Friday, March 27 , 2015, 4:10 am | Fair 54.0º

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.


Bill Macfadyen: Paralyzed Santa Barbara Teenager Now Being Treated at Denver Hospital

NoozWeek’s Top 5 fills up at a landmark gas station, has its fill of a property dispute, catches a wave at the Rincon Classic, then catches a catamaran fire at the Harbor

Published on 01.30.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Was Downtown Burglary Binge a Feat of Physical Fitness, Dumb Luck, or Both?

NoozWeek’s Top 5 squares off over worker’s comp, meets a repeat DUI offender, jams with Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, and takes one last shot at ‘Illegals’

Published on 01.23.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Lesbians, ‘Illegals’ and The Oddest Daily Newspaper in Southern California

NoozWeek’s Top 5 also tracks a fatal Highway 101 crash, the arrest of 2 Hancock College basketball players on murder charges, a residential rollover, and a bad batch of smoked salmon

Published on 01.16.2015 9:00 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Santa Barbara’s Takeaway from Paris Massacre? Live Free or Die

NoozWeek’s Top 5 bellies up to the new Sandbar, finds key to motel rape case, wades into a fund controversy, bids farewell to Ashley Kerr, and lays down the law(s)

Published on 01.09.2015 8:30 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Happy New Year! We’ve Got Good News, and Bad News

NoozWeek’s Top 5 leads with the exclusive on a tragic car crash in Santa Maria, watches it snow, finds a lost GoPro, eliminates a suspect, and serves up a Sonos sound bite

Published on 01.02.2015 8:50 a.m.


Bill Macfadyen: Join Noozhawk on the Urban Hikers’ Walking Tour of Whimsical Jeff Shelton Projects

NoozWeek’s Top 5 catches a high-profile freeway crash, goes grocery shopping, gives a sheriff’s deputy a shot in the arm, witnesses a crazy wreck, and scores Helene Schneider’s losing streak

Published on 12.26.2014 8:30 a.m.


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.


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