Crime & Fire

Jose Antonio Barajas is led into San Benito County Superior Court. Photos by John Chadwell.

Judge grants three-week continuance in Barajas case

Attorney LaForge requested time to prepare defense.

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File Photo by Joshua Miller.

Police Planning DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint on August 17

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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Police arrest two on drug possession and stolen property charges

Both suspects were booked for several warrants out for their arrest from neighboring counties.

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The federal jury spent three weeks evaluating the Martinez v. San Benito County case. Photo by Garrick Wong.

County wins lawsuit, Martinez considers filing for mistrial or appeal

After losing her lawsuit against the county, Nancy Martinez told supervisors she isn’t done and plans to continue the fight to decriminalize mental illness in the community.

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Man arrested for assault on officer and gun charges

The 20 year-old man was arrested Sunday, Aug. 5 and was also wanted for a prior case where he was identified as the driver of a stolen car.

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The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for thousands of acres in San Benito County and the surrounding areas. Photo courtesy of BLM.

Fire danger prompts target shooting and fire restrictions on public lands

Beginning on August 1, the restrictions will affect BLM-managed public lands in Fresno, Monterey, and San Benito County.

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As his court-appointed attorney Greg LaForge waits, Jose Barajas is led into the courtroom. Photos by John Chadwell.

Jose Barajas held without bail, pleads not guilty to murder and other crimes

Barajas will remain in custody as trial hearings continue. Possibility that Vanessa Flores-Ibarra was victim or accomplice still part of investigation.

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Man arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and other charges

The 20-year-old man was arrested at a house party in the 200 block of Sundance Drive Saturday, July 21.

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South Korean citizen and suspect Jung Choi enters courtroom as her accused accomplice Sang Ji sits nearby. Photos by John Chadwell.

Preliminary hearing set for Oct. 22 to determine if Choi and Ji murder trial moves forward

Judge Steven Sanders set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 22 to determine if there is enough evidence to either move forward with a trial or dismiss the case. DNA evidence still not available.

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Jose Antonio Barajas told Judge Steven Sanders he could not afford an attorney. He is being held without bail. Photos by John Chadwell.

Jose Barajas appointed public defender, no bail

Accused of murdering 18-year-old Ariana Zendejas in 2014, Jose Barajas was appointed a public defender and will return to court July 26 to continue his arraignment.

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A Red Cross worker installs a smoke alarm. Photo provided.

Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in Hollister homes

On Saturday, July 28 the American Red Cross of the Central Coast will install free smoke alarms and provide in-home fire preparedness education as part of a number of home visits in Hollister.

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Jose Antonio Barajas. Photo provided by the Hollister Police Department.

Jose Barajas arraigned on murder and six other felonies

After his capture in Mexico, Jose Barajas was extradited to San Benito County and is being charged with seven felonies, ranging from murder to multiple counts of kidnapping and assault with a firearm.

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Police arrest three men on gun and drug charges

Officers located Psilocybin (mushrooms) and methamphetamines in the car, as well as a loaded handgun and one-hundred rounds of ammunition.

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(Left to right) Camila Zendejas, Marisela Zedejas, and Jesus Ruiz standing next to pictures of Ariana Zendejas at the July 13 press conference. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Suspected killer of Ariana Zendejas arrested in Mexico, deported to U.S.

Ariana Zendejas was shot and killed on Aug. 1, 2014. Long suspected as her killer, Jose Antonio Barajas was arrested in Mexico and transported to San Benito County.

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Calfire air attack dropping retardant on the Panoche Fire. Photo courtesy of Nick Peters.

Two wildfires burning in south San Benito County

The two fires are in various stages of containment.

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Police arrest two suspects on grand theft and conspiracy charges

Suspects arrested for stolen pharmaceuticals worth over $3,300.

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Police arrest man for burglary thanks to alert neighbors

The suspect was arrested for burglary, possession of burglary tools, and possession of stolen property.

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Felon arrested with shot fired during pursuit

The firearm, a Ruger 9mm pistol, was recovered as well as the vehicle that still had the shell casing from the fired bullet inside.

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2018 Illegal Fireworks Operation

The mission of this operation was to enforce illegal, dangerous fireworks laws and local ordinances.

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Fourth of July Safety Tips

The Hollister Police Department offers a few tips to celebrate responsibly and avoid an expensive citation. HPD will have a team of officers joined by Hollister Code Enforcement patrolling the city for illegal fireworks.

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