2017 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is sad to report that former Santa Barbara County Sheriff John Carpenter passed away at approximately 1 p.m. on January 26, 2017, after a long illness. Carpenter lived with his family in Virginia the past twenty years and was surrounded by family and friends when he passed. He was 87 years old.

At 2:45 p.m. today, Santa Barbara County proclaimed a local emergency due to the severe winter storms that impacted the County January 19 through 24. The proclamation was signed by County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato and will be ratified by the Board of Supervisors within seven days as required, which is expected to be at a special meeting of the Board currently being scheduled. This proclamation is for the entire County including all of the affected cities and districts. 

Santa Barbara County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato announced today that Jeff Frapwell, a leader with more than 30 years of experience in government finance, will be joining the County Executive Office to oversee its budget operations starting in late February. Tom Alvarez, the County's Budget Director since 2011, is retiring in early March.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing the name of the inmate who had a cardiac related emergency at the Santa Barbara County Jail on December 26, 2016 and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The decedent is 69-year-old Benjamin Karsokas of Isla Vista. His name was withheld until the Sheriff's Coroner's Office could locate next of kin.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance to identify and locate two male subjects suspected of working together on January 20, 2017, to steal two wallets and a purse from victims at various businesses in and around the Camino Real Marketplace located in the City of Goleta. In two of the cases, the male suspects used a distraction technique in order to commit the crime without being noticed. The thefts occurred within one hour of each other.

We are pleased to report that Evelyn Hines has been located safe and uninjured. She returned to the Palm Springs area and was located at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, January 24, 2017, at her former residential community. The Sheriff's Office wants to thank the many residents who were looking for her.

The partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect whales announced results from the 2016 voluntary incentive program and publicly recognized the ten shipping companies who participated, reducing speeds in the Santa Barbara Channel region to 12 knots or less.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the District Attorney's Office has received a grant from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services to fund the Elder and Dependent Adult Outreach Program. This program will provide vital services to seniors, dependent adults, and persons with disabilities who are crime victims.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance to help locate a missing senior citizen. The daughter of 89-year-old Evelyn Hines reported her missing yesterday, January 22, 2017, at approximately 6:40 p.m. when her elderly mother never returned from running some errands.

A cliff and portion of a patio adjacent to apartments located near 6653 Del Playa Dr. in Isla Vista collapsed during the afternoon on Sunday (Jan. 22, 2017).