Crime & Fire

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HFD and CalFire hot on the heels of hometown blazes

Agencies explain how their jurisdictions are organized.

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File Photo by Joshua Miller.

DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint planned for September 14

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI could expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This could include fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.

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Engines outside the downtown fire station in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister Fire Department to get expedited reimbursements

Department sent crews to five fires out of jurisdiction in 2017 and 2018; seeks grant money for new training facility.

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The Hollister Fire Department needs 41 firefighters to cover both cities and the county, according to Fire Chief Bob Martin Del Campo. Photos by John Chadwell.

SAFER grant won and likely lost within a week

Acceptance of $2.6 million grant could be hindered by upcoming expiration of shared fire services contract between Hollister, San Juan Bautista and San Benito County.

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DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint planned for September 1

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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Burglaries and thefts from cars hits 5-year low

Though reported incidents are on a downward trend, the remaining months of 2018 could change that.

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Jose Antonio Barajas is led into San Benito County Superior Court. Photos by John Chadwell.

Judge grants three-week continuance in Barajas case

Attorney LaForge requested time to prepare defense.

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Police Planning DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint on August 17

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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Police arrest two on drug possession and stolen property charges

Both suspects were booked for several warrants out for their arrest from neighboring counties.

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The federal jury spent three weeks evaluating the Martinez v. San Benito County case. Photo by Garrick Wong.

County wins lawsuit, Martinez considers filing for mistrial or appeal

After losing her lawsuit against the county, Nancy Martinez told supervisors she isn’t done and plans to continue the fight to decriminalize mental illness in the community.

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Man arrested for assault on officer and gun charges

The 20 year-old man was arrested Sunday, Aug. 5 and was also wanted for a prior case where he was identified as the driver of a stolen car.

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The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for thousands of acres in San Benito County and the surrounding areas. Photo courtesy of BLM.

Fire danger prompts target shooting and fire restrictions on public lands

Beginning on August 1, the restrictions will affect BLM-managed public lands in Fresno, Monterey, and San Benito County.

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As his court-appointed attorney Greg LaForge waits, Jose Barajas is led into the courtroom. Photos by John Chadwell.

Jose Barajas held without bail, pleads not guilty to murder and other crimes

Barajas will remain in custody as trial hearings continue. Possibility that Vanessa Flores-Ibarra was victim or accomplice still part of investigation.

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Man arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and other charges

The 20-year-old man was arrested at a house party in the 200 block of Sundance Drive Saturday, July 21.

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South Korean citizen and suspect Jung Choi enters courtroom as her accused accomplice Sang Ji sits nearby. Photos by John Chadwell.

Preliminary hearing set for Oct. 22 to determine if Choi and Ji murder trial moves forward

Judge Steven Sanders set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 22 to determine if there is enough evidence to either move forward with a trial or dismiss the case. DNA evidence still not available.

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Jose Antonio Barajas told Judge Steven Sanders he could not afford an attorney. He is being held without bail. Photos by John Chadwell.

Jose Barajas appointed public defender, no bail

Accused of murdering 18-year-old Ariana Zendejas in 2014, Jose Barajas was appointed a public defender and will return to court July 26 to continue his arraignment.

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

Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in Hollister homes

On Saturday, July 28 the American Red Cross of the Central Coast will install free smoke alarms and provide in-home fire preparedness education as part of a number of home visits in Hollister.

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Jose Antonio Barajas. Photo provided by the Hollister Police Department.

Jose Barajas arraigned on murder and six other felonies

After his capture in Mexico, Jose Barajas was extradited to San Benito County and is being charged with seven felonies, ranging from murder to multiple counts of kidnapping and assault with a firearm.

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Police arrest three men on gun and drug charges

Officers located Psilocybin (mushrooms) and methamphetamines in the car, as well as a loaded handgun and one-hundred rounds of ammunition.

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