February 2021


STPSO Names 2020 Deputy of the Year

Sheriff Randy Smith has named the 2020 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year - Deputy First Class Sean Gowan. DFC Gowan was hired by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office as a deputy in the Criminal Patrol Division (District II) in October 2014. During his time in patrol, DFC Gowan served as an active Field Training Officer, mentoring many new recruits and was a member of the…

STPSO Participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other local law enforcement agencies in a coordinated effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities during the Carnival season. From February 5-16, 2021, additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers. The campaign, which is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, will also include DWI checkpoints. Remember that…

STPSO Arrests Individuals Wanted in Mississippi Drive-by Shooting

  Two individuals wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting which occurred recently in Pearl River County, Mississippi, were located near Slidell Thursday (February 4) and taken into custody. Shortly after noon on Thursday, an alert St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy observed a silver Pontiac GTO driving on Highway 11. The vehicle matched the description of one listed in connection with a drive-by shooting that recently occurred in Pearl County.…

STPSO Names 2020 Corrections Deputy of the Year

Sheriff Randy Smith has named the 2020 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy of the Year – Deputy First Class Warren Farrell.  DFC Farrell has been with the STPSO Corrections Division for eight years and is a Field Training Officer. During his time working in the Corrections Division he has displayed a willingness to learn and advance his knowledge.  During the pandemic, DFC. Farrell has gone above and beyond…

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith Continues to Invest in Technology to Advance Transparency and

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith announced today that his office has implemented additional technology to promote better transparency and accountability.  This follows an earlier commitment of over one million dollars towards body-worn cameras and evidence.com. This new technology, GovQA, is a premiere, government-focused software program that provides a central portal to track all Public Records Requests, and creates an interagency portal providing other outside agencies a secure and centralized…

STPSO Narcotics Investigation Results in Three Arrests

     Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division wrapped up an investigation late last week with the arrest of three individuals. Detectives began investigating in late 2020 after they were made aware of suspected illegal narcotics distribution by Richard “Blake” Johnston and Stephen Arthur, who both resided on Crawford Road in Pearl River. On Feb 4, at the culmination of investigation, detectives executed a search warrant at Arthur’s…

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, which is targeted at combatting impaired driving during the Mardi Gras season.  The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  Even though the floats…

STPSO Makes Residents Aware of Jury Duty Scam

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a "jury duty" phone scam.  Sheriff Randy Smith said Thursday (February 11) that his agency has received several reports about a caller telling people they face arrest because they missed jury duty. The caller tells people they can avoid arrest and begin the process of clearing the warrant, if they pay a fine. This is a scam. On at least…

STPSO Working Shooting Incident Near Folsom

**UPDATE**     The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has determined that a shooting incident which took place Sunday (February 14) afternoon near Folsom was the result of a negligent discharge.   A single, juvenile victim was transported to and released from a local-area hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.     An investigation into the incident revealed that five juvenile acquaintances were in a motor vehicle traveling and listening to music, when a passenger in the…

STPSO Makes Arrest in String of Business Burglaries

 The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with several recent business burglaries.  Hien Ho (DOB 1/1/1973) of  Ponchatoula was arrested last week and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on nine counts of L.R.S. 14:62 Simple Burglary and one count of L.R.S. 14:27.62 Attempted Simple Burglary. Over the past few months, Ho targeted small businesses throughout St. Tammany Parish. He made forced entry through…

New Orleans Couple Arrested for Bank Fraud

A New Orleans couple turned themselves in Thursday (February 18) after seeing their photos on a wanted flyer which was posted earlier this month on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office social media pages. Marcel David Jr. (DOB 8/11/1978) and his girlfriend, Heidi Peterson (DOB 8/6/1978), were subsequently arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on warrants for 359 counts each of L.R.S. 14:71.1 Felony Bank Fraud. Between…

STPSO Surplus Auction Generates Record Sales

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office held its annual surplus auction last month, which resulted in record sales for the agency. Interested parties were able to register and bid on 378 lots/items online. Items consisted of a wide variety of vehicles, tools, furniture, kitchen equipment, computers, office supplies and other items. Auction lots were items from various divisions from within the STPSO, as well as items forfeited by seizure.  Auction…

Inmate Dies After Found Hanging in Cell

An inmate in the St. Tammany Parish Jail was found unresponsive by deputies after apparently hanging himself in his cell late Thursday (February 25) night. The inmate was found hanging at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the isolation cell where he was being held. Jail staff removed the ligature from the inmate’s neck, immediately began CPR and contacted medical personnel. Deputies continued life saving measures until an ambulance arrived. The inmate,…

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