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  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office swear in first group of new custody deputies

    September 28, 2012 8:11 PM

    Thousands of low-level inmates are now being housed in county jails under Governor Jerry Brown's prison prison realignment plan to reduce prison overcrowding. On Friday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office swore in its first group of new custody deputies to help handle the increased number of inmates. ... more »
  • Locals react to officer-involved shooting in Santa Maria, say crime is becoming too common

    June 28, 2012 10:36 PM

    UPDATE: We now know the identity of the man who was shot and killed in Santa Maria Thursday morning. Police say he is 22 year old Jose Luis Ortega, from Santa Maria. Ortega was killed after an officer-involved shooting this morning in Santa Maria. Police said the... more »
  • Some local doctors say bath salts are becoming popular among young adults

    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 »
  • About 125 Central Coast businesses take part in Santa Maria trade show

    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 »
  • Santa Maria police looking for person responsible in the stabbing death of man

    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 »
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney finds Covarrubias Jr. shooting as lawfully justified

    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 »
  • Arrest made in Lompoc homicide

    May 31, 2012 9:25 PM

    Detectives have made an arrest in Wednesday's homicide in Lompoc. 23 year-old Phillip Joseph Johnson of Lompoc was arrested Thursday. It happened in the 1700 block of Calle Lindero, which is in the city's Mission Hills area. At about 10 PM Wednesday, dispatchers got a 911 hang up call.... more »
  • Central Coast fire officials prepare for a busy fire season

    May 7, 2012 11:01 PM

    As fire officials throughout the Central Coast prepare for an active fire season, the extended runway at the Santa Maria Public Airport will be getting a lot of use this summer. About 1,700 feet were added to the already 6,700 feet runway. Tanker planes will be flown in during... more »
  • Local Mexican restaurants say Chipotle is no competition

    March 28, 2012 10:24 PM

    When Chipotle recently went looking to hire staff for 30 positions for their new restaurant in Santa Maria, about 1,000 people applied to work there. A couple of the people who managed to get jobs lived at local homeless shelters. The national chain officially opened their first Santa... more »
  • Study: High school dropout rates high in California

    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 »
  • Low income Santa Maria students receive free dinners through government-funded program

    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 »

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