The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.
After a 94-day battle with COVID-19 in which survival was uncertain, Santa Maria resident Efrain Rangel was discharged Wednesday from Marian Regional Medical Center and finally able to rejoin his wife and three children.
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported 81 additional COVID-19 cases on Friday, with public health officials expressing confidence about further sector reopenings despite little improvement in hospitalization numbers from last week.
Five Central Coast men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of drug and firearms charges after one of them was reported to be in possession of a gun inside a Santa Maria business, a police spokesman said.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a three-week closure of bars and indoor operations of restaurants certain other businesses in Los Angeles and 18 other counties, including Santa Barbara County, as the state deals with increasing cases of COVID-19.
A train attraction drives around the parking lot at the Power of God Christian Center fireworks booth Monday outside Rancho Bowl, in the 100 block of East Donovan Road. Twenty-three nonprofit organizations have opened licensed stands that sell so-called safe-and-sane fireworks, which don't fly or explode and are the only kind allowed in the city. Booth sales began Sunday.