Paula Lopez Arrested

KEYT Anchorwoman Cited for Public Intoxication

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Paula Lopez booking photo (July 29, 2013)
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Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department

Paula Lopez booking photo (July 29, 2013)

KEYT News anchor and local celebrity, Paula Lopez, was arrested for public intoxication on Monday at about 4:30 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office. She was picked up by deputies at the intersection of North San Marcos Rd. and Via Piccoli and booked into County Jail. She was released with a citation and must appear in court.

In February, Lopez was reported missing, and the Sheriff’s Office initiated a search that included a helicopter and K-9 teams. She was found safe and reunited with her family the same day.


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AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Will she have to appear before her husband, Judge Ochoa, in court?

deniseL (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's a disease. She deserves compassion and help. The circumstances do not outweigh the problem. I hope that she gets the help she needs to start a new life.

sbbulldog (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

it is an illness, and the report doesn't indicate she was driving. She needs help, probably change a number of things in her life. Compassion needed here.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This must be a mistake, it's not on the "South Coast Crime Map".

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

She looks like she's about to burst out laughing! :)

Botany (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Please Dr. Dan. Where was the compassion for the guy Genis just represented who the cops beat up? Where is the compassion for our regular old citizens and the massive amount of charges (many FALSE) filed against them on a daily basis for similar or lesser offenses?

It looks like compassion extends only to people like Iya Falcone, Cat Cora, etc or those otherwise favored by the "insiders" at the courthouse.

Her husband is a judge you know she'll be just fine and continue down whatever path she chooses for herself with no fear of reprisal. I would think her children should be taken away from her as they are clearly not in the care of a responsible individual.

I wonder how this will affect her husband's bid for a seat on the Court of Appeals - probably won't.

The legal system's (especially our local one) motto is "Do as I say, not as I do."

Don't you have something more important to do than constantly post on the Independent? As one of our "pillars of the community" why don't you get out there and advocate for something useful and meaningful besides destruction of our coastline or your own personal agenda and building permits.

If this is a different Dr. Dan than I think, I apologize and do retract the prior paragraph.

HolaAmigos (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Uhhh... Why didn't the Sheriff dispatch his fleet of helicopters to save this God-like wwwwwwoman?

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes agree FINALLY, hope her husband agrees she should get the same treatment as those that stand before him & I hope she gets the "AX" from key news if not, I won't watch or support anyone that advertises with them... done she has gotten special treatment because of WHO she is! It's BS... disease or no disease... many people have it & don't get special treatment they get crap from people like her & her husband & the news!

bashore18 (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

she should have just passed out on the library lawn with the rest of them.

then again, this whole town will spend at least some time this week in an alcoholic haze.

paula....lot less damage if you twist one up and then go shopping in whole foods instead.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Compassion is re-opening state care facilities for street addicts ,who can't afford private care facilities that deal with addiction issues.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

photo caption: 'my huuusssshhbuund's uh varryy emportunt pershun...he'yull bust me outta heeeerrr....hyuck, (hiccup)'

newsbiz (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Her issues have always been the worst kept secret in town, for decades now.

I hope she gets the help she has been avoiding up until this point. That said, I don't agree with the whole gleeful "finally!" sentiment. Regardless of what you think of her and her husband, she's still a person facing some serious problems, just like a lot of anonymous people in town.

There's room for compassion in the midst of disapproval.

Native1 (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

OMG... more with the "state care facilities" - do you have a personal profit motive in such "care", or are you just another sock puppet like Priceless and lawdy?

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why should she be fired? Because she's human? If you watch their news show to begin with, you're probably worse off than she is! I'd drink if that was my show! And if you don't watch the show, how will you know who the advertisers are to boycott ?!

Brantingham was mistaken: we do have zany characters all around us here in SB, many posting on this site!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I challenge the comments here to come only from those people who have never been drunk while standing or walking or sitting outside, and from those who have no compassion for anyone with any kind of addiction, alcoholism included.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I assume you include yourself in the cast of "zany characters" posting on this site, Ken. Geez you and Dan just gotta get out more.

HolaAmigos (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

His wife won't let us.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

John be arrested for public intoxication, you gotta be acting a little loony. Like staggering dangerously in the road, falling down, etc.

But the issue many have, I sure do, is that she received preferential treatment, at the taxpayer's expense. I have a big problem with that. Also, she is a local celebrity of sorts, and should be held to a slightly higher standard, as younger impressionable viewers look up to people in her position.

No, I don't watch her newscast though, boring as all get out.

newsbiz (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Lawdy (and John Adams) are right. We're basing our economy on alcohol sales and act stunned when a high profile community member gets a PI.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Lots of mean-spirited postings here, and not much compassion. I'd guess she is a very unhappy person and needs help.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You're right Ken. If it wasn't for alcohol sales, we'd be in the same shape as Detroit right now. ;)

Botany (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Lot's of Lopez-Ochoa-relative-spirited postings here. 'poor, poor, Paula'

newsbiz (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Print reporters traditionally kept a bottle in the bottom desk drawer.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Fear and Loafing in Santa Barbara

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is just sad. She is local. She gives back to the community. And she works for one of the most lame channels in the United States.
What preferential treatment this time? They arrested and booked her despite being married to a judge.
I hope she can face her problems and get help. This will not be easy in this little town of ours.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is obviously the fault of Obama.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes the "compassion" she shows when she reads the news & shows others mugshots... those who are also going through their own issues... I'll grant her the same as well as the same compassion her husband shows to the families of those before him in court... sometimes the way you treat others comes back to you...

bashore18 (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No offense Italiansurg but obviously there was someone present who forced the issue who perhaps outranked Paula without her hubby present and the cops couldn't cover it up. That's really how it works.

She was only charged with a misdemeanor - that's on the level of jaywalking - the best the cops could wrangle for her. Her offense was likely more serious than that.

Again - I question the well-being of her children.

The additional preferential treatment will be forthcoming when the DA drops or rejects the charges in a few days based on some joke of a justification.

Over and out. - don't want to become Ken, Dr. Dan or John Locke et al but this is a tad interesting.

Lets see what our law enforcers do about this.

HolaAmigos (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 12:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Your presumption is weird and telling. They arrested her. That is what matters. If she was behind the wheel I would not be so compassionate, but she's just a poor soul and you cannot crap on her because of her husband in this case.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 12:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The best thing for Paula Lopez to do is keep her plan to host Fiesta Pequena tonight.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 12:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

She SHOULD keep that plan to host the Pequena, and wear only a full length white mink coat with blood red heels.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ode to the Internet Blogosphere

“Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody's pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love your dirty laundry,

We all know that Crap is King
Give us your dirty laundry!”

Stolen and adapted from Don Henley

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 12:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah, let the drunken lady appear on tv & host all those cute fiesta kids tonight. Good idea.

newsbiz (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 1:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I seem to recall some sayings about casting stones. I would say that she and her hubby have done this community a service in different ways. Yup, we all make mistakes and poor decisions. I hope she gets the help she needs before this gets worse. Especially when there are little ones involved.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 1:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

HolaAmigos - not sure what you think was covered up here. Public Intoxication IS a misdemeanor (Penal Code 6479(f)). She received no preferential treatment either - this is a booking photo from the County Jail where she likely spent most of the evening in a "holding tank."

She was treated just like anyone else (and I know there are thousands in SB) who have been arrested for this variation of disturbing the peace.

sacjon (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 1:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

was it alcohol? or pills?

spacey (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 1:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't think she's getting much preferential treatment considering most people arrested on same charges don't have the story be top local news.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 1:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

C.J. Ward says; "Paula has the night off. "

sempdog (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 2:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We lived in Santa Barbara for almost 30 years. Lived through this umbrella of hate and deceit. Most people ask how could we leave such a beautiful place.

The truth is.. Nothing has changed in this so called small town. You so called locals (hick transplants) are still haters. Taking the liberty to write trash about someones child / parents is not appropriate. Look at yourself..

Most young people who grew up in SB and got into a top 10 college would not / will not return. They even find it difficult to visit..

To say to the haters.. Get a life is an understatement. --you have none.

--If by some small chance Paula or one of her kids reads this .. Leave this so called Paradise.. It is a disguise for hell.

This blog of haters are synonymous with State Street...Next time anyone walks up or down State street, look at the slime and filth..

Next week at Fiesta, you haters will use it as another reason to pee in the street and think someone else will clean it up.

SB_Survivor (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Damn, SB_Survivor, who farted on your rainbow this morning?

sacjon (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 2:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

HolaAmigos I think you're thinking of DrDan93109, but even so, sacjon cleared it up for you: hope this is a tad interesting for you. Rather sad, but SB_Survivor has something about "this blog of haters", and certainly not all.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 3:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A common drunk...nothing more, nothing less.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 3:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

the issue that the concerned citizens of Santa Barbara should be concerned about is the reaction to her "disappearance" by the Sheriff's department. That is the preferential treatment that some have referred to - a medical condition triggered that response. One can speculate that she got drunk and wandered away - not a medical emergency in my humble opinion. Certainly not when compared to the disappearance on an autistic child. And I don't remember a helicopter being deployed in that case. So much for the credibility of the Sheriff's department and KEYT.

borninsixtyone (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 4:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder if she was driving and they did not charge her because of who she is. I also wonder why the cops just happened to be in that area, did a call prompt them to go there?

Rsparks (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 4:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What? How could ANYBODY question the wheels of justice in SB? I'm quite certain that the usual pack of psychos will chime into this thread and tell you that preferential treatment just is NOT possible!

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 4:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"It's a disease. She deserves compassion and help. The circumstances do not outweigh the problem. I hope that she gets the help she needs to start a new life."

sbbulldog (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 9:39 a.m

My sentiments exactly. She wasn't driving drunk, she didn't attack anybody, but because she's a celebrity, and people love to see celebrities go down in flames, this will give certain people perverse pleasure. Get to the bottom of what's causing this Paula, and take back your life, and don't judge yourself by what other say.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 5:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for your humanity, billclausen. Awful lot of really nasty posts in this thread. SB_survivor provides an interesting perspective.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 5:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Zuma7, your comment says more about you than "drunks."

Native1 (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 5:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I also wonder if she was driving under the influence.

sbs124 (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 6:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder if she was carrying an American flag.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 6:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sympathy is the worst thing you can give a practicing alcoholic. I know, I was one. This woman needs to hit bottom. Lets hope they throw the book at her!

Oldilocks (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 7:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@SB_Survivor: Good points. @Oldilocks: I'll add my perspective.

If she had been drinking and driving, then I'd say throw the book at her, for *that* action, and let's take issue with an incomplete report. (Did the cops withhold information?...did The Independent withhold information?)

If anyone has cause to be angry, it's me. My mother was an alcoholic until she sobered up (after my loving but firm intervention) 11 years before her death. All I can say is "Thank God for those years we (my dad--who died four years after she did, my sister and I) had with her sober, but suffice to say, when one of your parents is alcoholic, life isn't good. Ironically, five years after she stopped drinking, she was the one who told me my dad had been hit by a buzzed (0.069 blood alcohol content--the legal limit is 0.08) driver. A lot of things went right that night otherwise my dad would have been killed. (Yes, for all the "wine tasters" who think a glass or two of wine is ok before you hit the road, the guy who hit my dad had two glasses of wine; wine tasting myth about drinking and driving destroyed.

At the time of this report however, Lopez was merely drunk in public. How does *that* justify "throwing the book" at her?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 8:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Boo to the Fiesta Piquena Committee for giving Ms. Lopez the boot. Boo!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

She has two children at home. I would like to see charges trumped up against her just to get her into rehab. Unfortunately though her husband the Judge will no doubt pill strings. Most alcoholics die drunk, especially the ones who are enabled. So sad.

Oldilocks (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow the Nanny State has spoken when perhaps they should be speaking to their old sponsor instead.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 31, 2013 at 11:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow....lots of ugly stuff going on here. Throw the book at her? Take her kids away? For a PI? REALLY? Her statement on KEYT tonight outlined a struggle with depression and anxiety for years....guess what? She's self-medicating! It's a complicated diagnosis and while difficult to treat, not impossible.

The schadenfreude being displayed is just staggering...why so much hate for a woman who hasn't harmed any of these posters making the cruel comments? Because she's a familiar face on the evening news? Seriously? And, hasn't her family been through enough with her depression, anxiety and alcoholism? Is it really necessary to put her kids through MORE misery and break up the family? Is it REALLY necessary to FIRE her? Wow...just wow.

We live in an alcohol-soaked culture...and the wine industry OWNS this entire county. Celebrating? Have a glass of wine. Someone died? Have some wine. Kindergarten fundraiser? Break out the wine. Getting married, got a new job, got fired, bought a puppy, moved house? Have some wine. Everything here is an ad for the wine industry. And we're shocked that a news anchor with depression and anxiety is an alcoholic? SERIOUSLY?

I hope and pray she gets the help she so desperately needs, and now that it's "out" it will be easier for her to do just that. She doesn't have to hide anymore and now she can just focus on getting well. I hope she keeps her job, because frankly we need to stop sweeping this stuff under the rug. We're running out of room under there.

Holly (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 2 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oldilocks wrote "Sympathy is the worst thing you can give a practicing alcoholic" and I rather agree...except, "compassion" is different from sympathy. Maybe she still has to hit bottom, yet she was not driving, she has children at home, it's wild I'm agreeing with JL on the interesting NASTINESS of so many posts on this thread. Sad. Let her get on with her life and the suffering she's bringing into it.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 4:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

At least they told us she was not driving drunk. After that mass search ordered by her high profile husband, I have no confidence she is being treated in same manner as you or I would be by law officials.

And as for pulling her from hosting the Pequenas...WTG for doing the right thing, Fiesta committee!

How ironic to see the excuses that are posted here, given this woman, who is an alcoholic, has long been hiding & was enabled to spiral downward. Lots of protection, and yet she still crashed. Finally, maybe she will get honest to goodness help. We can only hope. Good luck, Paula!

newsbiz (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 5:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

My heart goes out for Paula. Those that judge her unkindly, please remember at one time in our lives, everyone has done something they live with. I hope Paula gets the help she needs. It matters not who her husband is. It is Paula that needs help.

Trying2 (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 8:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Enablers are people who watch/stand by until the addicted person hurts or kills someone. Then they say, why didn't someone help my poor so and so?

Never cover up another person's addiction. Never bail them out of their consequences. That is not the compassionate or beneficial thing to do for them.

newsbiz (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 9:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Busybodies are people poke their nose into other people's business and keep the gossip rags going. Just sayin'.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 12:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Then there are those who like to monitor posts, make comments on them, and act like they are above it all, no, they are not poking their own noses into other people's business...yet, here they are, posting like everyone else. lol. Ah, ain't freedom of speech grand?

newsbiz (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 6:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I suppose it's the hypocrisy and idiocy of it all newsbiz, perhaps enhanced by your chosen screenname. The people at OSD who axed her from the Pequena were probably intoxicated themselves.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 8:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

all i know is that i want to party with paula lopez are u kidding me!!!??? I wanna get smashed with her and shiree rajae woo hoo!!

ilovewhitegirls (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2013 at 11:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

oh goodie, ping pong playa! I understand, honey, it's hard to let it go, idn't it? Must be so hard monitoring all these boards, so much finger wagging & correcting for comment board super heros like you to do. Mmmm, mmmm.

Yeah, I guess you're right, letting her slur & stumble on stage would have made for some comedy relief. I'm sure she was just DYING to get on that stage.

newsbiz (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've heard of people talking to themselves newsbiz, but blogging to yourself newsbiz? You must be in the news media because you obviously have no clue.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

check mate!

newsbiz (anonymous profile)
August 5, 2013 at 10:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Paula I hope you see this: Thank you for having the guts to speak up about this disease. By so publicly battling your demons you are highlighting the truth that alcoholism is an illness that can hit all kinds of people. No-one is exempt. Thanks for standing up and being counted, Paula. Despite what you read on these comments there are many of us who will watch your progress because we care and want you to win this fight. We wish the best for you and your husband. Thank you

bloodydramaqueen (anonymous profile)
August 9, 2013 at 1:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am going to be honest.

She is my Tia and Frank is my Tio.

She was experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms due to Opiate Painkillers.

Plain and simple.

She was not abusing them and had legitimate recourse to them through Pain Management / Treatment.

Just like anything you put in your body that releases a reward benefit after consumption, you begin to increase the dosage to continue experiencing a sense of wellbeing / euphoria.

My younger brother (19) (I am 24) was visiting their house and stole my Tia's Medicine to re-sell.

Any honest doctor will not refill any controlled substance before the refill date.

She had never experienced withdrawal effects before and became ill. It was arranged to acquire a few Tablets to subdue / sustain the effects and that turned into a goose chase.

She is a wonderful woman that had a ordeal that 47 percent of Americans have already gone through.

Plain and Simple.

BraulioLGrijalva (anonymous profile)
August 19, 2013 at 6:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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