News Release

Five people die on HWY 156 over the weekend

Four were Monterey County residents and another was a Santa Clara County resident.

Weapons seized in Hollister area by Hollister Police Department. Photo published on Facebook by Hollister Police Department.


Illegal weapon stockpile found in Hollister

Police use Facebook to announce possible arrest made on the "southwest side of town" in Hollister.

Manuel Martinez Vazquez said he understood when Judge Breen told him he had given up his right to remain silent. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Manuel Martinez Vazquez pleads guilty to second-degree murder

He was charged with the 2021 DUI-related death of Sarah Villar and will be sentenced Oct. 6.

Seal courtesy of San Benito County Sheriff's Office.

News Release

Spring Grove contracts for School Resource Officer

SRO to begin Aug. 11. 

Investigation site. Photo courtesy of HPD.

News Release

Hollister Police Department investigating explosion

A juvenile victim in critical condition was flown to area trauma center.

Seal courtesy of San Benito County Sheriff's Office.

News Release

Sheriffs make an arrest near Monterey RV Park

Sheriff's Office found suspected cocaine, suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Pete Dunbar writing down the issues residents brought up about the police department. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Police / Fire

HPD receives community input

Residents share their views of Hollister Police Department’s strengths and weaknesses.


Police / Fire

Hollister resident dies in vehicle crash near Ridgemark

CHP is investigating the cause of the accident.

File photo of an inmate on a video call in 2020 when in-person meetings were prohibited because of COVID-19 restrictions. Photo courtesy of San Benito County Jail.

Police / Fire

San Benito County Jail implements suicide early-warning system

There have been eight suicide attempts at the county jail since 2009. There have been none in six months since uploading a suicide early-warning system on its landline phones.

Family members hold photo of Nikko Espinoza. Photo by Marisa Sachau.

Police / Fire

Family of Nikko Espinoza seeks answers

He was killed in Hollister in 2020 after apparently falling from a moving vehicle.

Evacuees gathered at Anzar High School on July 21, 2022. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Police / Fire

Aromas fire evacuees find aid and shelter at Anzar High School

The Red Cross, Animal Services, Sheriff’s Department and others provide help on short notice.

The Safe Exchange Zone is under surveillance. Photo Carmel de Bertaut.

Police / Fire

Safe Exchange Zone now active in Hollister

The first of two video recording-enabled spaces opens at the police station.

Anzar Fire on July 21, 2022. Photo by Fire Capt. Curtis Rhodes.

Police / Fire

Cal Fire responding to fire in Aromas

Fire is estimated to have burned 104 acres and is 100% contained.

Police / Fire

HPD investigating assault and robbery case

Law enforcement releases photos of two suspects.

Williams Hill Recreation Area in Bradley, California. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

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Bureau of Land Management reminds residents to recreate safely

The Bureau provides guidelines on camping, water safety, wildfire prevention and fire restrictions.