(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

Some firefighters protecting homes in Montecito during the Thomas Fire on December stumbled across a potentially dangerous drug lab, and two people are now facing criminal charges as a result of the discovery. Firefighters called Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies December 17th after they saw items which appeared to be from a drug lab in plain view.

A bank today announced it will give $750,000 to non-profit groups involved in Thomas Fire, and Montecito flood relief efforts.

Wells Fargo announced $75,000 grants to Women’s Economic Ventures, and the Ventura County Community Development Corporation. It will give $25,000 to Food Share.

Human remains found with the wreckage of a vehicle in Santa Barbara County’s mountains have been positively identified as those of a man who disappeared nearly three years ago.

Timothy Black of Buellton was last seen in May of 2015.

It worked like a pizza delivery service in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, but authorities say what it brought to homes was much more dangerous. In January, Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives learned that an LA based delivery service was bringing heroin to homes in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Simi Valley. Their investigation has led to 30 arrests.

(Photo by Connie Rutherford/USFWS)

It’s a tiny, colorful little flower which was once widespread in California, but in recent years has been near extinction.  Now, a new effort by a developer may give the San Fernando Valley spineflower a better chance of long term survival.

The third in a series of storms to hit the Central and South Coasts will mean wet weather, but no serious concerns or evacuations for brush fire burn areas in the region Friday.

The storm could drop a quarter of a half inch of rain along the coast, and up to an inch in the mountains and foothills. Rainfall rates are expected to be in the one tenth to three tenths of an hour range, which is well below the threshold for debris flow concerns.

Detectives think a family dispute led to a murder in Ventura County, and they have arrested a man for the killing.

Oxnard police were called to a Deodar Avenue home at around nine Wednesday night by reports of a shooting.

They found the body of Ryan Switzer. The 33 year old victim was the brother-in-law of the man identified as the suspect in the killing.

Detectives began a search for Jonathan Fuentes. The 21 year old man was spotted by police on a Ventura Street Thursday morning, and was arrested without incident.

(San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office photo)

A more than year long investigation into a drug dealing ring on the Central Coast with ties to Mexico has led to nine arrests, with five more people still being sought.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives discovered evidence of a large scale operation in the region in November of 2016. They say it was part of an operation with cells dealing methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine throughout the U.S.

A Santa Barbara County based environmental group is suing the federal government, after failing to get access to public documents related to the review of protections for a national monument in the region. The suit is related to the potential loss of protections for Carrizo Plain National Monument, a 200,000 acre of preserve of mountains and grasslands In San Luis Obispo, and Kern Counties.

Thousands of students on the Central and South Coasts took part in the nationwide school walkout on the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shootings which left 17 people dead.

At Ventura College, more than 300 people were on hand for a school walkout event which included talking about each of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting so they would be more than just a number to people.

Efforts by police to catch a wanted man in Ventura County led to a barricade incident involving a SWAT team.

An Oxnard Police detective spotted Mario Sanchez Wednesday afternoon on E Street. Efforts to arrest him were unsuccessful, and he barricaded himself in a home.

Two Santa Barbara County High Schools were placed on lockdown shortly before the time of the national school walkout Wednesday, after a social media posting indicated there might be violence on campus.

The posting indicated there was a gun on campus at Righetti High School in Santa Maria. Righetti and St. Joseph’s High School were both placed on lockdown at about 9:30 a.m. while the threat was investigated.

Ventura County’s Chief Executive Officer just got a huge vote of confidence from county leaders.

Ventura County Supervisors extended CEO Mike Powers contract for another two years.

There’s a pair of storms on the way for the Central and South Coasts, but rainfall amounts aren’t expected to be heavy enough to cause problems in the region’s brush fire burn zones.

A storm arriving Wednesday night is expected to drop between a quarter of an inch, and half inch of rainfall before leaving our area tomorrow. Then, another storm will arrive Thursday night, perhaps generating a quarter of an inch of rain before it wraps up late Friday, or early Saturday.

A Santa Barbara County man is accused of being a drug dealer who supplied opioids to nine people who overdosed on the same night early this month.

The young men were at an Isla Vista home March 1st when they ingested an unknown amount of alcohol and prescription pain relievers, and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

One of the world’s biggest pop music stars is returning home to the South Coast to do a benefit for Thomas Fire and flood survivors, and first responders.

Katy Perry will perform at the Santa Barbara Bowl in May.

The new commuter train that will be rolling from Ventura County to Goleta and back starting April 2nd has many prospective takers.

In a meeting with large employers Tuesday morning, Gregg Hart with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments said about 1,000 drivers have indicated they want to leave their cars behind to ride the rails.

It’s a heated subject on the South Coast. Efforts to build two new power plants in the region have created a firestorm of controversy for years. Now, not only are both of the projects up in their air, there are also plans to shut down two existing power plants in the region.

Since the massive January 9th debris flow, emergency crews in Santa Barbara County have been clearing areas to open passages for more rainfall runoff in case of a storm like the one in the area this week.

Santa Barbara County public safety officials have lifted all evacuation orders as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in burn areas, saying that the locally heavy rainfall in the forecast didn't materialize. Showers are expected through the day today, but rainfall rates are expected to be below the level which could trigger flash flooding, or mudslides.


Evacuation orders are in effect for a number of areas on the South Coast as the first in a series of three storms arrives in the region Tuesday morning.

National Weather Service forecasters say the storm has the potential to exceed thresholds for flooding and debris flows in brush fire burn areas.

Santa Barbara County has launched a new effort to make it easier, and safer for you to dispose of unused medications.

The County has started installing the first of two dozen dropoff boxes and pharmacies, and healthcare centers.

National Weather Service forecasters say a storm approaching the Central and South Coasts is stronger than first predicted, and that’s prompting mandatory evacuation orders for some brush fire burn zones in Southern Santa Barbara County.

Mandatory evacuation orders will go into effect at eight p.m. Monday for designated high risk areas.

A South Coast high school which was the scene of graffiti threats last week had another problem, when someone lit off fireworks on campus, creating fear of a shooting.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office officials say the reports of shots fired at San Marcos High School in Goleta around noon Monday turned out to be false, and that illegal fireworks were responsible for the noise.

He was one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and later became an educator and civil rights leader on the Central Coast.

A memorial service will be held at Vandenberg Air Force Base this weekend for Dr. Arthur Hicks.

(Photo from movie "Virigin Blacktop")

It’s a documentary about a group of skateboarders. But it’s much more. “Virgin Blacktop” is really a movie about how a group of kids bonded over skateboarding, and became lifelong friends. The project which features more than four decades worth of film will make its world premiere on the Central Coast this weekend, as part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.


It was a soggy weekend for the Central and South Coasts, but the region came through the storm without serious flooding or debris flow issues.

Parts of the region had more than an inch of rain, including 1.3” of rain at KCLU’s tower on Gibraltar Peak above Montecito, and nearly 1.1” in Santa Barbara.

What was once the longtime site of a church on the South Coast has been transformed into an affordable housing complex for seniors.

Community leaders will gather on Upper State Street in Santa Barbara Monday to celebrate the completion of Grace Lutheran Apartments.

With its congregation declining, members of Grace Lutheran Church donated the property to the City of Santa Barbara for badly needed affordable housing for seniors.

The complex on the 3800 block of State Street features 38 apartments, as well as a community room and other amenities for residents.

Photo by NOAA/National Weather Service

The storm that is hitting the South and Central Coasts this weekend is on its way out. And the good news is that it hasn’t caused any problems for the brush fire burn areas.

Public safety officials say it never reached the threshold to order evacuations.

(NOAA Photo)

The largest in a series of storms expected to hit the Central and South Coasts has arrived in the region, and while public safety officials are watching it closely, they still saying no evacuations are needed.

Coastal areas could get a half to three quarters of an inch of rain from the storm, while mountains, especially the Santa Ynez Mountains range. may get an inch to 2.5" of rainfall.