"To Protect and Serve the People of our South Texas Communities"
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

What's happening?

July 1 festival, parade

Cotulla will celebrate Independence Day with a festival hosted by the Main Street Program downtown on Saturday, July 1, beginning at 10 a.m. with a patriotic parade along Main Street and continuing at 5 p.m. with games, food, refreshments and live music at Veterans Park in front of the county courthouse. The parade marshal will be retired US Navy and Air Force Colonel and family practitioner Dr. Richard Hood. A fireworks show will conclude the festivities after sundown. Parade entries will assemble in front of the AB Alexander Convention Center on the IH-35 access road and proceed through the Las Palmas business park before joining Main Street at Mars Drive. The parade ends in front of the Frank Newman Middle School on Carrizo Street. For information on entries and other involvement, call Main Street Manager Patsy Leigh at (830) 879-4166.
(For story on Dr Hood, see 'FEATURES')

Help after house fire

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office is helping find assistance for the Gonzalez family of Gardendale - David and Elvira and their four children ages 14, 13, 8 and 4 - who lost their home and all of their possessions in a fire on Thursday, June 15. Anyone offering clothing, toiletries, housewares, furnishings, food and financial contributions should call Victims' Advocate Rosario Morales at (830) 879-3044. (For related story, see 'NEWS')

Swimming
pool open

The La Salle County Swimming Pool at Martinez Park, 916 Huddleston Street in Cotulla, is open to the public for the summer from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (830) 483-5362.

Recent activities...

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

June 22, 2017

Staying active

 Joaquin Garcia and Caleb Garcia (top photo, L-R), Victoria Gonzalez (above) and Karina Sauceda (left) are among scores of La Salle County teenagers who have found summer employment in a variety of positions at the county courthouse and in other government offices this month, earning extra money for several weeks' work. The Summer Youth Employment Program offered by La Salle County has become a tradition, approved each year by the commissioners' court, and provides support for government offices as well as manual labor for the county. The youths are high school students who report that they expect to use their earnings towards college expenses.

June 20, 2017

A career ahead of you

Freshly graduated from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, Laredo native Ricardo Valdez has been commissioned as a reserve deputy with the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and was given his peace officer badge by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez in a brief ceremony in the district courtroom on Tuesday afternoon, June 20. The oath of office was administered by Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez. Valdez is a graduate of Alexander High School in Laredo and looks forward to a career in law enforcement. The new reserve deputy was joined in the courtroom by parents Gabriel Valdez and Diana Perez, and friends. He said this week that he is keen to begin serving the people of La Salle County. Reserve deputies are used as supportive manpower in law enforcement, and in La Salle County this entails providing extra coverage at public events and on special occasions as well as being on call to step up to duty in the event of a disaster or emergency.

June 5, 2017

For
those
who served

Representatives of the US Veterans Administration made their annual visit to Cotulla from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 5, and parked their traveling information station in front of the La Salle County Courthouse, where they met with former members of the US armed forces from across South Texas to offer counseling, advice on resources and a range of programs and benefits available to all those who have served their country in uniform. Former service personnel were not required to be registered in advance but could meet with counselors for private consultation. Hosting the event for the La Salle County area was Veterans Service Officer and La Salle County Sheriff's Sgt. Rickey Galvan, who also provided food and refreshment to all visitors. Pictured with the VA Center information bus are (L-R) Veterans Outreach Specialist Enrique Reyes, Sgt. Galvan, Sheriff's Deputy and La Salle County Bailiff Eddie De Leon, Cotulla Volunteer Fire Department Chief Johnny Gomez, and VA Center Readjustment Counselor Toby Garcia.

June 2, 2017

Are there any more bids?

La Salle Sheriff's Office Sgt. Rickey Galvan serves as auctioneer on Friday morning, June 2, for the public sale of more than a dozen abandoned and seized cars, trucks and vans, as well as county surplus equipment. Proceeds from the sale help the sheriff's office purchase law enforcement supplies. La Salle Pct. 1 also sold a Caterpillar front-end loader at the auction. (See 'PHOTOS')

May 30, 2017

It takes a dedicated man...

Representatives of multiple law enforcement agencies came together at the La Salle County Steakhouse in Cotulla on Tuesday, May 30, to celebrate the service of US Border Patrol Cotulla Station Agent in Charge Sammy Posada and to congratulate him on his retirement after 32 years of duty. A catered luncheon for over 100 guests was hosted in Posada's honor by La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez. The retiree was presented with parting gifts and mementoes of his career. Also in attendance were elected officials, county government staff, family and friends from across South Texas. Joining Posada and Rodriguez (Photo above, center) outside the event for a farewell were officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the sheriff's office, the Texas Rangers, and the Border Patrol.

May 25, 2017

It's
Red Nose
Day!

Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez joined Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez and her staff on Thursday, May 25, in marking Red Nose Day as part of an annual charitable effort to increase awareness of homelessness and poverty among children in the US and overseas. Proceeds from the sale of event-related materials are used by charities to benefit the needy. Pictured with the sheriff and JP are (L-R) staff members Lety Rios, Aida Garcia, Mary Garcia and Carla Niavez. The JP's office is inviting anyone who knows of a family with needy children to notify the JP at (830) 879-4446 or visit her office on Center Street (beside Veterans' Park in downtown Cotulla).

May 24, 2017

A Cotulla High School athlete hands the Special Olympics torch to La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez on the final stretch of the annual fundraising Law Enforcement Torch Run through downtown Cotulla on Wednesday morning, May 24. The torch was carried from Laredo to San Antonio and onwards to Arlington, Texas, for the Special Olympics by members of the US Border Patrol, the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, correctional officers, sheriff's deputies, police, firefighters, community members and high school students. Local runs were organized through Cotulla, Dilley and Pearsall before the torch progressed north to Medina, Atascosa and Bexar counties. (For more images, see 'PHOTOS')

It's your turn, Sheriff

May 18, 2017

Because
I'm unique

A kindergartner at Cotulla's Ramirez/Burks Elementary School discusses the finer points of his fingerprints with La Salle Sheriff's Investigator Homar Olivarez on Thursday, May 18, during the annual Safety ID Kit project hosted by the Woman's Club of Cotulla with local law enforcement agents to provide every kindergartner in Cotulla and Encinal with a document listing vital statistics for use in the event of an accident or other crisis. The ID kits were sent home to parents for safekeeping. Assisting the sheriff's officers and Woman's Club in the project this year were representatives of the US Border Patrol and the Texas Rangers.
(For more images, see 'PHOTOS'

May 17, 2017

All on the same page...

Cotulla ISD Superintendent Dr. Jack Seals serves as the chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and is joined by Texas Highway Patrol Sgt. JD Rodriguez, vice chairman, in hosting the group's quarterly meeting in the Larry Griffin Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla on Wednesday, May 17, to discuss disaster preparedness and regional resources.
(For related story, see 'FEATURES')

May 15, 2017

Thank you, Easter donors and sponsors

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office is extending its sincere appreciation to all those who helped make the 5th annual Easter Egg Hunts in Cotulla and Encinal a huge success through their contributions of funds and supplies, helping provide treats, baskets of goodies, bicycles, tricycles and other toys to the children of our communities.

The following donors are much appreciated:

The Alba Family, The City of Encinal, Mayor Sylvano Sanchez of Encinal, Pct. 2 Constable Rene Maldonado Jr., La Salle County & District Clerk Margarita Esqueda, La Salle County Tax Assessor-Collector Dora A. Gonzales, La Salle County Treasurer Thelma R. Trevino, Pct. 1 Commissioner Noel Niavez, Pct. 2 Commissioner Joaquin 'Jack' Alba, Pct. 3 Commissioner Erasmo ‘Mito’ Ramirez, Pct. 4 Commissioner Raul Ayala, Frio/La Salle County Juvenile Probation Office, Pepa Garza at Sisters Floral, Stacie Hillje Swan at Rustic Texan General Store, Randy & Iris Garcia at The Pointless Pencil, Lewis Petroleum, Amanda & Tye Snowden at Lone Star Graphics & South Texas Live, O'Reilly Auto Parts of Cotulla, Deutsch & Deutsch of Laredo, The House Family at La Salle County Steakhouse, Medina Electric Cooperative, Stockmens National Bank, Carlos Benavidez at GCA Safety Solutions, Teresa & Mike Garcia at JT's Drive Thru, Ronald Rocha at Linebarger, Heard, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, ACE - Ranch Equipment & Hardware, Sandra Carroll at Media Luna Ranch, McDonald's, James C. Barbour at H&R Block, El Charro Restaurant, The Cotulla – La Salle County Chamber of Commerce, Peters Funeral Home, Shopko of Cotulla, Eduardo & Juanita Garza at the Garza Ranch, Edna Lopez at My Business Formal Wear, Pearsall, The Pablo Bustamante Law Firm, Leodoro Martinez Jr., Susana Maldonado, Travis Walker, Mary Tenery at Farm Bureau, David Hughes at La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS, Susana Maldonado, Albert & Cindy Aguero, Amy Lopez, Gaddis Pharmacy, La Salle County Courthouse Maintenance Crew - Cris Galvan & Crystal Esparza, Family Dollar, Homar Olivarez, Terri Gonzalez, Gracie Gonzalez, Robert Perez & La Salle County Maintenance & Pool Staff, La Salle County Jail Staff Dispatchers & Jailers,

Thanks to all of these supporters, family and friends, more than 400 children of La Salle County enjoyed wonderful Easter events in our parks.

Sincerely,
Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez & Staff

May 9, 2017

Taking
the oath...

Four new officers were presented with their badges in a ceremony in the La Salle District Courtroom on Tuesday, May 9, including three full-time deputies and a reserve deputy for the sheriff's office. Two of the new deputies are newcomers to La Salle County; one is a former reserve. Present for the ceremony were (Photo, L-R, back row) Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez, Reserve Deputy Tommy Webb, Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Deputy Armando Lopez, and (front row) Deputy Julian Lopez and Deputy Michael Sauceda.
(For related images and biographical information, see 'STAFF'

April 13, 2017

Did you bring me
candy, Mrs. Bunny?

A Cotulla youngster has a big hug to share with Lady Easter Bunny at the fifth annual La Salle County Sheriff's Office Easter Egg Hunt at Veterans Park downtown on Thursday afternoon, April 13, an event that featured thousands of treat-filled eggs distributed on the park lawns. The hunts by different age groups were followed by prize drawings for Easter baskets filled with toys and treats, and dozens of bicycles, tricycles, scooters and riding toys. The event is made possible each year through donations by local families and sponsorship by elected officials and businesses; sheriff's office volunteers and their family members were assisted by the La Salle County Fair Queen and Little Mr. and Miss La Salle in distributing the prizes.
(For related images, see 'PHOTOS')

April 13, 2017

National Telecommunicators Week

For
all that
you do

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez distributed gifts on Thursday, April 13, to the county's emergency dispatchers in celebration of National Telecommunicators' Week.

The commemoration serves to acknowledge the duties carried out by the dispatchers who staff the radio communications office and who are responsible for taking emergency and 911 calls from area residents and highway travelers, and for dispatching law enforcement, firefighting and ambulance services, as needed, in addition to monitoring the whereabouts and activities of law enforcement officers on duty anywhere in the county, helping to direct them to areas where they are needed.

In his message celebrating the dispatchers' work, Sheriff Rodriguez noted that the staff are often unseen and unrecognized as critical components of a successful emergency response system and that he believes La Salle County's small team of dispatchers performs a vital role in helping protect citizens and property, and is crucial in helping communicate emergency directives. All of La Salle County's emergency dispatchers are also certified as correctional officers and may be called into duty at any time in the adjoining La Salle County Jail. The emergency dispatch office in the Roy Sturges Law Enforcement Center on Main Street in Cotulla never closes and is staffed by a team of at least two dispatchers day and night.

"We all owe a lot to the hardworking emergency dispatch telecommunicators, and I think this is especially true in La Salle County," the sheriff said last week. "These young people of our community have dedicated their lives in service to their home town and in service to the lives of their neighbors and fellow citizens. An emergency dispatcher's work is never easy and it is never predictable. An emergency can occur at any time, and the work that these telecommunicators perform can mean the difference between life and death among those involved. These dispatchers have been trained to remain calm and to remain in command of every situation, and they perform that job flawlessly. I believe all of the people of South Texas owe a debt of gratitude to these important members of the sheriff's office who work behind the scenes to enable us to do our jobs effectively."

Pictuerd with the sheriff are dispatchers Jennifer Murray and Nuvia Colchado; the remaining dispatch staff includes supervisor Sandi Ibarra, Denise Jimenez, Jennifer Martinez, Sarah Murray and Jesse Casillas.

April 13, 2017

Happy trails
to you...

La Salle County Chief Deputy Malcolm Watson (Photo, left) has retired, serving his last day with the sheriff's office on Thursday, April 13. He was given a farewell luncheon by Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez at the La Salle County Steakhouse in Cotulla. Invited guests included sheriff's deputies and staff, troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, the Texas Rangers, and the US Border Patrol. Watson served as chief deputy for the La Salle County Sheriff's Office for nearly four and a half years. A native of Kingsville, Watson attended Texas A&I University and spent over 32 years in a career as a game warden for the Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife. Watson is a resident of Devine and will now serve as a constable in Medina County.

April 12, 2017

Power through...

Squinting as his eyes begin to burn from a dose of pepper spray, a La Salle County jailer makes his way between combat obstacles during part of an outdoor training course at the county's Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla on Wednesday, April 12. Hosted by the Alamo Area Council of Governments, the OC Pepper Spray training course involved each correctional officer experiencing the non-lethal propellant and then running a human obstacle course that ended with taking down and handcuffing a subject.
(For related images, see 'PHOTOS') 

April 9, 2017

Somebunny
squeeze
me!

La Salle County Sheriff's Office Investigator Homar Olivarez is kidnapped by Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at Encinal Veterans Park on Sunday afternoon, April 9, following the fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the sheriff's office for the community's children. Gift baskets, bicycles and trikes were given away in prize drawings; youngsters found scores of treats in the park in separate egg hunts for different age groups.
(For related images, see 'PHOTOS')

April 9, 2017

Ready to play

La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez and Commissioners Jack Alba, Erasmo Ramirez and Noel Niavez were joined by Encinal Mayor Sylvano Sanchez, Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez, County Treasurer Thelma Trevino, County & District Clerk Margie Esqueda, Tax Assessor Dora Gonzales, staff members, family and friends at the Veterans Park in Encinal on Sunday, April 9, to celebrate the opening of a new playground adventure area recently built by the county to replace an older fixture. Children from the community were busy playing on the apparatus as the county officials cut the ribbon. Plans are underway to build a new community hall at the park, replacing the aging Veterans Hall and providing an indoor meeting area large enough to accommodate the city's growing population.

April 5, 2017

How to be prepared

La Salle County law enforcement officers, emergency responders from the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS and representatives of agencies from across the region attended a pair of educational seminars in the Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla on Wednesday, April 5, presented by Les Smith of EOG Resources on the warning signs and emergency measures related to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exposure. Course attendees learned the characteristics of the "rotten egg smell" gas that is associated with the energy industry but can also be found in the natural environment, levels at which the body can tolerate exposure and levels at which exposure becomes a health hazard. The course illustrated that exposure to more than 100 parts per million of the gas can lead to nausea, dizziness and headaches, while higher levels of exposure cause immediate serious respiratory distress, disorientation, pulmonary edema, loss of consciousness, and death. Attendees were shown methods by which exposure victims should remove themselves from the area of a leak, how using the "buddy system" can help prevent anyone from becoming stranded alone in a danger zone, and how detection equipment works. Instruction was also provided in recognition of various signs and flags used at industrial sites to warn of the presence of gases, and the levels at which they are considered hazardous and at which anyone without special breathing apparatus should not proceed. Officers and emergency responders are being issued with devices that are worn on the uniform and provide an audible alarm when they detect low levels of hydrogen sulfide.

April 3, 2017

"Strengthening the communities..."

Commissioners support
Child Abuse Prevention proclamation

PRESENT TO WITNESS La Salle County's proclamation of April as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month on Monday, April 3 were (L-R) La Salle County Sheriff's Office Victims' Advocate Rosario Morales, Investigator Homar Olivarez, Children's Alliance of South Texas Executive Director Mikey Betancourt, Commissioner Jack Alba, County Judge Joel Rodriguez, Children's Alliance representative Jessie Galindo, Wintergarden Women's Shelter Cotulla Outreach representative Diane Gonzalez, and Commissioner Noel Niavez.
By Marc Robertson
“All children deserve to have the safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities they need to foster their healthy growth and development,” La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez read from a proclamation Monday, April 3, confirming his and the county commissioners’ support for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

The court’s backing of the month’s designation came on the same day as county and regional child advocates and caseworkers gathered in the La Salle District Court to witness a proclamation by Associate Judge Melissa DeGerolami, who put an emphasis on the work done by those who handle intervention and children’s cases. Speaking in county commissioners’ court, Judge Rodriguez struck a different note in his encouragement of education and awareness as a means to combat child abuse.

“Children are vital to our state’s future success, prosperity and quality of life,” the judge read in court Monday afternoon, “as well as being our most vulnerable assets.
“Child abuse and neglect are a community responsibility, affecting both the current and future quality of life in a community,” the county judge said, putting an emphasis on a local responsibility for education to increase awareness of a child abuse crisis and to muster multiple agencies into a coordinated action plan for intervention. “Communities that provide parents with
the social support, knowledge of parenting and child development, and resources they need to cope with stress and nurture their children, ensure all children grow to their full potential.”

Children’s Alliance of South Texas Executive Director Mikey Betancourt was joined at the commissioners’ court meeting by members of his staff at the Child Advocacy Center and by members of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of South Texas and told commissioners that he believes La Salle County government has been particularly supportive of efforts to reduce child abuse in the region.

“You have always been super supportive of what we do,” Betancourt said, “and we and the children we serve appreciate your support. We have interviewed a number of children at our center here and in Frio County. You have helped us make a difference.”
SILHOUETTES handmade by students of Cotulla High School's Building Trades Department were donated this week to the Wintergarden Women's Shelter to represent the innocent victims of child abuse and neglect, and were placed on the lawn of the La Salle County Courthouse Monday, April 3 to mark the month's designation for intervention in cases of crime against youngsters. Wintergarden representatives were joined by La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and investigators, local government leaders and children's advocates in promoting the silhouettes and in celebrating their cooperative work for the benefit of the young who are served by prevention specialists, law enforcement, shelter, advocacy and counseling in the path to freedom from harm.
“Effective child abuse prevention strategies succeed because of partnerships,” County Judge Rodriguez said, noting that he believes La Salle County is fortunate to have “citizens, human service agencies, schools, faith communities, healthcare providers, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community” working cohesively in an awareness and intervention campaign. “We call upon all citizens to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.”

The judge was joined in signing the proclamation by Commissioners Jack Alba and Noel Niavez. Commissioners Raul Ayala and Erasmo Ramirez attended the meeting later in the afternoon of the same day.   

April 3, 2017

Associate Judge Melissa DeGerolami presided over a ceremony in La Salle County on Monday, marking April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and was joined by child case workers and advocates from across the region

"Join me in a national effort..."

Judge signs proclamation for
Child Abuse Prevention
& Awareness Month

Representatives of advocacy services, shelter,
law enforcement, community groups,
county government attend

By Marc Robertson
Associate Judge Melissa DeGerolami was joined by children’s advocates, service providers and law enforcement representatives Monday morning, April 3, in the La Salle County District Courtroom for a brief ceremony marking Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, encouraging local participation in education and intervention for the sake of youngsters.

“The county of La Salle prides itself in giving back to the community, contributing to the quality of life among its citizens,” the judge read from her proclamation, adding that she is confident in the work carried out by the children’s advocacy groups, protective services and shelter organizations, and that they “speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved in the juvenile courts.”

Statistics indicate that approximately nine children in La Salle County suffer from some form of confirmed abuse or neglect every year, but the number of children who receive vital services and whose home situations are under examination to ensure that the youngsters are protected from harm is far higher, according to Mikey Betancourt, executive director of the Children’s Alliance of South Texas, a child advocacy group that operates a service center in Cotulla. Betancourt showed that in the month of March alone, at least 65 children underwent forensic interviews at the Children’s Alliance facility in Cotulla. Interviews include investigations into cases of possible abuse or neglect but also include meetings with siblings of children who have been victimized, in order that case investigators may determine the level of risk at which other family members may stand.

“Through a national effort, La Salle County community members are encouraged to join together to raise awareness for those children fallen victim to abuse and neglect,” Judge DeGerolami said on Monday. “This effort will give abused and neglected children in our community and around the country a chance for a safe and positive future.”

The judge encouraged all those present to spread awareness of children’s plight in the community and to promote intervention in cases involving child abuse or neglect.

“I urge all citizens to join me in a national effort to raise awareness and help prevent child abuse and neglect,” the judge said.

Present to witness the proclamation were CASA of South Texas Executive Director Joni Garcia and Outreach Coordinator Francie Gasch; Children’s Alliance of South Texas Executive Director Mikey Betancourt and staff members and forensic interviewers Jessie Galindo, Kasey Brown and Rebekah Garza; Wintergarden Women’s Shelter representative Diane Gonzalez; Woman’s Club of Cotulla members Mary Jane Treff, Novella Byrd and Minerva Rios; La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Sgt. Investigator Esmeralda Gonzalez and Victims’ Advocate Rosario Morales; La Salle County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Rodriguez; La Salle County Attorney Elizabeth Martinez; interpreter Joaquin Toranzo and Cynthia Toranzo; Texas Department of Family & Protective Services caseworker Liliana Gonzalez; Attorney Susan Stacy; and Child Protective Services representative Erik Stark.

"Give abused and neglected children in our community and around the country a chance for a safe and positive future"

April 1, 2017

Play ball, kids!

La Salle County Sheriff's Office staff members were featured personalities on grand opening day for the new season of the Babe Ruth League games at the Martinez Park Sports Complex in Cotulla on Saturday, April 1, with administrative clerk Amanda Carbajal throwing out the first pitch to telecommunications officer Jennifer Murray. Both are presently coaches of league teams. The Babe Ruth series includes players from beginners' T-ball to 18-year-olds on local teams. Saturday's season-opening festivities included a downtown parade for all participants.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Courtesy photo)

April 1, 2017

Y'all
ready
to shop again?

Encinal city officials joined La Salle County government and law enforcement representatives, local residents and property developers with Encinal Mayor Sylvano Sanchez and City Manager Velma Davila on Saturday, April 1, for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of a Family Dollar store, the first new retail clothing and housewares establishment to be built in the city in more than half a century. La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez was represented at the ceremony by Sgt. Rickey Galvan. Also present were Justice of the Peace Frank Weikel and Commissioner Jack Alba. The small highwayside community in southern La Salle County has begun experiencing an economic renaissance following the establishment of new truck stops and travel centers, and the announcement of a federal grant to expand and improve the municipal water and wastewater utility services. City officials expect the community to begin growing as its economic base expands; a new City Hall and newly remodeled elementary school campus are aimed at accommodating the population growth.  (Courtesy photo)

March 31, 2017

Opportunity to visit with US Congressman Henry Cuellar...

Celebrating $2.3M in funding for Encinal water systems

District 28 Congressman Henry Cuellar visited Encinal on Friday, March 31, to present a check to the city's Water Supply Corporation for a grant and loan combination totaling more than $2.3 million, of which a million dollars is a federal grant through the US Department of Agriculture. The money will be used to improve the city's water and sewer services, with upgraded water lines and new connections, and to unify the city's water lines to a standard measurement. The water supply corporation
expects the improved service to help encourage new development in Encinal, thereby boosting the local economy. Present to greet the congressman on Friday were (Photos) La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, County Commissioner Jack Alba and Encinal Police Chief Roy Vallejo.
(Courtesy photos: Tina Alba and Velma Davila)

March 29, 2017

Practice
makes perfect

La Salle County government officials gathered in downtown Cotulla on Wednesday, March 29, to celebrate the official grand opening of the Texas Department of Public Safety's newest Driver Licensing Office in a remodeled building near Veterans Park on Main Street. Present to give a welcoming speech was La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, a retired corporal of the Texas DPS Highway Patrol. Also present were officers of the DPS, La Salle County government and law enforcement officials, Cotulla Main Street Program and Chamber of Commerce and the facility's staff. The licensing office has begun serving the community and is open to license renewals and reservations for driving tests.
                                                          (Courtesy photo)

March 22, 2017

Stop,
look,
listen and live

South Texas law enforcement officers joined the Union Pacific Railroad on Wednesday, March 22, in enforcing grade crossing safety laws in a special effort aimed at reducing the number of traffic violations that result in accidents between commercial vehicles and freight trains on the UP line between San Antonio and Laredo. Officers taking part in the UP’s Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety (CARES) Operation monitored vehicles using grade crossings and intercepted commercial vehicles whose drivers failed to observe warning signs and who failed to make safe stops before crossing the tracks. Citations were also issued to drivers who bypassed grade crossing barricades or who ignored train signals. The five-hour operation involved the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, the county constabulary and the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement branch. Pictured Wednesday morning at the La Salle County Courthouse shortly before setting out to monitor the grade crossings were Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Deputy Jose Cardenas III and Precinct 2 Constable Rene Maldonado with the DPS troopers and Union Pacific Railroad Police. Also taking part (not pictured) was La Salle County Captain Jose Garcia. Participants strove to carry out the operation with a view to citing violators who endangered other traffic as well as educating the motoring public on grade crossing safety.                                                           (Courtesy photo)