Buellton, CA

Man who led deputies on high-speed chase died by suicide: coroner

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man occupying a vehicle that fled authorities in multiple counties and whose body was found in an orchard off Highway 46 died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to coroner’s officials. Kittipong Kuanbooncharn, 20, of Lompoc was pronounced dead at the scene June 8, about a mile north of the […]
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Bakersfield Californian

Coroner ID's man who died from gunshot wound

The Kern County coroner's office Thursday identified a man who died from a gunshot wound in Lost Hills. Kittipong Kuanbooncharn, 20, of Lompoc, reportedly died at 7:19 p.m. June 8 in the Berenda Mesa Canal, one mile north of State Route 46, according to a news release.
Santa Barbara Independent

Ebby’s Organic Farm Pushed Out of Ellwood Canyon Property in Goleta

A Goleta family farm is downsizing after 15 years, giving up about eight acres after a new property owner began charging thousands of dollars a month for water. The farm, Ebby’s Organic Farm — named after farmer Mike Iniguez’s eldest daughter — has sold produce at the Goleta and Santa Barbara Farmers Markets, the Isla Vista Co-Op, and donated produce to organizations that provide free food, like Food not Bombs Isla Vista, Veggie Rescue, and the Isla Vista Community Fridge.

Fourth of July Festivities return to areas of the Central Coast

SANTA MARIA, Calif.- Fourth of July events return to Santa Maria and Lompoc for the first time since COVID-19 delayed or canceled the shows the last two years. "Red, White & Boom!" returns this year at the Elks Event Center. The event includes a firework show and concert. The event...

Orcutt man spends months creating patriotic display in neighborhood

ORCUTT, Calif. — With the Fourth of July a week away, a patriotic display is up for community members to enjoy in Orcutt. Resident Chris Heilmann worked over the last six months to create the display, which stands 16.5 feet tall and includes 3,200 pixels. Each pixel can reportedly...
Santa Barbara Independent

Community Invited to Outreach Events at the Ellwood Mesa Monarch Butterfly Grove on July 7 and 9

Press releases are posted on as a free community service. Come see Enhancement Plans First-Hand and Take Short Walking Tour. GOLETA, CA, June 30, 2022 – The City of Goleta is inviting the public to a special opportunity to see first-hand the enhancements planned for the beloved Ellwood Mesa Monarch Butterfly Grove. City staff are in the process of preparing plans and permit applications for an enhancement project. Community members are invited to come to the Butterfly Grove on Thursday evening, July 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Saturday morning, July 9 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. to see the latest design plans and take a short walking tour of the proposed improvements. Attend whichever time works for you as the information will be the same at each outreach event.
Lompoc Record

Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Maribel Aguilera-Hernandez announces bid for city council

Santa Maria lawyer and Planning Commissioner Maribel Aguilera-Hernandez announced her candidacy for Santa Maria’s City Council in front of family and friends Thursday, pledging to leverage her experience as a commissioner to focus on public safety, economic development and youth support. Aguilera-Hernandez kicked off her campaign for the city’s...

Three more gang members found guilty in Santa Maria murder case

A jury convicted three MS-13 gang members on Monday of a series of murders and other crimes committed in northern Santa Barbara County, the final verdict in a case that consisted of two separate trials. Amid a string of gang violence, murders in Santa Maria increased from three in 2014...

Summer fairs and festivals plan their post-pandemic comeback

Large-scale fairs and festivals will return this summer across the Tri-Counties, after two years of cancellations and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism experts and event organizers are bracing for a return of travelers from near and far, creating an economic ripple effect when visitors spend in the region. Among the events returning to full capacity and normal operations in 2022 are Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara, the Ventura County Fair in Ventura and the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.
Lompoc Record

Northern Branch Jail launches tattoo removal program for inmates

Officials at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office have launched a tattoo removal program at the Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria as a way to help inmates reintegrate back into society by removing body art deemed socially unacceptable, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The program was made possible through a...

Lompoc named a 2021 Tree City

The Arbor Day Foundation named Lompoc a 2020 Tree City USA for its commitment to effective urban forest management bur the 32nd year. The post Lompoc named a 2021 Tree City appeared first on News Channel 3-12.
Lompoc Record

Lompoc ER distributing free doses of Narcan to address rates of overdose

In an effort to address drug overdose deaths in Lompoc and throughout Santa Barbara County, the Lompoc Valley Medical Center emergency department is distributing free doses of Naloxone nasal spray — commonly known as Narcan — as part of the California Department of Health Care Services’ Naloxone Distribution Program.

Multiple California cities cancel 4th of July fireworks

While the 4th of July is typically a time for celebration, this year, several California cities are opting to cancel their traditional fireworks displays. For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our nation's independence with parades, barbecues, and fireworks. However, this year several cities in California have canceled their fireworks displays due to the ongoing drought and the increased risk of wildfires.