Crime & Fire

Photo credit Lenya Quinn-Davidson. Provided by UC Cooperative Extension.

UC Cooperative Extension hosts prescribed fire workshop

Learn about and support local prescribed fire efforts. June 5 will be at the Hollister Vets Building and June 6 will be a live fire training in Bitterwater.

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Fatal accident on Fairview Road

Two-vehicle collision happened on May 12 north of Rosa Morada Road.

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Police seek help in locating possible cop impersonator

Resident stopped by unmarked, white Ford Crown Victoria. HPD said there are no vehicles like that in its fleet.

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Police arrest one at May 5 DUI checkpoint

With over 600 vehicles screened at Fourth Street and Filice Drive, HPD cited 25 people for driving without a license or with a suspended license.

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CHP Officer Chris Miceli stands next to a table set up with informational pamphlets. Photo by Diana Lopez.

Low turnout at parent-teen safe driving event

While San Benito County has the third highest teen driver fatality rate in California due to reckless driving, BenitoLink Junior Journalism reporter Diana Lopez found herself to be the only attendee at a weekend workshop.

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Police plan DUI checkpoint for Cinco de Mayo

Arrest for driving under the influence could result in jail time, fines, classes and other expenses.

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Police investigating unverified threat at San Benito High School

Department will continue to investigate, but said at this time there are no substantiated facts to verify the information is anything other than a rumor.

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Jung Choi greets her translator before taking a seat during a May 1 hearing at San Benito County Superior Court. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Ji and Choi hearings delayed

Defense attorney Gregory LaForge asks for two weeks to review Ji’s mental competency evaluation.

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Police make arrest in 2014 homicide investigation

Hollister resident charged in connection with Dec. 23 shooting of Raul De La Rosa, according to HPD.

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A Red Cross volunteer installs a smoke alarm. Photo provided.

Red Cross to offer free smoke alarm installation

On April 27, local Red Cross volunteers are expected to partner with Hollister Fire Department personnel and Seaside High School students to install free smoke alarms in Hollister and Tres Pinos.

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Walkers head out from the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister during the 2019 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on April 13. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Benito County walks a mile in her shoes

Men wearing red stilettos say no to sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Sang Ji in San Benito County Superior Court during a 2019 hearing. Photo by John Chadwell.

Sang Ji hearing moved to May 1

Jung Choi scheduled to appear in court the same day.

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Jose Antonio Barajas stands at an April 15 hearing at San Benito County Superior Court. He will be tried for premeditated, first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges. Photo by John Chadwell.

Three eyewitnesses say Jose Antonio Barajas fired shot that killed Ariana Zendejas

District Attorney goes for premeditated, first-degree murder; defense says Barajas was only shooting at the tires and didn't mean to hit anyone.

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Cal Fire was one of the state agencies that spoke at the wildfire town hall meeting on April 4. Photo courtesy of Jim Gillio.

State, local agencies discuss wildfire preparedness and prevention

Residents attend town hall hosted by San Benito Fire Safe Council.

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Hollister Police Captain Carlos Reynoso explained that the repeaters would help radio signals penetrate buildings and more broadly cover the city. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister council approves digital radio repeaters for police department

Six tower units expected to improve reception inside buildings and remote areas within city limits.

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Local fire groups to hold town hall on wildfire preparation

April 4 session covers prevention and response in hazard zones of San Benito County.

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Sang Ji walks into the courtroom during a March hearing as Jung Choi confers with defense attorney Harry Damkar through her Korean interpreter. Photos by John Chadwell.

Ji and Choi will be tried separately

Criminal proceedings against Ji suspended while expert determines if he is mentally competent to stand trial.

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Presenter Tia Martinez began her presentation by telling attendees about her struggles growing up during a March 20 workshop on disrupting the school to prison pipeline. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Workshop details school-to-prison pipeline and how to disrupt it

Solutions come down to creating better relationships.

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Fire Chief Bob Martin Del Campo speaks to the Hollister City Council about staff requirement shortages. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Hollister Fire Department reorganizes ranks to reduce overtime costs

Changes are intended to reduce overtime costs and still satisfy legal requirements.

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Police warn of scam phone calls

The Hollister Police Department states it has documented several reports of residents receiving phone calls advising them they have a warrant for their arrest and need to pay a fine.

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