Crime & Fire

A random sampling at two stores found no 300 milliliter canisters of butane being sold. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council approves emergency ordinance limiting butane sales

Due to increase of illegal butane hash oil labs, along with explosions and deaths throughout the state, the Hollister City Council passed an urgency ordinance to control local sales and storage of butane.

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Suspect arrested after vehicle pursuit

Suspect Cody Giovanni Leyva, 22 from Hollister, was eventually arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and evading police in a vehicle.

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Photo of the Beaver Fire by Noe Magana

Beaver Fire blazes in San Benito County

The fire is located off Coalinga Highway and Airline Highway, East of King City.

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Update on death investigation related to Panoche Fire

The San Benito County Sheriff's Office issued an update regarding three deaths during the recent Panoche Fire.

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Airline Fire view from Bitterwater Valley burning alongside the ridge line. Photo courtesy Gail Ivens.

Multiple Wildfires Burning in South San Benito County

The fires are in various stages of containment.

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Remains believed to be found in Panoche Fire

The Panoche Fire is 64 acres and 75 percent contained, as of noon on June 5, according to the CalFire website.

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Police cite cannabis delivery drivers in sting operation

Companies who advertised that they delivered either medical and/or adult use cannabis were targeted.

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Secure campus at San Benito High School lifted after police clearance

A report of a student breaking windows and acting erratic on campus was reported Thursday around 12:12 p.m.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta speaking at a community forum in 2017. Photo by John Chadwell.

Congressman Panetta introduces nationwide gun legislation

The regional representative introduced legislation based on a 2001 California state law that established the Armed Prohibited Persons System.

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2018 Primary Election: San Benito County Sheriff-Coroner

Incumbent Darren Thompson faces off against Deputy Bill Hutchison for the position of San Benito County Sheriff-Coroner.

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The latest 20 additions to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Community Emergency Response Team Graduates 20

The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services announced this week 20 new graduates with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

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Suspect arrested for multiple community burglaries

The San Benito County Sheriff's Office, along with Unified Narcotic Enforcement Team agents and the Santa Clara County Special Enforcement Team, served a burglary-related search warrant on April 24 in the 100 block of Sierra Court.

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Hollister Police Department Hosts Drug Take-Back Day on April 28

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. the public can take their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at Target. The service is free and anonymous.

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Suspect arrested in Tres Pinos armed robbery

The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office arrested local resident Michael Huerta, 25, in connection to an armed robbery of the Tres Pinos Country Store.

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AAA offers a 10 mile ride home with "Tipsy Tow" April 20 and 21.

AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs. Tipsy Tow is available April 20 and 21 in

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CHP to conduct DUI checkpoint on April 21

Drivers passing through the checkpoint will be checked for impairment and arrested if determined to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

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Red Cross volunteers provide support to people affected by Hollister home fire

An early morning fire on April 14 at a residence in the city of Hollister prompted a response from the city's Fire Department, an assist from CalFire personnel, and support from the American Red Cross.

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Berglund honored for keeping campus secure

San Benito High School Supervisor of Security Mercedes Berglund is the first civilian to receive the Challenge Coin from the Hollister Police Department

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Hollister Police arrest felon on multiple charges

Hollister resident was arrested on multiple charges including child endangerment and committing a felony while on bail. 

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Emmaus House helps women find safety and independence after abuse

Emmaus House, the only shelter for abused women and children in San Benito County, is a place of safety for women and children escaping abusive relationships, such as Jasmine Stone.

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