2013 Press Releases

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that charges have been filed against Arthur Watkins, age 55, of Arroyo Grande, California... Also charged today in a separate complaint was Jose Armando Villa Mendez, age 19, of Santa Maria, California.

Every second counts if you or someone you love is having a stroke. A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. The acronym F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke.

Two students who attend the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, a bacterial infection that causes bloodstream infections and meningitis. The two ill UCSB students are receiving medical care and treatment.

The newest member of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department is an Accelerant Detection Canine named Riley, a black Labrador Retriever.

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has directed the County of Santa Barbara's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for the deployment of two disaster recovery specialists to New Mexico in support of the ongoing recovery efforts following severe storms, flooding and debris slides.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office will hold two "Coffee with a Cop" events next week. The first one will be held in Isla Vista on Tuesday, November 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Starbucks located at 888 E. Embarcadero Del Norte. This is the second "Coffee with a Cop" event for the Isla Vista community. Sheriff's Deputies from the Isla Vista Foot Patrol will be on hand to get to know residents and answer questions and concerns.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 3 felony charges were filed against Jose Luis Diaz, AKA Jose Morales and AKA Luis Diaz, in connection with a traffic fatality occurring on Friday, November 8, 2013 at the intersection of Highways 154 and 246.

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is a beautiful outdoor destination set amidst oak woodlands 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.

Walking can have hidden dangers when crossing streets or busy intersections. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department offers these tips that pedestrians can use to be safe:

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management initiated a no-notice Level III activation of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 0800 on Tuesday, November 26th. The activation exercise was designed to familiarize County staff and newly identified personnel to the EOC and to "stress test" its infrastructure and technology capacity.