Five things you need to know today, Feb. 5

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Sunday, Feb. 5. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at
1. Alpine police officers arrested the 26-year-old boyfriend of Zuzu Verk on Saturday, who has been reported missing four months ago.

2. As a former history professor, the Rev. Griffin Jones looks to Christianity to keep changing the world as it has done for two millennia, but he says Christians must work to make it happen.

3. In a report to Ector County Independent School District’s Student Health Advisory Council Ector County Health Department Director Gino Solla said Odessa has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in Texas at 24.4 percent and a low high school graduation rate.

4. Murder, robbery and other violent crime took a nosedive in 2016 as reflected in statistics the Odessa Police Department released. 

5. IN SPORTS: The No. 25 UTPB men’s basketball team led wire to wire Saturday, jumping out to a strong lead early before staving off a Buffs’ comeback bid late to down West Texas A&M 77-73 Saturday in the Falcon Dome.