July 2018


STPSO Sheriff Completes 2019 Budget, Includes Raises for Employees

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith’s conservative planning and foresight allows for the completion of a balanced budget in the wake of revenue shortages. When Sheriff Smith took office in 2016 he inherited a department that employed in excess of 750 people.  Today, the leaner and more focused agency employs just over 640 full-time employees.  In anticipation of the voters’ decision to pay less in taxes for some government services,…

STPSO Investigating Overnight Shooting in Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning (July 8 ) in the Slidell area that left one man critically injured. STPSO deputies were dispatched to Sunset Drive in the Slidell area around 12:30 a.m. after a caller reported a person had been shot.    When deputies arrived, they discovered one male victim who was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The shooting reportedly took place following…

Property Tax Sale to be Held Monday

It’s Not Too Late to Pay Delinquent Taxes St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith reminds the public that the annual tax sale of properties within St. Tammany Parish will occur Monday, July 16, 2018 starting at 10 a.m. It is not too late for property owners to settle delinquent tax bills prior to the sale.  Property tax payments may be made Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.…

Krentel Case Still Active Investigation at One-year Anniversary

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Nanette Krentel this weekend, Sheriff Randy Smith wants the public and her family and friends to know the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office remains committed to working and solving this case. Krentel’s badly burned body was located inside the remains of her Lacombe-area home after fire burned the residence to the ground on July 14, 2017. An autopsy conducted by…

Domestic Incident Leads to SWAT Standoff, Arrest

A domestic incident resulted in a stand-off with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s SWAT team in a Slidell-area neighborhood Friday night ( July 13 ). St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a residence located in south Slidell shortly before 9:00 p.m. in reference to an altercation between a pregnant woman and her live-in boyfriend. The woman reported that she was engaged in a verbal altercation with her boyfriend, Steven Cayou (DOB…

STPSO Narcotics Task Force Targets Meth Use

  Since March 2018, the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force, along with the assistance of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Division, has conducted multiple narcotics related investigations in and around the areas of Pearl River, Hickory and Talisheek.  The STPSO Narcotics Task Force, which is composed of detectives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mandeville Police Department and Slidell Police Department, strategically collaborated with multiple…

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest in Shoplifting Case

Proactive policing and an alert deputy resulted in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office clearing two shoplifting cases last week. On July 10, a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop after a vehicle was observed speeding on Interstate 12. The driver initially provided the deputy with a fake name, but was ultimately identified as Shabrelle Deanne Gay (DOB 1/31/1989) of Oklahoma City,…

STPSO Deputies Equipped with NARCAN to aid in Overdoses

An initiative by Sheriff Randy Smith has equipped St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies with NARCAN, a drug that counteracts the effects of opioids in users who have overdosed. This initiative is in response to the continued rise of opioid-related overdoses in St. Tammany Parish and the increase in accidental exposure cases to law enforcement. The single-use doses are in the form of a nasal spray and can be…

STPSO and School Board Partner to Launch School Resource Officer Program in 25 Public School

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the St. Tammany Parish School Board to place a School Resource Officer in 25 public schools throughout the parish beginning on August 9 for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. SROs provide law enforcement services to schools and school grounds. SROs are specially trained, commissioned, armed law enforcement officers who work in collaboration with schools to provide a safe learning…

Covington Men Arrested in Connection with Lacombe Drive by Shooting

STPSO Detectives have arrested three Covington men in connection with a drive by shooting that took place in Lacombe, La on Monday, July 16. On Monday (July 16) shortly after 8:00 pm, a drive-by shooting was reported in the area of North Pontchartrain Dr. in Lacombe, La.  The initial investigation revealed shots were fired toward a residence from the roadway, and several of those shots struck the residence, which was…

Arrest Made in Covington-area Vehicle Burglaries

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Covington man in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred last week in the Covington area. Vehicles outside of multiple residences in two different subdivisions off Harrison Avenue (Dogpound Rd.) were burglarized between late Tuesday (July 24) and early Wednesday (July 25). In all cases, the vehicles had been left unlocked. During the course of the investigation, detectives developed a…

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