Sang Ji entering the courtroom on July 12. Ji turned down voluntary manslaughter that may have resulted in five-and-a-half years in prison instead of a life sentence. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Sang Ji turns down voluntary manslaughter plea deal

In response, his defense attorney quits the case. Next hearing is July 31.

Parents Virginia Gardner and Susan Villa, and education advocate Kim Taylor told of their concern and frustration after reading an anonymous letter's accusations at a June meeting of the San Benito High School Board of Trustees. On July 10, Hollister Police said no criminal charges would be filed in relation to the letter's allegations. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

HPD says no criminal charges in special ed investigation; case remains open

Probe focused on conversations with people who came forward.

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Police & Fire

Hollister doctor will stand trial Oct. 28

Annamalai Ashokan faces one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery in Butte County.

Battalion Chief Charlie Bedolla from Hollister Fire Department. Photo by Diana Lopez.

Health

Summer months bring heat-related illnesses

Keep safe this summer with advice from Public Health Services and the Hollister Fire Department.

After Sang Ji requested a speedy trial, Judge Sanders said he would be happy to do it, and set the trial for July 22.

Police & Fire

Ji, Choi trial date set for July 22

Confirmation hearing set for July 12; Choi’s attorney moves to dismiss case.

City Clerk Christine Black swears in new firefighters. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police & Fire

Hollister Fire Department graduates four new firefighters

Three additional staff expected to be hired in the near future.

File photo: As he left the court, Barajas glanced back at someone sitting in the gallery. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Barajas hearing delayed three weeks

Defense seeks time to review witness list.

Jose Antonio Barajas enters San Benito County Superior Court for a hearing on June 13 to determine a trial date, which was delayed because his attorney Gregory LaForge was ill. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Barajas to appear in court June 27

Trial could begin in September or October.

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.

News

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.

News

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.