Articles Tagged With ‘Santa Barbara County’




Former coach gets probation for disputed act of child molestation

A former Santa Maria youth basketball coach, who was accused of molesting a teenage girl over multiple years, received a five-year probation sentence and was set free from jail on Monday. The alleged victim in the case had recanted her... (Continue reading)

Hit-and-run suspects beat up Santa Barbara sheriff’s deputy

Two men who were allegedly involved in a DUI hit-and-run beat up a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy who tried to arrest them early Wednesday morning. The suspects sent the deputy to the emergency room with head and back injuries,... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara deputy reportedly shoots manhunt suspect

A Santa Barbara County manhunt reportedly ended Sunday night with a sheriff’s deputy shooting the suspect inside a home in rural Santa Barbara. The county sheriff’s office is currently refusing to release any details about the shooting or the suspect’s... (Continue reading)

Lompoc teens arrested for torture and killing a rabbit

Three Lompoc teens — ages 13, 14 and 15 — stole a neighbor’s pet rabbit, then used a dog, knife and hatchet to torture and kill the animal, according to the city’s police department. When confronted, the teens allegedly threatened... (Continue reading)

Lompoc man of the year facing life in prison for child molestation

A longtime public servant and former Lompoc man of the year is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to 17 counts of child molestation charges. Anthony Michael Durham, 67, is expected to spend the rest of his life in... (Continue reading)

Six injured in Santa Barbara County’s Windy Gap

Three vehicles collided on Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County’s Windy Gap, leaving an SUV dangling over a guardrail and another car lying on its side in the middle of the road. A total of six people suffered injuries, according... (Continue reading)

Victim of Santa Barbara paragliding accident identified

Officials have identified the woman killed in a Thanksgiving Day paragliding accident in Santa Barbara County as 56-year-old Marjorie “Marge” Variano of Cornelius, North Carolina. Variano, who previously lived in Santa Barbara, was paragliding off Gibraltar Road with a group... (Continue reading)

Woman dies in Thanksgiving paragliding crash

An approximately 50-year-old woman was killed in a crash while paragliding Thursday near La Cumbra Peak in the Santa Ynez Mountains of Santa Barbara County, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. KCOY reports the woman was participating in... (Continue reading)

Person killed in head-on crash on Highway 166

One person died following a head-on collision on Highway 166 in northern Santa Barbara County Sunday evening. The accident was the third fatal collision on Highway 166 in the last month and a half. [Tribune] At approximately 6:40 p.m., the... (Continue reading)

Nipomo man killed in motorcycle crash on Highway 101

A 29-year-old Nipomo man died after crashing his motorcycle on Highway 101 in Carpinteria Wednesday morning. David Jacob Franks crashed his bike while trying to ride between lanes of traffic. [KCOY] Around 7:40 a.m., Franks was riding a 2003 Suzuki... (Continue reading)