Cuellar delivers $3.7M to La Salle schools

Supt. Seals says priorities are student health, campus safety Federal funds have been directed at schools in La Salle County this week, and US Congressman Henry Cuellar delivered a check for $3.7 million on Monday, March 29, although how much of that money Cotulla ISD will be able to keep remains uncertain. In a brief…

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Teen driver charged after fatal crash

Smuggled immigrants died after high-speed pursuit An 18-year-old Laredo man has been taken into custody on a rake of felony manslaughter and smuggling charges after being held responsible for leading officers on a high-speed pursuit last week through La Salle County and crashing a vehicle carrying undocumented immigrants. Emergency responders were dispatched to a wreck…

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City breaks ground for $1.43M water tower

Cotulla mayor touts benefits for new development A groundbreaking ceremony was held this week for construction of a new water tower serving the east side of Cotulla at a cost of $1.43 million through a loan and grant program approved more than five years ago. The city secured its financial assistance for the water system…

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Band students earn places at state contest

By Marc Robertson High school band students from Pearsall, Dilley and Cotulla have earned places at the State UIL Solo & Ensemble contest scheduled for the end of the academic year, having earned top marks from judges for their performances shortly before their Spring Break holiday. In order to advance to the state contest, students…

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DILLEY MOURNS LONG-SERVING SERGEANT

DILLEY MOURNS LONG-SERVING SERGEANT By Marc Robertson Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, March 27, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for Sgt. Michael Martinez, 39, one of Dilley’s longest-serving police officers, who died last weekend. The police sergeant had been on medical leave when he succumbed due to complications from surgery at…

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Iraqi teen had gun in smuggler’s car, officers say

A 17-year-old Iraqi national who was found traveling in the front seat of a sport utility vehicle engaged in the transport of undocumented immigrants this month was holding a 9-mm Sig Sauer pistol in his lap, according to arresting officers. A report on the case indicates the young adult identified as Rahmatallah Sabti listed a…

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Mercedes reveals meth after driver’s arrest

By Marc Robertson A Cotulla woman who was remanded into custody on a number of outstanding warrants on Sunday, March 14, now faces a felony drug possession charge after officers examining her car discovered it contained bags of crystal methamphetamine. Tracy Grassmuck, 57, had been arrested after a routine traffic stop by Deputy Mario Ybarra…

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