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Past articles by Tom:

Raids turn up 40,000 pounds of marijuana, 350,000 plants in SLO, Santa Barbara counties

An estimated 40,000 pounds of illegally processed marijuana and 350,000 cannabis plants were seized during raids last week in Northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, police claim. → Read More

Five charged in fatal Santa Barbara Eastside gang-related stabbing

Five people are facing charges following an alleged gang-related fatal stabbing on Cacique Street on Santa Barbara’s Eastside. Three of the suspects are being charged with murder. → Read More

Police investigating early morning homicide in Santa Barbara

A man succumbed to his injuries after an assault Saturday morning on the east side of Santa Barbara, California, according to officials. The incident is under investigation and is considered a homicide. → Read More

First measles case of nationwide outbreak hits Santa Barbara County

A Santa Barbara, California, man was announced as the first confirmed case of measles there since 2016, according to Santa Barbara County Public Health Department officials on Friday, May 31, 2019. → Read More

More details released about fatal officer-involved shooting in Goleta

Police are releasing more details in the officer-involved shooting of a gang member in Goleta, California, on May 7. Police said they attempted to serve a warrant on the man for a gang-related shooting. → Read More

Police confirm large mountain lion sighting in Santa Barbara neighborhood

A large, adult mountain lion was sighted early Saturday in a Santa Barbara, California, neighborhood. The animal was seen between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. on the 700 block of Laguna Street. → Read More

Women killed in suspected DUI crash in Santa Maria were from Atascadero, authorities say

Two women from Atascadero, California, were killed in a suspected DUI crash in Santa Maria over the weekend. A third person injured has not been identified, and the driver of the other car was arrested. → Read More

Man who fled sheriff’s deputies by swimming away rescued from ocean in Goleta

A man tried to escape from Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies by swimming into the ocean near a golf course in Goleta, California. He had to be rescued, was taken to the hospital and arrested. → Read More

Two dead, one critically injured after suspected DUI crash in Santa Maria

Two people were left dead and one was critically injured after a suspected DUI crash early Saturday morning in Santa Maria, California. It was the first fatal crash of 2019 in Santa Maria. → Read More

Ex-pro surfer Chris Brown fell off cliff, drowned while high on meth, coroner says

Former professional surfer Chris Brown was high on methamphetamine last month when he fell from the cliffs above Hendry’s Beach and died, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department. → Read More

Sheriff’s deputies responding to reported shooting in Guadalupe, school on lockdown

Santa Barbara County law enforcement is responding to a reported shooting in Guadalupe, California, on Tuesday. A victim reportedly suffered a gunshot wound in the leg and Kermit McKenzie Intermediate School is on lockdown. → Read More

Hwy 154 closed ‘indefinitely’ due to clogged drainage culvert near Lake Cachuma

Highway 154 between Santa Barbara, California, and Highway 246 is closed “indefinitely” due to a clogged drainage culvert near Lake Cachuma, Caltrans said. The culvert is flooded and under about 30 feet of water. → Read More

Memorial service, paddle out set for former professional surfer found dead on beach

A memorial service and paddle out will be held for Chris Brown, a former professional surfer whose body was found on a Santa Barbara, California, beach in January. → Read More

Body found on Santa Barbara beach identified as former professional surfer

Santa Barbara police have identified a body found on Hendry’s Beach near Arroyo Burro Beach County Park in Santa Barbara, California, over the weekend as that of former professional surfer Chris Brown. → Read More

Masked gunman robs Santa Maria store of ‘large amount of cash,’ police say

A masked man with a gun robbed a store of a large amount of cash Friday evening, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. The man allegedly brandished a handgun in the robbery. → Read More

Man arrested after robbery sends victim to the hospital

A man was arrested in Santa Maria, California, in connection with a robbery that sent the victim to the hospital. Police responded to the robbery in Santa Barbara County on Sunday night. → Read More

Man crushed to death by steel beam at Santa Barbara construction yard

A man was crushed to death by a steel beam in an accident at a construction yard in Santa Barbara, California. → Read More

Santa Maria woman killed in wrong-way crash in Nipomo, DUI suspected

A Santa Maria woman was killed and another injured in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver in Nipomo on Saturday night, the California Highway Patrol said. Drugs or alcohol are suspected as factors in the crash. → Read More

Man dies in Santa Maria apartment fire after fleeing from law enforcement

A man died Tuesday night after he led law enforcement on a chase and then barricaded himself in his girlfriend’s apartment in Santa Maria and set it on fire, according to the California Highway Patrol. → Read More

1 dead, 2 wounded in late-night shootings in Santa Maria

One person was killed and two others were wounded in shootings late Friday night in Santa Maria. Officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of West Bethel Lane, where they found Salomon Morales-Robles, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. → Read More