"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

Community activities,
upcoming events, notices

What's happening?

VA Town Hall

The US Veterans Administration will host a Town Hall meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, at the American Legion Hall on Hwy 97 in Cotulla, with agency representatives from San Antonio and Laredo present to answer any questions from the general public and from all former armed forces personnel on any topic of interest. Veterans from neighboring communities and counties are welcome.

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 road 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.

Recent activities...

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

February 16, 2018

Place your bids...

La Salle County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Rickey Galvan takes offers for more than two dozen abandoned and seized cars, trucks and vans at the departmental public auction in the county impound yard on North Main Street in downtown Cotulla on Friday morning, February 16. The event saw greater attendance than in the past and netted over $41,000 in revenues for the sheriff's office after wrecker service fees are paid. Funds raised through vehicle auctions at the sheriff's office are used for the purchase of law enforcement supplies, equipment upgrades and technology. The Feb. 16 auction included vehicles ranging from a 1977 Dodge van that sold for $100 to a 2016 Ford F-350 crew cab dually four-wheel drive 6.7-liter turbodiesel pickup truck that sold for $29,500. Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez welcomed bidders and gave introductory remarks. Winning bids are paid on auction day; buyers are given a week to collect or forfeit their purchases. (For more images, see 'PHOTOS') 

February 6, 2018

For the kids

The Chesapeake Energy company made a $3,000 donation on Thursday, February 6, to the La Salle County 4H and FFA organizations to support the students’ activities and educational programs in which they participate at grade levels from elementary to high school in the county. Accepting the donation on behalf of the organizations was Agricultural Extension Agent George Diggans II and FFA / 4H Director and Booster Club Secretary Rosie Sauceda (Photo, center), joined by Chesapeake Energy government relations officers Mark Harmon and Don Laffere, and South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER) director of external affairs Yliana Flores. The donation will go into the program’s General Fund. Diggans extended thanks to the energy company and its representatives Tuesday on behalf of the students engaged in extracurricular and educational activities in the 4H and FFA programs, adding that the funds “will go a long way towards helping the youths gain access to resources and enable them to take part in activities that enhance their education.”

January 30, 2018

Ready, set, roll...

La Salle County Sheriff's Deputy Cesar Villarreal was among the officers visiting the Kids Are First education center in Cotulla on Tuesday, January 30, to spend quality time with the youngsters and to address the class groups on peace officers' roles in the community. (For related images, see 'PHOTOS')

January 29, 2018

How it's done

La Salle County Deputy and Courthouse Bailiff Eddie DeLeon (Photo right) conducted a pair of training seminars in the district courtroom Monday, January 28, for all law enforcement personnel and other county government staff on safety procedures, inmate handling and courtroom security. Topics included the handling of court defendants, security measures to protect the judge and court staff, and court procedures. Video presentations included coverage of courtroom incidents involving violent defendants and the need for a law enforcement presence. DeLeon also reinforced courtroom guidelines for the county, including control of potentially belligerent members of the public. Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez (Above) gave introductory remarks at the seminars, lauding La Salle County's reputation for strict courtroom discipline, safety and law enforcement coverage. 

January 26, 2018

This is a test

Members of the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS conduct a routine test of the La Salle County Courthouse emergency alarm and fire suppression system on Friday afternoon, January 26, and direct their hoses across the courthouse lawn to ensure the hydrants provide sufficient pressure to combat a fire in the four-storey building. Meanwhile, technicians examine each alarm unit to ensure its distinctive tone is heard in every office and public space.

January 21, 2018

Let's shoot some hoops!

La Salle County joined with the city of Cotulla in celebrating the completion of a new covered basketball court at the Martinez Park Sports Complex on Sunday, January 21. Pictured at the ribbon-cutting ceremony are (Photo above, L-R) Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Tax Assessor Dora Gonzales, Treasurer Thelma Trevino, Commissioners Jack Alba and Erasmo Ramirez, County Judge Joel Rodriguez, former County Judge Leodoro Martinez, Cotulla Mayor Javier Garcia, Commissioner Raul Ayala, Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez, Commissioner Noel Niavez, and Parks & Maintenance Supervisor Robert Perez. The day also featured a series of three-on-three games between community teams of all ages. La Salle County's newest sports facility is part of the continual development of Martinez Park, which now features softball and baseball fields, a walking trail, covered pavilion and events center, and an indoor swimming pool. The corner of the property is occupied by the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS department's new fire station and headquarters.

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 28, 2017

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')

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