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EHS student recalls drug episode

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Brenda Laznovsky remembers Jan. 8 at the most terrifying day of her life. That was the day she got a call from Ennis High School, telling her to come. She thought her son was in trouble. Maybe he had gotten into a fight, or maybe he had hurt himself somehow, she thought. […]

Two-year old killed in backing up accident

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A two-year old boy was killed Tuesday after his 53-year-old uncle ran over him in a pickup truck. Lt. Mike Hopson with the Ennis Police Department called the incident a “tragic accident” and said that he doesn’t anticipate any charges will be filed. According to police, the uncle was backing up in […]

Dogs help find victim of rollover; sister gives update on condition

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The woman who found 19-year-old Alexandria Santos Wednesday morning after a rollover accident the night before says it was thanks to her dogs that she was able to find her. Margaret Wade, a resident near the wreck in the 6600 block of Farm-to-Market Road 879, said she woke up at about 5 a.m. to let […]

Rollover pins victim under truck all night

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Cameron Rayburn, one of the first responders with the Garrett Area Rural Fire Department, said the victim, whose name has yet to be confirmed by authorities, was alert when he arrived but was pinned underneath the truck. “As soon as the call was dispatched over the radio, we immediately called for air ambulance to be […]

Rice VFD receives a $12,900 grant for new rescue equipment

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Rice Volunteer Fire Department received a $12,900 grant from Texas A&M Forest Service through the Rural VFD Assistance Program to purchase new rescue equipment. The tools include a power unit, spreader, cutter and ram. “We are trying to keep up-to-date equipment to better serve as mutual aid to the bigger fire departments in the area,” […]

Armed robbery suspect in custody

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The suspected perpetrator of an armed robbery of the Ennis Holiday Inn Express is in police custody. According to police, 22-year-old Andy Andrade Jr. took a gun to the hotel late Sunday night and robbed the clerk of the hotel’s money as well as her own personal money. See the report in the Ennis Daily […]

Woman arrested for animal cruelty


  Justin Tubbs [email protected] A warrant was served Tuesday morning for 30-year-old Lawanna Bailey after animal control found one dog dead and one dog in extremely poor conditions at her residence, according to Ennis police. The arrest warrant affidavit for Bailey states that the dogs were pit bulls. The dead dog appeared to have been […]

2 killed when police chase ends in head-on crash near Dallas

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A police chase ended in a head-on collision between the pursued van and a pickup truck that left both drivers dead Friday afternoon in Ellis County. The Midlothian Police Department said in a press release that officers were pursuing a van stolen Friday from a Waxahachie construction site when it veered across a median on […]

Man assaults wife, violates court order


Justin Tubbs [email protected] A Palmer man assaulted his wife Saturday in Ennis, violating a protective order enacted against him just two days prior, according to police. Police say Cody Schilling was arrested on New Years Eve after assaulting his wife, who they wouldn’t name. Schilling’s wife filed a protective order with Justice of the Peace […]

DPS increasing enforcement for holidays

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] The holidays are a time for traveling to see family and a time for celebration. This holiday season, the Texas Department of Public Safety will increase patrols for an eight-day period from Dec. 24-27 and from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3. They will be patrolling the roadways looking for drunk drivers, […]

Police arrest assault suspect


Justin Tubbs [email protected] An Ennis man was taken into police custody Sunday for allegedly assaulting a family member with a rifle in hand. Investigators say Artemo Hernandez, 46, assaulted a female in the 300 block of Pecan St, where they lived with children. Lt. Mike Hopson, spokesperson for the EPD, said the woman was likely […]

Ennis man sentenced for molesting daughter

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] An Ennis man was found guilty Monday by an Ellis County grand jury and sentenced to 50 years for continuously sexually abusing his daughter. The Ellis County and District Attorney’s office issued a release on Tuesday explaining that the charges against 37-year-old William Kyle Anderson stem back to 2012, when he […]

Police: Tragic car fire an accident

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The investigation into the mysterious death of 89-year-old Lester Bentle, who was killed in a car fire last week, has taken a turn. First reported as a homicide investigation, Ennis police now say they are confident in saying the entire incident was a freak accident. “There seems to be no evidence now […]

Family grieving victim of suspected homicide

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Jo Ann Doherty visited with her father, Lester Bentle, daily before Friday, when his life was tragically taken in a car fire that police are now treating as a homicide investigation. She said oftentimes she would sit with her 89-year-old father for a couple hours a day, unaware of how much time […]

Police investigating remains found in torched car

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ennis police are investigating a suspected homicide after firefighters found human remains in car destroyed by fire early Friday morning on a dead-end road in the 1000 block of South Preston Street. Police believe the remains are of 89-year-old Lester Bentle but are awaiting confirmation from the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office, […]

Ex-firefighters arraigned in ESD sex assault case

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The seven former Emergency Services District No. 6 volunteer firefighters and one other linked to an alleged sexual assault at the ESD 6 fire station were arraigned on Tuesday in the 40th District Court in Waxahachie. Judge Bob Carroll formally read the charges to each of the accused, who were indicted in […]

Dump truck believed to hit utility pole

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Police couldn’t find the person responsible for a major hit and run Tuesday afternoon. According to police, they believe a truck hit a utility pole at Fallen Road and Interstate 45, causing the power line to fall onto the highway. A witness at the scene told police they saw a dump truck […]

Woman turns herself in for burning husband’s clothes


Justin Tubbs [email protected] A woman turned herself in for arson Monday, admitting she put fire to her husband’s wardrobe. According to police, 37-year-old Rosalinda McKnight, is suspected of taking her husband’s clothes to the backyard area of their home in the 500 block of Kim Avenue and igniting them on Oct. 14.   See the […]

Dog training facility under investigation Trainer claims video taken out of context

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident with a local dog trainer after a video surfaced showing the man hitting a dog and picking it up by its ears. The man who filmed the video has maintained anonymity in a report by another news outlet, but the dog training facility […]

Woman sentenced to 10 years for identity theft


EDN News Service [email protected] On Wednesday, an Ellis County jury sentenced Sophia Martinez Castillo, 44, of Dallas, to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 after she was convicted of felony fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, a charge commonly referred to as identify theft. She was specifically charged with possessing the […]

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