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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Dec08

Slidell Man Arrested for Simple Robbery

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Slidell man following an early morning robbery at a Slidell-area gas station. Shortly after 2 a.m.  Friday (Dec. 8) Leval Butler (DOB 3/6/1982; 59511 Javery Road, Slidell) entered the Shell station on Highway 11, wearing a mask over his face. While threatening the clerk’s life, Butler removed an undisclosed amount of money from the register and fled on foot. Responding deputies quickly…
Dec05

STPSO Narcotics Task Force Makes Multiple Arrests in Pearl River Area Drug Investigations

  Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force wrapped up two unrelated narcotics investigations last month in the Pearl River-area. The investigations resulted in the arrests of four individuals and arrest warrants issued for another. Nearly one half ounce of Methamphetamine intended for distribution, more than 300 prescription pills intended for distribution, assorted drug paraphernalia, and 16 firearms were seized as a result of these two…
Dec04

STPSO Provides Timeline that Led to Mandeville Man’s Arrest in Wife’s Murder

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have pieced together a timeline of a Mandeville man’s actions which led up to his arrest Saturday for the murder of his estranged wife. At 5:30 a.m. Saturday (December 2) deputies were dispatched to Eddie’s Grocery, 32470 U.S. Highway 190, Slidell, after a clerk called 911 to report a robbery. Deputies were then dispatched to an alarm at the Dollar General at 27301 U.S. Highway 190,…
Dec04

Son Arrested for Aggravated Battery Following Fight with His Father

***UPDATE: The victim has succumbed to his injuries. STPSO detectives have obtained an arrest warrant to amend the charge against Casey Melerine (DOB 7/9/1990; 59438 Pineridge Road, Lacombe) from LRS 14:34.1 Second Degree Aggravated Battery to L.R.S. 30.1 Second Degree Murder.*** ​   St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an aggravated battery that occurred between a father and son Saturday night (December 2) in the Lacombe area. Dispatchers sent STPSO…
Dec04

STPSO Investigating Saturday Morning Carjacking

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a carjacking that occurred early Saturday morning (December 2) near Slidell. Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, deputies were dispatched to the Willow Wood subdivision after a couple reported they were carjacked. The couple was driving their 2008 Buick Enclave into the subdivision when they noticed a black Ford F150 four-door truck following them. While stopped at the intersection of Cross Gates Boulevard…
Dec04

STPSO Makes Arrest in Domestic Related Homicide and Early Morning Business Burglaries

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man for a domestic related homicide that took place at a residence in the Mandeville area and for four business burglaries that occurred early this morning (Saturday, Dec. 2) along the U.S. Highway 190 corridor leading from Slidell to Lacombe. Dispatch received a call at approximately 7:30 a.m. regarding a possible homicide at a Mandeville-area residence. Deputies were dispatched to the residence…
Dec01

One Arrested, Two Wanted for Slidell Armed Robbery

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested one man and are looking for two more following an armed robbery that occurred in Slidell last weekend.  Deputies were dispatched to the J&K Apartments on Brownsvillage Road at approximately 8:45 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 25) in response to an individual saying he had been robbed. The Pearl River man reported that he was visiting a friend at the apartment complex when he was…
Nov30

St. Tammany Deputies Trained to Respond to Mental Health Crises This Holiday Season

For those suffering from mental or behavioral health issues, the holidays oftentimes bring on additional stress and depression. In order to address the local mental health crisis and the growing number of attempted suicides occurring in St. Tammany Parish, Sheriff Randy Smith, earlier this year, created the specially trained Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). This team is made up of four patrol deputies who have successfully completed 40 hours of crisis…
Nov30

STPSO K-9s Locate Missing Elderly Man; Apprehend Fleeing Suspect

“It was all in a day’s work” for St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s K9s who located a missing elderly man and apprehended a fleeing suspect on Tuesday (November 28). At approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a Mandeville area residence located off of Highway 1088 after a man called to report his 93-year-old father had not been seen in about an hour.  When they arrived at the scene,…
Nov24

Single vehicle crash claims one life

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Mandeville man early this morning (November 24). STPSO deputies were dispatched to Lowe Davis Road near Highway 59 in the Abita area shortly after 5:00 a.m. in response to a report of a vehicle in the ditch. When deputies arrived, they discovered a single occupant in the vehicle. Deputies and emergency personnel…
Nov22

Three arrested for burglarizing vehicles

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have made three arrests in a string of recent car burglaries in the Mandeville area. Eight vehicles were reported to have been burglarized during the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 13 on several side streets off of Soult Street and in the Quail Creek subdivision in Mandeville. Wallets, cell phones, cell phone chargers, knives, loose change and other miscellaneous items were taken from the…
Nov22

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, do not have a designated driver, and cannot arrange for a ride home can call STPSO at 985-898-2338 to request a ride from a deputy, without cost or penalty. An STPSO deputy will…
Nov21

Lacombe Man Arrested for Selling Narcotics Out of his Home

Working together with patrol deputies, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Lacombe man after a month-long investigation into his selling of narcotics.  In late October, the Narcotics Task Force, which is made up of members from STPSO, Mandeville Police Department, Covington Police Department and Slidell Police Department, began investigating Anthony Foster (DOB 9-23-86), who is convicted felon, after it was reported that he was…
Nov20

Undercover operation targets underage alcohol sales

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office recently conducted two undercover operations targeting Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement (aka, J.U.D.E.) on both sides of the parish. The operations were funded by a federal grant through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. A total of 55 businesses in St. Tammany were checked for compliance over a two-day period. With the holidays approaching, deputies want to ensure that alcoholic beverage outlets in St. Tammany Parish…
Nov20

One injured in Lacombe shooting

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting that took place Saturday night (November 18) in the Lacombe area that left one man injured. STPSO deputies were dispatched to 62151 Warrior Drive just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday after a caller reported a person had been shot.  When deputies arrived, they found a male victim outside of the residence lying near his vehicle and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.…
Nov17

Body Recovered After Slidell-area Fire

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives were called to the scene of a residential fire Friday morning (Nov. 17) after a body was located in the burned rubble. Shortly after 9 a.m., detectives were called to 37476 Brownsvillage Road, Slidell, after fire personnel located the body of a man while putting out a fire in one of the units at that address. The body was located on a bed inside the…
Nov17

STPSO employees donate money, food to local food banks

Through the St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff’s Association, STPSO employees donated checks for $735.11 each to the Northshore Food Bank and the Samaritan Center thanks to the success of the annual Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree held on Halloween. The money collected is in addition to a large donation of nonperishable food items which was divided and donated to the two organizations. The Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree is held annually at the…
Nov17

***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 to combat impaired driving. The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Sheriff Randy Smith says, “We want people to know that we are…
Nov15

Arrest Made in Nov. 3 Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the Nov. 3 shooting that occurred at a Lacombe-area residence.   Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, STPSO deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 27611 Mirmar Street in Lacombe. Responding deputies located Jarred Kirsh (DOB 11/9/1992; 824 Magnolia Street, Slidell) laying immediately inside the front doorway of the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He…
Nov14

Update on domestic hostage situation that left one man dead

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives now know the man who died during a domestic hostage situation had grave intentions when he went to the home of his ex-girlfriend Saturday night. STPSO deputies were dispatched to 37226 Holifield Lane in Hickory shortly before 10:00 p.m. Saturday (November 11) in response to a report of a man who had forced entry into the home, was shooting a gun inside the residence and…
Nov07

Permanent Drug Take-Back Boxes in Place at STPSO Facilities

Drug take-back boxes are now in place at STPSO facilities on the east and west sides of the parish as part of an ongoing effort to combat prescription drug abuse. Abused prescription drugs are often obtained through family and friends. The boxes allow St. Tammany Parish residents to properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally…
Nov07

Single vehicle crash in Pearl River claims one life*

One person has died following a single vehicle crash in the Pearl River area Monday night. Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday (November 6), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a single vehicle crash on Teat Blackwell Road in Pearl River.  When deputies arrived, they discovered a vehicle that had exited the roadway and struck a tree near the intersection of 16th Section Road. The single occupant,…
Nov06

Violent Weekend Includes Murder/Suicide in St. Tammany

It was a violent weekend in St. Tammany Parish. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office released details Saturday following a shooting that occurred Friday night, leaving one man dead and four other individuals injured. The investigation into this case is ongoing, as detectives continue to piece together the events of that evening. Detectives are also working two more incidents that occurred Sunday evening. Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday evening, a resident…
Nov03

Property tax bills have been mailed

Bills going out two weeks earlier than normal   The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office mailed out the annual ad valorem (property) tax notices today.   All property owners of the parish, should expect to receive their notices in their mailboxes within the next week.    This is approximately two weeks earlier than normal, thanks to the hard work of the men and women in the Assessor’s Office, who completed the tax…
Nov02

Covington teacher arrested after biting student

A former Covington-area teacher is in jail after admitting she bit one of her students.    Heather Marcotte (DOB 7/19/1989; 222 Chestnut Street No. B, Covington) was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 1 for felony cruelty to a juvenile. She was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.   Shortly after 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 25, the parent of a 2-year-old student at Northlake Christian School called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s…
Oct25

Nanette Krentel Death Investigation Update

As the investigation into the death of Nanette Krentel continues, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators want to provide the public with an update on where the investigation stands at this point.   As noted previously, the nature and circumstances surrounding Mrs. Krentel’s death, including the intensity of the fire, are making this a difficult and lengthy investigation. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has utilized the FBI’s vast resources and…
Oct24

STPSO to Participate in National Drug Take-Back Initiative this Saturday

On Saturday (October 28) the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in a one-day collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove unused and expired medications from homes and medicine cabinets.  According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin,…
Oct18

Goodbee man stabbed by girlfriend

A Goodbee couple is facing charges after two separate domestic violence incidents, one of which resulted in the man being stabbed multiple times. At approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning (Oct. 17) St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Jones Road off Tantella Ranch Road in Goodbee after neighbors called to report a disturbance. Responding deputies found Patrick Day (DOB 5/12/1986; 12154 Jones Road, Covington) suffering from…
Oct16

STPSO Deputy Honored with ‘Rising Star’ Award

The American Society of Italian Heritage presented St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Smith with its “Rising Star” award at a special dinner held last week.    The award is presented each year to a sheriff’s deputy with less than two years of service in recognition of outstanding service achievement. Deputy Smith, who currently serves in Patrol District IV, has been assigned to STPSO’s Criminal Patrol Division since 2016.    In addition…
Oct16

STPSO Employees Go Pink for October

To show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, STPSO employees were invited to individually purchase special pink T-shirts. They can in turn wear those T-shirts with jeans for a $3 donation for “dress down” days each Friday in October. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales and October “dress down” Fridays go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Uniformed deputies are given the option to wear the T-shirt underneath their…
Oct13

Arrest Made in Slidell Gas Station Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the armed robbery that occurred last Sunday (October 8) at a gas station on Highway 11 in Slidell. Reyhane McKnight (DOB 7/27/1987) was taken into custody by the STPSO in the Slidell area on Thursday, October 12.  Shortly after 9:30 p.m. last Sunday (October 8) night, STPSO deputies responded to an armed robbery at a gas station on Highway…
Oct12

Scammers Getting More Aggressive, Creative

Sheriff Randy Smith and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Financial Crimes Unit warn residents that criminals are getting much more aggressive and much more creative when it comes to scamming victims.   Over the past few months, St Tammany Parish deputies have received numerous calls from residents reporting that they have received “scam” calls from the “Internal Revenue Service” advising them of delinquent tax debts. During these calls, the scammers identify…
Oct09

STPSO Investigating Robberies at Two Slidell Gas Stations

One suspect is in custody and another is at large after two separate robberies at Slidell area gas stations over the weekend.   Shortly after 9:15 a.m. Sunday (October 8) morning, STPSO deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at a service station on Brownswitch Road.  The cashier stated that the suspect entered the store, implied she had a firearm and demanded money. The clerk handed an undisclosed amount…
Oct05

STPSO Employee Arrested for Malfeasance

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective was booked Thursday (October 5) on one count of malfeasance in office following a joint investigation by the STPSO and the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  Jordan Hollenbeck, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, was arrested on a warrant after an internal investigation revealed he had released confidential information to possible suspects related to ongoing narcotics investigations. These actions…
Sep26

Four Arrested for Damage at Christmas Tree Farm

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested four individuals following an investigation into criminal damage at a local Christmas tree farm.    On September 4, STPSO deputies responded to an incident of criminal damage at the Shady Pond Tree Farm located at 37226 Pine Street Extension, Pearl River. Several trees were split in half and damaged to the point they would not survive. Agents with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry assisted…
Sep22

Two Suspects in Custody after Late Night Shooting at Slidell Area Campground

Two suspects are in custody following a shooting that took place late Thursday night at a campground in the Slidell area.  STPSO deputies were dispatched to 56009 Highway 433 shortly before 11pm Thursday night. Upon arrival, deputies discovered one victim, a 24-year-old male, with a gunshot wound to the leg. According to witnesses, the victim and the two suspects were arguing over money the victim allegedly owed to one of…
Sep22

Arrest Made in Airport Road Homicide

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the homicide that occurred Tuesday night (September 19) on Airport Road in the Covington area. Thirty-seven-year-old Cesar Roy Ronaldo Rivas Castillo (DOB 12/27/1979) was taken into custody by the STPSO early this morning in the Covington area. STPSO deputies responded to Airport Road north of Covington Tuesday night around 10:15 in reference to a vehicle in the ditch. When…
Sep20

STPSO investigating possible homicide

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are currently working a possible homicide that occurred overnight in the Covington area. At approximately 10:15 Tuesday (Sept. 19) night deputies were dispatched to the Airport Road area north of Covington in reference to a vehicle in the ditch. When deputies arrived they observed one occupant in the vehicle with injuries not consistent with the crash. Detectives and crime lab technicians were called to the…
Sep18

National Night Out Against Crime set for Oct. 17, 2017

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 17, 2017, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will be participating in National Night Out Against Crime. If your neighborhood wishes to participate this year, and wants a deputy to attend, register your event at HERE. Please register your event by Friday, October 6th to…
Sep18

STPSO Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Sheriff Randy Smith is proud to announce that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition for excellence in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The award was presented for the agency’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report…
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