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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Jan23

Human Remains Found Near Slidell

What appeared to be human remains were discovered by a Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) work crew Tuesday (January 22) adjacent to Interstate 10 near Slidell. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an area near I-10 between Gause Boulevard and the I-10/I-12/I-59 split at approximately 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in response to a badly decomposed human body being located under an interstate bridge.  Workers with LADOTD were…
Jan23

Two Arrested, Two Sought in String of Vehicle Burglaries

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified four subjects responsible for a recent string of vehicle burglaries that occurred on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Madisonville/Covington area, two of which are in custody at this time. All four suspects are from the Hammond area. At least 18 unlocked vehicles were burglarized on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in the subdivisions of Shady Oaks, Myrtle Grove, Beau Arbre,…
Jan16

STPSO Releases 2018 Crime Stats

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office today (Jan. 16) released the 2018 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany, showing a continued decrease in crime and a continued above average solve rate.  Crime is down in unincorporated St. Tammany, including homicides. In early 2018, Sheriff Randy Smith reported crime stats for 2017, which included 17 homicides. This was the first year since 2007 for the parish to see a homicide rate…
Jan09

Arrests Made for Vehicle Burglaries at Slidell-area Condo Complex

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested three individuals after they were caught burglarizing vehicles Tuesday morning (Jan. 8) at a condominium complex near Slidell. Deputies were dispatched to a condominium complex located off Airport Rd. in Slidell, shortly after 4:30 a.m. after a resident called to report his vehicles had been burglarized and he had seen suspicious individuals walking around the neighborhood. Upon arrival, deputies established a perimeter around the…
Jan07

Man Arrested for Aggravated Burglary After Incident at Slidell-area Motel

A man was arrested Sunday (Jan. 6) after he robbed and battered his ex-girlfriend in a Slidell-area motel room before fleeing from authorities. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a motel on Yaupon Drive in Slidell shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday after a female occupant reported her ex-boyfriend, Kevin Martin (DOB 12/9/1996), had forced his way into her room, battered her and stole her wallet, which contained an…
Jan04

Drugs, Money Located During Search of Slidell-area Apartment

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force have arrested two individuals after a large amount of drugs and money were located at a Slidell-area apartment.   As part of an investigation that began with a citizen tip, task force members conducted a search warrant at an apartment on Brownswitch Road Thursday (Jan. 3) evening.   While searching the residence, detectives located and seized approximately seven and a…
Jan02

Man Arrested After Illegally Discharging Firearm from Moving Vehicle

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Denham Springs man after he fired a weapon from a moving vehicle on Saturday.  At approximately 1:00 p.m. (Dec. 29) St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies received a complaint of an individual driving a red, Toyota pickup truck observed discharging multiple rounds from a firearm, into the air, while driving east along Interstate 12 near Covington.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies quickly intercepted…
Dec26

Slidell Man Arrested for Armed Robbery

A Slidell man was arrested over the holiday weekend after he robbed another man at gunpoint at an apartment on Browns Village Road. The victim flagged down a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 to report that he had just been robbed.  He told the deputy he had had made arrangements to meet up with an acquaintance at an apartment off Browns Village Road…
Dec19

Livingston Work Release Inmate Arrested for Home Invasion in St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called Tuesday afternoon to the area of East Elm Street in Lacombe, LA after a woman’s estranged husband forced his way into a residence where she and her child were staying. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 18), Keith Bickham (DOB 7/28/1985) arrived at a Lacombe-area home where he forced his way inside of a residence and pushed the victim to the floor.  Bickham…
Dec18

Man Robbed at Gunpoint after Meeting Woman from Online Dating Site

Two people are behind bars after they used an online dating site to set up a meeting and then robbed a man near Slidell earlier this month. Heather Tuttle (DOB 5/01/1986) of Slidell and Michael Smith (DOB 11/13/1983) of Sumrall, MS, have been arrested on warrants for one count each of L.R.S. 14:64 Armed Robbery and L.R.S. 14:70.4 Access Device Fraud following an armed robbery that occurred the morning of…
Dec18

Slidell Man Arrested for Robbery that Occurred at Lacombe Residence

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred earlier this month in the Lacombe area. Jonathan Joseph Gabriel (DOB 11/15/ 1977) of Slidell was arrested by STPSO Detectives late December 17 at the Slidell Police Department, where he was being questioned on a separate armed robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction. While in the custody of Slidell Police, Gabriel…
Dec13

Heroin Seized During St. Tammany Traffic Stop

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 8.6 pounds of black tar heroin during a traffic stop this week. On Wednesday (Dec. 12) members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling into St. Tammany Parish after observing the driver commit a traffic violation.   The driver of the vehicle identified as Gabriela Gonzalez (DOB 06/14/1979) of Houston, and…
Dec12

Juveniles Arrested for Burglarizing Vehicles in Madisonville Area

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested four juveniles in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred last month in the Madisonville area. Several unlocked vehicles were burglarized during the month of November in the subdivisions of Kathman Acres, Village at Bocage, Twin Pines and Fairfield Oaks. On Dec. 6, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division arrested three Madisonville-area juveniles in connection with those burglaries. The three…
Dec12

STPSO Now Dispatching for Covington Police

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith and Interim Covington Police Chief Stephen Culotta announced that beginning today (Dec. 12) all 911 calls made to Covington Police will be answered and handled by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Communications Division. In an effort to improve efficiency and reduce the duplication of services, STPSO dispatchers, in addition to answering calls originating from unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, will now answer calls originating from…
Dec10

Arrest Made in Slidell-area Hit and Run

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell man in a hit and run incident that occurred Friday evening. At approximately 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Airport Road and Tiara Drive in Slidell in reference to a man who had been struck by a vehicle. Responding deputies located an unresponsive male laying on the shoulder of the roadway. He was…
Dec10

Missing boy located

With the assistance of other agencies and the public, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office have located a missing 10-year-old boy. Nicholas Olano Jr. was reported missing the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, after he ran away from a facility in the Mandeville area. STPSO deputies began immediately searching the area. That search included the use of the STPSO helicopter, Louisiana State Police helicopter, STPSO K-9s, K-9s from B.B. Rayburn…
Dec04

STPSO Seizes $367,680 During Traffic Stop

      The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office seized $367,680 in drug money during a traffic stop over the weekend.  On Saturday (Dec. 1) members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling into St. Tammany Parish.    With the assistance of K-9 Echo, deputies searched the vehicle and discovered a hidden compartment built into the floor.   Located inside the…
Nov30

Acadian Ambulance Donates K-9 Trauma Kits to STPSO

Acadian Ambulance Service has donated seven K-9 field trauma kits to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.    The trauma kits will help handlers provide first aid to their K-9 partners, in case of any immediate medical emergencies they may encounter while on duty.   Each kit comes in a tactical-style bag that can be attached to the handler’s uniform and contains dual purpose items that can be used to treat…
Nov30

Mississippi Man Arrested After Cutting Cousin During Altercation

A Mississippi man was arrested Thursday (Nov. 29) after he cut his cousin with a knife while the two were passengers in a vehicle that was travelling in the Covington area. The driver of the vehicle called 911 shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday to report one of her passengers was injured during an altercation that occurred inside her vehicle while she was merging onto Interstate 12 from U.S. Highway 190.…
Nov29

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith States “We Cleaned Up Quite a Mess”

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith States “We Cleaned Up Quite a Mess” Referring to Past Practices  Revealed in Federal Charges of Former Deputies Under Jack Strain In the aftermath of two former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies being charged federally, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith made known his ill-feelings toward practices in the department that he ended. Said Smith, “We cleaned up quite a mess.  St. Tammany taxpayers…
Nov27

Narcotics, Guns Located During Search at Slidell-area Home

A Slidell-area couple was arrested on a long list of charges after narcotics and firearms were located when their home was searched as part of an ongoing investigation. Detectives assigned to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant last month at a residence on Shockley Drive in the Slidell area. While searching the home, detectives discovered a wide array of illegal narcotics, including 19…
Nov21

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 and do not have a designated driver or are unable to arrange for a ride home, can call the STPSO at 985-898-2338 to request a ride from a deputy, without cost or penalty.…
Nov13

STPSO and OHN Announce Cost-Saving HealthCare Partnership Blue Connect Product Launched November 1

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STPSO) and Ochsner Health Network (OHN) are pleased to announce the launch of the Blue Connect Network for STPSO employees. OHN and STPSO developed a partnership that reduces healthcare costs for services sought at Ochsner Health System (OHS) facilities, including its partner hospitals, Slidell Memorial Hospital (SMH) and St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH). STPSO is reinvesting savings garnered through the partnership to offset the cost of healthcare for employee dependents and to support…
Nov12

Slidell Woman Arrested After Niece Shoots Herself in the Hand

A Slidell woman was arrested Monday (Nov. 12) after a child she was caring for shot herself in the hand.   St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a local hospital shortly after 10 a.m. Monday in reference to a four-year-old who had shot herself in the hand at a residence on Parkline Boulevard in the Slidell area.   Fredrica Lee (DOB 11/7/1993) told deputies she was caring for…
Nov10

One Arrested, One Dead Following Tragic Hunting Accident

A  Pearl River man has been charged with negligent homicide following a hunting accident that occurred Saturday morning (Nov. 10) in the Honey Island Swamp. Shortly after 8 a.m. deputies with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Honey Island Swamp in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in reference to man who had been shot by another hunter. The victim, a 23-year-old Pearl River man, and his…
Nov09

Slidell-area Man Arrested after Shooting Adult Son in Hand

A Slidell area man was arrested Friday (November 9) after he shot his adult son in the hand outside of the residence where they both lived.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence on Queen Anne Drive in the Slidell-area shortly before 4 p.m.   William Hubbard III (DOB 4/7/1961) and his son had been arguing outside of their Slidell-area home when…
Nov09

Man Arrested After Incident at Mandeville-area Establishment

A Mandeville-area man was arrested Thursday evening (Nov. 8) after he fought with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies who were attempting to detain him following an incident at a local restaurant. One of the deputies was injured during the struggle and required medical treatment. Management at a Mandeville-area restaurant called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at approximately 6:15 p.m. Thursday in reference to an intoxicated man who had punched…
Oct25

Reported Road Rage Incident Uncovers Stolen Vehicle, Stolen Firearm and Narcotics

An investigation into a reported “road rage” incident in the Slidell area resulted in the recovery of a vehicle reported stolen out of New Orleans, a firearm reported stolen out of Jefferson Parish and narcotics. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday (October 23) a deputy assigned to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division was responding to a report of a “road rage” incident involving a firearm on I-59 South near…
Oct19

STPSO Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Simunition Shoot House

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday (October 18) at the agency’s new simunition shoot house.  SEE VIDEO The purpose of the shoot house is to offer training to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s personnel and specialized units for urban entry techniques and tactics in both residential and business settings.   Agency personnel will also be able to use the facility to better train for potential…
Oct18

Caretaker of Special Needs Adult Arrested for Cruelty

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mandeville woman Wednesday (October 17) after it was discovered she had been mistreating a special needs adult that was in her care. Donna Retif (DOB 1/3/1965), a personal care assistant, was hired to care for a 32-year-old female, who is non-verbal and suffers from a genetic disorder which causes developmental disabilities and neurological problems. She had worked for the family for the…
Oct18

NHS Student Arrested for Terrorizing

A 16-year-old student at Northshore High School was arrested on terrorizing charges and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center late Wednesday night (October 17).   A parent contacted Slidell Police after they were made aware that the teen had sent text messages to other students referencing guns and his plans to harm another student.  When it was discovered the teen lived outside of city limits, Slidell Police turned the…
Oct12

St. Tammany Jail Employee Arrested for Injuring Public Records

An employee at the St. Tammany Parish Jail was fired and arrested Friday afternoon after it was discovered he forged an inmate’s signature on official documents. On October 7, a Sheriff’s Office employee discovered a discrepancy with an inmate’s signature on a bond form. The deputy who discovered the document came forward and reported the discrepancy to supervisors. An internal investigation was immediately launched to determine if there were any…
Oct11

Slidell Woman Arrested After Baby Found Unresponsive in Bathtub

A Slidell-area woman has been arrested after her 11-month-old son was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub, earlier this month. Nancy Goodale was arrested Wednesday (Oct. 10) after it was discovered she was under the influence and impaired, when she left her 11-month-old son in a bathtub with the water running, during the early morning hours of Oct. 1. Goodale told responding deputies she was bathing the baby…
Oct10

National Night Out to be held Oct. 16

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will join other South Louisiana law enforcement agencies in celebrating National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Numerous National Night Out parties will be hosted throughout unincorporated St. Tammany Parish. National Night Out is a nationwide crime prevention event. Traditionally, the event is held during the month of August, but due to the extreme heat, some areas of the country, many…
Oct02

Covington Man Arrested for Abuse of Five-Week-Old Son

A Covington-area man has been arrested after his five-week-old son was found with injuries consistent with abuse. Shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Thursday (September 27), Timothy Noel (DOB 7/9/1993) called 911 to report that his newborn son had stopped breathing, and started vomiting and bleeding from the mouth, while he was feeding him. The father was home alone with the infant at the time.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies…
Sep28

Man Arrested on Attempted Rape Charges after Early Release from Angola

A man recently released from Angola is back behind bars after he broke into a woman’s house while she was sleeping. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an Alton-area residence, just outside of Pearl River, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 28) after a woman called 911 to report there was a man inside her home. The man was attempting to make entry into her bedroom where she had…
Sep27

STPSO Investigating Single Vehicle Fatality

Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division are investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred today (Thursday). At approximately 2:15 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal car crash on Fish Hatchery Rd., near Lacombe, LA. The preliminary investigation has revealed the vehicle, a 2005 Honda Accord, was travelling south on Fish Hatchery road when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a…
Sep27

Sheriff Smith Reveals Undercover Operation in Covington that Led to 22 Arrests on Drug Charges

In a press conference today, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith revealed that his Narcotics Task Force successfully conducted an undercover operation in the West 30s neighborhood of Covington that led to 22 arrests of men and women charged with drug related offenses. (see below) “We were asked by community leaders in June of this year to intervene and help remove a dangerous element from this North Covington neighborhood,” Sheriff…
Sep25

Arrest Made Following Robbery at Slidell-area Convenience Store

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a robbery that occurred earlier this month at a Slidell-area convenience store.  Shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday, September 16, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Highway 190 West after an employee reported a man entered the store and demanded all the money from the register.  The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of…
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.  …
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