Santa Barbara County Jail inmate punches guard in the face

The night before a San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate broke a guard’s nose and orbital bone, an inmate in Santa Barbara County Jail also punched a custody deputy in the face.

At about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Thunderhawk Gutierrez, 28, of Santa Maria, attacked a custody deputy and punched him in the face while the guard was removing an inmate from a housing unit, Read More …

Mandatory evacuations again underway in Santa Barbara County

Less than two months following the deadly mudslides in Montecito, parts of southern Santa Barbara County are again under mandatory evacuation orders.

In advance of a storm expected to hit Santa Barbara County Thursday night, officials ordered mandatory evacuations for locations below the Thomas, Whittier and Sherpa fire burn areas. Read More …

Man stole Chumash security guard’s Taser before being shot and killed

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man shot and killed by a Chumash Casino security guard early Tuesday morning as a Santa Barbara resident who was permanently banned from the casino property. Prior to being shot and killed, the man stole a security guard’s Taser and used it against him, according to the sheriff’s office. Read More …