2017 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has tentatively scheduled a Prescribed Burn at 5555 Santa Maria Mesa Road with a burn window through October 31. The goal of this one-day burn is to reduce the risk of wildfire. Approximately 209 acres of grassland and Venturian Coastal Sage Scrub will be burned.

Four chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) near the city of Solvang. These chickens are part of a "sentinel" chicken flock monitored by the Mosquito and Vector Management District (MVMD) and are located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. last night, October 7, 2017, a UCSB student was sexually battered while walking home in the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the graduation of seven Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff Trainees from the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has tentatively scheduled a Prescribed Burn at 5555 Santa Maria Mesa Road with a burn window through October 31. The goal of this one-day burn is to reduce the risk of wildfire.

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that since Sunday's Mass Shooting in Las Vegas over 20 local victims, witnesses, friends or employers have contacted the District Attorney's Office Victim-Witness Assistance Program for information and assistance.

On October 4, 2017 deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, Coastal Division investigated a "Snapchat" post by a Carpinteria High School student posing with a firearm. Sheriff's deputies quickly identified and detained the student in the photo on campus.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance to locate a missing teenager and her boyfriend who is a wanted subject.

October 8th-14th has been declared "National Fire Prevention Week", a time to reflect on our nation's past fire history, remembering the "Great Chicago Fire of 1871" and how out of that tragedy, a national interest in fire prevention and safety emerged.

The female decedent who was located in the Santa Maria Riverbed on October 1, 2017, has been identified as being 47-year-old Lucinda Marie Gouin of Santa Maria. Gouin also has ties to Lousiana and San Luis Obispo County.