February 2023


Woman Driving Old School Bus Takes STPSO Deputies on Pursuit

A Florida woman who was driving an old, repurposed school bus is in custody after a pursuit with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday (Feb. 7) morning. Just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, STPSO deputies received a call from employees of a gas station in the 2200 block of Florida Street in Mandeville after a woman came into the store carrying a blowtorch and said she was looking for the local…

Extra STPSO Deputies Patrolling, Looking for Drunk Drivers During Mardi Gras

Sheriff Randy Smith wants to make sure everyone remains safe this Carnival 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 Carnival season by participating in the special Mardi Gras Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. As part of the state-wide campaign, which runs February 10 through February 21 and is funded by the Louisiana Highway…

Wanted Individual Taken Into Custody Despite Jumping Into a Bayou

You can run; you can hide; you can even attempt to swim across a bayou, but what you can’t do is get away from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies. Wednesday (February 8) afternoon, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies and detectives assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Service in apprehending a wanted individual. Warrants were issued for the arrest of Ernest Day (DOB 11/12/1984) when he failed to show up for court in…

Student Arrested After Bringing Airsoft Gun on School Bus

A junior high school student has been arrested after he brought an airsoft gun on a school bus Friday (February 10) morning. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted after a citizen observed a student at a bus stop with what appeared to be a gun.  With the help of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System, deputies were able to identify and locate the bus involved. Deputies met…

STPSO Detectives Recover Stolen Tools, Make Arrests

Working together with patrol deputies, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office have recovered more than $10,000 worth of tools stolen from residences in the Lee Road and Million Dollar Road area. Three residents reported tools stolen from outbuildings on their property over the past two weeks, and after receiving an anonymous tip about some of the tools being sold over social media, STPSO patrol deputies and STPSO detectives…

Joint Operation Between STPSO and State Police Results in Drug Arrests

It wasn’t a happy Valentine’s Day for the players in a Lacombe-area drug operation thanks to the work of detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division and the Louisiana State Police Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force (Region 1). However, it was a clear win for St. Tammany residents as a large cache of illegal narcotics, stolen guns and drug proceeds was taken off the streets and three big players…

Sheriff Smith Names 2022 STPSO Deputy of the Year

Sheriff Randy Smith has named the 2022 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year – Deputy Michael Helbach. Deputy Helbach has served the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for the past 17 years. He began his career in 2005 shortly after graduating from Slidell High School. After having a successful career in Corrections, Deputy Helbach transferred to Criminal Patrol in 2018, and eventually to our Special Operations Division…

STPSO Deputies Involved in Incident with Suicidal Subject

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a suicidal subject, who ultimately took his own life at a residence near Slidell Wednesday evening. At approximately 5:45 p.m. Wednesday (February 15), STPSO deputies responded to a 911 call received from a Slidell resident.  During the course of the telephone call, the man informed the dispatcher he was armed with a firearm and voiced suicidal ideations. Responding deputies located the man sitting…

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, February 25, at noon, Krewe Du Pooch will be rolling on the Mandeville Lakefront. K-9 Echo, a 7-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 9…

STPSO Investigating Fatal Crash Near Pearl River

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash which occurred Tuesday (February 28) evening near Pearl River. Shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, a GMC Terrain was being driven eastbound on Pine Street Extension when the driver attempted to turn left into a driveway in the 36000 block.  The Terrain crossed into the path of a westbound motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead on the…

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