Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Authorities seized thousands of illegal marijuana plants during the third day of their sweep in rural areas of the Central Coast.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say on Friday, detectives served a search warrant on a suspected illegal marijuana cultivation site near Sisquoc and another near Lompoc. These sites did not have any licenses from the state or the county to operate legally.

A bill by a state lawmaker from the South Coast that’s aimed at protecting smart devices from being hacked has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

AB 1906, authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, requires manufacturers to equip smart devices with a security feature to prevent cyberattacks.

A Santa Barbara County man could end up spending three decades behind bars after entering a guilty plea to federal charges he defrauded thousands of would be renters, and homeowners.

Prosecutors say Michael Davenport operated various telemarketing businesses which offered good rental and purchase prices for housing, but forced interested home-hunters to buy a housing list for $199 dollars.

A bill authored by a Santa Barbara legislator to expand paid family leave for military families has been signed into law by the Governor.

SB 1123 expands California’s Paid Family Leave Program so family members can take time off if a family member is deployed, or being deployed overseas. It allows for up to six weeks of partial wage replacement, with workers taking part receiving 60% to 70% of their salary, depending on their income.

Five people have been convicted in Ventura County of what prosecutors  call a fraudulent debt collection scheme.

The prosecutors say over a five year period, Timothy Burke and Deisi Rivera of Las Vegas ran a string of fraudulent debt collection agencies in the county.

The Governor has signed into law a bill which clears one of the final hurdles for a Central Coast casino to offer off track betting for horse races.

The bill approved by the state legislature would allow the wagering at the Chumash Casino in the Santa Ynez Valley.

A man in the Ventura County Jail for violating parole is now facing a murder charge.

Daniel Fuller is accused of fatally beating Jeffrey Kibler at the County’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility September 11th. Kibler was taken to a hospital after complaining of medical issues, but he died a few hours later.

The Governor has signed into law a bill from a Santa Barbara legislator intended to help people make their homes more brush fire resistant.

SB 465 allows local government agencies to expand an existing program to help homeowners make energy and water efficiency improvements to include fire proofing efforts.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

A sweep targeting illegal marijuana growing operations in a rural area of Santa Barbara County led to the seizure of more than 5,000 plants this week.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives along with deputies served search warrants on three locations in the Cuyama Valley this week. Investigators say the 5400 plants seized and destroyed had a street value of nearly three million dollars.

A gang member is expected to be sentenced to more than two decades behind bars for his role in the July, 2013 murder of a man outside of the Ventura County Fair.

Prosecutors say Timothy Scott Adams pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Gabriel Gutierrez. He was 17 at the time, but was it was determined he should be tried as an adult.

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office photo)

A tip about a possible illegal marijuana growing operation in Ventura County has led to the discovery of thousands of plants.

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say after gathering enough information to get a search warrant, they raided three properties on Maple Road and South Ventu Park Road in Thousand Oaks.

(Carpinteria Arts Center photo)

A project to build an arts center in a South Coast community has hit a huge milestone. Boosters of efforts to expand the Carpinteria Arts Center have not only met their $3.1 million goal, they exceeded it by $300,000.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

(3 p.m. Wednesday Update)

Ventura County firefighters quickly contained six small brush fires which popped up along a highway in the eastern part of the county.

The blazes started at around one Wednesday afternoon off of Highway 118, in the Moorpark area. One of the two eastbound lanes of the 118 was closed in the Collins Road for much of the afternoon due to the firefighting activities.

The fires ranged from small spots to about an acre in size. No structures were threatened. About 80 firefighters aided by a helicopter contained the blazes by about 2:30. The cause of the fires is under investigation.

The number of people testing positive for tuberculosis in Ventura County continues to grow in connection with a pair of related outbreaks over the summer.

11 students and four employees have tested positive in connection with an outbreak at Rio Vista Middle School in Oxnard in June. The numbers grew slightly as testing was expanded to include more than 600 students and employees.

One of the world’s top ranked boxers tuned himself in to authorities in Ventura County to face rape charges. Victor Manuel Ortiz is facing three charges stemming from an incident at an Oxnard home in March.