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May 22, 2017

Arrests, 
May 15-22:
Officers cuff 12

By Marc Robertson
Law enforcement officers took 12 subjects into custody in La Salle County over the past week on a range of felony and misdemeanor charges as well as on arrest warrants for failure to make court appearances.

Arrests were made by La Salle County sheriff’s deputies, troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety and officers of the Encinal Police Department between May 15, and Monday, May 22.

One man was arrested less than four hours after being released on bond from 45 days in jail.

Those taken into custody, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail in Cotulla, are as follows:

David Flores, 51, of Cotulla; arrested 9:10 p.m. Monday, May 15, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor violating a bond or protective order; released on bond after 21 hours.

Manuel Sanchez Jr., 27, of San Antonio; arrested 9:59 p.m. Monday, May 15, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid, with a previous conviction; released on bond after 20 hours.

Marlana Contreras, 27, of Cotulla; arrested 12:33 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury; released on bond after one day, 14 hours.

Marcus Duane Tellez, 21, of Cotulla; arrested 2:37 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after 17 hours.

Gustavo Martinez Jr., 51, of Eagle Pass; arrested 10:50 a.m. Thursday, May 18, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor accident involving damage to a vehicle greater than $200; released on bond after one day, four hours.

Jose Luis Maldonado, 49, of Cotulla; arrested 2:56 p.m. Thursday, May 18, by the Sheriff’s Office; first-degree felony aggravated assault with a weapon on a family or household member, Class A misdemeanor evading arrest or detention, warrants issued by Justice of the Peace for misdemeanor failing to maintain financial responsibility, misdemeanor displaying fictitious registration, misdemeanor failing to signal lane change, and misdemeanor violating a promise to appear in court, and warrant issued by Wisconsin Department of Corrections for parole violation; remains in jail as of May 22.

Roxanne Heathcock Reed, 54, of Fowlerton; arrested 2:25 a.m. Saturday, May 20, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated; released on bond after eight hours.

Marie Ann Gorman, 26, of Bastrop, Texas; arrested 2:25 a.m. Saturday, May 20, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 3, misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after nine hours.

Ricardo Mendez, 53, of Cotulla; arrested 6:40 a.m. Sunday, May 21, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; released after six hours.

Cliff Matthews Robinson Jr., 21, of Laredo; arrested 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, by the Encinal Police Department; third-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon; remains in jail as of May 22.

Abel Quinonez, 24, of Pearsall; arrested 4:50 p.m. Sunday, May 21, by the Texas DPS; misdemeanor failing to report a non-injury accident; released on bond after five hours.

Gilbert Cruz, 35, of Cotulla; arrested 6:54 p.m. Sunday, May 21, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, warrants issued in La Salle County for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving with an open container of alcohol, and three warrants for failure to appear in court on charges of public intoxication; remains in jail as of May 22.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Sandra Esmeralda Rodriguez, transferred after 89 days, 17 hours; Jesus R. Alvarado, released on bond after 89 days, 8 hours; David Flores, released on bond after 45 days; Juan Angel Castillo, transferred after 30 days, 12 hours; Juan Ramon Munoz, transferred after 23 days, 20 hours; Reynaldo Lopez Jr., transferred after 24 days, 21 hours; Charles Dustin West, released on bond after one day, 11 hours; and Abelardo Molina, released on bond after 14 hours.

May 15, 2017

Arrests, 
May 8-15:
Officers cuff 12

By Marc Robertson
Twelve individuals were arrested in La Salle County over the past week by sheriff’s deputies and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

Those taken into custody, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail in Cotulla between Monday, May 8, and May 15, included the following:

Daniel Joel Garcia, 29, of Alice, Texas; arrested 6:40 p.m. Monday, May 8, by the Texas DPS; warrant issued in Jim Wells County for state jail felony child support payment, Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid with a previous conviction; released on bond after 18 hours.

Emmanuel Roberto Rueda, 24, of Laredo; arrested 5:02 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, Class B misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2A; released on bond after one day, five hours.

Alexandra Robles, 29, of San Antonio; arrested 1:45 p.m. Thursday, May 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony warrant issued in La Salle District Court for failure to appear in court, misdemeanor warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court; remains in jail as of May 15.

Noel Rene Niaves, 56, of Cotulla; arrested 5:36 p.m. Thursday, May 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County for interfering with public duties and Class A misdemeanor assault by contact; released on bond after two hours.

Victor Orlando Velasco, 28, of Cotulla; arrested 6:23 p.m. Thursday, May 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; third-degree felony tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, Class B misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2A, warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court and payment of a fine for possession of drug paraphernalia; released on bond after 23 hours.

Ramon Nunez, 60, of Cotulla; arrested 8:23 p.m. Thursday, May 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; court-ordered release after 17 hours.

Deyanira Ramirez, 31, of Cotulla; arrested 6:05 p.m. Friday, May 12, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for payment of a fine for disregarding a stop sign; released on bond after three hours.

Michael Anthony Luna, 30, of Laredo; arrested 7:20 p.m. Friday, May 12, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor driving without a license; released after one day, three hours.

Rocky Luna Jr., 34, of Laredo; arrested 7:04 p.m. Friday, May 12, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana; released on bond after two days, 14 hours.

Rolando Gamboa, 36, of Corpus Christi; arrested 9:05 p.m. Friday, May 12, by the Texas DPS; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court, driving while license is not valid, and speeding more than ten percent over the posted limit; released on bond after one day, one hour.

Charles Dustin West, 36, of Buffalo, Texas; arrested 3:45 a.m. Sunday, May 14, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated or with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle; remains in jail as of May 15.

Abelardo Molina, 33, of Cotulla; arrested 12:07 a.m. Monday, May 15, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid with a previous conviction; remains in jail as of May 15.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Joe Jacob Cantu, transferred after 34 days, 23 hours; Fabian Cordova, released on bond after 29 days, 18 hours; Mark Anthony Ozuniga, transferred after 27 days, 17 hours; Oscar Ronnie Rios, released on bond after two days, one hour.  

May 11, 2017

La Salle County firefighters pick through the debris and extinguish hotspots after a freight truck carrying air conditioner components is destroyed in a blaze on an IH-35 overpass at Cotulla early Thursday, May 11.
(Courtesy photo)

Pressurized tanks explode in fire...

Burning truck blocks highway; driver escapes unhurt

By Marc Robertson
A disintegrating tire, overheating brakes and a shower of sparks are among the possible causes of a truck trailer fire that resulted in the closure of the IH-35 northbound lanes at Cotulla for several hours on Thursday morning, May 11.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene on a highway overpass at the Business IH-35 / North Main Street intersection shortly after 2:30 a.m. to find that fire was spreading rapidly through the freight truck’s box trailer carrying a cargo of air conditioner components.

Within a short period of time, pressurized tanks in the cargo began exploding, according to La Salle Sheriff’s Sgt. Rickey Galvan, who was among those at the scene.
Members of the La Salle Fire Rescue were dispatched to fight the blaze while sheriff’s deputies, the Highway Patrol and other officers diverted interstate traffic away from the burning wreckage and onto the highway’s east-side access road.

A report on the case indicates that the truck had been traveling north on the interstate when one of its trailer tires had disintegrated and, although the truck driver brought the vehicle to a halt, the freight truck was blocking a lane of traffic and had begun to burn.

Officers dispatched to the scene have confirmed that a number of other truck drivers stopped their vehicles beside the interstate and rushed to the aid of the
A portion of IH-35 remains closed Thursday morning, May 11,
after a truck burns in the northbound lanes. (Courtesy photo)
stranded driver, assisting her in disconnecting her tractor rig from the burning trailer.

“We are fortunate that no one was injured in this incident,” Sgt. Galvan said. “There was some urgency in detaching the tractor rig while the trailer was being consumed by fire, but the real danger was yet to be revealed, namely the pressurized tanks. They were the source of the series of explosions.”

Northbound traffic was diverted to the highway exit and access ramps serving the Main Street intersection while the overpass bridge was closed during firefighting and cleanup operations that lasted more than eight hours.

No charges have been filed in the case to date.

May 10, 2017

Arrest after crashing in median...

Did suspicious truck stop customer use drugs on highway?

By Marc Robertson
A Laredo man with a history of drug-related charges may have used a powerful quantity of synthetic marijuana while driving between Encinal and Cotulla on Wednesday afternoon, May 10, according to officers who interviewed him after he had crashed his car.

Emmanuel Roberto Rueda, 24, had been at the wheel of a 2012 Ford Focus sedan when it veered out of the northbound lanes of the interstate near Artesia Wells and collided with the cable barrier in the highway’s center median. He was not injured in the crash but was found to be in a confused state and unaware that he had been involved in an accident when he was interviewed by La Salle County sheriff’s deputies.

Rueda was quickly identified as having been a truck stop customer who had caught store employees’ attention in Encinal a short time earlier, according to investigating officers, and a report had been made regarding the man’s apparently unusual behavior.

Among those first to reach the crashed vehicle near Milemarker 56 at around 4:30 p.m. were agents of the US Border Patrol and La Salle Constable Rene Maldonado. Rueda was reportedly seen dropping a makeshift pipe into a soda can when officers found him.  

La Salle County Deputies Juan Mirelez and Daniela Flores both reported that Rueda appeared dazed and sleepy, that he asked repeatedly why he had been stopped and that his speech was slurred.
Rueda admitted during further questioning that he had used K2, a brand of synthetic cannabinoid. He was then found in possession of a plastic bag containing the same narcotic.

Charges filed against the driver include Class B misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2A and driving while intoxicated. He has also been cited for Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Rueda was remanded into custody at the La Salle County Jail; the damaged vehicle was impounded by the sheriff’s office.

May 9, 2017

Impounded
vehicles

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

2008 Chevrolet SUV, grey; VIN 1GNFC13008R193977.
2014 Chevrolet 4-door, silver; VIN 1G1PG5SB8E7435054.
1999 Mitsubishi 4-door, silver; VIN 4A3AA46G7XE052202.
2003 Oldsmobile 4-door, silver; VIN 1G3NL52F13C302122.
2001 Chevrolet SUV, white; VIN 1GNEC13T71R101159.
2002 Chevrolet SUV, red; VIN 3GNEC16Z32G169007.

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

May 8, 2017

Arrests, 
May 1-8:
Officers cuff 10

By Marc Robertson
Ten suspects were taken into custody on a range of charges including misdemeanors and felonies in La Salle County between May 1 and Monday, May 8.

Arrests over the past week were made by deputies of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

Those taken into custody, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail, are as follows:

Angel Lopez Guerrero, 35, of Corpus Christi; arrested 2:05 p.m. Monday, May 1, by the Sheriff’s Office; sentencing to serve ten years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Belinda Diane Fletcher, 53, of Cotulla; arrested 2:17 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for Class B misdemeanor criminal trespass; released on bond after one day, one hour.

Nora Castor, 43, of Cotulla; arrested 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1; remains in jail as of May 8.

Felipe Viviano Garcia, 27, of Laredo; arrested 7:39 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor reckless driving; released on bond after 17 hours.

Ricky Montes, 23, of Cotulla; arrested 4:15 p.m. by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County for violating a promise to appear in court and driving without a license; released on bond after 17 hours.

Joshua Vasquez, 20, of Cotulla; arrested 12:10 a.m. Friday, May 5, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana; released on bond after eight hours.

Matthew Arron Bussell, 28, of Starks, Iowa; arrested 9:49 p.m. Friday, May 5, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid, with a previous conviction; released on bond after 20 hours.

Celsa Oralia Garcia, 26, of Cotulla; arrested 3:41 p.m. Saturday, May 6, by the Texas DPS; Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 3, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana; released on bond after one day, five hours.

Felicia Ann Llopiz, 26, of San Antonio; arrested 12:12 p.m. Sunday, May 7, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for failure to appear in court on a charge of failing to identify or giving false information; remains in jail as of May 8.

Oscar Ronnie Rios, 35, of Cotulla; arrested 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 8, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for revocation of probation on a charge of possession of a controlled substance; remains in jail as of May 8.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Ernest Ruiz, transferred after two days, 19 hours.

May 2, 2017

JP signs arrest warrants for court dodgers

By Marc Robertson
La Salle County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez is signing arrest warrants this week for those who have failed to make court appearances or who have failed to meet obligations in the wake of arrest or citation on a range of charges.

Those listed are subject to arrest immediately at home, at work or in the course of traffic stops if they are identified by law enforcement officers. Arrests may be carried out by La Salle County sheriff’s deputies, officers of the Cotulla City Patrol, La Salle County constables, troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, officers of the Encinal Police Department, Texas game wardens or other licensed peace officers.

Listed as wanted by the justice of the peace this week and facing additional charges of failure to appear in court are the following:

Alexa Carolina Alfaro, 23, of Laredo; displaying an expired license plate.

Jennifer Rae Arce, 36, of Laredo; driving while license is not valid, two counts of traveling with an unrestrained child, failing to appear in court.

Kassondra Alvardo, 24, of Cotulla; driving with an expired registration, failing to maintain financial responsibility, failing to show a driver’s license, operating a vehicle without a license plate.

Leonardo V Angelillo, 21, of Austin; violation of driver’s license restriction (2 counts), driving with an expired license, failing to appear in court.

Horace Dewayne Coleman, 50, of San Antonio; window tint violation.

Claudia Lydia Rios, 30, of Cotulla; disregarding seat system for a child under age 8, disregarding a stop sign or traffic signal.

John Brian Molina, 31, of Cotulla; failing to appear in court, failing to maintain financial responsibility, Class C theft, driving with an expired vehicle registration, seat belt violation.

Josiah Israel Diaz, 30, of Laredo; failing to appear in court, speeding.

Jesus Ramirez Jr., 25, of Cotulla; displaying an expired driver’s license, failing to maintain financial responsibility, driving while license is not valid.

Richard Garcia Jr., 31, of Laredo; failing to appear in court, driving without a license, safety seat violation with a child under age 8.

Norma Idalia Hernandez, 28, of San Antonio; failing to appear in court, driving while license is suspended, traveling with an unrestrained child under age 5.

Eric Olvera Garcia, 46, of San Antonio; speeding.

Mario Hugo Garica, 41, of Cotulla; turning violation, failing to appear in court, possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia, driving while license is not valid.

Abraham Mosqueda, 36, of Houston; possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, failing to maintain financial responsibility, driving without a license.

Tammy Renee Jones, 40, of Cotulla; disregarding a stop sign or traffic signal.

Andro Grajales, 45, of Florida; driving with an exposed tire belt, driving with excessive air loss, driving while brakes are unadjusted.

Mike Nickles, 38, of Dilley; failing to appear in court, driving without a license.

Katrina Nicole Ramon, 28, of Dilley; failing to appear in court, disorderly conduct, public intoxication.

Daniel Adrian Salazar, 19, of Cotulla; driving while license is not valid.

Tammy Morales Sepulveda, 35, of Cotulla; Class C misdemeanor family violence assault.

Those for whom arrest warrants are being signed this week are required to make a court appearance at the justice of the peace’s office on Center Street in downtown Cotulla and have forfeited the right to make arrangements by telephone. A telephone call does not constitute a court appearance. Further charges are pending against those who fail to meet court obligations.

May 1, 2017

Arrests,
April 24 -
May 1:
Officers cuff 7

By Marc Robertson
Officers in La Salle County took seven individuals to jail on a range of misdemeanor and felony charges in the past week, in addition to a number of detainees wanted for questioning in other counties.

Local arrests were made by La Salle County Sheriff’s Office deputies, officers of the Cotulla Patrol Division, troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, and officers of the Encinal Police Department.

Those taken into custody between Monday, April 24, and Monday, May 1, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail in Cotulla, were as follows:

Juan Ramon Munoz, 41, of Big Spring, Texas; arrested 2:45 p.m. Monday, April 24, by the Encinal Police Department; Class A misdemeanor theft of property up to $750, state jail felony warrant on a charge of theft issued in Ector County, warrant issued by Austin Pardon & Parole Board on parole violation, warrants issued in Midland County on charges of theft by repetition (two counts) and theft of property over $2,500 (four counts) with two or more previous convictions, warrants issued in Ector County for theft (two counts) with two or more previous convictions and criminal trespass; remains in jail as of May 1 on hold for Ector County, Midland County and Austin Pardon & Parole.

Maria Sepulveda-Alejandro, 42, of Big Wells, Texas; arrested 6:49 p.m. Monday, April 24, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued for probation violation on Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated with a child passenger under age 15; released on bond after three hours.

Reynaldo Lopez Jr., 43, of Encinal; arrested 4:43 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, by the Encinal Police Department; warrant issued in La Salle County Court on Class B misdemeanor failure to appear in court, warrants issued in Webb County evading arrest or detention in a motor vehicle (two counts); remains in jail as of May 1, on hold for Webb County.

Rodrigo Rodriguez Jr., 36, of Cotulla; arrested 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County on Class B misdemeanor theft of property, warrant issued by Austin Pardon & Parole Board on parole violation; remains in jail as of May 1.

Travis Clayton Alexander, 35, of Cotulla; arrested 10:33 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, by the Cotulla City Patrol; misdemeanor public intoxication; court-ordered release after two days, one hour.

Ernest Ruiz, 45, of Laredo; arrested 10:20 p.m. Friday, April 28, by the Texas DPS; warrant issued in Sutton County for probation violation on a charge of driving while license is not valid with a previous conviction; remains in jail as of May 1.

Ricardo Soto, 46, of Encinal; arrested 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30, by the Encinal Police Department; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for driving with expired license plates and failing to maintain financial responsibility; released on bond after five hours.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Greg Dunford, transferred after 41 days, 19 hours; Abelardo Molina, court-ordered release after two days, 18 hours; Hugo Cesar Tovar-Garcia, released on bond after one day, four hours; and Raul Jesus Castillo, released on bond after one day, three hours.

April 24, 2017

No serious injuries...

Highway Patrol investigates FM 469 bus rollover

By Marc Robertson
Department of Public Safety troopers have launched an investigation this week into the possible causes of a charter bus crash on a remote stretch of a two-lane road in La Salle County.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the crash site some three miles east of IH-35 near Millett shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, April 24, to find that a bus driver had sustained only minor injuries when his vehicle had veered off the roadway and tipped onto its side. The accident on FM 469 had occurred more than 45 minutes previously but had not been reported to the county’s emergency dispatcher, according to the Highway Patrol, but a construction site work crew had found the overturned vehicle.

In a brief report on the crash, the La Salle County office of the Highway Patrol is indicating that the bus driver employed by Ronald A. Wagner & Company had been traveling east on the farm-to-market road when he had lost control of his steering in a curve, causing the vehicle to tip onto its passenger side.

The bus had been on its way to pick up a work crew at the time of the crash, according to the DPS. Among those dispatched to the scene were firefighters and medics of the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS. The driver was transported by ambulance to Frio Regional Hospital at Pearsall for treatment.

No charges have been filed in the case to date, pending the outcome of the DPS investigation into factors that may have contributed to the crash.

Lane closures remained in effect on FM 469 for more than two hours for cleanup at the crash site and removal of the damaged bus.

Monday evening’s accident occurred at the same time as an incident some forty miles to the south that likewise required emergency response and lane closures. Deputies of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the site of a fuel spill near the intersection of IH-35 and Hwy 44 in Encinal shortly after 9 p.m. and reported that interstate ramp closures would be necessary during a cleanup operation. The Texas Department of Transportation has since confirmed that IH-35 access and exit ramps were restricted and that motorists were diverted to alternate routes.

A report on the fuel spill indicates that a commercial truck may have sustained a puncture to its diesel tank when its driveshaft disengaged, crippling the 18-wheel freighter near the intersection. Lane closures remained in effect for at least two hours. There has been no report of charges filed in the case, pending the outcome of an investigation. No injuries have been reported.

April 24, 2017

Arrests,
April 17-24:
Officers cuff 10

By Marc Robertson
La Salle County sheriff’s deputies brought ten individuals into custody over the past week on a range of charges, among them a number on outstanding warrants issued locally for failure to meet court obligations.

Those taken into custody between Monday, April 17, and Monday, April 24, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail, are as follows:

Gabriel Gonzales, 19, of Pearsall; arrested 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants
issued in Cotulla Municipal Court for failure to meet court obligations on charges of speeding and driving without a license; court-ordered release after 18 hours.

Jose Luis Lara, 45, of Cotulla; arrested 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor family violence assault causing bodily injury; released on bond after one day, 16 hours.

Yvette Rae Jaco, 52, of Cotulla; arrested 5:03 p.m. Friday, April 21, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor family violence assault causing bodily injury; released on bond after one day, four hours.

Juan Angel Castillo, 27, of Cotulla; arrested 11:33 p.m. Friday, April 21, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle District Court and by La Salle County authorities for felony unlawful restraint, Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury, failure to appear in court on a charge of burglary of a habitation, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and possession of methamphetamine; remains in jail as of April 24.

Salvador Emilio Gonzales, 39, of San Antonio; arrested 1:04 a.m. Saturday, April 22, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid, with a previous conviction; released on bond after 154 hours.

Abelardo Molina, 33, of Cotulla; arrested 8:35 p.m. Saturday, April 22, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County for payment of fines or failure to meet court obligations on charges of driving with an open container of alcohol, driving while license is not valid, failure to appear in court or violating a promise to appear (five counts), disregarding a stop sign (two counts), traveling with an unrestrained child, and speeding (two counts); remains in jail as of April 24.

Adrianna Espinola Sanchez, 46, of San Antonio; arrested 9:39 p.m. Saturday, April 22, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for failure to comply with a court order or to appear in court; released on bond after 19 hours.

Jose Juan Maldonado, 24, of Encinal; arrested 3:08 a.m. Sunday, April 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; court-ordered release after ten hours.

Hugo Cesar Tovar-Garcia, 37, of Rosharon, Texas; arrested 5:50 p.m. Sunday, April 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; remains in jail as of April 24.

Raul Jesus Castillo, 28, of Humble, Texas; arrested 6:22 p.m. Sunday, April 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; remains in jail as of April 24.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Alberto Castor Jr., released on bond after 96 days, 20 hours; Renee Rincon Jr., court-ordered release after 29 days, 18 hours; Oscar Gonzalez Jr., released on bond after 22 days, two hours; Christopher Lee Hearn, transferred after 17 days, 15 hours; Sonny Perales, transferred after 16 days, 15 hours; Jeffrey Lynn Stroud, released on bond after 22 days, 20 hours; Francisco Flores Jr., released on bond after two days, six hours; and Alejandro Cerda Jr., released on bond after 16 hours.    

April 17, 2017

Arrests,
April 10-17:
Officers cuff 11

By Marc Robertson
Eleven individuals were arrested in La Salle County over the past week on a range of charges by deputies of the Sheriff’s Office and the Cotulla Patrol Division, troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and officers of the Encinal Police Department.

Those taken into custody between Monday, April 10, and Monday, April 17, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail, are as follows:

Antonio Garcia Jr., 35, of Cotulla; arrested 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; three counts of Class A misdemeanor possession of a dangerous drug; released on bond after 14 hours.

Pedro Vinton III, 24, of Cotulla; arrested 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by Justice of the Peace for violating a driver’s license restriction and for failing to maintain financial responsibility; released after 18 hours.

Rosalinda Ramirez, 45, of Cotulla; arrested 5:29 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, by the Cotulla City Patrol; Class A misdemeanor family violence assault causing bodily injury; released on bond after 23 hours.

Daniella Ann Sotelo, 26, of Cotulla; arrested 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court; released on bond after three hours.

Hugo Salainas Hernandez, 47, of Cotulla; arrested 2:45 p.m. Friday, April 14, by the Sheriff’s Office, after having been released from 61 days in custody March 28; failure to appear in court on two felony counts of assault on a public servant; remains in jail as of April 17.

Mark Anthony Ozuniga, 32, of San Antonio; arrested 4:09 p.m. Friday, April 14, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for failure to appear in court on a state jail felony charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; remains in jail as of April 17.

Victor Alfonso Garcia, 23, of Cotulla; arrested 9:48 p.m. Saturday, April 15, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by Justice of the Peace for failing to maintain financial responsibility, warrants issued in La Salle County for failure to appear in court, failure to attend school, failure to appear in court on a charge of failure to attend school, driving without a license and violating a promise to appear in court; court-ordered release after 11 hours.

Francisco Flores Jr., 24, of Big Wells; arrested 11:15 a.m. Sunday, April 16, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by Justice of the Peace for state jail felony credit or debit card abuse and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; remains in jail as of April 17.

Chris Caswell Tamayo, 39, of San Benito, Texas; arrested 5:51 p.m. Monday, April 17, by the Texas DPS; warrants issued by Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court, two counts of driving while license is not valid, and violating a promise to appear in court; released after 17 hours.

Andres Jaime Cardenas, 19, of San Antonio; arrested 6:36 p.m. Monday, April 17, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief up to $2,500; released on bond after 17 hours.

Alejandro Cerda Jr., 20, of Laredo; arrested 7:54 p.m. Monday, April 17, by the Encinal Police Department; warrants issued in La Salle County for violating a promise to appear in court and speeding more than ten percent over the posted limit; remains in jail as of April 17.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Roberto Inez Miranda, transferred after 354 days, 20 hours; Noemi Trevino, released on bond after 41 days, 18 hours; Abel Garcia, released after 17 days, 10 hours; Christopher Lee Hearn, transferred after 17 days, 15 hours; Sonny Perales, transferred after 16 days, 15 hours; and Armando Gonzalez, released on bond after four days, 12 hours.      

April 11, 2017

"No one stopped to help her..."

Storms create road hazards across South Texas

By Marc Robertson
A series of storms passed over South Texas on Tuesday evening, April 11, bringing heavy rain, high wind and hail in some areas, and a number of crashes on IH-35 may have been due to drivers losing control of their vehicles in adverse conditions, according to law enforcement officials.

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office is pointing to rain-soaked roadways and limited visibility as contributing to hazardous driving conditions prior to at least two accidents that occurred within 30 minutes of each other shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, during the hour at which storms were at their most intense over the interstate.

Heavy rainfall between Millett and Cotulla on Tuesday afternoon created dangerous conditions in which a driver may have lost control of her steering near Milemarker 73, according to La Salle Deputy Juan Mirelez, who was dispatched to the crash site to find that a Chevrolet Malibu sedan had come to rest in a roadside ditch.

“We were notified by a number of callers that a car appeared to have run off the road near Gardendale,” the deputy said. “But when we reached the car, there was no one in it.”

The deputy said he discovered a card bearing an emergency contact number in the abandoned car and called to learn from a man in Laredo that the driver was 26-year-old nursing student Perla Gonzales, who had walked from Gardendale to Cotulla and was waiting to be collected from a highwayside travel center.

“The car had sustained serious damage to its front end and windshield,” Deputy Mirelez said of the crash site. “It appeared to have struck a highway sign after veering out of the southbound lanes and had then landed in a ditch in the west-side median. The driver had decided to abandon the damaged vehicle and look for help. At that time, her phone battery was low on power. She could not call anyone.”

Gonzales walked five miles through a thunderstorm.

“No one stopped to help her,” Mirelez added. “When I eventually found her at the truck stop, she was happy to see me.”

Gonzales told the investigating officer that she had been traveling home to Laredo from San Antonio when visibility on the highway had deteriorated.

“She wasn’t sure whether her car had hydroplaned on the wet road, but she recalled feeling as though she had hit something,” the deputy said of his interview with Gonzales. “She said that she was unable to control the car and that she recalled leaving the road and landing in the ditch.”

Deputy Mirelez said he believes Gonzales was inexperienced with adverse driving conditions and noted that unsafe speed and loss of steering control may have been contributing factors in the crash at a time when there was water on the road and limited visibility.

“In this case, the driver was fortunate not to have been injured,” the deputy said. “We discovered that the Malibu had, in fact, struck a highway sign on its way off the road. At issue here is whether any motorist should proceed at normal highway speeds when the weather is this bad.”

In a further weather-related crash, emergency responders were dispatched to a scene some seven miles south of Cotulla before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after learning that an 18-wheel freight truck and box trailer had jackknifed on the interstate’s southbound lanes.

In a brief statement on the freight truck crash, Texas DPS Sgt. JD Rodriguez said severe weather with heavy rain, high winds and limited visibility had made for hazardous driving conditions in which faulty driving practices may have resulted in an accident.

“From what we have been able to determine at this early stage, the truck was traveling through very heavy rainfall between Cotulla and Artesia Wells,” the sergeant said. “The storm contributed to poor driving conditions.”

No serious injuries have been reported from Tuesday’s accidents.

The sheriff’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety are reiterating a caution to all motorists to heed weather advisories and to slow down in adverse conditions. Minimal amounts of rain on the interstate may contribute to loss of traction and loss of steering control, officers note, and emergency braking may cause a vehicle to veer out of its lane of travel.

“It’s better to arrive late than to risk your safety and other people’s safety,” Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez said this week. “When you’re driving in bad weather, you have to use common sense. If necessary, take the next exit and wait for the storm to pass.”

Sgt. Rodriguez said he believes travelers should take extra precautions at times when severe weather is likely.

“You have to be aware that storms are common and may be sudden at this time of year and in this part of the country,” the sergeant said. “It’s important to slow down when visibility is diminished, watch out for water on the roadway and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Braking distances and steering are particularly affected by wet roads and high wind.”

April 10, 2017

More than 100 prescription pills...

Investigation prompts drug raid, arrest

By Marc Robertson
A Cotulla man was jailed late Monday, April 10, after more than 100 prescription pills were discovered in his home and vehicle by officers carrying out a search warrant in a trailer park.

Identified as 35-year-old Antonio Garcia Jr., the suspect in the case faces three Class A misdemeanor charges of possession of a dangerous drug and may yet face felony charges, pending an assessment of the volume of narcotics in his possession.

Investigators in the case have indicated that Garcia is suspected of having been actively involved in narcotics trafficking and that he had been offering prescription drugs for sale out of his home in the Garcia RV Park on Guadalupe Street in Cotulla.

Bearing a warrant signed by Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez at 11:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, members of a drug traffic intervention task force encircling the Garcia property included La Salle County sheriff’s deputies, officers of the US Drug Enforcement Agency, the Department of Public Safety and the US Department of Homeland Security.

Garcia is listed as unemployed and was earning an income from renters at his RV park. He was found in possession of almost $5,000 in cash and three different varieties of prescription pills. Officers searching Garcia’s property also found a .22-caliber handgun.

Officers conducting the investigations into Garcia’s alleged drug trafficking have indicated that an anonymous tip from a Cotulla resident included information on a high volume of traffic consistent with the narcotics trade. Officers also learned of a possible trade in synthetic marijuana at the park.

Garcia was remanded into custody at the La Salle County Jail without further incident. He was released on bond Tuesday, April 11. 

April 10, 2017

Arrests,
April 3-10:
Officers cuff 13

By Marc Robertson
Thirteen subjects were jailed in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests being made by the Sheriff’s Office, the Encinal Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

Those taken into custody on charges ranging from misdemeanor to felony, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail in Cotulla, between Monday, April 3, and Monday, April 10, are as follows:

Genevieve Ann Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio; arrested 10:47 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for failure to appear in court; released on bond after one day, eight hours.

Jolene Evette Rodriguez, 33, of Cotulla; arrested 5:26 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for payment of a fine, driving while license is not valid; released on bond after three hours.

Mario Garcia, 63, of Cotulla; arrested 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid, with a previous conviction; released on bond after one day.

Jaime Jesus Soto, 25, of Lansing, Michigan; arrested 1:35 a.m. Thursday, April 6, by the Encinal Police Department; warrant issued in Bexar county on a motion to revoke probation, and warrant issued by unlisted agency on probation violation; released on bond after 18 hours.

Joe Jacob Cantu, 28, of Cotulla; arrested 8:15 a.m. Thursday, April 6, by the Sheriff’s Office; 90-day detention commitment; remains in jail as of April 10.

Melissa Michele Rosales, 43, of Cotulla; arrested 8:24 p.m. Thursday, April 6, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by unlisted agency for failure to appear in court; released on bond after 18 hours.

Matthew Adams, 39, of Wichita Falls, Texas; arrested 12:45 a.m. Friday, April 7, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; released after 14 hours.

Armando Gonzalez, 32, of Cotulla; arrested 3:38 a.m. Friday, April 7, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; remains in jail as of April 10.

Todd Dwayne Savage, 47, of Cypress, Texas; arrested 12 p.m. Friday, April 7, by the Texas DPS; third-degree felony evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, warrants issued in Harris County for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and committing injury to the elderly; remains in jail as of April 10.

Cerim Behaderovic, 58, of Cox Creek, Kentucky; arrested 7:20 p.m. Friday, April 7, by the Texas DPS; Class A misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, second offense; released on bond after 22 hours.

Jorge Alberto Rodriguez, 35, of Cotulla; arrested 9:40 p.m. Friday, April 7, by the Texas DPS; warrant issued in Frio County for violating a promise to appear in court; released on bond after 19 hours.

Fabian Cordova, 32, of Cotulla; arrested 11:54 p.m. Saturday, April 8, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor making a false report to a police officer; remains in jail as of April 10.

Rudy Michael Sosa, 29, of Encinal; arrested 2:01 a.m. Saturday, April 8, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana; released on bond after 14 hours.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Roberto Inez Miranda, transferred after 354 days, 20 hours; Alejandro Arebalo, transferred after 33 days, 20 hours; Leonora Garcia, released on bond after 13 days, 11 hours; Sergio Enrique Bustos, released on bond after seven days, four hours; and Heriberto Fuentes III, released on bond after one day, two hours.  

April 8, 2017

"Everything was packed so tight..."

Tire blowout
causes trailer fire,
$10K in losses

Firefighters spend three hours
on closed interstate

A homemade flatbed trailer loaded with clothing and housewares is consumed by flames beside the southbound lanes of IH-35 early Saturday, April 8.
                                                                                                                    (Courtesy photo)
By Marc Robertson
Emergency responders were dispatched to IH-35 near Gardendale during the early hours of Saturday, April 8, to find that a trailer bearing thousands of dollars in new clothing, housewares and appliances had become engulfed in flames.

Investigations into the possible causes of the fire that resulted in a closure of the interstate’s southbound lanes for more than three hours have revealed that one of the tires on the 18-foot long homemade flatbed trailer had disintegrated and that the resulting sparks from metal contact with the roadway had been sufficient to ignite the cargo.

A report on the incident indicates that a Mexican national who was traveling from Houston to Laredo at the wheel of a Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle had not realized that his trailer had lost one of its tires and that he may have traveled more than a mile and a half before coming to a halt at Milemarker 72 near the Gardendale overpass.

“When we got to the scene just after 3:15 a.m., the trailer was already fully engulfed,” La Salle Sheriff’s Sgt. Rickey Galvan said of the incident. “The driver had saved his truck by unhooking it from the burning trailer, but everything on that trailer was completely destroyed.”

The sergeant was assisted at the scene by Deputies Leo Martinez, Cesar Villarreal, Jose Avila and Ricardo Bustamante in closing the southbound lanes of the interstate and diverting traffic to the west-side access road between Gardendale and Cotulla during the pre-dawn hours. Firefighters from the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS were dispatched to extinguish the blaze, an effort that was prolonged because of the amount of material that had been transported on the trailer.

“The driver reported to us that he had at least ten thousand dollars’ worth of clothes, housewares, microwave ovens, washers and dryers on that trailer,” Sgt. Galvan said. “Everything was packed so tight, there was so much fuel for the fire. Boxes and boxes full of clothes made the fire even more intense.”

The damaged trailer was subsequently removed from the scene by the Munoz wrecker service. No charges have been filed in the case to date.

April 4, 2017

New arrest warrants go out this week

By Marc Robertson
La Salle County Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez is signing arrest warrants this week for 20 individuals who have failed to make court appearances after receiving citations, or who are wanted for other misdemeanors.

Those listed will be subject to arrest at home, at work, or in the course of routine traffic stops if they are identified by La Salle County officers. Court appearances are required and cannot be made by telephone. The JP’s office is on Center Street, facing Veterans Park in downtown Cotulla.

Failure by any of those presently wanted by the justice of the peace to make a court appearance will result in additional charges being filed.

Warrants are being signed for the following:

Maria DeLaLuz Cruz, 30, of Encinal; driving without a license.
Jesus Chapa, 28, of Laredo; disorderly conduct.
Annette Re Elizondo, 33, of Cotulla; driving with expired vehicle registration.
Nicholas Galvan, 30, of San Antonio; speeding, child safety seat violation, driving while license is not valid.
Hector Rene Garza, 43, of Poteet; driving without a license.
Carolina Gonzales, 34, of Cotulla; driving while license is suspended or not valid.
Ashley Louis Hale, 25, of Cotulla; driving with expired vehicle registration, driving without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Edna Sandra Jaime, 54, of Carrizo Springs; driving while license is not valid.
Ashley Celestina Lucio, 19, of Laredo; child safety seatbelt violation, driving without a license.
Enrique R Moreno, 23, of Orange Grove, Texas; driving without a license.
Gerardo Mata, 28, of Laredo; speeding.
Bobby Ramirez, 26, of Cotulla; possession of drug paraphernalia, disregarding stop sign or traffic signal, driving while license is not valid.
Belinda Rodriguez, 39, of Cotulla; three counts of contributing to non-attendance in school.
Jolene Evette Rodriguez, 33, of Cotulla; driving while license is suspended, driving while license is not valid.
Coby Delane Russell, 41, of Corpus Christi; speeding.
Daniel Adrian Salazar, 19, of Cotulla; driving while license is not valid.
Reynaldo Salazar, 47, of Dallas; speeding, failing to show proof of vehicle liability insurance.
Steve Eusebio Sosa, 27, of Cotulla; driving without a license.
Jerry FLores Suarez, 38, of Eagle Pass, Texas; disregarding a stop sign.
William Jeffery Williams, 47, of Three Rivers, Texas; speeding.

The justice of the peace’s office is on Center Street, facing Veterans Park in downtown Cotulla, and maintains regular business hours.

April 3, 2017

Arrests,
March 27 - April 3: Officers cuff 18

By Marc Robertson
Eighteen subjects were arrested over the past week by deputies of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and by troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol between Monday, March 27, and Monday, April 3.

Those taken into custody, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail, were as follows:

David Lopez Garcia, 37, of Cotulla; arrested 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, warrant issued in McMullen County for misdemeanor violation of occupational driver’s license; released on bond after one day, seven hours.

Oscar Gonzalez Jr., 29, of San Antonio; arrested 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County court for failure to appear in court and for reckless driving, warrants issued in Cotulla Municipal Court for misdemeanor driving without a license and failing to maintain financial responsibility, and warrant issued in La Salle County for revocation of probation on a charge of evading arrest; remains in jail as of April 3.

Otila Santos, 26, of Kingsville; arrested 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in Hidalgo County for probation violation on a charge of driving while intoxicated; court-ordered release after one day, 17 hours.

Glenda Shaver Russum, 53, of Laredo; arrested 2:50 p.m. Thursday, March 30, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County for failure to appear in court on a charge of reckless driving and failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while license is not valid, with a previous conviction, and failing to maintain financial responsibility; released on bond after seven hours.

Christopher Lee Hearn, 44, of Cotulla; arrested 5:25 p.m. Thursday, March 30, by the Sheriff’s Office; detention commitment; remains in jail as of April 3.

Armando Sambrano Jr., 27, of Dilley; arrested 7:25 p.m. Thursday, March 30, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County Court for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2A, and warrant issued in La Salle County for possession of marijuana; released on bond after 17 hours.

Sergio Enrique Bustos, 39, of Laredo; arrested 10:10 a.m. Friday, March 31, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued for probation violation on state jail felony possession of a controlled substance; remains in jail as of April 3.

Thomas Sartuche Garcia, 72, of Cotulla; arrested 4:50 p.m. Friday, March 31, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for failure to appear in court on a charge of theft of property valued up to $700; released on bond after three hours.

Sonny Perales, 36, of Cotulla; arrested 5:51 p.m. Friday, March 31, by the Sheriff’s Office; detention commitment; remains in jail as of April 3.

Russell Felix Calais Jr., 24, of Corpus Christi; arrested 7:52 p.m. Friday, March 31, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana; released on bond after 14 hours.

Jeffrey Lynn Stroud, 33, of Dilley; arrested 11:31 p.m. Friday, March 31, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for state jail felony failure to appear in court; remains in jail as of April 3.

David Flores, 51, of Cotulla; arrested 5 p.m. Friday, March 31, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor family violence assault causing bodily injury, state jail felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1; remains in jail as of April 3.

Sidney Elizavette Flores, 24, of Cotulla; arrested 3:10 p.m. Saturday, April 1, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court and for driving without a license; released on bond after four hours.

Blake Michael Holbrook, 28, of Lytle, Texas; arrested 11:58 p.m. Saturday, April 1, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for displaying an expired license plate and violating a promise to appear in court; released on bond after eight hours.

Janelle Samantha Garcia, 22, of Laredo; arrested 4:28 p.m. Saturday, April 1, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid, and warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for speeding more than 15 mph over the posted limit; released on bond after four hours.

Enrique Mercado Jr., 57, of Pearsall; arrested 6:58 p.m. Sunday, April 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; released after 20 hours.

Gilberto Montalvo Jr., 31, of Cotulla; arrested 1:08 p.m. Monday, April 3, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court; released after two hours.

Heriberto Fuentes III, 19, of Laredo; arrested 2:55 p.m. Monday, April 3, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; remains in jail as of April 3.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in custody and since released or transferred include Adan Leopoldo Aldaco, released on bond after 89 days, 18 hours; Jennifer Ann Galindo, transferred after 66 days, 12 hours; Hugo Salainas Hernandez, court-ordered release after 61 days, nine hours; Alejandro Arebalo, transferred after 33 days, 20 hours; Sonny Perales, released on bond after seven days, five hours, returned to custody on March 31; Lorenzo Alberto Sauseda, released on bond after three days, seven hours; Winston Lee Hearn, court-ordered release after 20 hours; and Jessica Rose Casillas, released on bond after 11 hours. 

March 27, 2017

JP signs arrest warrants for court no-shows

By Marc Robertson
La Salle County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez is signing arrest warrants this week for those who have failed to meet court obligations or who have violated a promise to appear in court.

Misdemeanor charges for failure to appear before a judge may be added to charges already filed against those who have been cited.

Warrants are being signed this week and become effective immediately; those who are listed will be subject to arrest at any time, at home or in the workplace, or in the course of traffic stops if they are identified by a sheriff’s deputy.

The following are required to make court appearances immediately and have forfeited the right to make arrangements by telephone. A telephone call does not constitute a court appearance.

Jose Alberto Villarreal, 43; being in possession of more than the legal limit of hunted dove.
Jose Sergio Zamarron, 32; speeding.
Jerry Flores Suarez, 52; speeding.
Alexandra Marie Robles, 29; possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication.
Aurelio Picazo Jr., 23; driving while license is not valid.
Yessica Torres, 37; failing to meet a safety belt requirement for a passenger under age 17.
Valeria Garcia Delagarza, 27; driving with an expired license, driving while license is not valid.
Ricardo Raul Cavazos Jr., 21; failing to maintain financial responsibility, driving without a license.
Josephine Delagarza, age not listed; issuing a bad check.
Irenio Flores, 41; driving while license is suspended.
Hector Rene Garza, 43; driving without a license.
Rachel M Gonzalez, 46; driving without a license.
Joseph WIlliam Graves, 27; speeding.
Maria Dolores Martinez, 49; possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, public intoxication, driving while license is suspended, failing to control the speed of a vehicle.
Donny Lynn McGarity, 43; disregarding a stop sign or traffic sign.
Roger Perez, age not listed; issuing a bad check.
Ricardo Julian Sandoval, 24; driving without a license.
Kesey Smith, 26; contributing to non-attendance in school.
Oscar Trevino Jr., 41; driving with an expired vehicle registration, failing to maintain financial responsibility.
Jose Uvalle, 43; public intoxication.

The justice of the peace’s office is on Center Street, facing Veterans Park in downtown Cotulla, and maintains regular business hours.

March 27, 2017

Arrests,
March 20-27: Officers cuff 13

By Marc Robertson
Thirteen suspects were taken into custody in La Salle County between Monday, March 20 and 27, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies, troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and officers of the Encinal Police Department.

Charges ranged from misdemeanors and warrants for unpaid citations to state jail felonies.

Those charges, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail in Cotulla, are as follows:

Sonny Perales, 36, of Cotulla; arrested 9:23 a.m. Monday, March 20, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court on state jail felony probation violation; remains in jail as of Monday, March 27.

Kristopher Adrian Garcia, 22, of Garland, Texas; arrested 2:50 p.m. Monday, March 20, by the Texas DPS; warrant issued in Dallas County for possession of marijuana; released after five hours.

Tyler Richard Coffman, 28, of Huntsville, Texas; arrested 3:32 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid, with a previous conviction; released on bond after 19 hours.

Renee Rincon Jr., 32, of Cotulla; arrested 2:36 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County for failure to appear in court on Class A misdemeanor charges of organized retail theft up to $500, possession of marijuana, and theft of property up to $500; remains in jail as of March 27.

Rodney Glenn Morgan, 49, of Cotulla; arrested 4:58 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid, with a previous conviction, and Class B misdemeanor criminal trespass; remains in jail as of March 27.

Gilbert Mike Flores, 21, of San Marcos, Texas; arrested 11:03 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, by the Encinal Police Department; warrants issued in La Salle County for violating a promise to appear in court and for speeding more than ten percent above the posted limit, and warrant issued in Hays County for Class A misdemeanor theft of property; released on bond after 19 hours.

Marco Antonio Gonzalez, 34, of Cotulla; arrested 8:28 p.m. Thursday, March 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while license is not valid; court-ordered release after 19 hours.

Lorenzo Alberto Sauseda, 27, of Cotulla; arrested 8:15 a.m. Friday, March 24, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor family violence assault causing bodily injury; remains in jail as of March 27.

Francisco Martinez, 52, of Cotulla; arrested 7:46 p.m. Friday, March 24, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after one day, two hours.

Abel Garcia, 54, of Cotulla; arrested 10:11 p.m. Saturday, March 25, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County for failure to pay a fine for driving with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, for driving with expired vehicle registration, and for possession of drug paraphernalia; remains in jail as of March 27.

Leonora Garcia, 44, of San Antonio; arrested 1:32 a.m. Sunday, March 26, by the Texas DPS; state jail felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, and warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failing to pay a fine on a citation, and three counts of writing checks on insufficient funds; remains in jail as of March 27.

Winston Lee Hearn, 19, of Cotulla; arrested 5:27 p.m. Sunday, March 26, by the Encinal Police Department; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court and driving under the influence of an impairing substance as a minor; remains in jail as of March 27.

Jessica Rose Casillas, 26, of Atascosa, Texas; arrested 1:43 a.m. Monday, March 27, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; remains in jail as of March 27.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Elisema Rivera Jones, transferred after 36 days, 15 hours; Marco Antonio Gonzalez, released on bond after 29 days, 16 hours; and Cynthia Elizabeth Mata, released on bond after three days, 14 hours.

March 22, 2017

Did unlicensed driver steal truck,
then take it to owner's business?

By Marc Robertson
A Cotulla man found himself behind bars late Wednesday, March 22, on charges related to his apparent theft of a commercial truck and criminal trespass at the vehicle owner’s business premises.

Identified as 49-year-old Rodney Morgan, the man had been driving a Freightliner flatbed utility truck on Main Street south of downtown Cotulla near the Nueces River when he was stopped by La Salle County Precinct 2 Constable Rene Maldonado for driving the vehicle through a residential neighborhood where heavy trucks are barred. Constable Maldonado noted in his report that he had earlier seen the vehicle traveling on Leona Street. A roadside interview revealed that Morgan had neither a valid driver’s license nor a commercial vehicle license; further investigations revealed that he did not have permission to drive the vehicle and that he is not an employee of the vehicle’s owner, Lee Peters, or the business, Cotulla Fish Hatchery.

Morgan had reportedly driven the truck from a service garage beside the IH-35 access road in Cotulla to the opposite end of town, where he steered the vehicle into the fish hatchery driveway.

A check on Morgan’s identification revealed that he is a former employee of the Cotulla Fish Hatchery and that a criminal trespass warning had been issued for him the previous day upon a complaint made by Peters. Morgan told the constable that he was aware of the criminal trespass warning and that he had kept the vehicle’s keys for almost two weeks. He also indicated that he intended to collect $800 from Peters.

Constable Maldonado was assisted in the case by Deputies Andres Flores and Juan Mirelez, who investigated the manner in which Morgan had allegedly gained access to the commercial vehicle. Deputies Alfredo Gonzalez, Jose Cardenas and Enrique Velez also assisted.

“We discovered that the vehicle had been parked at a garage for repairs and that Morgan may have talked his way into being allowed to take it,” Deputy Mirelez said. “This scenario raises more questions, because we have since learned that Mr. Peters had left strict instructions at the garage that no one else was to take that truck, and that he had made a point of telling the garage employees not to release the truck to Rodney Morgan.”

Morgan was remanded into custody on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle – a state jail felony – and for driving while his license is suspended with a previous conviction, as well as on the criminal trespass charge for returning to the premises. He remains at the La Salle County Jail in lieu of bond.

March 22, 2017

Vehicles were driving slowly in tandem...

Traffic stop reveals auto theft, transport pay

By Marc Robertson
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigations this week into a case in which drivers were allegedly paid to bring a stolen vehicle from San Antonio to the Mexican border.

The case was initiated by La Salle Deputy Juan Mirelez, who was on routine patrol on IH-35 early Friday evening, March 17, when he spotted a pair of vehicles traveling south at what he described as an unusually slow pace in the passing lane of the interstate. The deputy noted in his report that a 2007 Ford Fusion sedan appeared to be following a 2009 Ford F-150 four-door pickup truck through La Salle County and that he drove behind the pair in order to read the vehicles’ license plates.

“The two vehicles were going much slower than other traffic, but they were traveling in the left-hand lane, which meant that other traffic had to pass them on the right at normal highway speeds,” the deputy said. “This constituted a road hazard and a traffic violation, because the left lane of the highway is the passing lane.”

At the same time, the deputy noted that the Ford pickup truck had been reported stolen in San Antonio.

“When I came up behind the two vehicles after observing them for a short time, the sedan pulled over to the right-hand lane, but the pickup truck began to drift to the right as well, and then traveled some distance straddling the lane divider,” the deputy said. “The two vehicles were still traveling slowly, but now the pickup truck was coming within inches of side-swiping the sedan.”

Mirelez was joined by Deputies Jose Avila, Miguel Limon and Enrique Velez in effecting the traffic stops of both vehicles. The Ford pickup truck was stopped at Milemarker 64; the sedan traveled a further three miles before stopping.

Having stopped the pickup truck, Deputy Mirelez identified the driver as 27-year-old Cynthia Mata, who told the officer that she was five months pregnant and that she had agreed to accept payment from the driver of the other vehicle to drive the truck from San Antonio to Rio Bravo, a small community on the banks of the Rio Grande between Laredo and El Cenizo. Mata did not indicate whether she was aware the vehicle had been stolen. Her record indicates she has been arrested in the past for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

At the wheel of the sedan, driver Julio Cesar Orozco, 24, was accompanied by two females, identified as his sister and cousin, ages 9 and 15. Orozco initially told officers in a roadside interview that he had no knowledge of an arrangement to pay Mata for driving a stolen vehicle to Rio Bravo. He later amended his statement, however, and conceded that he had been offered $400 to collect the pickup truck in San Antonio and that he had offered Mata $100 to do the driving.

The 15-year-old child was found to be carrying $300 in cash.

Mata and Orozco were remanded into custody at the La Salle County Jail on state jail felony charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Both vehicles were impounded by the sheriff’s office Friday evening. The children were released to the custody of a grandparent.

Orozco was released on bond shortly after 5 p.m. the following day. Mata was released on bond at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

“We want to know who paid for this service and where the stolen vehicle was ultimately headed,” Deputy Mirelez said. “We also want to know whether any contraband had been carried in these vehicles, either on that day or in the past. Our investigation into this continues.” 

March 20, 2017

Facebook post attracts attention...

Weed bake sale lands one in jail

By Marc Robertson
An attempt by a Cotulla resident to market narcotics in a bake sale drew the attention of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday afternoon, March 18, and resulted in an arrest on drug possession charges.

According to a report on the weekend incident, an anonymous call to the sheriff’s office Saturday indicated that a female had posted a message related to marijuana-laced goods on the Facebook social media site.

“My mom is selling weed brownies & weed cookies for $10,” the message read, accompanied by a photo and an invitation to make requests for the baked goods. In a related Facebook message stream, the female who was identified by her social media name and photograph repeated her offer of baked goods containing marijuana but was cautioned by a correspondent to remove the publicly visible advertisement for narcotics.

“Omg [name withheld] delete this lmao, everyone is going to see,” the correspondent wrote in response to the drug offer, “but message me girl.”

La Salle County Sheriff’s Investigator Homar Olivarez said he was alerted to the apparent drug advertisement by a concerned citizen and promptly contacted an officer on duty in the Cotulla City Patrol to investigate the case. Deputy Andres Flores was dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of South Baylor Street, listed as the home of Isabela Laguna and John Brian Molina.

The deputy’s inquiries revealed information indicating Molina had allegedly obtained the baked goods in Pearsall and had brought them to Cotulla to sell.

An examination of the couple’s home resulted in the discovery of clear plastic bags containing narcotics and other items of drug paraphernalia, including one item bearing residue that tested positive for cocaine, according to the deputy.

Molina was found to be a wanted fugitive with three arrest warrants in his name, including one from Frio County for failing to appear in court on a theft charge. He was arrested on state jail felony charges of possession of marijuana between 4 oz. and 5 lbs. in weight, and for possession of a controlled substance. He remained behind bars at the La Salle County Jail as of Monday, March 20.

“This case was unusual in the manner in which the narcotics were being advertised and made available to potential buyers,” the sheriff’s investigator said this week. “All humor aside, we are grateful to the observant and conscientious local residents who exercised good citizenship in notifying us of suspicious behavior such as this.”
Social media messages related to the sale of marijuana-laced baked goods (Photos above and below) drew the attention of Cotulla residents who notified the Sheriff's Office on Saturday, March 18. 

March 20, 2017

Arrests,
March 13-20: Officers cuff 10

By Marc Robertson
Ten individuals were arrested in La Salle County over the past week on a range of charges including felonies and misdemeanors.

Arrests were made by La Salle County sheriff’s deputies, officers of the Cotulla City Patrol, and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

Those taken into custody between Monday, March 13 and 20, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail, included the following:

Lilliana Carmen Perez, 28, of San Ygnacio, Texas; arrested 11:38 p.m. Monday, March 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor family violence assault causing bodily injury; released on bond after one day, 17 hours.

Gerardo Veliz, 43, of Laredo; arrested 1:27 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after 18 hours.

Jesse James Romero Jr., 36, of Hondo, Texas; arrested 9:01 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after 22 hours.

Alexis Marie Gonzalez, 21, of Cotulla; arrested 11:07 p.m. Thursday, March 16, by the Cotulla City Patrol; Class A misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to a minor; released on bond after 20 hours.

Cynthia Elizabeth Mata, 27, of Rio Bravo, Texas; arrested 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; remains in jail as of Monday, March 20.

Julio Cesar Orozco, 24, of Rio Bravo, Texas; arrested 9:08 p.m. Friday, March 17, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; released on bond after 20 hours.

John Brian Molina, 30, of Cotulla; arrested 4:09 p.m. Saturday, March 18, by the Cotulla City Patrol; state jail felony possession of marijuana up to 5 lbs., state jail felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, warrants issued in La Salle County on a citation for failing to use a seat belt and for failing to appear in court, and warrant issued in Frio County for theft up to $750; remains in jail as of March 20.

Melissa Michele Rosales, 43, of Cotulla; arrested 4:52 p.m. Saturday, March 18, by the Texas DPS; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for traveling with an unrestrained child, driving without a license and failing to appear in court, and warrant issued in La Salle County for driving without a license; court-ordered release after 23 hours.

Idalmis Amparo Pedroso, 24, of Cotulla; arrested 2:41 p.m. Sunday, March 19, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication and Class C misdemeanor assault; court-ordered release after 13 hours.

Adan Ruiz, 44, of Cotulla; arrested 5:06 a.m. Sunday, March 19, by the Sheriff’s Office; second-degree felony sexual assault; remains in jail as of March 20.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Fernando Ruiz, released on bond after 29 days, 14 hours; Cody Dee Canion, released on bond after 24 days, 15 hours; Ricardo Rangel, court-ordered release after 14 days, one hour; Guadalupe Suarez Diaz, released on bond after eight days, three hours; Ezdra Eli Barron, released on bond after one day, 11 hours; and Jose Arturo Rosales, released on bond after 21 hours.    

March 14, 2017

Notice of
Estray

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office has recovered a stray bull, seven to eight years of age, dun-colored, with a yellow ear tag with number 34, weighing approximately 1,400 lbs., with no brand, from a pasture in Los Angeles. Claimants should contact the Pleasanton Sale Barn, where the animal is being held.  

March 13, 2017

Arrests,
March 6-13: Officers cuff 13

By Marc Robertson
Thirteen subjects were arrested in La Salle County on a range of charges between Monday, March 6 and 13, by sheriff’s deputies and by troopers of the Texas Highway Patrol.

Those taken into custody, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail, are as follows:

Guadalupe Suarez Diaz, 69, of San Antonio; arrested 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, by the Texas DPS; Class A misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (second offense); remains in jail as of March 13.

Omar Orlando Ortegon, 30, of Kingsville, Texas; arrested 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County Court for failing to appear in court; released on bond after one day, one hour.

Abel Israel Zertuche, 53, of Cotulla; arrested 3:52 p.m. Thursday, March 9, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County Court for Class A misdemeanor abuse of official capacity up to $2,500; released on bond after two hours.

Rene Garza, 52, of Cotulla; arrested 6:07 p.m. Thursday, March 9, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County Court for Class A misdemeanor abuse of official capacity up to $2,500; released on bond after three hours.

Rosalinda Hernandez, 49, of San Antonio; arrested 1:25 p.m. Friday, March 10, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in Karnes County for failing to appear in court on a charge of speeding; released on bond after one day, one hour.

Jesus Cantu Garza Jr., 38, of Cotulla; arrested 8:59 p.m. Saturday, March 11, by the Sheriff’s office; warrants issued in Cotulla Municipal Court for disregarding stop sign and for speeding; released after 17 hours.

Vanessa Blue Echols, 37, of Corpus Christi; arrested 12:05 a.m. Sunday, March 12, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and warrant issued in Nueces County for failure to appear in court; released on bond after one day, nine hours.

Janie Vela Vasquez, 47, of Bay City, Texas; arrested 12:10 a.m. Sunday, March 12, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated; released on bond after 13 hours.

Rolando Jesse Perales, 50, of Cotulla; arrested 1:27 a.m. Sunday, March 12, by the Texas DPS; warrant issued in La Salle County for failing to appear in court on a charge of disorderly conduct; released on bond after 13 hours.

Reymundo DeLeon, 52, of Cotulla; arrested 6:34 p.m. Sunday, March 12, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court and for an open container violation; court-ordered release after 16 hours.

Ezdra Eli Barron, 23, of Laredo; arrested 1:50 p.m. Monday, March 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; remains in jail as of March 13.

Greg Dunford, 25, of Cotulla; arrested 2:50 p.m. Monday, March 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by the Austin Pardon & Parole Board for parole violation; remains in jail as of March 13.

Jose Arturo Rosales, 21, of Laredo; arrested 9:55 p.m. Monday, March 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court; remains in jail as of March 13.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Gina Marie Chavira, transferred after ten days, 20 hours; Aurelio Rios Jr., transferred after nine days, 18 hours; Timothy Karl Hall, released on bond after one day, two hours; and Lamar Renaee Galvan, court-ordered release after seven hours.    

March 9, 2017

Two grand jury indictments...

County employees face misdemeanor charges

By Marc Robertson
An investigation by the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers has led to a pair of grand jury indictments being handed down against former employees of the Precinct 1 county commissioner for allegedly misappropriating government-owned equipment.

Charges of abuse of official capacity up to a value of $2,500 were filed against 53-year-old Abel Zertuche, former supervisor for the Road & Bridge services in the precinct; and against Rene Garza, 52, a former worker in the county’s road crews. Both Cotulla residents were arrested Thursday, March 9, after the La Salle County Grand Jury had concluded its hearing.

According to investigators, the pair deployed county equipment for private use during 2016, notably the grading and leveling of at least seven miles of privately owned roads inside a ranch at which Garza was also employed as manager.

The case indicates that the two men used county road equipment to do the job and that the work was performed after the men had ended their shifts as county employees.

Zertuche was remanded into custody by La Salle County Sheriff’s Capt. Jose Garcia shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday at the county jail and released on bond after two hours behind bars. Garza was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. the same day by La Salle Sgt. Rickey Galvan, remanded into custody at the county jail and released on bond after three hours.  
Zertuche
Garza

March 6, 2017

Arrests,
Feb. 27 - March 6: Officers cuff 11

By Marc Robertson
Eleven subjects were taken into custody by La Salle County sheriff’s deputies over the past week on a range of charges from misdemeanors to felonies, including some on warrants issued by justices of the peace and in other counties.

Those taken into custody between Monday, February 27, and Monday, March 6, with arrest times logged at booking in the La Salle County Jail in Cotulla, are as follows:

Francisco Martinez, 52, of Cotulla; arrested 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor criminal trespass; released on bond after 19 hours.

Alejandro Arebalo, 54, of Cotulla; arrested 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, by the Sheriff’s Office; two-year sentencing in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Erasmo Ramirez, 34, of Cotulla; arrested 1:32 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury in family violence; released on bond after six hours.

Aurelio Rios Jr., 42, of Cotulla; arrested 4:10 p.m. Thursday, March 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in Bexar County for intoxication obstruction of a highway, and warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for speeding and violating a promise to appear in court; remains in jail as of Monday, March 6.

Noemi Trevino, 42, of Dilley; arrested 6:01 p.m. Thursday, March 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, and warrant issued in Frio County on probation violation; remains in jail as of Monday, March 6.

Francisco Nunez, 52, of Laredo; arrested 10:50 p.m. Thursday, March 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor driving a commercial vehicle while disqualified; released on bond after 12 hours.

Krystal Ann Rodriguez, 23, of Cotulla; arrested 12:11 a.m. Friday, March 3, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for driving without a license; released on bond after ten hours.

Jose Antonio Ramirez, 43, of Jackson, Texas; arrested 1:10 a.m. Friday, March 3, by the Sheriff’s Office; third-degree felony driving while intoxicated; released on bond after 14 hours.

Ricardo Rangel, 32, of Encinal; arrested 1:05 p.m. Friday, March 3, by the Sheriff’s Office; commitment for nonpayment of child support.

Timothy Karl Hall, 40, of Crowley, Texas; arrested 2:58 p.m. Sunday, March 5, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued through Lake Worth Police Department for evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle; remains in jail as of Monday, March 6.

Lamar Renaee Galvan, 17, of Cotulla; arrested 12:35 a.m. Monday, March 6, by the Sheriff’s Department; misdemeanor disorderly conduct; court-ordered release after seven hours.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Matthew Griffin, court-ordered release after five days, one hour.