2017 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has received a large number of reports countywide the past several days regarding a familiar phone scam where the caller poses as a Sheriff's deputy. In several of the cases, the scammer used the name of a deputy actually employed by the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office is releasing an update on the investigation into the death of 57-year-old Eric "Sunny" Buttler of Ojai. Buttler was reported missing by his family on June 28, 2017 and was found deceased in a Las Canovas Canyon creek bed on July 14, 2017 near a popular hiking trail.

The Traffic Unit of the Goleta Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations tomorrow, August 2, 2017, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians. The Traffic Unit will be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users.

Santa Barbara County is hosting a series of open houses to celebrate enhancements in operations, engage the public in contributing to our important work with animals, and announce the formation of a new Animal Services Advisory Committee.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the promotions of nine Sheriff's Deputies and Custody Deputies. The select group was honored this morning, July 31, 2017, at a promotional ceremony held at Earl's Place at the Earl Warren Showgrounds.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that convicted heroin dealer, Kristopher John Davis, age 46, was sentenced to 4 years, 8 months in state prison.

The Sheriff's Office is releasing the identity of the pedestrian that was fatally injured by a train in Goleta earlier today, July 26, 2017. The decedent is 65 year-old Ester Lopez de Reyes of Goleta.

News Release Vehicular Manslaughter Arrest New Cuyama -On July 25, 2017 at 11:16 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies and Santa Barbara County Fire personnel responded to the 5000 block of Highway 166 for a reported "Subject Down" on the side of the roadway. When first responders arrived on scene, they discovered a deceased male,


Cachuma Lake Recreation is open following the Whittier Fire. For day-use and overnight guests, there is a fully stocked general store, gas station, coin-operated laundromat and hot showers.

Reports of thefts from farms and ranches in the Santa Maria Valley have declined following a comprehensive investigation by the Sheriff's Rural Crimes Unit that led to the identification of six suspects believed responsible for a number of rural crimes.