"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,
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The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office will host a medication return station in front of the county courthouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. All area residents are able to dispose of unwanted or outdated prescription or over-the-counter medication, including pills, tablets, capsules, creams, lotions, ointments, powders and liquids (no aerosols) anonymously and without being asked any questions. The project is aimed at making households safer by preventing medicines from being misused, falling into the wrong hands or causing harm to children.

Abuse prevention

The Children’s Alliance of South Texas will host a ‘Paint the Town Blue’ fundraising and awareness event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at 200 East Trinity Street in Pearsall to further promote the designation of Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. All community members are invited to take part in the painting project. Admission will be $35; all painting supplies will be provided. Information on the event is available from CAST at (830) 393-6290. 

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

April 18, 2018

an icon

The Stars and Stripes and the Texas Lone Star flag are lowered to half staff at the La Salle County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 19, in commemoration of former US First Lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday in Houston at the age of 92. The wife of 41st President George HW Bush, mother of 43rd President and former Texas Governor George W Bush and of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and grandmother of current Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush, she will be laid to rest beside her daughter at College Station.

April 11, 2018

Let the word go forth

Representing the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Texas, Francie Gasch welcomes La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez to a ceremony outside the Children's Advocacy Center in Cotulla on Wednesday morning, April 11, for a county proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month. The event was attended by local government officials, child advocates and service providers. (For full story, see 'NEWS')

April 9, 2018

A time
to stand

Students at Cotulla's Frank Newman Middle School who bought pinwheels as a show of support for April's designation as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month gathered on the school lawn Monday, April 9, to help bring home the message on behalf of all those who suffer abuse and neglect. The awareness program is being organized by the Wintergarden Womens Shelter, which serves La Salle and other South Texas counties, providing counseling, refuge and shelter as well as educational material and intervention. The program is supported by local elected officials, the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, the Juvenile Probation Office, child advocacy groups, healthcare providers and community groups. The pinwheels at Newman Middle School were distributed among students by members of the campus' Junior National Honor Society. 

April 6, 2018

Symbols of support

Student members of the Cotulla High School Chapter of the National Honor Society joined La Salle County government officials and representatives of the Wintergarden Women's Shelter on Friday, April 6, to plant blue pinwheels on the courthouse lawn in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month, helping promote education and intervention. (For more, see 'PHOTOS')

March 29, 2018

Bring home the bounty

Two Cotulla youths revel in the number of Easter eggs they collected during the sixth annual hunt hosted by the La Salle County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon, March 29, at Veterans Park downtown. The event included egg hunts for children of different ages and a prize drawing in which Easter baskets of toys and treats, tricycles and bicycles were given away to the children. The event was organized by Rosario Morales and Esmeralda Gonzalez; donations were made by area residents and businesses.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS')

March 25, 2018

happy day

The Easter Bunny puts in an appearance and shares a special moment with an overjoyed youngster at the Encinal Easter Egg Hunt, hosted Sunday afternoon, March 25, by the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and organized by Rosario Morales and Esmeralda Gonzalez. Hundreds of children took part in egg hunts on the fields at Encinal Veterans Park and gathered treats. Prizes of Easter baskets, toys, tricycles and bicycles were then awarded in a drawing for those who had registered their names. Contributions were made for the purchase of prizes, baskets and bikes by local elected officials, area businesses, and La Salle County residents. Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez welcomed all to the event. Investigator Homar Olivarez served as master of ceremonies; raffle registry was managed by Eva Martinez, Erica Adams, Tori Gonzalez, Esmeralda Gonzalez and Pauline Inocencio; event promotion and venue assistance was provided by Cpl. Elvira Gonzales and Deputy Christian Beyer. The next Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Sheriff's Office will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Veterans Park in downtown Cotulla.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS') 

March 22, 2018

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office is gearing up for its sixth annual Easter Egg Hunts this week and has received a number of donations of bicycles and tricycles for boys and girls of different ages. The prizes will be awarded at the Easter events in Encinal Veterans Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, and Cotulla Veterans Park at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. Present to receive some of the donations at the county courthouse on Thursday this week were Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Lt. Mike Bostwick, Chief Deputy Earl Heath and Capt. Jose Garcia. Among the donations of bikes were gifts from Medina Electric (Left photo), represented by Juanita Gonzales; and The Pointless Pencil office supply store in Cotulla. The sheriff and his staff are extending thanks to all those who continue to make donations, all of which will go towards the purchase of prizes, treats and Easter baskets for the children. Admission to the Easter Egg Hunts will be open to children up to the age of 12, free of charge. The Easter Egg Hunts are organized each year by Rosario Morales and Esmeralda Gonzalez for the Sheriff's Office.

They bring gifts

March 10, 2018

Are you ready to roll?

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez addresses the county's law enforcement officers early Saturday, March 10, before deputies were deployed to provide coverage, traffic control and security patrol on the busiest day of the County Fair, Wild Hog Cook-Off, Junior Livestock Show and Ranch Rodeo. Additional manpower was provided Saturday by the county's reserve deputies as well as members of the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Rodriguez and his officers also took part in the annual Wild Hog Parade through the middle of Cotulla on Saturday morning. 
(For Wild Hog Parade and more, see 'PHOTOS')

February 28, 2018

We are prepared...

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez addressed a meeting of the La Salle County Fair Association Wednesday evening, February 28, affirming that the law enforcement agency is ready to handle record crowds at the upcoming Wild Hog Weekend, March 9-11, which includes the annual downtown parade, the Hog Cook-Off, the County Fair and Junior Livestock Show, a carnival, the Cotulla Ranch Rodeo, Wild Hog Olympics, and two evenings of dances featuring popular entertainers Randy Rogers Band and Siggno at the county fairgrounds on Hwy 97 on the outskirts of Cotulla. Crowds of more than 12,000 are expected at the peak of the three-day weekend, with record numbers likewise expected for the live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, as promotions and advertising have been broadcast across the state in recent days. The Sheriff's Office will provide 24-hour coverage at the events and is drawing on its reserves for manpower at the fairgrounds and for security at the gates

February 27, 2018

It's splashtime!

Students from Pearsall High School traveled south to Cotulla this week in class groups to enjoy recreation time at the La Salle County Martinez Park Sports Complex swimming pool, which was reserved for the youths for several hours Monday through Thursday mornings and afternoons.

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.”

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