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Man Shoots Own Hand

What was reported to 911 as an ambush on Sunday night atop the Santa Ynez Mountains turned out to be just another case of a guy shooting himself in the hand and being too embarrassed to tell the truth.

Ty Warner Selling The Miramar

“It was a painful decision for Ty,” spokeman Greg Rice said, “but I don’t see how we could possibly get a fair shake” from the Montecito Association, based on its renewed attack, a four-page letter sent widely to Montecito residents. It is “alarming” when a body that will ultimately consider your project “attacks you.” Rice said.

Summerdance Is Done

Three months after the close of its triumphant 10th season, Summerdance Santa Barbara has announced it will suspend operations.

State Kills I.V. Parking Plan

Despite the fact that the new parking signs are all ready installed, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday afternoon to deny the county’s new comprehensive parking plan for the car-choked streets of Isla Vista.

Condor Chick Flies

On October 22, a six-month-old California condor chick rose from its nest and flew 15 feet. In so doing, the chick became only the second of its extremely endangered species to take flight in the wild in 14 years.

Varela Guilty of Murder

The jury doesn’t buy that Varela’s August 2005 killing of former UCSB student Holly Lake was a crime of passion, instead finding the Oxnard resident guilty of first degree murder.

Making the Homeless Healthy

The Casa Esperanza homeless shelter became a sprawling public health clinic Monday and Tuesday morning, as Santa Barbara’s various health and social service agencies came together in an all-out effort to vaccinate and screen the homeless population before the winter season’s overnight services begin on December 1st. The three-day event, called Healthy Neighbors, will continue on Wednesday, between 8 and 11 a.m.

Carlos Varela Takes the Stand

According to alleged murderer Carlos Varela, if his girlfriend Holly Lake had just accepted his attempts to break up with her, she’d still be alive today. That came straight from the murder suspect’s mouth today, Monday, November 13, when Varela took that stand in hopes of swaying the jury into believing that his attack on the former UCSB student last August was a crime of passion rather than premeditation.

Aceves to Win Goleta Seat

As of 1 p.m. today, Roger Aceves is beating out Cynthia Brock for the third open seat on the Goleta City Council. Yet to be counted are the damaged absentee ballots, but those are not expected to reverse Aceves’ 21-vote lead.

Big Drug Busts in SB

Over the past month, the SBPD busted a major drug ring with ties to Sinaloa, the home state of “narco saint” Jesus Malverde (whose icon is pictured). Here’s a round-up of those arrests, complete with mug shots of nine of the suspects.


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