2017 Press Releases

At approximately 7:30 p.m., yesterday, September 1, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office began investigating a potential kidnapping that occurred in the City of Solvang earlier in the day.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. this morning, September 1, 2017, Sheriff's deputies were in the 1400 block of Oak Knoll Road in Orcutt conducting directed patrol due to recent criminal activity.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture proudly announces a new Pop-Up Exhibition called "Runaway," an innovative pavilion created by Greg Corso and Molly Hunker of the award-winning design and architecture collaborative, SPORTS. "Runaway" is on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art and installed in the Historic Storke Placita located at 700 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara from September 2- 30, 2017.

A number of dead birds found in the area of North P Street in Lompoc are being tested for avian paramyxovirus. This virus can spread rapidly in pigeons and doves and can kill up to 100 percent of pigeons in an area.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Johnnie Jingles-Williams, a 27 year-old resident of Sacramento, California pled to all charges arising from a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office operation conducted to proactively combat human trafficking on June 13, 2017 in Santa Maria.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that she has concluded her legal analysis of the May 26, 2016 officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Fernando Castro.

The latest electric vehicles will be on view September 17 as part of a celebration of National Drive Electric Week put on by the Community Environmental Council (CEC),partnering with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club.

The Sheriff's Office now has a more convenient method for depositing funds on an inmate's account. Until now, deposits were only accepted in person at the Santa Barbara County Jail during specific hours.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Daniel J. Chen pled guilty to two separate crimes of forcible rape as well as robbery and personally inflicting great bodily injury upon the victim, all while in the commission of a kidnap for the purposes of rape.

As a new school year begins, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office wants to remind students that they can practice their writing skills in a fun way by participating in the Deputy Pen Pal Program.