NewsChannel 3 Investigates

Tipline Investigation What s Really Inside

Tipline Investigation: What's Really Inside?

If you've ever bought a brand new iPhone, you know how exciting it is to unwrap the box, open it and see that gleaming new phone for the first time.

Tipline Investigation: Nipomo Berry Farmer Battles UPS

Randy Pudwill admits he lost faith in humanity for about six months. It all started when he tried to do the right thing.

Tipline Investigation Bogus Car Deal Shatters Friendship

Tipline Investigation: A Bad Car Deal Shatters a Friendship

It all started with two best friends and a used car. Let's just say the friendship is over and the car is long gone.

NewsChannel 3 Investigation Helps Santa Maria Couple Get The

NewsChannel 3 Investigation Helps Santa Maria Couple Get Their Home Back

Two years of court ordered frustration forced a Santa Maria couple to call our NewsChannel Three Tipline for help.

NewsChannel 3 Investigates

NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Los Alamos Restaurant Settles Complaint Over ADA Dispute

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA, has been the law since 1990. But, there is still so much confusion that leads to disputes and in some cases lawsuits.

Grand Jury Report Backs Up NewsChannel 3 Investigations

A Grand Jury launched its investigation after we aired a series of reports exposing serious flaws in the ZIR's. We showed how mistakes by city inspectors created nightmares for people trying to sell their home.

NewsChannel 3 Investigates Guitar Man Strikes Wrong Chord w

NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Guitar Man Strikes Wrong Chord with Customers

A Santa Barbara guitar company and its owner are striking the wrong chord with musicians all over the country.

Tipline Investigation Craigslist Rental Scam

Tipline Investigation: Craigslist Scam Targets Desperate Renters

In this Tipline investigation we expose a rental scam that will have you doing a double take.

Tipline Run or Dye

Tipline Investigation: Charities Struggle with Run or Dye Broken Promises

Trouble is brewing for the company that puts on the popular Run or Dye events.  They're sold as the world's most colorful 5K runs because the runners are showered with dye in various colors during the run.

Santa Barbara City Council Agrees to ZIR Changes

The Santa Barbara City Council is moving ahead with changes to its Zoning Information Reports or ZIRs.

Tipline Investigation: Unraveling Santa Barbara's ZIR Mess

We have an update on a Tipline investigation that exposed serious flaws within the Santa Barbara planning department.


Tipline Investigation: Don't Fall For the Wheelchair Scam

Our Tipline investigation begins with a sob story. Every scammer has one. They love to suck their victims in with a good tear-jerker, a story that pulls at the heart strings.

Local Headlines

Elephant at Zoo

Animals at Santa Barbara Zoo Enjoy Thanksgiving Treats

If anyone is an animal lover, get the kids out of the house on Thanksgiving and…

Rescue Mission Serves Up Early Thanksgiving Feast

Rescue Mission Provides Free Services For Homeless

More than 100 homeless men and women were given a care package, as well as an…

Ventura Man Facing String of Child Molestation Charges

Police have arrested a Ventura resident for allegedly having sex with a minor.…

Pedestrian Killed After Being Hit by MTD Shuttle in Santa Barbara

A Michigan man was killed Monday evening when an MTD shuttle collided with him in…

Santa Maria Gang Sweep Nets 12 Arrests

A total of 12 suspected gang members or gang associates have been arrested in a…

City Responds To Water Main Breaks

City Water Main Replacement Stalled Due To Drought

The replacement project was shelved because of the drought.

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Water Saving Mobile Car Wash Helps During Drought

A mobile car wash in Santa Barbara is cleaning up during the drought.  The service…

Adopting a Senior for the Holiday Season

A Buellton man and his family found a way to make the giving of gift cards make a…

Four churches unite for Thanksgiving food drive

Big Turkey and Chicken Drive by Four Churches Gives Meals for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Four Montecito churches have united to have a large one day Thanksgiving turkey and…

Goleta Barbers Gives Free Hair Cuts To Kids

Kids Get Free Haircuts In Goleta

Kids filled the chairs at Goleta Barbers on Saturday.


SEE International Art Show Restores Sight With Locally Produced Abstract Work

The SEE International art show at the Santa Barbara Library will help to restore…

Fundraiser Assists Severely Injured 10-year-old

A Santa Maria family held an all-day fundraiser Tuesday in honor of their son who…

Latest Recalls


E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad

Health investigators confirm a handful of cases of E. coli have been linked back to…

Ford factory workers

Ford recalls half a million vehicles over fuel tank issue

Ford is recalling nearly half a million vehicles over a potential fuel tank…

Hyundai logo on car grille

Hyundai recalls Sonatas over brake light issue

More than 300,000 Hyundai Sonata cars have been recalled because of a brake light…

Personal Finance

Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen: The U.S. economy is 'performing well'

Watch out savers, home buyers and investors: America's interest rates could finally…

Holding mioney, cash in hand

How to save $1,000 without really trying

We can all use a little more cash in the bank. And if finding a higher-paying job…

Couple pays off $100,000 in debt

Extreme savers pay off $100K in debt in 4 years

A Tennessee couple pays off $100,000 in debt in just four years.

Real Estate Headlines

Google mortgage

Google could be your next mortgage broker

Shopping for a mortgage? Google is now a licensed mortgage broker.

The tech giant launched Google Compare for mortgages on Monday that will allow potential home buyers to find and compare home loans.

When looking to buy a home, experts recommend shop...

Home sales, housing

Most probably can't afford to live near good US schools

It's the holy grail of parenting: Moving to a town or neighborhood with a good public school system.

Roofer, man working on roof

Homeowners are splurging on new roofs and counter tops

Americans are spending more on their homes.

Irresistible Headlines

Darth Vader robs Florida store

An armed would-be robber dressed as Darth Vader was arrested shortly after an…

Night sky

Weather instrument falls from sky, bomb squad called in

An instrument used by the National Weather Service fell out of the in Philadelphia…

Pismo Beach Man Battles Rare Eating Disorder

Tyler Jarvis has a rare genetic disorder known as Prader-Willi syndrome that gives…

4 areas are now under advisories, watches or severe weather warnings.

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