"To Protect and Serve the People of our South Texas Communities"
La Salle County
Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Miguel A. Rodriguez
La Salle County Courthouse, 101 Courthouse Square, 
Cotulla, Texas 78014; (830) 879-3044
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The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office will host its fifth annual Easter Egg Hunts for children up to age 12 at Encinal Park on Sunday, April 9, and in downtown Cotulla on Thursday, April 13.

Community assistance in the form of donations for the many items that we give away will be much appreciated.

The event has been hugely popular in both communities for several years, due in large part to the tremendous support that our area residents, businesses and other sponsors have given. All donations go towards the purchase of gifts that are distributed among the children. We look forward to awarding bicycles, trikes and riding toys, candy-filled eggs and Easter toy baskets to scores of children in each community as we have done in the past.

Please contact us with any inquiries or to make donations. You may also make your donations to any sheriff’s deputy on duty, any time, or visit us at the Sheriff’s Office in the La Salle County Courthouse.

Sincerely,
Esmeralda Gonzales, (830) 202-7663
Rosario Morales, (830) 879-3044

Support for the annual Easter Egg Hunts

March 22, 2017

Stop,
look,
listen and live

South Texas law enforcement officers joined the Union Pacific Railroad on Wednesday, March 22, in enforcing grade crossing safety laws in a special effort aimed at reducing the number of traffic violations that result in accidents between commercial vehicles and freight trains on the UP line between San Antonio and Laredo. Officers taking part in the UP’s Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety (CARES) Operation monitored vehicles using grade crossings and intercepted commercial vehicles whose drivers failed to observe warning signs and who failed to make safe stops before crossing the tracks. Citations were also issued to drivers who bypassed grade crossing barricades or who ignored train signals. The five-hour operation involved the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, the county constabulary and the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement branch. Pictured Wednesday morning at the La Salle County Courthouse shortly before setting out to monitor the grade crossings were Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Deputy Jose Cardenas III and Precinct 2 Constable Rene Maldonado with the DPS troopers and Union Pacific Railroad Police. Also taking part (not pictured) was La Salle County Captain Jose Garcia. Participants strove to carry out the operation with a view to citing violators who endangered other traffic as well as educating the motoring public on grade crossing safety.                                                           (Courtesy photo)

March 16, 2017

Big rides

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office took delivery on Thursday, March 16, of two all-new Chevrolet pickup trucks specially equipped for K-9 Unit service. The diesel-powered trucks are furnished with dog cages for the long-term transport of law enforcement canines on duty, including independent cooling systems and remotely operated doors. The first of the new pair will go directly into service with La Salle County Investigator Homar Olivarez and his K-9 Unit, Ben, who assists officers in the detection of narcotics and other contraband. Pictured with the new trucks are (L-R) Investigator Olivarez, Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, La Salle County Constable Guy Megliorino, Sheriff's Lt. Mike Bostwick and Capt. Jose Garcia.

March 16, 2017

Letter to the Community

For the sake of a little Cotulla boy

Late Saturday night, March 11, we were notified that a family in the Saltillo Street neighborhood of Cotulla had discovered that their small child was missing and that he may have wandered out of his home.

We immediately deployed as many deputies of the Sheriff’s Office and the Cotulla City Patrol as we were able to muster and began assisting in the search for the missing child. We also summoned the assistance of other agencies, and the US Border Patrol sent its agents to the area.

Within a short time, neighbors, friends and helpers from across the community had joined us in the search as we made our way from house to house and along streets and alleys, looking for the missing child. Temperatures that night were low and it was at the height of County Fair Weekend, when the city was crowded with strangers from across the region; it was of utmost importance to everyone that the child be found as quickly as possible before he suffered any harm.

We are pleased to report that the child was found safe and unharmed, that he had made his way to a relative’s home and that he was out of danger.

As we look back on the massive effort put forth by everyone for the sake of a little Cotulla boy in the middle of the night, we are truly appreciative of the assistance provided by the many people who took the cause to heart and who were willing to spend as long as it took to help find the small child.

It is when the people come together for a cause that is close to all our hearts that we learn the value of community. The child’s family joins us in extending thanks to all those who volunteered and in celebrating the strength of neighborly bonds.

Sincerely,
La Salle County Lt. Mike Bostwick & Sgt. Rickey Galvan

March 11, 2017

All shined up

La Salle County Deputy Jose Cardenas III helps adjust Deputy Jose Avila's freshly polished peace officer star during a uniform check moments before the annual Cotulla Wild Hog Cook-Off Parade, Saturday morning, March 11, the highlight event of the county fair weekend. Officers took part in the parade, monitored traffic at key roadblocks, and spent the rest of the day and evening on patrol at the La Salle County Fairgrounds. Also pictured are Deputies Elvira Hernandez and Cesar Villarreal, prepping for inspection.
(For related images, see 'PHOTOS')

March 8, 2017

Calling
all units...

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez completes his inspection of the law enforcement agency's freshly labeled command trailer a day before it is towed to the La Salle County Fairgrounds, where it is used as an operations base and communications center for officers on patrol at the Wild Hog Cook-Off and Junior Livestock Show, Thursday to Sunday, March 9-12. The fully self-sufficient trailer was made available to the Sheriff's Office by the Middle Rio Grande Development Council and is furnished with bunks, kitchen and dining area and is equipped with satellite, radio and cell communications systems that enable officers to work in remote locations in the event of a disaster or regional emergency, including coordinating evacuation routes, monitoring patrols in outlying areas and in bringing together task forces and emergency responders from across the region. The trailer has been given new logos this year in order to enhance its visibility.

March 6, 2017

Over the airwaves...

Emphasizing the importance of accurate radio communications over common frequencies and via either clear or encrypted channels, Middle Rio Grande Development Council representative Lee Stanphill and US Border Patrol Del Rio Sector Operations Agent Cesar Peralta of the Office of Incident Management briefed La Salle County area law enforcement officers and emergency responders on Monday, March 6, in the technicalities of transmitting and receiving information when dispatched to crises, accidents, public events, manmade and natural disasters, and other emergencies requiring response and support from multiple agencies. The guest speakers used references to previous incidents in which communications worked flawlessly when coordinating agencies used compatible systems, and events in which there were breakdowns in communication. Officers were reminded to use common English instead of law enforcement terminology and "ten-codes" when communicating with agencies trained in different jargon. The event was aimed at bringing closer together the emergency response and law enforcement agencies operating through South Texas in preparation for disaster response and in accordance with a plan set forth by the Local Emergency Planning Committee, headed by La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS Chief Les Simmons, who also serves as the La Salle County Emergency Management Coordinator. Attending the seminar were representatives of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, La Salle Fire Rescue, the US Border Patrol, the Texas Highway Patrol, the Texas Department of Transportation, the La Salle Emergency Dispatch Office, the Cotulla Volunteer Fire Department, and the Methodist AirCare medical evacuation helicopter team.  

March 3, 2017

Promotion time

La Salle County Jailer Dephanie Gonzalez, who is employed as a correctional officer at the Regional Detention Center at Encinal, earned her promotion to lieutenant this week and was pinned in a brief ceremony by (Photo, L-R) Lt. Mayra Pedraza and interim detention center administrator Omar Juarez. The facility holds detainees of the US Marshals Service and is managed by La Salle County under the supervision of the sheriff's office.
(Courtesy photo)

March 1, 2017

Now
hear
this

La Salle County Fair organizers Amanda Brown Snowden and Cissy Allen offered a pre-event briefing this week for all law enforcement officers who will be on duty at the county fairgrounds on Hwy 97 during Wild Hog Weekend in Cotulla, Thursday to Sunday, March 9-12, including the annual County Fair and Junior Livestock Show, Wild Hog Cook-Off, and Ranch Rodeo. Deputies of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and sheriffs' offices of neighboring counties, the Cotulla City Patrol and the Encinal Police Department will join emergency responders from the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS in providing gate security, foot patrol, supervision and law enforcement services at the fairgrounds, including the monitoring of traffic and safety patrols at the evening dances. Members of the public will be allowed to enter the fairgrounds on foot only during the festival; all vehicle traffic will be barred, including privately owned electric carts and all-terrain vehicles. The Fair Association will provide a courtesy transport service to and from Gate 5 (main parking lot access) for anyone requiring mobility assistance. Each of the fairground gates will be patrolled by an officer this year, to ensure improved security and to restrict unauthorized access. County fair organizers are expecting capacity crowds at daytime and evening events throughout the weekend and are gearing up for a need to offer enhanced law enforcement coverage, emergency response and security service.

February 28, 2017

Making contact with lawmakers,
reinforcing law enforcement bonds...

Texas sheriffs visit
85th Legislature

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and Captain Jose Garcia were among more than 120 top law enforcement officials from across the state to converge on Austin for a visit to the State Capitol and meetings with lawmakers during the 85th Legislature on Tuesday, February 28.

The meeting was aimed at giving reinforcement to the law enforcement officers’ unity and cooperation, and allowed them to express an interest in new legislation and to meet with key players in state government. The visit was organized by the Sheriff’s Association of Texas’ Legislative Committee.

The association hosts the event during a state legislature in order to involve the sheriffs and their senior officers in the legislative process. Resolutions were passed in the Texas House and Senate recognizing the sheriffs and the association for their work. The visiting law enforcement officers spent the remainder of the day meeting with their respective senators and state representatives to discuss pending legislation and to offer input on bills that affect the citizens of Texas.

The Sheriff’s Association indicated in a prepared statement after the visit that sheriffs taking part hold great value in the contacts they make and reinforce with each other and with lawmakers at the Capitol.

Founded in 1874, the Sheriff’s Association of Texas is a non-profit professional and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of peace and protection of the lives and property of the citizens of Texas. The organization’s Legislative Committee is appointed by the president of the association and is composed mainly of sheriffs from across the state.  

February 23, 2017

The way we do things

La Salle County Sheriff's Deputy and Courthouse Bailiff Eddie De Leon (photo, right) traveled to Crystal City on Thursday, February 23, to meet Zavala County Bailiff Joe Flores for an analysis of the facility's security measures and means by which law enforcement may enhance protection for public safety in the building and in the courtroom itself. The La Salle bailiff's visit was made in a renewed spirit of cooperation between neighboring law enforcement agencies and to share resources in training and experience. La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and Zavala County Sheriff Eusebio Salinas Jr. arranged the meeting.

February 16, 2017

Wild animal alert:
Construction near North Baylor
opens undeveloped ground

By Marc Robertson
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Cotulla and Cotulla ISD are issuing a caution to local residents this week in advance of groundbreaking and land clearing along North Baylor Street, where wildlife may be disturbed and animals could move into populated areas.

The ground is being prepared for construction of Cotulla’s new elementary school. Heavy equipment should be moved into the area this week and brush clearing will begin shortly in order that survey crews may assess the property’s topography.

According to Cotulla ISD Superintendent Dr. Jack Seals on Thursday, wildlife that has already been identified in the hitherto undeveloped area includes deer, wild hogs and snakes.

North Baylor Street runs between Medina Street and the IH-35 access road and was built less than ten years ago for commercial and residential development related to the energy industry over the Eagle Ford Shale. The proposed development area lies directly to the south of the Las Palmas business park, between North Baylor and Main Street. Portions of the territory earmarked for the school construction project have never been developed and have been left to grow wild since the road was built.

“There is some thick brush in the area beyond the acreage that was used for RV hookups,” Supt. Seals said Thursday. “We know that there are animals in that area and that these may be displaced by the development. We don’t want people to be alarmed, and we hope that drivers and pedestrians will be watchful.”  

“We want people to be aware that wildlife will be on the move, and that animals may wander onto private property in that area,” Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez said. “This includes the Madison Pointe apartments and areas along Medina Street.

“Some wild animals have already been seen in the area,” the sheriff said. “We want people to be on the lookout and to take precautions for the safety of their own children and pets during this first stage of the construction, which will be land clearing.”

January 26, 2017

New certificates

A team of newly hired correctional officers graduated Thursday, January 26, at the Alamo Area Council of Governments jailer certification course in San Antonio and is employed by the La Salle County Sheriff's Office to serve in the Regional Detention Center at Encinal and in the La Salle County Jail at Cotulla. Those earning their certification as jailers after training in the AACOG course in La Salle County during January include (L-R) Rose Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Bevel, Ruben Cruz, Eric Luna, Hank McKinney, Joel Deleon, Jose Fernandez, Edgar Herrera and Jose Sanchez.

January 23, 2017

The Word is Good...

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office received a donation Monday, January 23, in the form of specially published Bibles for those serving as emergency responders and in law enforcement, courtesy of the First Baptist Church of Cotulla. The Bibles will be distributed among all of La Salle County's patrol officers. On hand for the presentation in the district courtroom were (L-R) La Salle Captain Joey Garcia, Lieutenant Mike Bostwick, Chief Deputy Malcolm Watson, Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, FBC Minister of Music and Chamber of Commerce President Noe Rodriguez, and FBC Pastor Loren Fast. Funds for the church's outreach project were directed to the purchase of the Bibles by members of the church congregation as part of an ongoing effort to provide support to those who serve their community. The church is making similar contributions to the La Salle Fire & Rescue, US Border Patrol agents and DPS Highway Patrol troopers stationed in La Salle County. Sheriff Rodriguez thanked the ministers on behalf of his officers and said he believes the county's deputies will find comfort, encouragement and guidance from the Bibles at times of duress and when facing the everyday challenges of law enforcement.

January 13, 2017

Our Heroes will always be Cowboys...

The Cotulla High School Cowboys varsity basketball team faced the CHS Alumni team in a friendly face-off to a packed house on Friday, January 13, closing out the night with a 58-58 tied game. The event was supported by school administrators, parents and civic groups as well as the La Salle County Sheriff's Office as a means to encourage peer mentoring, community bonds and youth fitness.  
(Courtesy photo)

January 2, 2017

Oaths of
Office

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez took his oath of office for his second elected term as the head law enforcement officer for the county in a brief ceremony the district courtroom on Monday, January 2, in the presence of County Judge Joel Rodriguez and Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez. Also taking their oaths of office on Sunday and Monday for new terms after prevailing in their respective elections during 2016 were (Photo above right) Constable Rene Maldonado, (Photos below, L-R) Constables Guy Megliorino, Oscar Tellez and Hector Ramirez (pictured right with new La Salle County Commissioner Erasmo Ramirez).

December 23, 2016

Spreading good cheer

Volunteer helpers for the St. Timothy's Christmas Cheer for Children and the La Salle County Sheriff's Office met at Jordan Hall in Cotulla on Friday morning, December 23, to begin their annual distribution of gifts to local children. Hundreds of wrapped toys and games were bundled into police cruisers and volunteers' cars for the charitable project that was made possible by contributions from area residents and customers at downtown retail stores. Children of all ages were given two gifts each. Distribution continued door-to-door throughout the day to homes in Cotulla, Encinal and Gardendale. The toy drive was organized by Esmeralda Gonzales and Rosario Morales for the sheriff's office; distribution for St. Timothy's was organized by Louisa Franklin and Cissy Allen. 

December 19, 2016

A DRIVE TO START THE SEASON -- Christmas Cheer for Children provides toys to needy children during the Christmas Season. The organization relies on donations from businesses and community members to provide these types of gifts every year.  In 2016, the organization partnered with the Salle County Sheriff's Office to help collect donations for the worthwhile cause. Christmas Cheer for Children organizers have collected hundreds of donations from boxes that were placed at local businesses and government offices during December, including (Photos this page) the Shopko Hometown Cotulla, Dollar General and Stockmens National Bank. Pictured with business managers and staff hosting the toy collection are La Salle Sgt. Investigator Esmeralda Gonzales and Investigator Homar Olivarez.

November 11, 2016

A celebration of service

The city of Encinal hosted a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday morning, November 11 to celebrate the service to country by all former members of the US armed forces. Present for the occasion were La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Mayor Sylvano Sanchez, City Hall administrators and staff, members of the Encinal Police Department and La Salle County Fire Rescue, Justice of the Peace Frank Weikel, administrators Cody Graham and Bartley Grimes of the La Salle County Regional Detention Center, and local veterans.                                     (Photo courtesy of Encinal City Hall)