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Driver claims rebel flag reason for ticket

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In the south, there are plenty who take pride in flying a Confederate flag, a symbol of southern heritage to some and a symbol of racism to others. Now one Ennis man thinks the rebel flag, as he calls it, could be at the center of a traffic ticket he feels he was wrongfully slapped […]

Ennis teen seriously injured in accident


An Ennis teen was seriously injured after a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon. According to the crash report, Zachary Reel, 19, was driving his Harley Davidson eastbound on U.S. Highway 287 when Glori Houston, 33, attempted to cross a highway intersection in front of him at the Reagor Springs intersection. See the report in the Ennis […]

Driver with child in car leads short police chase

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An Amarillo man led Ennis police on a short chase late last Thursday with a child in his car. According to police, 24-year-old Parnell Andres was clocked by an Ennis police officer at 111 miles per hour on Interstate 45 near midnight. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up […]

I-45 crash kills Dallas man

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A Dallas man was killed Sunday night after he crashed his SUV on Interstate 45 south of Ennis. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Four uninjured in in three-car crash

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Four people escaped serious injury in Ennis Thursday after a teen caused a three-car accident, failing to stop at a red light. According to the report from the crash, 17-year-old Garrett Fitzgerald, of Ennis, was driving his Ford pickup truck eastbound on Lake Bardwell Dr. and ran a red light at the Ensign Road intersection […]

New charges to come for Coffey

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More charges are expected for the ex-Maypearl Chief of Police Kevin Coffey, who is currently in county jail, unable to make bond. According to the Ellis County District Attorney’s office, the new charges are expected out of Johnson County. Coffey, who has already been charged with four child sex crimes for actions he allegedly took […]

Tails rediscover their wag – 72 seized animals now recovering; some reunited

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Surfacing in the sad story of the seizure of 72 animals from a home in Waxahachie last week is the serendipitous tale of 12 tails who rediscovered their wag. Judge Jackie Miller, Jr., a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2, made several decisions in a Wednesday hearing following the arrest of 69-year old Gayle […]

Woman arrested, animals seized in animal cruelty case

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and the SPCA seized more than 70 animals from a Waxahachie home and on Wednesday in the 200 block of Panorama Loop. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Waxahachie man killed in head-on collision


One driver was killed in a head-on collision near Richland on Wednesday, according to highway troopers. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Maypearl chief arrested on sex charges

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The Maypearl Chief of Police Kevin Coffey was arrested Wednesday on charges of indecency with a child by exposure, indecency with a child by contact, sexual performance by a child and sexual assault of a child.

Three dead in wrong-way crash on I-45


Three people were reported dead by state troopers late Monday morning after a head-on collision on Interstate 45 about a half-hour south of Corsicana. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Maypearl chief remains on paid leave

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The Maypearl chief of police, Kevin Coffey, remains on paid administrative leave after documents were released Tuesday morning detailing the allegations a teenage minor made against him. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Suspect, victims in Ferris shooting were leaving family reunion

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Ellis County investigators say Evette Quezada, her brother and her cousin and suspected murderer, Frank Ortiz, were leaving a family reunion early Sunday morning in Ferris when a shooting occurred. Lt. James Saulter with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said the three were riding together in a car and were less than a quarter-mile away […]

Alleged murderer of Ferris woman arraigned, identified

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The man arrested Monday night in connection to the shooting death of Evette Marie Quezada, a recent Ferris High School graduate, was arraigned Tuesday and charged with murder. According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, the man is 30-year-old Frank “Frankie” Ortiz, a resident of Lancaster. His bond has been set at $1,000,000. Investigators were […]

ECSO investigating deceased woman

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office released this statement following the discovery of a dead woman in Ferris early Sunday morning: Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched at about 2:26 a.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015, to a disturbance in the 100 block of Newton Road in Ferris. Upon arrival, Deputies found one deceased female and […]

Maypearl police chief on leave after home, office searched

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Maypearl Police Chief Kevin Coffey has been placed on administrative leave after Texas Rangers executed two search warrants at his home in Grandview and his office at the Maypearl Police Department. The Ellis County District Attorney’s Office says the search warrants were executed after sufficient evidence was given by a minor, who says Coffey has […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Public Servant of the Year Award: Kevin Taylor


The list of nominees and reasons given by scores of people, including many junior high students, speaks volumes of the way they feel about Officer Kevin Taylor, the 2015 Public Servant of the Year. “Always ready to help others” is just the tip of the iceberg of compliments sent with nominations. Others described him as […]

Three arrested; try to fight with swords, bat

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Three Ennis men were arrested early Thursday morning after equipping themselves with bats and swords and trying to pick a fight, police say. According to the Ennis Police Department, two of the suspects were carrying swords and one was carrying a bat when they went to one of the suspect’s girlfriend’s home to try to […]

Woman arrested in connection to armed robbery

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An Ennis woman was arrested Wednesday night in relation to an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday night at the Days Inn in Ennis. According to police, a warrant was obtained for the woman, 30-year-old Erica Ozuna, after the victim of the robbery properly identified her. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here […]

Dancing Ennis officer becomes a hit sensation

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Lakendra Cox and Shanitra Robinson say it isn’t too often an Ennis police officer will stop to say hi or chat, but things were a little different on Saturday’s Fourth of July holiday, as seen by many Ennisites in a Facebook video that has gained significant Internet traffic. “They were riding through, and the kids […]

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