Crime & Fire

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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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Woman sues San Benito County for civil rights violations, wrongful death of son

The civil case goes to trial in San Francisco beginning July 9.

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Hollister Police Department to increase summer patrols

In addition to traffic enforcement, police officers, firefighters, and code enforcement officers will be out enforcing the zero tolerance ordinances against illegal aerial fireworks.

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Fourth of July illegal fireworks enforcement

Hollister Police Department embraces FOREalert app to report illegal fireworks, but calling 911 and non-emergency still works as well.

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A random sampling at two stores found no 300 milliliter canisters of butane being sold. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council approves emergency ordinance limiting butane sales

Due to increase of illegal butane hash oil labs, along with explosions and deaths throughout the state, the Hollister City Council passed an urgency ordinance to control local sales and storage of butane.

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Suspect arrested after vehicle pursuit

Suspect Cody Giovanni Leyva, 22 from Hollister, was eventually arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and evading police in a vehicle.

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Photo of the Beaver Fire by Noe Magana

Beaver Fire blazes in San Benito County

The fire is located off Coalinga Highway and Airline Highway, East of King City.

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Update on death investigation related to Panoche Fire

The San Benito County Sheriff's Office issued an update regarding three deaths during the recent Panoche Fire.

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