Five things you need to know today, Oct. 4

October 5, 2018

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Oct. 4. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. The roads have gotten more hectic with the growth from the oil boom, resulting in nearly 250 more hit and runs reported to Odessa police at this time than last year.

2. The West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department is in the process of establishing new accountability measures to restore order and their reputation. Fire Chief Richard Pease is making changes in reaction to alleged criminal activity and misuse of funds within the department from former leadership.

3. Odessa police charged an 82-year-old man Tuesday after he reportedly touched a 10-year-old girl inappropriately.

4. It may seem as though administrators are being added at Ector County Independent School District while more than 240 teacher openings go unfilled, but Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson said he’s still pushing to bring in instructors.

5. IN SPORTS: For the first time since Oct. 21, 2017, the UTPB football team found itself on the winning side of the scoreboard, defeating the Western New Mexico Mustangs, 21-20, Saturday night at Ratliff Stadium.

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