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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102717)-1500 BLOCK MILBURN & KELLY GRIMSLEY CHECK PRESENTATION

ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 27, 2017, THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED INFORMATION REGARDING STOLEN PROPERTY, INCLUDING A STOLEN VEHICLE IN THE 1500 BLOCK OF MILBURN. THE INFORMATION LED TO A SEARCH WARRANT AND THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT SUPPORTED BY THE S.W.A.T. TEAM EXECUTED THE WARRANT.

THE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS A STOLEN VEHICLE, 37 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, AND 5 FIREARMS, AND ONE PERSON WAS ARRESTED.

(CORPORAL STEVE LeSUEUR, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT)

“BECAUSE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE INVESTIGATION. IT WAS’NT JUST THE STOLEN VEHICLE OR NECESSARILY THE MARIJUANA, BUT FIREARMS, INCLUDING: RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND OTHER THINGS. BUT, IT HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO HOMELAND SECURITY. AT THIS TIME, WE ARE INVESTIGATING IT HOWEVER, THIS PERSON WILL BE CHARGED FEDERALLY.”

THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

KELLY GRIMSLEY AUTO GROUP PRESENTED TWO CHECKS WITH THE TOTAL VALUE OF $23,450 DOLLARS TO TWO ORGANIZATIONS.

KELLY GRIMSLEY HONDA PRESENTED A CHECK FOR ONE THOUSAND-FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS TO ODESSA POLICE CHIEF MICHAEL GERKE TO BENEFIT THE ODESSA POLICE ANIMAL SHELTER.

(CHIEF MICHAEL GERKE, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT)

“IN TRADITION WE USE THOSE TYPES OF FUNDS FOR RENOVATIONS, HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE ANIMALS AND FOR ADOPTION EVENTS.”

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN RECEIVED A CHECK FOR $20,000 DOLLARS TO HELP WITH THE CONTINUED RELIEF EFFORTS FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY.

(DR. ROBERT BRESCIA, Ed. D., BOARD MEMBER, AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN)

“HURRICAN HARVEY HAS BEEN DEVISTATING TO MANY PEOPLE IN THE STATE. AND WITH HELP LIKE THIS, WE’LL BE ABLE TO GO FARTHER, FASTER TOWARDS REHABILITATING THE LIVES OF THOSE, WHO HAVE BEEN DAMAGED, THEIR PERSONAL POSSESSIONS, THEIR HOMES, THEIR VEHICLES AND THEMSELVES IN THIS HURRICANE.”

FOR TWENTY-FOURS YEAR KELLY GRIMSLEY CAR DEALERSHIP HAS BEEN PART OF THE PERMIAN BASIN COMMUNITY. JARRED GRIMSLEY, GENERAL MANAGER OF KELLY GRISMSLEY HONDA SAID THAT IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO HELP LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT NEED FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

(JARRED GRIMSLEY, GENERAL SALES MANAGER, KELLY GRIMSLEY HONDA-ODESSA)

 “THIS IS A TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY, AND SO, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US AND SINCE WE’VE BEEN HERE, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO INTEGRATE INTO THE COMMUNITY, AND WE CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE IN ODESSA AND MIDLAND. AND IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR US TO GET INVOLVED FROM THE GET-GO. AND WE’VE BEEN HERE, AND WE’RE GONNA BE HERE AND SO, IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE INVOLVED.”

THIS IS DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102917)-LEMONADE DAY 2017

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 29, 2017 – STUDENTS FROM THE ECTOR COUNTY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTICIPATED IN LEMONADE DAY.

THE PURPOSE OF LEMONADE DAY IS TO EMPOWER YOUTH TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR LIVES AND BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES AS BUSINSESS LEADERS, SOCIAL ADVOCATES, VOLUNTEERS AND FORWARD –  THINKING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.

(BRENDA LOPEZ, SOPHMORE-AVID ESL, PERMIAN HIGH SCHOOL)

“WE’RE LEARNING HOW TO COLABORATE AS A GROUP, AND TO GET READY FOR STUFF, MOST OF IT, TO LEARN HOW BUSINESS WORKS.”

LEMONADE DAY IS AN EXPERIMENTAL LEARNING PROGRAM THAT TEACHES THE STUDENT HOW TO CREAT BUDGETS, DEVELOPEING PROFIT GOALS, CUSTOMER SERVICE, AND REPAYING INVESTORS.

(BRENDA LOPEZ, SOPHMORE-AVID ESL, PERMIAN HIGH SCHOOL)

“HOW TO ORGANIZE OUR STUFF, HOW TO MAKE A GOOD PRESENTATION, HOW TO BE NICE TO PEOPLE, WHEN THEY ARE COMING.”

THIS BUSINESS EXERCISE HAS INSPIRED BRENDA LOPEZ TO SET HER GOALS VERY HIGH, AND SETTING HER VISION TOWARDS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MARKETS.

(BRENDA LOPEZ, SOPHMORE-AVID ESL, PERMIAN HIGH SCHOOL)

“TO DO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS. I WANT TO TRAVEL THE WORLD, I WANT TO TALK TO PEOPLE, I WANT TO LEARN LANGUAGES.”
THE ECTOR MIDLAND SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS ALSO PARTICIPATED IN LEMONADE DAY. THE SQUAD ADDED LOTS OF TASTY GOODIES TO THE SALES LEARNING EVENT.

(KELLEN MALONE, TEACHER-ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL)

“WE STARTED WITH DOING ‘LEMONADE DAY’ TO GIVE THE GIRLS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUT AND RAISE SOME FUNDS FOR SOME OF THEIR ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR. AND, THEN, THEY GOT TOGETHER THE IDEA TO CONTINUE THE BAKE SALE. THEY EACH BAKED THINGS, THEIR MOM’S BAKING THINGS SO WE WOULD HAVE A LOT OF STUFF TO SELL BESIDES LEMONADE.”

SOME OF THE 7TH GRADE CHEERLEADERS SAID THAT LEMONADE DAY AND BAKE SALE WAS A GREAT WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH THEIR UPPER GRADE CLASSMATE CHEERLEADERS.

(ANABELLA RAMIREZ, ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL)

“THE PURPOSE WAS, ‘CAUSE, WE WERE GOING TO HAVE AN END OF THE YEAR FIELD TRIP. ‘CAUSE, YOU KNOW SOME OF THEIR LAST YEARS. SO, WE WANTED TO HAVE FUN TOGETHER.”

THE CHEERLEADERS ALONG WITH ECTOR MIDLAND SCHOOL TEACHERS AND PARENTS ENJOYED THE DAY MEETING PASSERS BY, AND RAISING FUNDS FOR THEIR SPECIAL PROJECT GOAL.

(KELLEN MALONE, TEACHER-ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL)

“OUR GOAL IS TO GET ENOUGH. WE DON’T HAVE AN EXACT NUMBER IN MIND, BUT WE’RE TRYING TO GET ENOUGH TO HAVE A SPECIAL BANQUET FOR ‘EM FOR THE END OF THE YEAR, TO CELEBRATE WHAT THEY’VE DONE THROUGOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102817) DIA DE LOS MUERTOS COMMUNITY DAY AT ELLEN NOEL ART MUSEUM

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 28, 2017 – THE ELLEN NOEL ART MUESUM CELEBRATED IT’S 10TH ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS COMMUNITY DAY. THE EVENT FEATURED MUSICA DE MARIACHI PERFORMED BY ‘MARIACHI ARMONIA’, FACE PAINTING, AND EMBROIDERY.

(ANNIE STANLEY, EDUCATOR, ELLEN NOEL ART MUSEUM)

“THE MUSEUM IS ACTUALLY OPEN UNTIL SIX. SO, WE HOPE PEOPLE WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GOING THRU THE EXHIBITS WE HAVE UP.”

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS OR DAY OF THE DEAD IS A TWO-DAY CELEBRATION THAT IS CELEBRATED THROUGHT MEXICO, AND FEATURES A FESTIVAL OF COLOR AND LIFE-AFFIRMATIONS. THESE FESTIVITIES IS A WAY TO SHOW A DEEP RESPECT FOR DECEASED FAMILY MEMBERS.

(ANNIE STANLEY, EDUCATOR, ELLEN NOEL ART MUSEUM)

“THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT ALREADY CELEBRATING THIS, THAT GREW UP WITH IT. SO, FOR THEM IT’S A CHANCE TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND SHARE THAT WITH THEM.”

MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS COMMUNITY EVENT.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102715)-PBHMS 2ND ANNUAL BANQUET

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 27, 2017 – THE PERMIAN BASIN HISPANIC MEDICAL SOCIETY AND FOUNDATION CELEBRATED IT’S 2ND ANNUAL BANQUET AT THE HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER IN MIDLAND.

THIS YEARLY EVENT CELEBRATES PBHMS ACOMPLISHMENTS IN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY AND, ALSO HELPING YOUND ADULTS GOING IN TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.

(DR. VICTOR GIL, DIRCTOR OF INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY-ORMC, PRESIDENT, PBHMS)

“RIGHT NOW, OUR MAJOR CONCERN IS DOING WHAT’S RIGHT AND IMPROVING THE CARE FOR THOSE IN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY HERE IN THE PERMIAN BASIN. SO, WE ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT ANYONE, REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR OR RELIGION, WHO’S INTRESTED IN HELPING OR ADOVCATING FOR THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY.”

THIS NON – PROFIT ORGANIZATION WAS CREATED TO DO MORE IN BRINGING AWARNESS TO HEALTHCARE IN THE COMMUNITY DURING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, AND HELPING NEW PHYSICANS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS THAT ARE COMING TO THE PERMIAN BASIN COMMUNITY.

(DR. VICTOR GIL, DIRCTOR OF INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY-ORMC, PRESIDENT, PBHMS)

“WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO GET TOGETHER TO FORM A SOCIETY, A NON –  FOR –  PROFIT ORGANIZATION, WHERE WE COULD ACT AS A LEADERSHIP GROUP FOR LOCAL PHYSICIANS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, WHO ARE COMING TO THE AREA, NOT ONLY TO RECUIT THEM TO THE AREA, BUT ALSO TO HELP RETAIN THEM IN THE AREA.”

THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER OF THE EVENING, ERIKA PROSPER NIRENBERG IS THE FORMER 1ST LADY AND WIFE OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS MAYOR RON NIRENBERG. ERIKA IS THE DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER INSIGHTS FOR H-E-B, AND GRADUATED PHI BETA KAPPA. SHE HOLDS TWO BACHELORS DEGREES AND IS A GRADUATED OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, AND HOLDS A MASTERS DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PENSYLVANIA ANNENBER SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION.

IN THE EVENING’S EPILOGUE, DR. VI FIVE MEDICAL STUDENTS WERE AWARDED SCHOLASHIPS TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS IN THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSION. THE TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED HAD A MONITARY   VALUE OF $7,500 DOLLARS.

(JORGE D. BLANCO, M.D., PBHMS FOUNDATOPN BOARD MEMBER)

“AND AS PART OF OUR PROGRAM, MY COMPANY ‘WEST TEXAS MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE’, HAS OFFERED A CHALLENGE GRANT TO THE MEMBERSHIPS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN HISPANIC MEDICAL SOCIETY, BUT WE WELCOME ANYONE ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION. TO DONATE, AND WE ARE GOING TO CHALLENGE AND MATCH DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR THE DONATIONS UP TO $10,000 DOLLARS, ALTHOUGH, I SAY THAT IT MIGHT EVEN GO A LITTLE HIGHER THAN THAT. JUST SO THAT WE CAN GET MORE SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AND SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE VERY DESERVING YOUNG PEOPLE OF WEST TEXAS.”

(MARICELA CHAVEZ, FIRST YEAR MEDICAL STUDENT. TEXAS TECH HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER-LUBBOCK, TEXAS)

“I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT. IT’S BEEN A GREAT HELP THUS FAR. HELPING ME, SOME OF THE DAY TO DAY THINGS, ALONG WITH MY SCHOOL, TUITION, FEES, BOOKS. SO, I’M VERY THANKFUL THAT THEY CHOSE ME AS ONE OF THEIR RECIPIENTS.”

MARICELA SAYS SHE WILL BE RETURNING HOME TO ODESSA TO COMPLETE HER THIRD AND FOURTH CLINICAL YEAR ROATATIONS AT THE TEXAS TECH HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER IN ODESSA.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102617)-ZOMBEE FLY

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 26, 2017/ECISD – THE ECISD INNOVATION DEPARTMENT INTRODUCED TO ECISD STUDENTS ANOTHER PICK EDUCATION EXPERIENCE.

(JASON OSBORNE, CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER-ECISD)

“PICK EDUCATION BRINGS REAL WORLD EXPERIENCES INTO THE CLASSROOM, AND BY DOING THAT WE INVITE RESEARCHERS THAT ARE DOING REALLY EXTRAORDINARY RESEARCH, INTERESTING RESEARCH.”

  1. JOHN HAFERNIK, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY AT SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, PRESENTED A LECTURE AND MEDIA PRESENTATION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND SOME HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ON “BEES, ZOMBEES AND CITIZEN SCIENCE”.

(DR. JOHN HAFERNIK, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY, SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY)

“SO, I TALK TO THEM ABOUT ZOMBEES, BUT NOT THE ZOMBIES WE SEE ON CABLE T.V. AND SO ON. BUT THE ZOMBEES THAT ARE INFECTED HONEY BEE THAT ACT STRANGELY. AND ACT LIKE THEY’VE BEEN ZOMBIEFIED, FLYING OUT OF THEIR HIVES AT NIGHT, BEING ATTRACTED TO LIGHT, THEN BEING KILLED BY THIS LITTLE FLY, THE ZOMBEE FLY, THAT LITERALLY EATS THE INSIDE OUT OF THE BEE, EVENTUALLY.”

SERVERAL YEARS AGO, DR. HAFERNIK, ALONG WITH SOME OF HIS STUDENTS DISCOVERED THAT DISORIENTED BEES WERE BEING PARASITIZED BY THE ZOMBIES FLY – APOCEPALUS BOREALIS, A NATIVE FLY THAT ALSO PARASITIEZES BUMBLE BEES AND YELLOW JACKET AND WASPS.

(DR. JOHN HAFERNIK, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY, SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY)

“THE ZOMBEE FLIES ARE POTENTIALLY A THREAT TO HONEY BEES AS THE IMPORTANT POLLENATORS AS THEY ARE IN OUR AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM.”

THE ZOMBIE FLY CAUSES A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON AGRICULTURE BY INFECTING A VARIETY OF NATIVE BEES, THIS NEGATIVE IMPACT WILL CAUSE AN INCREASE ON THE PRICE OF FOOD AT THE GROCERY STORE.

(DR. JOHN HAFERNIK, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY, SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY)

“WE HAVE LOTS OF DIFFERENT NATIVE BEES, BUT THE HONEY BEE IS THE MAIN ONE THAT GETS USED FOR MANY OF OUR AGRIGULTURAL CROPS, AND SO, IF THE ZOMBEE FLIES CAUSE HIVES TO FAIL, THEN THAT MEANS THAT FEWER OF THEM POLLINATE CROPS, THAT MEANS FAMERS HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR HONEY BEES THAT THEY BRING IN TO POLLINATE THEIR CROPS, AND EVENTUALLY IT MEANS OUR FOOD COSTS MORE.”

  1. JOHN HAFERNICK SAYS THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS, THAT ANYONE CAN GET INVOLVED WITH. HE ENCOURAGES ALL STUDENTS OF ECISD TO GET INVOLVED IN THESE SCIENCE PROJECTS.

(DR. JOHN HAFERNIK, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY, SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY)

“AND A LOT OF WHAT WE KNOW OF THE NATURAL WORLD COMES FROM NON-PROFESSIONAL SCIENTIST, WHO MADE OBSERVATIONS AND CONTRIBUTED TO WHAT WE KNOW. IF THEY GO TO A WEBSITE THAT’S CALLED SCISTARTER (FULL PAGE GRAPHIC) THEY CAN PICK FROM LITERALLY TWO-THOUSAND DIFFERNET CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS, SO, THEY CAN HELP ANSWER REALLY IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS, AND REALLY BECOME SCIENTISTS THEMSELVES.”

SEVERAL TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATORS AND CIRRICULEM COORDIANTOR TOOK A TWO DAY A TRIP TO BIG BEND TO STUDY THE BOLOGY THE AREA.

(JASON OSBORNE, CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER-ECISD

“IT’S EASIER TO ROLL THIS INTO THE CLASSROOM, BECAUSE THEY ARE LEARNING FROM THE MASTER IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA OF SCIENCE RESEARCH. THE KID’S GRASP WITH THE ENGAGEMENT PIECE, THEN THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER TO PROBLEM SOLVE TO DO RESEARCH IN THE CLASSROOM.”

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FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102517)-ODESSA CITY COUNCIL-TAKE NO ACTION

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 25, 2017 – DURING THE REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE ODESSA CITY COUNCIL, THE COUNCIL WENT IN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISSCUS AND DELIBERATE THE EMPLOYMENT, EVALUATIONS AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO EMPLOYMENT OF 5 CITY OF ODESSA OFFICIALS: MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE -CAROL GREGG, ASSOCIATE MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE-DENNIS JONES, CITY SECRETARY-NORMA AGUILAR-GRIMALDO, INTERIM CITY MANAGER-MICHEL MARRERO. AND THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING CITY OF ODESSA ATTORNEY, LARRY LONG.

AT THE END OF A VERY LENGTHY EXECUTIVE SESSION, THE ODESSA CITY COUNCIL DECIDED TO TAKE NO ACTION. THIS CAUSED CONCERN WITH A RESIDENT.

(SONIA MANDRY, SOUTHSIDE-ODESSA/RESIDENT)

“I FEEL, LIKE, THAT, THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ACTION TAKEN, SOME TYPE OF ACTION TAKEN. I KNOW THERE’S BEEN LOTS OF QUESTIONS AND ISSUES IN REFERENCE TO THAT. SO, I FEEL THAT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOME ACTION TAKEN TONIGHT. NOT LEAVING IT UP IN THE AIR. IT’S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR COMMUNITY. I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT, AND THEY SHOULD TREAT IT AS SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO US.”

THERE IS A FACEBOOK MOVEMENT “DRAIN THE SWAMP ODESSA” THAT ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO SIGN A PETITION IN AN ATTEMPT REMOVE THREE MEMBERS OF THE ODESSA CITY COUNCIL. REMEMBER, MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL ARE ELECTED OFFICIALS.

(SONIA MANDRY, SOUTHSIDE-ODESSA/RESIDENT)

“MY CONCERNS ARE, OF COURSE, HAMILTON. THAT’S THE MAIN CONCERN. HAMILTON AND SOME OTHER PEOPLE, THAT HAVE BEEN SPOKEN OF. AND, AND I THINK WE DO ACTUALLY, NEED TO TAKE ACTION, BUT WE NEED HELP TOO. WE CAN’T JUST DO IT ALONE.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102317)-DUSTIN BURROWS, TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT – 83

LUBBOCK, TEXAS/OCTOBER 23, 2017 – DURING THE 85TH SESSION OF THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE, REPRESENTATIVE DUSTIN BURROWS(HD-83) AUTHORED A BILL TO CREATE AN “OMBUDSMAN” POSITION WITHIN THE TEXAS OFFICE OF INJURED EMPLOYEE COUNSEL. GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNED THE BILL IN AUGUST.

INJURED LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS NOW HAVE A SPECIFIC POINT OF CONTACT WHEN NAVIGATING THE OFTEN COMPLEX AND CHALLENGING STATE WORKERS COMPENSATION PROCESS.

(DUSTIN BURROWS (R), TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT – 83)

“HEARING THE STORIES ABOUT THE STRUGGLES THAT THEY WENT THROUGH; SHE IS NOW THERE TO ACTUALLY TO DEAL WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO KNOW WHERE THE SPECIALISTS ARE. TO HELP THEM ACTUALLY TO GET THE CARE THEY NEED. TO GET BACK ON THE STREETS TO HELP PROTECTING US.”

REPRESENTATIVE BURROWS INTRODUCED THE NEWLY-DESIGNATED OMBUDSMAN OFFICIAL WITH FIRST RESPONDER PERSONNEL FROM AROUND THE STATE, AS WELL AS INJURED LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMS PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES.

THIS IS DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-LUBBOCK, TEXAS

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102317)-ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S MEETING

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 23, 2017 – THE ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVED SERVERAL AGENDA ITEMS TODAY, MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017 AT THEIR REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING. THE COMMISSIONER’S COURT APPROVED TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF MAKING REVOVATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE ECTOR COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER WITH AN ESTIMATED COST OF 25 MILLION DOLLARS.

(SHERIFF MIKE GRIFFIS, ECTOR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

“THE NEW EXPANSION WILL INCREASE OUR TOTAL CAPACITY TO 1079. THE EXPANSION ITSELF WILL BE 412 BEDS. OUR CAPACITY RIGHT NOW IS 667. WE HAVE 180 TO 200 INMATES OUT IN OTHER JAILS DAILY. SO, IT’S GOING TO BE BENEFICIAL TO US TO HAVE THEM ALL HERE.”

ECTOR COUNTY CURRENTLY SPENDS APPROXIMATELY THREE MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO HOUSE ECTOR COUNTY JAIL INMATES IN OTHER COUNTIES. THE COMMISSIONER’S COURT ALSO APPROVED THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH HALE COUNTY FOR THE HOUSING OF AND CARE OF INMATES FOR ECTOR COUNTY.

(SHERIFF MIKE GRIFFIS, ECTOR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

“WE’VE NOT UTILIZED THEM SINCE ABOUT OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR. ONE REASON IS, BECAUSE OF THEIR LOCATION; THEY’RE A FEW HOURS AWAY FROM US, AND, ALSO, WE CONTRACTED WITH REAGAN COUNTY, AND THEY HOUSED QUITE A NUMBER OF OUR INMATES, THEY CLOSED THEIR DOORS BACK IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR. SO, WE HAD TO OTHER ARRANGEMENTS WITH OTHER JAILS. HALE COUNTY IS JUST A RENEWAL, THEY DID GO UP SIX DOLLARS A DAY PER INMATE. WE WILL NOT UTILIZE THEM UNLESS IT’S A DIRE EMERGENCY.”

THERE WAS CONCERN WITH SOME OF THE ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER WITH ITEM SEVEN ON THE AGENDA, REGARDING THE INTERLOCAL AGRREMENT BETWEEN LUBBOCK COUNTY, ACTING THROUGH THE REGIONAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR CAPITAL CASES, AND ECTOR COUNTY. THIS IS A PROVISION OF COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL TO INDIGENT INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH CAPITAL MURDER.

(ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ, ECTOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PCT. 4)

“WELL, WE MAY BE PAYING TWO OR THREE YEARS, WE DON’T HAVE A DEATH PENALTY CASE. WE ALREADY SPENT THAT MONEY, AND MAYBE IN A YEAR OR TWO WE MAY HAVE FIVE OR SIX, AND IT CANCELS OUT. IT TAKES THOSE WORRIES AWAY FROM US.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-NEWS BRIEF (102217)-BURGLARIES AT CESARITO’S & SEVEN ELEVEN

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 22, 2017/OPD – ON OCTOBER 11, 2017, AT APPROXIMATELY 7:22AM, ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO CESARITO’S MEXICAN FOOD LOCATED AT 1001 GRAHAM IN REFERENCE TO A BURGLARY. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THA AN UNKNOWN MALE SUBJECT MADE ENTRY THROUGH THE DRIVE-THRU WIND AND BURGLARIZED THE BUSINESS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INVESTIGATION CONTACT DETECTIVE W. WAYCHOFF AT 432-335-3328 OR ODESSA CRIME STOPPERS AT 432-333-TIPS AND REFERENCE CASE #17-27606.

ON OCTOBER 8, 2017 AT APPROXIMATELY 10:30PM, ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO THE SEVEN ELEVEN AT 1523 HARLES IN REFERENCE TO A THEFT. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT TWO MALE SUBJECTS STOLE APPROXIMATELY $100 WORTH OF MERCHANDISE AND EXITED THE STORE WITHOUT MAKING ANY ATTEMPT TO PAY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN REFERENCE TO THE IDENTITY OF THE SUSPECTS CONTAC DETECTIVE J. GONZALES AT 432-335-3345 OR ODESSA CRIME STOPPERS AT 432-333-TIPS AND RFERENCE CASE #17-27256.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-JOSE ALEJANDRO ESTRADA ARRESTED

ODESSA, TEXAS/OCTOBER 21, 2017/OPD – ON OCTOBER 14, 2017, AT APPROXIMATELY 11:15PM, ODESSA POLICE AND FIRE RESCUE RESPONDED TO 42ND AND GRANDVIEW IN REFERENCE TO A MAJOR CRASH.

A GREEN 1998 HONDA CIVIC, OPERATED BY REBECCA PORTER, 25 YEARS OF AGE, OF MIDAND WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND ON GRANDVIEW. A GRAY 2009 CHEVROLET MALIBU, BEING OPERATED BY JOSE ESTRADA, WAS TRAVELING WESTBOUND ON 42ND STREET.

THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT ESTRADA RAN A RED LIGHT AND STRUCK THE HONDA CIVIC. ESTRADA EXITED HIS VEHICLE AND FLED THE SCENE ON FOOT WITHOUT MAKING ANY ATTEMPT TO RENDER AID. REBECCA PORTER WAS TRANSPORTED TO MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS BODILY INJURY. ESTRADA WAS LOCATED A SHORT TIME LATER BY OPD OFFICERS.

JOSE ALEJANDRO ESTRADA, 21 YEARS OF AGE WAS CHARGED AND ARRESTED WITH INTOXICATION ASSAULT CAUSING SERIOUS BODILY INJURY “3RD DEGREE FELONY” AND FAIL TO STOP AND RENDER AID “3RD DEGREE FELONY.” ESTRADA WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE ECTOR COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER.

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