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May 11, 2021

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Taylor appointed to sheriff’s post

San Benito County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Taylor will become the county’s new sheriff and coroner starting June 26, and will complete the unexpired term...

Year in review: Fire and smoke in San Benito County

Fire is one of the most transformative elements in the known universe. Thus, it shouldn’t be a surprise that fire had such a wide-ranging impact on San Benito County—from criminal acts of arson that left family-owned businesses crumbled to the ground, to a late summer smoky haze that drifted over from numerous massive wildfires to the north and south.

Police, DA investigating texts to council member as harassment, homophobic...

Hollister police are investigating what Mayor Ignacio Velazquez calls a “hate crime” against a council member by prominent local lobbyist and former mayor Victor...

DA won’t prosecute Dabo

More than a year after a Superior Court judge ruled that former county school board president Mitchell Dabo had illegally transferred more than $644,000...

Guest view: State’s death penalty law creates a dilemma

On May 18, Cheryl Busch, who shot and killed her 19-month-old daughter Donna in November 2008, received a sentence of 25 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder. It seemed about right. In any case, the crime did not qualify for the death penalty under California law according to District Attorney Candice Hooper. As I read that senseless law, if Busch had poisoned her daughter or shot her from a motor vehicle instead, she could have been charged with capital murder. I’d bet most people never heard of some of the death penalty provisions – no one can explain them.

Video: Busch sentenced for child killing; DA reacts

Cheryl Busch on Friday was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Watch the sentencing and the district attorney's reaction. 

Latest round of county layoffs delayed

Supes will meet again May 22 to address eliminations

Gidding gets 23 years for home invasion

The man found guilty in a 2009 home invasion near San Juan Bautista has received a sentence of 23 years in prison.

Marty: Candice Hooper, a good DA

Candice Hooper continues to turn in a rock-solid job performance as San Benito County district attorney as she has since her election in June 2006 when it was reported that her predecessor, in a classic example of sour grapes, immediately dumped his entire criminal caseload on her following his failed reelection bid. D.A. is a job where the best performers often get the least credit because the public approaches the justice system on an emotional basis while a good D.A. has to approach it on both a legal and practical basis.

Park Hill murder suspects retain attorneys

The sixth suspect has been charged in a murder of a Hollister man on Park Hill in January 2011, while four of the five juveniles accused in the case appeared in court Tuesday to retain attorneys.