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Nicolas Holzer sat still most of the day as his trial unfolded in Santa Barbara Superior Court on Wednesday.

Holzer is accused of killing his parents, his two boys and his dog four years ago at a Goleta home in 2014.

A transient caused a brief scare at a South Coast school, leading to it being placed on lockdown.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say the man walked into the office at Ellwood Elementary School in Goleta just before 11 am. Wednesday, and asked for help. They say he then made a suicidal statement, and locked himself in the office bathroom.

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says some special districts in the county have skirted elections for decades.

Special Districts are local agencies which provide services like water, and wastewater treatment, and are run by boards of directors. But, a new Ventura County Grand Jury report says some districts haven’t had elections for years.

Ventura County is the latest agency to lawyer up for a potential lawsuit against a utility company for losses suffered from the Thomas Fire, and flood.

County Supervisors approved hiring the law firm of Baron & Budd to represent it in legal action over the twin disasters.

Some new milestones have been reached in a cutting edge effort intended to help mountain lions and other wildlife safely cross Highway 101.

It’s an ambitious plan to create a freeway overpass between some wildlife corridors separated by eight lanes of freeway between Calabasas, and Agoura Hills.

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A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s motorcycle officer was injured when his bike was hit by the car of a fleeing shoplifting suspect.

It happened just before 4 Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Home Depot on Market Place Drive in Goleta.

Authorities are just releasing details of a terrifying incident involving two teenagers in Ventura County, in which they were shot at, injured, and then chased by some mystery attackers.

It happened just after two a.m. Saturday, in the Ventura area.

Many workers from Amgen, the Thousands Oaks based biotech company that sponsors a bicycle tour of California, did not get to watch the race coming through the South Coast region on Monday.

Instead, they were helping in the disaster-torn region of Montecito.

It was a big day Monday for cycling fans on the South Coast, with the nation’s largest pro cycling event coming to the region.

Tens of thousands of pro cycling fans lined South Coast highways, and streets for the 2018 edition of the Amgen Tour of California.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a motel fire which left two people injured on the Central Coast.

The fire was discovered just before 6:30 Monday morning, at the Sleepy Hollow Motel on the 500 block of Avenue of the Flags in Buellton.

Santa Barbara County firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from one of the rooms.

They were quickly able to knock down the blaze before it could spread to other rooms. Two people were taken to a hospital for treatment of what were described as minor burns and smoke inhalation.

An effort to get some guns out of the community on the Central and South Coasts is being called a big success, with more than 250 weapons collected.

Santa Barbara Police and the Coalition Against Gun Violence held an anonymous gun buyback over the weekend.

The nation’s largest professional cycling event comes to the South Coast Monday.

It’s Day Two of the Amgen Tour of California.

For nearly six weeks people around the world and around the country saw, and heard reports about the threat, and destruction caused by the Thomas Fire, and southern Santa Barbara County flooding.

While cleanup and recovery efforts continue, those images have stuck in some people’s minds, not a good thing for a region which relies on tourism.   The tourism industry effort is working to counter those perceptions, with a major marketing campaign.

Photo by Ventura County Fire Department

While professional cyclists are competing throughout California, some amateur bicyclists in Ventura County will be on their own bike ride. 

As part of Bike to Work Week, the Ventura County Fire Department is partnering with the Ventura County Transportation Commission to host a free 14-mile bike ride from Newbury Park to Camarillo on Thursday morning. Fire Captain Stan Ziegler says members of the community will join firefighters for the ride.

A South Coast law enforcement agency is responding to a federal lawsuit that claims a Muslim woman was forced to remove her religious head covering when she was taken into custody.

Jennifer Hyatt filed a suit against the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office claiming she was not allowed to wear her hijab after she was arrested on a domestic dispute charge in Thousand Oaks in 2017. The charge was later dropped.