CRIME & SAFETY
Odessa man charged following alleged Mother’s Day assault, kidnapping
MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- An Odessa man was arrested on a warrant late last week after investigators said he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at a Midland gas station, and then drove away with her young child. Samuel Esli Maulas-Torres, 38, has been charged with Aggravated Kidnapping. According to court documents, around 4:00 a.m. on May 14, […]
Abilene PD makes arrest in connection with 2005 death of Midland man
The cold case was solved through advancements in DNA technology ABILENE, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- The Abilene Police Department announced Wednesday that another arrest has been made in connection with the 2005 death of a Midland man. 43-year-old Jose Angel Morales has been charged with First Degree Felony Homicide. In April of 2005, a fight broke out […]
MPD provides update on investigation after human remains were found last year
MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) The Midland Police Department provided an update into an investigation centered around identifying human remains found late last year. On December 30, 2022, officers responded to the 1700 block of E Texas after possible human remains were found in the area. MPD confirmed that the bones found were, in fact, human and may […]
Boutique Store Owner’s Trailer gets stolen leaving business in tough position
MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - On May 28, two men broke into a storage facility in Midland and stole ZJoxaCo owner and founder Laverne Woroschuk’s trailer which had property for her Boutique Business. The stolen property puts a financial strain on Laverne and her company. Woroschuk and her fiance Steven...
Peaceful protest held at Midland County Courthouse for prolonged murder case
MIDLAND, Texas — Friends and family members of Joshua Salcido want him to be remembered as a kind little brother and a friend to all. "I'm like, 10 years older than him," said Josh's cousin Alexus Salcido. "He was like, our baby brother, he was a great kid. We got to see him, see his first words, steps in the world, it is very hard to know that. His birthday was this past Saturday, he just turned 17. It's really hard to know that I won't, we won't ever get to spend another birthday with him."
Midland man accused of trying to kidnap child outside local motel
MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- A Midland man was arrested last weekend after a scary encounter with children at a motel. Allan Chad Collins, 46, has been charged with Kidnapping. According to an affidavit, on June 3, officers with the Midland Police Department were called to a motel located at 3808 W Wall Street to investigate a […]
MPD searching for suspect accused of stealing copper, damaging building
MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- The Midland Police Department is asking for help from the community to identify a burglary suspect. According to MPD, over the last couple of weeks, the suspect pictured below was caught on camera entering a building located at 10021 Liberator Lane multiple times; the suspect stands accused of stealing copper from within […]
Police seize large amounts of psychedelic mushrooms, weed, THC
An Odessa Police Department investigation led to the seizure of more than 14 pounds of marijuana, 900 grams of psychedelic mushrooms and 2,800 grams of THC and the arrest of an Odessa resident. According to an Odessa Police Department report, the Midessa Violent Crimes Task Force received a tip in...
National Police Memorial Week pays tribute to fallen officers
National Memorial Police Week took place from May 14-20 and in tribute to the sacrifices made by fallen officers, the families were invited to Washington, D.C. As part of the commemorative events, law enforcement officers from the Odessa and Midland Police Department, along with members of the Ector and Midland Sheriff’s Office, gathered at the Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Judge denies bond reduction for man charged with murder of Madeline Pantoja
MIDLAND, Texas — A judge denied a request Friday to reduce Mario Chacon Jr.'s bond. Chacon was arrested and charged with the murder of Madeline Pantoja, after Pantoja's remains were found following a search that lasted over a week. Chacon's lawyer was looking to have the bond reduced from...
MCSO searching for burglary suspects
MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- Midland County Sheriff’s Office and Midland Crime Stoppers are seeking public assistance in identifying three suspects involved in a burglary at Maverick Well Pluggers. According to a post by Midland Crime Stoppers, an unknown suspect broke into the business at 3007 North County Road 1108 in Midland County during the early […]
Multiple arrests made during joint violent crimes operation
MIDLAND/ODESSA, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- Due to a significant increase in violent crimes in the Midland/Odessa area, the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division initiated a two-day collaborative operation with multiple law enforcement partners to target and disrupt violent crime and apprehend violent criminals. According to a release from the Texas DPS, on May 24th and […]
Children at Play: MPD urging caution when driving in neighborhoods
MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- The Midland Police Department is asking drivers to slow down and be cautious in neighborhoods now that children are celebrating summer break. MPD said in a social media post, “Children may get caught up playing and run into the road to chase after a ball, making them vulnerable to pedestrian fatalities.” The […]
Midland County Sheriff's Office in need of volunteers to help crisis victims
MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas — The Crisis Intervention Unit has been around for more than 30 years. The unit started because when officers are investigating crimes, there are other victims that need help and support. C.I.U. volunteers are necessary to have effective law enforcement, while also supporting victims. "It could...
MFD talks drowning prevention
MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- Warm weather has moved into the Basin and area pools have opened for the summer, prompting local leaders to focus on pool safety; they are also asking parents to do their part. Firefighters with the Midland Fire Department spent the better part of Tuesday training- from high water rescues to CPR and […]
Two dead after fatal crash in Howard County
HOWARD COUNTY, Texas — Two people have been killed in a fatal crash in Howard County on May 29. Both 56-year-old Antonio Garcia of Midland and 63-year-old John Lyndon Brightman of Odessa were transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center and Midland Memorial Hospital, respectively, where they later succumbed to their injuries.
Midland Fire Department hosts pool safety training
MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Pools are open again and weekend barbecues have started. School is out for the summer. The Midland Fire Department held a training session Tuesday for safety on drowning prevention and swift water rescue. It’s a good idea to know how to swim. It’s also a good...
Big Spring Man Killed in Martin County Crash
MARTIN COUNTY, TX — A Big Spring man was recently identified by Texas DPS as the victim of last week’s fatal 2-vehicle crash in Martin County. The crash happened on Wednesday, May 24th, at approximately 4:53 PM on SH 137, near mile marker 314. According to the preliminary...
MISD Police Chief resigns after “culmination of events”
MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - According to Midland ISD, the district’s Police Chief, Arthur Barclay resigned effective immediately. MISD says they will be re-evaluating the leadership of the Midland ISD police department. The district released the following statement about Barclay’s resignation:. MISD.
As more pools open, Midland Fire Department warns about potential drownings
MIDLAND, Texas — It's a guarantee that people will be hitting up the pools as the weather begins to warm up. With city pools opening up soon as well, more families will be flocking to the water with the kids. It's not always fun in the sun, however. Midland...
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