Crime

  Accused child predator used ‘Fortnite’ to lure teen into sexual relationship, deputies say

OPD identify barricaded subject arrested on felony warrant

Odessa murder suspect arrested in California

Midland Police searching for missing woman

Odessa man found guilty for 2015 murder, faces life in prison

MPD investigating man chasing students as Alamo Jr. High

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Andrews VFD warns of phone scam

Carlsbad woman arrested for trafficking heroin, more arrests to follow

ECSO identify suspects in Ector County shooting

Healthcare facility where vegetative woman gave birth ordered to find new management

Abandoned home fires spark search for answers

Former Martin Co. Sheriff’s pretrial hearing begins Wednesday

Brewster County Deputies arrest 5 Mexican citizens, recover over 280 lbs of marijuana

Five Mexican citizens are facing felony charges after being found in Brewster County illegally with 286 lbs. of marijuana.

3 Ector Co. deputies released after being shot, 1 suspect dead, 1 in custody

Three Ector Co. deputies have been released from the hospital after getting shot this evening.

  Truck carrying $10 million worth of liquid meth seized by investigators in Georgia

Authorities arrested the owner of the auto repair shop where the truck was found on accusations of smuggling the drugs from Mexico.

Jayme Closs' alleged kidnapper charged, has bail set at $5 million

Investigators say Jake Patterson went to great lengths to conceal any evidence from police, including disengaging the dome light of his car and shaving his head.

  Convicted child killer murdered by cellmate in OK prison, officials say

Man accused of beating girlfriend’s daughter to death for spilling juice on Xbox

Man who left 2 pounds of marijuana in Uber arrested by undercover officer while trying to retrieve it

Woman arrested after helping Midland County inmate escape

Man sentenced in murder-for-hire scheme in Midland

Mugshot released for College Station homicide suspect arrested in Midland

Garrett bail hearing cancelled due to flu outbreak at Ector County Jail

Mark Cason Garrett, accused of killing three people during a crash in June 2017, was scheduled to return to court today but his bail hearing was canceled.

OPD seeking suspect who took $6,500 from Bank of America with fake id

The Odessa Police Department are investigating a forgery that occurred Dec. 12, 2018, at the Bank of America on North Grant.

Midland County Sheriff’s Office asking for public’s help finding fugitive

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office and Midland Crime Stoppers are asking for your help in the apprehension of a fugitive.

Missing boy, 6, found alive in crawl space of Missouri attic; mother, boyfriend arrested

The boy’s father went to pick him up from his mother’s house in August, but the two and her boyfriend were nowhere to be found.

Mother charged with abuse after putting baby inside freezer, deputies say

A baby is reported to be safe after his mother allegedly placed him inside a stranger’s unused freezer then hid in a crawl space.

Man arrested after allegedly stealing $10 million winning lottery ticket from roommate

The lottery winner shared his good news with his two roommates, but when he couldn’t collect, he suspected one of them had stolen the ticket and reported it to police.

Mother charged after son’s body found encased in concrete in Denver storage unit

The boy's mother was charged with abuse of a corpse in what sources say was an attempt to hide evidence.

Man accused of bringing date to condo with woman he allegedly killed in basement

The suspect faces various charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and identity theft.

Man caught on camera licking doorbell, prowling outside CA home for 3 hours

Police say the suspect could face misdemeanor charges for petty theft and prowling.

Parents arrested after 1-year-old girl’s body found buried in NM backyard

The case began in December when the girl’s father allegedly told his mother he drowned the 1-year-old in the bathtub apartment.

Man charged with murder in shooting of 7-year-old Houston girl; race not believed to be factor

A manhunt began after the Dec. 30 murder of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was fatally shot when a suspect opened fire on her family’s car.

Mother accused of forcing 8-year-old daughter to help in plot to poison husband with antifreeze

Prosecutors say the woman’s husband was not hurt because each time he allegedly drank the antifreeze, he noticed a chemical taste and spat out the drink.

Alpine murder suspect found dead

The suspect is Robert Nin, a 42 year old white male. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Odessa woman arrested after biting officer, damages police vehicle

Wednesday, Odessa Police arrested Nohemi Lozano Medina, 34, for Assault on a Public Servant “3rd Degree Felony”, Possession of a Dangerous Drug “Class A Misdemeanor”, Criminal Mischief “Class B Misdemeanor”, and Driving While License Invalid with Prior Convictions “Class B Misdemeanor”.

Body found in Gaines County New Years Day

Tuesday, Gaines County Deputies were called after a body was found in a pasture in the far northwestern area of Gaines County.

Off-duty fire captain killed by alleged drunken driver while helping at crash scene

The suspected drunken driver was arrested and charged with homicide by reckless use of a vehicle.

ECSO seeks potential witness in Sports Bar stabbing

According to ECSO, he is a potential witness to the homicide that occurred at the Sports Bar Dec. 8.

Deputies: Teens egging cars led to road rage, crash that killed Houston woman

Deputies say after two drivers, one a 14-year-old, got involved in a car chase, the teenager ran a red light, crashed into a third car and killed the female driver.

Scam alert for 2019: ‘Shimming’ is the new skimming

This method is similar to card skimmers, but a new technique targets the chip in your card that’s supposed to help prevent identity theft.

Top local digital stories of 2018

In 2018, there were numerous stories that you enjoyed clicking on. Here is a list of the top 10 local stories that you, the readers, found the most interesting throughout 2018.

Fiancé of Colorado mother missing since Thanksgiving charged with her murder

Investigators have not found a body but say the evidence suggests the 29-year-old mother was killed at her home.

Manhunt underway after Houston girl, 7, fatally shot in car with mom

The girl’s mother says the family was headed to the store when a car pulled up out of nowhere, and a man inside started shooting at them for no reason.

Police: Baby left in soaked diaper, cold car while mother inside bar

The mother was arrested after bystanders noticed the 1-year-old alone in the car.

Armed man arrested on way to Texas church to ‘fulfill prophecy,’ police say

The suspect, who was armed with a handgun and extra ammunition, was arrested along the Texas highway after a waitress called police about an encounter she had with him.

Mother accused of letting daughter die by hiding diabetes diagnosis

The mother allegedly took measures to conceal her daughter’s 2013 diabetes diagnosis and failed to provide her with appropriate medical treatment and medication.

Woman arrested after calling 911 to ask for ride, deputies say

Deputies say the 22-year-old called 911 three times to ask for a ride, one time saying she was in danger when she wasn’t and another time cursing the dispatcher.

Fort Stockton PD stop “Christmas Vandals”

Move over Mr. Grinch, the Fort Stockton Police Department have identified the suspects in a string of vandalisms.

Suspect steals Virgin Mary statue from Hobbs church

If you have any information relating to this incident you are encouraged to call the Hobbs Police Department at or Lea County Crimestoppers.

MCSO releases mugshot of second Airline Mobile Home Park suspect

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a second suspect in connection with the Dec. 26 disturbance at Airline Mobile Home Park.

Man flies home Christmas night after he catches burglar on surveillance cameras

After seeing the stranger in his home, the man immediately called 911, but because he was in another state visiting family, dispatchers told him they couldn’t help.

Burglar convinced victim he was innocent, got ride away from scene, authorities say

The homeowner was shocked to find a stranger on his couch, wearing his clothes and snuggling his dog, but he says the burglary suspect’s explanation was convincing.

MCSO arrest 1 suspect, searching for another following Airline Mobile Home Park pursuit

One person in the neighborhood caught video footage of the suspect being chased.

Woman arrested for allegedly starving children after their mother left them in her care

The children’s family members say when they finally managed to find the three, they were filthy, severely unkempt and so thin that they immediately took them to the hospital.

Man arrested for allegedly throwing ham at woman in argument over Christmas dinner

The suspect allegedly threw several items at a female victim, including the ham to be eaten for Christmas dinner, then tried to flee the scene.

Good Samaritan with baseball bat hears girl’s cries for help, stops kidnapping attempt

Police said, thanks to the Samaritan, the 11-year-old girl was able to escape from the suspect’s car. She was not hurt and is now home safe and sound.

‘It’s just a miracle’: Officers survive fiery crash caused by suspected drunken driver

Police arrested a 23-year-old driver for allegedly causing the crash. He faces charges of intoxication assault and failing to stop and render aid.

St. James Baptist Church vandalized twice on Christmas Eve

Stanton Police were called to the St. James Baptist Church twice on Christmas Eve in reference to vandalism.

Man arrested for allegedly obstructing undercover officer he believed to be a porch pirate

The detective told the suspect he can’t stop and detain someone simply for being suspicious, and instead, he should’ve called police.

Women arrested after allegedly trying to steal from Target during police charity event

About 15 police officers with four different departments were inside the store at the time of the alleged robbery.

‘I thought I was going to have to kill him’: Woman relives holiday nightmare

A South Carolina woman is still shaken up Saturday after a would-be intruder was caught on camera attempting to break into her Myrtle Beach home.

Police hope sketch by confessed killer will help ID victim

A man who says he killed as many as 90 people has sketched a likeness of a still unidentified woman he acknowledged killing in Maryland more than 45 years ago.

Convicted murderer facing another murder charge in Lamesa

A convicted murderer is facing another murder charge after being arrested in Lamesa Tuesday night. He was arrested after a fatal shooting at a home in the 700 block of North Avenue N., just after 11:30 p.m., according to the Lamesa Press-Reporter.

Midland woman found guilty on 18 charges of cruelty to animals

Authorities say she had 21 animals in her house locked up in cages that she did not properly care for. All 21 of these animals reportedly died.

6 in OPD custody in connection to narcotics investigation

Six people are in police custody Friday on the 1400 block of Crescent when Odessa police went to serve a narcotics search warrant.

OPD offers tips to keep your home safe during holiday travels

Many people will be traveling this holiday season, meaning homes across the area will be left empty.

Chief Roddy Eaton retires after 32 years with ECSO

The Ector County Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony Wednesday for Chief Roddy Eaton who retired in December after 32 years of dedicated service.

Robert Fabian trial date set in Zuzu Verk murder case

Fabian will face a jury in Caldwell County. His first pretrial hearing is set for February 19 and a second for March 19.

Texas has 6th most holiday thefts in nation

The Vivint Source team analyzed four types of crime according to their state that tend to take place November, December and January.

Baby rescued after father allegedly tries to drown her in MO pond

The father reportedly said he wanted to make things easier on his wife, who was stressed due to the holiday and trying to provide for the family, according to the charging documents.

Salvation Army bell ringer accused of punching customer outside MD Walmart

In light of the accusations of drug use, the Salvation Army says the suspect has been taken off the bell ringing schedule in an effort to protect the public.

Serial killer who claims to have murdered 90 people indicted in KY cold case

Samuel Little has been indicted for murder in a 37-year-old cold case in Warren County, Kentucky.

Brothers with special needs shot in case of mistaken identity, police say

Shot spotter technology alerted the police to 15 rounds fired at a California home that had at least two children, a 17-year-old and his 7-year-old brother, inside at the time.

Man, 75, who used to play Santa at Wisconsin YMCA accused of child sexual assault

According to a criminal complaint, childcare supervisors told police officers a parent saw the suspect inappropriately kiss a 3-year-old girl on the mouth.

Man lied about kidnapping to get revenge for drug deal gone bad, police say

Police say the alleged victim used the story of the infant's abduction as a way to pursue charges against those he claims robbed him during a reported drug deal.

Midland Crime Stopppers in search of theft suspect

Midland Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of person(s) responsible for committing a burglary of a business from May 19, off West Highway 80.

Man in cocaine shirt accused of spray painting the word cocaine all over Bourbon Street, report says

According to a report by our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, crime cameras caught Sean Harrington spray painting the graffiti early on Dec. 3.

Nationwide bomb threat effects New Mexico hospital district

A wave of email bomb threats that flooded inboxes Thursday, threatening businesses, schools and newspapers, effected at least three institutions in Lovington, New Mexico.

Woman refuses to leave store, kicks officer in groin, defecates on another

Odessa Police arrested Kristie Marie Rodriguez, 33, Tuesday evening for Assault on a Public Servant “3rd Degree Felony”, Criminal Trespassing “Class B Misdemeanor”.