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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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…
Aug06

Local Juvenile Arrested for Threat Made Against Christ Episcopal Last School Year

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with the threat that was made against Christ Episcopal School late last school year. Recall, on Sunday May 13, an email was sent via a response to an event invite to high school students and their parents. The email included language that could be perceived as a threat. The Sheriff's Office began coordinating immediately with school officials to…
Aug06

Sheriff Smith Continues Focus on Ethics in Public Service

At the request of Sheriff Randy Smith, Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office recently looked into the actions of Ricky Steinert and Nathan Stokes, two former deputies.  The results of these investigations have been turned over to District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office remains committed to assisting the D.A. in any way possible. Sheriff Smith issued the following statement concerning this matter: “When I took…
Jul30

Arrest Made in Covington-area Vehicle Burglaries

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Covington man in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred last week in the Covington area. Vehicles outside of multiple residences in two different subdivisions off Harrison Avenue (Dogpound Rd.) were burglarized between late Tuesday (July 24) and early Wednesday (July 25). In all cases, the vehicles had been left unlocked. During the course of the investigation, detectives developed a…
Jul25

Covington Men Arrested in Connection with Lacombe Drive by Shooting

STPSO Detectives have arrested three Covington men in connection with a drive by shooting that took place in Lacombe, La on Monday, July 16. On Monday (July 16) shortly after 8:00 pm, a drive-by shooting was reported in the area of North Pontchartrain Dr. in Lacombe, La.  The initial investigation revealed shots were fired toward a residence from the roadway, and several of those shots struck the residence, which was…
Jul24

STPSO and School Board Partner to Launch School Resource Officer Program in 25 Public School

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the St. Tammany Parish School Board to place a School Resource Officer in 25 public schools throughout the parish beginning on August 9 for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. SROs provide law enforcement services to schools and school grounds. SROs are specially trained, commissioned, armed law enforcement officers who work in collaboration with schools to provide a safe learning…
Jul23

STPSO Deputies Equipped with NARCAN to aid in Overdoses

An initiative by Sheriff Randy Smith has equipped St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies with NARCAN, a drug that counteracts the effects of opioids in users who have overdosed. This initiative is in response to the continued rise of opioid-related overdoses in St. Tammany Parish and the increase in accidental exposure cases to law enforcement. The single-use doses are in the form of a nasal spray and can be…
Jul17

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest in Shoplifting Case

Proactive policing and an alert deputy resulted in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office clearing two shoplifting cases last week. On July 10, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop after a vehicle was observed speeding on Interstate 12. The driver initially provided the deputy with a fake name, but was ultimately identified as Shabrelle Deanne Gay (DOB 1/31/1989) of Oklahoma City,…
Jul16

STPSO Narcotics Task Force Targets Meth Use

  Since March 2018, the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force, along with the assistance of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Division, has conducted multiple narcotics related investigations in and around the areas of Pearl River, Hickory and Talisheek.  The STPSO Narcotics Task Force, which is composed of detectives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mandeville Police Department and Slidell Police Department, strategically collaborated with multiple…
Jul14

Domestic Incident Leads to SWAT Standoff, Arrest

A domestic incident resulted in a stand-off with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s SWAT team in a Slidell-area neighborhood Friday night ( July 13 ). St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a residence located in south Slidell shortly before 9:00 p.m. in reference to an altercation between a pregnant woman and her live-in boyfriend. The woman reported that she was engaged in a verbal altercation with her boyfriend, Steven Cayou (DOB…
Jul13

Krentel Case Still Active Investigation at One-year Anniversary

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Nanette Krentel this weekend, Sheriff Randy Smith wants the public and her family and friends to know the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office remains committed to working and solving this case. Krentel’s badly burned body was located inside the remains of her Lacombe-area home after fire burned the residence to the ground on July 14, 2017. An autopsy conducted by…
Jul11

Property Tax Sale to be Held Monday

It’s Not Too Late to Pay Delinquent Taxes St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith reminds the public that the annual tax sale of properties within St. Tammany Parish will occur Monday, July 16, 2018 starting at 10 a.m. It is not too late for property owners to settle delinquent tax bills prior to the sale.  Property tax payments may be made Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.…
Jul08

STPSO Investigating Overnight Shooting in Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning (July 8 ) in the Slidell area that left one man critically injured. STPSO deputies were dispatched to Sunset Drive in the Slidell area around 12:30 a.m. after a caller reported a person had been shot.    When deputies arrived, they discovered one male victim who was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The shooting reportedly took place following…
Jul03

STPSO Sheriff Completes 2019 Budget, Includes Raises for Employees

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith’s conservative planning and foresight allows for the completion of a balanced budget in the wake of revenue shortages. When Sheriff Smith took office in 2016 he inherited a department that employed in excess of 750 people.  Today, the leaner and more focused agency employs just over 640 full-time employees.  In anticipation of the voters’ decision to pay less in taxes for some government services,…
Jun28

STPSO Deputies Exonerated in Federal Civil Rights Trial

A federal court has cleared seven St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies of any wrongdoing in a civil rights lawsuit filed by an inmate. The United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana ruled earlier this month that the deputies, who were all employed at the St. Tammany Parish Jail during the incidents in question, did not violate the rights of Department of Corrections inmate Ronald Matthews. In a suit filed…
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