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Goats reported stolen near Santa Maria

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of goats that were reported missing over the weekend. Sheriff’s deputies said a neighbor near Palmer Road east of Santa Maria reported the theft of at least two goats.


City planners approve 85-townhome project in southwest Santa Maria

Hoping to make use of a long-vacant lot, the Santa Maria Planning Commission on Wednesday approved plans for an 85-townhome, gated community located in the southwest part of the city.


California Cops Who Allegedly Stole Over $225,000 Can't Be Sued, Federal Court Rules

Two businessmen who claimed they were robbed of more than $225,000 by police in Fresno, California during an investigation into illegal gambling saw their civil rights lawsuit dismissed last week, when the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it was “not obvious” that theft by cop would violate


Missing California girl, 15, found dead had ‘traumatic’ injury, homicide investigation launched: police

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. launched a homicide investigation Monday after authorities discovered the body of a missing 15-year-old California girl who'd reportedly suffered a “traumatic” injury.


Guadalupe Emergency Dispatch Now Handled by Santa Maria Police Staff

Transition completed after months of work since City Councils approved switch last summer. Emergency dispatch services for the city of Guadalupe are now being handled by staff inside the Santa Maria Police Department.


ICE releases statement regarding deportation of Goleta woman

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released the following statement to KEYT regarding the deportation of Juana Maria Flores, a Goleta grandmother who had lived in the United States illegally for 30 years.


Two people assaulted at the San Luis Obispo airport

A man whom authorities describe as a transient allegedly assaulted two people last week at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. [KSBY]. On March 18, Robert Torres, 38, approached a man outside the airport’s main terminal, punched the man in the face, and then walked toward the terminal, the


California has never had a woman governor. These 3 women want a shot at it in 2026

The race to become California’s first woman governor has officially started. At a Sacramento Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, State Treasurer Fiona Ma and California Controller Betty T. Yee all said they are open to running for the state’s top position in 2026, when Gov. Ga


LA artist builds 6-foot-high cheese wall on the US-Mexico border in California

Artist Cosimo Cavallaro is building a 6-foot wall of $100 blocks of hard cotija cheese on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, to express his view that Trump’s wall is a waste. He said he's built 30 feet so far.


Cal Fire Peace Officers Arrest Two Arson Suspects

Cal Fire Peace Officers with assistance from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men accused of arson in Jurupa Valley on Tuesday. Jonathan Howard, 31, and Samuel King, 30, were arrested for allegedly setting trash on fire near the outside of a structure, which then caused damage to t


Teen entices man to Grover Beach park where he is beaten

Shortly after 6 p.m., Madison Minet brought the unidentified victim to Mentone Basin Park. Hunter Washburn, 21, then struck the victim in the head with a wood or metal object. The other two men then joined in, tackling the victim to the ground, holding him down, and punching him. Minet encouraged th


Elderly man convicted of molesting, sexually assaulting three family members

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - An 84-year-old man could face over 100 years to life in prison after he was found guilty of nine counts of child molestation and sexual assault. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that Robert Charles Hawley was found guilty by a jury on Mo


Proposed Bill Would Set 2020 Deadline for Public Beach Access Plan at Hollister Ranch in Santa Barbara County

A state lawmaker is applying new pressure on coastal officials and Hollister Ranch owners to provide access to some of California’s most coveted beaches and surf breaks — a promise to the public that has been in limbo for decades as legal battles and stalemates dragged on.


Grover Beach Police arrest three after fight at park

GROVER BEACH, Calif. - Grover Beach Police arrested three people in connection with a fight at Mentone Basin Park. The victim told investigators he was lured to the park and jumped by three men Sunday evening.


Local Sightings of Scottish Fugitive Unfounded

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office determined the sighting claims of Scottish fugitive "Kim Gordon" in Santa Barbara County were unfounded. On Monday, the Sheriff's Office received numerous calls reporting possible sightings of Gordon in the Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys.


County hosting strategic energy workshops in Buellton, Santa Maria

Two workshops to identify areas of the county that may be suitable for renewable energy projects are planned next week in Buellton and Santa Maria. Santa Barbara County, in collaboration with Carpinteria and Goleta, is developing a strategic energy plan, and the workshops will facilitate discussions


Sheriff’s K9 Team Recovers Stolen Car

Just before midnight on March 23, 2019 K-9 Deputy McNeil and his partner Magnum were on patrol in the area of Hwy 135 and Lakeview Rd. when they stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked at Spencer’s Market. The driver was detained when it was found the car he was in was stolen from within


'Carelessly discarded smoking materials' caused fire in Solvang housing complex

Investigators determined a fire that heavily damaged a multifamily housing complex Saturday morning in Solvang was started by “careless discarding of smoking materials,” according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.


United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County 2019 Corks for Kids event raises $32K

United Boys & Girls Clubs (UBGC) of Santa Barbara County reports a hot streak for their casino game-themed Corks for Kids event that took place on Friday, March 8, at Hotel Corque in Solvang.


The Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County (DPSBC) invites candidates to apply for its endorsement for the November 2019 election.

Gail Teton-Landis, Chair of the DPSBC, announced the endorsement process for the Santa Barbara City Council Election this November 2019 is beginning. The first seat that the DPSBC will consider is the West Side, District 3. Teton-Landis stated that, “all those who seek to apply, should contact our E