Officer Melgoza stands with K-9 Freeze while Police Chief David Westrick speaks. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

K-9 Officer Freeze retires

Hollister City Council approves request for replacement, handler training and vehicle conversion.

Photos provided by the Hollister Police Department.

Police & Fire

Man arrested for possession of firearms

Police say a rifle was found concealed in the rear seat of the vehicle, and a loaded handgun with a large quantity of ammunition was found in the trunk.

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Police & Fire

Hollister doctor’s license is suspended, Hazel Hawkins revokes privileges

Anesthesiologist Annamalai Ashokan faces charge of misdemeanor sexual battery in Chico incident.

File photo by Joshua Miller.


HPD seeks man wanted for grand theft

Police say male entered the store twice in the same day and took merchandise each time.

California Highway Patrol. File photo.


Fatal head-on collision on Highway 25

Collision happened south of San Felipe Road on June 9.

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Land Use

Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burn near Clear Creek on June 11

Smoke may be visible to nearby rural landowners. Updated information will be provided on BLM California social media sites using #RxBurn.

Two linemen on a telephone pole. Under PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff program, in the case of extreme fire or weather conditions, it may be necessary to turn off electricity. Before a shutoff, though, the company will review a combination of criteria, such as predictions of strong winds and low humidity levels, along with critically dry vegetation and on-the-ground observations. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police & Fire

PG&E issues warning to prepare for blackouts

Hollister fire chief says city has backup generators, but residents should take precautions.

San Juan Bautista City Councilman Dan De Vries (middle) during a May 21 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.


San Juan Bautista Councilman Dan De Vries arrested over domestic disturbance

He posted bail and was released three hours later.

Sang Ji appeared in San Benito County Superior Court on May 24. He is accused of killing his wife Yoon Ji. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Sang Ji competent to stand trial

Pre-trial conference set for June 28.

California Highway Patrol. File photo.


CHP Explorer Post 725 to host open house

Explorer program offers youth ages 15-21 the experience of what a career in law enforcement would be like.

Jose Antonio Barajas has plead not guilty to killing 19-year-old Ariana Zendejas in 2014. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Barajas hearing delayed until June

Accused of murder and attempted murder in 2014 case.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police & Fire

Police investigating armed robbery

Unknown male robbed Quik Stop on Fourth Street on May 20.

Photo credit Lenya Quinn-Davidson. Provided by UC Cooperative Extension.


UC Cooperative Extension hosts prescribed fire workshop

Learn about and support local prescribed fire efforts. June 5 will be at the Hollister Vets Building and June 6 will be a live fire training in Bitterwater.

File photo.

Police & Fire

Fatal accident on Fairview Road

Two-vehicle collision happened on May 12 north of Rosa Morada Road.

Photo provided by Hollister Police Department.

Police & Fire

Police seek help in locating possible cop impersonator

Resident stopped by unmarked, white Ford Crown Victoria. HPD said there are no vehicles like that in its fleet.