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May 20, 2022

Authorities warn of ‘potentially fraudulent’ Covid-19 testing sites

Recent “pop-up” Covid-19 testing sites in San Benito County and elsewhere in California may be fraudulent, and authorities are warning the public. The county’s Public Health Services sent out a press release Jan. 13 stating its staff has been made aware of the temporary testing...

Police find assault rifle in back of crashed vehicle

Hollister Police are looking for two suspects who ran from a crash scene, where they left a loaded “assault rifle style weapon” on the backseat of their vehicle, police said. The night of Dec. 22, Hollister Police officers attempted a traffic enforcement stop on Buena...

County officials sound alarms about fentanyl

San Benito County public safety and health officials are sounding the alarm about the dangers of fentanyl—a powerful opioid—after a recent and ongoing spike in drug overdoses. In the last three months alone, 17 people in San Benito County have suffered opioid overdoses, requiring emergency...

Police arrest 15 catalytic converter theft suspects in South Bay

Investigators arrested more than a dozen people suspected of being involved in catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in cities throughout the Bay Area, according to San Jose Police.  The arrest of 15 suspects over several weeks was the culmination of a six-month investigation into the...

Hollister PD: SBHS student arrested for threatening classmates

A 14-year-old San Benito High School student was arrested this week for using social media to threaten to hurt his fellow students, according to Hollister Police. No credible threat to anyone at the school was revealed during the course of the police investigation. About 10:05pm Dec....

Police search for men wanted in Gilroy boy’s beating

Gilroy Police are searching for two men who reportedly broke into a home and beat a 9-year-old boy with autism Nov. 29. According to police, officers responded to St. Louise Regional Hospital at 2:10am on the report of the battery. The boy’s mother reportedly told...

Three family members of retired HPD sergeant shot in Colorado

The Hollister Police Department’s extended family suffered a violent tragedy over the weekend when the sons of a retired sergeant were shot at a skate park in Colorado Springs—killing one of the children, according to authorities. Recently retired Hollister Police Sgt. Ray Celano notified the...

Hollister man accused of molesting minors

Hollister Police on Nov. 17 arrested a 74-year-old man accused of molesting a number of male juveniles since at least the early 1990s. Gilbert Cortez, of Hollister, was arrested after a detailed investigation by the Hollister Police Department. He is accused of two felonies, and...

Man arrested for vandalism to downtown Hollister planters

Police arrested a man last week who caused about $3,000 worth of damage to garden planters in downtown Hollister, according to authorities. The suspect, Matthew Goodsell, 49, was already in custody for an unrelated crime when officers recognized him from video footage that captured the...

San Benito County conducts sex offender sweep

During a sweep of registered sex offenders last week, San Benito County authorities determined that 13 people were out of compliance with their registration requirements. The county’s probation department conducted its annual sex offender registration compliance sweep on Oct. 26. Officers from the Hollister Police...

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