Lemoore Councilmember Holly Blair’s arraignment delayed

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LEMOORE, California – Lemoore City Council member, Holly Evelyn Blair, made her first court appearance after being arrested on Saturday afternoon for possible domestic violence

Police said they responded to an address in the City of Lemoore for possible domestic violence that had just occurred.

When Officers arrived they were contacted by the victim in front of the residence.

Police said the victim told officers that his wife, 37-year-old, Holly Evelyn Blair of Lemoore had threatened to kill him.

Police said when the victim attempted to walk away and use his phone, Blair punched the victim once in the back of the head the victim explained that with the recent domestic violence, he felt the threat against him was credible and he was in fear for his safety as well as his children’s safety.

Police said the victim did not have any visible injuries, but did complain of minor pain and refused any medical attention.

Blair has been charged with attempted criminal threats, dissuading a witness, domestic battery, and violation of a protective order that her husband had against her.

The judge is continuing her arraignment for this Wednesday.

Her bail is set at $160,000 dollars but her husband says he does not plan to bail her out.

Holly Blair’s husband released the following statement.

“My wife, Holly Andrade Blair, has been suffering from serious mental illness and needs help. I feel helpless right now to help her and have little faith that the Kings County Court System will do anything but try and lock her away for as long as possible.

Regarding Holly’s most recent arrest, Holly’s actions were completely out of character. Given my general distrust of the police and criminal justice system, under normal circumstances I would not have called the police on her, but because of my experience with her since she was released on bail on June 6th, I came to the conclusion that the safest place for her right now is in jail.

Holly is my best friend and for what she has sacraficed to try and help her community, she is my hero. Unfortunately, the stress of being on the Lemoore City Council, her conflict with the Lemoore Police and the accompanying bullying our entire family received over the last year seems to have been too much for her to bear.

I miss Holly and want nothing more in this world than to have my best friend back. At this point I can only hope that she is afforded the help she needs through the court system. “

Paul Blair

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