September 10, 2012 10:12 PM
Santa Maria High School was given a big check Monday to help improve student literacy.
United Way and PG&E handed over a $7,500 check which will go to the school's "Power Reading" program.
KSBY visited a freshman class Monday, where the majority of students read at a fourth... more »
August 21, 2012 1:00 AM
Kelli Groves and her family thanked the rescuers in Santa Barbara on Sunday for saving her and her two daughters' lives, as they were trapped inside their car, hanging over a bridge, just south of Buellton.
Back in January, an 18-wheeler crashed into their car, killing the big rig... more »
July 9, 2012 10:28 PM
The Annual Santa Barbara County Fair kicks off its 5-day run Wednesday at the Santa Maria Fairpark.
Live music, food, petting zoo and rides will be there for your entertainment.
Doors open from 11 AM to 10 PM, but the carnival is open a little later, and closes... more »
June 27, 2012 9:31 PM
It's known as a designer drug. Some doctors on the Central Coast said it's becoming more popular.
It's called bath salts. It's the same effect as if you take cocaine and methamphetamine.
Since October 2011, it's been illegal in California to sell all designer drugs.
Aggressiveness and... more »
June 21, 2012 10:52 PM
It's billed as the largest trade show between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and it happened here on the Central Coast.
About 125 local businesses, including KSBY, were at the Santa Maria Fairpark for the 27th Annual Business Trade Show.
For many of the businesses, this was a... more »
June 20, 2012 8:44 PM
Santa Maria police are looking for the person responsible for fatally stabbing a man early Wednesday.
KSBY has learned the victim, who was in his late 40's, was stabbed in the chest.
It happened on North Broadway and Bunny Street.
Police got a call around 2:45 AM... more »
June 19, 2012 4:47 PM
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney has found the shooting death of Santa Maria Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. as lawfully justified.
District Attorney Joyce Dudley made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Covarrubias Jr. was shot by another city officer when two supervisors tried to arrest him while on duty... more »
June 11, 2012 7:20 PM
The Santa Barbara District Attorney will decide Tuesday what charges will be filed against 28 year-old L. Tyrone Richardson of Santa Barbara.
Richardson was arrested Friday night in connection with the death of Allison Meadows, also of Santa Barbara, who was killed last week in Montecito.
26 year-old... more »
March 19, 2012 8:41 PM
A new study shows California as one of the top 10 states where high school graduation rates are declining, but there are positive signs on the Central Coast.
The study by "America's Promise Alliance" shows 71% of high school students in California received their high school diplomas in 2009.... more »
March 13, 2012 10:08 PM
About 300 students in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District are now receiving free dinners, through a government-funded program. The "Supper Program" gives needy students free and healthy dinners.
According to school administrators, about 80% of the students in Santa Maria come from low-income families.
Right now, only three... more »
January 25, 2012 10:25 PM
The Marks House shelter in Lompoc is set to open its doors again. Money problems forced the shelter to close last week.
The Lompoc shelter, which once housed homeless women and children, will now be a place where homeless families can stay.
Marks House holds 19 beds for... more »
January 24, 2012 9:00 PM
It's colorless, odorless, and tasteless. You don't know it's there, but it can hurt you the same way it harmed Nikkie Sedaghat.
"They told my mother, she had a two percent chance of living. She's not going to wake up for 6 months to a year, and she might... more »
September 23, 2011 1:34 AM
A very demanding and aggressive armed robber strikes again.
This time he held up the Rabobank on the 2200 Block of Bath Street in Santa Barbara. It happened around 10 a.m. Thursday.
Investigators said this is the second time in the past five years he has hit the... more »
August 5, 2011 6:13 PM
A Santa Barbara teen is biking across America to help the homeless. Fifteen-year-old Thomas Jessop will start his trek in San Francisco August 14, and finish in Washington D.C. 40 days later.
Jessop will ride about 100 miles a day to complete the 3,500-mile trip. He is hoping to... more »
August 4, 2011 9:49 PM
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney is fighting to close a loophole in state law that allows some rapists to get away.
The legislation would make it rape for a man to have sex with a woman by impersonating her boyfriend. The current law only makes it a crime... more »
July 12, 2011 11:35 PM
The driver who crashed his big rig into a Santa Barbara home killing a family of three last August will not stand trial. Joaquin Morales, 62, lost his brakes coming off Highway 154 and crashed into a home, just south of State Street, killing a family of three. Investigators had... more »
July 8, 2011 10:16 PM
Around 50 people are homeless tonight after an early morning fire in Santa Barbara. The fire destroyed one apartment building and damaged two others. Flames broke out just before three o'clock this morning in the 1400 block of De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara. All seven of the city's... more »
July 8, 2011 4:47 PM
The California Highway Patrol is urging drivers to stay out of the Santa Barbara area during the royal couple's visit on Saturday to avoid potential traffic headaches.
CHP Officer Jeremy Wayland said if you do have to be on the state roads, be sure to give yourself plenty of... more »
July 3, 2011 8:18 PM
We now know the name of the man killed while trying to cross Highway 101 in Santa Barbara Saturday night.
It happened just after 10p.m. in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 at Las Positas. Officers say 22-year-old Ricardo Ivan Madrigal of Santa Barbara was attending an event at... more »
June 22, 2011 4:41 PM
It turns out the reclusive heiress who owned a huge estate in Santa Barbara had a big love for the arts, and plans on sharing that love with the public even after her death.
Huguette Clark passed away in mid-May. She was 104-years-old.
Her attorneys from the firm... more »
June 6, 2011 9:52 PM
A three alarm warehouse fire in Santa Barbara this morning injured two people, including a firefighter.
It started just after 10:30 at a Vasari Plaster and Stucco in the 100 block of Santa Barbara Street. Police closed off the Yanonali Street between Garden Street and Santa Barbara Street while... more »
May 31, 2011 1:03 PM
Caltrans is likely to get final approval this morning from a superior court judge in Santa Barbara to continue building a suicide barrier on the Cold Spring Bridge on Highway 154. The judge issued a tentative ruling on Friday in favor of Caltrans.
The bridge links Santa Ynez to... more »
May 26, 2011 9:28 PM
The death of a mysterious and reclusive 104-year-old heiress has many wondering what's to become of her $100 million mansion in Santa Barbara.
Huguette Clark died Tuesday at a New York City hospital, where she had been for more than 20 years. She inherited her fortune as the daughter... more »
May 11, 2011 7:10 PM
A jury finds a Santa Barbara woman charged with stealing from nuns guilty on all counts.
Back in 2007, Denise D'Sant Angelo led a donation drive to keep the Sisters of Bethany, in Santa Barbara, from having to leave their convent.
On Wednesday she was found guilty of... more »
April 9, 2011 8:15 PM
The nice weather had students at UCSB celebrating "Floatopia" in the streets Saturday, after local law enforcement shut down the Isla Vista beaches for the second weekend in a row.
Sheriff's deputies patrolled the area all day, hoping to keep the annual beach bash under control. Back in 2009... more »
April 9, 2011 7:56 PM
Firefighters in Santa Barbara had to rescue a man who fell into a creek Saturday morning.
It happened around 10:30 a.m. at Mission Creek near Yanonali Street. Firefighters say the man suffered major leg injuries from the 15-foot fall.
Rescuers used a 35-foot ladder, a rope and a... more »
March 20, 2011 2:35 PM
A family of four, including a six-month-old baby and a dog, had to be rescued Sunday morning after their sailboat broke free of its mooring in Santa Barbara.
The Coast Guard and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol used a helicopter to lower a rescue swimmer onto the boat, and a... more »
March 15, 2011 9:49 PM
Santa Barbara city leaders are fighting back against gang crime in the community. Santa Barbara announced today it has filed for a gang injunction. That injunction targets 30 known gang members who live in the city. If approved, the court order would ban those gang members from certain areas of... more »
March 15, 2011 12:55 PM
Santa Barbara County leaders are discussing the possibility of starting a gang injunction in Santa Barbara. Recent gang activity in the city has renewed the push for an injunction. Currently, Santa Maria does not have a gang injunction. Lompoc has had an injunction since 2005.
According to the American... more »
March 7, 2011 11:42 PM
Union protests in Wisconsin and Ohio are sparking activism right here at home.
The Santa Barbara County Democrats rallied today in front of he county building in Santa Barbara. They say conservatives are blaming unions for the region's economic troubles, but some taxpayers argue the cost of a county... more »
February 7, 2011 10:16 PM
A luncheon in Santa Barbara today focused on the importance of getting more girls involved in athletics. Congresswoman Lois Capps attended the event to speak about how exercise plays a role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The annual "Women in Sports" luncheon took place at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The... more »
January 30, 2011 6:45 PM
The damp weather is not expected to stop people from lining the streets outside of the Arlington Theater for the fourth night of the 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Director Christopher Nolan will receive the prestigious Modern Master Award Sunday night, which is the festival's highest honor.... more »
January 30, 2011 1:37 AM
Saturday marked night three of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the star power is still going strong. Actor James Franco walked the red carpet for adoring fans and our KSBY cameras. He received the Outstanding Performance of the Year Award for his role in 127 Hours. He says... more »
November 25, 2010 2:16 PM
A local man's trivia skills are paying off on the television show Jeopardy.
Bob Kennedy is a Santa Barbara native and he's beat out the competition the last two nights.
He is hoping that success will continue Thursday night.
So far Kennedy's winnings top more than $33,000.... more »
November 19, 2010 9:05 PM
Caltrans is giving drivers another reason to celebrate this holiday season. It opened a third lane this morning on the southbound side of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara. The new lane runs from the on-ramp at Milpas Street to a half-mile past Cabrillo Boulevard.
The third lane's a charm... more »
November 17, 2010 10:06 PM
A former Boy Scout, who was sexually abused three years ago by his troop leader, filed a lawsuit today against the Boy Scouts of America.
The sexual abuse took place in 2007 at a Christmas tree lot in Goleta. In April 2008, troop leader Albert Stein was charged with... more »
November 17, 2010 3:31 PM
U.C. Santa Barbara researchers have received a $2.5 million grant to help find a cure for macular degeneration, which is an age-related condition that causes vision loss.
Their stem cell related research will lead to clinical trials on treating macular degeneration that affects one in three people age 75... more »
November 17, 2010 1:27 PM
A former Boy Scout, who was sexually abused by a troop leader, filed a lawsuit today against the Boy Scouts of America. He wants the organization to reverse its decades-old policy of concealment regarding the sexual abuse of Scouts.
In February 2008, troop leader Albert Stein was charged with... more »
November 5, 2010 9:58 PM
San Luis Obispo County says it refuses to publicly out the restaurants with recurring problems. It says the records are available for anyone who wants to look, but will not tell you where they are, saying it prefers to take a positive approach to improving restaurants.
Over the years,... more »
October 5, 2010 3:30 PM
Seniors are invited to the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara Wednesday for a health expo taking place from 9 a.m. - noon.
The first 1500 folks age 55 and over will get a free flu shot.
95 exhibitors will also show seniors how to stay fit or... more »
September 30, 2010 12:41 PM
A math teacher at Dos Pueblos High School in Santa Barbara is using interactive technology to help his students solve complex problems.
The software from Texas Instruments, known for its advanced graphing calculators, projects the image of a calculator on the screen and lets students pilot through problems in... more »
September 28, 2010 7:57 PM
A Santa Barbara teenager was sent to the hospital this morning with major injuries after getting hit by a car while crossing Highway 101.
The California Highway Patrol says the incident happened around 6 a.m. on the 101 near Castillo Street.
Two 15-year-old boys were crossing the freeway... more »
September 14, 2010 9:52 PM
If you're driving on Highway 154, expect to see more California Highway Patrol officers. The CHP is stepping enforcment, adding more units and ramping up truck inspections. In a single day last week, officers issued eight commercial truck citations and took one vehicle out of service for failing a brake... more »
September 6, 2010 9:22 PM
A new national poll shows Republicans are gaining momentum in that battle for Congress.
The opinion research corporation survey shows the G.O.P leads the Democrats by seven points on the "generic ballot" question...-- 52 percent to 45-percent. That's up from a three-point margin last month.
The "generic ballot"... more »
August 31, 2010 11:05 PM
After several quarters of losing millions of dollars, the parent company of First Bank of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Bank and Trust has closed a deal to keep both banks alive.
The largest owner of community banks on the Central Coast is getting a second chance thanks... more »
August 31, 2010 1:30 PM
The parent of First Bank of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Bank and Trust is set to announce the latest details this afternoon regarding its sale of the company to Ford Financial.
In April, Santa Barbara-based Pacific Capital Bancorp agreed to sell 91 percent of the company to... more »
August 27, 2010 9:46 PM
A memorial ceremony was held at a Santa Barbara church this morning to remember three family members killed earlier this week. Tragedy struck just before 7 a.m. Tuesday morning after a runaway tractor trailer slammed into their house. The driver says his brakes failed as he came down Highway 154... more »
August 20, 2010 3:40 PM
An ancient chinese martial art could help control pain associated with fibromyalgia.
A small study from Tufts Medical Center in Boston finds the gentle, slow movements of tai chi improved symptoms of fatigue and depression in a group of fibromyalgia patients better than simple stretching exercises.
Participants did... more »
August 15, 2010 6:15 PM
Santa Barbara fire crews are calling an apartment a total loss after an early morning fire. The flames broke out just before 4 a.m. in the 1400 block of Pitos Street. When firefighters arrived the end unit of a four-unit apartment complex was engulfed in flames. Only one person and... more »
August 10, 2010 2:14 PM
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has designated Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria as Comprehensive Cardiac Care Centers.
What this means is 911 cardiac patients will now go directly to one of these hospitals.
Before, all patients were taken to the... more »
July 9, 2010 9:43 PM
He's a basketball superstar and an inspiration for millions of kids across america and the world. Today, Kobe Bryant made an appearance in Santa Barbara for a worthy cause.
At six feet six inches tall, Kobe Bryant is more than just a basketball player, he's someone these kids look... more »
July 6, 2010 11:39 AM
United States Senator Barbara Boxer will be in Santa Barbara today as part of Senator Boxer's Jobs for California Tour. Senator Boxer will meet with supporters and highlight components of her plan to create jobs and turn our economy around. In Santa Barbara, Senator Boxer will meet with supporters at... more »
July 4, 2010 7:18 PM
F ive people were arrested for DUI in Santa Barbara overnight.
Officers from Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Lompoc, UCSB and State Parks held a checkpoint from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.
Ten people were also arrested for driving without a license.
Nine vehicles were towed.... more »
June 25, 2010 2:44 PM
Results are in for a childhood obesity pilot program implemented last year at an elementary school in Santa Barbara.
The Diabetes Resource Center developed the Eastside Childhood Obesity Prevention and Wellness Program to address the problem of childhood obesity in the primarily Latino Franklin Elementary School.
All of... more »
June 23, 2010 3:35 PM
Franklin Elementary in Santa Barbara is one of the finalists in the Governor's Fitness Challenge Competition.
Out of more than 2,649 schools, just 127 made the cut.
Students had to be active 30-60 minutes a day, at least three days a week, for a month.
100 percent... more »
June 14, 2010 6:46 PM
Acting Santa Barbara County District Attorney Ann Bramsen issued the following statement regarding former district attorney candidate Josh Lynn being placed on administrative leave:
"I have received a number of emails and phone calls regarding a statement Josh Lynn made to the press over the weekend. On Friday, I... more »
June 10, 2010 1:05 PM
Cal Poly is helping people with dreams of earning a Master's degree accomplish their goal.
The University's Orfalea College of Business is offering a new MBA program that's specifically for working professionals in the Santa Barbara area. The new program offers evening classes at the Canary Hotel. Cal Poly... more »
May 28, 2010 2:37 AM
A three-month long drug investigation nets six arrests on the South Coast.
On Tuesday, Sheriff's narcotics detectives, along with Santa Barbara police officers, conducted a search warrant at a home in the 2000 block of Las Canoas Road in Santa Barbara.
Detectives arrested six people inside that home.... more »
May 28, 2010 1:47 AM
Santa Barbara police are trying to figure out what caused a car crash that killed a pedestrian.
That crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Thursday near the corner of Coast Village Road and Butterfly Lane.
Officers say 47-year-old Florinda Garcia Flores was walking on the sidewalk of Coast Village... more »
May 27, 2010 12:52 PM
A rally will be held on Thursday in Santa Barbara to protest Arizona's new controversial immigration law.
Local students, professors and community members are demanding immediate repeal of what they call the "racist" Arizona law and of all repressive anti-immigration legislation.
Protesters will gather in downtown Santa Barbara... more »
May 27, 2010 12:44 AM
An investigation is underway, after a man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train in Santa Barbara.
Police say it happened just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near the train station at the corner of State and East Yanonali Streets in Santa Barbara.
Officers say the man walked... more »
May 25, 2010 12:14 PM
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The jury at a rape and murder trial in Reno will not hear directly from the man accused of the string of attacks, including the 2008 kidnapping and killing of 19-year-old Brianna Denison.
With the jury outside the courtroom, James Biela told Washoe District Judge... more »
May 24, 2010 4:30 PM
Santa Barbara Police have released surveillance photos of Monday morning's armed robbery of a Rabobank branch in the city.
Investigators say the suspect walked into the Rabobank on the 2200 blk. of Bath St. at about 10:00a.m. Monday, armed with a handgun. They say he threatened employees with the... more »
May 24, 2010 1:44 PM
The Santa Barbara Police Department confirms the Rabobank location on Bath St. in Santa Barbara was robbed Monday morning.
Officers are still at the scene of that robbery, which happened at about 10:00a.m. Monday. Investigators say a suspect walked into the bank with a handgun and demanded cash. They... more »
May 24, 2010 1:09 PM
Santa Barbara Police Officers are responding to a reported bank robbery in the city, according to emergency radio traffic.
That robbery was reported at the Rabobank on the 2200 blk. of Bath St. just after 10:00a.m. Monday.
Emergency radio traffic indicates the suspect in that robbery is a... more »
May 21, 2010 9:26 PM
Three Lompoc Police officers were honored today in Santa Barbara for excellence in law enforcement.
Agent Joseph Stetz, Officer Mark Powell, and Officer David Lamar were presented with the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Valor. In October, they risked their lives to rescue an elderly woman from a burning... more »
May 21, 2010 1:10 PM
Santa Barbara Police have released the name of the man whose body washed ashore near Hendry's Beach Thursday.
The body has been identified as 48-year-old Santa Barbara resident Gordon Jennell.
Investigators say Jennell's body washed ashore at about 1:10p.m. Thursday. They say his body was clad in a... more »
May 20, 2010 10:02 PM
Meg Whitman hits the campaign trail in Santa Barbara, as her opponent no longer trails so far behind in the polls.
A Public Policy Institute of California survey was released yesterday. It found Whitman now leads state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner 38 percent to 29 percent among Republicans. Whitman... more »
May 20, 2010 3:26 PM
Republican candidate Meg Whitman will speak about her comprehensive plan to cut government spending this afternoon at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History as she continues her campaign to be California's first female governor.
A new poll shows Meg Whitma's lead in the Republican race for California governor... more »
May 20, 2010 2:43 AM
Republican candidate for Governor, Meg Whitman, will be visiting the South Coast Thursday afternoon.
She will be stopping by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to discuss her plan to reduce government spending in Sacramento. Her speech is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
This is the... more »
May 19, 2010 2:50 AM
A Santa Barbara man is arrested, accused of passing some counterfeit bills.
Officers were called out last Friday to the McDonald's on Milpas Street. When they arrived, officers learned 50-year-old Jeffrey Huddleston had tried to buy a cheeseburger with a fake 20 dollar bill.
Huddleston denied the money... more »
May 17, 2010 7:57 PM
Santa Barbara Sheriff's detectives are hoping surveillance photos will help them track down a couple suspected of using a stolen credit card to buy electronics equipment.
Detectives say back on April 19, a 60-year-old woman discovered her wallet was missing while she was shopping at the Camino Real Marketplace in... more »
May 12, 2010 7:43 PM
The Santa Barbara Department of Motor Vehicles field office was evacuated around 3 p.m. Wednesday after employees reported a suspicious suitcase in the lobby.
According the a spokesperson for the DMV, all employees and customers inside the building were told to evacuate and move their cars by officers from... more »
May 12, 2010 8:15 AM
A Santa Barbara man is honored for saving the life of a toddler.
On Tuesday, the American Red Cross and the Santa Barbara City Fire Department presented Rick Robledo with a community hero award. Last month, Rick was visiting the home of friends when 20-month-old Jared Herrara began to... more »
May 11, 2010 3:35 PM
Hundreds of employees take part in an award ceremony at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria.
HealthGrades officially presented the hospital with its 2010 Patient Safety Excellence Award.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital also received the award.
They are considered to be among the top five percent of... more »
May 11, 2010 12:35 PM
One man is taken to the hospital after a crash in Santa Barbara Tuesday morning.
Santa Barbara County Fire Crews say they were called to the 3900 blk. of State St., near the Five Points Shopping Center at about 8:30a.m. Tuesday. Officials say the 55-year-old man was driving his... more »
May 9, 2010 8:32 PM
A small brush fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Santa Barbara, in the 2100 block of Foothill Road.
Santa Barbara city and county fire fighters were able to contain the fire to a half acre, and no structures were threatened.
May 7, 2010 2:08 AM
Police in Santa Barbara have made an arrest in connection with a robbery and kidnapping that took place Thursday afternoon.
Around 4:30 p.m., officers say a man confronted a woman walking in the parking lot at the La Cumbre Mall. Officers say he robbed her and forced her, at... more »
May 6, 2010 8:26 PM
We have breaking news out of Santa Barbara where police are searching for an armed man.
Officers say around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the man forced a woman at gunpoint to drive him to the parking lot of the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course.
The woman was robbed, but not... more »
May 6, 2010 3:44 PM
A procession of fire trucks made its through Santa Barbara County, raising money for burn victims.
The day kicked off at the Pismo Beach Fire Station, where a $20,000 check was made out to the "Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors."
The money was raised from this year's Central... more »
May 6, 2010 12:29 PM
Santa Barbara Police Officers say they have arrested the suspect wanted in an attempted murder that happened in the city's eastside Wednesday night.
The search for the suspect prompted the use of the reverse 911 system in the Montecito and Summerland areas. The suspect was arrested at about 9:00a.m.... more »
May 5, 2010 9:25 PM
The Jesusita Fire first lit up the hills above Santa Barbara one year ago today. That fire scorched nearly 8800 acres and destroyed 80 homes. It took crews about two weeks to put it out. New construction is popping up in the neighborhood, but there is still a lot of... more »
May 5, 2010 2:52 AM
Tuesday marks one year since the Jesusita Fire sparked in the hills above Santa Barbara.
The fire scorched more than 8,700 acres over 13 days and destroyed some 80 homes. Investigators say it was sparked by power equipment used to clear vegetation and brush.
Be sure to tune... more »
April 29, 2010 2:20 PM
Santa Barbara police are now offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of a group of robbery suspects.
Back on April 7th, detectives say four men armed with handguns entered the Joyeria Latina Americana Jewelry store on North Milpas Street in Santa Barbara.
They then used... more »
April 29, 2010 3:58 AM
We're learning more about Thursday morning's deadly accident on Highway 154.
Emergency crews were called to Highway 154 in the area of Windy Gap at about midnight. That's about a half-mile south of Painted Cave Rd., north of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County Fire Officials say only one vehicle... more »