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California Highway Patrol investigating fatal traffic collision on HWY156

The collision resulted in one fatality and three hospitalizations.

Hollister Fire Department responding to the Fairview Road fire. Photo by John Chadwell.


Seven small blazes keep local and state firefighters busy

Fairview Road fire could have been ‘substantially bigger’ under different weather conditions, battalion chief says.

Image from video released by Hollister Police Department of an officer involved shooting on Dec. 8.


Hollister police officer completes training to avoid conflicts involving the mentally ill

Officer Staci Esqueda will work with the Behavioral Health Department on 911 calls.

Hollister Police Department vehicle. BenitoLink photo

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HPD responds to several calls involving guns and juveniles over weekend

The ages of the juveniles range from 12 to 16 years old.

Courtney Evans and a group of supporters outside of the Superior Court of San Benito County on March 30, 2021. Photo courtesy of Courtney Evans.


Hollister woman arrested at supervisors meeting vows to fight charges

Claiming elected leaders have violated their oath of office, Courtney Evans intends to represent herself in court.

Hollister Fire Station


Hollister Fire Department put out over 24 fires during holiday weekend

Illegal fireworks accounted for over 30 grass and trash can fires throughout the city.

Fireworks stand at Windmill Market in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.


SJB prepares to enforce Illegal fireworks

Three more security officers are budgeted for July 4 weekend.

Hollister Police Officer Esqueda and Behavioral Health Management Services Manager Nancy Abellera. Photo courtesy of HPD.

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HPD partners with San Benito Behavioral Health with the S.A.F.E. Program

Program aims to provide emergency and continued assistance to community members suffering with mental illness and substance abuse matters.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez. File Photo by John Chadwell.


New ordinance gives Hollister mayor power to jail council and members of the public

It enables Velazquez to operate more like the mayors of larger cities.

David Pequeno appearing in court via Zoom on June 24. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hearing continued for downtown arson suspect

Court waiting for psychiatric evaluations of David Pequeno.

San Benito County Superior Court Judge Omar Rodriguez swears in Capt. Eric Taylor as the 16th Sheriff for the county. Photo by John Chadwell.


Eric Taylor sworn in as 16th Sheriff of San Benito County

After 21 years of law enforcement experience, the county’s newest Sheriff told the audience he supports the 14th Amendment, and he will not pick and choose which laws to enforce and which to ignore.

Manuel Martinez Vasquez appears in court via Zoom on June 24. 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Court continues hearing for driver facing murder charges

Arraignment for Manuel Martinez Vasquez set for July 22.

Sarah Villar, 32, was a pediatric therapist who told a friend that helping children was her greatest accomplishment. Photo courtesy of Dave Villar.


Vigil held for Sarah Villar

Neighbors, friends and strangers came together to pay tribute to a young woman who cared for children.

CalFire units are on scene of a vegetation fire burning off Panoche Road in San Benito County. Photo courtesy of PG&E.


CalFire responding to Panoche Fire

CalFire estimates 145 acres burned.

Tayler Schmitt sits where his fiancee Sarah Villar died on June 20. Photo by John Chadwell.


Driver in Hollister pedestrian’s death booked for murder

Sarah Villar was killed as she walked with her fiance and dog along Sunnyslope Road.