Sheriff Darren Thompson and deputies take a selfie with retiring Hollister Police Chief David Westrick. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Leaders say farewell to Hollister’s top cop

City and county officials roast retiring police chief David Westrick over coffee.

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Education / Schools

HPD donates surplus vehicles to SBHS auto program

The addition of two 2009 Ford Crown Victoria police cars offer more opportunities for students to learn and improve their automobile diagnosis and repair skills.

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Police / Fire

CHP Checkpoint planned for Friday, Dec. 27

CHP will be having a sobriety checkpoint in the unincorporated area of southern Santa Clara County.

The clean-up after the skilled nursing facility on Sunset Drive flooded on Dec. 4. Cleaning could be extensive if asbestos is discovered. Photos by John Chadwell.

Health

Flooding forces nursing facility evacuation

Forty-six patients moved to Hazel Hawkins and another facility.

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Flooding at Fairview Road and McCloskey Road.

Police / Fire

Weather advisory warns of potential flooding

Sandbags available at numerous city and county locations.

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Police / Fire

BLM Central Coast Field Office lifts seasonal fire restrictions

Information provided by the Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office. The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office plans to lift its seasonal fire restrictions on Dec. 2 for approximately 300,000-acres of public land, due to reduced wildland fire potential. This action also lifts target shooting restrictions on public lands within the

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Police / Fire

Red Cross offering free smoke alarm installation in Hollister

Nov. 23 event will also provide fire-prevention information.

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.

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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.

File 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.

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San Juan School. File photo.

Police / Fire

Sheriff investigated shooting threats at San Juan Elementary School

Law enforcement determined threats not substantiated.