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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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…
Nov03

Property tax bills have been mailed

Bills going out two weeks earlier than normal   The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office mailed out the annual ad valorem (property) tax notices today.   All property owners of the parish, should expect to receive their notices in their mailboxes within the next week.    This is approximately two weeks earlier than normal, thanks to the hard work of the men and women in the Assessor’s Office, who completed the tax…
Nov02

Covington teacher arrested after biting student

A former Covington-area teacher is in jail after admitting she bit one of her students.    Heather Marcotte (DOB 7/19/1989; 222 Chestnut Street No. B, Covington) was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 1 for felony cruelty to a juvenile. She was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.   Shortly after 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 25, the parent of a 2-year-old student at Northlake Christian School called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s…
Oct25

Nanette Krentel Death Investigation Update

As the investigation into the death of Nanette Krentel continues, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators want to provide the public with an update on where the investigation stands at this point.   As noted previously, the nature and circumstances surrounding Mrs. Krentel’s death, including the intensity of the fire, are making this a difficult and lengthy investigation. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has utilized the FBI’s vast resources and…
Oct24

STPSO to Participate in National Drug Take-Back Initiative this Saturday

On Saturday (October 28) the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in a one-day collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove unused and expired medications from homes and medicine cabinets.  According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin,…
Oct18

Goodbee man stabbed by girlfriend

A Goodbee couple is facing charges after two separate domestic violence incidents, one of which resulted in the man being stabbed multiple times. At approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning (Oct. 17) St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Jones Road off Tantella Ranch Road in Goodbee after neighbors called to report a disturbance. Responding deputies found Patrick Day (DOB 5/12/1986; 12154 Jones Road, Covington) suffering from…
Oct16

STPSO Deputy Honored with ‘Rising Star’ Award

The American Society of Italian Heritage presented St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Smith with its “Rising Star” award at a special dinner held last week.    The award is presented each year to a sheriff’s deputy with less than two years of service in recognition of outstanding service achievement. Deputy Smith, who currently serves in Patrol District IV, has been assigned to STPSO’s Criminal Patrol Division since 2016.    In addition…
Oct16

STPSO Employees Go Pink for October

To show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, STPSO employees were invited to individually purchase special pink T-shirts. They can in turn wear those T-shirts with jeans for a $3 donation for “dress down” days each Friday in October. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales and October “dress down” Fridays go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Uniformed deputies are given the option to wear the T-shirt underneath their…
Oct13

Arrest Made in Slidell Gas Station Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the armed robbery that occurred last Sunday (October 8) at a gas station on Highway 11 in Slidell. Reyhane McKnight (DOB 7/27/1987) was taken into custody by the STPSO in the Slidell area on Thursday, October 12.  Shortly after 9:30 p.m. last Sunday (October 8) night, STPSO deputies responded to an armed robbery at a gas station on Highway…
Oct12

Scammers Getting More Aggressive, Creative

Sheriff Randy Smith and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Financial Crimes Unit warn residents that criminals are getting much more aggressive and much more creative when it comes to scamming victims.   Over the past few months, St Tammany Parish deputies have received numerous calls from residents reporting that they have received “scam” calls from the “Internal Revenue Service” advising them of delinquent tax debts. During these calls, the scammers identify…
Oct09

STPSO Investigating Robberies at Two Slidell Gas Stations

One suspect is in custody and another is at large after two separate robberies at Slidell area gas stations over the weekend.   Shortly after 9:15 a.m. Sunday (October 8) morning, STPSO deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at a service station on Brownswitch Road.  The cashier stated that the suspect entered the store, implied she had a firearm and demanded money. The clerk handed an undisclosed amount…
Oct05

STPSO Employee Arrested for Malfeasance

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective was booked Thursday (October 5) on one count of malfeasance in office following a joint investigation by the STPSO and the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  Jordan Hollenbeck, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, was arrested on a warrant after an internal investigation revealed he had released confidential information to possible suspects related to ongoing narcotics investigations. These actions…
Sep26

Four Arrested for Damage at Christmas Tree Farm

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested four individuals following an investigation into criminal damage at a local Christmas tree farm.    On September 4, STPSO deputies responded to an incident of criminal damage at the Shady Pond Tree Farm located at 37226 Pine Street Extension, Pearl River. Several trees were split in half and damaged to the point they would not survive. Agents with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry assisted…
Sep22

Two Suspects in Custody after Late Night Shooting at Slidell Area Campground

Two suspects are in custody following a shooting that took place late Thursday night at a campground in the Slidell area.  STPSO deputies were dispatched to 56009 Highway 433 shortly before 11pm Thursday night. Upon arrival, deputies discovered one victim, a 24-year-old male, with a gunshot wound to the leg. According to witnesses, the victim and the two suspects were arguing over money the victim allegedly owed to one of…
Sep22

Arrest Made in Airport Road Homicide

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the homicide that occurred Tuesday night (September 19) on Airport Road in the Covington area. Thirty-seven-year-old Cesar Roy Ronaldo Rivas Castillo (DOB 12/27/1979) was taken into custody by the STPSO early this morning in the Covington area. STPSO deputies responded to Airport Road north of Covington Tuesday night around 10:15 in reference to a vehicle in the ditch. When…
Sep20

STPSO investigating possible homicide

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are currently working a possible homicide that occurred overnight in the Covington area. At approximately 10:15 Tuesday (Sept. 19) night deputies were dispatched to the Airport Road area north of Covington in reference to a vehicle in the ditch. When deputies arrived they observed one occupant in the vehicle with injuries not consistent with the crash. Detectives and crime lab technicians were called to the…
Sep18

National Night Out Against Crime set for Oct. 17, 2017

Sheriff Randy Smith is excited to announce that a date has been set for National Night Out celebrations in St. Tammany Parish. On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will be participating in National Night Out Against Crime. If your neighborhood wishes to participate this year, and wants a deputy to attend, register your event at HERE. Please register your event by Friday, October 6th to…
Sep18

STPSO Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Sheriff Randy Smith is proud to announce that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition for excellence in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The award was presented for the agency’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report…
Sep18

Missing Elderly Man Found Alive After Extensive Weekend Search

A 77 year-old man was found alive just before noon Sunday following a search that began Friday afternoon (September 15) in the Abita Springs area. Robert Anthony Olsen, Sr. was reported missing by family members on Friday shortly before 4pm after they had not seen or heard from him in approximately four hours. He was last seen working outside near his residence on White Oaks Lane off of Louisiana Highway…
Sep15

STPSO Reestablishing Junior Deputy Explorer Post

Open House to be held Sept. 23 Boys and girls interested in future careers in law enforcement between the ages of 14 and 20 (must have completed the eighth grade if under 15) are invited to an informational open house Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Pearl River Training Center, 39395 Pine St, Pearl River. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s…
Sep15

STPSO Still Actively Investigating Krentel Death

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are still actively investigating the death of Nanette Krentel. The nature of the circumstances surrounding Mrs. Krentel’s death and the intensity of the fire is making this a very difficult and lengthy investigation, and detectives are still awaiting final lab results on evidence from the scene. Sheriff Randy Smith stated that he is not disputing the Coroner’s expert opinion on the cause of death, but…
Sep11

Boaters Safe after Sailboat Capsizes in Lake Pontchartrain

Shortly before 8:30am Sunday, Sept. 10, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division were dispatched after a sailboat capsized in Lake Pontchartrain. As STPSO Marine deputies arrived on scene, they were notified that the two occupants of the boat were able to be pulled to safety by Causeway Police due to their proximity to the Causeway Bridge. The sailboat remains in the water at this time. STPSO…
Sep11

STPSO Investigating Friday Night Shooting in Slidell Area

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that took place Friday evening (September 8) in the Slidell area. The male victim arrived at Slidell Memorial Hospital by private vehicle shortly after 7pm with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. The subsequent investigation led detectives to the scene of the shooting, the victim’s residence located at 301 Lakeshore Blvd. in the Slidell area. The victim was shot…
Sep08

K-9 Lex Helps Apprehend Suspect in Theft

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s K-9 Lex assisted in the apprehension of a suspect Thursday morning (September 7) at a residence in the Bush area.  STPSO deputies were at the residence in reference to an unrelated incident when they observed a Honda 600XR dirt bike on the property. Deputies recognized the dirt bike as stolen from a “BOLO” (be on the lookout) which was issued by St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office detectives…
Sep08

STPSO Deputy Named Regional Coordinator for the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force

Deputy Patrick Casnave, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Traffic Division, has been named the Region L Coordinator for the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force. Deputy Casnave has been with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for 14 years, starting out as an employee in the former work release facility and then moving to Criminal Patrol and then finally to the Traffic Division. He also served on the…
Sep07

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…
Sep07

Man killed after pickup truck struck by passenger train near Slidell

Shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 6), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Carr Drive area in Slidell in reference to a crash involving an Amtrak passenger train and a vehicle. The train was departing Slidell and headed southbound with 51 passengers onboard as it approached the Carr Drive crossing. A small pickup truck driven by an 82-year-old Slidell-area man was headed east on Carr Drive and…
Sep06

Woman Rescued from Bogue Chitto River in Bush Area

The STPSO Marine Division was dispatched to the Lock Three Canal on the Bogue Chitto River in the Bush area just after noon on Sept. 3 after a 68-year-old woman got caught in the current of the low head dam’s sill while attempting to rescue her dog.  The woman’s dog was swimming and became caught up in the current. A male friend attempted to rescue the dog and was able…
Aug31

***STPSO Narcotics Task Force Makes Two Arrests in Drug Investigation***

Two Lacombe area residents were arrested after detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at their home early Tuesday morning (August 29) following an investigation. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force searched the residence of Terrence Ordone and Alexius Zenon, located at 28058 Joe Road, Lacombe. Detectives discovered and seized approximately 228 grams of powdered cocaine, 22 grams of crack…
Aug30

***Two Lacombe Men Arrested on Drug Charges***

Two Lacombe residents were arrested after detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force located various drugs and drug paraphernalia in one of their homes. As part of an ongoing investigation, task force members executed a search warrant on August 21 at a residence at 29169 Clesi Avenue. During the search, St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force detectives discovered and seized approximately 10.5 grams of Methamphetamine, several Ecstasy (MDMA) tablets, one schedule IV…
Aug30

Detectives Asking For Help in IDing Robbery Suspect

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who robbed a Slidell-area gas station overnight.   Shortly after 1:30 Wednesday morning (August 30) a man walked into the Circle K Gas Station on South Military Road and demanded money.  The cashier gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, and he fled on foot headed south on South Military Road. …
Aug24

Sheriff Urges Residents to Secure Valuables After Series of Vehicle Burglaries in St. Tammany

In less than an hour’s time Tuesday evening (August 22) three cars at three different Slidell-area child care facilities were burglarized, prompting Sheriff Randy Smith to once again remind residents to be vigilant when it comes to securing valuables inside their vehicles. Between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday the passenger side window of a vehicle was smashed and a purse stolen while the vehicle was parked outside a child care…
Aug18

STPSO now Accepting Applications for Next Citizen’s Academy

Are you curious about how the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office works? Do you want a behind the scenes look at our operations? Now is your chance!   The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold its next Citizen's Academy this fall.   Class size is limited to 50 participants, and the class, which is free, is open to St. Tammany Parish residents age 21 and over, but you must…
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