Many of the people routinely incarcerated in Santa Barbara County's jails are there because of mental illness or substance abuse problems.

A new $6 million, three-year long grant announced last week will attempt to fix that problem.

(Santa Maria Fire Department photo)

People are still trying to come to grips with a shooting, explosion, and fire which ultimately left five people dead on the Central Coast. Santa Maria Police believe a gunman shot and killed two golfers Friday, and then went to the adjacent mobile home park on West Taylor Drive where he, and two other people died in a mobile home.

A dispute at a car club gathering at a South Coast bar turned deadly. Some people had gathered in the parking lot of Neptune’s Net, on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu after it had closed Saturday night. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say two men go into an argument, and one of them pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed the other one in the chest.

Dozens of people have been displaced by two apparently separate fires which hit a South Coast apartment complex, leaving it heavily damaged. The first fire hit the two story complex on Althea Court in Oxnard at around 9:30 Friday night.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

A massive raid on a cannabis growing operation on the Central Coast led to the seizure of 350,000 plants, with an estimated value of $20 million dollars. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators learned about the possible operation near Buellton a month ago. They gathered enough information to get four search warrants.

Last year, almost 50,000 Californians were victims of cyber crime, according to the FBI’s internet crime report. 

On the weekend of June 22, the next generation of Californian cyber crime fighters will be competing on the Central Coast. 

The latest figures show a drop in the jobless rate statewide, and on the Central and South Coasts. In Ventura County, the jobless rate dipped from 3.2% in April to 3% in May.  Santa Barbara County showed an even bigger month to month drop, from 3.5% to 2.9%.

(Santa Maria Fire Department photo)

Four people are reported dead following a shooting, and fire on the Central Coast. Santa Maria firefighters and police were called to a mobile home complex on the 500 block of West Taylor Street around noon Friday. They found multiple structures burning.

A non-profit group which helps feed the hungry on the Central and South Coasts is getting a big boost in its efforts from a city. Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is getting the use of a more than 3,000 square foot warehouse facility from the City of Goleta in a dollar a year lease.

A Caltrans crew doing routine maintenance discovered the remains of a body on the Central Coast. The crew was doing landscaping work on Highway 1 near Morro Bay Boulevard in Morro Bay Thursday when they found a human skull.

A volley of shots rattled a South Coast neighborhood and closed a major street, but no one was hurt. Oxnard Police received calls at about 9:30 Thursday  morning about gunfire in an apartment complex on the 1400 block of Victoria Avenue.

A new enviromental plan from Washington has some attorneys general speaking out strongly, saying the Affordable Clean Energy Rule will be harmful to the environment in the long run.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the plan is "ill-advised."

In a complex of buildings off of Garden Street in downtown Santa Barbara, a small army of volunteers is working to make art and whimsy come together for a one of a kind parade. Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Parade will celebrate its 45th anniversary Saturday.

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is calling on the county to more closely monitor the drug treatment programs it provides through private contractors.

The county has a deal with Aegis Treatment Centers and Western Pacific Medical Company to operate five treatment clinics in the county.