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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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(1042020)-ECISD 2020 WINTER CLASSIC SOCCER TOURNAMENT

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 3, 2020-ECTOR COUNTY ISD IS HOSTED THE ANNUAL WINTER CLASSIC SOCCER TOURNAMENT ON AT RATLIFF STADIUM IN ODESSA. THE TORUNAMENT BEGAN ON JANUARY 2ND AND WILL END ON JANUARY 4TH, 2020. THIS SPORTING EVENT IS BACK IN ODESSA AFTER A 15 YEAR ABSENCE AND IS A KICK-OFF EVENT FOR THE 2020 SOCCER SEASON IN ODESSA. THIS EVENT WILL BRING STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE OF TEXAS WITH A TOTAL OF 16 TEAMS COMPETING. SCHOOLS COMPETING THE CITY OF EL PASO AND FROM ELIZARIO, TEXAS WILL BE AT THE EVENT. (OSCAR DOMINGUEZ, ODESSA DOWNTOWN LIONS CLUB) IT IS ESTMATED THAT THE WINTER CLASSIC TOURNAMENT WILL HAVE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF APPROXIMATELY $90 THOUSAND DOLLARS, WITH OVER 150 ROOMS BOOKED AT LOCAL HOTELS. THIS IS DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(010220A)-ODESSA POLICE INVESTIGATING ROBBERIES AN A BURGLARY

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 2, 2020-THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP ON THESE ACTIVE INVESTIGATIONS. ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019 AT APPROXIMATELY 8:31AM, ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO THE 1300 BLOCK OF DOUGLAS IN REFERENCE TO AN AUTO BURGLARY. THE SUSPECT SHOWN, BURGLARIZED A 2018 KIA OPTIMA. ANYONE WHO RECOGNIZES THIS SUBJECT CONTACT DETECTIVE C. TITLOW AT 432-335-4964 OR ODESSA CDRIME STOPPERS AT 432-333-TIPS AND REFERENCE CAS #19-35920. ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2019 AT APPROXIMATELY 7:09 PM, ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO SUBWAY LOCATED AT 4812 EAST UNIVERSITY IN REFERENCE TO A ROBBERY. AN UKNOWN MALE SUBJECT ENTERED THE BUSINESS AND DISPLAYED A GUN WHILE DEMANDING ALL OF THE CASH FROM THE REGISTER. THE SUBJECT THEN FLED THE SCENE WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF ANY INJURIES. ANYONE WHO RECOGNIZES THE SUBJECT SHOWN, CONTACT DETECTIVE S. CHAVEZ AT 432-335-4926 OR ODESSA CRIME STOPPERS AT 432-333-TIPS AND REFERENCE CASE #19-49976 ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2019 AT APPROXIMATELY 3:26 AM, ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO STIPES LOCATED AT 3210 WEST 16TH IN REFERENCE TO A ROBBERY. AN UNKNOWN MALE SUBJECT TOOK MERCHANDISE AND ADVISED THE CLERK THAT HE HAD A GUN. THE SUSPECT EXITED THE STORE WITHOUT MAKING ANY ATTEMPT TO PAY AND FLED THE SCENE IN A BROWN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE. ANYONE WHO RECOGNIZES THE SUSPECT SHOWN, CONTACT DETECTIVE S. CHAVEZ AT 432-335-4926 OR ODESSA CRIME STOPPERS AT 432-333 TIPS AND REFERENCE CASE#19-35918. THIS IS DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS.

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DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS0(10220)-MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL FIRST BABY OF 2020

ODESSA, TEXAS/JANUARY 2, 2020-MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL CLELBRATED IT’S FIRST DELIVERY OF 2020. BABY ALEXANDRIA MICHELLE WAS BORN AT 1:05 AM AND WEIGHED 6 POUNDS, 10 OUNCERS. THE PROUD PARENTS ARE JENNIFER POLANCO AND ISACC OJEDA. BABY ALEANDRIA MICHELLE IS THEIR FIRST CHILD. MCH COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING DEPARTMENT, ALONG WITH THE CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK AT MEDICAL CENTER HEALTH SYSTEM DONATED A CAR SEAT, A STROLLER, DIAPERS AND WIPES TO THE FAMILY OF THE NEW BABY. THE FAMILY WAS THE FIRST TO RECEIVE THE NEW POWER BAG, PROMOTING EARLY LITERACY AMONG CHILDREN IN THE PERMIAN BASIN. THE POWER BAG INCINTIVE IS THE RESULT OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PERMAIN BASIN EDUCATION FOUNDATION, THE WEST TEXAS FOOD BANK AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS IN ODESSA. (ADRIAN VEGA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP OF THE PERMIAN BASIN) THE POWER BAG INCLUDES A CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL MILESTONE MOMENT BOOK, CDC AGE-LEVEL BABY BOOK, A SCHOLASTIC BOOK, BABY TOY KEYS, A BABY BIB, ARTICLES, A MAGNET, AND WEBSITE INFORMATION FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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