January 2023


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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Arrests Made Following Slidell-area Shooting

Four Slidell-area residents have been arrested following a shooting which occurred over the weekend. Saturday (January 28), morning deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office were notified of an investigation being conducted by detectives with the Slidell Police Department regarding a shooting which resulted in a Slidell-area man being hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.  During their investigation, SPD detectives determined the shooting occurred just outside of their city limits, at…

Teen Arrested After Pointing Air Soft Gun at School Bus

A 16-year-old Bush boy has been arrested after he pointed an air-soft gun at a school bus Tuesday (January 31) afternoon. A bus driver was bringing students home on Watts Thomas Road in Bush when she observed the teen pointing what appeared to be a firearm at the bus.  Fearing for the safety of the children in her care, the driver quickly left the area and called 911. Responding St.…

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