2018 Press Releases

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on February 6, 2018, Sheriff's detectives with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Bureau were patrolling the Montecito disaster area when they observed an SUV leaving Coast Village Road.

Dental decay is the most common chronic disease among children that can be prevented through regular screening, early identification, preventative education, and treatment.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with our County partners, remains steadfast in its commitment to help return the community of Montecito to normalcy as soon as possible.

Montecito Community Meeting to be Held Thursday, February 8 County to Address Future Storm Risks, Evacuations and Ongoing Debris Removal

As recovery continues in the Montecito community, it is important for the public to understand the risks associated with future storms in the area and what to do when evacuation orders are issued.

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Office of Arts and Culture are pleased to announce recipients of the Fall 2017 Community Arts Enrichment Grants cycle.

Ocean water samples were taken on Monday, February 5, for all beaches where bacterial testing is historically conducted in the County. The results of these tests reveal that all ocean waters have bacterial levels below the standard and are safe for ocean activities with the exception of three beaches, Carpinteria, Goleta and Hammonds.

At approximately 3:00pm on February 5, 2018, sheriff's deputies from the Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau responded to a home in the 5000-block of San Vicente Drive to check the welfare of a woman who called 911 stating she was suicidal and holding a knife to her neck.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that felony charges have been filed against Fernando Navarro, 19, of Santa Maria, in connection with the February 3, 2018, shooting death of Leonardo Navarro, also of Santa Maria.

In honor of Spay Day USA, Santa Barbara County cat owners are being offered $1 spays or neuters for their unaltered cats. This February, the Responsible Pet Ownership Alliance is holding, "$1 today keeps the Kittens at bay," where owners can get their feline friend(s) spayed or neutered for only $1 with a free a rabies vaccination.