On 11/30, a county judge sentenced 50-year-old Javier Aguila to 210 years to life in prison for molesting five boys over several years. Aguila, a Los Olivos native, was found guilty by Superior Court Judge Jed Beebe on multiple counts of sexual crimes. Aguila received an additional four years on two felony counts of dissuading a witness. Defense attorney Michael Scott says his client steadfastly claims he is innocent and did not receive a fair trial.


Lowell Bowling, 29, died in Santa Barbara County Jail on 11/25. Deputies conducting a morning count at the main jail facility in Goleta found Bowling unresponsive on his bunk just before 9 a.m. He was pronounced dead 40 minutes later at Cottage Hospital. He had been in jail for two weeks for alleged probation violation and possession of a controlled substance. Investigators are currently looking into his death.


The County Board of Supervisors on 12/1 officially banned alcohol from all Isla Vistan beaches. The ordinance sprang up after a large beach party, Floatopia, left the beaches littered. Supervisors shut down plans for a second Floatopia, installing a temporary ordinance banning alcohol on the beach. Now, permits will be required to host events with alcohol on beaches in I.V.


Please note this login is to submit events or press releases. Use this page here to login for your Independent subscription

Not a member? Sign up here.