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November 12, 2018

15 jailed, 
Nov. 5-12

By Marc Robertson
Fifteen individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

In addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio County, those jailed in La Salle between Monday, November 5, and Monday, Nov. 12, with arrest times logged at booking, were as follows:

Martin Christopher Garcia, 42, of Pearsall; arrested 6:11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court on a Texas DPS citation, and warrant issued in Frio County (details withheld); remains in jail as of Nov. 12.

Rene Serna, 29, of Edinburg, Texas; arrested 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County Court for state jail felony evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction; released on bond after two days, five hours.

Ruben Salinas, 30, of Cotulla; arrested 9:43 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for revocation of probation; remains in jail as of Nov. 12.

Jose Refugio Alfaro Jr., 41, of Rio Bravo, Texas; arrested 2:12 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, by the Sheriff’s Office; third-degree felony deadly conduct by discharge of a firearm, misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after 14 hours.

Samuel Flores, 26, of Cotulla; arrested 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace for failure to comply with a court obligation or to appear in court, and assault; released on bond after seven hours.

Emanuel Israel Hermoso, 23, of Gardendale; arrested 3:50 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County Court for failure to appear in court on a charge of reckless driving; remains in jail as of Nov. 12.

Shannon Nicole Rea, 28, of Cotulla; arrested 9:52 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for state jail felony failure to appear in court, warrants issued by La Salle County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court (two counts); remains in jail as of Nov. 12.

Anselmo Banda Jr., 28, of Pearsall; arrested 3:18 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, warrant issued in Bexar County for Class A misdemeanor failure to appear in court; released on bond after three days, eight hours.

Consuelo Ann Roath, 43, of Cotulla; arrested 8:46 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace for driving with an expired license; released on bond after nine hours.

Cody Aaron Hasler, 26, of Cotulla; arrested 12:37 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court (two counts); released on bond after one day, five hours.

Francisco Gerardo Martinez, 21, of Laredo; arrested 5:52 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, by the Sheriff’s Office; third-degree felony evading arrest with a motor vehicle; remains in jail as of Nov. 12.

Luis Roberto Pacheco, 21, of Cotulla; arrested 2:37 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court; released on bond after 14 hours.

Ian Goodfellow, 63, of Toronto, Canada; arrested 3:55 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; public intoxication; released on bond after 14 hours.

Eric Scott Rivera, 40, of Cotulla; arrested 8:26 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor criminal trespass; remains in jail as of Nov. 12.

Daniel Mark Woolever, 29, of Cotulla; arrested 11:32 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in Tom Green County for revocation of probation on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; remains in jail as of Nov. 12.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Alejandro DeLeon, released after seven days, seven hours; Basilio Plaza Jr., transferred after 11 days, six hours; Jeffrey Lynn Stroud, released on bond after three days, 17 hours; and Manuel Sauceda Jr., released on bond after seven days. 

November 5, 2018

11 jailed, 
Oct. 29 - Nov. 5

By Marc Robertson
Eleven individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

In addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio County, those jailed in La Salle between Monday, October 29, and Monday, November 5, with arrest times logged at booking, were as follows:

Alejandro DeLeon, 24, of Laredo; arrested 2:23 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in Webb County for first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance; remains in jail as of Nov. 5.

Jesus Alvarado Jr., 48, of Cotulla; arrested 7:48 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief; remains in jail as of Nov. 5.

Basilio Plaza Jr., 42, of Dilley; arrested 2:10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in McMullen County for Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid with a previous conviction, and warrant issued through Austin Pardon and Parole Board for parole violation on a charge of second-degree felony aggravated assault with a weapon; remains in jail as of Nov. 5.

Mary Martha Garcia, 63, of Laredo; arrested 1:28 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in Laredo for giving false reports to Laredo Police Department; released on bond after four hours.

George Luis DeLeon, 33, of Cotulla; arrested 9:37 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, by the Texas DPS; warrants issued by La Salle County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace for misdemeanor violating a promise to appear in court and seatbelt violation; released on bond after 13 hours.

Natalie Shae Guthrie, 48, of Cotulla; arrested 8:35 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for failure to appear in court; remains in jail as of Nov. 5.

Al Lopez, 35, of Cotulla; arrested 2:24 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace for Class B misdemeanor harassment; released on bond after 20 hours.

Jesus Gomez, 38, of Laredo; arrested 1:03 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, by the Texas DPS; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for second-degree felony sexual assault; released on bond after 13 hours.

Jeffrey Lynn Stroud, 35, of Dilley; arrested 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace for failure to meet court obligations on charges of failing to maintain financial responsibility and driving without a license; remains in jail as of Nov. 5.

Manuel Sauceda Jr., 46, of Cotulla; arrested 12:25 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for failure to appear in court on a charge of credit card abuse; remains in jail as of Nov. 5.

Pedro R. Vinton III, 25, of Cotulla; arrested 1:21 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace for failure to meet court obligations on charges of failing to maintain financial responsibility and failing to appear in court, and failure to appear in court; remains in jail as of Nov. 5.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Christian Lamar porter, released on bond after 69 days, 21 hours; and Cesar Antonio Adams Jr., released after 11 days, 23 hours.  

October 29, 2018

13 jailed, 
October 22-29

By Marc Robertson
Thirteen individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies, officers of the Encinal Police Department and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

In addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio County, those jailed in La Salle between Monday, October 22, and Monday, Oct. 29, with arrest times logged at booking, were as follows:

Al Lopez, 35, of Cotulla; arrested 4:18 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony abandonment or endangerment of a child by criminal negligence, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana; released on bond after three days, 11 hours.

Felicia Renee Drywater, 31, of Cotulla; arrested 4:06 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony abandonment or endangerment of a child by criminal negligence; released on bond after one day, 11 hours.

Ruben Rodriguez, 57, of Encinal; arrested 9:02 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for revocation of probation on a charge of family violence assault with a previous conviction; released on bond after ten hours.

Dionicio Flores, 60, of Laredo; arrested 12:02 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, by the Encinal PD; misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after eight hours.

Antonio De Jesus Galvan-Rocha, 26, of San Luis Potosi, Mexico; arrested 3:18 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in Bexar County for felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; on hold for US Border Patrol, transferred after five days, 18 hours.

Frances Ann Rodriguez, 40, of Cotulla; arrested 1:12 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace for failing to meet a court obligation on a seatbelt violation; released on bond after eight hours.

Jason Anthony Gonzalez, 34, of Encinal; arrested 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated; released on bond after nine hours.

Ruben Teneyuca, 43, of Cotulla; arrested 1:08 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, warrants issued by La Salle County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court or failing to comply with a court order (nine counts) and operating a vehicle with defective tail lamps; released on bond after nine hours.

Freddy Romero Jr., 31, of Cotulla; arrested 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace for failing to meet a court obligation on a charge of speeding; released on bond after 13 hours.

Antonio Garza III, 38, of Cotulla; arrested 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; released on bond after 12 hours.

Carlos Fuentes, 38, of San Antonio; arrested 8:11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, third-degree felony evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, and warrants issued in Bexar County for Class A misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and two counts of second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; remains in jail as of Oct. 29, on hold for Bexar County.

Paul Leonard Riojas, 24, of San Antonio; arrested 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, by the Encinal PD; Class A misdemeanor violating a bond or protective order; released after 13 hours.

Roxanne Vanessa Hernandez, 29, of Cotulla; arrested 2:19 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor warrants issued by La Salle County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace for speeding and failure to appear in court; released on bond after eight hours.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Jose Antonio Ramirez, released after 60 days, 19 hours; Juan Carlos Benavides Jr., transferred after 19 days, 21 hours; Jesus Ramirez Jr., released on bond after four days, 22 hours; and David Colchado, released on bond after 22 hours. 

October 27, 2018

The driver of a Ford pickup truck was killed early Saturday, October 27, in a collision that involved several vehicles on FM 468, eight miles west of Cotulla.
(Courtesy photo)

Driver dies in multi-vehicle crash on FM 468

By Marc Robertson
A driver traveling on rural FM 468 west of Cotulla lost his life early Saturday, October 27, when his pickup truck collided with a freight truck and tanker trailer, the first in a series of collisions that ultimately involved several vehicles.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene near Milemarker 444, eight miles west of the county seat, shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday to find that the driver of a black Ford truck had been killed in the collision with the freighter. Preliminary reports from the scene indicated that inclement weather may have contributed to poor visibility on the two-lane road, resulting in the driver’s apparent inability to see that the tanker rig was negotiating a slow-moving turn out of a private drive onto FM 468.

The DPS Highway Patrol is also reporting that the driver of a white Chevrolet pickup truck with a flatbed trailer was involved in a second collision when his vehicle struck the rear of the tanker rig.

Shortly thereafter, a third crash occurred when a freight truck and trailer approached the scene and its driver took evasive action by steering off the paved road to avoid striking the immobilized vehicles. His freight truck collided with roadside fencing.

The Department of Public Safety is continuing its investigations into the fatal crash. Names of the dead and injured have been withheld by the Highway Patrol. The farm-to-market road was closed for several hours Saturday during the crash scene investigation and clean-up, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.       
  

October 22, 2018

Eight jailed, 
October 15-22

By Marc Robertson
Eight individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies, officers of the Encinal Police Department and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

In addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio County, those jailed in La Salle between Monday, October 15, and Monday, Oct. 22, with arrest times logged at booking, were as follows:

Ryan James Hernandez, 25, of Pearsall; arrested 7:01 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, by the Sheriff’s Office; bench warrant issued in La Salle County for third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1; transferred after two days, four hours.

Victor Gonzalez, 26, of Cotulla; arrested 11:46 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace for failing to meet a court obligation on a charge of speeding, and failing to appear in court; court-ordered release after three days, 21 hours.

Justin Kyle Hailey, 23, of Conroe, Texas; arrested 4:08 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle; released on bond after ten hours.

Cesar Antonio Adams Jr., 23, of Encinal; arrested 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, by the Encinal PD; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for probation violation on a charge of assault on a public servant; remains in jail as of Oct. 22.

Jolene Evette Rodriguez, 35, of Cotulla; arrested 2:43 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor disorderly conduct; released on bond after 21 hours.

Jesus Ramirez Jr., 26, of Cotulla; arrested 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2A, third-degree felony tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair an investigation, and warrants issued by La Salle County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace for failing to meet court obligations on charges of bail jumping and violating a promise to appear, and failure to appear in court; remains in jail as of Oct. 22.

Antonio Rios Jr., 42, of Pearsall; arrested 3:58 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued (no agency listed) for failure to appear in court on a charge of drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs, failure to identify (two counts), and driving while license is suspended or not valid; released on bond after one day.

David Colchado, 38, of Laredo; arrested 9:14 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, by the Encinal PD; warrants issued by La Salle County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace for driving with an expired license and failure to comply with a court order or to appear in court on a DPS citation; remains in jail as of Oct. 22.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Jason Garcia, released on bond after 104 days, 13 hours; Servando Vazquez-Galvan, transferred after 89 days, 14 hours; Jose Antonio Ramirez, released after 60 days, 19 hours; and Martin Morales, court-ordered release after 18 days, 23 hours.    

October 20, 2018

IH-35 closed twice Saturday after fatal crashes

By Marc Robertson
The Texas Department of Public Safety is continuing its investigations into two fatal accidents that occurred on IH-35 south of Cotulla on Saturday, October 20.

Preliminary reports indicate that an early-morning crash may have been due to a sport utility vehicle colliding with a car that had been rendered immobile from striking a deer in the southbound lanes of the interstate. Shortly after that collision, a southbound van had struck the damaged SUV.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene and ordered the interstate closed when they discovered that a southbound traveler in the SUV had been killed and several of his family members injured, including young children, when their vehicle had struck the stationary car. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the later collision involving the van.

La Salle County sheriff’s deputies were among the first on scene shortly after 4 a.m. and assisted in road closure and traffic diversions while the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS and Highway Patrol troopers attended to the injured and began their investigation.

Emergency responders were again dispatched south of Cotulla on Saturday, again to the southbound lanes of IH-35, in response to a call shortly after 1 p.m. from a freight driver who said a vehicle had struck his truck and that the other driver appeared to have been killed.

Reports from the scene indicate the freight truck had been traveling south on IH-35 and that a utility van had struck it from behind at highway speed. The interstate had reopened only moments earlier and traffic was beginning to clear when the rear-end collision occurred near the highway rest area.

Identities of the dead and injured have been withheld by the Highway Patrol during its investigation.

Temporary highway closures were effected by local officers and the Texas Department of Transportation and involved diverting southbound traffic to the IH-35 access roads between Artesia Wells and Caiman Creek for several hours Saturday morning and through the highway rest area rear access lane on Saturday afternoon.

October 19, 2018

Demands for private info from cloned numbers...

New phone scam alert:
Beware fake government agency calls, sheriff says

By Marc Robertson
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning the public again this week that a number of recent calls to area residents’ private numbers with demands for banking and identity information represent new attempts by scam artists to defraud people of their savings.

Reports were made to the sheriff’s office on Friday, October 19, that one or more callers claiming to represent the US Social Security Administration and other government agencies have been persuasive and persistent. Calls have included statements indicating “fraudulent activity in your Social Security benefits” and demands that residents provide identity and bank account numbers.

No government agency will ever ask for an individual’s banking information, Social Security number or other private identifiers over the telephone.

Area residents are being advised to hang up on scam callers, block the callers if possible, and report any bank fraud immediately.

The sheriff’s office is also advising area residents that scam callers are now able to “clone” local or regional telephone numbers, so that even though calls are being made long-distance or from other countries, the Caller ID function on most telephones will list them as local.

In one recent complaint, a local resident noted that the caller claiming to represent a US government agency exhibited “poor English language skills” and made repeated demands for banking information.

“Elderly residents are especially at risk in cases like these,” Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez said. “People feel threatened or they are afraid that they will lose their benefits, or they are confused by the aggressive demands. We can assure everyone that a government agency will never make calls like that.”

October 18, 2018

"You did this
over and over..."

Flores faces 50 years in prison for
sex assault

Sentenced to prison: Daniel Flores
By Marc Robertson
A Cotulla man was sentenced by District Judge Russell Wilson in La Salle County on Thursday, October 18, to serve a maximum of fifty years in prison for the first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a young girl.

Prosecuting on behalf of the state of Texas, District Attorney Audrey Louis showed during the sentencing phase of the case Thursday that Daniel Flores, 39, had at least twice molested a family member who was under the age of 14 in July 2016.

Court testimony showed that the child reported the offenses to her father and that a criminal investigation ensued.

Flores had recently successfully completed a probation sentence from a 2009 conviction for the possession of child pornography and was registered as a sex offender living in La Salle County.

“You’re not sorry about this,” the district attorney said while confronting Flores in court Thursday. “You did this over and over. You’re just sorry that you got caught.”

Judge Wilson ordered that two 25-year sentences be served consecutively, pointing out to the convicted felon that the first sentence must be served before the second begins, meaning Flores must spend at least a quarter century behind bars before he may seek a reduction of his prison term.

“My staff and I want to extend our thanks to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and to Investigator Homar Olivarez for the in-depth and exhaustive investigation that led to this conviction and sentencing,” DA Louis said Thursday. “Together, we have helped ensure that justice was served for the benefit of the child victim in this case.”

October 16, 2018

"His motives remain unclear..."

Investigators await toxicology report after double shooting

By Marc Robertson
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office is expecting to learn soon from the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office whether any toxins were involved in a Cotulla man’s decision to open fire on family members and then take his own life early Sunday, October 7.

Emergency responders were dispatched to a residence on Poole Street at around 2 a.m. Sunday to find that 29-year-old local resident Randy Garcia had sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head and that his sister-in-law, Marimar Hernandez, had likewise been seriously injured.

Garcia was transported by ambulance to Frio Regional Hospital in Pearsall, where he was declared dead.

Hernandez remains hospitalized in San Antonio this week and is recovering from a close-range shotgun blast to the upper body.

La Salle Sheriff’s Investigator Homar Olivarez said this week that investigations to date have shown Garcia was at home with his four young children during the early hours of Oct. 7 and that he made a telephone call to his wife, who was visiting family and friends at another address that night. Interviews with witnesses have indicated Garcia opened fire on the family members when they arrived at his house, that he fired a shotgun directly at his sister-in-law, and that he then went into the house and picked up a handgun and took it outside.

Garcia’s gunshot injury was self-inflicted, according to officers.

“There have been no indications of this being the result of domestic strife or other disturbance,” Olivarez said Tuesday. “His motives remain unclear, and we continue examining possible contributing factors in this family tragedy.”    
  

October 15, 2018

Flooding
​danger

The Texas Department of Transportation and La Salle County crews have barricaded a number of roads in the county where rising waters from the Nueces River and in other low-lying areas have begun endangering traffic. The IH-35 access road at the Nueces River Bridge in Cotulla, a portion of Dobie Road and the Holland Texas Dam road (FM 3408) have been closed as of Monday, October 15. River levels are expected to continue rising as flood waters from the Texas Hill Country reach the Coastal Plains. Motorists may not bypass barricades on any roads and should follow detour directions where available. A portion of FM 624 in southeastern La Salle County is subject to closure if floodwaters continue to rise. High water is expected to continue throughout the week.
The Nueces River rises above its banks at the IH-35 bridge on Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, and is expected to continue rising through the week. (Courtesy photos)
Low-lying areas at Cotulla - including some commercial properties and privately owned land - are inundated as flood waters continue rising in the Nueces River basin on Wednesday, Oct. 24, with more floods expected in the coming days. Road closures remain in effect for several areas near the Nueces, including the IH-35 access road, Dobie Road, Holland Dam Road and other county roads. Closures are pending for stretches of Hwy 85 northwest of La Salle County and FM 624 southeast of Cotulla if rising waters begin endangering traffic. (Courtesy photos)

October 15, 2018

14 jailed, 
October 8-15

By Marc Robertson
Fourteen individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol between Monday, October 8, and Monday, Oct. 15.

In addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio and Zavala counties, with arrest times logged at booking, those jailed in La Salle were as follows:

Kyli Jordan Bird, 26, of Midland, Texas; arrested 12:48 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, by the Texas DPS; Class A misdemeanor unlawfully carrying a weapon, Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana; released on bond after 17 hours.

Francisco Flores Jr., 26, of Big Wells, Texas; arrested 9:29 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County Court for second-degree felony burglary of a building; released on bond after eight hours.

Juan Carlos Benavides Jr., 27, of Cotulla; arrested 11:43 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for misdemeanor violating a promise to appear in court; remains in jail as of Oct. 15.

Eric Martinez, 42, of Cotulla; arrested 1:07 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in Frio County for probation violation; released on bond after two hours.

Roger Perez, 52, of Cotulla; arrested 11:52 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for revocation of probation on a third-degree felony violation; remains in jail as of Oct. 15.

Eduardo Nieto III, 21, of Cotulla; arrested 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failing to meet a court obligation on a charge of disregarding a stop sign; released on bond after 14 hours.

Ricardo Alberto Gonzalez, 38, of Laredo; arrested 6:06 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony warrant issued in La Salle County Court for failure to report or to comply with a court obligation, warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court; released on bond after one day, nine hours.

Abel Ynocencio Gonzalez, 26, of Cotulla; arrested 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failing to meet a court obligation on a charge of speeding; released on bond after ten hours.

Esteban Miguel Alvarado Jr., 24, of Cotulla; arrested 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2A; released on bond after nine hours.

Sonia Flores E. Torres-Sanchez, 37, of Cotulla; arrested 12:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; state jail felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; released on bond after six hours.

Brandon Lee Ruiz, 21, of Dilley; arrested 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle District Court for failure to appear in court on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and failing to appear in court on a state jail felony charge of debit or credit card fraud; remains in jail as of Oct. 15.

Felicia Renee Drywater, 31, of Cotulla; arrested 11:51 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, (arresting agency not listed); misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after 12 hours.

Gabriel Perales, 27, of Cotulla; arrested 1:39 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor disorderly conduct; released on bond after ten hours.

Daniel Uvalle, 29, of Laredo; arrested 1:37 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after ten hours.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since transferred or released include Ricardo Julian Sandoval, released on bond after 109 days, 23 hours; Elisema Rivera Jones, transferred after 92 days, 21 hours; and Jose Angel Benavides, released on bond after 48 days, 12 hours. 

October 9, 2018

"The news spread like wildfire..."

Missing teen found safe:
Thousands helped spread media posts, updates

By Marc Robertson
A juvenile runaway who was reported missing in Cotulla during the Columbus Day weekend has been found safe, according to investigators at the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office who are crediting social media with helping alert the public and spread news of the search to thousands across South Texas in a matter of hours.

A preliminary report was made Monday, October 8, that the 14-year-old boy had gone missing from his residence on Second Street in Cotulla and that he had last been seen at 9 p.m. Sunday. The boy’s family, sheriff’s officers and other concerned citizens in La Salle County began posting pictures and descriptions of the child on social media outlets and reached thousands of viewers by Monday evening.
The boy was recovered near San Antonio early Tuesday. Updates showing that he was safe reached over 50,000 viewers by 9 a.m.

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez is extending thanks to all community residents and friends across the region who helped distribute the alert and whose support enabled family members and officers to ensure that all possibilities of the boy’s whereabouts were investigated and leads pursued.

“The most important thing on everyone’s mind during those hours was the boy’s safety and wellbeing,” the sheriff said this week. “When this community pulls together for a cause like this, we can be sure that everyone shares the same hopes and the same concerns. We are very grateful for all the support. The families of La Salle County are reminded by this that everybody is a true neighbor and everybody helps look out for the safety of our children.”  

“The news spread like wildfire, and that’s exactly what we were hoping for,” Sheriff’s Investigator Homar Olivarez said Monday. “There were literally thousands of people looking out for the child’s safety. This kind of community support demonstrates the good-heartedness and civic responsibility of a caring public.”

“It’s a great relief to know that the child is safe,” La Salle Sgt. Rickey Galvan said. “We were worried throughout the night, always wondering whether there was something we might have missed, but the family and all the community members who helped us were the driving force behind this search.”

October 8, 2018

Four jailed, 
October 1-8

By Marc Robertson
Four individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies between Monday, October 1 and Oct. 8.

In addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio and Zavala counties, with arrest times logged at booking, those jailed in La Salle were as follows:

David Lopez Garcia, 38, of Cotulla; arrested 6:41 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County Court for failure to appear in court on a charge of marijuana possession; released on bond after two days, three hours.

Hector Tamez Enriquez, 43, of Edinburg, Texas; arrested 2:48 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor warrants issued for violating a promise to appear in court and failing to yield the right of way; released on bond after ten hours.

Steve Cruz Jr., 29, of Cotulla; arrested 5:29 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana; released on bond after ten hours.

Leonel Villarreal, 31, of Laredo; arrested 11:42 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued for speeding and child safety seat violation; released on bond after 13 hours.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Julio Liendo Anzaldua, transferred after 253 days, six hours; and Carlos Joseph Reyna, transferred after 111 days, 17 hours.  
  

October 1, 2018

Ten jailed, 
September 24 - October 1

By Marc Robertson
Ten individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

Those jailed between Monday, September 24, and Monday, October 1, in addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio and Zavala counties, with arrest times logged at booking, were as follows:

Rodney Glenn Morgan, 50, of Cotulla; arrested 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failing to meet court obligations on charges of driving with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and failing to appear in court (two counts); released after 15 hours.

Alfredo R. Gonzalez III, 28, of Cotulla; arrested 10:25 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court, and failing to meet court obligations on charges of failing to provide identification, and public intoxication; released on bond after one day, six hours.

Quianna Esmeralda Santos, 25, of Cotulla; arrested 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for driving with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and failing to comply with a court order or to appear in court; released after 17 hours on promise to pay fines.

Alexandria Rose Ramirez, 27, of Cotulla; arrested 10:18 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failing to meet a court order on a charge of not maintaining financial responsibility; released after one day, 13 hours.

Francisco J. Nunez, 54, of Laredo; arrested 12:42 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County Court for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving a commercial vehicle while license is not valid; released after one day.

Juan Bernardo Sanchez Jr., 17, of Cotulla; arrested 6:10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated; released on bond after three hours.

Antoine Donnell Moore, 40, of San Antonio; arrested 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief with damages up to $750 in value, Class B misdemeanor obstruction of highway or other passage; released on bond after one day, two hours.

Alejandra Sharianna Rios, 26, of Laredo; arrested 1:24 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failing to meet a court obligation on a charge of driving without a license; released after ten hours.

Martin Morales, 48, of Cotulla; arrested 1:24 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failing to meet court obligation on charges of failure to appear in court or to comply with a court order (two counts), failing to show a motor vehicle inspection certificate, and driving without a license (two counts); remains in jail as of Oct. 1.

Maritza Velma Gonzalez, 28, of Cotulla; arrested 1:28 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failing to meet a court obligation on a charge of driving without a license; released after one hour.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Cody Aaron Hasler, released on bond after 30 days, 11 hours; Jose Angel Martinez, court-ordered release after 26 days, 22 hours; and Belinda Diane Fletcher, released on bond after four days, ten hours.

October 1, 2018

JP signs new warrants this week

La Salle County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez is signing arrest warrants this week for a number of individuals who have failed to appear in court or who have failed to meet court obligations.

Those for whom warrants are being issued will be subject to immediate arrest at home, at work or in the course of a traffic stop when they are identified by a law enforcement officer. Failure to appear in court when ordered may result in additional charges being filed.

Warrants are being signed for the following:

Christopher Robert Cano, 27, of Laredo; driving while license is suspended or not valid, driving without a license (two counts), violating a promise to appear in court, failing to appear in court, speeding.

Roxanna Canales, 30, of Cotulla; driving without a license, failing to maintain financial responsibility.

Richard Garcia Jr., 27, of Teague, Texas; speeding, driving without a license.

Garrison Cade Kelley, 22, of Beaumont, Texas; possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license, failing to maintain financial responsibility.

Rafael Antonio Martinez, 31, of San Antonio; violating a promise to appear in court (two counts), speeding.

Veronica Martinez, 27, of Cotulla; failing to yield the right of way, failing to control speed.

Jonathan Charles Reed, 34, of Laredo; disorderly conduct, violating a promise to appear in court, driving while license is not valid, open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Lucio Antonio Reyes Rodriguez, 48, of Big Wells, Texas; failing to appear in court, public intoxication.

Mariselda Ramirez Teneyuca, 56, of Cotulla; failing to comply with a court order or to appear in court, driving with an expired license, driving with an expired motor vehicle registration.

Hector Gerardo Villarreal, 49, of Laredo; failing to appear in court, speeding.

All those for whom warrants are being issued should make court appearances without further delay at the offices of the justice of the peace beside Veterans Park on Center Street in downtown Cotulla. A telephone call does not constitute a court appearance.

September 24, 2018

Eleven jailed, 
September
10-24

By Marc Robertson
Eleven individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past two weeks, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

Those jailed between Monday, September 10, and Monday, September 24, in addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio and Zavala counties, with arrest times logged at booking, were as follows:

Bobby Joe Rodriguez, 40, of Victoria, Texas; arrested 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury; released on bond after 14 hours.

Giovani Enrique Dastych, 18, of Cotulla; arrested 12:43 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor family violence assault causing bodily injury, warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to meet a court obligation on a charge of disorderly conduct; released on bond after seven days, two hours.

Arturo Velasquez, 46, of Cotulla; arrested 9:02 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justices of the Peace for driving while license is not valid and failure to comply with a court order or to appear in court (two counts); released on bond after 20 hours.

Amy Gonzalez, 36, of Cotulla; arrested 11:13 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to meet court obligations on charges of public intoxication, violating a promise to appear in court, failure to control speed, failure to drive in a single lane of traffic, driving with an expired vehicle inspection certificate, and failure to maintain financial responsibility; released on bond after three days, 18 hours.

Juan Alberto Camacho, 44, of San Antonio; arrested 6:11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid, with a previous conviction; released on bond after 16 hours.

Pedro Sandoval Jr., 41, of Cotulla; arrested 2:58 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court (two counts) and driving with an open container of alcohol; court-ordered release after five days, nine hours.

Cesar Antonio Adams Jr., 23, of Encinal; arrested 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, by the Sheriff’s Office; first-degree felony aggravated assault on a public servant; released on bond after two days, six hours.

Marcus Ramos, 52, of Cotulla; arrested 1:04 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated; released on bond after one day, 22 hours.

Jose Antonio Hernandez, 23, of Cotulla; arrested 4:31 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to meet court obligations on charges of failure to appear in court and driving without a license; released on bond after 23 hours.

Belinda Diane Fletcher, 54, of Cotulla; arrested 9:41 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for failure to appear in court, warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to meet court obligations on charges of failure to maintain financial responsibility and disorderly conduct; remains in jail as of Sept. 24.

Jarrett Anthony Battiest, 26, of Live Oak, Texas; arrested 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, Class B misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2A; released on bond after one day, 21 hours.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Jermain Corey Williams, released on bond after 447 days, 23 hours; Julian Lee Salinas, transferred after 105 days, 12 hours; Pedro Rodriguez Hernandez, released after 41 days, ten hours; Raul Arellano Mejia, released on bond after 29 days, 21 hours; Perlita Gonzalez, court-ordered release after 20 days, three hours; Adan Ruiz, released after 11 days, two hours; Ricardo Gabriel Madrigal Jr., released on bond after 13 days, 23 hours; and David Murica Rivera, transferred after 20 hours.  

September 20, 2018

JP signs arrest warrants for court no-shows

La Salle County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez is signing arrest warrants this week for a number of individuals who have failed to appear in court or who have failed to meet court obligations.

Those for whom warrants are being issued will be subject to immediate arrest at home, at work or in the course of a traffic stop when they are identified by a law enforcement officer. Failure to appear in court when ordered may result in additional charges being filed.

Warrants are being signed for the following:

Juan Arriaga, 39, of Laredo; violating a promise to appear in court, driving without a commercial license, failing to show a medical certificate.

Kayla Marquette Burley, 30, of Weimar, Texas; violating a promise to appear in court (three counts), speeding, driving without a license, child safety seat violation.

Julio Alejandro Cerda, 20, of Cotulla; violating a promise to appear in court (two counts), driving without a license (two counts), failing to maintain financial responsibility (two counts), minor in possession of tobacco, disregarding a stop sign, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault by contact.

Alan Garcia, 24, of Laredo; failng to appear in court, failing to maintain financial responsibility, failing to drive in a single lane of traffic, driving without a license.

Idalia DeLeon, 37, of Cotulla; violating a promise to appear in court, open container violation, failing to appear in court, failing to show proof of financial responsibility, child safety seat violation.

Francisco Gomez, 36, of Somerset, Texas; failing to appear in court, failing to show proof of financial responsibility, driving without a license.

Carl V. Neathery Jr., 48, of Cotulla; failing to appear in court, speeding.

Mike Nickles, 39, of Dilley; violating a promise to appear in court, driving without a license.

Katrina Nicole Ramon, 30, of Dilley; failing to appear in court, disorderly conduct, public intoxication.

Humberto Sanchez, 32, of Laredo; violating a promise to appear in court (two counts), failing to maintain financial responsibility (two counts), driving without a license (two counts).  

All those for whom warrants are being issued should make court appearances without further delay at the offices of the justice of the peace beside Veterans Park on Center Street in downtown Cotulla. A telephone call does not constitute a court appearance.
  

September 10, 2018

Arrests,
Sept. 3-10: Officers
cuff four

By Marc Robertson
Four individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies and the Encinal Police Department.

Those jailed between Monday, September 3, and Monday, September 10, in addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio and Zavala counties, with arrest times logged at booking, were as follows:

Nathan David Guzman, 31, of Cotulla; arrested 12:36 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for failure to meet a court obligation or to appear in court; released on bond after 19 hours.

Jill Dean Hall, 50, of Elmendorf, Texas; arrested 8:28 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, by the Encinal PD; third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, warrant issued in Floresville for failure to appear in court on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; released on bond after two days.

Ricardo Gabriel Madrigal Jr., 23, of Rio Medina, Texas; arrested 8:28 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, by the Encinal PD; third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, Class A misdemeanor evading arrest or detention; remains in jail as of Sept. 10.

David Murcia Rivera, 22, of Floresville, Texas; arrested 9:36 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in Dallas County for Class A misdemeanor terroristic threat upon a family; remains in jail as of Sept. 10.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Gregory Draeger, transferred after 77 days, 20 hours; Alfredo Velasquez, released on bond after 30 days, one hour; and Hugo Salinas Hernandez, transferred after 27 days, three hours. 

September 4, 2018

JP signs new 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 a number of individuals who have failed to appear in court or who have failed to meet court obligations.

Those for whom warrants are being issued will be subject to immediate arrest at home, at work or in the course of a traffic stop when they are identified by a law enforcement officer. Failure to appear in court when ordered may result in additional charges being filed.

Warrants are being signed for the following:

Kathy Lee Arriazola, 32, of Dilley; unsafe lane change, driving without a license.

Julio Alejandro Cerda, 20, of Cotulla; failure to appear in court, violating a promise to appear in court, assault by contact, driving without a license (three counts), failure to maintain financial responsibility (two counts), minor in possession of tobacco, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nicholas Galvan, 31, of San Antonio; violating a promise to appear in court, speeding, child safety seat violation, driving while license is not valid.

Garrison Cade Kelley, 22, of Beaumont, Texas; possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license, failure to maintain financial responsibility.

Juan Javier Martinez, 55, of Eagle Pass; violating a promise to appear in court, vehicle weight limit violation, driving without commercial vehicle inspection, permit violation.

Francesca Nicol Quijano, 25, of La Pryor, Texas; violating a promise to appear in court, child safety seat violation, driving without a license.

Elpidio M. Rodriguez, 35, of Cotulla; child safety seat violation, driving without a license.

Juan Ramiro Sosa Jr., 21, of Cotulla; violating a promise to appear in court (two counts), driving without a license, window tint violation, driving while license is not valid (four counts), failure to appear in court, passing in a no-passing zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain financial responsibility.

Robert Lee Trevino, 45, of Leming, Texas; violating a promise to appear in court (two counts), driving while license is not valid, speeding.

William Jeffrey Williams, 49, of Three Rivers, Texas; violating a promise to appear in court, speeding.

All those for whom warrants are being issued should make court appearances without further delay at the offices of the justice of the peace beside Veterans Park on Center Street in downtown Cotulla. A telephone call does not constitute a court appearance.

September 3, 2018

40 jailed, 
​August 13 -
September 3

By Marc Robertson
Forty individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past three weeks, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies, the Encinal Police Department, and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol.

One man was arrested on a criminal trespass charge a week after spending over a month in jail.

Those jailed between Monday, August 13, and Monday, September 3, in addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio and Zavala counties, with arrest times logged at booking, were as follows:

Eduardo Nieto III, 20, of Cotulla; arrested 11:23 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, by the Texas DPS; warrant issued in La Salle County for Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle; released on bond after nine hours.

David Gonzales, 40, of Cotulla; arrested 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to meet a court obligation on a charge of failing to drive in a single lane; released on bond after three hours.

Hector Pulido-Molina, 49, of Michoacan, Mexico; arrested 3:13 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle County for failure to appear in court on a felony charge of fraud; on hold for the US Border Patrol; transferred after 19 hours.

Arturo Castor, 39, of Cotulla; arrested 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, by the Texas DPS; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for driving without a license (two counts), failure to appear in court (two counts), and warrant issued in La Salle County for driving while license is not valid; released on bond after 22 hours.

Dezerae Renae Delacruz, 25, of Cotulla; arrested 12:42 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court, warrant issued in La Salle District Court for probation violation; released after 15 hours.

Jose Rodriguez, 35, of Cotulla; arrested 2:06 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor evading arrest or detention, warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for driving without a license and failure to appear in court or comply with a court obligation; released on bond after 17 hours.

Belinda Diane Fletcher, 54, of Cotulla; arrested 1:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court or to comply with a court order; released on bond after one day, nine hours.

Gary Alvarez Jr., 28, of San Antonio; arrested 10:56 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, by the Encinal PD; warrants issued in La Salle County for speeding and driving while license is not valid; released on bond after 19 hours.

Joanna Elizelda Martinez, 28, of San Antonio; arrested 10:56 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, by the Encinal PD; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court, and driving without a license; released on bond after 19 hours.

Senovio Miguel Perales, 20, of Cotulla; arrested 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated; released on bond after nine hours.

Noah Mario Castor, 20, of Cotulla; arrested 2:03 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failing to meet a court obligation on a charge of driving without a license; released after 18 hours.

Jesus Alvarado Jr., 48, of Cotulla; arrested 1:44 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief up to $2,500 in damages, warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to meet a court obligation on a charge of assault; released on bond after 11 days, six hours.

Raul Arellano Mejia, 47, of Houston; arrested 9:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor driving while license is not valid with a previous conviction; remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

Kevin Raudel Ramirez, 25, of San Antonio; arrested 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, by the Texas DPS; warrants issued in La Salle County and by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for driving without a license, failure to appear in court, speeding, violating a promise to appear in court, and warrant issued in Jim Hogg County for failure to appear in court on a charge of marijuana possession; released on bond after two days, 17 hours.

Eduardo Villarreal, 47, of Cotulla; arrested 3:38 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, by the Texas DPS; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to comply with a court order or to appear in court (two counts); released on bond after six hours.

Jose Angel Benavides, 30, of Cotulla; arrested 3:16 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District court for third-degree felony probation violation, warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for window tint violation (two counts), and child safety seat violation; remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

Jose Antonio Ramirez, 45, of Lolita, Texas; arrested 12:26 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for failure to appear in court on a felony drunk-driving charge with a history of prior convictions; remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

Mario Daniel Torres, 36, of Dilley; arrested 3:05 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for child safety seat violation, failure to appear in court; released on bond after six hours.

Adan Ruiz Jr., 26, of Cotulla; arrested 3:16 a.m. Thursday, Aug, 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in Bexar County for Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury; transferred after six days, six hours.

Angel Renee Lopez, 19, of Cotulla; arrested 11:58 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to meet a court obligation on a charge of delinquent conduct; released on bond after six hours.

Derick Ray Rodriguez, 21, of Boerne, Texas; arrested 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for revocation of supervised release on third-degree felony charge of family violence assault by occlusion; released on bond after five hours.

Christian Lamar Porter, 35, of Plano, Texas; arrested 5:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, by the Sheriff’s Office; second-degree felony robbery, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana; remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

Perlita Gonzalez, 37, of Pharr, Texas; arrested 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County for probation violation on a charge of marijuana possession up to 5 lbs. in weight (two counts); remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

Joe David Rodriguez, 30, of Cotulla; arrested 2:06 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued through US Marshals Service on probation violation; court-ordered release after two days, ten hours.

David Meza, 31, of Laredo; arrested 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, by the Encinal PD; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to comply with a court order or to appear in court; released on bond after one day, two hours.

Saturnino Castro Garcia III, 37, of Cotulla; arrested 9:02 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, by the Sheriff’s Office; third-degree felony assault on a family or household member by impeding breath or circulation; remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

Cody Allen Hasler, 26, of Cotulla; arrested 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor criminal trespass; remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

Obdulio Guerrero, 71, of Laredo; arrested 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle; released on bond after 21 hours.

Marcus Ramos, 52, of Cotulla; arrested 7:37 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, by the Texas DPS; third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 3, Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated; released on bond after two days, 17 hours.

Jose E. Rodriguez, 57, of Cotulla; arrested 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication, state jail felony arson of a building or vehicle, warrant issued by Illinois Department of Corrections for parole violation, hold for US Border Patrol and for Illinois Department of Corrections; remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

Erik Jasso, 27, of Zapata, Texas; arrested 3:51 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, by the Encinal PD; warrant issued in Zapata County for failure to appear in court; released after two days, one hour.

Armando Suarez DeLeon, 39, of Harlingen, Texas; arrested 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, by the Encinal PD; warrants issued in La Salle County for violating a promise to appear in court, failure to maintain financial responsibility, speeding; released on bond after 20 hours.

Marcos Garcia, 21, of Mission, Texas; arrested 2:58 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, by the Sheriff’s Office; misdemeanor public intoxication; released on bond after 11 hours.

Guillermo Esqueda, 62, of Cotulla; arrested 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for state jail felony theft; released on bond after three hours.

Robert Charles Davis, 55, of Cotulla; arrested 1:31 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, by the Texas DPS; Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated; released on bond after nine hours.

Jesus Cantu Garza, 39, of Cotulla; arrested 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court (two counts), speeding, driving without a license, and failure to comply with a court order or to appear in court; released after 14 hours.

Jose Angel Martinez, 41, of Laredo; arrested 2:54 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued in La Salle County and by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for violating a promise to appear in court or failing to meet a court order (four counts), displaying an expired license plate, driving without a license (three counts), failure to maintain financial responsibility, and disorderly conduct; remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

Pedro Sandoval Jr., 41, of Cotulla; arrested 4:47 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, by the Encinal PD; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for third-degree felony assault on a family or household member by impeding breath or circulation; released on bond after one day, one hour.

Carlos Alberto Tamez, 30, of San Antonio; arrested 7:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, by the Encinal PD; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to appear in court, speeding, and driving while license is not valid; released on bond after 16 hours.

Adan Ruiz, 45, of Cotulla; arrested 8:24 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for public intoxication, failure to appear in court, traveling with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle; remains in jail as of Sept. 3.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as remaining in jail and since released or transferred include Alberto Torres Rubio, released after 90 days, six hours; Cody Allen Hasler, released after 31 days, 13 hours; Domingo David Ramirez, released after 26 days, 13 hours; Olvidio Navarro Jr., released on bond after three days, 22 hours; and Gustavo Bustos, transferred after eight days, four hours.

August 13, 2018

Seven jailed, 
​August 6-13

By Marc Robertson
Seven individuals were taken into custody on a range of charges in La Salle County over the past week, with arrests made by sheriff’s deputies and troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol. 

Those jailed between Monday, August 6, and Monday, Aug. 13, in addition to those being held in the La Salle County Jail on behalf of other law enforcement agencies in Frio and Zavala counties, with arrest times logged at booking, were as follows:

Jorge Alberto Rodriguez, 36, of Cotulla; arrested 4:04 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrants issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for failure to comply with a court order or to appear in court, and violating a promise to appear in court; released on bond after 21 hours.

Pedro Rodriguez Hernandez, 40, of Pearsall; arrested 2:52 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class A misdemeanor evading arrest or detention, warrant issued by Austin Pardon & Parole on a violation for possession of dangerous drugs; remains in jail as of Aug. 13.

Alfredo Velasquez, 58, of Cotulla; arrested 9:13 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor falsification of drug test results; remains in jail as of Aug. 13.

Hugo Salinas Hernandez, 48, of Cotulla; arrested 11:43 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued in La Salle District Court for failure to appear in court on a charge of felony assault on a public servant (two counts); remains in jail as of Aug. 13.

Alexandria Rose Ramirez, 27, of Cotulla; arrested 12:52 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, by the Sheriff’s Office; warrant issued by La Salle County Justice of the Peace for misdemeanor failure to maintain financial responsibility; released on bond after eight hours.

Olvidio Navarro Jr., 28, of Laredo; arrested 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, by the Sheriff’s Office; Class B misdemeanor criminal trespass; released after two days, 21 hours.

Gustavo Bustos, 23, of San Antonio; arrested 8:33 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, by the Texas DPS; warrant issued in Webb County for state jail felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; remains in jail as of Aug. 13.

*Addendum: Those previously listed as still in jail and since released or transferred include Jack Daniel Coleman, transferred after 190 days, nine hours; Nathan Michael Guon, court-ordered release after 113 days, four hours; Emanuel Israel Hermoso, scheduled release after 36 days, 19 hours; Joselynn Barba, released on bonds after 32 days; Alberto F Morales Jr., released on bond after 12 days, four hours; Tyrone Hector Roman, court-ordered release after 13 days, two hours; Reymundo DeLeon, released after eight days, 16 hours; and Raquel Ermelinda Salyer, scheduled release after four days, 23 hours.

August 13, 2018

JP signs 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 a number of individuals who have failed to appear in court or who have failed to meet court obligations.

Those for whom warrants are being issued will be subject to immediate arrest at home, at work or in the course of a traffic stop when they are identified by a law enforcement officer. Failure to appear in court when ordered may result in additional charges being filed.

Warrants are being signed for the following:

Ruben Carbajal, 42, of George West, Texas; driving while license is not valid, passing in a no-passing zone, violating a promise to appear in court.

Donald Lee Cook, 55, of Tow, Texas; driving while license is suspended, failing to cover load.

Bianca Belma Flores, 29, of Cotulla; possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct.

Rafael Garcia Jr., 50, of Bishop, Texas; failing to secure cargo, speeding, oversize vehicle violation, vehicle weight restriction violation.

Thomas Ralphie Mendez, 38, of Cotulla; failure to appear in court, public intoxication, driving without a license, disregarding a traffic signal, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to display a driving license, failure to control speed.

Wesley Robert Morningstar, 48, of Pearsall; driving without a commercial license, speeding.

Eloy Saenz Jr., 35, of Edinburg, Texas; failure to appear in court, driving while license is not valid.

Daisy Villegas, 26, of Laredo; violating a promise to appear in court, driving while license is not valid, child safety seat violation.

Jesus Prado, 57, of Dilley; open container violation.

Roberto Pargas, 30, of San Antonio; driving while license is not valid, speeding, displaying expired license plates.

All those for whom warrants are being issued should make court appearances without further delay at the offices of the justice of the peace beside Veterans Park on Center Street in downtown Cotulla. A telephone call does not constitute a court appearance.

August 9, 2018

Smuggler wanted drug sale revenues in his jail account...

Encinal trio goes to prison on federal charges

By Marc Robertson
Three narcotics traffic defendants from Encinal have been sentenced in a federal courtroom in Laredo to serve prison sentences for crimes committed in a 2017 conspiracy involving the possession and attempted sale of methamphetamine and cocaine.

Sentences were handed down August 9 by Federal Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, who heard cases presented on behalf of the Encinal Police Department, the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Miguel Angel Reyes, 31, was charged in October 2017 with possession and intent to distribute 400 grams of methamphetamine and 22 grams of cocaine. Both are listed as federal offenses. Reyes had been in custody in Laredo during September 2017 on charges of drug possession and conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants when he reportedly made a telephone call to his mother in Encinal, asking her to go to his house and retrieve a quantity of narcotics.

An investigation revealed that Reyes wanted his mother and her sister to sell the narcotics in order to pay his bills and to put the remaining revenues into his jail bank account.

Reyes has been sentenced to serve 12 years in prison, which will be followed by eight years of supervised release. He will also undergo 500 hours of drug treatment.

Reyes’ mother, Priscilla Nelda Reyes, 53, was arrested on the same federal felony drug possession and distribution charges, which were dismissed in court and replaced with a charge of knowingly failing to report a felony. She was sentenced on Aug. 9 to serve 18 months in prison with one year of supervised release following.

Reyes’ aunt, Maria Sanchez Soto, 55, was likewise arrested on the drug possession and distribution charges, which were likewise dismissed in favor of a charge of knowingly failing to report a felony. She has also been sentenced to serve 18 months in prison with one year of supervised release.

Officers of the Encinal PD, La Salle sheriff’s deputies, and DEA and US Border Patrol agents took part in the investigation and arrests.