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This undated photo provided by the California Highway Patrol shows Fernando Castro. Castro is the subject of an Amber Alert as law enforcement agencies in Northern California were frantically searching Thursday, May ... .


A young man driving a car linked to the disappearance of a Northern California girl was killed Thursday after leading sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase and engaging in a shootout, a law enforcement official said. Solano County Sheriff Thomas Ferrara told reporters that authorities believe the person who exchanged gunfire with officers at a Santa Barbara County mobile home park was "probably" Fernando Castro, 19, a suspect in the girl's kidnapping.


The man accused of abducting a Jesse Bethel High School freshman Wednesday has been killed after a shootout with Santa Barbara Sheriff's deputies. The suspect, Fernando Castro, 19, of Vallejo, was spotted driving in Los Alamos approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday after an Amber Alert was issued using his vehicle's description, the sheriff's department said.


CBS2 / KCAL9 CBS2/KCAL9 is part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corp. and one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country. CBS Studio City Broadcast Center 4200 Radford Avenue Studio City, CA [...] SOLVANG - Authorities say shots have been fired in the search of a teen reportedly kidnapped earlier Thursday in Solvano County.


Construction of the final phase of the Las Vegas and San Pedro Creeks Capacity Improvement Project, a multi-jurisdictional project to reduce severe and chronic flooding that has occurred in the area, will begin June 13, 2016. The project is a cooperative project with Santa Barbara County Flood Control District, the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, Union Pacific Railroad , and California Department of Transportation .


Congressional candidate and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider took exception with a mailer sent out by her chief Democratic rival, County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, charging it was misleading about their true differences about the widening of Highway 101, hypocritical, and that its tone could depress voter turnout.


Santa Barbara Unified school board members are meeting in closed session to interview superintendent semifinalists this week and are expected to announce a replacement for retiring Superintendent Dave Cash on June 14, according to the district. Board members have closed-door meetings scheduled Wednesday and Thursday morning at the offices of Griffith and Thornburgh, the law firm of district counsel Craig Price , at 8 E. Figueroa St. The district is using executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to find a new superintendent and the application period closed last month.


Artist Andrea Polli will visit MCA Santa Barbara June 2, 2016, for an artist talk titled, "Are You Becoming Radicalized? Public Art and Activism between Climate, Culture, and Information Space?" On June 2-3, 2016, Albuquerque-based artist and scholar Andrea Polli , whose work Sonic Antarctica is currently on view in Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara 's group exhibition Beyond 2 , will visit Santa Barbara for a public talk and workshop. The talk, "Are You Becoming Radicalized? Public Art and Activism between Climate, Culture, and Information Space?" will take place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at MCASB's main location.


Democratic Party presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, will host rallies along the Central Coast in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria, as well as Pomona, San Pedro, Bakersfield, and Fresno. Sanders is expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition- free, combating climate change and ensuring universal health care.


The pavement in front of the Santa Barbara Mission will be transformed into a vibrant patchwork of pastels this weekend during the annual I Madonnari Street Art Festival . The festival, benefiting the Children's Creative Project, is held each year on Memorial Day weekend, and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


Starting this month, undocumented children 19 and under in California are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal coverage, including an estimated 3,000-4,000 children in Santa Barbara County . Currently, many of these children are enrolled in limited Medi-Cal plans or the state's Healthy Kids programs , local health insurance programs that cover children who aren't eligible for public programs due to immigration status or family income level.


The Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs' Association joins the growing list of groups endorsing Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian for his 2016 congressional bid. Deputy Sheriffs' Association President Matthew McFarlin commented on the group's endorsement, saying: "Katcho has always gone above and beyond the call of duty.


A motorcycle driver suffered major injuries after a collision with a vehicle Wednesday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The crash was reported at approximately 12:44 p.m. at the intersection of Cathedral Oaks Road and Highway 154.


Subscription sales have begun for Opera Santa Barbara 's 2016-17 season, which will open with Georges Bizet's timeless drama Carmen Nov. 4 and 6, followed by productions of Leo Jancek's imaginative The Cunning Little Vixen March 3 and 5 and Giacomo Puccini's richly melodic La rondine April 28 and 30. Prices start at just $77, and subscriber benefits include children's discounts and free admission to the company's new "Opera Goes to the Movies" series, which will launch in the fall. Opera Santa Barbara's 23rd season is the first to be planned in its entirety by Kostis Protopapas, who was named the company's artistic director last July.


A Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.


Winemaker Doug Margerum is a towering figure in Santa Barbara. Wine lovers up and down the coast make regular pilgrimages to his iconic Wine Cask restaurant on Anacapa Street, or the adjacent Margerum Tasting Room .


Crews have repaired an oil pipeline that broke days ago and spilled up to 21,000 gallons of crude underground in rural Northern California, a spokesman for Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday.

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