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A 17-year-old was shot and wounded yesterday in the normally quiet Goleta area of Santa Barbara County.

Few details have been released about the location of the incident, but residents in nearby neighborhoods were contacted by the Sheriff's Department for information.

Downtown Goleta could be seeing changes on Hollister Avenue unlike anything the city has done in decades.

Several plans are being considered to reduce the traffic lanes, add bike lanes, increase landscaped areas and add benches.

Authorities are identifying a foreign exchange student who was riding in an Uber when she was killed in a crash on the South Coast.

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s officials say 19-year-old Justine Van Ginderachter of Belgium was a passenger in an Uber that collided with another vehicle early Friday morning at Hollister Avenue and Storke Road in Goleta.

The Goleta City Council received a check in-person from former councilwoman Jean Blois at a meeting Tuesday.

The check was for money due years ago, linked to overpaid health insurance coverage.

A globally known shoemaker based on the South Coast may put itself up for sale.

Deckers Brands says it is looking at strategic alternatives for its future, which include a sale or other type of transaction to improve stockholder value. The company has been in the middle of a $150 million dollar campaign to improve profitability by cutting costs and realigning brands.

The company has retained financial and legal advisors to assist with proposals. In a press release, the company says it’s not definite the company will be involved in a deal, and notes there is no timeline.

Two South Coast women are being credited with helping to save the lives of three men in a traffic accident.

Emily Elmerick and Sydney Antles of Goleta were headed to Fresno on Highway 41 Monday when they saw a pickup truck veer off the highway , and plunge upside down into a canal. The CHP says the two 19 year old woman stopped, with Antles plunging into the water to help the men, while Elmerick called 911.

Other drivers stopped and helped flip over the truck. All three men escaped with minor injuries.

Santa Barbara County officials say they think they’ve solved the mystery behind a big stink on the South Coast. Something has been smelling nasty in parts of Goleta.

People first noticed it Sunday afternoon in the Ellwood area. It was a powerful stench which smelled like rotten eggs. Some thought the problem might be stemming from oil facilities in the area. But, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department environmental specialists say tests ruled out the facilities as the cause.

Residents in western Goleta noticed something odd this weekened: an unusual, unpleasant odor.

It's unclear if the odor is an active natural seep of hydrogen sulfide or an industrial problem.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly why a car plowed into a South Coast market yesterday, leaving one person seriously injured and three others with minor injuries.

The accident happened just before 10 a.m. yesterday, on the 5700 block of Calle Real in Goleta. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office officials say an 85 year old man was parking at a Trader Joe’s, but instead sped up and smashed into its entrance.

The Goleta city council last night was not quick to embrace a a new Venoco Oil proposal for the near-shore waters.

Venoco aims to shut down its Ellwood plant and platform Holly offshore in 25 years, instead of the longer timeline its on now.

The Goleta Valley Community Center will keep its doors open and lights on for thousands of citizens for at least the next two years.

The Goleta City Council worked out a lease agreement with the nonprofit running the site.

A 21 year old Goleta man who adopted a Chihuahua in April has been arrested in connection with the dog's death.

Kyle Barbre was booked on suspicion of animal cruelty.

The year's violent winter waves have done some damage to the Goleta coastline, including a structure on Bacara Resort on Haskell's beach known as "the beach house."

The after tremendous erosion, the building may have to be relocated.

Paula Perotte

Goleta City councilmember Paula Perotte snapped a picture when she saw something looking in the window at her dog, Apollo.

It was a 300-pound black bear.

Working over the Easter weekend, members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office finalized papers for formal charges against South Coast resident Pierre Haobsh.

Haobsh allegedly killed Dr. Henry Han, his wife Jenny and daughter Emily.

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