Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Jan. 4. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. The Odessa City Council will consider allowing veterans and active duty military service members to adopt pets from animal control for free, waiving fees of up to about $80.

2. After reportedly shoving down and pointing a loaded gun at his mother, Odessa police charged a 20-year-old Odessa man with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, an Odessa Police Department press release said.

3. A music therapist for Ector County Independent School District for the past 29 years, Jennifer Mosman uses melodies to help special needs students express themselves.

4. The Odessa Police Department charged a man Monday after he reportedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her residence, an OPD press release said.

5. Graduating high school at the age of 13, for the past four years Reid Miller has been traveling back and forth from Odessa to Los Angeles to build a career in Hollywood.