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Bill Macfadyen: Storms Signal a Refreshing Change in the Weather — For Now

NoozWeek’s Top 5 finds no call for alcohol at Bo Henry’s; Helene Schneider goes it alone; R.I.P. Leni Fé Bland; Montecito micromanagement at the Miramar; and Kim Jong-un ... because

Published on 12.19.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Drug Overdose or Not, Dying in the Bushes Is Sad Any Way You Look at It

NoozWeek’s Top 5 gets pushback from a cow, chases flying chicken, follows a Westside stabbing and waits for a rocket launch — but first, weather!

Published on 12.12.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Jordan Soto Wrongful Death Lawsuit Cites 9-1-1 Dispatch’s Tragic Sense of Direction

NoozWeek’s Top 5 catches a whiff of a gas leak, finally gets a good soaking, adds Barbareño to the menu, and follows a family’s quest to help those with craniofacial disorders

Published on 12.05.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Ferguson Storyline Resonates Here, But Not for the Reasons Some Think

NoozWeek’s Top 5 calls rollover rollover, sees a teacher sex offender sentenced, gets a read on The Good Lion, and takes a stab at Mandarin and Orange

Published on 11.28.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Animal House Takes Stage at Righetti High School, But No One’s Laughing

NoozWeek’s Top 5 flips a car in a suspected DUI, sizes up a house, attends a teen’s sentencing hearing in a fatal crash, and I get the last word

Published on 11.21.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: ‘Dead Body’ in the Street Turns Out to Be Dead Body in the Street

Among NoozWeek’s Top 5 are 2 motorcycle crashes, a house fire that displaces 3, David Lack’s going to prison, and Westlake Village, ‘the Santa Barbara to the east’

Published on 11.14.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Ex-DA Tom Sneddon Was Much More Than Michael Jackson’s Prosecutor

NoozWeek’s Top 5 finds Halloween in Isla Vista to be a washout this year, counts votes, lets it rain, and relates the sad story of Gary Holmes

Published on 11.07.2014 9:00 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Motorist Has to Live with Suicidal Man’s Decision to Die

NoozWeek’s Top 5 unravels a deadly domestic dispute, checks up on Paula Lopez’s daughter’s brush with EV-D68, warily looks out for unvaccinated kids, then goes off Target

Published on 10.31.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Deputies Encounter a Déjà View During High-Speed Chase of 3 Burglary Suspects

NoozWeek’s Top 5 learns things aren’t well and good with Montecito’s trucked-in water, bites on another shark attack, coughs up concerns, and says goodbye to John Bissell

Published on 10.24.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Train Trestle Fatality a Split-Second Tragedy, and a Traffic Spike

NoozWeek’s Top 5 delivers a smashup mashup, a Montecito motorcycle crash, 2 Isla Vista cliff falls, and ‘Gatorboy’ — but it’s really all about us

Published on 10.17.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: 3 Friends Survive 101 Rollover, Then 1 Killed in 2nd Collision

2 dramatic shark attack rescues, a futile fugitive manhunt, power outages galore, and a Carpinteria Salt Marsh mystery round out NoozWeek’s Top 5

Published on 10.10.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Feeling Powerless, Readers Plug In for Noozhawk’s Outage Updates

Kathy Lucatero’s untimely death, a UCSB professor’s arrest, a scooter vs. bicycle head-on crash and a bear attack round out NoozWeek’s Top 5

Published on 10.03.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Readers Rush to Read Report of Apparent Drug Overdose at Harbor

NoozWeek’s Top 5 picks on a petting zoo, investigates a suspected serial molester, trades island fare for pizza, and, oh, yeah, that headline

Published on 09.26.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Suicide Investigation Focuses on Dead Man’s Train of Thought

NoozWeek’s Top 5 also crashes coming and going, busts a suspected drug dealer, checks in on a new Goleta hotel and gets a taste of ‘air water’

Published on 09.19.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Saturday Afternoon Head-On Crash Has a Deadly Impact on Highway 154

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes two more collisions on Highway 101, a Russian billionaire’s mega-yacht sighting and a blind man’s lawsuit over Stearns Wharf

Published on 09.12.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Noozhawk Readers Have Their Say on My Comments About Internet Trolls

NoozWeek’s Top 5 gives Patrick Becker a moving burial at sea, hits a traffic jam in the Diane Dimond lane, picks up after a scaffolding collapse, and finds 2 kayakers blowing in the wind

Published on 09.05.2014 9:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Deadly Wrong-Way Crash Brings Out the Worst in Internet Trolls

NoozWeek’s Top 5 finds a body after a 12-hour search, plumbs the depths of the Holzer family custody saga, repeats myself, and issues a BOLO for a highly contagious TB patient

Published on 08.29.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: What’s In Store at Trader Joe’s Was an Unfortunate Surprise

Middle-of-the-night chopper flight, ocean warming, a school sex abuse suit, and a UCSB professor’s First Amendment lesson round out NoozWeek’s Top 5

Published on 08.22.2014 9:00 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Mass Murder Sure Seems to be Hitting Closer to Home These Days

NoozWeek’s Top 5 tries to lift spirits with an affordable-housing lottery and Michael Jackson’s old Neverland Ranch, regresses to two gruesome collisions, and ends with a Street Fight

Published on 08.15.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: If a Car Crashes Into a Tree on the Mesa, We Hear About It

NoozWeek’s Top 5 goes on a rescue mission, remembers the Isla Vista mass murder victims, dances around the Elephant Bar, tracks an Amber alert, and wins the rodeo’s Mutton Bustin’ contest

Published on 08.08.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Tino’s Deluxe Subs Get a New Lease on Life, and Noozhawk Readers Eat It Up

NoozWeek’s Top 5 follows a dog mauling, the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show, Mission & State and a fatal head-on wreck, but hang on for mutton buster Lucia Smith

Published on 08.01.2014 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Setting the Record Straight About Mission & State

NoozWeek’s Top 5 takes a back seat but includes a gang injunction ruling, Kenon Neal, sheriff’s intrigue, a suspected drug lab explosion, and Allergan layoffs

Published on 07.25.2014 9:00 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Body at a Bus Stop Gets Our Attention

Deadly VAFB crash, UCSB health insurance, Nick Johnson’s cause of death, and a missing boater at Lake Cachuma round out NoozWeek’s Top 5

Published on 07.18.2014 12:20 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Man’s Explosive Threats Give Montecito a House Warning

Suspected arson at UCSB lights up NoozWeek’s Top 5, along with John Bennett’s restaurant growth spurt, Huguette Clark’s dolls, and the Fourth of July

Published on 07.11.2014 12:00 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: NoozWeek’s Top 5 Takes a Crash Course, But Clunks the Road Test

2 motorcycle wrecks, 2 broken legs, then there’s a damaged building, a brush fire west of UC Santa Barbara and a woman-on-woman attempted murder

Published on 07.04.2014 1:20 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Say What You Will about Syphilis, But It’s Powerful Link Bait on the Internet

NoozWeek’s Top 5 gets into the Summer Solstice spirit, nabs an alleged child molester, finds fault in a head-on collision with a fire truck, then crash lands at the airport

Published on 06.27.2014 3:00 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: ATV Crash That Killed Holly Brooks Still Drawing Reader Response

NoozWeek’s Top 5 resurrects Huguette Clark, discovers a decomposing body, checks out The Hideaways and gets serious about water conservation

Published on 06.20.2014 12:00 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Horse Hauler’s Activity Spurs Lawsuit Over Deadly, Devastating Trailer Crash

Janene Scully gives Noozhawk a significant presence in the North County; NoozWeek’s Top 5 also includes sharks, Apple, kayaks and a Favorite of Bill’s, Los Agaves

Published on 06.13.2014 12:00 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: USS Ronald Reagan Appears to Take Evasive Action in Stealth Visit

What else is in NoozWeek’s Top 5? Fire truck withstands car crash, getting mad at Diane Dimond, Noleta injury collision, and another Isla Vista bluffs fall

Published on 06.06.2014 12:00 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Mass Murder in Isla Vista, and the Stories Behind the Story

Except for an apparent hoax, NoozWeek’s Top 5 is all a killing zone this time

Published on 05.30.2014 2:00 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Tail End of Whale’s Entanglement Has Happy Ending off Goleta Coast

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes an East Camino Cielo wreck, a Smart & Final Extra!, drought response rules and a mysterious ‘gunshot.’ And do you know about Mission & State?

Published on 05.23.2014 12:00 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Noozhawk Welcomes Mission & State, Plans Sharper Focus on Local News

Published on 05.21.2014 10:50 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Who Am I Kidding? Daughter’s Graduation Is My Biggest News

NoozWeek’s Top 5 has a Lompoc wildfire, killer orcas, my column, a downed crossing guard and a plastic-bag ban

Published on 05.16.2014 12:00 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Another UCSB Student Found Dead on Beach Below Isla Vista

NoozWeek’s Top 5 follows an attack on Thayer White at UC Berkeley, an alleged DUI crash of a prominent pastor, an alleged creeper in the AYSO ranks, and Goleta’s House of Horrors

Published on 05.09.2014 12:15 p.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Blistering Heat, Blustery Winds and Towering Smoke Always Get Our Attention

A body on State Street, the surrender of a hit-and-run suspect, alleged embezzlement and a possibly distracted driver upend NoozWeek’s Top 5

Published on 05.02.2014 12:30 p.m.


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