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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Feb12

STPSO is now hiring

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for individuals who want to make a difference and begin a career in law enforcement. Apply here.  View Recruitment Video
May07

STPSO Investigating Shooting Incident Near Slidell

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident which occurred on Thursday (May 6) afternoon, near Slidell. Shortly before 6:00 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Interstate 10 East, between Oak Harbor Blvd. and Old Spanish Trail, near Slidell, in response to reports of occupants of one vehicle shooting at another. The perpetrator vehicle, was described by witnesses as being a silver sedan. A male victim…
May05

STPSO Investigating Shooting Incident Near Slidell

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident which occurred early Wednesday (May 5) morning near Slidell. Shortly after 1 a.m., deputies responded to a residence in the 36000 block of Fourth Street in response to a report of a shooting. A 45-year-old male victim has been transported to a local area hospital, where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds.  His condition is not known…
Apr29

STPSO Investigating Crash Involving Juveniles

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is working a two vehicle crash, which occurred Thursday evening, near Covington. Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Charlene Lane and Carol Lane near Covington, in reference a crash involving two juveniles. The crash occurred when a 2004 GMC truck, driven by a 14 year old female, collided with a 2002 Yamaha dirt bike being operated by…
Apr29

STPSO Investigating Crash Involving Bicyclist

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle on Carroll Road near Slidell Wednesday (April 28) night. Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Carroll Road and Shady Lane near Slidell in reference a crash which occurred between a Nissan Altima and a bicycle. The bicyclist sustained extensive injuries and was airlifted to a Southshore hospital.…
Apr22

Covington-area Man Wanted for Attempted Murder

A Covington-area man is wanted on attempted murder and robbery charges following an incident, which occurred Wednesday (April 21) evening in the Bush area. Shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 83000 block of Jenkins Cemetery Road in reference to an attempted armed robbery.  A male and female told responding deputies they were parked outside of the residence when they…
Apr21

STPSO Participating in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

This Saturday, April 24, 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 unused prescription drugs for disposal to the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell or the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington. Tablets, capsules,…
Apr20

STPSO Working Fatal Golf Cart Crash Near Abita Springs

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is working a fatal golf cart crash, which occurred Tuesday (April 20) night near Abita Springs. Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday deputies were dispatched to Quimet Drive northeast of Abita Springs after a family member called to report an elderly female had crashed a golf cart. Responding emergency personnel located the woman pinned under the golf cart and unresponsive. Medical personnel pronounced her dead…
Apr19

Pearl River Woman Arrested on Warrants Stemming from Son’s 2020 Death

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pearl River woman Monday (April 19) on manslaughter charges stemming from the 2020 death of her adopted, mentally disabled adult-son. Sharon Lambert (DOB 1/20/1947) was arrested Monday at her Pearl River-area residence after warrants were issued for her arrest on three counts of L.R.S. 14:93.3 Cruelty to the Infirmed and one count L.R.S. 14:31 Manslaughter.  The warrants come following a more than…
Apr16

STPSO Participating in ‘Buckle Up in Your Truck’ Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s “Buckle Up in Your Truck” campaign this month. As part of this statewide campaign, which runs April 17-24, the STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on our highways to conduct extra seat belt enforcement and checkpoints. The extra manpower is being provided for this initiative by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which also helps fund extra DWI patrols…
Apr15

Slidell-area Couple Arrested on Narcotics Charges

A Slidell-area couple has been arrested on narcotics charges following a joint investigation between the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. On Wednesday (April 14) detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Marina Lane in Slidell after illegal drug use and the presence of firearms was reported…
Apr14

Slidell-area Man Arrested After Narcotics Found at Residence

A Slidell-area man was arrested this week after narcotics were located at his residence. Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division began investigating on March 31, after learning of suspected illegal narcotics distribution by Benjamin Davis (DOB 8/25/1995) at a residence in the 100 block of Southpark Drive of Slidell. With assistance from the Slidell Police Department, detectives concluded their investigation on April 7 with the execution of…
Apr10

STPSO Searching For Missing Covington Woman

**UPDATE**   Laura Thomas has been located and is currently being transported to a local-area hospital where she will be evaluated by medical personnel. The extent and severity of her injuries are unknown at this time.   Sheriff Randy Smith would like to ask for continued prayers for Laura and her family and would like to thank those members of the general public and witnesses who assisted in providing information.…
Apr09

STPSO Detectives Locate Drugs, Firearms While Looking for Missing Juvenile

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives located a cache of drugs and firearms while assisting members of the US Marshals, who were searching for a missing juvenile at a Slidell-residence Friday (April 9) morning. Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division, along with members of the US Marshals Service, went to a residence on Preachers Oak Lane in Slidell early Friday morning in an attempt to locate Robby…
Apr01

Two Individuals Wanted in Connection with Slidell-area Shooting

Warrants have been issued for two individuals who are wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred Wednesday (March 31) morning near Slidell.   Mikel Slack (DOB 3/17/2001) is wanted on two counts of L.R.S. 14:27/30.1 Attempted Second-degree Murder, and Lamani Allen (DOB 3/4/ 1999) is wanted on one count of L.R.S. 14:25/14:27/30.1 Accessory to Attempted Second-degree Murder.   St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1400 block…
Mar31

STPSO Working Shooting Incident Near Slidell

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently working a shooting incident which occurred in the 1400 block of Ellingsworth Drive near Slidell Wednesday (March 31) morning. At least one victim has been transported to a local area hospital, and the scene is secure at this time. The investigation is in the preliminary stages, and anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s…
Mar29

Meraux Man Arrested After Stolen/Fraudulent Checks Found During Traffic Stop

A Meraux man is back behind bars in St. Tammany Parish after an investigation following a routine traffic stop reveals more than 400 stolen/fraudulent checks valued at approximately $538,000.  Gregory Ward Jr. (DOB 7/14/1999) was stopped by a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy for speeding on January 25. During that traffic stop, Ward initially provided a fake name was found to be in possession of several checks, credit cards, and…
Mar21

STPSO Investigating Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

***Update***   Tristen Blake Sullivan (DOB 9/11/1991) of Franklinton has been arrested in connection with the fatal hit-and-run crash, which occurred late Saturday (March 20) night in Madisonville, La. Sullivan was taken into custody Wednesday (March 24) and will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges: (1 count) L.R.S.  14:100 C (3) Hit and Run Driving; Death or Serious Bodily Injury (1 count) L.R.S. 14:32…
Mar11

Woman Wanted in Slidell-area Murder

The St. Tammany Parish Sherriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a woman wanted in connection with a murder that occurred last weekend in the Slidell area. Sunday afternoon, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the 200 block of Brownswitch Road in Slidell, regarding a male who had been shot.  The subject was transported to a local hospital, and ultimately succumbed to his injuries…
Mar10

STPSO Receives National Award for Budget Document

Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to announce the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association for its Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. The national award represents a significant achievement by the agency and reflects the commitment of the agency and its staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.  In order to receive the budget award, the St. Tammany…
Mar09

STPSO Working Shooting in Slidell

***UPDATE***   The victim in this case has succumbed to his injuries and died.  The body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office who will conduct an autopsy and determine the cause and manner of death.   The investigation remains open/active and no additional information is available, at this time.    _____________________ The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently working a shooting incident which occurred…
Mar03

Homeowner from 2020 Home Invasion Arrested on Drug Charges

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested the homeowner following a December 2020 home invasion, after detectives located a large cache of drugs, cash and weapons inside the residence during the investigation. Recall on December 8, 2020, deputies were called to a residence in the 28000 block of Palmer Drive in reference to a shooting. The homeowner told deputies he shot at four men after the men entered his…
Mar03

STPSO Names Admin Deputy of the Year

Sheriff Randy Smith has named the 2020 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Administrative Deputy of the Year – Deputy Thu Huynh-Yee. Deputy Yee was hired in October 2011 as a Sales Tax Auditor for the Sales Tax Department.  In 2020, she was assigned the responsibility of training a new auditor following the retirement of a field training officer.  This position has not experienced much turnover over the years, and training for…
Mar01

Slidell Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

   Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division wrapped up an investigation last week with the arrest of a Slidell-area couple after locating $73,000 worth of meth at their residence. Detectives began investigating in 2020 after they were made aware of suspected illegal narcotics being distributed by William Anthony “Tony” Murray and his wife, Desiree Murray, who both resided on Pine Ranch Road in Slidell. With assistance from…
Feb26

Inmate Dies After Found Hanging in Cell

An inmate in the St. Tammany Parish Jail was found unresponsive by deputies after apparently hanging himself in his cell late Thursday (February 25) night. The inmate was found hanging at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the isolation cell where he was being held. Jail staff removed the ligature from the inmate’s neck, immediately began CPR and contacted medical personnel. Deputies continued life saving measures until an ambulance arrived. The inmate,…
Feb25

STPSO Surplus Auction Generates Record Sales

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office held its annual surplus auction last month, which resulted in record sales for the agency. Interested parties were able to register and bid on 378 lots/items online. Items consisted of a wide variety of vehicles, tools, furniture, kitchen equipment, computers, office supplies and other items. Auction lots were items from various divisions from within the STPSO, as well as items forfeited by seizure.  Auction…
Feb19

New Orleans Couple Arrested for Bank Fraud

A New Orleans couple turned themselves in Thursday (February 18) after seeing their photos on a wanted flyer which was posted earlier this month on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office social media pages. Marcel David Jr. (DOB 8/11/1978) and his girlfriend, Heidi Peterson (DOB 8/6/1978), were subsequently arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on warrants for 359 counts each of L.R.S. 14:71.1 Felony Bank Fraud. Between…
Feb18

STPSO Makes Arrest in String of Business Burglaries

 The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with several recent business burglaries.  Hien Ho (DOB 1/1/1973) of  Ponchatoula was arrested last week and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on nine counts of L.R.S. 14:62 Simple Burglary and one count of L.R.S. 14:27.62 Attempted Simple Burglary. Over the past few months, Ho targeted small businesses throughout St. Tammany Parish. He made forced entry through…
Feb14

STPSO Working Shooting Incident Near Folsom

**UPDATE**     The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has determined that a shooting incident which took place Sunday (February 14) afternoon near Folsom was the result of a negligent discharge.   A single, juvenile victim was transported to and released from a local-area hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.     An investigation into the incident revealed that five juvenile acquaintances were in a motor vehicle traveling and listening to music, when a passenger in the…
Feb11

STPSO Makes Residents Aware of Jury Duty Scam

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a "jury duty" phone scam.  Sheriff Randy Smith said Thursday (February 11) that his agency has received several reports about a caller telling people they face arrest because they missed jury duty. The caller tells people they can avoid arrest and begin the process of clearing the warrant, if they pay a fine. This is a scam. On at least…
Feb10

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, which is targeted at combatting impaired driving during the Mardi Gras season.  The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  Even though the floats…
Feb09

STPSO Narcotics Investigation Results in Three Arrests

     Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division wrapped up an investigation late last week with the arrest of three individuals. Detectives began investigating in late 2020 after they were made aware of suspected illegal narcotics distribution by Richard “Blake” Johnston and Stephen Arthur, who both resided on Crawford Road in Pearl River. On Feb 4, at the culmination of investigation, detectives executed a search warrant at Arthur’s…
Feb08

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith Continues to Invest in Technology to Advance Transparency and

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith announced today that his office has implemented additional technology to promote better transparency and accountability.  This follows an earlier commitment of over one million dollars towards body-worn cameras and evidence.com. This new technology, GovQA, is a premiere, government-focused software program that provides a central portal to track all Public Records Requests, and creates an interagency portal providing other outside agencies a secure and centralized…
Feb05

STPSO Names 2020 Corrections Deputy of the Year

Sheriff Randy Smith has named the 2020 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy of the Year – Deputy First Class Warren Farrell.  DFC Farrell has been with the STPSO Corrections Division for eight years and is a Field Training Officer. During his time working in the Corrections Division he has displayed a willingness to learn and advance his knowledge.  During the pandemic, DFC. Farrell has gone above and beyond…
Feb05

STPSO Arrests Individuals Wanted in Mississippi Drive-by Shooting

  Two individuals wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting which occurred recently in Pearl River County, Mississippi, were located near Slidell Thursday (February 4) and taken into custody. Shortly after noon on Thursday, an alert St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy observed a silver Pontiac GTO driving on Highway 11. The vehicle matched the description of one listed in connection with a drive-by shooting that recently occurred in Pearl County.…
Feb05

STPSO Participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other local law enforcement agencies in a coordinated effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities during the Carnival season. From February 5-16, 2021, additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers. The campaign, which is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, will also include DWI checkpoints. Remember that…
Feb04

STPSO Names 2020 Deputy of the Year

Sheriff Randy Smith has named the 2020 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year - Deputy First Class Sean Gowan. DFC Gowan was hired by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office as a deputy in the Criminal Patrol Division (District II) in October 2014. During his time in patrol, DFC Gowan served as an active Field Training Officer, mentoring many new recruits and was a member of the…
Jan29

Fontainebleau High Student Arrested For Terrorizing

A 15-year-old student from Fontainebleau High School was arrested Thursday evening (January 28) after bringing a weapon to the school campus.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted Thursday (January 28) evening, after school administrators were notified, after school hours that a student was seen earlier in the day with a weapon on the school campus. The 15 year-old student was subsequently arrested for L.R.S.  14:40.1 relative to Terrorizing…
Jan21

Warrants Issued for Arrest of Lacombe Woman on Bank Fraud Charges

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit wrapped up a year-long investigation this week by obtaining warrants for the arrest of a Lacombe woman on numerous bank fraud charges. Shania Dawn Obannon (DOB 12/12/1973) is wanted on warrants for 21 counts of L.R.S 14:71.1 Bank Fraud; one count of L.R.S. 14:67.B.3 Theft Between $1,000 and $5,000 and 14 counts of L.R.S. 14:67.B.4 Theft Under $1,000. She is currently…
Jan20

STPSO Releases 2020 Crime Stats

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith today (Jan. 20) released the 2020 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany Parish. (Please see attached charts) The agency continues to report a clearance rate of nearly twice the national average for violent crimes and more than two and half times the national average for non-violent crimes, reinforcing Sheriff Smith’s promise to hold criminals accountable for crimes committed in St. Tammany. “I am extremely…
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