March 2022


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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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.

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.…

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)…

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…

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…

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