2020 Press Releases

Last night, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 39-year-old Eric Mauricio Ramirez Aguilar of Goleta for his connection to a hit-and-run that left two people dead. He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail with a bail of $100,000 and his booking photo is now available.

At 5:20 p.m. this afternoon, Sheriff's Deputies responded with County Fire and American Medical Response (AMR) to Cathedral Oaks and Winchester Canyon on a report of a vehicle that hit two pedestrians. While deputies were on their way, the driver of the vehicle ran from the scene and was last seen westbound on Cathedral Oaks.

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that on January 26, 2020, Derrick Thompson, age 23, pled guilty to all felony counts as charged in a vehicle evading collision, which left a victim fighting for her life.

This morning, at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Human Resources Recruiter Colleen Ryan was honored as the Santa Barbara County Employee of the Month.

On Saturday, January 25, 2020, a Sheriff's Deputy was driving southbound on the 101 near Santa Claus Lane when he noticed a black Chevrolet Malibu matching the description of a suspect's vehicle associated with thefts from several vehicles in the Los Alamos, Gaviota, and Goleta areas.

On Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 8:18 p.m. suspects smashed the window of a vehicle in the parking lot of 3208 Via Real, in the unincorporated area of Carpinteria and stole items from the vehicle.

On Wednesday, January 22, 2020 the Sheriff's Office Cannabis Compliance Team along with investigators from the California Department of Food and Agriculture Cal Cannabis and the Department of Fish and Wildlife served a search warrant at a cannabis farm in the 5300-block of Foothill Road in Carpinteria.

Local non-profit Freedom to Choose Project and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office - Victim Assistance Program are launching Healing Ourselves, an innovative support group for individuals who have been a victim of a violent crime in cases already prosecuted and closed.