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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.


Bill Macfadyen: Slippery Sea Lion’s Great Escape Lands with a Thud But Has a Happier Ending

NoozWeek’s Top 5 hangs out with the Shalhoobs, makes a Stand in the Sand, investigates a suspicious fire, and splashes through a soggy underpass

Published on 06.05.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Taking a Stab at Mending a Broken Heart Probably Isn’t the Wisest Course

NoozWeek’s Top 5 cleans up after two more wrecks, goes riding for a fall, and rescues a trio of UCSB students channeling their inner tubes

Published on 05.29.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Oil Spill Waters Run Deep, and That’s What We’re Afraid Of

Before filling up on a gas station design, NoozWeek’s Top 5 finds a dead body in a crashed car, tracks a gruesome apparent suicide and rescues a badly injured bicyclist

Published on 05.22.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Latest Isla Vista Violence May Be Nothing More Than a Drug Feud

NoozWeek’s Top 5 gets the drop on an elderly alleged killer, checks into short-term vacation rentals, is rained on, and keeps Cody West story going

Published on 05.15.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Noozhawk Readers Won’t Let Go of Cody West Story

NoozWeek’s Top 5 repeats myself, feasts on The Timbers and Arts & Letters Café, and drives off the road — but, first, offensive artwork!

Published on 05.08.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: ‘Bring Back Cody’ Search Ends in Heartbreak, Not Far from Where It Started

NoozWeek’s Top 5 puts out back-to-back fires in Montecito, including a fatal one; takes a viral video of a cop stop; and revisits Café del Sol and Sizzler

Published on 05.01.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Noozhawk Readers Put Up a Bite on Aggressive Dog Story Comments

NoozWeek’s Top 5 orders an art deco pizza parlor, wrangles over Obamacare, helps a teacher look for a kidney donor and is back on a party bus — but first, a few words about Rob Kuznia

Published on 04.24.2015 8:45 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Shoppers to Get First Taste of Haggen Store Brand as Grocery Conversions Begin

NoozWeek’s Top 5 gets a lesson in geology, goes head over wheels in a mountain biking crash, parties with the Junior League, and is given the mold shoulder

Published on 04.17.2015 9:00 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Postal Service Puts Its Stamp on Further Mail Delivery Delays

NoozWeek’s Top 5 avoids a riot sequel in Isla Vista, opens an On the Alley in Goleta, shuts downs a medical clinic, and gets caught up in another freeway crash

Published on 04.10.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Alleged DUI Driver Big Loser in Game of Demolition-Derby Pinball

NoozWeek’s Top 5 mourns for Carina Velazquez, chases a real hit-and-run, puts a smug sexual predator on ice, and reveals the secrets of hideaway bar hopping

Published on 04.03.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Thanks to One Guy in Los Alamos, Everyone Else Has to Go Around

NoozWeek’s Top 5 catches up with an improving Grace Fisher, collides with David Crosby, escapes Ebola, and repeats after me

Published on 03.27.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Suicide Near Freeway, Railroad Tracks Further Snarls Evening Commute

NoozWeek’s Top 5 also sounds the burglary alarm, stops a human trafficker, continues the party-bus route and reveals an unfortunate Cleveland School vacancy

Published on 03.20.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Firefighter Tribute Fuels Simmering Debate Among Commenters

NoozWeek’s Top 5 is still riding the party-bus controversy, and adds a fatal head-on crash, a very lucky bicyclist and a devastating house fire

Published on 03.13.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: As Bad As It Was, Paragliding Tragedy Actually Could Have Been Worse

NoozWeek’s Top 5 throws a party bus under the bus, puts away a scumbag rapist, investigates a homeless homicide and mourns the death of a young firefighter

Published on 03.06.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Flurry of Collisions Gives Road Worriers Pause in Santa Barbara County

3 fatalities and 5 major wrecks crash NoozWeek’s Top 5, which also says goodbye to Dr. Erno Daniel and sports a bikini line

Published on 02.27.2015 9:15 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Noozhawk Readers Tell Sojourner Café Owner What to Do

NoozWeek’s Top 5 also digests the Sheriff’s Department’s Elliot Rodger rampage report — plus a death at Goleta Beach, train tragedies, Zach Frontado at the U.S. Air Force Academy and El Bajio

Published on 02.20.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Wreckage from Fatal 2014 Highway 101 Crash Still Just as Raw Today

NoozWeek’s Top 5 tracks death of a San Marcos High junior, a Goleta car crash, a troublesome day in Lompoc and an Isla Vista kidnapping and robbery

Published on 02.13.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Elephant Bar Space May Be Getting a New Lease on Restaurant Life

NoozWeek’s Top 5 snarls Highway 101 with a wreck, experiences tragedy and compassion from a Santa Maria street race, knocks off a jewelry store, and includes our best story yet

Published on 02.06.2015 8:30 a.m.


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