COLLECTION: Most Wanted in Santa Barbara County

COLLECTION: Most Wanted in Santa Barbara County

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This is a list of the top active warrants put out by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office as of January 13, 2020.

If you believe you have information on any of the subject’s listed on the Sheriff's webpage or Facebook page, you can contact Detective Toedte directly at the number below.

Phone Number: 805-681-4142          Fax Number: 805-681-5346

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A Ventura County music teacher who presented programs in the Santa Ynez Valley now faces a state indictment for committing lewd acts against five minors while he remains under federal indictment for child pornography and exploitation. The complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court brings six criminal charges for lewd acts upon children under the age of 14 against John Edward Zeretzke, founder of Flutes Across the World, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Thursday.

A Santa Maria woman allegedly violating probation terms and avoiding arrest was apprehended and her baby taken into protective custody Tuesday by the AB 109 Compliance Response Team, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said. Child Welfare Services notified the team March 20 that the agency was trying to locate Sylvia Virgen, 35, wanted on a no-bail warrant for violating probation.

The Buellton man accused of sexually abusing three teenage boys from the Santa Ynez Valley had his bail substantially reduced Monday, down to $275,000 from $1 million. Santa Maria Superior Court Judge McGregor said bail for Gregory Scott Ray was originally set at $1.2 million so the court could later review the serial nature of Ray's abuse allegations, his employment and access to minors, as well as the potential for additional alleged victims to come forward.

A Santa Maria man who prosecutors claim sexually abused a teenage girl for more than four years pleaded not guilty Friday to more than six dozen felony counts of child sexual abuse, according to records filed in Santa Maria Superior Court. Appearing before visiting Judge John S. Fisher for his continued arraignment, 47-year-old George Irwin Hirzel denied each of the 73 counts filed against him.

An auto burglary and attempted residential burglary suspect was arrested Thursday morning after an Orcutt resident allegedly spotted him on a surveillance camera trying to break into a house, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. Mary Camacho, who lives in the Parkview Drive area, saw a man attempting to enter her home on her Blink surveillance camera about 6:30 a.m. He wiggled the doorknob of her front door and peered through the window

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday released the identity of a man that was found dead near Lompoc last week. On Friday, the body of Maurilio Manzano Gonzalez, 34, of Santa Maria, was found near his vehicle in the 5600 block of Santa Rosa Road, east of Lompoc, sheriff's department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said. 

Three suspects, including a juvenile, were arrested Wednesday following a high-speed vehicle pursuit with police from Lompoc to Solvang and involved two minor traffic collisions, according to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. 

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