2013 Press Releases

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputy made an arrest in Carpinteria on Monday that could have stopped a future crime from occurring.

The Goleta Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI / Driver's License checkpoint on Friday April 12th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that earlier today Superior Court Judge Rigali ruled that the evidence that Mr. DeNunzio's blood alcohol content (BAC) of .09% at the time his blood was drawn was irrelevant to a determination of whether he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Goleta man armed with a knife who made threatening comments about hurting law enforcement officers. 62-year-old Harley Brian Kelly was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer and will be booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail once he is medically released from the hospital.

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is a beautiful outdoor destination set amidst oak woodland in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County. For easy trip planning, Cachuma Lake now takes online reservations for all campsites at www.sbparks.org.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Deputies were extremely busy this past weekend in Isla Vista doing enforcement and crowd control for Deltopia. The Spring Break party, formerly known as Floatopia, was attended by 15 to 18 thousand people this year. The turnout is significantly higher than last year, which had a crowd of about 8 to 10 thousand people.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy on the body of 18-year-old Giselle Esme Ayala on Tuesday morning. The autopsy revealed that the Cal Poly San Luis Opispo student sustained injuries that are consistent with a fall.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department wants to remind you that a downed power line or wire can be dangerous. Coming into contact with electrical wires can cause serious injury or even death. It is not uncommon for trees to fall during high winds, rain, and other stormy conditions and damage power lines or wires causing them to fall to the ground. Objects such as metallic balloons and kites can also damage power lines.

In celebration of "Chihuahuas de Mayo" Santa Barbara County owners of Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes will be able to get their dogs spayed or neutered for free during the month of May, 2013.

On the morning of February 25, 2013, Santa Barbara City and County Fire Departments together with the Santa Barbara Police Department responded to a vehicle fire at 1301 Santa Teresita Drive. Upon their arrival they treated a two-year old child. American medical Response transported the child and her mother to Cottage Hospital. The child was reported to have undergone surgery for burns and is now at home with her parents.