2019 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is conducting a suspicious death investigation in the unincorporated area of Lompoc. At approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning, a passerby called 911 to report seeing a body lying near a vehicle in the 5600 block of Santa Rosa Road.

At approximately 2:00 p.m., on May 16, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team (SBCSAR) was deployed to Tangerine Falls in the Montecito area to a report of three lost hikers stuck on the side of a cliff.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has recently received a large number of reports county-wide regarding several different familiar phone scams. The most active scam right now is the Social Security scam and residents have lost thousands of dollars to these con artists.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. on May 15, 2019, Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant in the 1800 block of Ironwood Drive in Santa Maria. As a result of the search warrant, numerous rounds of ammunition of various calibers, loaded and unloaded high-capacity magazines, several handguns, long rifles and an assault rifle were confiscated from the residence.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. last night, May 15, 2019, the Sheriff's Office was notified of an overdue aircraft out of the Santa Ynez Airport. The pilot had left earlier in the afternoon in his 2006 Aviat fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft for a solo, short flight around the area.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that felony and misdemeanor charges have been filed against the former owner of Mid State Motorsports in Lompoc, Alysha Marie Hibson, and two ex-employees of the dealership, Karl Wolfgang Bischoff and Daniel Merlin Davis.

Public Invited to Free Showing of "55 Steps" Starring Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter

On May 14, 2019, members of the Sheriff's Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) served a search warrant at a residence in the 300-block of S. Voluntario Street in Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing additional information in regards to the Officer Involved Shooting that occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m. on May 7, 2019.

* * * * * P R E S S R E L E A S E * * * * * FIRST RESPONDER RESILIENCY District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today the successful conclusion of a two-day First Responder Resiliency Conference. The conference was held in Santa Barbara on April 29 and April 30, 2019. Although 30-50 people in countywide leadership w