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Police say an armed robber in Santa Barbara didn’t think through his escape plan very well, making him easy to catch.  Santa Barbara Police detectives say Russell Bradley Wallace robbed an Upper State Street gas station at around 5 Monday night.

The Ventura man then jumped on Highway 101, headed south.  But, detectives say what the 29 year old man apparently didn’t think about was Labor Day weekend traffic. 

A South Coast resident has been arrested after she made a 911 call falsely claiming a man had been killed, police say.

The woman said that a man had been shot in the head in Santa Barbara's Mesa area, and told police dispatchers that the shooter might still be in the house.

The death of an African American man at the hands of Minneapolis Police has prompted protests around the country, some of which have turned violent.

Santa Barbara Police Chief Lori Luhnow issued a statement condemning the death of George Floyd. She says she is deeply disturbed by the death, which she called preventable.

A man who lured a Florida woman to California, and then forced her to work as a prostitute could face more than 50 years behind bars after pleading guilty to human trafficking charges in Santa Barbara County. Prosecutors say David Johnson initially told the 18 year old he loved her, but then forced her into sex work.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say the fatal officer involved shooting of a man wanted for attempted murder was justified.

Santa Barbara Police looking for Francisco Anthony Alcaraz Jr. served a search warrant at a Goleta apartment.

He was wanted in connection with two Santa Barbara shootings. Because he was considered armed and dangerous, a SWAT team was sent to serve the warrant.

The city of Santa Barbara has spent months studying locations for the possibility of a new police command headquarters.

The new preferred site appears to be the Cota Street commuter lot. The lot is currently used as parking during the week, and a farmer's market on Saturday.

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An early morning emergency call on the South Coast has turned into a murder case.

Santa Barbara Police were called to the 1300 block of Cacique Street just after one a.m. Saturday by reports of a fight.  They found a seriously injured man, who later died at a hospital.

Detectives aren't releasing any additional details.  The name of the victim hasn't been released yet.

Autopsy results confirm that a wanted man involved in a shootout with Santa Barbara Police died from shots fired by the officers. Police serving a warrant on Francisco Anthony Alcaraz Junior May 7th in Santa Barbara say they were met by gunfire.

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The new Santa Barbara Police Mobile Command Unit has been unveiled after a large donation from two non-profit groups.

The Police Foundation and One805 combined for over $300,000, while the city contributed $60,000, for upgrades to the large specialized motor home that serves as mobile command.

The Santa Barbara Police Department's effort to relocate and build a new facility has support, but the sites are proving controversial.

A former law enforcement officer on the South Coast will spend a little time behind bars.

Donald Paul McCaffrey was sentenced on Friday in connection with a hit and run.

A South Coast city has taken a major new step towards replacing its outdated half century old police station.

The Santa Barbara City Council has approved a search for a site to replace the city’s current Figueroa Street building, which will built in the late 1950’s.

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says one of the region’s police departments had done a good job in filling what had been an ongoing shortage of officers.

In 2014, the Santa Barbara Police Department had more than two dozen unfilled positions. Recruitment efforts were hampered by efforts ranging from the high cost of living in Santa Barbara, to competition from other law enforcement agencies. Department officials say the controversial police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri also hampered efforts to recruit new officers.

A man on trial for the October, 2014 murder of his ex-girlfriend in Santa Barbara had pled guilty to second degree murder, and agreed to a 16 year sentence in state prison.

Prosecutors say Aubrey Dupree Wadford stabbed Angela Lasky to death in the apartment they had been sharing while their two year old daughter was sleeping in a nearby room. Even though their relationship was apparently over, the two were living together to care for the child.

Neighbors testified during the trial that the duo fought frequently.

After retiring last year, former Santa Barbara police chief Cam Sanchez is back at work.

Sanchez has accepted a parks specialist job in Monterey County.