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
Jan14

Speed, No Seatbelt Use Believed to be Factors in Fatal Crash

Speed and the lack of seatbelt use are both believed to be factors in a fatal crash that occurred near Covington early Tuesday (January 12) morning. At approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday a 31-year-old Florida man was driving westbound on Lowe Davis Road near Covington in a Toyota Tacoma when he lost control of the vehicle. The truck left the roadway and impacted the ditch before coming to rest after striking…
Jan08

Man Arrested for Sexual Battery Against Elderly Woman

A Slidell-area man was arrested Friday (January 8) on sexual battery charges after it was discovered he victimized his elderly neighbor on at least three occasions.  Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a Slidell area residence on Monday (January 4) in reference to a report of an 88-year-old woman with advanced Alzheimer's and dementia, who may have been sexually assaulted by one of her neighbors. The…
Dec21

STPSO Investigating After Man Found with Gunshot Wound in Lacombe Area

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in obtaining information about a shooting which occurred in the Lacombe area early Monday (December 21) morning. At approximately 2 a.m. Monday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the 26000 block of Jackson Street in Lacombe in reference to a white male who had sustained what appeared to be a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The call came shortly after the Sheriff’s…
Dec19

STSPO Investigating Fatal Crash

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash, which resulted in a fatality Friday night. The preliminary investigation by deputies revealed the crash occurred as a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado truck with Mississippi plates was traveling eastbound on Howard O’Berry Road in the Pearl River area when for unknown reasons the driver failed to negotiate the 90-degree turn onto Lester Road and crashed into several trees at approximately 7:10…
Dec16

Slidell-area Man Arrested Following Eight-hour SWAT Standoff

A Slidell-area man has been arrested after he fired upon a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s lieutenant who was patrolling in the man’s neighborhood Wednesday morning. Gerald Maxey (DOB 6/13/1947) was taken into custody without incident or injury shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday following a more than eight-hour standoff at his residence on John Drive in the River Gardens neighborhood near Slidell. Maxey barricade himself in his home shortly after 7 a.m.…
Dec16

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 holiday season.  The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  “We encourage everyone to make…
Dec16

SWAT Team on Scene in River Gardens

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s SWAT team is currently on scene in the River Gardens neighborhood near Slidell with a wanted individual who has barricaded himself inside a residence after firing upon a STPSO lieutenant who was patrolling in the area of John Drive and Peachtree Drive. The lieutenant’s vehicle was struck but the lieutenant was not injured. STPSO is asking residents to avoid the area at this time as…
Dec11

STPSO Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

From left, are Deputy Walker Ray, Deputy Pam Wrenn, DFC Christina Hilby, Deputy Penny Vance, DFC Eve Guthrie, DFC Karen Cederholm, Chief Deputy Jeffrey Boehm, Deputy Chief Tiffany Carrasco, Sheriff Randy Smith, Major Andrea Cossé, DFC Tonya Williams, Deputy Adryan Tresch, Corporal April Harberson, Deputy Kelli Moore, Captain Cynthia Bankston and DFC Jonie Fletschinger.   Sheriff Randy Smith is proud to announce that the Government Finance Officers Association of the…
Dec11

Cocaine Located During I-12 Traffic Stop

A traffic stop conducted on Interstate 12 eastbound resulted in the discovery of more than two pounds of powder cocaine. Shortly after 8pm Thursday (December 10) evening, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop near Covington on a silver Ford Fusion with a Florida license plate, after observing the vehicle commit a traffic violation. Deputies made contact with the driver and sole…
Dec09

Two Dead, Three Injured Following Lacombe-area Shooting

 *** SECOND UPDATE*** Renard Causey Sr. (DOB 1/1/1977) and Jason Leblanc (DOB 3/27/1998), both of Lacombe, have been released from area hospitals and have been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for two counts each of L.R.S. 14:30 First Degree Murder, one count each of L.R.S. 14:64 Armed Robbery and one count each of L.R.S. 14:62.8 Home Invasion related to their acts which resulted in the death of the other two co-perpetrators. …
Dec08

Ecstasy, Meth Located During I-12 Traffic Stop

An early Tuesday (December 8) morning traffic stop on Interstate 12 uncovered more than two and a half pounds of Ecstasy tablets and more than six pounds of methamphetamine. Shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a routine traffic stop near Mandeville on an eastbound silver Lexus IS3 with a Mississippi license plate after observing the vehicle commit a traffic…
Dec08

STPSO Investigating Lacombe-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting which occurred Tuesday (December 8) morning at a residence in the Lacombe area. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
Dec07

STPSO Gives Support as CAC Hope House Cuts Ribbon on Expansion

From left, are Covington Mayor Mark Johnson, Steve and Lucy Tujague with In Jesus’ Name Foundation, STPSO Chief Deputy Jeff Boehm, CAC Board Member Tony LeMon, CAC Executive Director Thomas Mitchell, Covington Police Chief Steve Culotta, Architect Michael Hunley, and Robin Gee and Jarred Meyer with BSD Construction.   Representatives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office were honored to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday (December 4) for the…
Dec04

Former STPSO Deputy Terminated and Arrested

A former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy is facing a misdemeanor battery charge following an investigation into an incident that occurred at the St. Tammany Parish Jail earlier this week. Justin Doles (DOB 7/4/1988) was issued a summons Friday (December 4) morning for one count of L.R.S. 14:35 Simple Battery (misdemeanor).  He was also found to be in violation of agency policy and procedure and was terminated. The arrest is…
Dec03

Senior Citizen Dinner Cancelled Due to Covid

Sheriff Randy Smith is saddened to announce the cancellation of this year’s Deputy Sheriff’s Association Senior Citizen Dinner, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year would have marked 32 years the St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff’s Association has hosted the annual event. More than 1,000 of our community’s senior citizens attend the event, which includes a holiday meal, music and dancing, each holiday season. Members of the Deputy Association met last…
Dec02

Biological Mother Arrested on Kidnapping Charge

A Metairie woman wanted for kidnapping her biological child Thanksgiving day turned herself into the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Wednesday (December 2) afternoon. Coreion Molette, will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of L.R.S. 14:44.2 Aggravated Kidnapping of a Child. The child’s custodial parents contacted the Sheriff’s Office Thanksgiving day after Molette showed up at a residence in the Lakeshore Villages Subdivision near Slidell…
Dec01

Property Tax Payers Urged to Utilize Alternative Payment Methods

St. Tammany residents are seeing their annual property tax bills arrive in the mail this week.  For some homeowners with a mortgage, payment of the bill will be handled automatically through their mortgage company.  For others, however, payment must be made directly by the individual.  Many of these residents opt to pay in-person at a Sheriff’s Office facility, but renewed Covid-19 restrictions affecting those sites present a unique challenge this…
Nov23

STPSO Participating in Click It or Ticket Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the National Click It or Ticket campaign over the Thanksgiving Holiday. As part of this national campaign, the STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on local highways to conduct extra seat belt enforcement and checkpoints during Thanksgiving week, November 23-29. The extra manpower is being provided for this initiative by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which also helps fund…
Nov20

Slidell-area Man Wanted in Connection with Shooting

A Slidell-area man is wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred Tuesday (November 17) night near Slidell. At approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Bluebird Street in reference to gunshots. The subsequent investigation revealed that a family dispute at a residence on Bluebird Street escalated into a fight, and numerous shots were fired at a vehicle occupied by two…
Nov19

STPSO Awarded Funding for Checkpoints, Underage Drinking Enforcement

As an ongoing commitment to keeping our roadways safe, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $167,750 grant by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to be utilized as part of the statewide Fatal and Injury Crash Reduction Effort. The primary objective of this effort is to reduce fatal and injury crashes on Louisiana roadways, and funds will be used to supply additional manpower to conduct extra seat…
Nov18

One Dead, One Injured Following Alton-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting which occurred Tuesday (November 17) evening in the Alton area. At approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 62000 block of N. 16th Street in reference to a shooting. One individual was pronounced dead on scene and another individual was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The body of the deceased was turned…
Nov17

STPSO Investigating Alton-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in the Alton area near Slidell that has left one individual dead and another injured. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.  
Nov16

Arrest Made Following Slidell-area Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sherriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Monday (November 16) morning near Slidell. STPSO deputies were dispatched to a gas station near the intersection of U.S. Highway 11 and Powell Drive at approximately 7 a.m. Monday after a customer reported he had been robbed at gunpoint while leaving the store. The victim told deputies a man who was…
Nov13

Sun Clerk Arrested for Theft, Malfeasance

The head clerk for the Village of Sun was arrested Friday (November 13) for theft and malfeasance in office after it was discovered she stole more than $4,000 of village funds.  On August 15, 2020, William Talley, the mayor of the Village of Sun, discovered evidence of embezzlement from the village’s finances.  The village conducted an internal investigation and determined the village’s head clerk, Virginia Marie Bays (DOB 5/27/1959), had systematically…
Nov13

Mandeville Business Owner Faces More Fraud Charges

More charges have been added for the owner of a Mandeville-are interior design company. Back in February 2020, St. Tammany Parish Financial Crimes Investigators arrested Danielle Matherne Gaspard, owner of Belissimo Interior Design Build, for six counts of felony theft.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating Gaspard in early February after numerous residents reported they had paid her money to complete jobs which were either not started or not…
Nov13

Cocaine Located During Traffic Stop on I-12

Nearly 50 pounds of cocaine was located Thursday (November 12) during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 12. At approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Ford F150 that was eastbound on I-12 near Lacombe. The driver of the truck, which was registered out of Florida, was identified as Sergio Pereyra (DOB 5/31/1999), and the passenger was identified as…
Nov10

Operator of Animal Rescue Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

The operator of a Pearl River-area dog rescue was arrested Monday (November 9) on animal cruelty charges. Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies accompanied employees with St. Tammany Parish Animal Control to a residence in the 39000 block of West Porters Road in Pearl River.  Upon arriving at the residence, deputies found 45 greyhounds living inside the home. The dogs were found covered in urine and feces,…
Nov09

STPSO Employees Support Local Food Banks, Breast Cancer Research

Pictured with Sheriff Randy Smith, are Yvette Roussel, development director for the Northshore Food Bank; and Raul Stich, food bank coordinator for the Samaritan Center.   Through the St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff’s Association, STPSO employees donated checks for more than $500 each to the Northshore Food Bank and the Samaritan Center thanks to the success of the annual Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree held October 30. The money collected is in…
Nov07

STPSO Investigating Fatal Vehicle Crash

Shortly before 10 p.m. Friday night, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a fatal vehicle crash in the 74000 block of Downs Avenue near Abita Springs. A Hyundai sedan was traveling on Downs Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The sedan exited the roadway and struck a culvert. The occupants of the vehicle,  a 24-year-old Abita Springs man and a 24-year-old Franklinton…
Nov04

Arrest Made After Narcotics Located During Traffic Stop

A Nevada resident was arrested Tuesday after illegal narcotics were located hidden inside his vehicle during a traffic stop near Covington. At approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday (November 3) deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a routine traffic stop on a white Nissan Altima that was headed eastbound on Interstate 12. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Sirtevin M. Moore (DOB 5/19/1993) of Las…
Oct24

Arrest Made in Wilson Road Murder

***Update*** The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a second individual in connection with the murder of Everett Wayne Finely. Melissa Smith (DOB 2/26/1996), was arrested Saturday (October 24 morning at a residence in Waynesboro, Mississippi. She was booked into the Wayne County Jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish. She is currently en route to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where she will be booked on…
Oct23

Former Slidell Pastor Arrested on Warrants for Molestation

The former pastor of a Slidell-area church was booked Thursday (October 22) night into a Georgia jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish, after detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for his arrest on molestation charges. An investigation into claims Patrick Wattigny had sexually abused a minor in 2013 while serving as pastor of St. Luke’s Church in Slidell, culminated Thursday with the St.…
Oct22

Deputy Finds Makings of Grow Operation While Investigating Suspicious Vehicle

While investigating a suspicious vehicle in the Lacombe area Wednesday (October 21) night, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located the makings of a marijuana grow operation. A deputy was conducting routine patrols on Bremermann Road in Lacombe when he observed a suspicious vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Raymond Justice DOB 9/13/1998) of Bradenton, Florida, told deputies he was travelling to Florida from California.  Inside the vehicle, the deputies located 170…
Oct22

Connecticut Man Arrested After Heroin Found Hidden in his Vehicle

A Connecticut man was arrested Wednesday (October 21) by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after he was caught attempting to transport heroin through the parish. At approximately noon on Wednesday, a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country after observing the vehicle swerve while driving northbound on Interstate 59 near Slidell. During the traffic stop,…
Oct19

STPSO Participating in National Drug Take Back Initiative Saturday

This Saturday, October 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 pills for disposal to the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road in Slidell; to the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd. in Covington: or to Lakeview Regional…
Oct15

K9 Deputy Thor Retires After Eight Years of Service

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is honored to announce the retirement of K-9 Deputy Thor, effective Oct. 15, 2020. K9 Deputy Thor began his career with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in December of 2012 and provided eight years of dedicated service to the men and women of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of St. Tammany.  He worked as a dual-purpose canine, and was…
Oct12

STPSO Sex Offender Division Receives Grant

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Sex Offender Registry Division is a recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking.   The $129,202 grant will be funded through the Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. The money will allow the agency to upgrade technology and hire an additional person to help handle the increasing workload of the division. …
Oct09

Folsom-area Couple Arrested After Burglarizing Local Church

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Folsom-area couple after they burglarized a local church. On October 4, the pastor of a small rural church on Hay Hollow Road near Folsom contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to report the church building had been burglarized sometime during the previous week, and someone had stolen several pieces of music equipment. During the investigations, STPSO detectives learned a similar…
Oct05

Covington-area Man Wanted Following Lacombe Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Covington-area man who is wanted following a shooting that occurred Sunday (October 4) night in the Lacombe area. At approximately 10:00 p.m. Sunday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 25000 block of West Spruce Street in Lacombe in reference to a shooting. Responding deputies located two males with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victims told deputies an acquaintance,…
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