What started out as a journey to shorten David Westrick's daily commute turned into a career move to become police chief. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Hollister Police Chief Westrick to retire in December

He leaves the department ‘at its best,’ says crime has dropped significantly since 2013.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Prescribed burn planned for San Benito County

Smoke is expected to be visible from King City, Bitterwater, Pinnacles National Park, New Idria, southern San Benito County and the San Joaquin Valley.

Emergency Vehicle Specialists President Stephen Haynes gives a brief tour of a Hollister Police SUV to State Senator Anna Caballero. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Hollister company serves police, fire and EMS

Emergency Vehicle Specialists Inc. installs warning lights, sirens and two-way radios.

Hollister Police Department. File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Man arrested after car chase and crash

Police said suspect vehicle collided with another that sent both off the road.

Police / Fire

Sheriff’s Office warns of counterfeit prescription drugs laced with fentanyl

Law enforcement has dealt with two recent overdose cases where the opioid is believed to be involved.

Photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

HPD receives traffic education and enforcement grant

Funds to be used for programs such as DUI checkpoints and targeting primary causes of crashes.

Jose Antonio Barajas has been held without bail since being extradited from Mexico in 2018. He is expected to face a 10-day jury trial in January 2020. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Barajas set for 10-day jury trial in January

He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and kidnapping in 2014 incident.

San Juan School. File photo.

Police / Fire

Sheriff investigated shooting threats at San Juan Elementary School

Law enforcement determined threats not substantiated.

Photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Police arrest drive-by shooting suspect

Second shooter and other occupants of the suspect vehicle have yet to be identified, police said.

Hollister Police Department. File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

HPD plans DUI and license checkpoint this weekend

DUI arrests can include jail time, fines, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Photo provided by the Office of Emergency Services.

Transportation

Pull to the right for sirens and lights

Drivers are not reacting safely when emergency vehicles approach, according to the Office of Emergency Services.

Defense attorney Arthur Cantu and defendant Sang Ji in San Benito County Superior Court on Sept. 11. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Ji and Choi trial-setting hearing is Oct. 4

Judge Steven Sanders denies motions from both defendants.

Hollister Police Department. File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Hollister police arrest man for possession of a firearm and DUI

Police say a loaded handgun and extra magazine found on suspect.

State Senator Anna Caballero. Photo provided by the Office of Anna Caballero.

Government / Politics

Governor signs police training bill

SB 230, authored by State Senator Anna Caballero, requires law enforcement to be trained to reduce the need for deadly force.

HPD Capt. Carlos Reynoso said it has been 16 years since motorcycle traffic enforcement has operated in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Hollister City Council approves two motorcycle officers

Dedicated HPD traffic enforcement units will return after a 16-year absence.

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