2019 Press Releases

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Leonel Adrian Torres, age 36 will face 15 years to life in prison as a result of being found guilty on Friday, July 7, 2019 of 2nd degree murder.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that four adults and one juvenile have been charged with various felonies related to the June 1, 2019 homicide of twenty-nine year old Alberto Torres.

June is nationally recognized as Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month. As kittens are inundating shelters around the nation, Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month brings the focus on adult cats still waiting for their new homes.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the graduation of four Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff Trainees from the Allan Hancock College Law Enforcement Academy.

On May 21, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Cannabis Compliance Team, with the assistance of the Sheriff's Compliance Response Team and Investigators from the District Attorney's Office, executed search warrants in Los Olivos and Montecito.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will hold a budget hearing beginning at 9 a.m. on June 11, and June 13 if needed, at the County Administration Building, Fourth Floor Hearing Room, 105 East Anapamu Street.

On June 4, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Cannabis Compliance Team, with the assistance of the Sheriff's Compliance Response Team, executed search warrants in Montecito and the City of Carpinteria. These warrants were related to illegal and unlicensed cannabis cultivation, transport, processing and sales.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has confirmed one additional case of measles in a local resident reporting international travel. The person with measles is an unvaccinated adult exposed to measles outside of Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Omar Alberto Leon, age 28, has been charged with one count of willful, premeditated and deliberate murder in the death of Lilia Munoz, age 29.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today the resolution of an environmental-protection action against Exxon Mobil Corporation, which owns and operates a petroleum processing facility in Las Flores Canyon.