2013 Press Releases

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 33 year-old Timothy McNally was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison having been convicted of murdering Gary Bent.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management has begun working in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to bolster its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) capabilities, staff competency, and national consistency using grant funded technical assistance experts familiar with emergency operations centers nationwide.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, a suspect wearing a mask walked into the Far Western Liquor Store located in the 3400 block of Orcutt Road in Santa Maria. The suspect confronted the owner of the store, pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at him and demanded cash. After the owner gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect walked the owner to the back door of the store and took off on foot into the alley.

United States Congresswoman Lois Capps, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and leaders from county departments of Public Health, Social Services, and Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services are hosting an informational meeting on the implementation of Health Care Reform.

Are heaters in your home close to curtains, news papers or other flammable materials? The Santa Barbara County Fire Department wants to make sure you'll stay warm and safe this winter and offers these life-saving tips

The Office of Emergency Management hosted a tabletop exercise and policy discussion Monday at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

At 5:35am, Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBC FD) responded to a single vehicle accident, located on Highway 154, north of San Antonio Creek Road.

The suspect in this case has been identified as San Diego resident, Weldon Patterson Fewell (DOB: 10-27-61). Mr. Fewell has been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle) on a peace officer, Penal Code 245(c). He is in custody and in stable condition at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

The Santa Barbara Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps are providing free flu shots for all community members over the age of 2 at the Lompoc Fire Station #1 on Saturday, December 7rd from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and The California Highway Patrol are conducting a joint investigation into an Officer Involved Shooting that occurred on 12-4-2013 at approximately 8:00 pm, in the area of Patterson Avenue and Agana Drive.