La Salle County
Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Miguel A. Rodriguez
Elected terms
2013-17, 2017-21
La Salle County Courthouse, 101 Courthouse Square, 
Cotulla, Texas 78014; (830) 879-3044
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1

Community activities,
upcoming events, notices

What's happening?

FEMA grant
​ceremony

La Salle County Fire Rescue & EMS will host the presentation of an award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the form of a grant to emergency responders at 2:15 p.m. Monday, November 19 at the county’s Fire Station 1, 951 Dobie Road in Cotulla. Guest speakers at the event will include US Senator John Cornyn, US Congressmen Henry Cuellar and Will Hurd, and Texas Railroad Commission District Director Travis Baer.

Notice of
​Estray

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office has taken custody of a sorrel gelding horse near the Love’s truck stop at the intersection of IH-35 and Hwy 44 in Encinal. The animal is mature in age and measures over 14 hands in height. Claimants should call the sheriff’s office at (830) 879-3044 or the dispatch office after hours at 879-3041 as soon as possible.

Holiday 
​hours

All La Salle County government offices will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 21-23, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular office hours will resume Monday, Nov. 26.

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

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 29, 2018

Sauceda earns FFA degree

Karina Michelle Sauceda of Cotulla has returned from the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she was awarded her American FFA degree.

The convention was held October 25 to 27; the degrees awarded at the event are earned by fewer than one percent of the FFA members in the United States. Award eligibility is dependent on several criteria, including the students’ accomplishments in the organization, academics, involvement and related activities. Sauceda is a student at Texas A&M University in College Station and is majoring in agricultural communication with a minor in journalism.

Sauceda represented Cotulla ISD at the convention and was a Cotulla 4H member for ten years as well a member of the Cotulla Junior FFA and Cotulla FFA. Karina has in the past has been a student aide at the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and the La Salle County Extension Office. She has represented Cotulla 4H and FFA at several events at the local and state levels and now at the national level.

She is the daughter of Manuel and Rosie Sauceda of Cotulla and is extending her appreciation to Cotulla FFA Advisor Bolo Rodriguez for his support. 

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')

September 26, 2018

Friendly visitor

Smokey the Bear made a stop at the La Salle County Courthouse on Wednesday morning, September 26, as part of the forest fire prevention campaign's Texas tour, including each of the state's 254 courthouses. Although recent rains have helped reduce the immediate threat of wildfires in the region, South Texas remains at risk of fast-moving fires that can destroy homes and property, endanger wildlife and prove devastating to agriculture and business. The Texas Forest Service remains vigilant for wildfire threats, and local governments stand prepared to issue new bans on outdoor burning whenever risks become elevated. At home and in recreational activities, families are encouraged to take extreme caution with fire at campsites, barbecues and in burning trash or yard waste. Most cities maintain a year-round burn ban while counties are able to implement 90-day orders by a vote of the commissioners' court. Violators are subject to misdemeanor prosecution.

September 11, 2018

American mourning

The Stars and Stripes and the Lone Star flag are lowered to half staff on Tuesday, September 11, in front of the La Salle County Courthouse and at all government and public places in honor of more than 3,000 civilians, law enforcement officers, firefighters, medics and other first responders who lost their lives in simultaneous terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC, and an airliner over Pennsylvania.  

September 6, 2018

Greatest
generations...

La Salle County first responders including firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, constables and Texas state troopers gathered at Veterans Park in downtown Cotulla on Thursday morning, September 6, for a salute to a group of Laredo-based US armed forces veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, who were making their annual trip to San Antonio for the commemorative Honor Flight. The La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS hoisted the Stars and Stripes high above Main Street to celebrate the veterans’ arrival by charter coach; all available officers and crew members joined the veterans on the steps of the La Salle County Courthouse for a photo opportunity and took turns thanking the personnel for their service to country. Several of the county’s emergency responders and law enforcement officers are also veterans of the US armed forces and include men and women who served in Vietnam, Cold War, Gulf War, Balkan and Afghan conflicts.

August 15, 2018

La Salle County Reserve Deputy and TCOLE Instructor Robert Armstrong led a class in the county courthouse on Wednesday, August 15, for local law enforcement officers on the use of body-worn cameras, bringing all deputies into full compliance with the mandatory instruction. The class covered origins of body-worn camera use by law enforcement, advantages to officers and to the general public of having all contacts filmed and preserved for the record, and legislative updates and legal issues related to the use of body-worn cameras. Class participants viewed footage of incidents in which visual evidence recorded by officers’ cameras helped clarify circumstances surrounding the use of force and other occasions when the recordings assisted in proper documentation and reporting of police contact with the public. The class concluded with an overview of camera use as covered by the law on public information, and a test featuring each of the principal points of the curriculum. Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez also addressed the class with an introduction on the values of camera footage as evidence and reiterated that he believes all officers are greatly advantaged by having the supportive material in their case reports.

On the
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