2021 Press Releases

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office filed charges in Santa Barbara County Superior Court against Jesse Villasana, the driver of an oil tanker truck allegedly responsible for spilling approximately 4,533 gallons of oil into the Cuyama River on March 21, 2020.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is joining the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) in taking a clear stance in response to the abhorrent recent attacks against members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities across the country.

On November 5, 1990 at approximately 6:25 AM, San Francisco Police officers responded to a reported shooting on the 200 block of Potrero Avenue. Officers located the victim, 46-year-old Lamar Vaughn who was suffering from a gunshot wound. Vaughn was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging the community to continue vigilance in adhering to safety guidelines aimed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, during Spring Break.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara está urgiendo a la comunidad a continuar la atención en la adhesión a las guías de seguridad destinadas a reducir la propagación de COVID-19, durante las vacaciones de primavera.

In response to widely shared social media posts, the Sheriff's Office has thoroughly followed-up on the alleged incidents and are partnering with Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) to share information about survivor response, bystander intervention and STESA services.

The County of Santa Barbara is seeking the public's input on recreation needs, including parks, trails, open spaces, and recreational facilities such as sports fields and courts, as it develops a countywide Recreation Master Plan to guide development of new parks, trails and recreational facilities.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has been notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) of two county residents who tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as the U.K. variant.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara (PHD) ha sido notificado por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California (CDPH) de dos residentes del condado que dieron positivo en la variante B.1.1.7, también conocida como variante del Reino Unido.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 59 year old Donald Joseph Lowe was sentenced to 18 years and four months in state prison, followed by 25 years to life