La Salle County
Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Miguel A. Rodriguez
Elected terms
2013-17, 2017-21
La Salle County Courthouse, 101 Courthouse Square, 
Cotulla, Texas 78014; (830) 879-3044
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Dec. 14

Holiday
​closure

All La Salle County government offices and the county courthouse will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and January 1, in observance of New Year. 

Feb.
​28

Shattered
​Dreams

Cotulla High School will host its annual 'Shattered Dreams' re-enactment of a fatal car crash involving students at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 28, in the high school parking lot on Hwy 97, complete with a presentation by the Highway Patrol and with full participation by emergency responders, the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety, La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS, the Texas Department of Transportation, Methodist AirCare life flight helicopter service, the Peters Funeral Home, the La Salle County Jail, and local judges. Students will be taught lessons on the consequences of drunk driving, reckless driving and failure to wear seatbelts; and on the processes of emergency responders’ work, crash site investigations, paramedic treatment, transport of the injured, removal of the deceased, and arrests of those responsible. The event is initiated in La Salle County by DPS Sgt. JD Rodriguez, County Commissioner Erasmo Ramirez Jr. and CHS Counselor Marlene Costley Maldonado. The public is invited.

Highway construction

The IH-35 east-side access road between Cotulla and Gardendale remains closed for construction of a new intersection leading to the Cotulla truck bypass loop, which is presently being built between the interstate at milemarker 70 and Hwy 97 on the east side of Cotulla. 
Traffic will be diverted to the west-side access road for the duration of the project and may cross under the interstate at Exit 69 (North Main Street / Business IH-35) and at Exits 73 (North) and 74 (South) in Gardendale. 

Road closures

Information on road closures across the region is available from the Texas Department of Transportation at 1-800-452-9292 or http://www.drivetexas.org/
For road conditions and traffic updates within the eight-county Laredo District, follow the TxDOT Laredo District at http://twitter.com/txdotlaredo
The TxDOT Laredo District serves Dimmit, Duval, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Val Verde, Webb & Zavala counties.

Recent activities...

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

December 22, 2018

A merry Christmas to all

Volunteers from the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and St Timothy’s Christmas Cheer for Children distributed gifts door to door on Saturday morning, December 22, to hundreds of children ranging in age from infant to late teen, having collected contributions over the past month. A total of nearly 400 children across the county received gifts this year, thanks to the generosity of local citizens and businesses. Organizers are extending their thanks to all those who helped bring Christmas joy to so many this year.

December 21, 2018

It's a holly jolly Christmas

La Salle County elected officials, office staff, law enforcement, emergency responders, and crew members came together Friday, December 21, for the annual Christmas luncheon in the AB Alexander Convention Center in Cotulla. The event included a catered barbecue meal, door prizes, an 'ugly sweater' contest, live music featuring accordionist Jaime DeAnda, and a farewell to those leaving office at the end of the year. The master of ceremonies was Commissioner Erasmo Ramirez Jr.; County Judge Joel Rodriguez gave an address. (For more, see 'PHOTOS')

December 21, 2018

This is a drill

The La Salle County Fire Rescue & EMS assisted in a full fire drill at the county courthouse in Cotulla on Friday morning, December 21, an exercise in which the building was evacuated and emergency responders were deployed in bunker gear with hoses. The drill is aimed at keeping government employees alert to the need for safety measures and emergency preparedness, including a head count at muster stations, and ensuring that any members of the public who are in the building have left safely and can be accounted for. Firefighters worked their way through all areas of the courthouse and examined offices to ensure no civilians or government staff had been left behind. The drill also helped familiarize emergency responders with the government building and its occupancy.   

December 19, 2018

A time
to share

Volunteers from the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and St. Timothy's Christmas Cheer for Children made the rounds between December 17 and 19 in Cotulla to collect stacks of gifts that have been donated at sites in front of local businesses and government offices for distribution on Saturday to children throughout La Salle County who might otherwise not receive any Christmas presents. The charitable program has seen greater annual participation and more generosity and support from area residents for several years and expects this year to bring joy to approximately 400 youngsters ranging in age from infant to late teen. Among the collection sites this year (Photos above) were Stockmens National Bank and the La Salle County Jail. Other sites included retail stores, energy industry offices, City Hall and the county courthouse. (Courtesy photos) 

December 14, 2018

A helping of Christmas cheer...

The La Salle County Elderly Nutrition Center hosted its annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 14, with entertainment, caroling and a seasonal meal. Center director Rosie Sauceda and her staff are extending their thanks to the Cotulla Garden Club for its contribution of a festive wreath for the facility, including Elizabeth Seidel, Darlene Meyer, Kay Childers and Sue Taylor; to the door-prize sponsors for this year's event, including the La Salle County Commissioners' Court, County Tax Assessor Dora Gonzales and staff, County Clerk Margie Esqueda and staff, County Treasurer Thelma Trevino and staff, Leodoro Martinez, Madison Pointe, the Cotulla Housing Authority, and Rene Benavidez; and to caroloers Leodoro Martinez, Juan Farias, Aurora Chavera, Juana Teneyuca, Juan Moreno, Diana Gonzalez and Emma Miranda. The Nutrition Center also celebrated some of its longest-served clients, including those who have been attending events and receiving services through the facility for 15 years or more. The Elderly Nutrition Center recently moved to its new building on North Baylor Street and is able to accommodate larger groups and a greater variety of functions in the modern facility. (Courtesy photos)

December 14, 2018

Ready to
bring joy...

Donations have been made in ever-increasing numbers this year for the St. Timothy's Christmas Cheer for Children, which is supported by the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, a community project in which volunteers help collect and distribute Christmas gifts throughout the county to children who might otherwise have no Christmas. Toys, games, dolls, stuffed animals, sports gear, electronics, scents and lotions, as well as gifts appropriate for older teens, have been placed in collection boxes at businesses, government offices and public buildings in Cotulla, and collections have also been made by Carrizo Oil & Gas and by the La Salle County Adult Probation Office. Pictured with La Salle County Sheriff's Office members Homar Olivarez, Esmeralda Gonzalez, Rosario Morales, Crystal Esparza and Cris Galvan are Carrizo staffers Felicia Marin and Beronica Garza; the probation office is represented by Sonia Valdez and Peggy Murray.  

December 12, 2018

Jingle
all the
way...

Seventy-five students from the second grade classes at the Ramirez-Burks Elementary School in Cotulla made their annual caroling trek through the community on Wednesday, December 12, stopping at county and city government offices, the Las Palmas nursing home, school administration, service providers and local businesses to sing Christmas songs they had rehearsed for the occasion. Boxes of treats were distributed by those from the offices along the route. Government representatives, business owners, caregivers and local residents alike are extending their appreciation and Christmas wishes to all those who took part in the tradition.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS') 

December 12, 2018

Training day

La Salle County law enforcement personnel were joined by officers from agencies across the region on Wednesday, December 12, in the Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla for series of free classes offered by instructor Robert Armstrong. Topics included a refresher course with updates on civilian interaction, including crisis de-escalation and appropriate management of contacts in a range of situations; and an update on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement guidelines for officers, practices and procedures. The class is also being offered Thursday, Dec. 13. Attendees on Wednesday in addition to full-time and reserve officers from La Salle County included representatives of the Encinal Police Department and Frio, Dimmit and Zavala county sheriffs' offices.  

December 7, 2018

Two former jailers from La Salle County have completed their training as peace officers, graduating on Friday, December 7, from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy in Uvalde. Angel Esparza and Victor Alvarado were met by La Salle County Sheriff’s Office administrative assistant Amanda Carbajal and Deputy Jose Avila, who offered congratulations on the graduates’ accomplishments. Alvarado also earned the high qualification score in the officer driving course. The peace officer certification ceremony was held in La Forge Hall on the campus of Southwest Texas Junior College and featured guest speaker Agent David Joy of the Uvalde Sector of US Customs and Border Protection. Attendees included several officers from agencies across South Texas, to witness members of their own communities beginning their law enforcement careers. 
(Courtesy Photo)

New grads

December 4, 2018

Farewell, 41

The Stars and Stripes and the Texas Lone Star flag are lowered to half staff at the La Salle County Courthouse this week in honor of former US President George HW Bush, who died Friday, November 30, at the age of 94. All county government offices will be closed by order of the Texas governor Wednesday, December 5, for the presidential state funeral. 

George HW Bush was born in 1924, the son of future US Senator Prescott Bush, and served as one of the nation's youngest fighter pilots in World War II, surviving an air battle in which he was shot down and rescued from the Pacific Ocean. He went on to work in the Texas oil industry in Midland and Houston, where he founded Zapata Oil and was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Republican for Texas District 7 from 1967-1971. He served on the House Ways and Means Committee and later as US Ambassador to the United Nations, 1971-73; as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1973-74 and was responsible for authoring a note to President Richard Nixon in August 1974, recommending that he resign the presidency. Bush served as US liaison to China under President Gerald Ford and became director of the CIA for the final year of Ford's presidency. In 1980, he was chosen as vice presidential running mate by Ronald Reagan and served eight years in that office before running for president in 1988, becoming the 41st President of the United States, 1989-1993. Highlights of his presidency included passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the successful operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, with a coalition of 40 nations to repel Iraqi armed forces from their occupation of Kuwait; and an operation to arrest Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and bring him to the US to face federal charges. Bush became the second president to be father of a president when Texas Governor George W Bush was elected to the White House in 2000; and was father of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and grandfather of present Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush. George HW Bush and former President Bill Clinton worked together in several charities to help raise funds for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, among other disasters. Bush and his wife, Barbara Pierce Bush, were married for 73 years until her death in April this year. The former president will be laid to rest beside his wife and daughter Robin at the George HW Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

November 19, 2018

For the benefit of our citizens

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez meets with US Congressman Will Hurd, US Senator John Cornyn and US Congressman Henry Cuellar at the county fire station in Cotulla Monday afternoon, Nov. 19, on the occasion of a $1.6 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant award to the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS to pay for 15 new firefighters. Elected officials joined firefighters and medics in celebrating the award. (For full story, see 'FEATURES')

November 16, 2018

Let us be thankful

La Salle County staff helped serve a Thanksgiving luncheon to all county employees and elected officials in the American Legion Hall in Cotulla on Friday, November 16. The meal included heapings of brisket and sausage with all the fixings, and a dessert table stacked with cakes, pies, pastries and puddings.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS')

November 14, 2018

Emergency
planning

Texas Department of Emergency Management training administrator Michelle Huckabee addressed members of the La Salle County Local Emergency Planning Committee at the group's quarterly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Cotulla, outlining a comprehensive guide that will soon be available to planners, adding that her agency provides extensive training and certification in a broad scope of related curricula vital to emergency responders, law enforcement, medics, the chemical and energy industries, and anyone working with hazardous materials.
(For full story, see 'FEATURES')

November 11, 2018

Some gave all

La Salle County residents representing multiple generations stepped forward to examine a list of more than a thousand names of local armed forces personnel on a new set of memorial plaques on display at the county courthouse Sunday, November 11, during a Veterans Day ceremony that also served to unveil the bronze panels that will be hung inside the courthouse. Sunday's ceremony included guest speaker US Air Force Maj. Gen James Hinkel (Retd.) of La Salle County, local elected officials, and a presentation by Leodoro Martinez on the development of the project to create the new plaques. (For full story, see 'FEATURES') 

November 9, 2018

Those who served

The Encinal Elementary School hosted a special appreciation ceremony on Friday, November 9, in commemoration of Veterans Day, honoring those who served their country in uniform. Among the former US military personnel present for the occasion were (L-R) La Salle County Sheriff's Office Captain Jose Garcia and Training Coordinator Richard Gonzales, Justice of the Peace Frank Weikel, Lamar Barnes, Lynn Clapp, Bobby Kennedy, Joe Adams, and La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS Firefighter Daniel Guzman. (Courtesy photo)
La Salle County armed forces veterans joined residents of the Las Palmas Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Cotulla to commemorate Veterans Day and honor those who served their country in uniform. Residents at the facility include two veterans of World War II.
(Courtesy photo) 

October 31, 2018

Meet,
greet
and treat

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez has found a mini train engineer at the Cotulla ISD PEP Center's annual Halloween treats event, where county government officers visited with youngsters and distributed goodies. The children were dressed in costumes ranging from storybook and fairytale characters to cartoon, film and superhero idols. Among those present to celebrate with the children were staffmembers from the sheriff's office, the county tax assessor's office and the county and district clerk's office. (For more, see 'PHOTOS') 
(Courtesy photo) 

October 31, 2018

Valued contributions

During October’s recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Wintergarden Women’s Shelter has received donations of much-needed supplies for its clients in La Salle County through a program coordinated with the probation office, where defendants who have been sentenced to perform community service have been able to earn credit hours in exchange for the donation of items such as diapers, cleaning supplies, paper goods and bath towels. On hand for the presentation to the center Wednesday, October 31, in the La Salle County Courthouse were (L-R) La Salle County Adult Probation administrative assistant Peggy Murray, case manager and outreach coordinator Diane Gonzalez of the Wintergarden Women’s Shelter, and La Salle County Probation Officer Sonia Valdez with some of the goods that will be divided among women and children seeking refuge at the shelter. The facility continues welcoming donations from the public throughout the year.

October 25, 2018

Homecoming Parade

Cotulla hosted its annual Homecoming Parade through the middle of town on Thursday afternooon, October 25, with floats and vehicles carrying the Cotulla Cowboys varsity and junior football teams, cheerleaders, band, class representatives, and members of student clubs and organizations as well as parents, sponsors and civic groups. The convoy along Main Street was led by the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, the La Salle County Fire Rescue & EMS, the US Border Patrol and the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol. (For more, see 'PHOTOS')

October 25, 2018

Red Ribbon
pledge

Local law enforcement officers worked together Thursday, October 25, for a day-long visit to the Ramirez/Burks Elementary School in Cotulla to help reinforce the Red Ribbon Week message with student pledges to stay drug free and to make wise choices in life. The messages were adapted for each grade level from pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade and included a brief history of Red Ribbon Week in the United States and its dedication to the memory of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena, who was kidnapped and murdered by drug traffickers across the border from El Paso in 1985. Guest speakers for the day described their work, outlined how they help protect communities, and offered details of the various types of harmful substances that youths and young adults may encounter, and how to avoid them. The message of 'If You See Something, Say Something' was likewise reinforced, and students were reminded that law enforcement officers have community members' best interests, safety and well-being at heart. Each presentation concluded with some Halloween safety tips offered by the La Salle County Sheriff's Office. Those addressing the students Thursday included (Photos this page, top, L-R) Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Troopers Daniel Godina, Jordan Garcia and Astrid Ramirez; US Border Patrol Agents Brice Taylor and Joseph Spartachino; and (Left photo) La Salle County Deputy and Cotulla ISD Resource Officer Arnold Cadena.   

October 19, 2018

Fun
for all

La Salle County sheriff's deputies and troopers of the Texas Highway Patrol met with children and joined the celebrations at Martinez Park in Cotulla on Friday, October 19, where the Kids Are First education center hosted its annual Fall Festival, complete with fantasy and fairy tale character costumes, ghosts and goblins, monsters and spiders, and one Tyrannosaurus Rex. Local service agencies, government offices and law enforcement hosted booths with games and entertainment, and plenty of snacks and treats in a family-friendly theme. The children took part in a costume parade and enjoyed pinata smashing.
(For more, see the 'PHOTOS' page) 

October 18, 2018

Grateful for the harvest

La Salle County Commissioners Erasmo Ramirez Jr., Jack Alba, Noel Niavez and (not pictured) Raul Ayala joined staffmember Chelsea Garcia at the Kids Are First educational center in Cotulla on Thursday, October 18, to celebrate the donation of several pumpkins and other seasonal gifts for the benefit of the children who will soon have their annual Fall Festival, featuring games and activities, costumes, refreshments and other delights. The pumpkins will later be used for carving in an arts and crafts project involving the youngsters and their parents. The Kids Are First center is extending thanks to all those in the community who have made donations and other contributions for the children's supervised activities.
(Courtesy photo)

October 17, 2018

Listen, one and all

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office hosted a special training seminar in Encinal on Wednesday, October 17, for correctional officers at the county's Regional Detention Center, where staff were given vital updates related to the Sandra Bland Act, increasing awareness of special needs, assisting in crisis intervention, and directing subjects to appropriate counseling and other services to help prevent distress and issues related to mental illness. Emphasis was placed on verbal de-escalation communication skills. All of the county's correctional officers and law enforcement personnel have now undergone the special training and are up to date on courses mandated by Senate Bill 1849. Instruction was provided by La Salle County Reserve Deputy Robert Armstrong, certified training officer (pictured); and Sheriff's Office Training Coordinator Richard Gonzales.
(Courtesy photos)

October 10, 2018

Bring a little sunshine

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez greets residents of the Madison Pointe apartment complex at its first celebration of National Night Out on Wednesday, October 10, when community members of all ages were treated to food and refreshments. Sheriff's deputies and La Salle firefighters were also on hand to introduce themselves to the youngsters and to reinforce the message of neighborliness.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS')

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