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Separate meth raids bring a dozen arrests in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA — Symptomatic of the area’s methamphetamine problem, sheriff’s officials this week conducted raids on two individual drug rings operating in close proximity to one another. The first investigation

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Authorities track down convenience store robber

SANTA BARBARA — Just five days ago, at approximately 9 p.m., local authorities had begun a manhunt in pursuit of a masked gunman who had “walked into a Mobil gas

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Violent Santa Barbara jail escape attempt fails

SANTA BARBARA — Corey Dugan checked into The Hotel Big House back in July 2009, failing to make bail on multiple charges of kidnapping and rape pursuant to incidents occurring

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Plea bargain ends yearlong rape case involving disabled victim

SANTA BARBARA — A plea bargain Wednesday put to rest a rape case in which the purported victim was a disabled female resident of a special needs care facility. On

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Santa Barbara duo bungles car theft — twice

SANTA BARBARA — Christopher Deal, 21, and his 17-year-old male accomplice have a lot to learn about stealing cars. Around 7 p.m. May 21, Santa Barbara police responded to the

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Santa Barbara drivers face strict DUI enforcement

In the ongoing effort to prevent the consequences of combining alcohol with driving on public streets, Santa Barbara Police Department’s DUI unit has arrested and booked 25 drivers over the

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Suspect in fatal beach stabbing gets high-powered defense

SANTA BARBARA — With an arraignment appearance on first-degree homicide charges scheduled in Santa Barbara Superior Court today, Adrian Robles finds himself in the middle of some apparent judicial confusion

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Distraught over estrangement, man believed to have stabbed ex

SANTA BARBARA — An eight-hour saga of love gone awry Thursday began weeks ago when the girlfriend of Jose Miguel Ortega, 28, removed herself and their child from his residence

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Repeat flasher busted on courthouse steps

SANTA MARIA — Alvaro Barajas-Chavez is having problems with self-control. The 25-year-old made a Santa Barbara Superior Court appearance in Santa Maria where he submitted a not-guilty plea to charges

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Bogus 20s lead authorities to counterfeiting kids

ISLA VISTA — A late April shopping trip throughout the University of California, Santa Barbara community of Isla Vista, in which bogus $20 currency was used to make incidental purchases,