Courts & Crime

Forbidden Gun Owners Tracked by State Justice Department

Statewide tracking program found 96 Santa Barbara County residents own guns illegally. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cash Bail in California Ruled Unconstitutional

Unconvicted detainees languish behind bars, unable to pay bail. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Security Video IDs Burglary Suspect

Three bars broken into early Tuesday morning. Read story.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Cops Surround Downtown Cottage Where Man Was Killed New Year’s Day

UPDATE: The stand-off ended when the cottage was found to be empty. Read story.

Originally published 11:33 a.m., January 3, 2018
Updated 3:50 p.m., January 3, 2018

Man Arraigned in Isla Vista Rape

Pled not guilty to sexual assault of drugged victim and kidnap. Read story.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Uptick in Virtual Kidnapping Extortion Calls Across Santa Barbara

Anonymous callers, often from Mexico-based phones, are targeting the 805. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gang Crime Drops, but Task Force Lives On

City votes to spend $67,000 for another year. Read story.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Three Arrested After High Speed Chase and Crash

Two of the suspects and the same car were involved in another recent pursuit. Read story.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Gang Injunction

Rules residents aren’t “prisoners in their own homes.” Read story.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cops Find Lots of Pot on Pedregosa

Travaris Amps, 28, busted with 83 pounds of marijuana on July 8. Read story.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Both Sides Score Points in Gang Injunction Trial

Closing arguments in the divisive criminal case are expected this week. Read story.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gang Injunction Trial Finally Underway

Attorneys argue over dots on a map and tools in the toolbox. Read story.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Second Slander Claim Filed Against City and Cops

L.A. attorney says his clients were falsely and negligently accused of being gang members. Read story.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Violent Assault on Two Women

Michael Stinchfield ​— ​who police said held two women against their will in his 1724 Garden Street home for hours as he physically assaulted them with a baseball bat and guitar strap ​— ​entered no-contest pleas to four felony charges this week and was sentenced to eight years in state prison. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Homeless Man Arrested for Raping 15-Year-Old

The victim reportedly accompanied the suspect to a house party where the assault occurred. Read story.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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