2014 Press Releases

On behalf of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley wishes to thank the community for their support and condolences during this very difficult time. The Honorable Thomas W. Sneddon Jr. was our leader from 1983 until his retirement in 2006.

Ebola is a serious disease so it is understandable that many people are concerned about Ebola. Although it is very unlikely that a resident of the United States will be infected with the disease, the Public Health Department is opening an Ebola Information Phone Line and adding information to our website as a service to our community.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will conduct a hearing regarding proposed changes to the animal ordinance including updating terminology and definitions and adding "pooper scooper" requirements. There is also a proposed change to the County ordinance regarding "dangerous dogs."

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to report there were no major incidents in Isla Vista for Halloween weekend, with very few arrests and citations issued. Unlike previous Halloweens which attracted tens of thousands of people, many of them from out of town, this year the crowd was estimated at no more than a few thousand and consisted mostly of locals.

Santa Barbara County emergency responders use several methods to communicate to their residents during emergencies. An important communication tool is the emergency telephone notification system; Reverse 9-1-1

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Aubrey Dupree Wadford, 39, has been charged with one count of murder in the death of victim Angela Laskey. Mr. Wadford has also been charged with the special allegation that he personally used a deadly weapon, to wit: a knife, during the commission of the murder.

At 2:23pm, Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian at Hollister Ave. and Magnolia Ave. in Old Town Goleta.

As the time change approaches on November 2nd, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

A crowd estimated to be in the range of 30,000 people is expected this weekend for Halloween in Isla Vista. In anticipation of the Isla Vista Halloween street party, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will increase its staffing level by 25 personnel.

The unsettled weather expected across southwest California Friday afternoon through Saturday rain will impact travel across the region. Since this will be the first widespread rain event in quite some time, roads will be extra slick due to months of oil buildup on paved surfaces. In addition, people planning to travel into the mountains should be prepared for winter weather driving conditions over the higher elevations.