2016 Press Releases

As part of a statewide effort to combat underage drinking, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office conducted "Shoulder Tap" and "Minor Decoy" operations on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. last night, November 9, 2016, Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle that had been parked in a residential neighborhood in Los Olivos for an extended period of time.

At approximately 1:27 p.m. yesterday, November 9, 2016, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a residential burglary in progress in the 1300 block of Linhere Street in Carpinteria. The suspects were seen fleeing the area in a red Ford Fiesta.

On November 9, 2016, a team of Santa Barbara County Animal Services staff seized 23 dogs from inside a home in Los Alamos. The dogs received a preliminary assessment and vaccinations on-site and were transported to the Santa Barbara Animal Center for further assessment and care.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. today, November 9, 2016, Sheriff's deputies responded to the 1000 block El Embarcadero near the 7-Eleven to a report of a man with a gun.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Mounted Enforcement Unit is preparing to saddle up and ride in the 128th annual Rose Parade on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena. The unit is made up of a team of horses and 13 deputy riders, including Sheriff Bill Brown.

The Goleta Police Department has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.

In cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Santa Barbara County Parks was granted a Private Stocking Permit for up to 8,000 pounds of triploid rainbow trout. On November 8, 4,000 pounds ranging in size from half a pound "catchables," to eight pound "trophies" are set to be released, with the additional 4,000 pounds arriving in late 2016 or early 2017.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to report that, for the third year in a row, Halloween in Isla Vista was safe and uneventful. This year Halloween fell on a Monday which historically has attracted a large crowd the night of Halloween and the weekend prior.

As the time change approaches on November 6th, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.