Five things you need to know today, April 1

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Saturday, April 1. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at
1. OPD Chief Tim Burton turned in his cell phone before lunch Friday, and drove away from the Odessa Police Department for the last time as the man in charge.

2. The man charged with shooting a revolver at his mother’s north Odessa home five times this week is being treated at Medical Center Hospital for an undisclosed ailment.

3. Permian Basin oil companies added four drilling rigs in the week ending Friday, according to the latest count by Baker Hughes. The gains meant 319 rigs were active in the region. All drill primarily for oil.

4. As people live longer, there is a higher chance of them getting Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are ways to help stave it off. One of the top 10 causes of death in Ector County and around the nation and world is complications from Alzheimer’s disease. 

5. IN SPORTS: The Lady Bronchos soccer team allowed two goals in the first 11 minutes of their Class 6A area round playoff game against Mansfield and couldn’t recover — ending their season.

6. EXTRA! IN SPORTS: Alizea Garza hit a two-run home run and Novalyn Ontiveros added a two-run single, both in the fourth inning, as the Lady Bronchos softball team was able to use that one-half inning to get past the Lady Panthers 5-2 in District 2-6A play Friday night at the Ratliff Softball Complex.