"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,
upcoming events

What's happening?

Help after house fire

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office is helping find assistance for the Gonzalez family of Gardendale - David and Elvira and their four children ages 14, 13, 8 and 4 - who lost their home and all of their possessions in a fire on Thursday, June 15. Anyone offering clothing, toiletries, housewares, furnishings, food and financial contributions should call Victims' Advocate Rosario Morales at (830) 879-3044. (For related story, see 'NEWS')

Swimming
pool open

The La Salle County Swimming Pool at Martinez Park, 916 Huddleston Street in Cotulla, is open to the public for the summer from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (830) 483-5362.

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

August 14, 2017

Sheriff offers Back-to-School safety tips

By Marc Robertson
Children are starting the new academic year in towns and cities across Texas this month, and for many this means walking to and from school for the first time, while parents resume their morning commute.

In La Salle County, Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and his officers are reminding the public of vital safety measures to take and to exercise additional caution at the start of the new school year.

“A lot of kids are going to be out there on the street, in the morning and in the afternoon, and it’s going to be important for everyone to be extra careful,” the sheriff said. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt, just because a driver wasn’t paying attention or because someone wasn’t watching for traffic.”

Motorists are being reminded to slow down in school zones and to observe a cellphone ban. Use of cellphones or other mobile devices in a school zone is punishable by a fine up to $200. Citations are filed in municipal court.

All children walking to school are being urged not to wear headphones or earbuds that may hinder them in listening for traffic. Children should stay on the sidewalk where possible and should not cross the street without looking both ways.

“It might be cool to listen to music on your headphones while you’re walking to school, or even to send text messages or watch videos on your phone while you’re walking, but these things are distractions that could mean you’re not paying attention to traffic,” the sheriff said. “I hope kids will put their phones away when they’re walking along the road.”

The sheriff’s office is also reminding parents to encourage their children to use the ‘buddy system’ if they are walking to or from school. Students should always walk with a friend, should never leave anyone behind, and should never accept offers of rides from anyone.

“You all know the rules about Stranger Danger, and this is an important time to think about those rules and to remind your friends,” the sheriff said this week. “If the weather is really bad, take shelter somewhere safe and call home to let your family know where you are. If you are going to walk home with a friend, always make sure your parents know where you are.”

La Salle County sheriff’s deputies will patrol the school zones and monitor traffic flow around campuses. Drivers are reminded to watch for children stepping out from between parked vehicles and always to stop for a school bus loading or offloading students.

“We hope everyone has a safe start for the new school year, and we hope that everyone using the road is careful in school zones,” the sheriff said. “Stop, Look and Listen is always the best rule, but school zone safety is up to all of us, for the sake of the children of our community.”  

August 4, 2017

Beginning new duty

Former La Salle County Deputies (L-R) Leo Martinez and Alfred Gonzales have completed their training and graduated in a ceremony on Friday, August 4, from the Highway Patrol Academy of the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin. They will now be stationed with the Highway Patrol as Texas State Troopers to begin their patrol careers. Martinez is a native of Cotulla; Gonzales is a Laredo resident. Both served as deputies in La Salle County before applying to join the DPS and passing the rigorous entrance requirements. The academy’s ten-week training course is adapted for participants who are already licensed peace officers and includes physical and academic training and examination in the policies and procedures of the Highway Patrol. Friends and family from across South Texas attended last week’s graduation ceremony and included a number of La Salle County officers with whom the two new troopers have served in their careers.
(Courtesy photo)

August 1, 2017

Finding
what we need

Cotulla schoolchildren keep track of the service providers and exhibitors they have visited on their way through the AB Alexander Convention Center on Tuesday afternoon, August 1, where the annual Back-to-School Health Fair was held and included provisions of school supplies, free backpacks for all, and a wealth of resources and points of contact for information on family wellness, special services and support. The day's activities continued with the traditional Fun Walk & Run at Myers Memorial Stadium.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS')

August 1, 2017

Stand up
for the young ones

Members of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Texas met at the AB Alexander Convention Center in Cotulla on Tuesday, August 1, to host an informational booth at the annual La Salle County Health Fair, which provided school supplies and educational materials on special services and family wellness to youths and parents alike. The CASA volunteer organization's members speak up for children in court during shelter, custody, foster care and adoption hearings with a focus on addressing the youngsters' immediate and long-term needs for a safe and nurturing home environment. CASA of South Texas is active in Frio and La Salle counties as well as Wilson, Atascosa and Karnes counties, with volunteers maintaining contact with children in all communities in the area and monitoring their progress. Present at the Health Fair on Tuesday were (L-R) Francie Gasch, CASA supervisor; Courtney Llewellyn, CASA volunteer; Amanda Menke, Advisory Board member; Erica Eastham, volunteer; Rosario Morales, CASA board member and La Salle County Sheriff's Office Victims' Advocate; and Louisa Franklin, volunteer.

July 25, 2017

News from
our friends at
Fire &
Rescue

How
it's
done

Young interns serving with the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS this summer include (L-R) Taylor Cason, Martyn Segura and Ottie Espinoza, who have been learning the many duties carried out by the county's full-time firefighters and emergency responders, in addition to the work required to maintain the brigade's equipment and keep vehicles in top form. This is the first summer that the La Salle County Fire Rescue & EMS has hosted interns. The youths are also being trained how to use lifesaving devices and will be CPR certified, take part in physical fitness exercises with the county’s firefighters, and ride out on emergency calls as observers. To ensure they understand what it is like to wear protective gear, they take part in simulated fire duties wearing fire suits and using breathing devices. Firefighters and Chief Daniel Mendez are commending the youths on their perseverance and on their eagerness to learn more about serving as emergency responders.
(Courtesy photo)

July 18, 2017

Prepared to serve

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez pins a peace officer badge to the county's newest reserve deputy, Jose "JJ" Sanchez Jr., in a brief ceremony presided over by County Judge Joel Rodriguez, who administered the oath of office Tuesday, July 18, in the county commissioners' courtroom. Sanchez is a native of Glendale, Arizona, and attended university at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Criminal Justice before entering service as a trooper with the Missouri Highway Patrol. He and his wife recently moved to warmer climates and settled in Laredo, where he is currently employed as a deputy for the Webb County Sheriff's Office. He says he looks forward to serving the people of La Salle County when he is called upon by the sheriff's office to provide additional manpower at public events and in case of a disaster or other emergency when a full complement of law enforcement officers is required. Sanchez also says he looks forward to meeting the people of La Salle County and becoming familiar with its communities.

July 7, 2017

The Thin Blue Line

La Salle County Sheriff's Office deputies and administrators were joined by firefighters and medics of the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS and by agents of the US Border Patrol and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, Texas Rangers and La Salle County constabulary at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, in front of the county courthouse for a moment of silence decreed by the Texas Governor's Office as a statewide sign of respect and commemoration for peace officers who are killed in the line of duty. The annual Thin Blue Line event coincided with the funeral in San Antonio of a police officer who was shot to death, and with the anniversary of a shooting in Dallas last year, in which five officers were killed. The Texas and US flags at the courthouse were lowered to half staff for the somber occasion.

July 6, 2017

Beating the heat

Children from across La Salle County have been enjoying the refreshing cool waters and fun at the public swimming pool at the Martinez Park Sports Complex on the southeast side of Cotulla this month, as the summer Get Fit Program attracts scores of school-age youths to its supervised activities. Groups from Cotulla and Encinal have spent afternoon hours at the indoor facility while daytime temperatures have soared into the triple digits. Activity organizers are reporting that the recreational and educational program encourages youth interaction, athletic activity and camaraderie while offering positive reinforcement in an age-appropriate environment.  

July 1, 2017

Showing our colors

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez headed a cavalcade of emergency response and law enforcement vehicles in the annual Cotulla Main Street Program Independence Day Parade, which took place Saturday morning, July 1, through downtown Cotulla.
(See 'PHOTOS')

June 22, 2017

Staying active

 Joaquin Garcia and Caleb Garcia (top photo, L-R), Victoria Gonzalez (above) and Karina Sauceda (left) are among scores of La Salle County teenagers who have found summer employment in a variety of positions at the county courthouse and in other government offices this month, earning extra money for several weeks' work. The Summer Youth Employment Program offered by La Salle County has become a tradition, approved each year by the commissioners' court, and provides support for government offices as well as manual labor for the county. The youths are high school students who report that they expect to use their earnings towards college expenses.

June 5, 2017

For
those
who served

Representatives of the US Veterans Administration made their annual visit to Cotulla from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 5, and parked their traveling information station in front of the La Salle County Courthouse, where they met with former members of the US armed forces from across South Texas to offer counseling, advice on resources and a range of programs and benefits available to all those who have served their country in uniform. Former service personnel were not required to be registered in advance but could meet with counselors for private consultation. Hosting the event for the La Salle County area was Veterans Service Officer and La Salle County Sheriff's Sgt. Rickey Galvan, who also provided food and refreshment to all visitors. Pictured with the VA Center information bus are (L-R) Veterans Outreach Specialist Enrique Reyes, Sgt. Galvan, Sheriff's Deputy and La Salle County Bailiff Eddie De Leon, Cotulla Volunteer Fire Department Chief Johnny Gomez, and VA Center Readjustment Counselor Toby Garcia.

June 2, 2017

Are there any more bids?

La Salle Sheriff's Office Sgt. Rickey Galvan serves as auctioneer on Friday morning, June 2, for the public sale of more than a dozen abandoned and seized cars, trucks and vans, as well as county surplus equipment. Proceeds from the sale help the sheriff's office purchase law enforcement supplies. La Salle Pct. 1 also sold a Caterpillar front-end loader at the auction. (See 'PHOTOS')

May 30, 2017

It takes a dedicated man...

Representatives of multiple law enforcement agencies came together at the La Salle County Steakhouse in Cotulla on Tuesday, May 30, to celebrate the service of US Border Patrol Cotulla Station Agent in Charge Sammy Posada and to congratulate him on his retirement after 32 years of duty. A catered luncheon for over 100 guests was hosted in Posada's honor by La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez. The retiree was presented with parting gifts and mementoes of his career. Also in attendance were elected officials, county government staff, family and friends from across South Texas. Joining Posada and Rodriguez (Photo above, center) outside the event for a farewell were officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the sheriff's office, the Texas Rangers, and the Border Patrol.

May 25, 2017

It's
Red Nose
Day!

Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez joined Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez and her staff on Thursday, May 25, in marking Red Nose Day as part of an annual charitable effort to increase awareness of homelessness and poverty among children in the US and overseas. Proceeds from the sale of event-related materials are used by charities to benefit the needy. Pictured with the sheriff and JP are (L-R) staff members Lety Rios, Aida Garcia, Mary Garcia and Carla Niavez. The JP's office is inviting anyone who knows of a family with needy children to notify the JP at (830) 879-4446 or visit her office on Center Street (beside Veterans' Park in downtown Cotulla).

May 24, 2017

A Cotulla High School athlete hands the Special Olympics torch to La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez on the final stretch of the annual fundraising Law Enforcement Torch Run through downtown Cotulla on Wednesday morning, May 24. The torch was carried from Laredo to San Antonio and onwards to Arlington, Texas, for the Special Olympics by members of the US Border Patrol, the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, correctional officers, sheriff's deputies, police, firefighters, community members and high school students. Local runs were organized through Cotulla, Dilley and Pearsall before the torch progressed north to Medina, Atascosa and Bexar counties. (For more images, see 'PHOTOS')

It's your turn, Sheriff

May 18, 2017

Because
I'm unique

A kindergartner at Cotulla's Ramirez/Burks Elementary School discusses the finer points of his fingerprints with La Salle Sheriff's Investigator Homar Olivarez on Thursday, May 18, during the annual Safety ID Kit project hosted by the Woman's Club of Cotulla with local law enforcement agents to provide every kindergartner in Cotulla and Encinal with a document listing vital statistics for use in the event of an accident or other crisis. The ID kits were sent home to parents for safekeeping. Assisting the sheriff's officers and Woman's Club in the project this year were representatives of the US Border Patrol and the Texas Rangers.
(For more images, see 'PHOTOS'

May 17, 2017

All on the same page...

Cotulla ISD Superintendent Dr. Jack Seals serves as the chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and is joined by Texas Highway Patrol Sgt. JD Rodriguez, vice chairman, in hosting the group's quarterly meeting in the Larry Griffin Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla on Wednesday, May 17, to discuss disaster preparedness and regional resources.
(For related story, see 'FEATURES')

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