2017 Press Releases

Announcing a new campaign aimed at boosting early brain development and language skills of all children birth through age 5 in Santa Barbara County. The First 5 Santa Barbara County campaign will run Oct. 16 through Nov. 20, 2017 with support from partners including community leaders, family resource centers, libraries, and child care providers involved in the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing," is a community-wide effort with promotion from Too Small to Fail, a national, joint initiative of The Opportunity Institute and the Clinton Foundation.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, October 11, 2017, Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a suspected robbery at VIP Tobacco located in the 600 block of Alamo Pintado Road in the City of Solvang.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the truancy rate in Santa Barbara County schools was once again significantly lower than the California statewide average.

Missing teenager, Destiny Navarette, and wanted subject, Miguel Perez, were located today, October 11, 2017, in Othello, Washington. The 16-year-old Orcutt teenager was reported missing by her family on September 19, 2017 and was believed to be with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Miguel Perez De La Cruz of Guadalupe.

Following a few complaints in western Goleta of a "rotten egg" smell, or hydrogen sulfide (H2S), the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and the County Public Health Department, Environmental Health Services Division (EHS) investigated to identify a cause and determine toxicity levels, if any.

At approximately 7:26 a.m. on October 6th, 2017, Sheriff's deputies responded to a call in the Montecito area. The caller reported a female was screaming for help and a male, later identified as 49-year-old Barret Paul Murphy of Santa Barbara, was chasing her with a knife in his hand.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has tentatively scheduled a Prescribed Burn at 5555 Santa Maria Mesa Road with a burn window through October 31. The goal of this one-day burn is to reduce the risk of wildfire. Approximately 209 acres of grassland and Venturian Coastal Sage Scrub will be burned.

Four chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) near the city of Solvang. These chickens are part of a "sentinel" chicken flock monitored by the Mosquito and Vector Management District (MVMD) and are located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. last night, October 7, 2017, a UCSB student was sexually battered while walking home in the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the graduation of seven Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff Trainees from the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center.