Police Say Former School Students Confess To Burglarizing, Vandalizing School Stadium, Auditorium In Santa Barbara
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 5:21pm
Two Santa Barbara County men are facing burglary, and vandalism charges after police say the duo caused heavy damage to Santa Barbara High School’s stadium, and auditorium.
Police were called to the campus just before three a.m. yesterday, by reports of the sounds of breaking glass, and found widespread damage.
School officials reviewed surveillance camera video, and two former students, 19 year old Halen Bretz, and 19 year old Luis Napier were identified as suspects.
They were arrested, and detectives say they confessed to the burglary and vandalism.
Cause Of Major Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County Pinpointed
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 3:00pm
Authorities say we now know the cause of a major brush fire which blackened nearly 2000 acres of land in Santa Barbara county.
The White Fire caused a big scare, forcing thousands of evacuations from the Los Padres National Forest, in Santa Barbara County on Memorial Day. The blaze started Monday afternoon, and burned out of control for four days before being fully contained late Thursday afternoon.
U.S. Forest Service officials say embers from an approved fire zone at the White Rock Day use Area triggered the fire. Officials say it was totally preventable, and call it an expensive wake up call for people using forest areas to be careful with fire. The estimated cost of containing the fire currently stands at three million dollars.
No homes were destroyed by the fire, but dozens were evacuated as they were threatened by the blaze.
Body Found In South Coast Park
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 9:30am
Authorities are investigating the discovery of a man’s body in a popular South Coast park.
Police were called to Santa Barbara’s Oak Park yesterday morning, after a city employee discovered the body of a man in a bathroom stall.
Officers say along with the body, they found evidence of drug use.
The man, who speared to be in his 40’s, hasn’t been identified yet.
Foul play isn’t suspected.
Dance Event To Help Financially Troubled Community Health Clinics In Santa Barbara County
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 9:25am
A dance company is holding a dance party this weekend, to try to help some financially troubled community health clinics in Santa Barbara County.
The Santa Barbara Community Clinics announced earlier this month that they are facing a major financial crisis, and need to raise $1.5 million dollars to keep their doors open for the next six months. The clinics provided more than 56,000 visits to low, and limited income people at their four locations in the last year.
The World Dance for Humanity Dance Company is holding a 70′s themed dance part Saturday night, at TonyRay’s Cantina, in Santa Barbara. 100% of the ten dollar cover charge will go to the clinics.
Aftershocks Continue In Wake Of Magnitude 4.8 Temblor Off Santa Barbara County Coastline
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 8:55am
There have been about a dozen aftershocks since Wednesday’s magnitude 4.8 earthquake off the Santa Barbara County coastline.
The large of the temblors since the initial quake was a magnitude 3.1 which occurred Wednesday night.
The quakes have been centered around four miles west of Isa Vista, under the ocean.
The initial quake was felt as far away as the San Fernando Valley, but some of the aftershocks were so small they were barely felt in the UCSB area.
Oxnard Police Investigating Fatal Stabbing
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 8:41am
Oxnard Police called to a city street over a possible fight tied to a traffic accident instead found a man with several stab wounds, who died at the scene.
It happened just after 10 last night, on the 1900 block of Napoleon Avenue. Officers and paramedics tried to help Aaron Gomez, but say they couldn’t say the 18 year old Oxnard man.
No arrests have been made yet. Detectives say they are following up on several potential leads, and possible motives, but aren’t talking about what they think happened.
Goleta City Official Collapses At Meeting
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 8:25am
A longtime Goleta Valley leader was rushed to a hospital, after he collapsed at a city meeting. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story.
Click on link to listen to/download story: Goleta Councilman Collapses
New Program In Santa Barbara County Focused On Keeping Kids From Going Hungry During Summer
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 12:08am
Actor/Musician Jeff Bridges Performs At Santa Barbara Event To Raise Awareness About Free Summer Food Program For Kids In County
While Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties may seem relatively well off, a shocking number of children aren’t getting enough to eat on a daily basis.
In Santa Barbara County, an estimated 23% of children don’t have reliable access to the food they need to lead a healthy, and active life. School programs help feed many of these kids in need during the school year, but many go without during the summer break.
Yesterday, actor Jeff Bridges, and a number of community leaders joined forces to showcase a new effort to feed these kids.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story.
Click on link to listen to/download story: Food 4 Kids Program
Volunteers Sought For Project To Restore Section Of South Coast Creek
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 6:12pm
A community project this weekend is going to try to help restore the habitat for a section of creek in one of the South Coast’s most popular parks.
Volunteers will help restore the native vegetation along a part of Mission Creek, in Santa Barbara’s Oak Park.
Non-native English Ivy will be removed, and replaced with native plants.
Members of the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project run by the city of Santa Barbara’s Creeks Division will take part in the project.
Volunteers are being asked to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Oak Park tennis courts for the four hour project, and to wear comfortable shoes, and sun block.
White Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County Now 100% Contained
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 6:06pm
A brush fire in Santa Barbara County which caused a big scare earlier this week has been fully contained.
The nearly 2000 acre White Fire in the Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Santa Barbara was declared contained late Thursday afternoon.
The cause of the fire, which began in the White Day Use area on Monday afternoon, is still under investigation.
No homes were destroyed by the blaze, but some were threatened, and thousands of people had to be evacuated from recreation areas.