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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Mar11

Sheriff Smith presents State of the Agency Report

Sheriff Randy Smith invites St. Tammany Parish residents and business owners to view the 2021 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office State of the Agency Report.
Jan23

Fentanyl-laced Marijuana, Other Drugs and Assault Rifle Found During Traffic Stop

After St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives located fentanyl-laced marijuana during a traffic stop, Sheriff Randy Smith is reiterating his warning to residents the only safe drugs are those prescribed by a doctor or purchased at a pharmacy. At approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday, STPSO Narcotics detectives were patrolling the area of the Abita Nursery Subdivision in Covington when they observed a purple Dodge Challenger driving erratically through the neighborhood and initiated a…
Jan19

Sheriff Smith releases STPSO Crime Stats for 2022

Sheriff Randy Smith has released the 2022 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, noting that the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to report a clearance rate for both violent and non-violent crimes that is much higher than the national average. Overall violent crime is down in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, with 983 violent crimes reported in 2022 compared to 1,063 reported in 2021. The clearance rate for those…
Jan16

UPDATE – Missing Boater’s Body Located

Members of the STPSO Marine Division located the body of missing boater, Billy Coile, Monday (Jan 16) afternoon approximately 3/4 of a mile offshore near Green Point. The body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, who will make a determination on the cause and manner of death. Sheriff Randy Smith offers his condolences to Coile’s family and his sincere appreciation to the STPSO Marine Division,…
Jan12

Arrest Made in Wednesday Shooting Incident

A Covington-area man was arrested late Wednesday (Jan. 11) night in connection with a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon near the Abita Nursery Subdivision. STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area after a man called 911 to report he had been shot while driving near the intersection of Highway 36 and Nursery Street. Through their investigation, STPSO detectives learned Jacolby Howard (DOB 6/13/2002) was a passenger in another vehicle which…
Jan11

STPSO Investigating Shooting Near Abita Springs

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting, which occurred Wednesday (Jan. 11) afternoon near the intersection of Nursery Street and Highway 36 near Abita Springs. One victim has been transported by ambulance to a local hospital. His injuries are unknown at this time. The incident is still under investigation, and more information will be provided when it becomes available. Anyone with information about the incident is asked…
Jan08

STPSO Marine Division Searches for Missing Boater

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Marine Division spent much of Sunday (Jan. 8) searching the waters of Lake Pontchartrain for a missing boater.  At approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday the Causeway Police Department contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after a 12-14 foot Boston Whaler boat was found floating under the bridge near the 23-mile marker. The boat was unoccupied.  The registered owner of the boat told deputies a friend,…
Jan03

Weapons, Drugs Found While Investigating Suspicious Vehicle

Deputy Eddie Sylve and Deputy Matthew Schenck are being commended by Sheriff Randy Smith after they located illegal drugs and weapons while investigating a suspicious vehicle.   Illegal narcotics and weapons were located after two alert St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies observed a suspicious vehicle while conducting a routine patrol over the holiday weekend. At approximately 10 p.m. on December 30, two deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office…
Dec22

STPSO Detectives Arrest Two Wanted Fugitives

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office located and arrested two wanted fugitives at their workplace in Pearl River after another agency contacted them and requested their help. On Wednesday (Dec. 21) STPSO detectives were contacted by investigators with the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office regarding a request to attempt to locate Sidney Banks Jr (DOB 2/06/1997). Banks was wanted on an active St. Helena arrest warrant for one…
Dec21

STPSO Providing Extra Patrols, Rides Home to Prevent Impaired Driving

Sheriff Randy Smith wants to make sure everyone arrives home safely this holiday season. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other local law enforcement agencies in a coordinated effort to reduce impaired driving during the holiday season by participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. As part of the state-wide campaign, which runs through New Years and is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, extra deputies…
Dec19

STPSO Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to announce the Government Finance Officers Association has presented the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office with the Certificate of Achievement for its Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management…
Dec06

Arrest Made in Abita-area Homicide

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have obtained a warrant for the arrest of a Kentwood man in connection with the May 2 homicide which occurred on Pansy Street in the Abita Nursery Subdivision. Tyrus Brock (DOB 11/8/1995) is currently being held in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on unrelated charges. A hold has been placed on him by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Once he fulfills his requirements in…
Dec03

Man Arrested for Covington Murders Transferred After Escape Attempt

Antonio Tyson (DOB 8/22/1973), who was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail earlier this week by Covington Police after he murdered and burned the bodies of two individuals, has been transferred to the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola after a failed escape attempt. Tyson was rebooked on one count of Attempted Escape after he damaged jail property in his attempt to escape from the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Determined to…
Dec02

UPDATE – Arrests Made in Slidell-area Murder

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s obtained warrants late Thursday (December 1) night for the arrest of two individuals in connection with the fatal shooting which occurred Monday in the Slidell area. A 15-year-old Slidell male was arrested Friday (December 2) morning at a residence in the Slidell area.  He will be booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center for one count of First-degree Murder and one count…
Dec02

Former STPSO Employee Arrested for Financial Crimes

A former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office employee was arrested today (December 2) in connection with a fraudulent check investigation. Carri Artigue, a former employee in the STPSO Occupational Licensing Department, was arrested Friday for one count each of Bank Fraud, Monetary Instrument Abuse and Misdemeanor Money Laundering.  She will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center.    Artigue has been employed with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s…
Dec01

STPSO Receives National Award for Budget Book

Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to announce the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association. The national award represents a significant achievement by the agency and reflects the commitment of the agency and its staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.  In order to receive the budget award, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office had to satisfy…
Nov29

STPSO Asked for Public’s Help Following Fatal Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help following a shooting which occurred late Monday (November 28) night in the Slidell area. At approximately midnight Monday night, STPSO deputies responded to the 100 block of Northwood Drive in response to reports of gunshots being heard. Responding deputies located a car which had crashed into a parked pickup truck.  The driver of the car had sustained what…
Nov22

STPSO Holds Active Shooting Training

Preparing for the unthinkable, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office held an agency-wide Active Shooter Training this morning.   Sheriff Randy Smith took advantage of the Thanksgiving school break to hold the scenario-based training at Mayfield Elementary, but he stresses such training prepares the deputies for incidents at any business or building in the parish.   Deputies from multiple divisions participated in the training, with some playing the roles of the shooters…
Nov17

Sheriff Smith has Stepped Up Efforts to Combat Drug Sales in St. Tammany

Sheriff Randy Smith has dedicated extra resources and is proactively working toward getting drugs out of St. Tammany neighborhoods and arresting the individuals responsible for bringing them there.  Sheriff Smith said those efforts are paying off as is evident with the number of drug arrests being made and the large amounts of illegal drugs and firearms being recovered off the streets of St. Tammany. Sheriff Smith wants to commend the…
Nov16

Former Reserve Deputy Arrested for Domestic Violence

A former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office reserve employee was arrested Tuesday (November 15) night for one count of Domestic Abuse Battery with Child Endangerment (felony). STPSO detectives were made aware of a complaint of domestic violence involving Paul Michael Hebert (DOB 11/08/84), a former deputy in the STPSO Reserve Division. Pursuant to investigation, it was determined Hebert struck his girlfriend, who he resided with, during an incident which occurred…
Nov08

STPSO Investigating Fatal Crash

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash which occurred Tuesday (Nov. 8) afternoon in Folsom. At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, STPSO deputies were dispatched at the request of the Folsom Police Department to investigate a vehicle crash which occurred on Highway 25 near Village Farms Lane. The preliminary investigation into the crash indicates a 2004 Mazda 6 was northbound on Highway 25 when for unknown reasons…
Oct30

STPSO Investigating Shooting Incident

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the Tammany Hills area near Covington. Shortly before noon Sunday (October 30) STPSO deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Quincy Avenue and 9th Street in reference to an altercation, which involved a shooting. One victim was transported to a local hospital with what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators are still on the scene…
Oct27

STPSO Participating in DEA Drug Take Back Day

This Saturday, October 29, 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, 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell or the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington. Tablets, capsules,…
Oct26

Court Rules in Favor of Sheriff Smith in ‘Whistleblower’ Lawsuit

Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to learn the “whistleblower” lawsuit filed by former Chief Deputy Fred Oswald has been dismissed. Sheriff Smith was informed Tuesday (October 25) afternoon of the District Court’s favorable ruling. The court issued its reasons for judgment, in which it went through the myriad of factual allegations made by Oswald, ultimately rejecting all of them. The court further determined that despite Oswald’s allegations, there were no…
Oct25

Former St. Tammany Priest Arrested Again

A former priest has been arrested on an additional charge for molestation after a second victim came forward in St. Tammany Parish.   Recall in October 2020, Patrick Wattigny was arrested on molestation charges after it was learned he had sexually abused a minor in 2013 while serving as pastor of a Slidell-area church.   In August 2022, a second victim contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and disclosed sexual abuse…
Oct21

STPSO Awarded Highway Safety Grant

As an ongoing commitment to keeping our roadways safe in St. Tammany Parish, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $178,750 grant by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for the 2023 fiscal year. The money will be used throughout the year to fund extra patrols to enforce seat belt, speeding and DWI laws and to conduct operations aimed at preventing underage drinking.  “Our goal is to raise…
Oct20

Court of Appeals Upholds Ruling in Favor of STPSO

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased after the Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of the agency in regard to a lawsuit filed by a former employee. Calvin Lewis, a former captain with the agency, was terminated in May 2017 following an internal affairs investigation which confirmed he had violated agency policy. In May 2018, Lewis filed suit against Sheriff Smith and the St. Tammany…
Oct18

STPSO Investigating Apparent Murder/Suicide

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder/suicide which occurred Tuesday (October 18) morning at a residence in the 700 block of Lane Street near Mandeville. At approximately 8:30 am. Tuesday, a woman called 911 and told an STPSO dispatcher she had just shot her daughter and that she was going to shoot herself.  The dispatcher then heard what appeared to be a gunshot.  Deputies were dispatched…
Oct17

Arrest Made Following Slidell-area Home Invasion

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell man after he barged into a neighbor’s residence while armed with a knife. At approximately 4 a.m. Monday (October 17) STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Clarise Court near Slidell in reference to a home invasion. Responding deputies learned John Holland (DOB 10/16/76) had arrived at the residence and when one of the residents…
Oct15

STPSO Investigating Fatal Crash

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash which occurred Saturday (October 15) evening near Folsom. Shortly before 4:45 p.m.  Saturday, a man driving a Utility Terrain Vehicles (side-by-side) was struck by a 2500 Dodge pickup truck on Willie Road (formerly Hwy 1077) near the intersection of Richards Road. The preliminary investigation into the crash indicates the driver of the UTV was attempting to make a U-turn when…
Oct07

Victim Identified in St. Tammany Cold Case

In working with their partners with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office DNA Lab and the DNA Doe Project, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have positively identified the victim in a 2016 homicide investigation. In July 2016, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified by a passerby of a badly decomposed body, which was found on Highway 90, just east of the intersection of Highway 433. Both of the…
Oct07

Unidentified Man Arrested After Caught Burglarizing Local Business

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested an unidentified man who was caught in the act while burglarizing a Mandeville-area business. Shortly before 4:30 a.m. Friday (October 7) morning, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a business in the 4900 block of Louisiana Highway 22 near Mandeville in reference to a burglary in progress. When deputies arrived, they observed a man inside the business using power tools in an attempt to…
Oct06

Lee Road Student Arrested for Menacing

A Lee Road-area girl was arrested Thursday (October 6) on a misdemeanor menacing charge after telling classmates she was going to bring a gun to school and shoot another classmate. Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office became aware of the incident after a parent of one of the classmates contacted school administrators. The 10-year-old Lee Road Junior High student was issued a summons for L.R.S. 40:1B Menacing (misdemeanor).…
Oct05

Missing Lacombe Man Found Deceased

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has recovered the body of a missing Lacombe man following an exhaustive search. Around midday Wednesday (October 5), deputies with the STPSO Operations Division located Christopher “Turk” Batiste, deceased, deep in the woods near Barringer Road. The body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for a determination of cause and manner of death. However, foul play is not suspected. Batiste,…
Oct03

Teen Arrested After Telling Classmate He Planned to ‘Blow the School Up’

A Mandeville-area boy has been arrested on a Menacing charge after admitting he told another student Monday (October 3) morning that he planned to blow up his school. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were investigating rumors a 14-year-old Monteleone Junior High student had made threats to “shoot up” his school when the student in question admitted he had told another student he was going to “blow the school up.”  The…
Sep30

Truck Sought That Struck STPSO Unit

***UPDATE***   Christopher Lozier Jr.  (DOB 6-7-92) of Carriere, Miss., turned himself in to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office today (October 1). He admitted to being the driver of the 2012 gray Nissan Frontier that struck an STPSO unit on Sept. 28 while deputies were assisting State Police with a crash on I-59. Lozier will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center for L.R.S. 14:100 Hit and…
Sep29

DEA Agent Arrested on Domestic Abuse Charge

A local DEA agent was arrested this week by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after he battered his wife. On Sunday (September 25) a female contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to report her husband, Jimmie Ogden (DOB 1/5/1968) had battered her while they were at their Covington-area home on September 22.  The female reported that after the incident she fled to north Louisiana. Upon her return Wednesday…
Sep28

Five Kilos of Fentanyl Seized in St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives seized very a large cache of fentanyl during an operation that took place this week in Covington. Tuesday (September 27) evening, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old Mexican national male. The male was transporting five kilograms (approximately 11 pounds) of fentanyl at the time of…
Sep28

STPSO Hosting National Night Out Events

On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will be participating in National Night Out Against Crime, and they are participating in a big way this year. This year, in addition to attending events hosted and held in neighborhoods, the STPSO will be hosting its own events at each of its four district offices. Residents are encouraged to stop by at one of these events between 5 and 8…
Sep27

Former STPSO Employee Arrested on Drug Charges

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a former employee after it was learned he was bringing illegal narcotics into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center. During an investigation into drugs being introduced into the correctional center, STPSO detectives learned from multiple sources that Jason Allen Jr. (DOB 11/9/2000) of Slidell was selling illegal narcotics to inmates while he was employed as a correctional deputy in the facility. As…
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