January 2021


Man Arrested for Sexual Battery Against Elderly Woman

A Slidell-area man was arrested Friday (January 8) on sexual battery charges after it was discovered he victimized his elderly neighbor on at least three occasions.  Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a Slidell area residence on Monday (January 4) in reference to a report of an 88-year-old woman with advanced Alzheimer's and dementia, who may have been sexually assaulted by one of her neighbors. The…

Speed, No Seatbelt Use Believed to be Factors in Fatal Crash

Speed and the lack of seatbelt use are both believed to be factors in a fatal crash that occurred near Covington early Tuesday (January 12) morning. At approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday a 31-year-old Florida man was driving westbound on Lowe Davis Road near Covington in a Toyota Tacoma when he lost control of the vehicle. The truck left the roadway and impacted the ditch before coming to rest after striking…

STPSO Releases 2020 Crime Stats

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith today (Jan. 20) released the 2020 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany Parish. (Please see attached charts) The agency continues to report a clearance rate of nearly twice the national average for violent crimes and more than two and half times the national average for non-violent crimes, reinforcing Sheriff Smith’s promise to hold criminals accountable for crimes committed in St. Tammany. “I am extremely…

Warrants Issued for Arrest of Lacombe Woman on Bank Fraud Charges

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit wrapped up a year-long investigation this week by obtaining warrants for the arrest of a Lacombe woman on numerous bank fraud charges. Shania Dawn Obannon (DOB 12/12/1973) is wanted on warrants for 21 counts of L.R.S 14:71.1 Bank Fraud; one count of L.R.S. 14:67.B.3 Theft Between $1,000 and $5,000 and 14 counts of L.R.S. 14:67.B.4 Theft Under $1,000. She is currently…

Fontainebleau High Student Arrested For Terrorizing

A 15-year-old student from Fontainebleau High School was arrested Thursday evening (January 28) after bringing a weapon to the school campus.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted Thursday (January 28) evening, after school administrators were notified, after school hours that a student was seen earlier in the day with a weapon on the school campus. The 15 year-old student was subsequently arrested for L.R.S.  14:40.1 relative to Terrorizing…

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