Santa Barbara Independent

Thieves Hitting Vehicle Trunks in Santa Barbara Recreational Spots

If you think your vehicle’s trunk is a safe place for valuables, think again. The Santa Barbara Police Department has received so many vehicle burglary reports that they believe out-of-town thieves are watching popular recreational areas for people who leave their purses, wallets, or backpacks in the trunk of their car.
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Highland Community News

District attorney clears SBPD officer in fatal shooting

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office recently completed its review of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Mark Matthew Bender Jr. at the King Tut Liquor store on Oct. 22, 2020, and concluded that, based on the facts and applicable law, San Bernardino City Police Officer Brandon McCaulley’s use of lethal force was a proper exercise of the right of self-defense and the defense of others and legally justified.

Briefing Room: about SBPD traffic enforcement efforts

I hope you all had a very nice Thanksgiving weekend. I am thankful to work in such a wonderful community, and that I have this weekly article to help share information with everyone. Although we didn’t receive any questions this week, I thought it might be a good idea to...
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Ultrasensitive Solar-Blind Detectors Weather Harsh Environments

HEFEI, China, Nov. 29, 2021 — A solar-blind ultraviolet photodetector (SBPD) designed for harsh environments uses amorphous gallium oxide (AGO) as a materials substitute for the traditional silicon substrate. Gallium oxide features a wide bandgap and high heat resistance, and it is capable of preserving SBPDs’ sensitivity. Amorphous gallium oxide is also easy to manufacture and integrate.

Central Coast news roundup

José Fermín López Jr, 24, has been charge with multiple felony charges for an accident he was involved in Santa Barbara last Sunday that left one a retired UCSB administrator dead, authorities informed this week. The day of the incident at around 8:20 p.m. the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD)...

$50K Bail for Battery on Cop

November 11, 2021 – Santa Barbara, Ca. With “use of force” issues prominent in the current law enforcement zeitgeist, hesitation on the part of cops to apply serious physical force upon arrestees may have been a causative factor in the serious injury of a Santa Barbara Police Department officer in the pre-dawn hours of November 10th.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is almost here so many of us are preparing to cook, bake, or fry our families favorite, and of course delicious, recipes. SBPD wants everyone to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday so please take a minute to review the safety tips below from NFPA to prevent cooking related injuries and fires.

Psych 3’s Timothy Omundson on the ‘Mad Struggle’ of His Stroke Recovery

Psych is a slice of blue-skies excellence that revolves around a fake psychic detective and his equally ridiculous best friend as they try, and always succeed, to solve crimes before their local police department does. And really, it’s a marvel to watch: Shawn (James Roday Rodriguez) holds his fingers to his head and screams things like I’m sensing!, while Gus (Dulé Hill) and his endless stream of nicknames smell for clues. But Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) just does it by being damn good at his job. During Psych’s original run on the USA Network, Lassiter was the no-bullshit head detective who rarely warmed to the duo’s tomfoolery — however effective it might’ve been — ending the series in 2014 as the deserved new Chief of Police. In 2017, though, Omundson faced an unexpected health crisis, which altered both his personal and fictional Psych lives.

Communities host Thanksgiving events

This week and next week, communities will host events for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The Los Indios Police Department will host a Senior Citizen Appreciation Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The dinner will take place at the Diamantina Community Building at 109 E. Sixth St. from 5-7 p.m. The...
Santa Barbara Edhat

SBPD Officers Rescue Man Trapped in Burning Home

On November 17, 2021, around 9:50am, the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center received multiple reports of a residential structure fire in the area of 700 Spring Street. At the time calls were coming into the dispatch center, a Santa Barbara Police Officer, Officer A. Gutierrez, was patrolling on Milpas...

Local officers start using bodycams

PACIFIC COUNTY — Two of Pacific County’s five law enforcement agencies — South Bend and Raymond — have outfitted their officers with Axon body cameras. According to Long Beach Police Department Chief Flint Wright, his agency will follow suit within the next couple of months. “We don’t know the details...
Notre Dame & Saint Mary Observer

NDPD reports two armed robberies off campus

The South Bend Police Department (SBPD) informed the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) of two armed robberies that occurred south of campus, the NDPD said in an email Thursday. The first armed robbery took place around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, near the intersection of North Jacob and East Bissell streets, according...
Santa Barbara Edhat

Suspect Wanted in Downtown Santa Barbara Shooting

On November 4, 2021, Santa Barbara police officers and detectives investigated a shooting that occurred downtown near the 1st block of East Cota Street. Detectives have identified the shooter as Kevin Rios, a 22-year-old Santa Barbara resident. Rios is believed to be in possession of a handgun and should be considered armed and dangerous. He is currently outstanding at the time of this release.

Burglaries and Break-in at Beachfront Bastion of Beanie Baby Billionaire

October 29, 2021 – Santa Barbara, Ca. Given the fortress-like walls, gates, and 24/7 security surrounding the multi-acre palatial grounds of Beanie Baby toy magnate Warner, it’s hardly a soft target for a violent break-in and burglary attempt. But none of that apparently entered the mind of 35-year-old Santa Maria resident Marc Travis Gramespacher in the pre-dawn hours of October 24 th when he drove his car right through the Warner estate’s front gates.
Santa Barbara Edhat

SBPD Officer Sustains Serious Injury while Making Arrest

On November 10, 2021, around 1:30am, the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center received a report of a large fight involving multiple subjects in the 200 block of West Carrillo Street. It was reported one of the subjects was possibly armed with a knife. Once officers arrived on scene, they...

2 dead in Seal Beach crashes

A man and a woman died in separate automobile accidents in Seal Beach in recent days. The first incident occurred on Thursday at around 3:40 p.m. near the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and St. Andrews Drive. According to the SBPD, two vehicles collided and both drivers and one passenger were taken to local hospitals.