2020 Press Releases

At 2:07 a.m. this morning, deputies responded to the 700-block of Royal Terrace to investigate a report of suspects who were checking the door handles of vehicles and going through vehicles they found unlocked.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Coalition Engaged in a Smoke-free Effort (CEASE) encourage local residents to go smoke free on World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) which is observed annually on May 31.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara y la Coalición Comprometida en un Esfuerzo Libre de Humo (CEASE, por sus siglas en inglés) motivan a los residentes locales a no fumar en el Día Mundial sin Tabaco (WNTD, por sus siglas en inglés) que se celebra anualmente el 31 de mayo.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that Laura Mae Gish, age 52, having previously pled guilty to all charges resulting from a January 18, 2019 bus crash, was sentenced to the maximum sentence under the law.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Santa Barbara County Fire Department Fire Investigators and Sheriff's Department Detectives identified and apprehended a male juvenile suspected of starting multiple fires in the area of North Turnpike Road and Vala Drive.

The County Health Officer Henning Ansorg, M.D. has issued Health Officer Order No. 2020-8.3. This Order will be effective starting 5 p.m., Tuesday May 26, 2020 and continuing until 5 p.m., on June 30, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County of Santa Barbara Health Officer.

In order to minimize the economic impacts of COVID-19, the County of Santa Barbara is providing a clear, quick path for wineries and wine tasting rooms to begin serving food in order to operate in Stage 2 of Governor Newsom's four-stage COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap. On May 25, County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato, serving as the Director of Emergency Services, declared Emergency Rule #2, temporarily suspending County Code Chapter 35 Zoning Regulations and Permit Restrictions and any zoning development standards or regulations that otherwise prohibit or limit wineries and wine tasting rooms from serving food.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the twelfth death of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual resided in the City of Santa Maria and was in their 70s with underlying health conditions. As of today, there are 1,551 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barba County, 971 cases are at the Federal Prison in Lompoc and 580 are community cases and 463 have fully recovered. Today's total number of confirmed cases includes an update as a case reported previously was determined not to be a case.

The County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D. has issued Health Officer Order No. 2020-10. This Order will be effective starting 5:00 p.m. (PDT) May 26, 2020, continuing until 5:00 p.m. (PDT), on June 30, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County of Santa Barbara Health Officer ("Health Officer"). A significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and can transmit the virus to others through coughing, sneezing, or talking. Face coverings have the potential to slow the spread of the virus by limiting the spread of respiratory droplets.

After a short stand-off, deputies arrested a suspect at his home in Buellton for a warrant issued by Mercer County Sheriff's Office in Missouri.