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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 »
  • County of San Luis Obispo, Sheriff's Department hit with lawsuit

    March 27, 2012 9:49 PM

    A former sergeant with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department has filed a lawsuit against the department and the county. Dale Strobridge alleged the county and sheriff's department retaliated against him by firing him. The papers were filed earlier this month. Strobridge was fired from his... more »
  • Sheriff's spokesperson Rob Bryn dies at 61

    March 1, 2012 10:33 PM

    The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. Rob Bryn, 61, was found dead at his home just before 11 a.m. Thursday. Bryn was the agency's Public Information Officer and Crime Prevention Specialist. Deputies went to check on him after he... more »
  • New jail for Santa Barbara County depends on county and state budgets

    February 17, 2011 9:31 PM

    There is still a big need for a new jail in Santa Barbara county to address overcrowding after voters failed to pass Measure "S" last November. The sheriff's office is waiting to see what the county and state budgets look like before laying out any more plans. The current... more »
  • New webpage helps track down criminals

    January 12, 2011 10:46 PM

    A new tool is helping Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies and the public track down suspected criminals who skip out on their court dates. It's called the Top Ten Active Warrants webpage. It first launched in November on the county sheriff's website. Officers say the site has already led to... more »
  • SLO County Sheriff Candidates square off in KSBY Forum

    October 15, 2010 2:13 AM

    With less than three weeks until election night, we're commited to informing you about the issues and candidates. Earlier tonight, we hosted a candidate forum between former Pismo Beach Police Chief Joe Cortez and San Luis Obispo Police Captain Ian Parkinson. KSBY's Jeanette Trompeter hosted the forum which... more »
  • Two arrested; one on the run after five month murder investigation

    July 26, 2010 9:20 PM

    Two suspects are in custody tonight and investigators are looking for a third. Detectives say all three played a role in the murder of 32-year-old Pedro Gonzalez. Back in February, Gonzalez's body was found dumped in a Broccoli field on Bonita School Road in Nipomo, about a quarter mile south... more »
  • Proposed sales tax would fund new jail in Santa Maria

    June 23, 2010 12:27 AM

    Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown wants to ask voters to approve a new sales tax in November. The proposal for a one-half percent sales tax went before the Board of Supervisors today. The money generated from the tax would go toward building a new 304-bed jail in Santa Maria... more »
  • Man accused of running over a sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty

    June 11, 2010 3:18 PM

    The Salinas man charged with attempted murder of a peace officer after allegedly trying to run down a sheriff's deputy with his truck pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday. Twenty-six-year-old Michael Youngblood entered the plea at his arraignment in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom, according to the... more »
  • Sheriff will not comment on possible jail closure until next week

    June 4, 2010 6:24 PM

    A spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says Sheriff Bill Brown will not comment on his plans to possibly close the North County jail until after Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting. The department says Sheriff Brown has been working on details to present to the board and... more »
  • Candidates for SLO County Sheriff will speak at forum Wednesday

    April 28, 2010 2:27 AM

    The men running for San Luis Obispo County Sheriff will be taking your questions on Wednesday. The County Sheriff's Advisory Council, along with the League of Women Voters, will host a Sheriff's Candidate Forum Wednesday night. Six men are vying for the job. They are: Mark Adams, Joe... more »
  • Two men arrested for overnight burglary spree in Santa Barbara

    April 25, 2010 3:47 PM

    Two men are arrested, accused of burglarizing 11 Santa Barbara businesses early Sunday morning. At about 12:45a.m. Sunday, Sheriff's deputies say they began receiving reports of burglaries in the city. The first was reported by a business on the 4200 blk. of State St. Over the next few hours,... more »
  • Sheriff's department demonstrates new disinfectant technology

    April 14, 2010 10:06 PM

    The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department has a new tool to fight disease. The equipment allows users to quickly decontaminate an entire area--helping to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses including H1N1. The sheriff's department plans to mainly use the system on patrol cars, buses, and jail cells,... more »
  • County leaders get budget input from departments and public

    February 23, 2010 9:25 PM

    A $40 million deficit leaves Santa Barbara County Supervisors no choice but to make massive cuts. The question remains. . .where? The board heard presentations from department leaders about where to make possible cuts. The Sheriff's Department could be hit the hardest followed by County fire. County leaders are... more »
  • Massive county budget cuts could shut down Santa Maria jail

    February 22, 2010 9:32 PM

    Santa Barbara County leaders are meeting tomorrow to sort out a nightmare budget situation as they look to fill a $40 million deficit. That's about 20 percent of the county's $200 million budget. County officials blame the majority of the deficit on rising costs. In total, they're asking department... more »

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