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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

This morning, Lompoc High School was locked down after three suspects in a vehicle pursuit fled onto the campus following a collision. According to authorities, the incident happened around 10:30 a.m., and began with a pursuit on Highway 1 then proceeded into Lompoc. Officers with Lompoc Police, and deputies from the Sheriff’s Department surrounded the campus, and were calling for a K9 unit and a helicopter to help with the search. About 15 to 20 minutes later, authorities had two of the suspects in custody. No word yet on the third suspect. 

The International House of Pancakes is celebrating its 12th annual National Pancake Day today by serving up free pancakes to benefit Cottage Children's Medical Center. IHOP restaurants on the Central Coast will be offering up a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. In return for the free pancakes, IHOP asks customers to consider leaving a donation to Cottage Children's Medical Center or any other Children's Miracle Network hospital. Since 2006, the Pancake Day celebration has raised more than $15 million to support children's hospitals. You can support the cause by heading to any of these participating restaurants:

1701 State Street, Downtown Santa Barbara
4765 Calle Real, Goleta
1114 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria

Early this morning a man is arrested for stealing a truck in Santa Barbara. The incident happened around 4:30 Tuesday morning. Santa Barbara Police say officers responded to Elarco Drive after the owner of a Ford F 250 heard his vehicle start and drive away. The owner then called police. Shortly after arriving on the scene, police say officers spotted the stolen truck driving down Garden Street and Los Olivos. Police followed the truck until the driver bailed, jumping out on East Pedregosa Street. The truck continued rolling down the street before hitting a tree. The suspect took off and hid in the neighborhood. They were found hiding in the 2000 block of Garden Street by a K9 unit from the Sheriff’s Department. The suspect was arrested without incident.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a vehicle theft and credit card fraud.  Back on February 21, a vehicle was stolen overnight from a residence in Goleta.  The white 2011 Scion XB, with license plate 6NTC135, is still outstanding. The victim’s purse was in the car at the time.  After stealing the vehicle, the suspect then used the victim’s credit cards at multiple locations in the La Cumbre area of Santa Barbara.  The suspect was captured by surveillance cameras using the victim’s credit cards. The suspect is a white male adult in his twenties with dark hair and is about 5’-10” to 5’-11.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Deputy Tom Green at the Sheriff’s Office, 961-7518 or leave an anonymous tip at 681-4171.

More than 100 students from across Santa Barbara County will compete in the 62nd annual Santa Barbara County Science Fair. The event takes place on Friday, March 10.  The exhibits by junior and senior high students will be open for public viewing in UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion from 4 to 7 p.m., when the awards ceremony begins. At stake is more than $3,000 in prizes as well as advancement to the California State Science Fair in April, and the Broadcom MASTERS national science and engineering competition. In addition to the competition, students will get to see and touch cutting-edge research as they participate in a Science Expo presented by the California Nanosystems Institute.
The Santa Barbara County Science Fair is organized by a volunteer committee and coordinated in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office. The fair is supported by local organizations, including generous donations from the University of California, Raytheon, and the Santa Barbara Science and Engineering Council. For more information visit
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
For the first time in many years, Gibraltar Dam is full; and when it spills, the water will go into Lake Cachuma. The lake level is at its lowest level since the reservoir was built in the late 1950's but with the recent storms, it has started to rise.  The level is about 89 percent below capacity and the Gibraltar Dam over flow will bring the supply back up. 
Meanwhile, at today’s Santa Barbara City Council meeting, City officials 
will get an update on water supplies, conservation goals, the desalination plant timeline and Gibraltar Dam.
In the meantime, this week Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties due to weather related issues.
A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting on Highway 101 near Atascadero. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says the incident started off as a traffic stop just after 12:00 a.m. Tuesday on the southbound side of Highway 101, near the Santa Barbara Road on-ramp. Sheriff Office officials say two deputies approached a single man inside the vehicle. The man reached for a gun and that's when the deputies responded with gun fire. It turns out the man was a wanted suspect. His identity has not been released and the deputies were not injured.
UC Santa Barbara's biggest baseball fan, Phil Womble, also known as UCSB's Mr. Gaucho has passed away at age 80. He’s known as Mr. Gaucho for being a loyal fan for nearly 50 years. Mr. Womble has his own section and sign in the UCSB dugout. Wobble attended every home game. Womble is in the UCSB's Hall of Fame and the Northern Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table named an award after him called, 'The Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award’. Mr. Gaucho had cerebral palsy, he was 80-years-old.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a missing senior citizen. 89-year-old Evelyn Hines was reported missing Sunday evening around 6:40 by her daughter. She was last seen around 3:00 p.m. leaving her daughter’s home on T Street in Lompoc driving a white 2006 Toyota Highlander (LIC# 5PRX901). Hines had just moved to Solvang the same day from the Palm Springs area and was staying at a hotel while in the process of purchasing a home. Her family is especially concerned because she is unfamiliar with the area and does not have a cell phone.
Hines was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a blue/gray sweater and beige loafer-type shoes.   Hines is about 5’8”, 140 to 150 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes.  If you have any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center at 683-2724.  To leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced today that the District Attorney’s Office has received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to fund the Elder and Dependent Adult Outreach Program.  The program will provide vital services to seniors, dependent adults, and persons with disabilities who are crime victims. Crimes against elders and dependent adults are dramatically the rise, and are often unreported or undetected. According to statistics obtained from the Santa Barbara County Adult Protective Services, there were 1,596 reports of elder abuse during 2014/2015 and 990 reports of dependent adult abuse.  The goal of this grant is to attack this fast growing injustice.
For information regarding this program, or to schedule a presentation on Crimes Targeting Seniors and Dependent Adults, contact the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Hotline at 568-2442.  
Experienced staff can provide training in recognizing signs of abuse, protecting financial assets from scammers, and how to report suspected abuse.