2017 Press Releases

The Public Health Department reminds residents to prevent deaths with kids left in hot cars. In 2015, a child died in Santa Barbara County due to heatstroke when the child was left/got locked in a hot car.

Following an update to the Montecito Planning Commission on August 17, County Planning and Development staff will give an update on progress of the Cannabis Land Use and Licensing Program to the County Planning Commission in Santa Maria on September 13. The public is encouraged to participate in person or by remote testimony that will be available in Santa Barbara.

The public is invited to attend a meeting in Carpinteria to provide input to the Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Supervisors and ask questions regarding the regulation of medical and recreational cannabis. Topics for discussion include the future of business licensing, land use permitting, and fees and taxation.


At approximately 7:15 p.m. tonight, August 16, 2017, Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a group of juveniles shoplifting at the Vons grocery store located in the 100 block of Turnpike Road in an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara.

First 5 Santa Barbara County and Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley are hosting a community town hall and panel discussion focused on reducing youth violence by supporting children and families in the early years of life.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that charges have been filed against Edward Dean Scheuerman, a 61 year-old resident of Paso Robles, California.

Eight people were arrested for prostitution related crimes following an undercover operation conducted at a Santa Maria hotel on August 10, 2017 by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau and Criminal Investigations Bureau.

With students preparing to head back to school, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department urges parents and guardians to check the vaccine records of their children.

On August 2, 2017, at approximately 1:30PM, Santa Barbara County Animal Services received a call of several loose rabbits on Figueroa Mountain Road. The reports were that 20-30 rabbits were seen, seemingly in distress, along the roadway.

Santa Maria - At approximately 2:58 p.m. on August 10, 2017, members assigned to the Sheriff's Compliance Response Team (CRT) observed a know wanted subject, Nicolas McCloud, as the passenger in a vehicle in the 100 Block of E. Donovan Road in the City of Santa Maria.