2022 Press Releases

The Sheriff's Office Main Jail has identified 10 additional COVID cases related to the outbreak that began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Since our update from Monday, 10 inmates have recovered. There has been a total of 218 cases in this outbreak that include 68 active cases, 146 recovered, and 4 released.

The First 5 Santa Barbara County Commission for Children and Families (First 5 SBC) is offering grants to nonprofits, schools and institutes of higher learning that serve children birth to five, their families and those who care for them.

First 5 Santa Barbara County funded Radio Bilingüe to produce and broadcast a series of interviews and short radio messages through June 2022 around the benefits of being bilingual and the importance of maintaining the family home language.

Today, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced that the County of Santa Barbara is receiving two funding awards totaling nearly $10 million to address homelessness.

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 2:03 a.m., 45-year-old Jonathan Paul Thomas died at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail.

The Sheriff's Office Main Jail has identified 26 additional COVID cases related to the outbreak that began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

Today, the County Board of Supervisors approved local capital matching funds in order for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara to apply for a $16 million state Homekey grant to provide permanent supportive housing for persons who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness.

Sheriff's deputies have arrested a Goleta man that fled from a traffic stop in Santa Barbara and was tracked to Lompoc. On Friday, January 7, 2022, at approximately 2:35p.m., deputies were dispatched to the 1000-block of Via Regina in Santa Barbara to investigate a suspicious vehicle that appeared to be involved in possible drug sales. When deputies arrived, they contacted a male driver and female passenger inside a black Jeep Cherokee. The driver, who gave deputies a false name, was asked to exit the vehicle and instead drove away from the traffic stop.

The Sheriff's Office Main Jail has identified 13 additional COVID cases related to the outbreak that began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Since our press release yesterday, there have been no additional inmates who have recovered or been release. There has been a total of 182 cases in this outbreak that include 96 active cases, 82 recovered, and 4 released.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team would like to share a success story from their Project Lifesaver Program and remind the public about this valuable resource. On Saturday, January 1, 2022, at 4:14 a.m., the Santa Maria Police Department requested assistance from the Sheriff's Office to locate an at-risk missing adult who had been gone for several hours from the area of South Pine and West Boone Streets. The missing person was enrolled in Project Lifesaver through the Sheriff's Office, an electronic monitoring system that locates persons with Alzheimer's, Dementia, Autism, Downs Syndrome or similar cognitive disorders that may cause the individual to become confused and wander.