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
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1

Community activities,
upcoming events, notices

What's happening?

Bridge
​repairs

The Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled repairs (weather permitting) for two bridges on IH-35 and will close alternate lanes of traffic in the north- and southbound lanes of the interstate as follows:

Monday and Tuesday, July 16-17, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Milemarker 56 bridge at intersection with FM 133 at Artesia Wells;

Monday and Tuesday, July 16-17, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Milemarker 39 bridge at intersection with Hwy 44 at Encinal.

Travelers are advised to exercise caution when approaching the construction sites, be prepared for lane closures and observe all traffic control signals. The work will be performed by SCR Civil Construction.
  

Impounded
​vehicles

The following vehicles have been impounded by the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and will be subject to public auction if they are unclaimed by owners:

1999 Toyota sedan, white, VIN JT2BF22K1X0225838;
2003 Ford Expedition, green, VIN 1FMRU17L73LA35778;
2011 Chevrolet Camaro, black, VIN 2G1FK1EJ1B9198536;
2012 Chevrolet pickup, white, VIN 1GC1CVG1CF243366.

Claimants should contact the sheriff’s office at 101 Courthouse Square, Cotulla, Texas 78014, (830) 879-3044.

Heat
​advisory

All La Salle County citizens are urged to take precautions as daytime temperatures remain in the high 90s and low 100s, including finding shade and remaining hydrated.

Children playing outdoors should be able to reach fresh drinking water at every opportunity and should be supervised by an adult.

Area residents are encouraged to check on elderly relatives and friends frequently and ensure that they remain in properly ventilated areas.

Early signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke include elevated pulse, excessive sweating followed by the inability to sweat, dizziness and disorientation, fainting and loss of consciousness.

Anyone experiencing heat distress should seek assistance immediately, move indoors or to a shaded area, drink water and avoid caffeine, and rest from strenuous exercise.

All city and county residents are asked to provide a continual supply of drinking water and full shade to all animals, and to check their condition frequently. Dogs kept on chains should be able to reach shade and water at all times, and should be checked to ensure their chains are not tangled. Animals left untended in harmful conditions may be confiscated by the city animal control officer.

Highway construction

The IH-35 east-side access road between Cotulla and Gardendale remains closed 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

July 3, 2018

It's
sludge
o'clock

A crew from the local office of the Texas Department of Transportation is dispatched to the scene of a mid-morning crude oil spill at the intersection of North Main Street and Hwy 97 in downtown Cotulla on Tuesday, July 3, to pour hundreds of pounds of sand and grit onto the thick oil that may have leaked from a tanker truck waiting at the traffic light. Using a front-end loader and by raking the grit over the crude, the crew was able to prompt absorbtion prior to shoveling the spilled liquid off the road. Assistance with traffic control and safety was provided by the La Salle Fire Rescue and the La Salle County Sheriff's Office. No charges have been filed in the case to date. 

June 30, 2018

Proud to wave the red, white and blue

Clients of the La Salle County Elderly Nutrition Center enjoy displaying their patriotism on one of the floats in the annual Independence Day Parade hosted by the city of Cotulla and the Main Street Program through the middle of town on Saturday morning, June 30. The parade included elected officials, law enforcement and emergency responders, student groups and sports clubs, business representatives, and the La Salle County Fair ambassadors. The day's festivities continued at Veterans Park downtown with food and game booths, live entertainment and a fireworks display over an evening concert and street dance. (For more, see 'PHOTOS')

June 12, 2018

La Salle County residents, courthouse staff, government officials and friends attended a fundraising painting class in the Larry Griffin Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla on Tuesday evening, June 12, including (L-R) George and Elizabeth Martinez, Estella Olivarez and JL Rios. Proceeds from 'Painting for a Cause' benefited the Children's Alliance of South Texas Child Advovcacy Center and its ongoing work to serve youngsters who have been the victims of abuse and neglect, and to provide access to forensic and therapeutic services, intervention and public education. The Children's Alliance mission is "To provide a place where the trauma ends and justice and healing begin." The fundraiser also included a silent auction of items that had been donated for the cause. (For more, see 'PHOTOS')

All the colors
of our lives...

June 11, 2018

Letter to the community...

A powerful experience

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the people of La Salle County, the business owners and civic leaders, for their heartwarming show of support to visiting armed forces veterans who traveled through Cotulla in a convoy on Saturday, June 9.

The men and women who served their country in uniform in World War II, Korea and Vietnam were traveling from San Antonio to La Salle County for a function at the Talbert L Bar Ranch and were escorted through town by local veterans, law enforcement and motorcyclists.

It was an emotionally powerful experience to see so many members of our community step forward to salute those brave military veterans on their way through town, and to witness the genuine heartfelt welcome from the people of La Salle County to those who served their country.

Sincerely,

Miguel Rodriguez
La Salle County Sheriff
  

June 9, 2018

We salute you

Members of the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS raise the Stars and Stripes over Main Street in downtown Cotulla on Saturday, June 9, to join local law enforcement and community residents in welcoming a convoy of US armed forces veterans from World War II, Vietnam and Korean conflicts en route under motorcycle escort through town to an appreciation banquet at the Talbert L Bar Ranch. The San Antonio-area veterans traveled through several South Texas towns on their way to La Salle County.
(Courtesy photo)

May 30, 2018

What lies beneath

Students at the Ramirez/Burks Elementary School in Cotulla examine fossils that have been discovered in the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas and compare them to images of the marine life that once occupied a large inland sea and which contributed 100 million years ago to the deposits that are now being tapped by the energy industry. The 'Safety Rocks' presentation to schools this week by Soteria Solutions and the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS also included advice and caution around oil and gas equipment.
For related story and pictures, see 'PHOTOS'.

May 26, 2018

Fire it up

La Salle County law enforcement officers including (L-R) Deputies Arnoldo Cadena, Jose Cardenas III and Michael Sauceda, and Constable Rene Maldonado traveled to Laredo on Saturday, May 26, to join officers and agents from across the region at the 94th anniversary Battle of the Badges Cook-Off for the US Border Patrol, held throughout the day at Uni-Trade Stadium in the border city. The event included judging in barbecue brisket, chicken, rib and bean cooking, with trophies and prizes contributed by local organizations.
(Courtesy photo)

May 23, 2018

Setting the pace

Cotulla High School students join the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the US Border Patrol in carrying the torch and banners through downtown Cotulla on Wednesday morning, May 23, for the La Salle County leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Texas, helping raise funds and awareness for the annual sports contests held in Arlington. The runners were accompanied by local sheriff's officers, Highway Patrol troopers, emergency responders, members of the US Army and community members in making the distance through Cotulla, spurred by high school cheerleaders and spectators. The torch was then carried through Dilley and Pearsall before traveling to Atascosa, Medina and Bexar counties for a South Texas rally in San Antonio. Funds are raised through t-shirt and hat sales; all proceeds go towards helping athletes from across Texas take part in Special Olympics.  For more from the Torch Run, see 'PHOTOS'.

May 18, 2018

Born to
be wild

Members of the La Salle County Law Enforcement 'Glitz, Glamour & Guns' and 'Gym, Gainz & Guns' teams taking part in the Color Run for Special Olympics in Dilley on Friday, May 18, included (L-R) Stephen Alvarado, Elvira Gonzales, Jewlissa Cordova, Katrina Hernandez, Ricardo Valdez, Amanda Carbajal, Crystal Garcia and Tina Alba, running in the 5K family event with their own special dedication to Jacob Mirelez of Uvalde. The Color Run attracted participants of all ages and abilities, and included paint splashes in a festive run-past to cheers from spectators. Funds raised at the community event go to Special Olympics Texas, enabling those with physical and mental challenges to take part in the popular sports contests at Arlington each year.

May 18, 2018

Our
special
guests

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez enjoys breakfast with students at the George Hopkins Cafeteria on Friday, May 18, during Cotulla ISD's Police Appreciation Week events, which included special presentations and visits by law enforcement agents to the classrooms at Ramirez/Burks Elementary School. (For related story, see 'PHOTOS')

May 15, 2018

For our brethren

Members of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office gathered at the courthouse flagpole on Tuesday, May 15, to lower the Stars and Stripes and the Lone Star flag to half staff during Police Week in commemoration of all law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or sustained serious injury in the line of duty. Present for the occasion were (L-R) Sergeant Rickey Galvan, Sgt. Investigator Esmeralda Gonzalez, and Deputies Julian Lopez, Mike Hernandez and Jose Cardenas III. The week's events will also feature commemorative activities at local schools, where students will welcome the officers on visits and to share meals on Friday, May 18.

May 15, 2018

Onward and upward

The Sheriffs' Association of Texas has awarded a scholarship to Cotulla native Cody Thomas, the son of Herlinda Thomas and Robbie Thomas, retired chief deputy and sheriff of La Salle County. Cody is the 2015 Valedictorian of Cotulla High School and is currently attending the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he expects to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, after which he will pursue his higher education at pharmacy school. He has also taken classes in forensic science. La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez presented Thomas with his scholarship and a certificate in the district courtroom on Tuesday, May 15. Thomas is extending his gratitude to the Sheriffs' Association of Texas for his second scholarship towards his education and says he hopes other student family members of law enforcement officers will apply for the funds in order to support their higher education. "I am very grateful for the support from our sheriff and from the Sheriffs' Association, because this enables me to continue focusing on my studies and stay on track to graduate from UTSA next spring," Thomas said. "Coming from a small town, a lot of young college students are faced with many challenges when they enroll at a major university, and a scholarship of this kind goes a long way towards helping make it possible to meet those expenses, and that's a relief to my family and will be a relief to others in future."

May 10, 2018

Thank you for your service

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez marked Correctional Officers’ Appreciation Week on Thursday, May 10, with gifts to each of the officers working at the county jail in Cotulla, and also presented tokens of appreciation to the jailers at the Regional Detention Center in Encinal. He is pictured at the county jail with Officers Juan Rios, Rosie Garcia and Devin Hughes. The correctional officer team at Cotulla also includes David Holguin, Priscilla Mainez, Isaiah Galindo, Mary Aguilar, Kody Martinez, Victor Alvarado, Kevin Martinez, William Matlock, Angelica Martinez, and Ana Olivarez. The sheriff reiterated that he believes the county owes a debt of gratitude to the correctional officers who work day and night shifts year-round to maintain the facility’s security and oversee the movement of detainees in La Salle County, and expressed thanks to those who put in long working hours for the benefit of the county. “When we think about how many people it takes to keep our community safe, we often think about the officers patrolling the neighborhoods,” the sheriff said, “but there are many who work behind the scenes, such as here at the county jail, to ensure the safety of our citizens by handling the detention of our inmates effectively. These officers play a vital role in the efficient operations of the county jail division.”

May 3, 2018

Places in the sun

Ambassadors of the La Salle County Fair Association, including Miss La Salle County Mallory Garcia and her junior counterparts, ride the Fair Association float during a brief heatwave of 102 degrees for the Cinco de Mayo Parade held through downtown Encinal on Thursday afternoon, May 3, in advance of the community's full day of May 5 festivities, which include games, food and live entertainment. Thursday's parade included scores of local and regional law enforcement, emergency responder and local government representatives as well as student and civic organizations, and businesses from La Salle and Webb counties. (For more, see 'PHOTOS')   

April 25, 2018

Read
these
lines

Encinal Elementary School Kindergarten students give their thumbs-up to the annual safety project hosted Wednesday, April 25, at their campus by the Woman's Club of Cotulla and the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, in which each child was fingerprinted for an identity kit that was sent home to parents for use in the event of an accident or emergency, or in case a child is missing.
(For more images, see 'PHOTOS') 

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