SBC Sheriff deputy Luis Espejo works security at the main entrance to Christmas Hill Park following the Garlic Festival shooting on July 28. Photo courtesy of SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

SBC Sheriff deputies respond to Garlic Festival shooting

Officers assisted with security and searching perimeter of the festival.

Supporters of a ban on flavored tobacco products tried to appeal to Hollister City Council at an Aug. 5 meeting. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council continues wrestling with flavored tobacco sales

Members vote down a proposed amendment as insufficient; ad hoc committee will go back to the drawing board.

Hollister Police Chief David Westrick, along with principals (left to right) Diana Herbst, Scott Wilbur and Ken Woods, told Hollister School District trustees that school resource officers are part of a team that builds relationships. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

Principals give high grades to school resource officers

Specially trained Hollister police serve as educators, counselors and mentors to students at several schools.

Hollister residents came together downtown on Aug. 1 to pray and speak regarding the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting. Photos by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister hosts vigil for Garlic Festival shooting victims

Gathering gives SBC residents a chance to show support in response to Gilroy tragedy.

The management company of the Fairfield Inn at 390 Gateway Drive in Hollister is looking to build a second hotel across the street. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Business / Economy

Holiday Inn Express may come to Hollister

New hotel would be across from Fairfield Inn and managed by the same company.

SBHS communications officer Adam Breen said communication has to be transparent, no matter if the message is good or bad. Photo by John Chadwell.

Features

SBHS aims to close communication gap

Communications officer utilizes social media, newsletters and website to keep students and public informed.

Photo courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Transportation

High-Speed Rail Authority will hold August town hall in Gilroy

San Benito County elected officials say they plan to attend.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Deadline passes for mayor to sue over 400 block development

No sign that Velazquez has filed in San Benito County or elsewhere.

Jose Antonio Barajas faces a charge of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, and two counts of kidnapping and false imprisonment in relation to his alleged killing of 19-year-old Ariana Zendejas on Aug. 1, 2014. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Barajas defense asks for motion to examine judge’s handling of case

995 motion to be presented on Aug. 9.

The San Benito County Sheriff's Office is working with a local contractor in an attempt to determine why the primary radio channel is experiencing interference. Photo courtesy of SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

Law enforcement experiencing radio frequency interference

San Benito County Sheriff’s Office working to resolve it.

Diego Ochoa speaks to the public during a 2019 board meeting at which he was introduced as the new superintendent. Photo by John Chadwell.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Ochoa makes progress on special ed program

Superintendent speaks on recent reorganization efforts.

Sang Ji entering the courtroom on July 12. Ji turned down voluntary manslaughter that may have resulted in five-and-a-half years in prison instead of a life sentence. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Sang Ji turns down voluntary manslaughter plea deal

In response, his defense attorney quits the case. Next hearing is July 31.

Mike Corbin said his business was busy every day making custom seats as thousands came during 2019 Hollister Rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

2019 Hollister Rally promoters call unofficial event a success

Approximately 14,000 bikers participate over July 4th weekend.

Parents Virginia Gardner and Susan Villa, and education advocate Kim Taylor told of their concern and frustration after reading an anonymous letter's accusations at a June meeting of the San Benito High School Board of Trustees. On July 10, Hollister Police said no criminal charges would be filed in relation to the letter's allegations. Photo by John Chadwell.

Children and Youth

HPD says no criminal charges in special ed investigation; case remains open

Probe focused on conversations with people who came forward.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Hollister doctor will stand trial Oct. 28

Annamalai Ashokan faces one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery in Butte County.