2019 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office arrested an Isla Vista man for felony vandalism after a bizarre incident at a Goleta 7-Eleven convenience store.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is pleased to announce the retirement of our Live Scent Search Dog, Riley. Born on October 1st in Northern California, Riley, after 2 attempts at domestic life found his place in this world as a Live Scent Search Dog, trained by the Search Dog Foundation in Santa Paula California.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office employee was involved in a serious injury collision on SR – 154 near Lake Cachuma on Saturday evening, September 14, 2019.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the California Victim Compensation Board has named the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Victim Witness Program as the governmental agency that will be entrusted with helping victims of the Conception Dive Boat Fire.

In a press briefing held at Sheriff's Headquarters this afternoon, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown announced that all 34 victims of the Conception dive boat disaster have been identified.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff – Coroner's Office has confirmed the identities of 5 additional victims who died when the dive boat Conception caught fire in the early morning hours of Monday, September 2nd in the waters off of Santa Cruz Island.

Leak Detection Sensors at Gas Station Were Disabled

Salvage efforts to recover the Conception were suspended yesterday afternoon as winds, swells and currents increased Friday afternoon. This weather pattern is expected to remain through the weekend.

In a press conference held earlier today, Sheriff Bill Brown provided an update on the efforts to identify the victims of the Conception Incident.

Due to the critical fire weather today into Saturday and Sunday, we have approval from Cal Fire to upstaff the following on 9/6/19 through 0800 on Monday 9/9/19