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Last updated, April 15, 3:09 p.m.

Police in Kaufman County charged a man living in the home where a foster infant was found dead last weekend with possession of child pornography.

Meanwhile a jailed former daycare worker in Collin County faces new charges of hurting children in her care.

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A large-scale 911 Outage in the countryThursday and Friday affected Northeast Texas. Residents in several cities and counties in the region and in several states had trouble dialing 911 since Thursday. And while service is said to be back up in Northeast Texas, dialing 911 might continue to be spotty. Text to 911, however should work.

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Students in Kaufman County are getting a shortened week of classes, due to a large water main break on Kaufman Tuesday afternoon. The break triggered a boil water notice and led to the Kaufman ISD canceling classes on Wednesday and Thursday.

Note: 10/3/2018 9:37 a.m. -- This story has been edited to add contact information for the Texas Rangers, and for grammar.

The Texas Rangers are looking for more victims to step forward in the wake of a sexual assault involving a Kauffman County deputy constable. 

The former police chief of Crandall, in Kaufman County, was arrested this past weekend. Ex-chief Billy Wayne Kilgore is accused of stealing firearms and tampering with the evidence to link him to it.

The firearms were reportedly stolen from the city police department’s evidence locker and sold at a pawn shop. Kilgore is also accused of stealing money from the evidence locker.

He is being held on $30,000 bail.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite some weekend rainfall, drought conditions are back to moderate throughout much of Northeast Texas. 

May elections: Kaufman to elect new council member

Apr 2, 2015
The May 2015 election in Kaufman County will present voters with three propositions, one contested mayoral election and four city council seats on the ballot.
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The May 2015 election in Kaufman County will present voters with three propositions, one contested mayoral election and four city council seats on the ballot.

City of Kaufman

Mayor: Jeff Jordan (uncontested)

City Council (one vacancy): Jon Ryan Parker, Patty Patterson, Charles Gillenwater, Carl Stapp.

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Mayor: Rick Wilson, Darren Rozell, Mary Penn.

City Council, Place 2: Raymond E. Stephens (uncontested)

GOP primary: Kaufman Co. ballot

Feb 24, 2014
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The following candidates are on ballots in the Kaufman County Republican Party primary election on March 4.

Regional and county offices

Burn ban in Franklin, Hunt, Kaufman Counties

Aug 13, 2013
Texas A&M Forest Service

Hunt County has joined Franklin and Kaufman Counties in banning most outdoor fires.

Kaufman County Sheriff's Department

In a strange turn, Kim Williams, the wife of murder suspect Eric Williams, has been charged with one count of capital murder.

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56 year-old Terrell resident Nick Morale has been arrested for making a terroristic threat against a Kaufman County official.

Kaufman County District Attorney's Office

Funeral arrangements have been made for Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia.

Kaufman County District Attorney's Office

Investigations continue in the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia.

Federal Aviation Administration

One person is dead in a plane crash near an airport east of Dallas.

Kaufman County

Kaufman County assistant district attorney Mark Hasse was shot dead outside the county courthouse Thursday, county officials said.

KEMP - The Kaufman County town of Kemp has laid off its police chief and four police officers, as well as the department’s part-time secretary, due to budget woes.