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Bill Macfadyen: Was Actress Jensen Buchanan Following an All-Too Familiar Highway 154 Script?

After leaving Blood Alley, NoozWeek’s Top 5 runs into a scooter crash on the Mesa and simultaneous Highway 101 rollovers while good Samaritans join forces to save a life and Santa Barbara digs in on vacation rentals

Published on 05.20.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Pastor Probably Shouldn’t Have Answered This Knock at the Door

NoozWeek’s Top 5 bears up under scrutiny, reports on a Highway 101 rollover wreck and a Malibu scuba diver’s death, then stumbles on a drug lab

Published on 05.13.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Donkey at Center of 2 Back-to-Back Wrecks in Los Olivos, But Isn’t the Only Fatality

NoozWeek’s Top 5 tracks a pedestrian hit in a crosswalk and a stabbing, East Beach Grill’s Francisco Aguilera​, and my column on ... Paula Lopez

Published on 05.06.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Plea Deal in DUI Case Has Paula Lopez Facing a Dry Run

NoozWeek’s Top 5 logs a Montecito freeway pileup, runs into permit problems on the Mesa, welcomes Jane at the Marketplace, and keeps up my appearances

Published on 04.29.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Mother-Daughter Confrontation Ends Tragically in Parking Lot

While we wait for Paula Lopez news, NoozWeek’s Top 5 takes a stab at a knife fight, feeds a hunger for Cajun Kitchen and turns up the heat

Published on 04.22.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Why Noozhawk Seems to be So Accident-Prone These Days

Woman’​s jump from a moving car leads the crash diet of NoozWeek’​s Top 5, along with a catastrophic fire and a loose end from Deltopia

Published on 04.15.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Fatal Highway 101 Crash Leads Dark Cloud of News While Deltopia Fears Fizzle

Before taking a hike on Micheltorena Street, NoozWeek’​s Top 5 holes up in a condo, enjoys a muted Deltopia and marks a second fatal collision

Published on 04.08.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: With Good Reason, Noozhawk Readers Keep Triple-Murder Case at Top of the News

After record-setting March through traffic, NoozWeek’s Top 5 crashes into a power play, returns to the Gibraltar Rock fall, lines up for groceries, and rolls out an R.I.P. for Quincy Morris

Published on 04.01.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Murder Mystery Grips Santa Barbara as Family Found Dead in Home

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes a rock climber’s deadly fall, a cowardly alleged rapist, Hollister Village, and the sad ending to Ivan Nunez’s disappearance

Published on 03.25.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Alleged Ice Cream Shop Spy Cam Caper Brings Out the Voyeurs Among Us

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes a fatal Highway 101 crash, a tribute to Ernesto Paredes Sr., a possible motel drowning, a Yankee Noodle dandy — and a job offer

Published on 03.18.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Police Go All Out at Shoreline Park But Danger Signs Appear to Have Been Misread

NoozWeek’s Top 5 runs into El Niño, shuts down a freeway, takes a fall from a train trestle, and ... Paula Lopez

Published on 03.11.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Paula Lopez Case Is No Big Deal Yet, But Apparently One’s Coming

NoozWeek’s Top 5 wants to look in your drawers, takes a stab at a bar fight, plans big changes for Las Positas Road, and opens a Little Kitchen. But first, Michelle Nelson needs our help

Published on 03.04.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Santa Barbara Council Clears Out Micheltorena Street for Bikes

NoozWeek’s Top 5 flies off to Dallas, follows another high-speed chase, takes an ill-fated bathroom break, and waits on a Drunken Crab

Published on 02.26.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Internet Threat Raises Alarms, But Not Overreaction from Schools

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes an awful cross-traffic crash, a pair of obviously short-sighted crime suspects, and Don Hulsebos

Published on 02.19.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Santa Barbara Man’s Motorcycle Ride in Scenic Backcountry Takes a Tragic Turn

NoozWeek’s Top 5 brings sunglasses to a knife fight, outs a gang-rape suspect with DNA, explores a cave-in, and says goodbye to ‘Hot Dog Man’ Bill Connell

Published on 02.12.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Refugio Beach Palms May Be Reaching the End of Their Line

Knife-wielding suspect, wind and rain, a house crasher and Emily Fox also vie in NoozWeek’s Top 5, but everything follows Lara Cooper’s lead

Published on 02.05.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Noozhawk Readers Not Ready to Let Go of Emily Fox Story

After a lead-off tribute to Dr. Bill Morton-Smith, NoozWeek’s Top 5 writes a different ending to a train collision, tracks ‘Godzilla El Niño,’ grieves for the youngest homicide victim, then circles back to a roundabout

Published on 01.29.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Emily Fox’s Frantic Last Moments Add to Tragic Circumstances of Her Death

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes a rain-blamed head-on collision, two cliff falls, and a pair of water-main breaks that put the brakes on traffic

Published on 01.22.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Intentional or Not, 2 More Walks on the Railroad Tracks End Tragically

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes an unfortunate freak accident, hangs tough from an Isla Vista cliff, is still squeezing stories out of the Haggen debacle, and hello El Niño!

Published on 01.15.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: El Niño Storms Santa Barbara County, and It’s About Time

NoozWeek’s Top 5 keeps a weather eye out, but includes two restaurant hits, three fires and welcomes Noozhawk’s brand-new Sports section

Published on 01.08.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Fiery End to Christmas Stops Traffic on Highway 101, But Not for Noozhawk

NoozWeek’s Top 5 goes bar-hopping, pays homage to our monarch butterflies, busts 2 bumbling burglary suspects, and repeats after me

Published on 01.01.2016 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Latest Highway 154 Smashup Injures 8 in Head-On Collision

NoozWeek’s Top 5 identifies a dead bartender, watches a 75-mile chase end in fire and futility, runs into a palm tree, and discovers a teacher lawsuit

Published on 12.25.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Bar Fight Over a Woman Spills into Street, Ends with Injuries and 4 Arrests

NoozWeek’s Top 5 switches gears for a suspicious parking lot death, finds fault in a fatal trolley collision, resurrects the norovirus, and bides the tide

Published on 12.18.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Roadside Distraction Turns Out to be an Apparent Suicide

NoozWeek’s Top 5 checks in on short-term rentals in Santa Barbara, needs a rescue from high surf, investigates a pedestrian death and catches norovirus

Published on 12.11.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: El Jardin Fancies Up the Neighborhood, and It Could Be Yours for $4.1 Million

After I repeat myself in NoozWeek’s Top 5, Mesa rape cases add up, neighbors pan a dorm-style housing project for SBCC students, and a 9-1-1 call goes awry for alleged drug lab technician

Published on 12.04.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Pedestrian Dies of Injuries from Trolley Collision, But What Actually Happened?

NoozWeek’s Top 5 tracks a fatal flight, rings up another Santa Maria homicide, shivers through Thanksgiving, and ... Paula Lopez

Published on 11.27.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: With Dawn’s Early Light Comes a Discovery of Dead Man Floating Off Stearns Wharf

NoozWeek’s Top 5 finds hallucinogenic drugs and trauma — not racism — to blame in UCSB student’s death, chases a pair of Highway 101 collisions, and puts away 2 rapist cousins for life

Published on 11.20.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Fateful Stand Proves Fatal for Carpinteria Woman on Railroad Tracks

NoozWeek’s Top 5 pairs wine with alleged embezzlement, nurses a three-dog bite, and talks smack with an investigative series on heroin use

Published on 11.13.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Santa Ynez Crash Scene Just the Start of Search for Murder-Suicide Clues

Rambling wrecks take a terrible toll on this NoozWeek’s Top 5, but Isla Vista finally gets a Halloween pass

Published on 11.06.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Best Way to Fight Gibraltar Fire Appears to Be Up in the Air

Also in NoozWeek’s Top 5 is a benefit for a 10-year-old crash victim, an alleged rape, a dry lake and high density. But first, Small Business of the Year!

Published on 10.30.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: I-5 Closure Puts a Stop to Traffic in Santa Barbara County

Racism cry rings hollow in NoozWeek’s Top 5, along with car wrecks in Summerland and Goleta, and a Palm Springs plane crash

Published on 10.23.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Missing College Student’s Odyssey As Much a Mystery As an Adventure

Randy Quaid saga returns to NoozWeek’s Top 5, along with very isolated thunderstorms, persistent interest in the Los Olivos killings, and ants in my rants

Published on 10.16.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Suspected Los Olivos Murder-Suicide Makes a Big Impact on a Small Town

Carrie Gelles’ fatal collision, Craig Buck’s bike crash, our closer look at Heidi Good Swiacki’s murder, and a Smart & Final play round out NoozWeek’s Top 5

Published on 10.09.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Jim Drain’s Death Leaves a Hole, and Not Just in Carpinteria

Haggen lingering in NoozWeek’s Top 5, which closes book on Sojourner Café, wants to throw one at Genise Schu, and goes pug-eyed for a reunion

Published on 10.02.2015 10:15 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Readers Keep Coming Back to Discovery of Dead Body in Park

What else is in NoozWeek’s Top 5? A fatal bike wreck on Highway 154, Haggen calls it quits, sharks!, and a mystery woman mystery

Published on 09.25.2015 8:30 a.m.


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