Former South Coast Movie Theater Manager Enters No Contest Plea To Embezzlement
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 3:44pm
The former manager of a South Coast movie theater entered a no contest plea to a charge he embezzled thousands of dollars.
Santa Barbara County prosecutors say John Stewart Mathieson admitted stealing more than $5,000 from Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Five Theater. Santa Barbara Police detectives say the 35 year old Santa Barbara man destroyed paperwork, and disabled security cameras to cover up the thefts between April, and June of this year.
As a result of a plea deal, Mathieson is expected to receive a 120 day county jail sentence, as well as three years probation, and orders to make full restitution when he’s sentenced in November.
Groundbreaking Set For $76 Million Dollar UCSB Library Renovation, Expansion
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 2:22pm
Preliminary work is already underway, but groundbreaking ceremonies are set to take place tomorrow morning for a project to renovate, and expand a major South Coast library.
UC Santa Barbara’s Library will get its first overall makeover in more than three decades.
More than 90,000 square feet of library space will be renovated, and 60,000 square feet of room will be added.
There will be a new facility for the library’s Department of Special Collections, a new arts library, and about 20% more study space than exists now.
State bond money is paying for the $76 million dollar project, but the library is trying to raise additional money for equipment, and library resources.
Plans call for the project to be completed around the end of 2015.
Santa Barbara County Adds New Custody Deputies
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 2:00pm
Santa Barbara County today added the most custody deputies to its Sheriff’s Department in one day than it ever has before in its history.
The Department swore in 17 new custody deputies, chosen out of a field of some 500 applicants.
After passing comprehensive background checks, and training, they’ll next go through a ten week training academy before actually starting work at the County Jail.
The Department still has unfilled vacancies for its existing posts, and will have even more after the opening of its planned new jail complex in Santa Maria in 2018.
New Air Quality Watch Issued For Part Of Central Coast
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 1:52pm
An air quality watch has been issued for a part of the Central Coast, which means some people should temporarily be avoiding outdoor activities.
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued the watch for the Santa Maria area for now, through Wednesday.
Levels of particles recorded in the Santa Maria surpassed state standards six times in the last seven days. While the issue is frequently linked to high winds, it’s not always the case, and can vary by location, and time of day.
The watch means people with heart and lung disease, children, and older adults should limit time outdoors, and avoid outdoor exercise.
Fire Damages Central Coast Church
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 1:43pm
Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which heavily damaged a Central Coast church.
It happened just after 1:30 this morning, on the 1500 block of Ocean Way in Lompoc.
Lompoc firefighters arrived to find flames, and smoke coming from Iglesia Pueblo de Dios. No one was at the church at the time. The fire was contained in about a half hour, but not before it caused an estimated $20,000 in damage.
Authorities Still Trying To Sort Out Motive For Weekend Killing In Ventura County
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 1:05pm
Authorities are still trying to sort out a motive, and find the weapon used in the weekend murder of a woman in a park in Ventura County.
Ashley Calanche was shot to death at around one p.m. Saturday, in Santa Paula’s Mill Park.
The 21 year old Santa Paula woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say witnesses led them to a Santa Paula home where, after a standoff, they arrested Yajaira Dominguez Saturday night for the killing.
Former Ventura County Social Services Worker Accused Of Embezzling More Than $240,000
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 11:32am
A former Ventura County social services worker has been charged with stealing more than $240,000 in food stamp cards, and cash benefits.
Ventura County prosecutors say Ana Maria Castro worked for the county’s Human Services Agency for a decade, before resigning last December. She managed welfare cases, which gave her access to food stamps, and cash benefits.
The 37 year old Oxnard woman is charged with misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement of public funds, public benefits fraud, and filing false or forged documents.
Two of her relatives were also arrested, on charges they used food stamp cards not issued to them.
Crop Dusting Helicopter Clips Power Lines, Crash Lands On Central Coast
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 12:51am
There were some scary moments in Santa Barbara County, when a helicopter being used for crop dusting clipped some power lines, and had to make an emergency landing.
It happened at around 8:30 yesterday morning, outside of Santa Maria. The accident happened near West Main Street, and Bonita School Road.
The helicopter made an emergency landing in a nearby field. The pilot escaped without serious injuries.
The accident disrupted power to some nearby homes.
Panga Boat, More Than 3,000 Pounds Of Marijauna Seized In Santa Barbara County
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 12:42am
Four people are in custody, and more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana has been seized in connection with a panga boat which authorities seized on a Santa Barbara County beach.
The boat was found at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday, at Tajiguas Beach. Authorities found five people. Three were arrested on drug charges, and a fourth is being held for immigration violations.
Nearly 3,400 pounds of marijuana was seized at the scene.
Plane Makes Emergency Landing On 101 Freeway
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 12:32am
A section of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County doubled as an airport runway over the weekend.
A light plane being flown from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara by a student pilot apparently ran out of gas, and touched down on the southbound 101 near Gaviota.
No one was injured in the 4:30 p.m. Friday landing. About two hours later, after the plane was refueled, a section of the 101 was briefly closed, and the plane took off, and was flown safely back to Santa Barbara Airport.