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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 […]

Arrest made in assault of teen

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A suspect was arrested Wednesday in connection to an assault on an Enis High School junior who later became the victim of a potential school shooting rumor. According to police, Lacorian Jones, 19, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor. See the report in the Ennis Daily […]

Motorcyclist dies in crash on Hwy 287 near Motorplex


Justin Tubbs [email protected] One man is dead after a collision on Thursday involving a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 287 near the Texas Motorplex. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Police: woman tries to make away with cheap clothes

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Police say a woman tried to pull one over on Walmart. According to them, 31-year-old Marquita Jessie, of DeSoto was shopping at the store in Ennis on Monday, when she decided to take her items, all clothes, to the self-checkout section. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for […]

County sets up new ‘exchange zone’

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has established an exchange zone for personal, business and civil transactions in the parking lot southeast of the jail. In a press release, Sheriff Johnny Brown explained the exchange zone is intended to provide a place where people can feel more secure when meeting someone in-person. See the report in […]

Alleged car burglar arrested

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An alleged car burglar is facing charges after going on a spree in which he stole a ski mask, a shirt and a pair of sunglasses, police say. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Officers in right place help apparent abuse victim

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Two officers patrolling late into the night over the weekend found they were in the right place at the right time. According to Ennis police, at around 3 a.m. Saturday, two officers were sitting in their patrol car at La Michoacana at 401 S.W. Main St. discussing a call when a car rolled up and […]

Investigators looking into deadly motorcycle crash

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A pursuit that ended fatally over the weekend involving a stolen motorcycle is still being investigated by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

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