2017 Press Releases

The California Office of Traffic Safety is again announcing that September is "California Pedestrian Safety Month" which began last year in response to the rising number of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the People v. Haobsh case will be on calendar in Department 2 of the Santa Barbara Superior Court on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

On August 31, 2017, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's detectives arrested 69-year-old Conrad Bruce Nickerson at his residence in the unincorporated area of Lompoc on child molestation charges.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing details regarding the kidnapping case involving 55-year-old Virginia Paris and 52-year-old Joseph Hetzel of Lompoc. After three days of being held against her will, we are grateful that the victim is safe and that the perpetrator is in custody.

A coalition of government agencies and non-profit organizations applaud Congressman Alan Lowenthal, with co-sponsors Congressional Representatives Salud Carbajal, Julia Brownley, and Rohit Khanna, for introducing the Blue Whales & Blue Skies Act today.

Kidnapping suspect, 52-year-old Joseph Hetzel of Lompoc, is in custody. Just before 6:00 p.m. tonight, September 5, 2017, Hetzel was located and taken into custody without incident in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to report that 55-year-old Virginia Paris of Lompoc is safe with family and law enforcement in Nevada.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has learned that kidnapping suspect Joseph Hetzel and kidnapping victim Virginia Paris are possibly headed to the Las Vegas area.

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.