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  1. Five Arrested in Farm Equipment TheftsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Apr 22 | Santa Barbara Independent

    After months of pouring through 20 cases, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Rural Crime Unit arrested five suspects related to a string of farm equipment thefts in the Santa Maria and Nipomo areas at the end of last year. Hector Ramirez, Alberto Andrade, Rigoberto Avila, Anthony Santella, and Marcos Cerda were taken into custody and charged with counts ranging from grand theft to conspiracy to commit a crime.

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  2. Probation-Breaking Suspect Caught with Meth, Burglary ToolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Apr 21 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Twenty-three-year-old Santa Maria resident Antonio Tanner was arrested Tuesday morning in Santa Maria for having half an ounce of methamphetamine and the type of burglary tools typically used to break into cars. He was wanted by authorities for violating his probation.

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  3. Gang, Gun Sweeps Highlight Sheriff's RoundupRead the original story

    Monday Apr 18 | Santa Barbara Independent

    The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office recently released its first quarter roundup video , a run-down of notable arrests, changes in staffing, and a behind-the-scenes look into the training and day-to-day routine of Sheriff's deputies. This season's report is highlighted by four major cases the law enforcement agency was directly involved with.

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  4. 2-1-1 Hotline Gets No Goleta DollarsRead the original story

    Wednesday Apr 6 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Goleta City Council voted 3:2 this week not to fund the 2-1-1 helpline. The human service phone line, run by the county, received support in concept from the council.

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  5. 'The Purple Cow' Chronicles Bygone Dairy DaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 5 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Today, thrill seekers flock to the Santa Barbara County Fair in Santa Maria for attractions such as the carnival rides and destruction derby. But when dairy was queen in the rural county town, fairgoers got their kicks the old-fashioned way: at the fair's Dairy Day cow-milking and milk-can-rolling contests.

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  6. Santa Maria Elks Names First Woman LeaderRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 1, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    For the first time in its 89-year history, the Santa Maria Elks Lodge has appointed a female as its Exalted Ruler. Karen Feldpouch, a 14-year member of the club, will be appointed Saturday to the highest leadership position within the lodge's local hierarchy for the 2016-2017 fraternal year.

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  7. Wes Hagen Goes Wild for J. WilkesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    When it was announced last year that the Clos Pepe vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills would be leased out for the foreseeable future and that the Clos Pepe Estate brand would go on hiatus, there was collective concern about what would happen to the brand's - if not the region's - most vocal proponent, winemaker Wes Hagen.

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  8. S.B. Warned of Smooth-Talking ConmanRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 21, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    A 44-year-old man who goes by Keawe or the nickname "Pineapple" is suspected of conning Santa Barbara County women out of jewelry and overstaying his welcome at their homes, according to a Sheriff's Office warning issued Thursday. Pending District Attorney's Office charges against Stephen Keawe Kekuewa, authorities are warning locals of his tactics: "using various scams to trick women into inviting him into their homes and then using the opportunity to steal for them."

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  9. Four Teen Hikers Rescued near Santa MariaRead the original story

    Mar 15, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Authorities rescued four teenage hikers early Monday morning from the Point Sal Beach and Mussel Point wilderness west of Santa Maria. The 17-year-old boys were hiking late Sunday afternoon with the father of one teen, but they became lost after the father had to hike back, said Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kelly Hoover in a press release.

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  10. Red Wine for Dodger BlueRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 10, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Blue is the color associated with both passions of Bob Lindquist: the Los Angeles Dodgers and the syrah grape. The founder and winemaker of Santa Maria Valley's QupA wine cellars has combined those enthusiasms into the first-ever bottlings of Dodger-label wines.

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  11. Suspected Credit Card Thieves Caught on CameraRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 1, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    A man and two women are suspected of purchasing, among other things, a television and surveillance system with a stolen credit card at Best Buy and Walmart in Santa Maria earlier this month, according to a Sheriff's Office press release. The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office substation in Santa Maria is asking for public assistance to identify the three suspects, who were captured on video at the stores the day of the alleged February 11 shopping spree.

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  12. Homeless Rights Advocate Dies in Bike CrashRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 6, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Ed Mannon, a 30-year resident of Santa Barbara's streets and once a mainstay of the local homeless rights community, died from head wounds he sustained while riding his bike downtown on Monday. "It was a freak, random accident," said his attorney Robert Landheer.

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  13. Jackson Hosting 'Senior Scam Stopper Seminar' in SpanishRead the original story

    Feb 3, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Catering to Santa Barbara's elderly Spanish-speaking community, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson will host a scam prevention seminar for seniors in Spanish with English translation provided. The free event takes place Thursday, February 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Franklin Neighborhood Center at 1136 East Montecito Street.

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  14. Bruce Porter Is the ManRead the original story

    Jan 23, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    As California continues to endure a historic drought, recovers from a record fire season, and now could possibly incur damage from significant rainfall this winter, preparation and the capabilities of our disaster centers are more important than ever. Candidate for 3rd District County Supervisor Bruce Porter recognizes the value of such things because he has been a leader on devastating incident response teams both here in California and throughout the nation.

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  15. Top Emergency Manager Leaves County PostRead the original story

    Jan 21, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    After two years on the job, he leaves behind an office of qualified specialists who replaced his departed managers, he said, with more than 100 years of experience among them. The departure of four of the department's prior five managers within a year caused some consternation in Santa Barbara, with many worried about the county's readiness for high fire season and El NiA o .

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  16. El Nino Shelters Within GraspRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 14, 2016 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Santa Barbara County administrators say they're closing in on an agreement with the National Guard to use two of the armories located within Santa Barbara County as daytime shelters to keep the homeless dry during El NiA o rains. They'll be seeking approval next Tuesday from the County Supervisors to spend up to $90,000 for this effort.

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  17. DA Releases Report on Officer-Involved ShootingRead the original story

    Dec 22, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    Following the officer-involved shooting of Jesus Gomez Quezada on June 5, 2015 in Santa Maria, District Attorney Joyce Dudley released her legal report stating police officer Raymon Easter and detective Nathan Totorica "acted reasonably in their use of deadly force." At 9:36 p.m. on June 5, Quezada called 9-1-1 saying he'd stabbed his wife multiple times in the stomach and didn't know if she was still alive, according to the report released last week.

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  18. Santa Maria Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling NarcoticsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 2, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    After serving a search warrant Tuesday at Johnny's Smoke Shop on the 1900 block of South Broadway in the City of Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Detectives arrested one employee - Joe Ruben Gonzalez, 26, of Santa Maria - when they discovered suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, ammunition, and "narcotics packaging materials" in his possession, according to a Sherriff's Office press release. Another search warrant was served at Gonzalez's Santa Maria home, where authorities seized more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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  19. North County Water Is Funny-TastingRead the original story

    Sep 26, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    A regular outcome of a long, hot summer and the leisurely currents lazing through the State Water Project canals is funny-tasting water, a situation coming out of the taps in Solvang, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Orcutt, and Santa Maria of late. The increase in blue-green algae and resulting musty taste and odor pose no danger to health, assured Matt van der Linden, director of Solvang's Public Works, and is actually not as bad as it was last year when the algae bloomed in July and August.

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  20. Report Highlights Struggles of Farm WorkersRead the original story

    Sep 17, 2015 | Santa Barbara Independent

    According to surveys taken of 300 field workers in Santa Maria and Guadalupe between this May and August, nearly 25 percent reported getting injured on the job, and 72 percent of them said they continued to work despite the injuries. Twenty-five percent reported a discrepancy in what they thought they should get paid and what they actually were paid.

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