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

What's happening?

Highway construction

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

Road closures

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

Recent activities...

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

June 12, 2018

La Salle County residents, courthouse staff, government officials and friends attended a fundraising painting class in the Larry Griffin Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla on Tuesday evening, June 12, including (L-R) George and Elizabeth Martinez, Estella Olivarez and JL Rios. Proceeds from 'Painting for a Cause' benefited the Children's Alliance of South Texas Child Advovcacy Center and its ongoing work to serve youngsters who have been the victims of abuse and neglect, and to provide access to forensic and therapeutic services, intervention and public education. The Children's Alliance mission is "To provide a place where the trauma ends and justice and healing begin." The fundraiser also included a silent auction of items that had been donated for the cause. (For more, see 'PHOTOS')

All the colors
of our lives...

June 11, 2018

Letter to the community...

A powerful experience

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the people of La Salle County, the business owners and civic leaders, for their heartwarming show of support to visiting armed forces veterans who traveled through Cotulla in a convoy on Saturday, June 9.

The men and women who served their country in uniform in World War II, Korea and Vietnam were traveling from San Antonio to La Salle County for a function at the Talbert L Bar Ranch and were escorted through town by local veterans, law enforcement and motorcyclists.

It was an emotionally powerful experience to see so many members of our community step forward to salute those brave military veterans on their way through town, and to witness the genuine heartfelt welcome from the people of La Salle County to those who served their country.

Sincerely,

Miguel Rodriguez
La Salle County Sheriff
  

June 9, 2018

We salute you

Members of the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS raise the Stars and Stripes over Main Street in downtown Cotulla on Saturday, June 9, to join local law enforcement and community residents in welcoming a convoy of US armed forces veterans from World War II, Vietnam and Korean conflicts en route under motorcycle escort through town to an appreciation banquet at the Talbert L Bar Ranch. The San Antonio-area veterans traveled through several South Texas towns on their way to La Salle County.
(Courtesy photo)

May 30, 2018

What lies beneath

Students at the Ramirez/Burks Elementary School in Cotulla examine fossils that have been discovered in the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas and compare them to images of the marine life that once occupied a large inland sea and which contributed 100 million years ago to the deposits that are now being tapped by the energy industry. The 'Safety Rocks' presentation to schools this week by Soteria Solutions and the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS also included advice and caution around oil and gas equipment.
For related story and pictures, see 'PHOTOS'.

May 26, 2018

Fire it up

La Salle County law enforcement officers including (L-R) Deputies Arnoldo Cadena, Jose Cardenas III and Michael Sauceda, and Constable Rene Maldonado traveled to Laredo on Saturday, May 26, to join officers and agents from across the region at the 94th anniversary Battle of the Badges Cook-Off for the US Border Patrol, held throughout the day at Uni-Trade Stadium in the border city. The event included judging in barbecue brisket, chicken, rib and bean cooking, with trophies and prizes contributed by local organizations.
(Courtesy photo)

May 23, 2018

Setting the pace

Cotulla High School students join the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the US Border Patrol in carrying the torch and banners through downtown Cotulla on Wednesday morning, May 23, for the La Salle County leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Texas, helping raise funds and awareness for the annual sports contests held in Arlington. The runners were accompanied by local sheriff's officers, Highway Patrol troopers, emergency responders, members of the US Army and community members in making the distance through Cotulla, spurred by high school cheerleaders and spectators. The torch was then carried through Dilley and Pearsall before traveling to Atascosa, Medina and Bexar counties for a South Texas rally in San Antonio. Funds are raised through t-shirt and hat sales; all proceeds go towards helping athletes from across Texas take part in Special Olympics.  For more from the Torch Run, see 'PHOTOS'.

May 18, 2018

Born to
be wild

Members of the La Salle County Law Enforcement 'Glitz, Glamour & Guns' and 'Gym, Gainz & Guns' teams taking part in the Color Run for Special Olympics in Dilley on Friday, May 18, included (L-R) Stephen Alvarado, Elvira Gonzales, Jewlissa Cordova, Katrina Hernandez, Ricardo Valdez, Amanda Carbajal, Crystal Garcia and Tina Alba, running in the 5K family event with their own special dedication to Jacob Mirelez of Uvalde. The Color Run attracted participants of all ages and abilities, and included paint splashes in a festive run-past to cheers from spectators. Funds raised at the community event go to Special Olympics Texas, enabling those with physical and mental challenges to take part in the popular sports contests at Arlington each year.

May 18, 2018

Our
special
guests

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez enjoys breakfast with students at the George Hopkins Cafeteria on Friday, May 18, during Cotulla ISD's Police Appreciation Week events, which included special presentations and visits by law enforcement agents to the classrooms at Ramirez/Burks Elementary School. (For related story, see 'PHOTOS')

May 15, 2018

For our brethren

Members of the La Salle County Sheriff's Office gathered at the courthouse flagpole on Tuesday, May 15, to lower the Stars and Stripes and the Lone Star flag to half staff during Police Week in commemoration of all law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or sustained serious injury in the line of duty. Present for the occasion were (L-R) Sergeant Rickey Galvan, Sgt. Investigator Esmeralda Gonzalez, and Deputies Julian Lopez, Mike Hernandez and Jose Cardenas III. The week's events will also feature commemorative activities at local schools, where students will welcome the officers on visits and to share meals on Friday, May 18.

May 15, 2018

Onward and upward

The Sheriffs' Association of Texas has awarded a scholarship to Cotulla native Cody Thomas, the son of Herlinda Thomas and Robbie Thomas, retired chief deputy and sheriff of La Salle County. Cody is the 2015 Valedictorian of Cotulla High School and is currently attending the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he expects to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, after which he will pursue his higher education at pharmacy school. He has also taken classes in forensic science. La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez presented Thomas with his scholarship and a certificate in the district courtroom on Tuesday, May 15. Thomas is extending his gratitude to the Sheriffs' Association of Texas for his second scholarship towards his education and says he hopes other student family members of law enforcement officers will apply for the funds in order to support their higher education. "I am very grateful for the support from our sheriff and from the Sheriffs' Association, because this enables me to continue focusing on my studies and stay on track to graduate from UTSA next spring," Thomas said. "Coming from a small town, a lot of young college students are faced with many challenges when they enroll at a major university, and a scholarship of this kind goes a long way towards helping make it possible to meet those expenses, and that's a relief to my family and will be a relief to others in future."

May 10, 2018

Thank you for your service

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez marked Correctional Officers’ Appreciation Week on Thursday, May 10, with gifts to each of the officers working at the county jail in Cotulla, and also presented tokens of appreciation to the jailers at the Regional Detention Center in Encinal. He is pictured at the county jail with Officers Juan Rios, Rosie Garcia and Devin Hughes. The correctional officer team at Cotulla also includes David Holguin, Priscilla Mainez, Isaiah Galindo, Mary Aguilar, Kody Martinez, Victor Alvarado, Kevin Martinez, William Matlock, Angelica Martinez, and Ana Olivarez. The sheriff reiterated that he believes the county owes a debt of gratitude to the correctional officers who work day and night shifts year-round to maintain the facility’s security and oversee the movement of detainees in La Salle County, and expressed thanks to those who put in long working hours for the benefit of the county. “When we think about how many people it takes to keep our community safe, we often think about the officers patrolling the neighborhoods,” the sheriff said, “but there are many who work behind the scenes, such as here at the county jail, to ensure the safety of our citizens by handling the detention of our inmates effectively. These officers play a vital role in the efficient operations of the county jail division.”

May 3, 2018

Places in the sun

Ambassadors of the La Salle County Fair Association, including Miss La Salle County Mallory Garcia and her junior counterparts, ride the Fair Association float during a brief heatwave of 102 degrees for the Cinco de Mayo Parade held through downtown Encinal on Thursday afternoon, May 3, in advance of the community's full day of May 5 festivities, which include games, food and live entertainment. Thursday's parade included scores of local and regional law enforcement, emergency responder and local government representatives as well as student and civic organizations, and businesses from La Salle and Webb counties. (For more, see 'PHOTOS')   

April 25, 2018

Read
these
lines

Encinal Elementary School Kindergarten students give their thumbs-up to the annual safety project hosted Wednesday, April 25, at their campus by the Woman's Club of Cotulla and the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, in which each child was fingerprinted for an identity kit that was sent home to parents for use in the event of an accident or emergency, or in case a child is missing.
(For more images, see 'PHOTOS') 

April 20, 2018

All in
for a
great
day

Friday, April 20, was Senior Day at the La Salle County Elderly Nutrition Center in Cotulla, which serves meals to clients in Cotulla and Encinal as well as meals and activities in its dining hall on Front Street for local residents. Clients were accompanied by Director Rosie Sauceda and staff to a special day of activities, food and games at the Community Services Agency of South Texas' Senior Fun Day at Veterans Park in Carrizo Springs on Friday; La Salle Cpl. Anthony Zertuche sponsored the printed t-shirts for the seniors at the center as a show of support for all those who have dedicated their adult years to raising their families and serving as role models for successive generations in their community. (Courtesy photos)

April 18, 2018

Saluting
an icon

The Stars and Stripes and the Texas Lone Star flag are lowered to half staff at the La Salle County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 19, in commemoration of former US First Lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday in Houston at the age of 92. The wife of 41st President George HW Bush, mother of 43rd President and former Texas Governor George W Bush and of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and grandmother of current Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush, she will be laid to rest beside her daughter at College Station.

April 11, 2018

Let the word go forth

Representing the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Texas, Francie Gasch welcomes La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez to a ceremony outside the Children's Advocacy Center in Cotulla on Wednesday morning, April 11, for a county proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month. The event was attended by local government officials, child advocates and service providers. (For full story, see 'NEWS')

April 9, 2018

A time
to stand

Students at Cotulla's Frank Newman Middle School who bought pinwheels as a show of support for April's designation as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month gathered on the school lawn Monday, April 9, to help bring home the message on behalf of all those who suffer abuse and neglect. The awareness program is being organized by the Wintergarden Womens Shelter, which serves La Salle and other South Texas counties, providing counseling, refuge and shelter as well as educational material and intervention. The program is supported by local elected officials, the La Salle County Sheriff's Office, the Juvenile Probation Office, child advocacy groups, healthcare providers and community groups. The pinwheels at Newman Middle School were distributed among students by members of the campus' Junior National Honor Society. 

April 6, 2018

Symbols of support

Student members of the Cotulla High School Chapter of the National Honor Society joined La Salle County government officials and representatives of the Wintergarden Women's Shelter on Friday, April 6, to plant blue pinwheels on the courthouse lawn in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month, helping promote education and intervention. (For more, see 'PHOTOS')

March 29, 2018

Bring home the bounty

Two Cotulla youths revel in the number of Easter eggs they collected during the sixth annual hunt hosted by the La Salle County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon, March 29, at Veterans Park downtown. The event included egg hunts for children of different ages and a prize drawing in which Easter baskets of toys and treats, tricycles and bicycles were given away to the children. The event was organized by Rosario Morales and Esmeralda Gonzalez; donations were made by area residents and businesses.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS')

March 25, 2018

Oh,
happy day

The Easter Bunny puts in an appearance and shares a special moment with an overjoyed youngster at the Encinal Easter Egg Hunt, hosted Sunday afternoon, March 25, by the La Salle County Sheriff's Office and organized by Rosario Morales and Esmeralda Gonzalez. Hundreds of children took part in egg hunts on the fields at Encinal Veterans Park and gathered treats. Prizes of Easter baskets, toys, tricycles and bicycles were then awarded in a drawing for those who had registered their names. Contributions were made for the purchase of prizes, baskets and bikes by local elected officials, area businesses, and La Salle County residents. Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez welcomed all to the event. Investigator Homar Olivarez served as master of ceremonies; raffle registry was managed by Eva Martinez, Erica Adams, Tori Gonzalez, Esmeralda Gonzalez and Pauline Inocencio; event promotion and venue assistance was provided by Cpl. Elvira Gonzales and Deputy Christian Beyer. The next Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Sheriff's Office will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Veterans Park in downtown Cotulla.
(For more, see 'PHOTOS') 

March 22, 2018

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office is gearing up for its sixth annual Easter Egg Hunts this week and has received a number of donations of bicycles and tricycles for boys and girls of different ages. The prizes will be awarded at the Easter events in Encinal Veterans Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, and Cotulla Veterans Park at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. Present to receive some of the donations at the county courthouse on Thursday this week were Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Lt. Mike Bostwick, Chief Deputy Earl Heath and Capt. Jose Garcia. Among the donations of bikes were gifts from Medina Electric (Left photo), represented by Juanita Gonzales; and The Pointless Pencil office supply store in Cotulla. The sheriff and his staff are extending thanks to all those who continue to make donations, all of which will go towards the purchase of prizes, treats and Easter baskets for the children. Admission to the Easter Egg Hunts will be open to children up to the age of 12, free of charge. The Easter Egg Hunts are organized each year by Rosario Morales and Esmeralda Gonzalez for the Sheriff's Office.

They bring gifts

March 10, 2018

Are you ready to roll?

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez addresses the county's law enforcement officers early Saturday, March 10, before deputies were deployed to provide coverage, traffic control and security patrol on the busiest day of the County Fair, Wild Hog Cook-Off, Junior Livestock Show and Ranch Rodeo. Additional manpower was provided Saturday by the county's reserve deputies as well as members of the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Rodriguez and his officers also took part in the annual Wild Hog Parade through the middle of Cotulla on Saturday morning. 
(For Wild Hog Parade and more, see 'PHOTOS')

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