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Man killed after pickup truck struck by passenger train near Slidell

Shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 6), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Carr Drive area in Slidell in reference to a crash involving an Amtrak passenger train and a vehicle. The train was departing Slidell and headed southbound with 51 passengers onboard as it approached the Carr Drive crossing. A small pickup truck driven by an 82-year-old Slidell-area man was headed east on Carr Drive and…

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…

STPSO Deputy Named Regional Coordinator for the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force

Deputy Patrick Casnave, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Traffic Division, has been named the Region L Coordinator for the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force. Deputy Casnave has been with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for 14 years, starting out as an employee in the former work release facility and then moving to Criminal Patrol and then finally to the Traffic Division. He also served on the…

K-9 Lex Helps Apprehend Suspect in Theft

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s K-9 Lex assisted in the apprehension of a suspect Thursday morning (September 7) at a residence in the Bush area.  STPSO deputies were at the residence in reference to an unrelated incident when they observed a Honda 600XR dirt bike on the property. Deputies recognized the dirt bike as stolen from a “BOLO” (be on the lookout) which was issued by St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office detectives…

STPSO Investigating Friday Night Shooting in Slidell Area

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that took place Friday evening (September 8) in the Slidell area. The male victim arrived at Slidell Memorial Hospital by private vehicle shortly after 7pm with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. The subsequent investigation led detectives to the scene of the shooting, the victim’s residence located at 301 Lakeshore Blvd. in the Slidell area. The victim was shot…

STPSO Still Actively Investigating Krentel Death

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are still actively investigating the death of Nanette Krentel. The nature of the circumstances surrounding Mrs. Krentel’s death and the intensity of the fire is making this a very difficult and lengthy investigation, and detectives are still awaiting final lab results on evidence from the scene. Sheriff Randy Smith stated that he is not disputing the Coroner’s expert opinion on the cause of death, but…

STPSO Reestablishing Junior Deputy Explorer Post

Open House to be held Sept. 23 Boys and girls interested in future careers in law enforcement between the ages of 14 and 20 (must have completed the eighth grade if under 15) are invited to an informational open house Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Pearl River Training Center, 39395 Pine St, Pearl River. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s…

Missing Elderly Man Found Alive After Extensive Weekend Search

A 77 year-old man was found alive just before noon Sunday following a search that began Friday afternoon (September 15) in the Abita Springs area. Robert Anthony Olsen, Sr. was reported missing by family members on Friday shortly before 4pm after they had not seen or heard from him in approximately four hours. He was last seen working outside near his residence on White Oaks Lane off of Louisiana Highway…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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