2017 Press Releases

At approximately 6:30 a.m. on October 11, 2017, members assigned to the Santa Barbara County Compliance Response Team (CRT) and investigators from the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) conducted a probation search and arrest warrant service in the 1700 block of Lynne Dr. in Santa Maria.

Just after 10:15 am, October 14, 2017, an adult male in his forties was walking on the tracks near Eucalyptus Lane at Miramar Ave. when he was struck and fatally injured by an Amtrak passenger train that was headed northbound.

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Brett E. Lovett, 46 years old, of Camarillo and Robert C. Burlison, 64 years old, of La Canada were arrested on the morning of October 11, 2017.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued an Air Quality Watch for Santa Barbara County through the weekend.

Announcing a new campaign aimed at boosting early brain development and language skills of all children birth through age 5 in Santa Barbara County. The First 5 Santa Barbara County campaign will run Oct. 16 through Nov. 20, 2017 with support from partners including community leaders, family resource centers, libraries, and child care providers involved in the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing," is a community-wide effort with promotion from Too Small to Fail, a national, joint initiative of The Opportunity Institute and the Clinton Foundation.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, October 11, 2017, Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a suspected robbery at VIP Tobacco located in the 600 block of Alamo Pintado Road in the City of Solvang.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the truancy rate in Santa Barbara County schools was once again significantly lower than the California statewide average.

Missing teenager, Destiny Navarette, and wanted subject, Miguel Perez, were located today, October 11, 2017, in Othello, Washington. The 16-year-old Orcutt teenager was reported missing by her family on September 19, 2017 and was believed to be with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Miguel Perez De La Cruz of Guadalupe.

Following a few complaints in western Goleta of a "rotten egg" smell, or hydrogen sulfide (H2S), the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and the County Public Health Department, Environmental Health Services Division (EHS) investigated to identify a cause and determine toxicity levels, if any.

At approximately 7:26 a.m. on October 6th, 2017, Sheriff's deputies responded to a call in the Montecito area. The caller reported a female was screaming for help and a male, later identified as 49-year-old Barret Paul Murphy of Santa Barbara, was chasing her with a knife in his hand.