Hollister Police Department vehicle. BenitoLink photo

News Release

Hollister police arrest juvenile following a high speed chase

Police said the suspect took the parent's vehicle without permission.

File photo by Joshua Miller.


Hollister Police Department to conduct a drug take back event on Oct. 23

Usual methods for disposing of unused medicines such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

Hollister Police Department. BenitoLink photo

News Release

Hollister Police Department investigating overnight burglary

A 'substantial' amount of money was taken from the automatic teller.

Family members of a student wait outside of campus during lockdown. Photo by Leslie David.

Police / Fire

Rancho San Justo put on lockdown

Hollister Police Department responds to a report of suspicious activity. After searching the campus police say students are safe.

Fire at San Juan Elementary. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Police / Fire

Fire breaks out at San Juan Elementary School

Staff was evacuated safely. No students were on campus at the time of the fire.

File photo: Cars at the stop light at Union Road and Highway 156 intersection near the San Juan-Hollister Road intersection. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

Highway 156 closed between Hwy 101 and Union Road

Downed power lines in the area started a brush fire.

Courtney Evans hugs with Dalila Epperson after the jury did not come up with a verdict on Sept. 30. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Jury finds Hollister resident guilty of resisting arrest, not guilty of trespassing

Courtney Evans was arrested on Dec. 15 when she refused to wear a mask during a Board of Supervisors meeting.

PG&E crews were still working along Sunnyslope Road the morning after the Sept. 27 crash disrupted power to over 800 homes. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Car crash on Sunnyslope Road causes power outage to 834 residents

The accident location is the same where a pedestrian was killed on June 20.

Supervisor Bea Gonzales during the July 27, 2021 Board of Supervisor meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

County district attorney will not file charges on supervisor threat claim

Bea Gonzales said she is not disappointed with the outcome.

Students near Nash Road and Monterey Street intersection. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School District renews School Resource Officer program for 3 years

The district will pay the City of Hollister $253,650 over a three-year period to provide police services on and around the campus for students, staff and visitors.

Jose Barajas is facing six felony counts, including murder, and possibly a second trial for two more felonies allegedly committed while in jail. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Judge sets dates in two SBC murder cases

Jose Antonio Barajas’ trial begins Oct. 4; Manuel Martinez Vasquez comes back to court Oct. 28.

Jose Barajas has been held without bail for three years and may go to trial Oct. 4, if he is not offered and accepts a plea bargain. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Jose Barajas murder trial set for Oct. 4, pending possible plea deal

He is charged with eight felonies and has been held without bail for three years.

Police stay on scene after the 44-year-old man was taken into custody on Sept. 9. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

Hollister Police arrest man after standoff

The S.A.F.E. team responded to the scene and Officer Esqueda talked to individual into putting his weapons down. 

Hollister Police Department. BenitoLink photo


Hollister Police arrest man on gun charges after car chase

The Hollister Police Department arrested a man Sept. 7, on gun & other charges after a vehicle pursuit.

Emergency drills involving multiple city and county agencies are held at least once a year. Photo by John Chadwell.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: County prepares for disasters, from earthquakes to power grid failure

The San Benito County’s Office of Emergency Services has plans for most emergencies, but says residents also need to have plans to survive the initial days or weeks following a disaster.