Five things you need to know today, Jan. 5

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Jan. 5. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at
1. The Sears store in Odessa will close this spring as part of a wave of closings nationally for the retailer, Sears Holdings announced in a statement Wednesday.

2. Last week, with their savings after years of hard work and some investments from friends, Odessan Van Cao and her husband Phuc Nguyen realized a long-held goal by opening Pho House. It’s a restaurant specializing solely in Vietnamese cuisine, a project they began in April.

3. A group of 25 Odessa Police Department officers learned how to deal with aggressive dogs Wednesday during a session that highlighted the steps officers can take to avoid having to use force.

4. An Odessa man who reportedly told Ector County Sheriff’s deputies he broke into a storage building to seek shelter from the cold was arrested on suspicion of burglarizing the facility.

5. IN SPORTS: The Permian and Odessa High girls soccer teams are back on the field to prove that they can make another run at the playoffs. The Odessa High and Permian boys soccer teams both come into the 2017 season with chips on their shoulders.