mark, according to Agricultural Commissioner Cathy Fisher. The figures were released today by the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner's Office as part of the 2012 Agricultural Production Report.

At around 3:50 p.m. tonight, Sunday, April 14th, smoke alarms sounded at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail. Custody Staff responded and located a large trash can on fire in a housing area that had been filled with items available to inmates including bedding, clothing, and other paper materials. Custody Staff quickly doused the fire; however, a significant amount of smoke had already filled the area. Custody Staff began to evacuate inmates from the affected area to other parts of the jail.

Jail Operations at the Santa Barbara County Jail are back to normal with the exception of a housing unit that is still on lockdown following a trash can fire yesterday, Sunday April 14th, that caused inmates to be temporarily relocated within the jail.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Samuel Rivera pled to one count of Felony Embezzlement and one Count of Felony Grand Theft. He also admitted a special allegation that he stole in excess of $65,000.