Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Monday, March 12. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.
1. Soon after City Attorney Larry Long announced his resignation amid a sexual harassment controversy, another one of his employees filed a new complaint that alleged unequal pay based on gender. Now the city is fighting to keep records about that case secret at the public’s expense.
2. After several months of interviews and interrogation, ECSO issued capital murder charges, a capital felony, against seven people believed to be involved in the death of Fred McNeal: Jose Ramirez, Jennifer Rogers, Wesley Dickenson, Michael Silvas, Mikel Stegall Jr., Eddie Barnes, and David Dearick.
3. The Odessa City Council will consider purchasing a new software system Tuesday that will allow Odessa police officers to write tickets electronically with a goal of cutting down on the length of traffic stops and freeing police to respond to other calls.
4. After speeding his way through the requirements, Conrad Short officially became an Eagle Scout on Sunday.
5. IN SPORTS: The UTPB men’s basketball team was stunned early, but never stopped working hard, overcoming the loss of Josh Morris and Zeldric King, along with a few missed shots to defeat Regis University 130-124 in four overtimes Sunday at First United Bank Center.