2018 Press Releases

The decedent whose body was discovered around 9:30 a.m., on October 20, 2018, near the surf line just east of the Camino Del Sur beach access in Isla Vista has been identified as being 20-year-old Alessandro Esquivel from Downey California. Next of kin has been notified. A final cause and manner of death is pending toxicology and lab results.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today the sentencing of Donald Paul McCaffrey on misdemeanor charges of hit and run and resisting, obstructing, or delaying a law enforcement officer.

The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2018 General Election is Monday, October 22. If a voter has moved or changed his/her name, they must update their registration by completing a new voter registration form.

The suspect wanted for a burglary at Decker's Brand Showcase in Goleta on October 10, 2018, is in custody thanks to an anonymous tip and follow up investigation by Sheriff's deputies.

While you can still vote on Instagram, the Aftermath K9 Grant announced tonight, October 18, 2018, that online voting has been temporarily delayed. Voting will re-open on Monday morning, October 22, 2018, and will run through November 5, 2018. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We hope you will go to Instagram now @AftermathK9Grant and vote for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

–Since the beginning of the current school year there have been several burglaries reported to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol where the suspect entered through an unlocked door or an open window. Most recently, a burglary occurred in the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive late Saturday night October 13, 2018. The suspect entered an occupied residence through an unlocked side door.

For more than 25 years, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has received federal grant funding through the Domestic Cannabis Eradication Suppression Program, administered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The purpose of the grant is to provide financial assistance to local law enforcement agencies to help eradicate illegal marijuana cultivation sites.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that an amended complaint has been filed against Dinara Arevalo, 24, a resident of Lompoc, California. Arevalo was charged on October 4, 2018, by a complaint alleging one count of felony evading arrest causing bodily injury, in violation of Vehicle Code § 2800.3, and a special allegation of infliction of great bodily injury resulting in a comatose state, in violation of Penal Code § 12022.7(b).

On October 15, 2018, Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau served a search warrant on a suspected illegal marijuana cultivation site in the 3100 block of Avena Rd. in the Cebada Canyon area. The cultivation site did not possess the necessary license from the State of California to cultivate legally.

Announcing a new campaign aimed at boosting early brain development and language skills of all children birth through age 5 in Santa Barbara County. "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing," is a community-wide effort with First 5 California and promotion from Too Small to Fail, a national, joint initiative of The Opportunity Institute and the Clinton Foundation.