2018 Press Releases

At approximately 5:20 a.m. on August 27, 2018, Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary alarm at a residence in the 800 block of Lilac Drive in Montecito. When deputies arrived, they observed a white van parked down the street blocking half the roadway. The deputies also observed a male adult walking on the street coming from the area of the alarm. Once additional deputies arrived, the suspect, who was identified as being 30-year-old Jason Buchanan of North Hollywood, was detained along with the two occupants of the van who were identified as being 32-year-old Danay Granville and 25-year-old Tyrone O'Neal, also from the Los Angeles area.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that she has concluded her legal analysis of the November 19, 2017 officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Geronimo Vicente Santos.

At approximately 1:50 a.m. this morning, August 26, 2018, Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in the 2800 block of Exeter Place in Santa Barbara to a report of a male and a female subject who were not breathing. When deputies and Santa Barbara County Firefighters arrived, they located approximately 30 people inside the residence. The group was attending a post wedding celebration at the house, which had been rented for the occasion.

Just after 2:00 p.m. on August 24, 2018, a resident in the 4300-block of Via Presada in Hope Ranch called the Sheriff's Public Safety Dispatch Center and reported observing a male subject inside her home. The resident was not home at the time, but was observing the suspect through a security camera installed inside the residence. Several deputies from the Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau, assisted by officers with the California Highway Patrol and Santa Barbara Police Department, responded to the residence and established a perimeter around the home.

Today, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued an Air Quality Watch for Santa Barbara County through the weekend. Smoke from fires burning elsewhere in the state is causing high levels of particulate matter throughout Santa Barbara County.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. last night, August 23, 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department advised the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office of an elderly couple reported as missing from the Los Angeles area. The couple, ages 84 and 87, was last seen at approximately 10:00 a.m. and was reported as missing when they did not return from an appointment.

At about 3:45 p.m. today, Sheriff's deputies responded to the Bradbury Dam area for a report of a suicidal subject who may be armed. A Santa Barbara County Air Support helicopter responded and determined that the suicidal subject, a distraught female, had armed herself and she was observed firing several shots into the air.

The Goleta Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint tomorrow, August 24, 2018, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. This DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is in continuation of the 18-day mobilization enforcement period leading up to, and through, the Labor Day holiday.

At approximately 11:15 a.m. this morning, August 22, 2018, an employee with the Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District came to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol with a backpack found abandoned in a wooded area of Anisq' Oyo Park in Isla Vista. When deputies looked inside the backpack, they observed a suspected pipe bomb inside. The lobby was immediately closed and the building was evacuated. The Sheriff's Bomb Squad was deployed to respond, examine the suspicious device and render it safe.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance to help locate a voluntary missing teenager from Tulare County who may be in the Santa Barbara area.