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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Dec02

Swat Team Takes Mandeville Man into Custody

***Swat Team Takes man into Custody During a Search Warrant in the Mandeville Area*** On November 30, 2021, a Mandeville man, who was known to have extensive violent criminal history, was taken into custody by the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics team. This incident took place in the 21000 block of Firetower Road in Mandeville. At approximately 0900 hours, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations…
Nov16

I-12 Traffic Stop Uncovers Large Quality of Marijuana

A traffic stop on Interstate 12 yielded a large quantity of marijuana and cash Sunday (November 14) night. At Approximately 9 p.m. Sunday, a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a red 2015 Chevrolet Silverado with a Texas license plate, on Interstate 12 Eastbound just west of the Highway 1088 exit.  The driver and sole occupant of the truck, Jorge Valeriano…
Nov16

Man Wanted for Mandeville-area Armed Robbery Arrested in Florida

A Florida man who robbed a Mandeville-area gas station this past summer was located Tuesday (November 16) morning by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Florida and taken into custody. In June, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office posted a BOLO on its social media pages asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual who robbed a Mandeville-area gas station at gunpoint.  The ongoing investigation into the robbery led STPSO detectives…
Nov10

18-year-old Arrested on Rape Charges

Victims Targeted Through Social Media, Mutual Acquaintances The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested an 18-year-old on rape charges.  Detectives have identified three victims, ranging in age from 11 to 13, which the subject targeted through mutual acquaintances and via the popular social media application – Snapchat.  In November 2020, the STPSO Special Victims Unit Detectives began an investigation of the sexual assault of an 11-year-old.  As part of that…
Nov09

Sheriff Smith Issues Statement on Strain Verdict

“I am very pleased to see our court system work as it is designed to and justice to be achieved for the victims. The verdict delivered last night proved that no one is above the law,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I have worked hard, along with my administration, over the past five years to rebuild the public’s trust. From day one as Sheriff, I have worked with Federal and State…
Nov04

Man Wanted for New Orleans Murder Arrested in St. Tammany following Pursuit

A man wanted by New Orleans Police on murder charges was arrested early Thursday (November 4) morning following a high-speed vehicle pursuit that ended in St. Tammany Parish.     Early Thursday morning, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified that Hancock County Miss., deputies were in pursuit of a stolen beige 2006 Toyota Highlander on Interstate 10 Westbound.   STSPO deputies joined the pursuit at the state line, and…
Oct31

St. Rose Man Arrested on Multiple Narcotics charges after Brief Pursuit

  A St. Rose man was arrested early Saturday (October 30) morning,  on multiple narcotics charges, following a brief pursuit in St. Tammany Parish. At approximately 1:00 am this morning, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a black 2014 Mercedes C63 AMG, while traveling on Interstate 12. The driver refused to stop and fled the police. A brief pursuit ensued and ended on…
Oct26

Baton Rouge Man Arrested on Assault, Battery Charges

A Baton Rouge man has been arrested on assault and battery charges after he held a gun to his girlfriend’s head and threatened to kill her Tuesday (October 26) evening in St. Tammany Parish. At approximately 4:30 pm Tuesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched in reference to a couple who got into an altercation, which turned physical, while driving through St. Tammany Parish. Responding deputies learned the male…
Oct22

Lacombe Teen Arrested After Threatening to Shoot School

A Lacombe-area juvenile has been arrested after he threatened to “shoot up” his school. Friday (October 22) morning, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were notified of threats made via Snapchat in reference to a student planning to shoot up Monteleone Junior High. Working together with school officials, the STPSO School Resource Officer assigned to the school was able to quickly identify the student who made the threats and determine that…
Oct19

STPSO Participating in National Drug Take Back Day Saturday

This Saturday, October 23, 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 at 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell, or the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington. Tablets,…
Oct18

STPSO Investigation Slidell-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting which occurred at a Slidell-area apartment complex early Monday (October 18) morning.  At approximately 1 a.m. Monday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the Lakeshore Apartments after a resident there reported an unknown armed man entered his apartment and began shooting, striking him once in the shoulder area.  The victim told deputies he armed himself with a gun, at which time…
Oct12

Four Arrested Following Pursuit Which Ended in Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested four individuals early Tuesday (October 12) morning after they crashed near Slidell following a pursuit that crossed over into St. Tammany from Mississippi. At approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was called to assist deputies from Hancock County Mississippi, after a vehicle they were pursuing in reference to several burglaries, crossed the state line into St. Tammany Parish.  Deputies responded to the…
Oct07

STPSO Detective Released After Seven Weeks in Hospital with Covid

Several members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Investigative Division paid a visit to one of their own today. Chris Morgan, an STPSO Property Crimes detective, was released Tuesday, October 5, after seven long weeks in an area hospital, where he was battling the effects of Covid-19.   Detective Morgan spent much of that time 100 percent relying on a ventilator to breath.  Thanks to prayers and excellent medical care, Detective…
Oct05

Bush Man Arrested for Sex Crimes

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Bush man for sexual battery and molestation of a juvenile Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Early Tuesday morning St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested 52 year old Jeffery Davis on warrants for the above listed charges. He was picked up at his residence in the 28000 Block of Highway 40, and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center. The charges stem…
Oct04

UPDATE—STPSO investigating incident that occurred at Covington Academy Sports

*** UPDATE – Arrest Made Following Incident at Academy*** Deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office located Andrew Barbazon in Natalbany Wednesday (October 6) afternoon. He was taken into custody and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail as a fugitive. Sheriff Randy Smith thanks the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for its assistance in locating Barbazon. “I cannot thank Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the men and women of the Tangipahoa Parish…
Oct03

STPSO investigating incident that occurred at Covington Academy Sports

  Shortly after 9:00 am Saturday, October 2, 2021, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Academy Sports and Outdoors, located at 7205 Pinnacle Parkway in Covington, after a female reported a white male, armed with a rifle, stole her truck.   Deputies arrived at the store within minutes and began investigating the incident. After deputies reviewed video footage from the store, it was learned the unknown white male…
Oct01

STPSO to Participate in National Night Out Tuesday

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 5. Numerous National Night Out parties will be hosted throughout unincorporated St. Tammany Parish. National Night Out is a nation-wide crime prevention event. The night is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts and unite our communities. It is a great…
Sep27

Narcotics Investigations Results in Six Arrests

A lengthy Slidell-area narcotics investigation concluded with the arrest of six individuals last week. Following a months-long investigation, members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division, with the assistance of members of the STPSO Special Operations Division, K9 Division, Major Crimes Unit and Criminal Patrol Division, executed search warrants Friday (September 24) at two Slidell-area residences. At the homes, which were located in the 37000 block of Ben…
Sep22

UPDATE - Arrest Made in Fatal Crash

***UPDATE - Arrest Made in Fatal Crash*** Following an extensive investigation, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested the 16-year-old driver in connection with this fatal crash. She has been arrested on the following charges and booked into the Florida Parish’s Juvenile Detention Center: Two Counts of Vehicular Homicide/Driving Under the Influence - Felony One Count of First Degree Vehicular Injuring- Felony  One Count of Operating  a Vehicle While Intoxicated…
Sep21

STPSO to Participate in National Night Out October 5

On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will be participating in National Night Out Against Crime. If your neighborhood is planning on having an event, STPSO would love to attend it; therefore, please register your event by September 30. Click here to register your event.  National Night Out is a nationwide crime prevention event. The night is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in…
Sep21

Florida Man Arrested in St. Tammany After Kidnapping Girlfriend

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Florida man after he kidnapped his girlfriend at knifepoint and drove her from Largo, Florida to Covington. A concerned motorist called 911 Sunday afternoon after she observed a woman who appeared to be in distress, riding in the backseat of a vehicle, which was traveling on Highway 190 in Covington. Shortly thereafter, deputies received a call from the woman herself, who…
Sep19

Two Slidell-area Men Arrested After STPSO Deputies Catch Them in The Act at Local Car Dealership

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies apprehended two Slidell area men today at local car dealerships near Howze Beach road in Slidell. Deputies located Daniel Brown (w/m 10/19/86) in the parking lot of a car dealership, and then located Michael Halstead (w/m 5/29/82) inside a pickup truck in a separate nearby car dealership. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered multiple vehicles at three different dealerships had been entered and rummaged through. STPSO…
Sep16

Female Arrested After Attempting to Smuggle Drugs to Male Inmate in STPSO Jail

An approximate month-long investigation by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail Investigators has resulted in the arrest of two people. Kayla Ann Leary (W/F 05/28/1988), was arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs into the parish jail through the facility’s mailroom. The investigation also culminated in the arrest of an inmate, Kevin Corr (W/M 06/23/1995), who conspired with Leary to introduce the narcotics into the penal institution. Both subjects were charged…
Sep13

UPDATE – Alligator Suspected of Attacking Slidell Man Captured

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies with the Special Operation Division, along with U. S. and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents, captured a 12 foot long alligator, weighing a startling 504 pounds in the area of Avery Estates. It was near the location where Timothy Satterlee Sr. went missing on Monday, August 30, 2021, one day after Hurricane Ida hit South Louisiana, creating destruction across the region. Sheriff Smith vowed from…
Sep06

Road Closure for Powerline Repairs

Sheriff Randy Smith wants residents to be aware of a scheduled road closure which will begin Tuesday, September 7, as the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to work with crews as they complete necessary repairs to powerlines damaged during Hurricane Ida. CLECO has notified the Sheriff’s Office of the need to completely block off Riverside Drive off U.S. Highway 190 near Covington beginning Tuesday, September 7, in order to…
Aug30

STPSO Investigating After Apparent Alligator Attack

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an apparent alligator attack, which occurred around midday Monday (August 30). At approximately noon Monday a resident in Avery Estates off Highway 90 in Slidell contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after her 71-year-old husband was attacked and apparently killed by an alligator while walking in flood waters following Hurricane Ida. She told deputies she was inside her residence when…
Aug27

Sheriff Smith Asking Residents to Prepare Now for Storm

As St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office prepares Friday for the approach of what is expected to be Hurricane Ida, Sheriff Randy Smith is asking for residents to do the same.   Sheriff Randy Smith met Friday morning with his executive staff in preparation for the storm, while members of the Operations Division mobilized high water rescue vehicles on both the east and west sides of the parish in preparation for…
Aug25

Slidell-area Man Arrested for Having Sex with Animals

A Slidell-area man has been arrested after it was discovered he engaged in sexually abusive behavior with animals. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Ord Starling (DOB 6/27/1969) Wednesday (August 25) on 32 counts of Sexual Abuse of Animals. Detectives began investigating Starling after a complaint was made into his possible inappropriate behavior involving animals.  A search warrant executed at his Victoria Way residence resulted in the discovery of numerous images and videos of animals being sexually…
Aug23

FBI Agent Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

An employee with the New Orleans FBI Field Office was arrested Sunday (August 22) after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to her Slidell-area residence. Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday night, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in Clipper Estates after a resident at the home called 911. Upon arrival, deputies learned Amberly Boyle (DOB 10/18/1977), an agent with the FBI New Orleans Office, had got into an…
Aug23

SWAT arrests subject after hostage situation

On Saturday, August 21, 2021, shortly before 7:00 pm, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office responded to 160 Grand Lake Drive, Covington, La, in reference to reported possible hostage situation. A male called and reported his son lived at the stated address, was suspected to be off his medication, and possibly holding a female against her will. Upon arrival, deputies attempted to safely make contact with someone, but instead observed…
Aug20

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 impaired driving fatalities during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. As part of the state-wide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs August 20 through September 6, additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers. The campaign, which is coordinated and funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety…
Aug19

Sheriff Smith wants to warn the public about a Scam

Sheriff Randy Smith wants to warn the public of a scam victimizing local residents. Unknown person(s) are contacting local residents via telephone and threatening them into sending money in lieu of being arrested. Often, the unknown perpetrators portray themselves to be with a local police agency, and have even impersonated members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. To make matters worse, a Spoof App is often used, making it…
Aug14

STPSO Looking for Missing Special Needs Child

***UPDATE *** St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies with the Special Operation Division recovered the body of 10 year old, Avani Cook, at approximately 730 this evening. The young girl was located in a near – by pond. The preliminary investigation indicates, for unknown reasons, the 10 year old walked to the area of the pond and entered it before drowning. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office responded to the scene…
Aug06

Driver Fleeing from One Crash Causes Another

A Slidell man is facing hit-and-run charges after he fled from one crash as St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were pulling up, and ultimately caused a second crash. At approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday (Aug.6) two deputies with the STPSO Traffic Division were driving on U.S. Highway 190 when they observed two vehicles on the side of the roadway near Louis Prima Drive. One of the motorists appeared to be irate,…
Aug05

Sheriff Smith attends Ribbon Cutting for local Mental Health Center

On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, Sheriff Randy Smith was honored to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the NESS Center in Mandeville. The NESS Center is located at the Northlake Behavioral Health System on U.S. Highway 190 in Mandeville. It is a comprehensive outpatient clinic providing various treatments for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse disorders. The center has a team of licensed healthcare professionals who…
Aug04

Investigation Into Fatal Crash Continues

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies are continuing the investigation into the late-night crash that claimed the lives of two teenagers on Guste Island Road near Madisonville. While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, members of the STPSO Traffic Division believe the 2019 white Honda civic was traveling southbound on Guste Island Road shortly after midnight Wednesday (Aug. 4) morning at a high rate of speed when it…
Aug04

STPSO Investigating Fatal Crash in Madisonville Area

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a single vehicle crash, which occurred shortly after midnight Wednesday (August 4) on Guste Island Road near Madisonville. The vehicle involved was occupied by four individuals at the time of the crash. Two of those individuals have been pronounced dead, and the remaining two have been transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. All parties are believed to be…
Aug03

Abita Springs-area Man Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

An Abita Springs-area man was arrested last week on animal cruelty charges after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies observed a malnourished dog and her puppies at a residence on McIntyre Road. Deputies were responding to a “keep the peace” call Thursday (July 29) at a residence in the 74000 block of McIntyre Road near Abita Springs in reference to a property dispute among family members, when they observed a female…
Aug02

St. Tammany Parish Jail Covid – 19 Status and Preparedness

As of today, Monday, August 2, 2021, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to provide the following information as it relates to the current status of Covid – 19 in the parish jail and the efforts being made to properly care for the inmates and employees working in the facility. Sheriff Smith and his staff have made concerted efforts to maintain a clean and healthy environment within the…
Jul27

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy honored with State-wide Award

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Deputy First Class Dylan Crawford was selected the 2021 Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Deputy Valor award winner. The Deputy Valor award recipient is chosen based on an individual’s unquestionable performance above and beyond the call of duty and recognizes any extreme life-threatening acts of bravery.  DFC Crawford attended the LSA Annual Conference this week, where he was presented this prestigious state-wide award for his heroic actions. On September…
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