2015 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency has reviewed the medical response of the patient treated in Isla Vista on October 11, 2015.

Preliminary test results have been received for the fungal disease outbreak that is affecting dogs and people at the Santa Maria Animal Center. Laboratory cultures for some of the affected animals have tested positive for microsporum canis which is commonly known as ringworm.

In an effort to improve our ability to safely manage the Operation Medicine Cabinet program, the Sheriff's Office has temporarily removed the majority of its prescription drug collection kiosks from Sheriff's Office facilities.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office investigated a series of Instagram posts by a San Marcos High School student and determined that they were taken out of context and that no crime was committed.

The California State Transportation Agency is looking for 5,000 volunteers for its California Road Charge Pilot Program. Volunteers will help the State evaluate options that could potentially replace the current gas tax.

Over the past week, a number of dogs at the center began displaying signs of a skin condition that is not yet diagnosed. A number of staff and volunteers at the shelter have also reported skin changes including an itchy rash. The personal well-being of our staff and volunteers is of utmost importance to the County, as is the well-being of the animals in our care.

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 Thursday, October 22.

The Compliance Response Team (CRT) is requesting public assistance to help locate a wanted suspect.   44-year-old Matt Crandall of Santa Maria has a warrant for his arrest for violating the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision.



The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office announced today that Randall Rudy Quaid and Evi Hellena Quaid have been released from custody in Vermont. We were prepared for this possibility and had already begun the process ofseeking a Governor's warrant.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to report that Dianne Thacher is no longer missing. She returned to her dorm room at Sierra Nevada College this afternoon.