2013 Press Releases

As party-goers celebrate Cinco de Mayo with mariachi music and authentic cuisine, many will also indulge with their favorite margarita or tequila and then unfortunately, choose to get behind the wheel. That's why this year the ‗AVOID the 12' DUI Task Force in Santa Barbara County is joining with others across the state and nation to encourage everyone to plan ahead this Cinco de Mayo and to never drink and drive.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today Dario Pini pled to one count of Trespass. The facts of this case involved Mr. Pini's unauthorized entry into a to-be-demolished structure located on a fenced construction site.

The second suspect wanted in connection with a stolen car and pursuit in Carpinteria is in custody. At around 2:45 p.m. this afternoon at the corner of Telegraph Road and Victoria Avenue, 28-year-old Taryn Yankovitch was arrested by Ventura Police Officers following a traffic stop. She was recognized as a passenger in the car and taken into custody.

At around 9:45 a.m. this morning, local ranch employees discovered a beached boat within a secluded cove on the Cojo Ranch, below the Point Conception Light House. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Detectives responded to the scene and found an abandoned 30 foot Panga boat. Detectives found approximately 2,000 pounds of marijuana stashed at the base of a nearby cliff, adjacent to the boat. The marijuana has an estimated street value of approximately 4 million dollars.

The Santa Barbara County Community Services Department is excited to be launching a new recreational youth program for kids ages 8 to 17. This will be a fun and educational Junior Lifeguard Program at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park (aka Hendry's Beach)! Hendry's Junior Lifeguards will learn the skills required to be a Beach Lifeguard.

The driver of a stolen car who fled from Sheriff's Deputies yesterday in Carpinteria prompting a search of the area is in custody. 22-year-old Joseph Rowland was arrested this morning in Ventura and transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail.

The Goleta Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI / Driver's License checkpoint on Friday May 3rd, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Come Join the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office for the 14th Anniversary of the Platinum Performance sponsored State Street Mile in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara on June 2nd. All proceeds go directly to the District Attorney's Office Crime Victim Emergency Fund.

People in Santa Barbara have their homes in woodland settings - in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment, but face the very real danger of wildfire.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Investigators are attempting to locate two suspects found in a stolen car this morning in Carpinteria who fled from Deputies and are still at large.