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November 29, 2021

Suspected thieves arrested in Hollister

The Hollister Police Department captured an out-of-town larcenist after a local resident called in to report someone who was attempting to open car doors in the middle of the night.  Mario Acostaperez, 35, of Watsonville was arrested and taken to San Benito County Jail on...

Police investigating fires that damaged 10 buildings in Hollister

Local, state and federal police and fire officials are investigating more than a dozen overnight incidents of vandalism and suspicious fires that resulted in damages to at least 10 downtown Hollister businesses—two of which were a total loss—and numerous vehicles.

Fire destroys two downtown Hollister businesses

A series of fires in downtown Hollister destroyed two family-owned businesses early in the morning Nov. 2, and authorities are investigating the cause of the blazes.

Itchin’ to be pitching

San Benito High School sophomore Matthew Peña took advantage of a warm Friday afternoon at Dunne Park in Hollister to work on pitching drills in preparation for his first stint on the varsity baseball team.   Peña said he’s been honing his skills during the offseason...

After years of delays, Caltrans set to expand Highway 156

The daily commute on Highway 156 can be a drag, especially during the busier peak hour traffic times.  But Caltrans announced last week that a new road expansion project is coming soon in hopes of reducing some of traffic congestion and saving millions in vehicle...

Police shooting leaves Hollister man in the hospital

The Hollister Police Department is reporting that two police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after they were involved in a shooting that sent a man to the hospital.   The police issued a press release on Dec. 8 saying that one of the...

Campaign law violations alleged in county supervisor’s race

As political campaigns throughout the nation race down the final stretch before the Nov. 3 election, a candidate for a San Benito County Supervisor’s seat has accused his rival of violations of the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission guidelines.

County Board of Education: Meet the candidates

Over the coming weeks, the Hollister Free Lance will profile candidates for local City of Hollister and San Benito County offices that will appear on the Nov. 3 election.

High school sports pushed to 2021

In a move that came as little surprise but was no less impactful, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Monday that the start of the high school sports fall season will be pushed back to December or January.  A combination of factors led to the...

Food & Drink: A ‘pour’ decision

A trio of friends were sitting around one day, toying with the idea of opening a tap room and coming up with a clever name for their brand. That’s when someone said, “Well, we all make poor decisions” and the three of them howled as...