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A Santa Barbara County man was arrested after an unusual fishing expedition, because investigators say what he caught wasn’t fish, but prescription drugs in a county disposal bin.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office officials say Christian Kulbe of Santa Barbara used an improvised cord and hook to remove items from the “Operation Medicine Cabinet” bin located in front of the Sheriff’s station in Carpinteria.

A sergeant reported witnessing the 46 year old man in action removing old prescription drugs from the box early Monday morning, and arrested him.

Detectives say they’ve made an arrest in a nearly three decade old Santa Barbara County murder case.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators say DNA evidence linked Larry Lon Lee to the July, 1988 slaying of Vernon Hart Kendrick of Montecito.

A young man from Ventura County facing an incurable disease had a simple dream: To do what his friends are doing, and go to college.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department will be adding two new deputies after an agreement with the Santa Ynez Chumash Indians.

The deputies and two patrol cars will be paid for by the tribe at a cost of about $400,000.

A busy schedule and a cutback in priests has lead to the elimination of the 7:30 am Sunday mass at the Santa Barbara Mission.

Parishioners say that mass has been taking place for about 35 years.

A search continues in one Goleta neighborhood for a man who reportedly annoyed a woman and child, and behaved inappropriately around them.

He even got into their home, where another man chased the intruder out.

Ventura County prosecutors filed criminal charges against a County Sheriff’s deputy accused of stealing prescription medications from a medicine disposal dropoff bin at a Sheriff’s station.

Prosecutors say three misdemeanor charges have been filed against Matthew Joseph Volpe, including petty theft and possession of controlled substances.

The Agoura Hills man has been with the department for more than two decades.

The Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff's Association says it's been told that a new schedule for deputies now calls for 12 hour shifts over four days.

In a normal pay period, that adds up to 96 hours over two weeks, including 16 hours of mandatory scheduled overtime.

Smoke billowed up from the Santa Ynez Valley Wednesday afternoon when a cabin went up in flames at the Zaca Lake resort.

The site is several miles away from Los Olivos, and is privately owned.

Fire crew from Santa Barbara county stopped the flames from spreading very far, but about five acres burned near the cabin.

The Goleta Valley Community Center will keep its doors open and lights on for thousands of citizens for at least the next two years.

The Goleta City Council worked out a lease agreement with the nonprofit running the site.

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