2017 Press Releases

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley, together with 34 other California District Attorneys and two City Attorneys, announced today that San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Bryan F. Foster has ordered Ohio-based company Big Lots Stores, Inc., and its subsidiary corporations, that own and operate Big Lots stores and a distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga, to pay $3,507,500 in civil penalties, costs, and supplemental environmental projects.

Construction of the Woodmere Drive Barrier Wall in Orcutt began on April 17, 2017. The project is located on Woodmere Drive, between the cross streets of Harmony Lane and Genoa Way.

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Water Wise High School Video Contest.

The County of Santa Barbara was recently included in two separate federal assistance programs stemming from severe winter storms that impacted the county February 1-25, 2017.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. today, April 27, 2017, Sheriff's deputies responded to a silent alarm call at the Montecito Bank and Trust located in the 1000 block of Casitas Pass Road in the City of Carpinteria.

Joyce E. Dudley announced today that thirty-four-year-old Marcale Emon Alexander of Bakersfield, California, pled guilty to human trafficking charges.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown is the new President of the California State Sheriffs' Association (CSSA). CSSA is a non-profit organization made up Sheriffs from the 58 counties in California and includes thousands of citizens who are associate members.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has re-opened previously closed areas of Goleta Beach following ocean water test results indicating that water quality meets or exceeds state health standards.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Aubrey Dupree Wadford pled guilty to murder in the 2nd degree and agreed to a sentence of 16 years to life. Wadford also admitted the special allegation of using a deadly weapon in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Angela Laskey, on October 29, 2014.

Two suspects believed to be responsible for burglarizing a residence in the unincorporated area of Goleta near North Beaches and a business in the city of Goleta were arrested Tuesday night after resisting arrest.