I take great pride in being entrusted with the honor and responsibility that comes with leading the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

Randy Smith

Sheriff
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Jan22

Arrest Made after Innocent Bystander Shot near Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Slidell man in a shooting that occurred Sunday (January 21).   The victim, a 54-year-old man, was located at a local area hospital, after a neighbor called to report the shooting.   Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Michael Sirelle Bickham (DOB 3/13/1975; 2015 Gause Blvd., Slidell) exited a residence in the 1400 block of Beech Street, armed with a pistol after hearing…
Jan20

Man Arrested on Multiple Felony Charges Following Domestic Incident and Standoff with Deputies

A man was arrested on multiple felony charges following a domestic disturbance incident that resulted in a standoff with STPSO deputies Friday night (January 19). At approximately 9 p.m. Friday night, deputies responded to 66119 Oak Street in the Mandeville area in reference to a domestic disturbance. When deputies arrived, they located the female victim walking on Oak Street. Before she was transported to a local hospital by Fire District…
Jan20

STPSO Investigating Armed Robbery

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday night (January 19) near Abita Springs. Shortly after 9 p.m. a man was talking to a friend in his vehicle at the park on Carnation Street in the Abita Nursery Subdivision when a man walked up to the vehicle and robbed him at gunpoint.  The suspect took the man’s wallet and handgun before firing into the air…
Jan18

St. Tammany Sheriff Releases 2017 Crime Stats

Sheriff Randy Smith today released the 2017 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany Parish. Despite the much-publicized uptick in homicides, the total number of crimes reported in St. Tammany Parish is down slightly from previous years. Overall, violent crime is down 7.7%, with a solve rate of 91%, compared to the national average solve rate of 46%.* Robbery and simple battery were also both down, by 26% and 12.8% respectively.…
Jan11

Joint Operation between STPSO and JPSO Results in Drug Arrest

Another drug dealer is off the streets thanks to a joint effort between the STPSO Narcotics Task Force, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and the STPSO SWAT team. On Jan. 8, the three teams, working together, executed a search warrant at Villa Du Lac apartments in Slidell. The search warrant was a result of a JPSO Major Crimes Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force investigation into a Slidell-area man distributing…
Dec29

Undercover Operation Targets Underage Alcohol Sales During Holidays

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office recently conducted two undercover operations targeting Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement (J.U.D.E.) on both sides of the parish. The operations were funded by a federal grant through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  A total of 67 businesses in St. Tammany were checked for compliance between December 19 and December 26.  Deputies want to ensure that alcoholic beverage outlets in St. Tammany Parish are in compliance…
Dec22

Man Arrested After Threats Made Against Slidell Church

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell area man for terrorizing after he made threats against a local church. On Tuesday, Dec. 19, an individual contacted the Sheriff’s Office in reference to someone threatening to kill members of the Slidell's Open Arms Ministry Church.   Sheriff's Office patrol deputies, along with members of the Crisis Intervention Team, began looking into the matter. Their efforts resulted in obtaining an Order of Protective Custody for Dusty Gerchow (DOB…
Dec22

STPSO Receives Reports of Residents Being Scammed

St. Tammany residents have been bombarded this week with calls from scammers, pretending to be from both the Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshal’s Office. The scammers, calling from numbers displaying local area codes, inform the resident they have missed jury duty and have warrants out for their arrest. Playing on fear and panic, they convince the victim to purchase “Green Dot money cards” in amounts ranging from $3,000 to…
Dec20

Operation ‘Not So Trustee’ Nets Multiple Arrests

  Since taking office, Sheriff Randy Smith has made jail security a priority.  In evaluating the security of the jail and addressing problem areas, a criminal investigation ensued regarding contraband being introduced into the jail. Following an extensive investigation that has been ongoing for months, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force has made multiple arrests related to contraband being introduced into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. The investigation…
Dec19

Weekend Traffic Stop Results in Drug Arrest

A routine traffic stop resulted in a drug-related arrest over the weekend. Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday morning (December 17), a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a red Infinity G35 after observing the vehicle run a stop sign on Brookter Road in the Kingspoint area of Slidell. Before the deputy could exit his patrol car, the driver of the Infinity exited his vehicle and fled…
Dec18

Slidell-area Woman Arrested After Drugs Found in Her Home

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force arrested a Slidell woman Friday, and in the process removed a significant amount of narcotics off the streets of St. Tammany. Brelle Lewis (DOB 11/17/1998; 648 Kostmayer Ave., Slidell) was arrested for two counts of LRS 40:969 A/C Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV CDS, LRS 40.967 A/C Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II CDS and LRS 14:91.13 Possession of…
Dec18

$90,000 Worth of Meth Found in Slidell Area Home; Arrest Made

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force arrested a Slidell area man Thursday (December 14) following a narcotics investigation. A search warrant was executed at the home of Steven Zoerner (DOB 1/5/1962; 4304 Ash Drive, Slidell). During the search, detectives recovered approximately two pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $90,000. Detectives also recovered numerous dosage units of prescription medication, a small amount of…
Dec18

STPSO Investigating Fatal Single Vehicle Crash

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred late Saturday night (December 16) in the Covington area. STPSO deputies responded to Memphis Trace in the Natchez Trace subdivision shortly after 11:30 p.m. following reports of a vehicle on fire.  When deputies arrived, they discovered a single vehicle that had exited the roadway before striking a tree and becoming engulfed in flames. Prior to…
Dec18

Woman Sought in Slidell-Area Bank Robbery

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are working with the FBI in a joint investigation after a Slidell-area bank was robbed Saturday morning (December 16). Shortly before noon a white female walked into the Chase Bank branch at 1943 Gause Boulevard East, implied she had a weapon and handed a teller a note, demanding cash. She then fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of stolen cash. The suspect…
Dec15

Arrest Made in Vehicle Burglaries, Thefts That Occurred in Carriage Lane

Between Nov. 9 and Dec. 8, 16 vehicles were burglarized in the Carriage Lane Estates area of Mandeville. During the same time, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office also received reports of packages being stolen from porches and mail taken from mailboxes in the same area. On Dec. 7, an operational plan was created between the investigations division and criminal patrol division in an effort to proactively pursue the illegal activities…
Dec14

Four CHS Students Arrested After Altercation On School Bus

Four Covington High School students have been arrested following an altercation that occurred as school was letting out Thursday (Dec. 14). Two St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were at Covington High School investigating an unrelated incident that happened off campus, when they heard someone come over the intercom requesting police assistance concerning an altercation on a school bus. The driver of the bus had returned to the school after a…
Dec13

Multiple DWI Checkpoints Planned During Holiday Season

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct multiple DWI checkpoints between now and the end of the year at undisclosed locations in St. Tammany Parish. The checkpoints are part of the ongoing, proactive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to combat impaired driving. The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “As always, the Sheriff’s Office will be…
Dec08

Slidell Man Arrested for Simple Robbery

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Slidell man following an early morning robbery at a Slidell-area gas station. Shortly after 2 a.m.  Friday (Dec. 8) Leval Butler (DOB 3/6/1982; 59511 Javery Road, Slidell) entered the Shell station on Highway 11, wearing a mask over his face. While threatening the clerk’s life, Butler removed an undisclosed amount of money from the register and fled on foot. Responding deputies quickly…
Dec05

STPSO Narcotics Task Force Makes Multiple Arrests in Pearl River Area Drug Investigations

  Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force wrapped up two unrelated narcotics investigations last month in the Pearl River-area. The investigations resulted in the arrests of four individuals and arrest warrants issued for another. Nearly one half ounce of Methamphetamine intended for distribution, more than 300 prescription pills intended for distribution, assorted drug paraphernalia, and 16 firearms were seized as a result of these two…
Dec04

STPSO Provides Timeline that Led to Mandeville Man’s Arrest in Wife’s Murder

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have pieced together a timeline of a Mandeville man’s actions which led up to his arrest Saturday for the murder of his estranged wife. At 5:30 a.m. Saturday (December 2) deputies were dispatched to Eddie’s Grocery, 32470 U.S. Highway 190, Slidell, after a clerk called 911 to report a robbery. Deputies were then dispatched to an alarm at the Dollar General at 27301 U.S. Highway 190,…
Dec04

Son Arrested for Aggravated Battery Following Fight with His Father

***UPDATE: The victim has succumbed to his injuries. STPSO detectives have obtained an arrest warrant to amend the charge against Casey Melerine (DOB 7/9/1990; 59438 Pineridge Road, Lacombe) from LRS 14:34.1 Second Degree Aggravated Battery to L.R.S. 30.1 Second Degree Murder.*** ​   St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an aggravated battery that occurred between a father and son Saturday night (December 2) in the Lacombe area. Dispatchers sent STPSO…
Dec04

STPSO Investigating Saturday Morning Carjacking

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a carjacking that occurred early Saturday morning (December 2) near Slidell. Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, deputies were dispatched to the Willow Wood subdivision after a couple reported they were carjacked. The couple was driving their 2008 Buick Enclave into the subdivision when they noticed a black Ford F150 four-door truck following them. While stopped at the intersection of Cross Gates Boulevard…
Dec04

STPSO Makes Arrest in Domestic Related Homicide and Early Morning Business Burglaries

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man for a domestic related homicide that took place at a residence in the Mandeville area and for four business burglaries that occurred early this morning (Saturday, Dec. 2) along the U.S. Highway 190 corridor leading from Slidell to Lacombe. Dispatch received a call at approximately 7:30 a.m. regarding a possible homicide at a Mandeville-area residence. Deputies were dispatched to the residence…
Dec01

One Arrested, Two Wanted for Slidell Armed Robbery

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested one man and are looking for two more following an armed robbery that occurred in Slidell last weekend.  Deputies were dispatched to the J&K Apartments on Brownsvillage Road at approximately 8:45 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 25) in response to an individual saying he had been robbed. The Pearl River man reported that he was visiting a friend at the apartment complex when he was…
Nov30

St. Tammany Deputies Trained to Respond to Mental Health Crises This Holiday Season

For those suffering from mental or behavioral health issues, the holidays oftentimes bring on additional stress and depression. In order to address the local mental health crisis and the growing number of attempted suicides occurring in St. Tammany Parish, Sheriff Randy Smith, earlier this year, created the specially trained Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). This team is made up of four patrol deputies who have successfully completed 40 hours of crisis…
Nov30

STPSO K-9s Locate Missing Elderly Man; Apprehend Fleeing Suspect

“It was all in a day’s work” for St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s K9s who located a missing elderly man and apprehended a fleeing suspect on Tuesday (November 28). At approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a Mandeville area residence located off of Highway 1088 after a man called to report his 93-year-old father had not been seen in about an hour.  When they arrived at the scene,…
Nov24

Single vehicle crash claims one life

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Mandeville man early this morning (November 24). STPSO deputies were dispatched to Lowe Davis Road near Highway 59 in the Abita area shortly after 5:00 a.m. in response to a report of a vehicle in the ditch. When deputies arrived, they discovered a single occupant in the vehicle. Deputies and emergency personnel…
Nov22

Three arrested for burglarizing vehicles

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have made three arrests in a string of recent car burglaries in the Mandeville area. Eight vehicles were reported to have been burglarized during the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 13 on several side streets off of Soult Street and in the Quail Creek subdivision in Mandeville. Wallets, cell phones, cell phone chargers, knives, loose change and other miscellaneous items were taken from the…
Nov22

STPSO kicks off safe ride home program for holiday season

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will again this year help ensure residents make it home safely during the holiday season with the start of their Safe Ride Home program. Residents who are too intoxicated to drive, do not have a designated driver, and cannot arrange for a ride home can call STPSO at 985-898-2338 to request a ride from a deputy, without cost or penalty. An STPSO deputy will…
Nov21

Lacombe Man Arrested for Selling Narcotics Out of his Home

Working together with patrol deputies, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Lacombe man after a month-long investigation into his selling of narcotics.  In late October, the Narcotics Task Force, which is made up of members from STPSO, Mandeville Police Department, Covington Police Department and Slidell Police Department, began investigating Anthony Foster (DOB 9-23-86), who is convicted felon, after it was reported that he was…
Nov20

Undercover operation targets underage alcohol sales

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office recently conducted two undercover operations targeting Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement (aka, J.U.D.E.) on both sides of the parish. The operations were funded by a federal grant through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. A total of 55 businesses in St. Tammany were checked for compliance over a two-day period. With the holidays approaching, deputies want to ensure that alcoholic beverage outlets in St. Tammany Parish…
Nov20

One injured in Lacombe shooting

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting that took place Saturday night (November 18) in the Lacombe area that left one man injured. STPSO deputies were dispatched to 62151 Warrior Drive just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday after a caller reported a person had been shot.  When deputies arrived, they found a male victim outside of the residence lying near his vehicle and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.…
Nov17

Body Recovered After Slidell-area Fire

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives were called to the scene of a residential fire Friday morning (Nov. 17) after a body was located in the burned rubble. Shortly after 9 a.m., detectives were called to 37476 Brownsvillage Road, Slidell, after fire personnel located the body of a man while putting out a fire in one of the units at that address. The body was located on a bed inside the…
Nov17

STPSO employees donate money, food to local food banks

Through the St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff’s Association, STPSO employees donated checks for $735.11 each to the Northshore Food Bank and the Samaritan Center thanks to the success of the annual Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree held on Halloween. The money collected is in addition to a large donation of nonperishable food items which was divided and donated to the two organizations. The Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree is held annually at the…
Nov17

***DWI checkpoint planned for this weekend***

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a DWI checkpoint this weekend at an undisclosed location in St. Tammany Parish. The checkpoint is part of the ongoing, proactive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to combat impaired driving. The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Sheriff Randy Smith says, “We want people to know that we are…
Nov15

Arrest Made in Nov. 3 Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the Nov. 3 shooting that occurred at a Lacombe-area residence.   Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, STPSO deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 27611 Mirmar Street in Lacombe. Responding deputies located Jarred Kirsh (DOB 11/9/1992; 824 Magnolia Street, Slidell) laying immediately inside the front doorway of the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He…
Nov14

Update on domestic hostage situation that left one man dead

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives now know the man who died during a domestic hostage situation had grave intentions when he went to the home of his ex-girlfriend Saturday night. STPSO deputies were dispatched to 37226 Holifield Lane in Hickory shortly before 10:00 p.m. Saturday (November 11) in response to a report of a man who had forced entry into the home, was shooting a gun inside the residence and…
Nov07

Permanent Drug Take-Back Boxes in Place at STPSO Facilities

Drug take-back boxes are now in place at STPSO facilities on the east and west sides of the parish as part of an ongoing effort to combat prescription drug abuse. Abused prescription drugs are often obtained through family and friends. The boxes allow St. Tammany Parish residents to properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally…
Nov07

Single vehicle crash in Pearl River claims one life*

One person has died following a single vehicle crash in the Pearl River area Monday night. Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday (November 6), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a single vehicle crash on Teat Blackwell Road in Pearl River.  When deputies arrived, they discovered a vehicle that had exited the roadway and struck a tree near the intersection of 16th Section Road. The single occupant,…
Nov06

Violent Weekend Includes Murder/Suicide in St. Tammany

It was a violent weekend in St. Tammany Parish. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office released details Saturday following a shooting that occurred Friday night, leaving one man dead and four other individuals injured. The investigation into this case is ongoing, as detectives continue to piece together the events of that evening. Detectives are also working two more incidents that occurred Sunday evening. Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday evening, a resident…
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