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December 5, 2022

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

Hollister police are investigating what Mayor Ignacio Velazquez calls a “hate crime” against a council member by prominent local lobbyist and former mayor Victor Gomez. Velazquez announced the investigation in a written statement to the Free Lance before the Jan. 21 city council meeting and...

Man arrested for armed threat, illegal pot grow

Sheriff’s deputies responding to a reported assault uncovered an illegal marijuana garden and more than an ounce of methamphetamine at the suspect’s southeast San Benito County residence, according to authorities.

$15K reward offered in traffic projectile case

Authorities are offering a cash reward for information leading to the prosecution of the person or people who throughout 2019 have thrown objects at dozens of moving cars along Highways 156 and 101 through San Benito and Monterey counties.

San Jose man dies in collision with alleged drunk driver

A San Jose man was pronounced dead at the scene of a Jan. 2 traffic accident on Highway 25 near Bolsa Road, according to authorities. A Hollister man who was driving another vehicle involved in the accident was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Pedestrian dies in Hillcrest Road collision

Police arrested a 31-year-old motorist who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in east Hollister, then fled the scene without reporting the accident.

Westrick promises to stay involved

Hollister Police Chief David Westrick anticipates certain aspects of his life won’t change much after he retires from a 30-year law enforcement career before the end of this month.

Four arrested for armed robbery at park

Hollister police worked with multiple law enforcement agencies to arrest numerous suspects accused of a recent violent robbery in the city limits, according to authorities.

Police: Two men arrested with drugs, weapons

Hollister Police arrested two men in possession of drugs and illegal weapons after stopping a vehicle for a traffic violation, according to authorities. About 1:53am  Nov. 9, Hollister Police Officer Rene Rayas was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle weaving within the road and...

Prelim set for murder suspect Larios

San Benito County Superior Court has scheduled a preliminary examination hearing over three days in December for murder suspect Christopher Larios.

Police conduct sex offender check

Multiple law enforcement agencies in San Benito County recently conducted a compliance check on more than 125 local registered sex offenders, and found that most are in compliance.