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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.


Bill Macfadyen: Did Paula Lopez or a Tsunami Make the Biggest Wave of the Week?

After riding out a couple of reader surges, NoozWeek’s Top 5 shops a ‘gateway’ grocery proposal, rereads me, and makes some elevator rescues

Published on 09.18.2015 9:15 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: With Paula Lopez, Noozhawk Readers Pick Up Where They Left Off

NoozWeek’s Top 5 has the exclusive on the progeny of a pair of prominent politicians, hits the center divider and goes before Santa Barbara’s Architectural Review Board

Published on 09.11.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Public’s Interest Still Strong 2 Weeks After Crash That Killed Ismael ‘EZ’ Gil

NoozWeek’s Top 5 turns up another rollover with a surprise twist, scoops ICE, finally sees Dr. Julio Diaz convicted, and nets Salty Dog Seafood as catch of the day

Published on 09.04.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: In a Race Against Time, Noozhawk Is in the Right Place to Get a Big Picture

This NoozWeek Top 5 is a tough one, with 2 fatal crashes, a gut-shot woman, and felony charges in the case of a severely burned Santa Barbara boy

Published on 08.28.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: ‘Child-Annoying’ Case Puts Unwelcome Focus on ... Someone

NoozWeek’s Top 5 gnaws at a jealous bone, picks on Haggen again, goes back to the tracks, and mourns the death of Righetti High teacher Deanna Byrne

Published on 08.21.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Another Fatal Motorcycle Crash Spurs Traffic While Stopping It

NoozWeek’s Top 5 trails a pre-Fiesta parade stabbing, finds a backcountry plane crash, follows a tow-truck tribute, and gets a surprise from the Santa Barbara City Council

Published on 08.14.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Will Cute Cookie-Cutter Houses Take Bite Out of Workforce Housing Imbalance?

NoozWeek’s Top 5 talks illegal immigration, vicious murders, a Haggen discrimination lawsuit and sinkholes, but first meet Noozhawk Mutton Buster Diego ‘Dedo’ Alvarez

Published on 08.07.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Will Santa Barbara Brake Out Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo?

NoozWeek’s Top 5 covers its bear tracks, rescues a dog, mixes use in Old Town Goleta, and sets the sheen for an enduring controversy

Published on 07.31.2015 9:40 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Different Week, Same Story for Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Highway 154

NoozWeek’s Top 5 investigates a fatal freeway fall, shuffles around the Santa Barbara Public Market, tracks another train death, and revisits the Sojourner Café

Published on 07.24.2015 9:45 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Readers Chase Details of High-Speed Motorcycle Wreck on San Marcos Pass

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes a camper scamper, another fatal train collision, a 9 year old’s horrific murder, Lordside Gangsta, and a farewell to our Michelle Nelson

Published on 07.17.2015 9:00 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Dos Pueblos High School Robotics Call Has Students Kicking It Into High Gear

NoozWeek’s Top 5 raises the threat level with Russia, follows a fire and a fatal crash with a suspected DUI driver, and R.I.P. Debby Davison

Published on 07.10.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Burton Mesa Brush Fire a Timely Reminder of Vulnerability

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes a wedding ring, a fire truck, purse snatching and Taco Bell. Meanwhile, puppy brutality ‘punishment’: Judge for yourself.

Published on 07.03.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Issue of Short-Term Vacation Rentals Shows No Sign of Moving Out

NoozWeek’s Top 5 includes 2 tragic fatal accidents, one scary close call, and the saga of Franceschi House

Published on 06.26.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: What Can I Say About What I’ve Already Said Before?

NoozWeek’s Top 5 also includes a city council that refuses to see the tree for the forest, a sea of turquoise, and a couple of car wrecks

Published on 06.19.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Dead Man Hanging Not What You Expect to Find on the Trail

NoozWeek’s Top 5 takes turn for the worse with a head-on skateboard crash, a fatal wreck on Highway 154, heroin overdoses, and good old Dario Pini

Published on 06.12.2015 8:30 a.m.


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