2014 Press Releases

For the past two months, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office detectives have been investigating the murder of Javier Alcantar Limon, whose body was found with multiple gunshot wounds on August 19, 2014, near the entrance to the Guadalupe Dunes. As a result of their investigation, three Santa Maria residents have been identified and arrested in connection with Limon's murder.

Everyone wants to have a safe and happy Halloween for themselves, their guests and especially their children. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds people that there are many ways to keep your child safe on Halloween and offers the following Halloween safety tips

Ryan Rockabrand, Director of Emergency Management for the County of Santa Barbara graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Emergency Management Leaders Academy at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) on October 23, 2014, along with twenty eight other participants of Cohort I.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing the results of the 2014 marijuana eradication season. For the past several months, the Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), the United States Forest Service and the California National Guard have been working together to locate and eradicate illegal marijuana grows in Santa Barbara County.

According to the National Weather Service, records are being set for the lowest rainfall amounts in three years, temperatures have also been quietly setting their own records.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that David Prenatt was sentenced to 10 years state prison and ordered to pay $13,200,823.00 in restitution to the 8 victims in the case.

On Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 11:22 a.m., Sheriff's deputies assigned to the Lompoc Sheriff's substation responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Vandenberg Village. The disturbance was reported by neighbors. Sheriff's deputies made contact with the resident, 29-year-old Matthew Lee Hill, a Lompoc Police Officer, and his girlfriend.

The public is invited to attend a free kick-off event for Food Day -- a nationwide celebration that inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies -- at the Back Door Deli, 315 Camino Del Remedio in Santa Barbara, from 11 am to 1 pm on Friday, October 24.

Three suspects are in custody following a high speed pursuit that started in the City of Buellton and ended with the vehicle hitting a Sheriff's patrol car and crashing into a tree in a City of Santa Barbara neighborhood.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing the identity of the victim who was fatally injured by a train on October 11, 2014 at just before 6 p.m. at the Union Pacific railroad trestle at Vista Point. The victim is 26-year-old Mingyue Yuan, a Chinese visiting scholar at the University of California Santa Barbara.