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CNN to air Gonzales murder documentary

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A gruesome Ennis murder is receiving the national spotlight more than four years after the trail went cold in pursuit of Jennifer Puente, the prime suspect in the murder of 15-year-old Moriah Gonzales. Pick up the Sunday edition of The Ennis Daily News for details on this story and more…

EPD looks to fill critical vacancies

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Ennis Police Department officials are working to fill three critical vacancies in the department’s ranks that have occurred in the past six weeks. Find the details for this story and more in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Minter tried to get beyond issues in his past

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Family and friends paint a mixed picture of Eric Minter, the man shot and killed Saturday on Spur 469 right outside Ennis. Get the rest of this story in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Wife says Minter was murdered

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Amanda Minter said she was trying to get her husband, Eric Minter, to leave her ex-roommate Peter Amador’s property Saturday when he was shot and killed. Read about the latest details in this developing story only in Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Become a subscriber today!

Sheriff’s office investigates fatal shooting

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A fatal shooting that stemmed from an altercation between two former roommates in Ennis is under investigation by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said 29-year-old Eric Minter, a Waxahachie resident, was shot and killed after an “incident occurred Saturday evening in the 4100 block of Spur 469.” He was taken to Ennis Regional Medical […]

New CCPD budget would fund programs, future facility

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The Crime Control and Prevention District board passed a budget Thursday night that will now go to the City Commission. Included in the proposed 2016-2017 fiscal year budget of more than $1.4 million are dollars to fund programs as well as money set aside for a future police facility, the cost of which is still […]

Feds remain tight-lipped about raid

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Both federal and local law enforcement officials are mum about the raid at a local ranch last Friday morning that found “guns, drugs, and money,” according to a Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman at the time. Since then, there’s been an apparent lock-down on the release of any information. But there’s more to this story, only […]

Lionettes, other groups ‘back the badge’

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The Ennis High School Lionettes dance team, in conjunction with the Ennis American Legion and some Dallas area teachers, has taken the idea of “backing the badge” and put the thought into action, hand-delivering gifts to nine police departments across two states, with group member Jennifer Holland, a Dallas ISD teacher, saying there are more […]

Actors witnessed raid on restaurateur’s ranch

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A representative with the film company shooting a movie on Gustavo Jimenez’s 104.6-acre Ennis horse ranch said actors were present when federal, state and local authorities raided the property Friday. According to Alex Hernandez, a spokesperson for Producciones Cinematograficas, the actors were frightened for their safety when authorities stormed onto the property, wielding body armor […]

Ranch raid reveals drugs, guns, money

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“A freak coincidence” is how law enforcement officials describe the timing of Gustavo Jimenez’s arrest. Jimenez, an Ennis man and the owner of Don Jose’s Mexican restaurant chain, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance Friday morning in Navarro County around the same time his horse ranch in Ennis was raided by federal, state […]

Restaurant owner’s home raided

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Story corrected to show the property searched was 345 Cody Road. BREAKING, Exclusive to the EDN The Ennis Daily News received word of police activity in the 300 block of Cody Road at about 8 a.m. Friday morning. Upon further investigation, it was confirmed exclusively by the newspaper that local, state and federal law enforcement […]

Inmate jail death still under investigation

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The May 3 death of 30-year-old Joshua Krajca while he was being held at the Ennis jail remains under investigation after more than three months, according to Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. Sara Warren. Get the full report in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe now!

Alleged manhunt shooter had federal warrants

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The third suspect in a six-hour manhunt near the Navarro-Ellis County line last month was wanted for more than shooting random bullets into an Ennis home and firing a gun at an Ennis officer during a chase, according to Ennis police. Get more on this story in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe […]

CAPTURED!

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The third and final suspect in the July 12 incident where shots were fired into a home in the 400 block of Avenue C and subsequent six-hour manhunt was taken into custody after a routine traffic stop in Texarkana earlier this week. Pick up Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News for the full story, […]

Former church youth director charged with child porn and possession of illegal weapons

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Note: This story has been updated to include formal charges filed in this case. A Corsicana man described as a genius and who served as a church youth director has been formally charged in a bizarre case that began to unfold in an Ennis drug store. Harvey Alec Strain has now been charged with 10 […]

Drug-fueled crime spree thwarted

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Navarro County and Ennis authorities have a man in custody they say is responsible for a string of consecutive burglaries and auto thefts that took place Wednesday. Get the details in the Thursday edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe today!

Busted pot farm yields 2,400 lbs.

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Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner says the marijuana-growing operation found near the Navarro, Ellis, Henderson tri-county line Saturday is the largest his office has seen in 40 years. The Sheriff’s Office received a tip about the grow operation after someone saw suspicious activity just off State Highway 85 south of the Trinity River. Get all […]

Father gets 20 years for supplying teen daughter with drugs

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A Midlothian father accused of supplying illegal drugs to his juvenile daughter plead guilty Monday to delivery of a controlled substance to a child and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. For more on this story, pick up a Tuesday edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Man arrested in attempted sex assault of child

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A 21-year-old Bardwell man accused of attempting to sexually assault a 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday. Get the details in Tuesday’s Ennis Daily News… Subscribe now and get full access to print and digital.

Jail death ruled accident

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The death of 30-year-old Joshua Krajca, which occurred in the Ennis Police Department’s jail sometime between the night of May 2 and the morning of May 3, has been ruled an accident, according to the autopsy report. Get the full details in the Tuesday edition of  The Ennis Daily News… Become a subscriber today!

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