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June 25, 2022

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...

Juvenile arrested after leading police on high-speed chase

A Hollister juvenile was arrested on suspicion of felony evading after leading police on a high-speed vehicle chase throughout San Benito County, according to authorities. About 12am Oct. 18, Hollister Police Officer Ramon Campos attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Fourth Street...

Police investigate ATM burglary in Hollister

Police are investigating the burglary of a bank’s automated teller machine in Hollister over the weekend. About 11am Oct. 17, Hollister Police responded to a call reporting the Bank of America ATM located at 1707B Airline Highway had been burglarized. Investigating officers learned that a...

‘Potential threat’ to school was unfounded, superintendent says

Police were called to Rancho San Justo School Oct. 15 in response to a “potential threat” on campus, but the threat turned out to be unfounded, according to school officials.  “At no point was there a credible threat on campus,” says a statement from Hollister...

Former Gilroy educator pleads guilty to cancer fundraising fraud

A former Gilroy educator pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud for soliciting donations from individuals to help her pay for cancer treatments she did not need nor received, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Amanda Christine Riley admitted to purposely deceiving people into thinking she...

Hollister PD gains $50K grant to increase traffic enforcement

The Hollister Police Department received a $50,000 grant from state authorities for driver safety education and increased enforcement of dangerous and illegal driving practices. The grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) will fund a new police...

Police: Drunken collision with pole causes power outage

A drunken driver crashed into a power pole on Sunnyslope Road, resulting in a power outage in the surrounding area Sept. 27, according to police. About 7:30pm, Hollister Police officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision at the 1700 block of Sunnyslope Road,...

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