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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Sep14

National Night Out Against Crime set for October 16

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 16, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will participate in National Night Out Against Crime.   If your neighborhood wishes to participate, and would like a deputy to attend, register your event HERE. Please register your event by Friday, October 5th to be included on the list.  …
Sep12

Pursuit with Stolen Vehicle Ends in Gunfire, Three Suspects in Custody

***Update***   While the officer involved shooting portion of this incident remains under investigation, the three arrested subjects were subsequently charged as follows:     Kendrick Neveaux, 17, of New Orleans: Two counts of L.R.S. 14:69 Illegal Possession of Stolen Things (felony) L.R.S. 14:966E Simple Possession of Marijuana L.R.S. 4:26/67.26 Conspiracy to Commit the Theft of a Motor Vehicle L.R.S. 14:69.1 Possession of a Stolen Firearm L.R.S. 14:108 Resisting an…
Sep11

Slidell-Area Man Arrested For Sexual Battery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area man on charges of sexual battery. On August 29, 2018, the STPSO received a complaint regarding a sexual battery incident that occurred a day prior (August 28).  The twenty-two year old female victim advised the incident occurred following a social gathering in a Slidell-area subdivision.  The victim identified the offender as 58-year-old David Mannella of Slidell. The subsequent investigation led…
Sep08

Wanted Man Arrested After Fleeing Prior to Execution of Search Warrant at Abita-area Home

Update: After he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail, it was discovered the individual who identified himself as Jeremy Meinecke, 36, of Abita Springs, was in fact Joseph Barnes, an individual wanted out of Kentucky for violating parole.  His original charges out of Kentucky included Possession of Heroin, Second Degree Burglary, Second Degree Assault and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Barnes was wanted by the Kentucky Board of Corrections…
Sep06

Man Posing as ‘Good Samaritan’ Arrested for Tampering with Tire

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Madisonville-area man for purposely flattening a woman’s tire outside of a store on Louisiana Highway 22. Melvin Magee, (DOB 11/5/1964), pretended to be a good Samaritan, offering to help the woman after she exited the Madisonville-area business on Aug. 30 and found one of her tires going flat. The woman was suspicious of the man’s intentions and instead of accepting his…
Aug31

Lakeshore High Student Arrested For Terrorizing

A 14-year-old student from Lakeshore High School was arrested Thursday evening (August 30) after making statements that involved her intent to harm other students.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to Lakeshore High School at approximately 3:15 p.m. Thursday (August 30) after school administrators notified the School Resource Officer of claims made by two students that another student was planning to harm other students.  The 14 year-old student…
Aug31

Texas Murder Suspect Arrested in Lacombe

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, assisted Friday morning (August 31) in the apprehension of a man wanted in connection with a Pasadena, Texas murder. The arrested subject, Silvano Echavarria, was wanted for the beating death of an elderly man which occurred outside a Pasadena apartment complex earlier this month. Members of the Task Force made contact with…
Aug31

Stepping Up for Change: STPSO Tackles Mental Illness in Community and Jail

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in a multi-day workshop this week for the development of integrated strategies to identify and respond to the needs of justice-involved adults with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Crisis Intervention Training Strategic Action Planning, sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR Initiative and Policy Research Associates, is a workshop designed to help communities identify existing community resources, service gaps, and opportunities for…
Aug29

DWI Checkpoint Planned for Labor Day Weekend

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a DWI checkpoint over the long Labor Day 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. “We are out there every day looking for…
Aug22

Sheriff Smith Meets with Krentel’s Family, Releases Additional Details

Sheriff Randy Smith and detectives met Wednesday (August 22) with Stephen Krentel and members of Nanette Krentel’s family to provide an update on the investigation into Nanette Krentel’s death. During these meetings, Sheriff Smith shared with family members some previously unreleased details surrounding the case, including the whereabouts of Stephen and Bryan Krentel on July 14, 2017, and video footage obtained of an individual believed to be Nanette Krentel at…
Aug21

Two Juveniles Arrested Following Pursuit With Stolen Vehicle

Two Tangipahoa Parish juveniles have been charged following a pursuit with a stolen vehicle. At approximately 6:45p.m. Tuesday (August 21) while patrolling Ronald Reagan Highway in Covington, LA, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy observed a pickup truck matching the description of one that had been previously reported stolen this morning, out of the Hammond area. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the pickup truck, and when…
Aug20

Arrest Made in Slidell-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a New Orleans man in connection with a Slidell-area shooting that left one man critically injured last month. STPSO deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Sunset Drive around 12:30 a.m. on July 8 after a caller reported a person had been shot following an altercation. Detectives learned the shooting took place following two separate physical altercations that occurred between the victim and…
Aug16

STPSO Participating in National Labor Day Campaign to Stop Drunk Driving

Summer’s nearly over, and the Labor Day holiday might be your last chance to enjoy warm weather fun. Let’s make sure we’re enjoying it safely. Whether you’re driving to a cookout, the beach, or on a family trip: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  As the Labor Day holiday is one of the most dangerous on our roads, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other state and local law…
Aug10

Suspicious Activity Leads to Seizure of Guns, Drugs and Multiple Arrests

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested three Covington-area individuals on drug and gun related charges following an investigation of suspicious activity. Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday (August 8), a St. Tammany Parish criminal patrol deputy was patrolling a Covington-area neighborhood located off Harrison Avenue, when he observed a subject peek his head up and out of the rear, open bed of a parked pickup truck.  The deputy…
Aug07

Arrests Made in Slidell-area Vehicle Burglaries

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two individuals responsible for a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Slidell area last month. Between July 7 and July 11, 2018, an area of unincorporated Slidell was hit with a rash of vehicle burglaries, during which at least two firearms, a cell phone, electronics, and more than $1,000 in cash were stolen from unlocked vehicles.   On July 10, the…
Aug06

Local Juvenile Arrested for Threat Made Against Christ Episcopal Last School Year

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with the threat that was made against Christ Episcopal School late last school year. Recall, on Sunday May 13, an email was sent via a response to an event invite to high school students and their parents. The email included language that could be perceived as a threat. The Sheriff's Office began coordinating immediately with school officials to…
Aug06

Sheriff Smith Continues Focus on Ethics in Public Service

At the request of Sheriff Randy Smith, Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office recently looked into the actions of Ricky Steinert and Nathan Stokes, two former deputies.  The results of these investigations have been turned over to District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office remains committed to assisting the D.A. in any way possible. Sheriff Smith issued the following statement concerning this matter: “When I took…
Jul30

Arrest Made in Covington-area Vehicle Burglaries

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Covington man in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred last week in the Covington area. Vehicles outside of multiple residences in two different subdivisions off Harrison Avenue (Dogpound Rd.) were burglarized between late Tuesday (July 24) and early Wednesday (July 25). In all cases, the vehicles had been left unlocked. During the course of the investigation, detectives developed a…
Jul25

Covington Men Arrested in Connection with Lacombe Drive by Shooting

STPSO Detectives have arrested three Covington men in connection with a drive by shooting that took place in Lacombe, La on Monday, July 16. On Monday (July 16) shortly after 8:00 pm, a drive-by shooting was reported in the area of North Pontchartrain Dr. in Lacombe, La.  The initial investigation revealed shots were fired toward a residence from the roadway, and several of those shots struck the residence, which was…
Jul24

STPSO and School Board Partner to Launch School Resource Officer Program in 25 Public School

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the St. Tammany Parish School Board to place a School Resource Officer in 25 public schools throughout the parish beginning on August 9 for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. SROs provide law enforcement services to schools and school grounds. SROs are specially trained, commissioned, armed law enforcement officers who work in collaboration with schools to provide a safe learning…
Jul23

STPSO Deputies Equipped with NARCAN to aid in Overdoses

An initiative by Sheriff Randy Smith has equipped St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies with NARCAN, a drug that counteracts the effects of opioids in users who have overdosed. This initiative is in response to the continued rise of opioid-related overdoses in St. Tammany Parish and the increase in accidental exposure cases to law enforcement. The single-use doses are in the form of a nasal spray and can be…
Jul17

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest in Shoplifting Case

Proactive policing and an alert deputy resulted in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office clearing two shoplifting cases last week. On July 10, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop after a vehicle was observed speeding on Interstate 12. The driver initially provided the deputy with a fake name, but was ultimately identified as Shabrelle Deanne Gay (DOB 1/31/1989) of Oklahoma City,…
Jul16

STPSO Narcotics Task Force Targets Meth Use

  Since March 2018, the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force, along with the assistance of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Division, has conducted multiple narcotics related investigations in and around the areas of Pearl River, Hickory and Talisheek.  The STPSO Narcotics Task Force, which is composed of detectives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mandeville Police Department and Slidell Police Department, strategically collaborated with multiple…
Jul14

Domestic Incident Leads to SWAT Standoff, Arrest

A domestic incident resulted in a stand-off with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s SWAT team in a Slidell-area neighborhood Friday night ( July 13 ). St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a residence located in south Slidell shortly before 9:00 p.m. in reference to an altercation between a pregnant woman and her live-in boyfriend. The woman reported that she was engaged in a verbal altercation with her boyfriend, Steven Cayou (DOB…
Jul13

Krentel Case Still Active Investigation at One-year Anniversary

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Nanette Krentel this weekend, Sheriff Randy Smith wants the public and her family and friends to know the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office remains committed to working and solving this case. Krentel’s badly burned body was located inside the remains of her Lacombe-area home after fire burned the residence to the ground on July 14, 2017. An autopsy conducted by…
Jul11

Property Tax Sale to be Held Monday

It’s Not Too Late to Pay Delinquent Taxes St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith reminds the public that the annual tax sale of properties within St. Tammany Parish will occur Monday, July 16, 2018 starting at 10 a.m. It is not too late for property owners to settle delinquent tax bills prior to the sale.  Property tax payments may be made Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.…
Jul08

STPSO Investigating Overnight Shooting in Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning (July 8 ) in the Slidell area that left one man critically injured. STPSO deputies were dispatched to Sunset Drive in the Slidell area around 12:30 a.m. after a caller reported a person had been shot.    When deputies arrived, they discovered one male victim who was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The shooting reportedly took place following…
Jul03

STPSO Sheriff Completes 2019 Budget, Includes Raises for Employees

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith’s conservative planning and foresight allows for the completion of a balanced budget in the wake of revenue shortages. When Sheriff Smith took office in 2016 he inherited a department that employed in excess of 750 people.  Today, the leaner and more focused agency employs just over 640 full-time employees.  In anticipation of the voters’ decision to pay less in taxes for some government services,…
Jun28

STPSO Deputies Exonerated in Federal Civil Rights Trial

A federal court has cleared seven St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies of any wrongdoing in a civil rights lawsuit filed by an inmate. The United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana ruled earlier this month that the deputies, who were all employed at the St. Tammany Parish Jail during the incidents in question, did not violate the rights of Department of Corrections inmate Ronald Matthews. In a suit filed…
Jun22

Slidell Couple Arrested on Multiple Charges for Drugs, Dog Fighting

  A Slidell-area couple has been arrested on multiple charges for drugs and dog fighting, following an investigation by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force. On Wednesday (June 20), the STPSO Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the couple’s Slidell-area residence. During the search, investigators discovered and seized approximately 419.7 grams of cocaine, approximately 28 grams of marijuana, seven bottles of promethazine, assorted drug paraphernalia…
Jun18

Former Law Enforcement Officer Arrested

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a former law enforcement officer for sexual battery. On Tuesday (June 12), deputies responded to a residence in the Mandeville area after a woman reported she had been sexually battered by an unknown male, later identified as Gerald Yates (DOB 12/26/1975). The victim told deputies that around 2PM (June 12) she observed a vehicle repeatedly drive past her residence several times while she…
Jun13

STPSO Investigating After Human Finger Found

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report Monday (June 11) from an individual who found what was later identified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office to be a human finger, inside of an alligator snapping turtle.  A Bush, LA area man called deputies after he located a finger as he was cleaning and processing a large alligator snapping turtle for consumption. It was determined the turtle had been caught on a…
Jun12

UPDATE - Additional Arrest Following Incident Along West Pearl River

***Update*** Thomas Jones (DOB 8/16/1994) of Pearl River was picked up Tuesday morning (June 12) and arrested on a warrant for LRS 14:103 Disturbing the Peace in connection with the deadly incident that occurred Saturday evening (June 9) along the West Pearl River. Jones was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. A warrant was issued for Jones’ arrest Monday (June 11) and he was located Tuesday morning by detectives…
Jun11

Additional Arrest Made in Homicide on West Pearl River

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested another individual in connection with the deadly incident that occurred Saturday evening along the West Pearl River.  Detectives have also increased the charges against an individual previously arrested.  Blaine Manalle (DOB 3/16/1998) of Slidell, was arrested Monday evening for one count of LRS 14:30.1 Second-degree Murder. She was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.  Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday (June 9), St. Tammany…
Jun11

STPSO Looking for Armed Robbery Suspect

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating an armed robbery suspect and stolen motorcycle.  Shortly after midnight Monday morning (June 11) two black males held a man at gunpoint at a Slidell-area gas station and stole his black 2014 Suzuki GSXR 1000. The motorcycle resembles the one pictured here (photo used for reference only). It was bearing LA license plate MC634441 and was…
Jun10

UPDATE: Arrests Made Following Incident Along the West Pearl River

  UPDATE: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives made two arrests late Saturday night (June 9) subsequent to the incident that occurred along the West Pearl River. Cameron Alphonso (DOB 3/9/1997) of Slidell, was arrested on one count of LRS 14:31 Manslaughter (Felony). Alden Kindergran (DOB 7/10/1995) of Slidell, was arrested for one count of LRS 14:103 Disturbing the Peace. Both men were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. The…
Jun09

STPSO Investigating Death Following Incident Along the West Pearl River

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday (June 9), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an incident that occurred on a sand bar along the West Pearl River just south of the Davis Landing Boat Launch. When deputies arrived they learned there had been a disturbance at the location between two large groups of individuals, which resulted in a physical altercation.  At some point during that altercation one individual sustained…
May30

Two New Orleans Men Arrested Following Armed Robbery

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigators have arrested two men following an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon (May 29) in the parking lot of a Slidell area gas station. Shortly after 12 noon, a complainant reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint after he arranged to meet two men in a gas station parking lot to conduct the sale of a smart phone. Immediately following the robbery, the…
May25

Sheriff Urges Boating Safety this Holiday Weekend

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division will be proactively patrolling our waterways over Memorial Day weekend.  Weather permitting, there will be many watercraft of various sizes on the rivers and lakes as the boating season kicks off for the unofficial start of summer. Please be aware of the potential threat of inclement weather, mindful of your surroundings and of other watercraft around you.  Sheriff Randy Smith reminds everyone…
May24

Chalmette Woman Arrested After Exploiting 85-year-old St. Tammany Resident

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives concluded a nearly two-year-long case with the arrest of a Chalmette woman for exploiting an 85-year-old Slidell resident. With the cooperation of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bernardita Voss (DOB 8/13/1966) of Chalmette was picked up Wednesday (May 23) at her residence in Chalmette. She was booked in St. Bernard Parish as a fugitive out of St. Tammany and was subsequently interviewed and arrested…
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