2015 Press Releases

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Antonio McBride Villasana pied no contest to Arson of an Inhabited Dwelling, Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance (Concentrated Cannabis), both felonies, and one misdemeanor count of Child Endangerment (related to a child of a neighboring family).

The Sheriff's Office is releasing the name of the pedestrian who was fatally injured when he was struck by a vehicle on December 7, 2015 in Buellton. He is 41-year-old Hilder Galindo of Buellton.

The Children's Creative Project and it's long-time Executive Director were recognized by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors at their December 8th meeting with a Resolution acknowledging the 2015 Leadership in the Arts Award recipient. Second District Supervisor and Board Chair Janet Wolf made the presentation on behalf of the Board recognizing Kathy Koury and Children's Creative Project for their significant contributions to arts education and community outreach.

The Sheriff's Major Accident Response Team is investigating a fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian collision that occurred last night, December 7, 2015, just before 7:00 p.m. in Buellton.

A Vermont resident and his beagle named Bunny who were staying at the Rancho Oso RV Park Resort and Campground off of Paradise Road were rescued today by members of the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue team and the Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted murder case in the City of Goleta. At approximately 10:20 p.m. last night, December 2, a Sheriff's deputy was flagged down by a 29-year-old male in the 5800 block of Hollister Avenue

In the first week of December, Plains Pipeline, L.P. will begin the steps to purge the 30-inch Line 903, which runs from the Gaviota Coast to Kern County. Line 903 was shut down at the direction of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) shortly after oil was spilled from Line 901 onto Refugio State Beach in May.

In preparation for the forecasted significantly strong storm season, the California Coastal Commission approved an Emergency Permit for the County of Santa Barbara to construct a winter sand berm along approximately 2,400 feet of Goleta Beach.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., on November 26, 2015, 49 year-old Johnny DeWitt of Santa Maria collapsed and became unresponsive while housed in the Medical Dorm within the Sheriff's Main Jail facility.

Turkey fryers are dangerous and present numerous safety hazards to consumers. If a turkey fryer absolutely must be used, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department urges people to be careful and to follow these basic safety tips