• October 20, 2016

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On Oct. 20, 1976, 78 people were killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta rammed the commuter ferry George Prince on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

OPD warns about counterfeit bills

 The Odessa Police Department is warning residents and businesses about counterfeit dollar bills that have been circulating in the city.

Posted in News, Crime justice, Law enforcement on Thursday, October 20, 2016 7:10 pm. | Tags: Opd , Counterfeit Money

Firework apparently thrown from vehicle

A firework was reportedly tossed from a moving vehicle Tuesday and caused a small grass fire in the same area where a loud noise was heard coming from a gas flare.

Posted in Law enforcement on Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:31 pm.

OPD: No arrests in aggravated robbery case

No arrests have been made in a reported aggravated robbery of a woman who had been shot with a stun gun and punched in the face several times during a suspect’s failed attempt to steal her purse.

Posted in Law enforcement on Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:28 pm. | Tags: Dong Sook Myers , Odessa Police Department , Medical Center Hospital


  • Crude Oil: 50.43   (-1.17).
  • Nymex MTD AVG:   49.9875.
  • Natural Gas: 3.141   (-.029).
  • Gasoline: 1.4937   (-0.0199).
  • Spreads: Nov./Dec.   (-0.20)    Dec./Jan.   (-0.51).
  • Plains WTI Posting: 46.75    (-1.50).

Posted in Inthepipeline, Oil price, Oil news on Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:30 pm. | Tags: West Texas Intermediate , Petroleum , Oil Prices

Five things you need to know today, Oct. 20

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Oct. 20. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

Posted in Local on Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:45 am.

BACK IN TIME: The Pecos River remains a tortured, beguiling symbol

TAOS, N.M. Taos has always been a special place to me – even the first time I went there in the early 1970s. From what I have learned about the mountain community over the last 45 years or so, it also must be a special place to many other people.

Posted in Good news on Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:15 am. | Tags: Bill Modisett

Keep Odessa Beautiful receives $2,000 Green Bag Grant

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Keep Odessa Beautiful (KOB) as a recipient of a 2016 Green Bag Grant and awarded $2,000 toward funding “Planet Troopers” for summer 2017.

Posted in Local on Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:17 am. | Tags: Crystale Galindo , Keep Odessa Beautiful

Art museum to feature Dia de los Muertos

A Dia de los Muertos event hosted by the Ellen Noël Art Museum is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the museum, 4909 E. University Blvd.

Posted in Ticket on Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:14 am.

Martial arts studio schedules open house

Master Zant’s ATA Martial Arts is celebrating 30 years in Odessa with an open house 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1625 E. Eighth St.

Posted in Lifestyle on Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:00 am.

Oil show exhibitors pitch new technology

The businessmen at the Royal Guardsman Security booth touted their security device as a way for the oilfield to not just catch a crime but prevent it, saving on asset losses and downtime.

Posted in Inthepipeline, Oil gas, Oil news, News, Business, Local on Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:33 am. | Tags: Oil Show , Permian Basin International Oil Show , New Pig Energy , Landpoint , Well Optix , Royal Guardsman Security , Coliseum , West Company Of Midland

Health professionals: Get your flu shot

Local health professionals say getting flu and pneumonia vaccines is a good idea, especially with Ector County’s high incidence of lung ailments like COPD and asthma.

Posted in Health on Thursday, October 20, 2016 5:30 am. | Tags: Health , Influenza , Gino Solla , Pam Burton , Vaccines , Influenza Vaccine , Flu Season , Severe Illness , Vaccinations , Lung Infection , Ector County Health Department , Cough , Chest Pains , Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease , Medical Center Hospital

Eisenhower Church of Christ women create pillows for breast cancer patients

A group of women from Eisenhower Church of Christ is making life a little more comfortable for those who have undergone breast surgery with handmade heart-shaped pillows.

Posted in News, Local on Thursday, October 20, 2016 5:30 am. | Tags: Health , Breast Cancer , Cancer , Eisenhower Church Of Christ , Clinical Medicine , American Cancer Society , Treatment For Breast Cancer , Jackie Freeman , Medical Center Hospital , Tasa Richardson , Ector County , Church Of Christ , Alaska , Houston , Texas Department Of State Health Services

A night with bots at the museum

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, 1500 I-20 West, Midland, has scheduled Building Bots – Robotics and Engineering Fun Lab for students in kindergarten through sixth grade from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

Posted in Lifestyle on Thursday, October 20, 2016 4:45 am.

Prosecutors deny misconduct

Prosecutors are disputing claims that the destruction of a video in the 2012 police shooting of a reportedly suicidal man would have changed the outcome of the aggravated assault of a public servant case against him.

Posted in Courts, Law enforcement on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:04 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: San Angelo Central continues upward climb as one of top teams in Class 6A

Posted in Football, Permian, Oavarsity, Boys, Permian on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:56 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Both Odessa High, Wolfforth Frenship entering Friday's contest hungry for victory

Wolfforth Frenship head coach Brad Davis knows his team won’t be the only one playing with a sense of urgency on Friday night.

Posted in Boys, Odessahigh, Football, Odessa high on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:49 pm.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Odessa College collects fifth conference sweep in a victory over Western Texas College

Posted in College, Odessa college on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:40 pm.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Angelo State scores four goals to defeat UTPB

The UTPB women’s soccer team fell 4-1 to Angelo State on Wednesday in its home finale.

Posted in College, Utpb on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:35 pm.

OPD asking help in finding missing Odessan

 The Odessa Police Department is asking the public’s help in finding a missing 41-year-old man.

Posted in News, Crime justice, Law enforcement on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:42 pm. | Tags: Jesus M. Fabela

Midland man cited for reportedly striking pedestrian

 A 73-year-old Midland motorist driving a minivan on Golder Avenue was cited Wednesday for reportedly striking a walking pedestrian who was then pushed into a crossing guard a couple of blocks south of Bowie Middle School.

Posted in News, Traffic transportation, Vehicle accidents on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:31 pm. | Tags: Golder Avenue , 19th Street

Oil show sees solid start

The oil show began Tuesday with a speech from 88-year-old honoree Richard “Dick” Gillham, who managed his crane business through decades of booms and busts and once leaned on the shows for business during downturns like the one the industry weathers today.

Posted in Oil news, Business on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:00 am. | Tags: Petroleum Production , Petroleum Industry , Oil Show , Oil Prices , Kirk Edwards , Latigo Patroleum , Anthony Williford , Jason Sawyer , Bobby Winkles , Johnny Everidge , Leanne Roethemeyer

ECISD trustees approve tax notes

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing the district to issue up to $20 million in maintenance tax notes, if needed, as a stopgap measure until more tax revenue is available.

Posted in News, Education, Ecisd on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:30 am. | Tags: Ector County, Texas , Student Health Advisory Council , George H.w. Bush , Jacqui Gore , Bonham Middle School , Sam Houston , Superintendent , Tom Crowe , Sam Houston Elementary School , Sm Energy , Germany , Ector County Independent School District Board Of Trustees , Chief Financial Officer , David Harwell , Mike Adkins , Frost Bank

Odessa native gets promotion at Frisco ISD

Todd Fouche, son of Odessa businessman Phil Fouche, was named deputy superintendent of business services by the Frisco Independent School District School Board Monday night.

Posted in News, Education on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:30 am. | Tags: Frisco, Texas , Frisco Independent School District , Todd Fouche , Permian High School , University Of North Texas , Frisco Isd

Bring Autumn Colors to Spiced Sweets

Cooler temperatures, beautiful changing leaves and the familiar scent of pumpkin pie spice are all signs of fall. Whether you’re hosting a pumpkin carving party or decorating sweet treats with family, celebrate the season with maple-flavored leaf-shaped cookies, pumpkin patch cupcakes and hot apple cider.

Posted in Food on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:00 am. | Tags: Food , Food Page , Recipe , Recipes , Fall , Autumn , Sweets , Halloween , Thanksgiving , Cupcakes , Dessert , Cookies , Pumpkin , Drink

What are you afraid of?

The Midessa Maze of Terror is set to get you in the Halloween mood.

Posted in Business, Ticket on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:45 am. | Tags: Mental Illness In Fiction , Maze , Billy Sims

AREA FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Grandfalls-Royalty heads into bye week strengthening for rest of season

Heading into their bye week, the Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys have a chance to take a deep breath and relax.

Posted in Boys, Football, Teams, Grandfalls royalty, Seminole on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:40 pm.

PERMIAN FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Injuries hamper Panthers chances in district season

Posted in Oavarsity, Boys, Permian, Football, Permian on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:40 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Permian clinches playoff spot with win over Wolfforth Frenship

The Permian volleyball team wasn’t at its best, but the Lady Panthers found a way to win.

Posted in Girls, Permian, Volleyball, Permian on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:33 pm.

ODESSA HIGH FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Bronchos shuffling pieces as attrition wears on lineup

For head coach Danny Servance and the rest of Odessa High’s first-year coaching staff, the challenge in rebuilding the Bronchos program this season has been like that of putting together an intricate puzzle.

Posted in Boys, Odessahigh, Football, Odessa high on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:35 pm.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Permian graduate Hope Koym receives another honor at Dallas Baptist

Dallas Baptist goalkeeper Hope Koym, a Permian graduate, was named the NCAA Division II Women’s Player of the Week Tuesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American.

Posted in College on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:29 pm.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE GOLF: UTPB finishes 10th at Oklahoma Intercollegiate

FORT SILL, OKLA. The UTPB women’s golf team placed 10th in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Tuesday at Fort Sill Golf Course.

Posted in Utpb on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:29 pm.

MEN'S COLLEGE GOLF: Odessa College finishes fifth at Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

LAS CRUCES, N.M. The Odessa College men’s golf team finished fifth at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Tuesday behind competition from Division I schools.

Posted in Odessa college on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:25 pm.

MEN'S GOLF: UTPB places last during the Midwestern State Invitational

The UTPB men’s golf team finished last after three rounds of the Midwestern State Invitational at Wichita Falls Country Club.

Posted in College, Utpb on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:26 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Oct. 18 scoreboard

Midland High def. Midland Lee

Posted in Oavarsity, Girls, Volleyball, Alpine, Andrews, Fort stockton, Greenwood, Kermit, Midland high, Midland lee, Monahans, Seminole on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:21 pm.

No one hurt during gas flare ‘explosion’

No injuries were reported Tuesday when what sounded like an explosion coming from a gas flare in west Odessa.

Posted in News, Fire and rescue on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:44 pm.

Two accused of prostitution at motel

An Odessan accused of agreeing to give a prostitute drugs in exchange for sex was nabbed, along with the suspected prostitute, at a motel after police checked on a reported disturbance.

Posted in News, Crime justice, Law enforcement on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:34 pm.

Women arrested on prostitution charges

A woman accused of meeting with an undercover federal agent inside of an 18-wheel truck to have sex for money was among the seven people state and federal authorities arrested as part of two-day sting operation targeting prostitution and human trafficking in Odessa.

Posted in News, Crime justice, Law enforcement on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:28 pm. | Tags: Fbi , 15-year-old Girl , Amarillo Women

DEA agent's widow brings meaning of Red Ribbon Week home

Carrying on her husband’s mission, Geneva “Mika” Camarena, widow of slain DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, spoke to about 170 people at the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse’s Power of Prevention & Awareness luncheon at the MCM Elegante Hotel on Tuesday.

Posted in Ecisd on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 5:45 pm. | Tags: Red Ribbon Week , Dea , Permian Basin Regional Council On Alcohol And Drug Abuse , Odessa , Camarena , Kiki , Calexico, California , Red Ribbon , Nancy Reagan , Law Enforcement , Federal Bureau Of Investigation , Odessa Police Department , Camarena Foundation , Mcm Elegante Hotel , Duncan Hunter , Odessa Pd

Man gets 10 years in rape of preteen

A 24-year-old man convicted in the rape of a 12-year-old girl was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday by an Ector County jury.

Posted in Courts on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 5:30 pm. | Tags: Daniel Ray Tavarez , Michael Mcleaish , Justin Cunningham , Melissa Williams , Defense Attorney , Laws Regarding Rape

Meeting today, Thursday to discuss long-term plans for road between Crane, McCamey

The Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a meeting for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Crane Elementary School and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at McCamey High School to discuss a long-term plan to make U.S. 385 between Crane and McCamey a four-lane divided highway. The project would be done in three segments.

Posted in Roads on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 2:12 pm. | Tags: Txdot

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