"To Protect and Serve the People of our South Texas Communities"
La Salle County
Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Miguel A. Rodriguez
Elected terms
2013-17, 2017-21
La Salle County Courthouse, 101 Courthouse Square, Cotulla, Texas 78014; (830) 879-3044
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Community activities,
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What's happening?

Christmas
​Cheer

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office and St. Timothy's Christmas Cheer for Children are now accepting toy donations for local children. Collection boxes are set up at businesses in Cotulla and Encinal and will be picked up by December 18. All proceeds from the toy drive go to needy children in La Salle County. For more information or to make a monetary donation, call Esmeralda Gonzalez or Rosario Morales at the Sheriff's Office, (830) 879-3044.

Highway construction

The IH-35 east-side access road between Cotulla and Gardendale will be closed until April 2018 for construction of a new intersection leading to the Cotulla Truck Bypass Loop, which is presently being built between the interstate at milemarker 70 and Hwy 97 on the east side of Cotulla. 
Traffic will be diverted to the west-side access road for the duration of the project and may cross under the interstate at Exit 69 (North Main Street / Business IH-35) and at Exits 73 (North) and 74 (South) in Gardendale. 

Road closures

Information on flood-related closures across the region is available from the Texas Department of Transportation at 1-800-452-9292 or http://www.drivetexas.org/
For road conditions and traffic updates within the eight-county Laredo District, follow the TxDOT Laredo District at http://twitter.com/txdotlaredo
The TxDOT Laredo District serves Dimmit, Duval, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Val Verde, Webb & Zavala counties.
As of September 1, it is unlawful to send or read text messages on a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers in Texas who send text messages or are seen to be using mobile devices (apart from GPS) while traveling will be subject to citation. Violators may be fined, and fines will increase up to $200 for repeat offenses. The La Salle County Sheriff's Office will pursue prosecution of drivers who send or read text messages. Cellphone bans remain in effect in school zones and are punishable by fines of up to $200 in municipal court. Those who fail to meet court obligations or who fail to appear in court when ordered will be subject to arrest at home, at work or in the course of a traffic stop.

Texting and driving law

Recent activities...

Public functions, community events and 
special projects involving the Sheriff's Office

December 15, 2017

Season's gratitude

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office is extending its thanks this week to Carrizo Oil & Gas, which has made a generous contribution of toys for boys and girls of different ages in the annual Christmas Cheer for Children charity drive hosted by the sheriff’s office and St. Timothy’s Church in Cotulla. Toy collection boxes are now set up at government offices and local businesses in Cotulla and Encinal; area residents are being invited to purchase toys for needy children or to make cash donations to the cause. A team of volunteers from the sheriff’s office and La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS will make the rounds on Friday, December 22, distributing toys to scores of children in Cotulla and Encinal.
(Courtesy photo)

December 14, 2017

Coordinated response

Deputy Enrique Velez is one of the members of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office in attendance at a federal training course hosted by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Monday to Wednesday, December 11-13, on active shooter incident management. Velez was joined by Deputy Cesar Villarreal and Investigator Homar Olivarez in being taken through real-time simulations and tabletop scenarios in which law enforcement and emergency responders were tasked with coordinating the response by establishing safe zones, creating a perimeter, managing the command system, and beginning the extraction of injured victims and evacuation of civilians. Instructors in the course included officers who had first-hand experience in active-shooter incident management, including the response at the recent shooting at Sutherland Springs. Logistics management, incident command, staging areas, and an accelerated response with proper allocation of manpower and resources were the focus of the course and its simulations. Attendees included officers from San Antonio and surrounding counties.                                                                                                                                                                       (Courtesy photo)
  

December 8, 2017

In the holiday spirit...

The city of Cotulla and the Cotulla Main Street Program hosted a lighted Christmas parade through downtown to Veterans Park on Friday evening, December 8, featuring floats decorated by local organizations, businesses, churches and student groups. The annual lighting of the downtown Christmas tree was presided over by Mayor Javier Garcia and city officials, and a festival in the park included hot drinks, treats for children and a visit from Santa Claus.

December 7, 2017

A day to remember

The American flag flies at half staff in front of the La Salle County Courthouse on Thursday, December 7, in commemoration of the 1941 attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the Empire of Japan. This year, the commemoration in South Texas was shrouded in a blanket of fresh snow, the first measurable snowfall in the area since 2004, and holiday decorations in downtown Cotulla Veterans Park are likewise subdued on the somber anniversary.
(Photo: Homar Olivarez)

November 30, 2017

Bring
out your shimmer

La Salle County Courthouse employee Crystal Esparza puts the finishing touches on the county's newest Christmas tree in the ground-floor hallway of the building on Thursday, November 30. Holiday decorations are being hung at businesses and homes across Cotulla this week as the community prepares for its annual tree lighting and visit from Santa Claus at the downtown park as well as the traditional Cotulla Country Christmas, which is held at the county fairgrounds on the first Saturday in December.

November 28, 2017

Fire
on the line

La Salle County and Dilley firefighters extinguish a blaze resulting from a collision between a Union Pacific freight train and an oil tanker truck at the Ledwig Ranch Road grade crossing late Tuesday, November 28.
(For related story and pictures, see 'NEWS')

November 21, 2017

A lot to be thankful for...

La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez addressed an assembly of all county employees at the Martinez Park Pavilion in Cotulla on Tuesday, November 21, during the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon hosted by the county government, and outlined what he believes are several of the county's assets, including a new finance agreement over the Regional Detention Center at Encinal - the first detention facility to convert from private to public ownership, a well-staffed workforce of unprecedented size and effectiveness across all departments of the county, and the hardworking service of government representatives and emergency responders. A meal of barbecued chicken, sausage and brisket was served with all the trimmings, refreshments and desserts.

November 21, 2017

In the Thanksgiving spirit

Agents of the US Border Patrol Cotulla Station worked with the La Salle County Elderly Nutrition Center on Tuesday, November 21, to distribute turkeys to all the households served by the facility in its home delivery meals program to families in Cotulla and Encinal. The turkeys were purchased after a charity drive was launched by Agent Richard Walker with more than $900 in contributions from those working at the station and from the HEB grocery store in Pearsall, which also offered a donation towards the cost. A total of 80 frozen turkeys were delivered to the households in the two communities at the same time as Nutrition Center staff made their routine meal delivery rounds. Center director Rosie Sauceda said she believes the many area residents who will benefit from the donations will be grateful for the meals and extended her thanks to Patrol Agent in Charge Mitch Harmell and his agents for partnering with community leaders to make the Thanksgiving gesture of sharing a success. Agents Walker and Harmell were joined by a team of volunteer agents in personally delivering the turkeys to the households with Thanksgiving greetings from the US Border Patrol.

November 17, 2017

Time for tall tales

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez headed the annual Ramirez/Burks Elementary School Storybook Parade around the school campus on Friday, November 17, along with other law enforcement and emergency responders. The parade included each class from the school in costumes as characters from different books they have been reading.                                (For more, see 'PHOTOS')

November 16, 2017

Welcome aboard

La Salle County commissioners voted Thursday, November 16, to engage Cotulla native George W. Diggans II as the new AgriLife Extension agent for the county, overseeing a range of projects that include the 4-H organization and involvement in the county fair, and providing educational programs and agricultural resources to farmers and ranchers in the area. The new agent (Photo, center) is pictured with (L-R) Commissioners Raul Ayala, Erasmo Ramirez Jr., Jack Alba, County Judge Joel Rodriguez, Commissioner Noel Niavez, County & District Clerk Margie Esqueda and County Treasurer Thelma Trevino. 

November 15, 2017

All together now

La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS Chief Daniel Mendez, Cotulla ISD Superintendent Dr. Jack Seals and Texas Highway Patrol Sgt. JD Rodriguez are heads of the La Salle County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), which meets quarterly to discuss disaster preparedness and response, assess the county's resources and threats, and organize training. The group includes representatives of area energy industries, local government, law enforcement, emergency responders, the community, healthcare providers, and all those who play a part in assuring the health and safety of residents, infrastructure and environment.
(For a full report on the
Nov. 15 meeting, see 'FEATURES')

November 14, 2017

Light
up
the
night

La Salle County elected officials joined members of the Encinal community at their refurbished outdoor recreation facility beside the county park in Encinal on Tuesday, November 14, to celebrate the illumination of new stadium lights that were paid for by the county with the support of county commissioners at a cost of $50,000. The poles for the new floodlights were donated by Cotulla ISD from one of its sports facilities; installation, new fixtures, wiring and connectivity were covered by the county. Present for the first floodlit night at the Encinal ballpark were Commissioners Raul Ayala, Erasmo Ramirez Jr., Noel Niavez and Jack Alba; County Judge Joel Rodriguez; Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez with Chief Deputy Earl Heath, Lt. Mike Bostwick and Capt. Jose Garcia; Constable Rene Maldonado; Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez; Treasurer Thelma Trevino and County & District Clerk Margie Esqueda.                                                                                     (Courtesy photos)

November 11, 2017

We are all brothers today

La Salle County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Mike Bostwick, a veteran of the US Army Special Forces and US Army Rangers and a decorated wounded veteran of the Vietnam war, was the guest speaker giving the keynote address at the annual Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the city of Cotulla and community organizations in the downtown municipal park in front of the county courthouse on Saturday, November 11. The event included a special dedication of East Stewart Street to its new name, Cpl. Pedro Garcia Sr. Street, in honor of the World War II veteran from the community who served in the Pacific war at Corregidor and Bataan, and who was captured by the Japanese Imperial Army and sentenced to a forced labor camp when he was 21 years old. The city also presented a plaque of appreciation to the Brush Country Museum on the 20th anniversary of its move to the present downtown facility. The sheriff's office and La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS provided the colorguard for the Veterans Day ceremony, the Cotulla High School Band provided soloists for Taps, and Cotulla FFA Chapter students distributed care packages as gifts to all veterans present. 
(For more, see 'PHOTOS')

November 9, 2017

Marine Corps
birthday

La Salle County Sheriff's Officers Jose Avila and Rickey Galvan (left photo) and Fire Rescue & EMS Chief Daniel Mendez were among veterans of the United Marine Corps celebrating the organization's 242nd birthday with aceremony in the county fire station in Cotulla on Thursday, November 9. 
(For related details, see 'PHOTOS')

November 9, 2017

MRGDC magazine features
dispatch supervisor

The Middle Rio Grande Development Council has selected La Salle County Dispatch Office Supervisor Sandi Ibarra for a spotlight feature in the second issue of its ‘Homeland Monthly’ magazine.

Ibarra has served as an emergency response telecommunicator in the dispatch office for the county for 20 years, having joined the service in 1997.

The magazine feature story includes her description of the challenges she faces on the job and her belief in the value of the emergency dispatch to the community.

The magazine can be found online at www.mrgdc.org and includes stories on communications systems upgrades, technology, recent events, upcoming festivals and family-oriented functions, education and grant resources, and emergency management updates.

The Middle Rio Grande Development Council is headquartered at 307 West Nopal Street in Carrizo Springs and is active in several South Texas counties, serving the public through workforce assistance, access to vital resources, promoting economic development, training and grant work.
Ibarra

November 6, 2017

Continuing duty

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez is joined by Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez in administering the oath of office in the district courtroom on Monday afternoon, November 6, to Reserve Deputy Israel Cantu, who will provide law enforcement services when called upon by the sheriff's office to supplement manpower and to provide additional coverage at public functions and in the event of a disaster or emergency. Cantu is a former La Salle County deputy who left the law enforcement agency earlier this year to pursue a career as a licensed firefighter with the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS, with whom he presently serves fulltime. Both Cantu and Sheriff Rodriguez expressed hopes that the officer's dual service in emergency response capabilities will benefit the people of La Salle County and continue a productive partnership of service between the sheriff's office and the county fire department. 

October 31, 2017

You're in the best crowd

Youngsters at the Cotulla ISD PEP Center took part in a festive Halloween parade on Tuesday morning, October 31, dressed as their favorite superheroes and cartoon characters to collect goodies offered by government, healthcare, civic and law enforcement representatives, who were likewise in full costume.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS')

October 27, 2017

Goodies for all

La Salle County Sheriff's Office Administrative Assistant Tina Alba, Victims' Advocate Rosario Morales and County Commissioner Erasmo Ramirez Jr. were among those distributing goodie bags and treats at the annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat Parade on the campus of the Kids Are First center in Cotulla on Friday, October 27. The event included booths hosted by county, community and school representatives.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS') 

October 25, 2017

These are our heroes

Fifth grade students at Cotulla's Ramirez/Burks Elementary School were given a special presentation Wednesday, October 25, by local first responders and law enforcement officers as part of their Red Ribbon Week activities focusing on living drug-free and making responsible choices. Among the speakers for the occasion were La Salle Sheriff's Sgt. Rickey Galvan and Lt. Mike Bostwick, who encouraged the children to look up to their elders and to learn from examples set by persons of responsibility and authority, to take action against bullying and discrimination, to work hard and focus on their goals. The students were then allowed to climb into patrol vehicles, ambulances and fire trucks, to operate lights and sirens, and to ask the officers about their jobs. The invitation to the responders and officers was extended by teachers at the school to reinforce the 'Hometown Heroes' theme of law enforcement, firefighters and medics in public service for the sake of their community. Agencies represented at the event included the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, the Cotulla City Patrol, the School Resource Officer, the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS, La Salle County Constable, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

October 24, 2017

Stay safe
out there

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez visited Encinal Elementary School on Tuesday, October 24, to address the students on concerns related to the upcoming Halloween festivities, trick-or-treat outings, and to offer tips on how to stay safe. He was joined by Lt. Mike Bostwick and Public Information Officer Marc Robertson in reminding the children to travel in groups when trick-or-treating, ensure that costumes are safe and do not limit visibility, never to accept invitations into homes, and to ask parents to inspect all candy and treats before sharing or eating them. Students also pledged to watch out for their friends, to watch out for traffic, and to be aware of 'stranger danger.'

October 20, 2017

The Great Pink Out

La Salle County Fire Rescue & EMS crew members were joined by county government and law enforcement personnel, including administrators, judges, commissioners and staff, in marking October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a 'Pink Out' on Friday, Oct. 20, wearing the distinctive colored shirts for the commemoration to increase public recognition of the need to find a cure and to improve treatment for breast cancer patients. (For story, see 'FEATURES')

October 17, 2017

For all
who served

La Salle County Veterans Service Officer and Sheriff's Office Sgt. Rickey Galvan and La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS Chief Daniel Mendez (center) were among those meeting with representatives of the US Veterans Administration at the Mobile Vet Center in downtown Cotulla on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Present to offer vital information and application assistance for resources and veterans' benefits were (left) readjustment counselor Tolbert Garcia and outreach specialists Jesus Perez Gloria and (far right) Enrique Reyes. Services, referrals and benefits assistance through the VA are available to all those who served in uniform; during this month's visit the counselors were also able to provide valuable benefits and pension fund application information to the widow of a member of the US armed forces. 

October 12, 2017

A token of gratitude

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and Chief Deputy Earl Heath receive an art print of the Houston skyline from the Houston Division Office of the US Drug Enforcement Administration as a gift in thanks for the agency’s support through supplies and manpower in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on the Gulf Coast on August 26 as a Category 4 storm. In a letter accompanying the gift, DEA Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy noted that he and the many law enforcement officers working to maintain law and order and serve the citizens in the affected region appreciate the support of fellow agencies at a time of extraordinary need. 
(For full story, see 'FEATURES')

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