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.
May19

Arrest Made After Bottles of Illegal Cough Syrup Found During Traffic Stop

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest after 97 bottles of illegally obtained “cough syrup” was found during a stop on Interstate 12. At approximately 11 p.m. Monday (May 16), two vehicles traveling together eastbound on I-12 near Covington were stopped by detectives with the STPSO Highway Enforcement Unit after they were observed committing various traffic infractions. The occupants of the first vehicle, a black Mercedes C300, told the…
May18

Wanted Man Arrested After STPSO Responds to Suspicious Person Call

A suspicious person call resulted in an arrest Monday (May 16) night after alert St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies realized the man was giving a false name and in fact had warrants for his arrests and was also being sought by a nearby agency after he cut off his ankle monitoring device. Shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, STPSO patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence on Nellie Drive near Slidell…
May17

Arrest Clears Vehicle Burglary Cases

The arrest of a Slidell-area man has cleared 17 vehicle burglary cases in the east St. Tammany. On May 1, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Property Crimes Division responded to an address in the Kingspoint Subdivision near Slidell after being notified by members of the STPSO Patrol Division they had information on the location of a laptop computer that was reported stolen the previous night in a vehicle…
May16

Firearms Located During Traffic Stop

A traffic stop, which occurred on Interstate 59 last week, resulted in three illegally possessed firearms being taken off the streets. At approximately midnight, May 12, a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a northbound black Mercedes sedan on I-59. The driver of the vehicle, Travis M. Kildal (DOB 06/06/1980) of Washington state, claimed to be staying in Picayune, Miss.  During the course…
May10

STPSO Arrests Man Found Transporting Illegal Narcotics

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man after he was found transporting a large cache of illegal narcotics through the parish. Shortly after 9 p.m. Monday (May 9) a deputy with the STPSO Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a Subaru Legacy which was traveling eastbound Interstate 12. During the course of the traffic stop, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Guillermo Zepeda…
May02

Body Found in Vehicle in Abita Nursery Subdivision

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a body was found inside a vehicle in the Abita Nursery Subdivision. At approximately 2:45 p.m. Monday (May 2) afternoon, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Pansy and Progress Streets in reference to gunshots being heard. Responding deputies located a deceased black male, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds, inside a vehicle on Pansy Street.  The body has been…
Apr28

Another Man Arrested for Obscenity

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested another man – the third one this month - for committing sexual acts in a public parking lot. A deputy, who was patrolling in the area of Highway 1085 and Highway 1077, was flagged down by a citizen around midday Thursday (April 28) in reference to a man who was observed masturbating in his vehicle in a nearby parking lot. The individual had…
Apr27

Two Arrested by STPSO on Obscenity Charges

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men after they were both observed committing sexual acts in local parking lots during two separate incidents.  Austin St. Cyr (DOB 3/21/2000) of Tangipahoa Parish was arrested Wednesday (April 27) on a warrant for one count of Obscenity (felony) in connection with an incident that occurred April 12 in a shopping center parking lot off U.S. Highway 190.  In that case, a woman…
Apr26

STPSO Applicant Arrested for Carnal Knowledge

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Covington-area man for Carnal Knowledge after evidence of the crime surfaced following his application for employment with the agency. While completing the new hire processing for applicant Robert Ebersole Jr., STPSO detectives received information that he may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with an under-aged individual several years prior. That led detectives to launch an investigation and reach out…
Apr25

STPSO to Participate in DEA Drug Take Back Day

This Saturday, April 30, 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 pills for disposal to the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell or the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington. (The DEA cannot accept liquids,…
Apr19

Driver in Fatal Hit and Run Arrested

The driver of the pickup truck that was involved in the fatal hit and run crash Monday (April 18) evening has been identified and arrested. Shannon Sherlock (DOB 10/31/1969) of Covington was taken into custody Tuesday (April 19) afternoon after deputies with the STPSO Traffic Division located the pickup truck involved in the crash and identified him as the driver. He will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional…
Apr19

STPSO Investigating Fatal Hit and Run

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle of interest following a fatal hit and run crash which occurred Monday (April 18) evening near Covington. Shortly after 8 p.m. STPSO deputies were dispatched to a report of a male lying in the roadway of Helenbirg Road near Joyce Court. When deputies arrived, the victim, who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle,…
Apr18

STPSO Looking for Man Wanted on Murder Charges

UPDATE Derick Fehn was located at approximately 8 p.m. Monday (April 18) at a residence in St. Bernard Parish. He was taken into custody and will be booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail while he awaits extradition  to St. Tammany Parish. Sheriff Randy Smith would like to thank Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann and the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office as well as the US Marshal Service for the assistance they…
Apr17

STPSO Working Slidell-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently working a shooting incident, which occurred Sunday (April 17) afternoon in the area of Old Spanish Trail near Slidell.  One victim has been transported to an area hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.  The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be provided when it becomes available.  
Apr14

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 in recognition of April being Underage Drinking Awareness Month. The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  “Our goal is to raise awareness and to reduce the number of fatal and injury related crashes in St.…
Apr13

STPSO Marine Division Recovers Body After Crabber Falls into Lacombe-area Canal

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Marine Division have recovered the body of an unidentified man who fell into a Lacombe-area canal Wednesday (April 13) morning. At approximately 10:30 a.m., members of the STPSO Marine Division were called out to the area of Lake Road near Lacombe in reference to a man who had fallen into the water. The man was crabbing off a bridge on Lake Road, when…
Apr12

Slidell-area Man Arrested After Drugs Found Inside Vehicle

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday (April 12) afternoon to a report of a motorist driving recklessly and ended up arresting a Slidell-area man after finding a variety of narcotics inside his vehicle. At approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to the area of Kisatchie Drive near Slidell in reference to a suspicious subject, who witnesses reported had been driving a 2014 Cadillac CTS recklessly on Gause Boulevard.…
Apr11

STPSO Recognized with Two Prestigious Finance Awards

  Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to announce the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has received both the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2022 budget and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. Both awards were presented by the Government Finance Officers Association, and the national awards represent a significant achievement by the agency and…
Apr05

Arrest Made After Man Found Sleeping in Mandeville-area Home

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a man early Tuesday (April 5) morning after he went into the wrong house and fell asleep. At approximately midnight Monday (April 4), STPSO deputies were dispatched to the Quail Creek neighborhood near Mandeville in reference to a vehicle that was abandoned after it had been crashed into a tree near the entrance to the subdivision.  Deputies located the heavily damaged, unoccupied vehicle…
Mar29

Mom, Son Arrested After Stealing from Elderly Family Member

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a mother and son after they stole more than $90,000 from an elderly family member. In February, a woman contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to report she suspected an elderly family member was being financially exploited by another family member. Through their investigation, detectives with the STPSO Financial Crimes Unit discovered that between July 2021 and February 2022, Deborah Ann Sollberger…
Mar28

Woman Steals Car an Hour After Being Released From Jail

A New Jersey resident is facing more charges after she stole a car less than an hour after being released from the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center.  At approximately 4:45 p.m. Monday (March 28), the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted in reference to a red Chevy Camaro, which had been stolen after it was left running outside a fast food restaurant near the intersection of US Highway 190 and Louisiana…
Mar28

Proactive Policing Results in the Arrest of Two Drug Dealers

Thanks to proactive police work, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested two high-level drug dealers over the weekend. At approximately 8 p.m. Friday (March 25) night, detectives with the STPSO Narcotics Division’s Proactive Enforcement Unit observed a driver commit several traffic violations while traveling through the Alton area, and they attempted a traffic stop. The driver, who was later identified as Warren Patterson (DOB 7/19/1984)…
Mar23

Son Arrested for Murder in Folsom-area Shooting

The victim from the shooting incident, which occurred Tuesday (March 22) evening near Folsom, has died, and his son has been arrested for murder. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 80000 block of Dreamland Court near Folsom at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a domestic-related disturbance. One victim, a 43-year-old white male, was transported to a local area hospital with gunshot wounds.…
Mar22

STPSO Investigating Folsom-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting incident near Folsom. STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dreamland Court at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tuesday (March 22) in reference to a domestic-related altercation. One victim has been transported to a local area hospital with gunshot wounds. The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be provided when it becomes available.
Mar21

Illegal Drugs, Firearm Located During Traffic Stop in Lacombe

Illegal drugs and a firearm were recovered during a traffic stop Sunday (March 20) afternoon near Lacombe. At approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy stopped a silver 2019 Nissan Pathfinder, which was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 190 in Lacombe, after observing the driver commit a traffic infraction. While conducting the traffic stop, the deputy observed the driver and a passenger in the vehicle acting suspiciously.…
Mar17

STPSO Assists with Cross-Parish Vehicle Pursuit

A New Orleans-area man was taken into custody late Wednesday night (March 16) following a pursuit which started in Covington and ended in Slidell.   Just before midnight, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to assist Covington Police with a pursuit of a driver in a black Chevrolet Suburban, which had started in their jurisdiction. The Suburban had left Covington Police Department’s jurisdiction, had travelled south on U.S. Highway 190…
Mar17

High School Student Arrested After Posting Threat on Social Media

A 17-year-old Covington High School student was arrested Wednesday evening (March 16) on terrorizing charges after making a threatening social media post. An employee with the St. Tammany Parish School System and numerous parents contacted authorities after they observed a SnapChat post the teen made referencing what appeared to be his plans to conduct a shooting at the school the next morning.  A screenshot of the SnapChat post was shared numerous times on Facebook. After being made…
Mar16

Madisonville-area Teen Arrested for Making Explosives

A 15-year-old boy was arrested this week for making explosives at his Madisonville-area home. On Tuesday (March 15) the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a tip through the Crimestoppers Safe School Program, alleging that a local teenager was making explosive devices.  STPSO detectives obtained a search warrant that same day for the teen’s Madisonville-area residence, and enough evidence was gathered to confirm he was constructing homemade explosive devices. During…
Mar14

STPSO Dive Team Recovers a Stolen Vehicle After it Crashes into a Waterway

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Dive Team recovered a stolen vehicle after it crashed into a waterway near Covington Saturday (March 12) night.  The vehicle, a Nissan Maxima, was reported stolen from the Lacombe area earlier in the night. STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Park Place and U.S. Highway 190 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday night after a passerby reported seeing a car crash into a nearby…
Mar12

STPSO Deputy Sustains Minor Injuries During Pursuit

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy was injured after he was struck by a car during a pursuit Saturday (March 12) afternoon. At approximately 1 p.m. Saturday, a STPSO deputy patrolling the area of Louisiana Highway 36 near Covington observed a white Dodge Hellcat without a license plate and attempted a traffic stop.  The vehicle failed to stop, continuing westbound on La. 36 before turning onto U.S. Highway 190 near…
Mar08

STPSO Announces New Patrol District on West Side of Parish

  Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to announce the creation of a new patrol district for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The new district will stretch from the Tchefuncte River west to the Tangipahoa Parish line and will increase the number of patrol districts in the unincorporated parts of the parish from three to four. Shortly after taking office, Sheriff Smith recognized the growth in the western part of…
Mar05

Arrest Made in Robbery, Sexual Battery Which Occurred at Pearl River-Area Store

The individual who robbed and sexually battered a clerk at a Pearl River-area convenience store has been identified and is in custody in Mississippi. David Rester (DOB 11/10/71) of Vidalia is currently incarcerated in Harrison County, where he is being held on charges in connection with a bank robbery which occurred Friday in Waveland. Rester is also wanted in connection with a murder, which occurred Thursday (March 3) in Washington…
Mar04

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division on Parade this Weekend

This weekend members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division will be on parade. Starting on Saturday, March 5, at noon, Krewe Du Pooch will be rolling on the Mandeville Lakefront. K-9 Echo, a 6-year-old female Labrador retriever, who is assigned to the Highway Enforcement Division as a narcotics detection canine, will be accompanying her handler, Detective James Kelley. Detective Kelley has served with the agency for 8…
Feb28

Help Sought in Identifying Individual Wanted in Robbery, Sexual Battery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the individual who robbed and physically and sexually battered a clerk at a Pearl River-area convenience store. Just before 9 p.m. Sunday evening, a white male entered a convenience store near Pearl River. The man brandished a knife, disabled the store’s DVR system and battered the clerk before committing a sexual battery on her. …
Feb28

Arrest Made After Drugs Located During Traffic Stop

A Washington Parish man was arrested over the weekend after a large cache of drugs was located in his vehicle during a traffic stop near Folsom. At approximately 1 a.m. Sunday (February 27) morning, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s patrol deputy stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche near the intersection of Louisiana Highway 25 and Louisiana Highway 1077 near Folsom, due to the vehicle having an illegal cover over its license plate. While…
Feb25

Man Arrested After Drugs Found During Traffic Stop

A New Orleans man was arrested Friday (February 25) morning after drugs were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop near Bush. At approximately 11:30 a.m. Friday, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 2010 Cadillac SUV for speeding on Isabel Swamp Road near Nick Jenkins Road. The vehicle was headed northbound toward Washington Parish. While out with the driver, Preston Carter (DOB 5/15/88) of New Orleans, the…
Feb24

Former STPSO Employee Arrested

A former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office employee was arrested today (February 24) by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit in cooperation with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security.    Christopher Cassidy, a former corporal with the STPSO Criminal Patrol Division, was arrested on warrants which were issued through the 22nd Judicial Court this morning. Cassidy’s employment with the Sheriff’s Office was terminated prior to his…
Feb09

Covington Man arrested, Stolen Firearm Recovered

***St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives Arrest Covington Man and Seize Stolen Gun***   Yesterday (February 8, 2022), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives arrested a Covington man after receiving a tip through the agency’s hotline. An anonymous tip was received that there was narcotic activity at a residence on 29th Avenue in Covington. Detectives responded to the residence and knocked on the door in order to investigate. While…
Feb07

South Carolina man Arrested by STPSO Highway Enforcement Unit on Interstate 12 in Covington

***St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement Unit Makes Arrest on Interstate 12, Seize Weapons and Narcotics from South Carolina man*** On Monday, February 7th, 2022, just after 3:00 PM, Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement Unit arrested a South Carolina man after conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 12 westbound near Highway 21 in Covington. Detectives observed a black Buick Verano, bearing a South Carolina…
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