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August 12, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
An off-duty Santa Barbara police officer has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in front of two teenage girls at a Refugio State Beach campground. Brian Sawicki, 33, ran when the girls pointed him out Monday to a park ranger, according to an account from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. The ranger subdued him after a chase. He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure, resisting a peace officer and annoying or molesting a child. The Santa Barbara Police Department has placed Sawicki on administrative leave.
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August 12, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
An off-duty Santa Barbara police officer has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in front of two teenage girls at a Refugio State Beach campground. Brian Sawicki, 33, ran when the girls pointed him out Monday to a park ranger, according to an account from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. The ranger subdued him after a chase. He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure, resisting a peace officer and annoying or molesting a child. The Santa Barbara Police Department has placed Sawicki on administrative leave.
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February 25, 2007 | Jordan Rane, Special to The Times
PULLING into Campsite 35 at Refugio State Beach on an overcast Friday afternoon, I feel as though I have gotten away with something those poor B&B weekenders shelling out for the Red-Tile Walking Tour in nearby Santa Barbara have not.
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February 25, 2007 | Jordan Rane, Special to The Times
PULLING into Campsite 35 at Refugio State Beach on an overcast Friday afternoon, I feel as though I have gotten away with something those poor B&B weekenders shelling out for the Red-Tile Walking Tour in nearby Santa Barbara have not.
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October 14, 1990 | JOHN McKINNEY
Monarch butterflies and mellow beaches are the highlights of this coast walk north of Santa Barbara. Autumn, when the crowds have thinned and the butterflies have arrived, is a particularly fine time to roam the coast, from El Capitan State Beach to Refugio State Beach. El Capitan is a narrow beach at the mouth of El Capitan Creek. Shading the creek is a woodland of coast live oak and sycamore. During autumn, monarch butterflies congregate and breed in the trees here.
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October 16, 1994 | MELISSA PAYTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Payton is a news editor for The Times. and
As a young married couple, our favorite way of getting away from it all was to backpack in the wilds: Yosemite, the Grand Tetons, Trinity Alps, Mt. Shasta. In our limited experience, car camping meant enduring a crowd of yahoos watching portable TVs and drinking beer outside Gargantuan tents at littered campsites with overflowing trash bins. Two children later, car camping was looking better--better than not camping at all, anyway.
NEWS
September 14, 1994 | Special to The Times
Federal and local authorities have seized more than $51 million worth of Colombian marijuana and arrested seven suspects after they transferred 3 1/2 tons of the drug from a sailboat to a Santa Barbara County beach, officials said Tuesday. Bruce H.
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September 24, 1989
Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies were searching for two men who shot and killed a nude sunbather after first demanding drugs. Phillip Bogdanoff, 49, of Visalia and his wife were visiting a section of beach used for nude sunbathing when they were accosted by two clothed men. One of the men demanded marijuana, said Sgt. Jan Bullard. When Bogdanoff said he didn't have any, he was shot twice in the head. His wife was not injured. Witnesses described the assailants as in their 20s.
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January 16, 2000 | JOHN McKINNEY
It's the last of the rural Southern California coast, a magnificent blend of beaches, bluffs and mountains. Extending from Goleta's newest subdivisions to Point Sal on the Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo county line is the 50-mile Gaviota Coast. Cows graze the grassy coastal plain, red-tail hawks ride the thermals above the Santa Ynez Mountains, dolphins swim and dive in the great blue Pacific. Only mighty waves thundering against deserted shores break the silence.
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November 17, 1998 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An autopsy conducted Monday showed that a 47-year-old scuba student who died while taking the final exam of a Ventura College diving class drowned, authorities said. Julia Asaoka, of Ventura, drowned Saturday while taking her first open-ocean dive off Anacapa Island, said Craig Stevens, senior deputy coroner with the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office. Asaoka, a Santa Paula librarian and mother of a young son, had just entered the water with a classmate when the incident occurred.
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October 16, 1994 | MELISSA PAYTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Payton is a news editor for The Times. and
As a young married couple, our favorite way of getting away from it all was to backpack in the wilds: Yosemite, the Grand Tetons, Trinity Alps, Mt. Shasta. In our limited experience, car camping meant enduring a crowd of yahoos watching portable TVs and drinking beer outside Gargantuan tents at littered campsites with overflowing trash bins. Two children later, car camping was looking better--better than not camping at all, anyway.
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October 14, 1990 | JOHN McKINNEY
Monarch butterflies and mellow beaches are the highlights of this coast walk north of Santa Barbara. Autumn, when the crowds have thinned and the butterflies have arrived, is a particularly fine time to roam the coast, from El Capitan State Beach to Refugio State Beach. El Capitan is a narrow beach at the mouth of El Capitan Creek. Shading the creek is a woodland of coast live oak and sycamore. During autumn, monarch butterflies congregate and breed in the trees here.
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February 16, 2003 | John McKinney, Special to The Times
Hikes range from easy to strenuous in Arroyo Hondo, a new preserve sometimes called "a little Yosemite" because of its steep-walled gorge. The preserve, 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, rises 3,000 feet from the Pacific to the upper slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains in Los Padres National Forest. The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County bought the 782-acre site, formerly the Arroyo Hondo Ranch, for $7 million from rancher J.J. Hollister and co-owners in 2001.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1988
A 50-year-old Sepulveda man pleaded no contest Thursday to five charges involving a sexual assault that led to a high-speed motorcycle chase from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara. In a plea bargain, Lawrence David Gremminger pleaded no contest to assault with intent to commit rape, forcible oral copulation, and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
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