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Six Year Fight To Save Historic Beach Cabana Is Over

Santa Barbara County Historic Landmark #49, also known as the Irene and Frances Rich Cabana has been saved.


Tipline Warning: Bill Collectors Accused of Using Illegal Threats

An out of state bill collector may be going to far to get people to pay a past debt, they may not owe.

Tipline Investigation: Botched City Inspections Cause Homeowner Nightmare

Our special Tipline Investigation exposes a flawed Santa Barbara city policy that's supposed to protect people. Instead, it might be doing just the opposite.

Secret Rx War

Tipline: Prescription Drug Crackdown Leads To Suicides

A Tipline investigation in July exposed how the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies cut-off, without warning,  the supply of pain medications to sick people all across the country.

Covered California s Anthem Blues

Tipline: Cancer Patient Fights For Health Coverage

A local cancer patient is in the fight of his life. He's beating the disease, now he's hoping for the same success with his insurance company.

Tipline Investigation: Foreclosure Activists Claim Billions Stolen Using Fraudulent Records

Is it possible that one of the biggest local scams of all-time is playing out right now, under our noses?

Tipline Investigation: Cabana Controversy

A 6 year fight over a local historic landmark could spell trouble for other treasured landmarks.

Tipline Investigation: PedEcab Inc. Nightmare

Stan Haley was hoping a motorized three-wheeler from a company called Ped-E-Cab Inc. would give him independence. In our investigation, we found major problems with the one he bought and a lack of oversight on safety for these types of rigs on our roadways.

Tipline Follow Up: Brush With Homelessness

Mickey Kmieciak is smiling again. We first told you about her struggle to stay off the streets about a month ago.

Aviva Milan

Fraud Investiation Plays Role in Police Officer's Termination

It's difficult to describe this TipLine Investigation. Is it about alleged corruption, cover up or favoritism? You decide.

Tipline: Local Woman Loses Court Eviction Fight

Santa Barbara resident Mickey Kmieciak failed in court Friday to avoid eviction from her apartment, which could leave her homeless.  NewsChannel 3 Tipline Investigator CJ Ward profiles her plight...

Secret Rx War

Tipline Investigation: The Secret Rx War

When most people think about the war on drugs they think about empty smuggling boats on the beach and massive pot fields tucked away our back country. But KEYT NewsChannel 3 discovered there's another battle being waged right down the street at your neighborhood pharmacy.

Local Headlines

Last Minutes Tax Payers Rush to Make Deadline

Last Minutes Tax Payers Rush to Make Deadline

Hundreds of people scrambled to the post office on tax day to file their taxes.


Another Bond Project Complete at Allan Hancock College

On Tuesday students and faculty at Allan Hancock College celebrated the completion…

Morua Pleads Guilty to Fatal Hit and Run

A former congressional aide accused of killing a woman while driving drunk reached a…

North County Jail Moves Forward Toward 2018 Opening

North County Jail Moves Forward Toward 2018 Opening

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors have approved a plan that will help…

Santa Barbara Water Drought

Water Supplies Remain Risky, Rates Going Up in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's urgent request earlier this year for water users to cut back 20…

805 Roadside Towing Wins Appeal

Towing Company Wins Appeal to City and Business Goes On

A Santa Barbara towing company has won an appeal against the City of Santa Barbara…

What's Right

Lost Wedding Ring Found After Two Years

An Ojai couple was reunited with a wedding ring that was lost at Ellwood Beach two…

Avoid Identity Theft By Shredding Old Documents

Union Bank is partnering with NewsChannel 3 to sponsor a free shred day in Solvang…

Cota Sycamore Tree Dedicated To California Television Host

A ceremony honoring the legacy of popular television host Huell Howser was held…

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse is a huge problem not just nationally but right here in Santa Barbara…

Charity Ride Across U.S. in Memory of John Dodge

Charity Ride Across U.S. to Honor Best Friend's Legacy

A tragedy inspires a Lompoc man to try something he's never done before: ride a…


Miles Needed to Make Kids Wishes Come True

If you want to make a different in the life of a child and have some extra frequent…

Latest Recalls


Toyota recalls 6.4 million cars worldwide

Toyota announced five recalls on Wednesday, affecting a total of 6.39 million…

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Ford recalls 435,000 vehicles

Ford Motor Co. has announced two recalls, affecting about 435,000 vehicles.

General Motors

GM submits 200,000 pages to safety agency

General Motors has submitted more than 200,000 pages of documents to federal safety…

Personal Finance

Wes Fusco

'My girlfriend is a tax break'

If you're in a relationship with someone who is dependent on you financially, you…

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Get married, save on car insurance

Did you know that taking 15 minutes to get married could save you at least 15% on…

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4 ways scammers can steal your tax refund

Identity thieves love tax season.

"A thief who has your personal information can…

Real Estate Headlines

Detroit home auction

Detroit to auction vacant homes. Starting bid: $1,000

In its ongoing battle to fight blight and boost home values, Detroit is launching a website where it will auction off vacant homes that were seized in tax foreclosures. launched Monday with 15 home listings that will start getting ...

Dave Navarro's loft for sale

Live in a rock star's home for about $1 million

If you've ever dreamed of living the life of a rock star, or at least in the home of a rock star, you're in luck. Dave Navarro, best known as a founding member of alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, has listed his Hollywood loft for $949,000.

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Vacation home market heats up

More Americans felt rich enough to invest in vacation homes last year as the economy continued its recovery.

Irresistible Headlines

Couple drives stolen car to court, police say

A California couple has been arrested after driving a stolen car to a courthouse,…

Castrillo Matajudios

Town named 'Jew Killer' eyes name change

Castrillo Matajudíos sounds like a lovely place. Unless you speak Spanish.

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Mom fends off intruder during 911 outage

A Washington state mother takes matters into her own hands when someone broke into…

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