Crime & Fire

Walkers head out from the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister during the 2019 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on April 13. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Benito County walks a mile in her shoes

Men wearing red stilettos say no to sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Sang Ji in San Benito County Superior Court during a 2019 hearing. Photo by John Chadwell.

Sang Ji hearing moved to May 1

Jung Choi scheduled to appear in court the same day.

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Jose Antonio Barajas stands at an April 15 hearing at San Benito County Superior Court. He will be tried for premeditated, first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges. Photo by John Chadwell.

Three eyewitnesses say Jose Antonio Barajas fired shot that killed Ariana Zendejas

District Attorney goes for premeditated, first-degree murder; defense says Barajas was only shooting at the tires and didn't mean to hit anyone.

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Cal Fire was one of the state agencies that spoke at the wildfire town hall meeting on April 4. Photo courtesy of Jim Gillio.

State, local agencies discuss wildfire preparedness and prevention

Residents attend town hall hosted by San Benito Fire Safe Council.

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Hollister Police Captain Carlos Reynoso explained that the repeaters would help radio signals penetrate buildings and more broadly cover the city. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister council approves digital radio repeaters for police department

Six tower units expected to improve reception inside buildings and remote areas within city limits.

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Local fire groups to hold town hall on wildfire preparation

April 4 session covers prevention and response in hazard zones of San Benito County.

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Sang Ji walks into the courtroom during a March hearing as Jung Choi confers with defense attorney Harry Damkar through her Korean interpreter. Photos by John Chadwell.

Ji and Choi will be tried separately

Criminal proceedings against Ji suspended while expert determines if he is mentally competent to stand trial.

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Presenter Tia Martinez began her presentation by telling attendees about her struggles growing up during a March 20 workshop on disrupting the school to prison pipeline. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Workshop details school-to-prison pipeline and how to disrupt it

Solutions come down to creating better relationships.

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Fire Chief Bob Martin Del Campo speaks to the Hollister City Council about staff requirement shortages. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Hollister Fire Department reorganizes ranks to reduce overtime costs

Changes are intended to reduce overtime costs and still satisfy legal requirements.

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File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police warn of scam phone calls

The Hollister Police Department states it has documented several reports of residents receiving phone calls advising them they have a warrant for their arrest and need to pay a fine.

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Landowners aim to fight fire with fire

Meeting looks at prescribed burning on county rangelands.

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Check Point in South Santa Clara County March 17

California Highway patrol plans for a sobriety and driver license checkpoint Sunday, March 17 in South Santa Clara County.

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Misdemeanor charge expected against Hollister doctor

Deputy DA says sedated woman woke up during alleged assault.

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File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police plan DUI checkpoint for St. Patrick’s Day

Police encourage everyone to plan ahead and use a designated sober driver, ride-share or public transportation.

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Video still from the Feb. 16 Quik Stop robbery. Photo provided by the Hollister Police Department.

Juvenile suspect arrested for armed robbery

Police say citizens helped provide information related to arrest.

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Workshop will tackle school-to-prison pipeline

County Office of Education and Youth Alliance team up for daylong session devoted to solutions that support the educational success of all students.

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Jung Choi and Sang Ji glance at San Benito County District Attorney Candice Hooper as she speaks with defense attorney Harry Damkar. Photo by John Chadwell.

Ji and Choi to be tried for murder

Two-day hearing reviews forensic evidence from sheriff’s deputies and detectives. Superior Court Judge Felice rules there is enough evidence to go to trial.

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Fire Station No. 4 in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista approves fire services with Hollister

Changes include more insurance coverage and firefighter staff.

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Hollister murder suspects back in court, set to return in March

South Korean TV news crew is also on hand to film hour-long documentary.

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Provided by the Hollister Police Department.

Hollister police investigating armed robbery

Police say Quick Stop on San Felipe Road robbed at gunpoint.

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