DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(1132020)-OPD INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS DEATH & KIDNAPPING

ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 11TH AT APPROXIMATELY 9:22AM, ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO THE 1800 BLOCK OF EAST 49TH STREET IN REFERENCE TO A CHECK WELFARE. OFFICERS LOCATED A DECEASED MALE INSIDE THE RESIDENCE. THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION, CRIME SCENE UNIT AND ECTOR COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS’S OFFICE ALL RESPONDED TO THE SCENE. AT THIS TIMETHE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING THIS AS SUSPICIOUS DEATH, FOUL PLAY ISN’T BEING RULED OUT. THE DECEDENT HAS BEEN SENT FOR AN AUTOPSY AND THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING JONATHAN ANDREW CASTILLO, 32 YEARS OF AGE. CASTILLO IS CURRENTLY WANTED FOR KIDNAPPING “3RD DEGREE FELONY” AND “ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.” ON JANUARY 11TH AT A APPROXIMATELY 8:46AM, ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO THE 4200 BLOCK OF NORTH GRANDVIEW IN REFERENCE TO A REQUEST OFFICER. THE COMPLAINANT REPORTED THAT HE OBSERVED A MALE SUBJECT, LATER IDENTIFIED AS CASTILLO, ASSAULT A 37-YEAR-OLD FEMALE AND FORCED HER INTO A VEHICLE WHILE SHE WAS SCREAMING. THE COMPLAINANT ATTEMPTED TO HELP THE FEMALE BUT CASTILLO ASSAULTED HIM IN THE NECK AND FORCED THE FEMALE BACK INTO THE VEHICLE BEFORE FLEEING THE SCENE. ODESSA POLICE LATER LOCATED THE 37-YEAR-OLD FEMALE VICTIM AT A LOCAL HOTEL. THE VICTIM REPPORTED THAT CASTILLO WAS HER BOYFRIEND AND HAD TAKEN HER AGAINST HER WILL. ODESSA POLICE OBTAINED A KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT WARRANT FOR CASTILLO. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN REFERENCE TO HIS WHEREABOUTS CONTACT THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT OR ODESSA CRIME STOPPERS AND REFERENCE CASE #20-00787. THIS IS DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(1102020)-ODESSA FIRE RESCUE RESPOND TO CHEMICAL WAREHOUSE FIRE

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 10, 2020-ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH AT APPROXIMATELY 10:38AM A LARGE COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE FIRE ERUPTED AT A CHEMICAL WAREHOUSE AT 67TH AND ANDREWS HIGHWAY IN NORTH ODESSA. THERE ARE NO WATER SOURCES IN THIS SECTION OF ODESSA, WHICH IS IN NORTH ECTOR COUNTY. ODESSA FIRE RESCUE HAD WATER BROUGHT IN FROM THE SOUTH ECTOR COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE WEST ODESSA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS. (ROD HUBER, ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF/EMS CHIEF-ODESSA FIRE RESCUE) “WHEN WE ARRIVED ON SCENE WE HAD A FULLY ENVOLVED STRUCTURE FIRE WITH A KNOW HAZ-MAT. WE DO HAVE SOME ACIDIC ACID, AND MANY MANY OTHER HAZZARDOUS MATERIALS THAT WAS IN THE WAREHOUSE.” DIRT TRUCKS FROM THE CITY OF ODESSA ARRIVED AT SCENE WITH SAND AND DIRT TO HELP CONTAIN THE CHEMICAL AND WATER RUN-OFF. GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES WERE NOTIFIED OF THE STRUCTURE-CHEMICAL FIRE. (ROD HUBER, ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF/EMS CHIEF-ODESSA FIRE RESCUE) “SO ONCE ODESSA FIRE RESCUE AND THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE IS OVER, THEN THEY WILL CALL IN THE RAILROAD COMMISSION, TCDEQ, ALL THE GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED, AND THEY WILL CONTRACT WITH THE CLEAN-UP CREW TO COME DO SOME DIRT REMEDIATION.” A SHELTER IN PLACE WAS ACTIVATED BY THE CITY OF ODESSA FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES THAT WERE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE FULLY ENGULFED CHEMICAL WAREHOUSE. (ALFRED KNAPP, RESIDENT LIVING NEAR THE CHEMICAL WAREHOUSE) “I CAME OUT AND LOOKED AT IT, AND THEN, UH, I WENT DOWN AND TOOK SOME PICTURES OF IT, AND UH. THEN, THEN I TEND TO COME HERE SO I CAN GET OUT OF THE SMOKE FUMES AND STUFF, ‘CAUSE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND OF CHEMICALS ARE IN THERE, EVENTHOUGH THEY’RE SAYING THEY’RE SAFE.” A SECTION OF 67TH STREET WAS CLOSED AND BLOCKED OFF WITH STREET SIGNS AND BARRIERS FORCING ODESSA FIRE RESCUE AND OTHER EMERGENCY VEHICLES TO TAKE A DIFFERENT ROUTE (ALFRED KNAPP, RESIDENT LIVING NEAR THE CHEMICAL WAREHOUSE) “FIRE DEPARTMENTS’ BEEN GOING DOWN ON ANDREWS HIGHWAY THINKING THEY COULD CUT IN ON 67TH AND COME TO THE FIRE, BECAUSE THE COUNTY WENT IN THERE AND CLOSED THE ROAD, BECAUSE OF THE WATER DAMAGE TO IT AND EVERYTHING, AND THEY DID’NT WANNA, EVIDENTLY THEY DID’NT WANT TO FIX IT. SO NOW, THE ONLY WAY IN IS TO COME DOWN STEVENSON STREET, OR AND AH, TO GET TO THE CHEMICAL PLACE.” A MEMBER OF THE ODESSA FIRE RESCUE WAS INJURED AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL. NO REPORT OF ANY OTHER INJUIES. FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(1092020)-BBVA COMPASS BANK ROBBERY INVESTIGATION-UPDATE

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 9, 2020-ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8TH AT APPROXIMATELY 12:20PM, THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION RESPONDED TO BBVA COMPASS BANK AT 3309 EAST 42ND STREET IN REFERENCE TO A BANK ROBBERY. AN UNKNOWN MALE SUBJECT ENTERED THE BANK AND PRESENTED A NOTE TO A TELLER WHILE DISPLAYING A HANDGUN. THE SUSPECT THEN EXITED THE BANK AND LEFT THE SCENE IN A WHITE TRUCK WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF ANY INJURIES. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A THIN WHITE MALE WITH LIGHT-COLORED EYES, APPROXIMATELY 6′ TALL AND 180 POUNDS, WEARING A BLACK HOODIE, GLASSES, A SURGICAL MASK AND MAYBE ON OXYGEN AS HE APPEARS TO HAVE AN OXYGEN TUBE. THE SUSPECT IS OCCUPYING A WHITE 4X4-2009-2016 DODGE RAM 2500 OR 3500. THE BED OF THE TRUCK HAS A DIAMOND PLATE AUXILIARY FUEL TANK AND THE FRONT DOORS POSSIBLE HAD A COMPANY LOGO THAT WAS COVERED WITH TAPE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN REFERENCE TO THIS INCIDENT CONTACT THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION OR ODESSA CDRIME STOPPERS AT 432-333-TIPS. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. THIS IS DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(1082020)-HEALTHY MINDS OF MIDLAND RECEIVES RECOGNITION

MIDLAND, TEXAS/JANUARY 8, 2020-HEALTHY MINDS MIDLAND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVE RECEIVED RECOGNITION FROM A STATEWIDE MENTAL HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE FOR ITS WORK IN 2019 FOR THE SPANISH LANGUAGE CAMPAGIN. (ELAINE BEDELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-HEALTHY MINDS) “WE HAD IT IN ENGLISH, BUT THEN WE ALSO DECIDED THAT SPANISH WOULD BE A VERY GOOD WAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO ALSO TO CONTINUE TO ENGAGE WITH THIS MESSAGE. SO, WE WENT WITH PIXEL MARKETING TO DEVELOPED THE ORIGINAL SPANISH CONTENT FOR ‘OK TO SAY’, SO THAT WE CAN REACH EVERY ASPECT OF OUR COMMUNITY WITH THIS VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH.” SPANISH SPEAKING PERSONS, WHO ARE LOOKING FOR HELP AND RESOURCES CAN GO TO THE HEALTHY MINDS WEBSITE AND SEE CONTENT THAT INCLUDES VIDEOS AND OTHER MEDIA IN SPANISH. (ELAINE BEDELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-HEALTHY MINDS) “IN ADDITION TO THE, JUST THE VIDEOS FOR THE ‘OK TO SAY’ VIDEOS IN SPANISH. WE ALSO WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT ANYBODY THAT VISITS THE HEALTHY MINDS WEBSITE ALSO HAS THE AVAILABILITY TO SEE THE CONTENT IN SPANISH.” CULTURAL BARRIERS CAUSES SPANISH SPEAKING FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN TO BE APPREHENSIVE IN SEEKING HELP FOR THEIR CHILDREN THAT HAVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. (ELISEO ELIZONDO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOL OF THE PERMIAN BASIN) “AND FOR AN ORGANIZATION LIKE OURS THAT WORKS WITH THE YOUTH, THE STUDENTS IN THE AREA, AND TRYING TO GET THOSE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES TO THEM, WE ARE OFTEN, YOU KNOW OBSTRUCTED BY THE FACT THAT THE FAMILIES DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS IS ABOUT, THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND-AND SO, WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT IT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO FOLLOW THROUGH.” FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(1082020)-ABANDONED CHURCH STRUCTURE FIRE INVESTIGATION

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 8, 2020-ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 7TH AT APPROXIMATELY 1:30PM ODESSA FIRE RESCUE AND FIRE INVESTIGATORS RESPONDED TO A STRUCTION FIRE AT 801 PRAIRIE IN SOUTH CENTRAL ODESSA THE CHURCH STRUCTURE KNOWN AS BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH HAS BEEN THIS PART OF THE ODESSA SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY FOR DECADES. THE CHURCH WAS ABANDONED AND UNSECURED. (CHRISTINE SALAZAR, RESIDENT NEAR CHURCH) “I’VE SEEN SOME PEOPLE HOLD SERVICE THERE. THEY USED TO ON SUNDAYS, BUT IT’S BEEN AWHILE. IT’S BEEN, I WOULD SAY AT LEAST A YEAR. THEN I’VE SEEN SOME OTHERS COME OUT AND CLEAN IT UP, AND DO SOME PAINTING ON THE POST AND MOUNT SOME OF THOSE SIGNS, BUT I HADN’T SEEN IT WITHIN THE YEAR” THE FIRE WAS RULED AN ARSON. THERE ARE NO WITNESSES, OR SUSPECTS. THE ATF HAS BEEN NOTIFIED, DUE TO THE BUILDING BEING IDENTIFIED AS A CHURCH. THE STURCTURE DID SUSTAIN FIRE DAMAGE, BUT WAS NOT A TOTAL LOSS. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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