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April 1, 2023

Hollister PD captures suspected catalytic converter thieves

The Hollister Police Department has captured a trio of out-of-town catalytic converter bandits thanks to a phone call tip from a nearby concerned resident, according to authorities.   The police issued a press release on Dec. 10 announcing that 29-year old Rafael Lazaro, Fernando Esparza, 37,...

Environmentalists protest against new highway nodes

A group of environmentalists known as Preserve Our Rural Communities, a grassroots group in San Benito County, took over a small section of the Superior Court parking lot on Tuesday morning.   Organizer Andy Hsia-Coron took the lead on Jan. 5 in what was a peaceful...

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...

Suzy Brookshire’s Olympic moment

Since graduating from San Benito High in 2016—where she helped lead the Haybalers to a Central Coast Section championship—Suzy Brookshire has gone on to play at three Division I programs, breaking records at each stop.  Despite those lofty accomplishments, they will pale in comparison to...

Hollister PD identifies man shot by officer Dec. 8

Hollister Police identified the suspect shot by an officer during a disturbance at a home on Kimberly Court Dec. 8 as 29-year-old Brandon Hill.

Hollister PD arrest suspect in homicide

The Hollister Police Department caught a break Tuesday by catching a suspect who was involved in last week’s homicide on Sally Street.   The police department on Aug. 22 announced that they arrested 19-year-old Andrez Valencia of Hollister, who was booked for murder and is being...

Hollister SD will keep campuses shut down

The Hollister School District will continue teaching students via distance learning after the school board took action this week to extend campus closures until the end of the year.  The board voted 4-1 in a special meeting on Oct. 13 on a recommendation made by...

SB High student gives back to the community

San Benito High junior Beatriz Ocampo-Dizon has always enjoyed baking sweets in the kitchen since she was a child, slowly building a passion for it without realizing it.  The 17-year-old Hollister resident has now taken those baking skills and started her own company, B.D. Treats,...

Farmworkers, food service employees start to receive vaccines in San Benito

The first set of remote Covid-19 vaccine clinics for food and agricultural sector workers was a big success in San Benito County, bringing in approximately 250 people to get their first shots.    The county’s public health department and Safeway Pharmacy along with the Grower-Shipper Association...

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.