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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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.  …
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…
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