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
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…
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…
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