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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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…
May24

Former Teacher Arrested on Multiple Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a former William Pitcher Junior High School special education teacher Thursday morning (May 24) on multiple counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Detectives began investigating Michael Williams (DOB 11/7/1988) of Covington initially after a concerned parent contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office about a teacher giving her son a ride in his personal vehicle without her permission. A second…
May16

STPSO Working with School Administration at Christ Episcopal School

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is providing additional security at Christ Episcopal School following a potential threat received via email earlier this week. Sunday evening (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. School administration contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Monday (May 14) morning…
May15

Slidell Couple Arrested After $18,000 Worth of Cocaine, Other Drugs Found in Home

Two convicted felons are facing more charges after $18,000 worth of cocaine and a variety of other drugs, money and drug paraphernalia were found inside the home they share with their 1-year-old daughter.  On Friday, May 11, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration culminated a months-long investigation by conducting a search warrant at the couple’s Slidell-area residence. The search…
May03

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Awarded USDOJ/COPS Grant

  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office applied for and was recently awarded a grant from the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).  The last time the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was awarded a grant of this magnitude was in 1999, nearly twenty years ago.   The grant, which totals $1,009,795.00, will fund 75% percent of nine entry-level deputies’ salaries and benefits for…
May02

Blood Drive to be held Thursday to Benefit STPSO Deputy Shot in the Line of Duty

The Blood Center will hold another blood drive this week benefiting Deputy Justin Nail and his family.   Deputy Nail, a more than 10-year veteran of the agency, was shot following a vehicle pursuit with a wanted individual early Easter Sunday morning. He underwent surgery at a local hospital and is currently recovering at home.   While blood donations frequently come up in response to a shooting incident, Deputy Nail fortunately has not…
Apr29

STPSO Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Traffic Division are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred near Pearl River late Saturday night/early Sunday morning (April 28/29). Just after midnight Sunday morning, STPSO patrol deputies were at a nearby residence working an unrelated call when passersby stopped to alert them of what appeared to be a motorcycle in a ditch near the intersection of Pine Street Extension and Chris Kennedy…
Apr24

STPSO Participating in National Drug Take Back Initiative April 28

This Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in a one-day collaborative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove unused and expired medications from homes and medicine cabinets. Bring your pills for disposal to the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell or the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington. (The DEA cannot accept liquids,…
Apr19

Traffic Stop Yields More Than 10 Pounds of Cocaine

A Wednesday (April 18) evening traffic stop on Interstate 12 uncovered more than 10 pounds of suspected cocaine. A member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a routine traffic stop shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 18) on an eastbound black Nissan Sentra with a Texas license plate after observing the vehicle commit a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle, Rosa Siller (DOB 3/10/1975; 2001 South…
Apr18

The Perfect Game did not lead to the Perfect Crime

1956 World Series Game Ticket Stolen from Slidell-area Home Recovered   A homeless man was arrested Monday after stealing a 1956 World Series Game 5 ticket from a Slidell-area residence. The ticket, which is a collector’s item, is a family heirloom that had been passed down to a Slidell man by a family member.  Pitcher Don Larsen made baseball history in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series when he threw a…
Apr17

Amite Man Arrested After Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of other local agencies, arrested an Amite man Monday afternoon, following a vehicle pursuit that started in the Bush area and led authorities into Washington Parish.   The owner of a 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 called STPSO Monday morning (April 16) to report he had left his truck in the parking lot of a Slidell mechanic’s shop overnight, and when employees arrived Monday morning, the truck…
Apr13

Covington Man Arrested After Robbing Three Area Businesses

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Covington man wanted for robbing three different businesses. Working together, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives and detectives with the Covington Police Department quickly identified Michael Williams (DOB 12/2/1970; 314 West 23rd Avenue, Covington) as the individual responsible for robberies at three West St. Tammany Parish businesses Friday (April 13).  Two of the businesses were located in the jurisdiction of Covington Police and the…
Apr13

Man Arrested After Brandishing Weapon in School Carline

A Slidell-area man is in jail following a road-rage incident that occurred in the carline at a local school Thursday afternoon (April 12). Tyronne Causey (DOB 6/22/1985; 229 Foxbriar St., Slidell) was arrested after he threatened another parent with a handgun while they were waiting to pick up students at Cypress Cove Elementary School shortly before 4:00 p.m. Causey became irritated following an incident with another driver in the carline and brandished…
Apr11

Slidell Father Arrested for Injuries Caused to Infant

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Slidell-man for cruelty to a juvenile after his infant son sustained severe injuries while in his care. Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday (April 10), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the residence at 4141 Walnut Street, Slidell, after the father called to report that his 3-month-old son was unresponsive. The responding deputy located the infant laying on an adult-style bed…
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