2018 Press Releases

Two suspects are in custody following an attempted robbery that occurred this morning, August 29, 2018 at a Marijuana Cultivation Facility located in the 1500 block of Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria. At approximately 6:25 a.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at the facility. Employees reported that a group of suspects had broken into the grounds and sprayed one of the employees with pepper spray before fleeing in a white U-Haul van with Arizona license plates.

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that the District Attorney's Office will begin a new form of Crime Prevention in Santa Maria. The Santa Maria Public Library has recently opened a used book store. In response to that effort, the District Attorney Staff has decided to donate gently used children's books.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that felony charges have been filed against Sheri Ann Craig, 51, a resident of Port Hueneme, California, in connection with the August 24, 2018, traffic collision that killed one passenger in her vehicle and injured the other. Ms. Craig is charged with two felonies; one count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causing injury.

The Traffic Unit of the Goleta Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations Wednesday, August 29, 2018, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians. The Traffic Unit will be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users.

At approximately 5:20 a.m. on August 27, 2018, Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary alarm at a residence in the 800 block of Lilac Drive in Montecito. When deputies arrived, they observed a white van parked down the street blocking half the roadway. The deputies also observed a male adult walking on the street coming from the area of the alarm. Once additional deputies arrived, the suspect, who was identified as being 30-year-old Jason Buchanan of North Hollywood, was detained along with the two occupants of the van who were identified as being 32-year-old Danay Granville and 25-year-old Tyrone O'Neal, also from the Los Angeles area.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that she has concluded her legal analysis of the November 19, 2017 officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Geronimo Vicente Santos.

At approximately 1:50 a.m. this morning, August 26, 2018, Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in the 2800 block of Exeter Place in Santa Barbara to a report of a male and a female subject who were not breathing. When deputies and Santa Barbara County Firefighters arrived, they located approximately 30 people inside the residence. The group was attending a post wedding celebration at the house, which had been rented for the occasion.

Just after 2:00 p.m. on August 24, 2018, a resident in the 4300-block of Via Presada in Hope Ranch called the Sheriff's Public Safety Dispatch Center and reported observing a male subject inside her home. The resident was not home at the time, but was observing the suspect through a security camera installed inside the residence. Several deputies from the Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau, assisted by officers with the California Highway Patrol and Santa Barbara Police Department, responded to the residence and established a perimeter around the home.

Today, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued an Air Quality Watch for Santa Barbara County through the weekend. Smoke from fires burning elsewhere in the state is causing high levels of particulate matter throughout Santa Barbara County.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. last night, August 23, 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department advised the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office of an elderly couple reported as missing from the Los Angeles area. The couple, ages 84 and 87, was last seen at approximately 10:00 a.m. and was reported as missing when they did not return from an appointment.