Alameda Padre Serra closed
Santa Barbara Alameda Padre Serra closed Tuesday near Arguello Road due to a sinkhole that developed in the roadway.
According to a city of Santa Barbara news release, heavy rains over the weekend caused a drainage structure under the street to fail, causing the sinkhole.
Due to the depth of the structure, reopening has not been scheduled.
City engineers are working to repair the road as soon as possible. In the meantime drivers can bypass the area by taking Highway 192 or using streets closer to downtown Santa Barbara.
— Paul Gonzalez
Sheriff’s office to receive grant
SANTA BARBARA The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department will receive a $500 grant from crime scene cleanup company Aftermath Services LLC for winning its annual K9 Grant.
Aftermath awards law enforcement each year with funding for equipment, training and other expenses for existing or prospective K-9 programs, according to news release.
Aftermath’s K9 Grant Competition is open to law enforcement agencies nationwide. This year’s competition awarded 14 grants totaling $20,000 and involved 3,000 agencies from 48 states nominated by civilians and officers.
Aftermath will present the check at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department headquarters, 4434 Calle Real in Santa Barbara.
— Josh Grega
Suspect arrested in gun altercation
Santa Barbara A man was arrested Tuesday after a woman reported he forced her into her car with a gun.
The victim told police that at around 1:30 p.m. the suspect was walking next to her on East Cabrillo Boulevard near Skater’s Point when he showed her what appeared to be a black gun and said something in English, Santa Barbara Police Department Sgt. Andrew Hill said.
The victim did not understand because she does not speak English, and locked herself in her car, which was parked on the street.
“She was scared so she jumped in her car and locked the door. He tried her door handles and wasn’t able to get in,” said Sgt. Hill.
Officers responded and found the man, later identified as Demetrius Hibbins, sitting near the skate park, where he was arrested on suspicion of carjacking. He was not in possession of a gun at the time of his arrest.
— Paul Gonzalez