Public events, community functions, festivals and other activities
involving officers and staff of the
La Salle County Sheriff's Office

April is Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month

Student members of the Cotulla High School Chapter of the National Honor Society gathered on the lawn of the La Salle County Courthouse with county government officials and representatives of the Wintergarden Womens Shelter on Friday morning, April 6, to plant blue pinwheels in front of children's silhouettes in commemoration of April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month, a time during which law enforcement personnel, healthcare and social services providers, advocacy groups, counselors, religious and civic leaders focus on promoting education in the ways in which abuse and neglect of minors persists in society and remains a threat to the vulnerable in the community; and encouraging intervention in crimes of abuse and neglect, and services to the victims.  

It's a Bunny Good Time
at the
Cotulla Easter Egg Hunt,
Thursday, March 29

Family fun at the
Encinal Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, March 25

"Medieval Swine" on Wild Hog Cook-Off Weekend!
Cotulla Parade, Saturday, March 10

Wild Hog Weekend, March 9-11: Administrators, Officers and Reserves prepare for the La Salle County Fair, Wild Hog Parade and Cook-Off, Junior Livestock Show & Ranch Rodeo

Auction day...

Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez gives opening remarks before Sgt. Rickey Galvan takes bids on thirty cars, trucks and vans in a public auction at the impound yard on Feb. 16, assisted by Treasurer Thelma Trevino, administrative staff Rosario Morales, Norma Miranda and Amanda Carbajal, Lt. Mike Bostwick, Chief Deputy Earl Heath, and Deputy Juan Mirelez.  


La Salle County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Elvira Gonzales was joined by Deputies Cesar Villarreal and Christian Beyer in a special visit to the Kids Are First / Headstart Center in Cotulla on Tuesday, January 30, to meet the youngsters enrolled at the education center, introduce themselves, outline their duties to protect and serve the community and ensure the children’s safety,and  remind the students always to play safely and listen to their teachers; and to spend time enjoying some ball games and outdoor activities during a recreation break at the school.   

Ramirez/Burks Elementary School Storybook Parade, Friday, Nov. 17 -
Featuring the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, Fire Rescue & EMS, the Texas Highway Patrol
​and the Cotulla High School Band Percussion (oh, plus Santa on a fire truck)

Saturday, November 11, Cotulla Veterans Park

American Legion Post 409 Commander ET Page welcomes all current and former armed forces personnel to the Veterans Day Ceremony at Cotulla on November 11. Those present included veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, East Timor, Somalia, Kosovo, Bosnia, the Cold War, and US postings in the Pacific and Western Europe.
Presentation of the colors by representatives of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS; trumpet solo by Jaime Rios, Cotulla High School Band; Cotulla Mayor Javier Garcia, announcing the dedication of a city street to World War 2 veteran Pedro Garcia Sr.; and keynote speaker Mike Bostwick, Sheriff's Office lieutenant, former US Army Special Forces and Army Ranger, decorated wounded veteran of three tours in Vietnam.
Master of ceremonies Cameron Bell; presentation by Mayor Javier Garcia of a street sign plaque to Pedro Garcia Sr., Brush Country Historical Commission representative Nora Mae Tyler receives a commemorative plaque on the 20th anniversary of the museum's opening at its current location; and city councilors Tanis Lopez, Trish Garcia, Mary Koraleski and Juan Garcia and Mayor Javier Garcia join Pedro Garcia and his son to congratulate him on his street dedication.
Future Farmers of America students from the Cotulla High School Capter distributed care packages to all armed forces veterans at the ceremony; CHS Band Director with trumpet soloists Jaime Rios and Kelcey Garza; and family friend Geronima Garza joins World War 2 veteran Pedro Garcia on stage and introduces him to the community, offering a biography and a description of the grueling ordeal he underwent as a young US Army corporal from Cotulla, fighting in the Pacific theater of war and being captured by the Japanese after the battle of Corregidor on the Philippines in May 1942. 

To the shores of Tripoli

Members of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS were joined by local residents who are all veterans of the United States Marine Corps for the organization's 242nd birthday celebration in the fire station at Martinez Park in Cotulla on Thursday, November 9. The event included a cake-serving tradition in which the oldest Marine present serves the youngest, in this case Larry Whitten and Branden Mulholland. The USMC veterans heard celebratory proclamations from Lt. General John A. Lejeune, 13th commandant, and current Commandant Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, and sang the Marine Corps anthem. Present from the sheriff's office were Sgt. Rickey Galvan and Deputy Jose Avila; Fire & Rescue veteran Marines included Chief Daniel Mendez, master of ceremonies, and firefighters Mulholland and Lupe Hernandez; USMC veterans from the community included Whitten, Sylvano Gonzalez, Julio Alvarado and Scott Norris. All other US armed forces veterans attending the event were also recognized; service histories from all those present ranged from the early 1960s to as recent as 2014. 

PEP Center Halloween Parade

For the little ones

La Salle County government, law enforcement, school and community organizations were represented at Trick or Treat booths on the grounds of the Kids Are First school in Cotulla on Friday, October 28. The young children paraded in costume, enjoyed goodies from all the donors and took turns at a pinata. Parents and teachers also took up the theme, dressing in costume for the event. 


Cotulla High School Homecoming Parade
Thursday, Sept. 21


La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and his deputies and officers of the Cotulla Patrol Division as well as agents of the US Border Patrol were special guests at the Cotulla High School pep rally for the varsity football team in the CHS gymnasium on Friday morning, September 8, where they joined the cheers and presented the Spirit Stick to the senior class.

All that
you need

Students and parents thronged the AB Alexander Convention Center in Cotulla by the hundreds on Tuesday afternoon, August 1, for the annual La Salle County Back-to-School Health Fair, which included scores of booths hosted by health and wellness agencies, medical service providers, advocacy groups, local businesses, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders, and the energy industry, to help provide children with supplies for the new school year as well as valuable information for family wellness, diet and fitness, and resources for special services. All students attending the fair were given free backpacks, binders, pens and pencils, art supplies and other materials to help encourage them to begin the new academic year on a positive footing. Healthcare providers offered screening; a dental service offered free checkups; and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center hosted a blood drive at the same time. Following the fair, many attendees met again at Myers Memorial Stadium on the Cotulla High School campus for the annual Fun Walk & Run, which served to encourage outdoor exercise in a family-friendly environment.

Our time
to shine

Downtown Cotulla was decorated in full patriotic colors on Saturday, July 1, for the annual Independence Day parade and festival, hosted by the Cotulla Main Street Program. The parade at 10 a.m. included representatives of law enforcement and emergency responders, civic organizations, county government, City Hall and Main Street, ambassadors of La Salle County and Encinal, local businesses, and this year's grand marshal, Dr. Richard Hood, retired US Air Force colonel and veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The day's festivities continued at Veterans Park downtown with games, food and refreshments, live music including the Texas Tornados, Ricky Naranjo, and Elaine Garcia; and the traditional fireworks display above the La Salle County Courthouse.

Roll up,
roll up...
Place your

La Salle Sgt. Rickey Galvan is assisted by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and Deputy Juan Mirelez in taking bids from attendees at the public auction of abandoned and seized cars, trucks and vans for the benefit of the sheriff's office equipment fund on Friday morning, June 2, in Cotulla. Other items for sale included a frac tank trailer, scrap metal and a county-owned front-end loader.

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, May 24

Just days before his official retirement, US Border Patrol Agent in Charge Sammy Posada of the Cotulla Station carries the USBP pennant over the Nueces River Bridge into Cotulla (Left photo) at the front of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The Laredo - Cotulla stretch of the run ended at the bridge, where the Special Olympics torch was handed off to local law enforcement and correctional officers, firefighters, community members and students for the run through town (Photos this page). The torch run promotes awareness and raises funds for children attending Special Olympics Texas. Torches are carried through towns along major highways across the state to meet at Arlington. Funds are raised through sales of T-shirts and caps, penny drives, 'Tip-a-Cop' and other activities garnering public support.

This is who we are...

The annual Safety  ID Kit program hosted at Encinal Elementary and at Ramirez/Burks Elementary School in Cotulla on Thursday, May 18, by the Woman's Club of Cotulla and the La Salle County Sheriff's Office involved completing fingerprint cards for all of the school district's Kindergarten students. Taking part this year from the Woman's Club were Mildred Allen, Dorothy Kinsel, Liz Whitwell and Novella Byrd; the Sheriff's Office was represented by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Captain Jose Garcia, Sgt. Investigator Esmeralda Gonzales, and Investigator Homar Olivarez. Also assisting were Texas Ranger Randy Garcia; US Border Patrol Agent in Charge Sammy Posada, USBP Special Operations Supervisor Jose Gonzales, and Agents Manuel Sauceda and Victor Villarreal; Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez; Encinal Principal Louisa Franklin and staffmembers Carla Saldivar and Anabel Garcia; and the teachers and paraprofessionals of the Ramirez/Burks school. Children's completed ID kits are sent home to parents for use in the event of an accident or crisis, and include useful information for children's safety.

It's a
Egg Time
in Cotulla!

Welcome to the 5th annual Sheriff's Office Easter Egg Hunt, Thursday, April 13, at Veterans Park

Great Big Easter Fun

Welcome to the 5th annual Egg Hunt at Veterans Park in Encinal, Sunday, April 9, 2017

Children of all ages in Encinal gathered at the county park on Sunday afternoon, April 9, for the La Salle County Sheriff's Office fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt, which included fields of eggs with treats for different age groups and prize drawings for Easter baskets filled with toys and treats; bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards and riding toys. Gifts were made possible through donations by local residents, county government officials, local business sponsorships and contributions from companies doing business in the area. The popular event also included appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny and the Easter Carrot.

Can you handle the juice?

La Salle County correctional officers underwent a training course at the Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla on Wednesday, April 12, in which they were subjected to doses of OC pepper spray before facing a human obstacle course in a simulated intervention involving the eventual take-down and handcuffing of a subject. The course instructed by the Alamo Area Council of Governments served to expose the jailers to a standard dose of the non-lethal propellant that is used to suppress aggressive subjects.

Visit the county's newest fire truck for Encinal

The latest addition to the fleet of emergency response vehicles operated by the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS was put on display in front of the county courthouse Monday afternoon, April 3, by Fire Chief Les Simmons and his firefighter crew. The county's new pumper truck features a number of optional extras, including quick-deploying hoses, hand tools and other devices readily available for use in an emergency. The fire brigade has also secured purchase of new hydraulic and battery-powered portable extrication devices, the Jaws of Life, through its recent equipment purchase. Priced at more than $800,000, the new fire engine will be deployed to the county's new fire station in Encinal, in order to provide fast response in the southern portion of the county. Monday's visitors at the demonstration included La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez, Commissioners Raul Ayala, Erasmo Ramirez, Jack Alba and Noel Niavez; County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and officers; county government and elected officials, County Attorney Elizabeth Martinez, Tax Assessor Dora Gonzales, County Clerk Margie Esqueda and Treasurer Thelma Trevino, and Eagle Ford Consortium Chairman Leodoro Martinez.

Bonjour, tout le monde...

Welcome to the "Piggies in Paris" Cotulla Wild Hog Cook-Off Parade
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Community members celebrated Wild Hog Weekend in humorous French style this year with a 'Piggies in Paris' theme. Saturday's parade featured Grand Marshal Mike Whitwell, former NFL player for the Cleveland Browns, and his wife Jamie, as well as Native American veterans, high school bands from Cotulla and Dilley, McGruff the Crimefighting Dog, and scores of civic, church and student groups, Fair Queens, businesses, law enforcement and emergency responders.
(Photos: Esmeralda Gonzales) 

Ready for the road

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez (Photo left) rallies his officers for an inspection and briefing shortly before the start of the annual Wild Hog Cook-Off Parade through downtown Cotulla on Saturday morning, March 11. The senior officers, deputies and reserve deputies spent the day patrolling the county fairgrounds during the festival.

That girl can hunt...

La Salle County Deputy Cesar Villarreal was the willing test subject for a training session with County Constable Rene Maldonado and his K9 Officer, Ellie, at the county impound yard on Friday, March 3. The dog demonstrated how she will take down a suspect on command and how she responds to threats.