2021 Press Releases

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, at around 5:00 a.m. officers from the California Highway Patrol were conducting a traffic collision investigation along the northbound lanes of Highway 101 just north of the Gaviota tunnel when they discovered a motorcycle and a deceased male in the bushes.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that a felony complaint has been filed against Kevin Josue Alvarado-Velasquez, 24, of Lompoc.

Santa Barbara County and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) have coordinated an oil cleanup at Toro Canyon Creek northeast of Summerland.

Sheriff's detectives are investigating the burglary of a firearms store in the 5700-block of Hollister Avenue. On Thursday, August 12, 2021 at approximately 2:11 p.m., deputies were dispatched the business to take a report for the burglary.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services (SBCAS) has temporarily closed the Santa Barbara Animal Shelter due to a positive case of COVID-19 identified among staff. Contact tracing efforts are underway to ensure contacts are advised of next steps including quarantine and testing as appropriate.

Sheriff's deputies arrested a Bakersfield man for a multitude of charges including kidnapping, firearm and domestic violence offenses.

On Saturday, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa Barbara County Animal Services (SBCAS) will hold a "No Woof" adoption and microchip event at the Lompoc Animal Shelter located at 1501 W Central Avenue.

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is accepting grant applications designated for arts and culture nonprofit organizations through September 1, 2021 for its Arts Making Impact grant program.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is sad to announce the death of our retired Live Scent Search Dog, Riley.

Sheriff's deputies arrested a Mesa, Arizona woman and a Carpinteria man on weapons violations during two separate traffic stops.