2014 Press Releases

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is seeing an alarmingly high number of cases of Parvovirus in dogs in Northern Santa Barbara County, including 5 confirmed cases of Parvovirus coming to the Santa Maria Animal Center in the last 2 weeks. Of great concern this year are a number of animal owners that have been refusing treatment and taking sick dogs home from veterinary offices.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that on October 10, 2014, Dan Joseph Basler, age 58, of Ventura, pled guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement and admitted a special allegation that he embezzled in excess of $150,000.00.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the Grand Jury returned a criminal indictment against Nicolas Holzer, alleging 4 counts of murder and one count of Felony Animal Cruelty.

November is a wonderful time of year at Cachuma Lake and marks the beginning of "Eagle Season", highlighting resident and migratory bald eagles around the Lake. Cool weather makes for comfortable day hikes or relaxation around the park. The lake still has many coves to fish and explore, along with 80+ foot lake depths. Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is a beautiful outdoor destination set amidst oak woodlands in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing the identity of the Carpinteria resident whose body was found in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh on October 4, 2014. The decedent is 63-year-old Michael George Ornelas.

The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department supports alternatives to throwing food scraps and yard waste into your trash; which will currently be landfilled. Sam Dickinson, Program Specialist with the Department, explains that, "When you compost at home, leftover food scraps and plant materials are naturally recycled into nutrient-rich compost for your garden - keeping valuable resources out of the landfill." This is a great way for you to reduce your environmental impact. Organics that enter landfills release potent methane gas, which negatively contributes to climate change.

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the 2014 Traffic Safety and Awareness Memorial Walk will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Preisker Park in Santa Maria.

On October 7, 2014, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors appointed Alice Gleghorn, Ph.D., to the position of Director of Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Carpinteria resident whose body was found by a passerby in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh on Saturday morning, October 4 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies responded along with Carpinteria Summerland Fire District personnel. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue personnel also assisted with the investigation.

October 5th-11th has been declared "National Fire Prevention Week", a time to reflect on our nation's past fire history, remembering the "Great Chicago Fire of 1871" and how out of that tragedy, a national interest in fire prevention and safety emerged.