Following years of citizen complaints about the pothole-ridden Gilliam Road, workers with the city of Pearsall, together with Frio County Road and Bridge employees are using county equipment to shred the much-maligned roadway and make for a smoother surface. Repairs are expected to completed in three days. “It’s about time,” Jerry Tetzlaff, a resident that lives along the road said. “It’s a new beginning for the road.”
An investigation by the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers led to a pair of grand jury indictments being handed down last week against former employees of the Precinct 1 county commissioner for allegedly misappropriating government-owned equipment.
Charges of abuse of official capacity up to a value of $2,500 were filed against 53-year-old Abel Zertuche, former supervisor for the Road & Bridge services in the precinct; and against Rene Garza, 52, a former worker in the county’s road crews.
Both Cotulla residents were arrested Thursday, March 9, after the La Salle County Grand Jury had concluded its hearing.
Pearsall residents interested in helping local police deter crime will now have an opportunity to play an active role, following council approval on Tuesday, March 14, of a citizens’ patrol program.
The program is designed to help curtail criminal activity and provide increased neighborhood policing.
“As a department, if we direct more effort towards the residential area, the businesses get neglected,” Police Chief Peter Salinas told the council last week. “And if we direct more effort towards the businesses, the residential area gets neglected.”
Salinas said citizens enrolled in the program will not intercede in police work but will undertake basic police training, such as identifying signs of suspicious activity.
Pearsall city councilors voted unanimously on Tuesday, March 7, to invoke investigatory procedures regarding seven complaints filed against Councilman James Leal.
Leal, who has served on council for five years, will not have the opportunity to contest the complaints until the investigation is complete. Section 8 of Ordinance 2016-10-01 outlines the procedure for complaints filed against councilors.
Pearsall’s John Reyes has earned a qualifying spot at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association’s State Championships on March 30 in Abilene. Competing in the 165- lb. division, Reyes tallied a total weight of 1,300 lbs.
Cotulla’s Robert Sanchez III was once again the grand champion steer exhibitor at the La Salle County Junior Livestock Show last weekend, selling his animal at auction for $20,000. Sanchez earned $8,000 for his grand champion steer at the 2016 event.
The six members of the Pearsall Ethics Commission have found on review of numerous allegations that Councilor James Leal violated the Home Rule Charter.
The commission, comprised of Chair Dave Richey, Billy Neal, Beatrice Nieto, Dora Jo Carter, Carol Taylor, Irma Cantu and Inez Mata, found all seven complaints lodged against Leal to have merit. Mata was not present at the Thursday, March 2 meeting.