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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

A longtime youth soccer coach in the Santa Ynez area is in custody on $100,000 bail, charged with sex crimes against a child.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says 42-year-old Jose Diaz was arrested Tuesday in Solvang for having sexual relations with a teenager when the girl was 14 and 15 years old. 

Diaz has been a coach with the local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) girl's league for nearly two decades. Sheriff's detectives are concerned there may be more victims.

Santa Barbara County Water Guardians

The Santa Barbara County group working to get a fracking ban on the November ballot says it has turned in roughly 20,000 signatures to qualify its initiative.

The County Registrar of Voters must now go through the signature certification process. Should at least 13,201 check out, it will then be up to the Board of Supervisors to either adopt the initiative or put the measure on the ballot.

If passed by voters, the initiative would target newer forms of oil and gas extraction, including fracking.

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An effort to ban new forms of petroleum production in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County is gaining momentum and getting support from at least one other organization.

Santa Barbara County Water Guardians is working to collect 13,200 signatures by May 7 to qualify The Healthy Air and Water Initiative to Ban Fracking for the November 4, 2014 ballot.

If passed by voters, the initiative would target newer forms of oil and gas extraction, including fracking. 

One dead, one injured in Cold Spring hiking fall

Mar 18, 2014
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is looking into a weekend hiking incident along Cold Spring Trail that killed one person and seriously injured another.

Investigators say 22-year-old Saylor Guilliams of Ventura is recovering from two broken ankles at a Santa Barbara area hospital. She was rescued by helicopter after being spotted by a group of hikers on Monday afternoon.

Santa Barbara County Parks

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the rock revetments and parking lots in place at Goleta Beach Park.

The large chunks of rocks in question work to halt erosion into the parking lot and grassy areas. But local environmentalists, including the Santa Barbara Surfrider chapter, argue that studies show rock seawalls eventually work against sandy beaches, causing them to disappear.

It's now up to the California Coastal Commission to issue a permit for the park to keep everything as is.

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