August 2018


Sheriff Smith Continues Focus on Ethics in Public Service

At the request of Sheriff Randy Smith, Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office recently looked into the actions of Ricky Steinert and Nathan Stokes, two former deputies.  The results of these investigations have been turned over to District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office remains committed to assisting the D.A. in any way possible. Sheriff Smith issued the following statement concerning this matter: “When I took…

Local Juvenile Arrested for Threat Made Against Christ Episcopal Last School Year

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with the threat that was made against Christ Episcopal School late last school year. Recall, on Sunday May 13, an email was sent via a response to an event invite to high school students and their parents. The email included language that could be perceived as a threat. The Sheriff's Office began coordinating immediately with school officials to…

Arrests Made in Slidell-area Vehicle Burglaries

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two individuals responsible for a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Slidell area last month. Between July 7 and July 11, 2018, an area of unincorporated Slidell was hit with a rash of vehicle burglaries, during which at least two firearms, a cell phone, electronics, and more than $1,000 in cash were stolen from unlocked vehicles.   On July 10, the…

Suspicious Activity Leads to Seizure of Guns, Drugs and Multiple Arrests

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested three Covington-area individuals on drug and gun related charges following an investigation of suspicious activity. Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday (August 8), a St. Tammany Parish criminal patrol deputy was patrolling a Covington-area neighborhood located off Harrison Avenue, when he observed a subject peek his head up and out of the rear, open bed of a parked pickup truck.  The deputy…

STPSO Participating in National Labor Day Campaign to Stop Drunk Driving

Summer’s nearly over, and the Labor Day holiday might be your last chance to enjoy warm weather fun. Let’s make sure we’re enjoying it safely. Whether you’re driving to a cookout, the beach, or on a family trip: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  As the Labor Day holiday is one of the most dangerous on our roads, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other state and local law…

Arrest Made in Slidell-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a New Orleans man in connection with a Slidell-area shooting that left one man critically injured last month. STPSO deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Sunset Drive around 12:30 a.m. on July 8 after a caller reported a person had been shot following an altercation. Detectives learned the shooting took place following two separate physical altercations that occurred between the victim and…

Two Juveniles Arrested Following Pursuit With Stolen Vehicle

Two Tangipahoa Parish juveniles have been charged following a pursuit with a stolen vehicle. At approximately 6:45p.m. Tuesday (August 21) while patrolling Ronald Reagan Highway in Covington, LA, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy observed a pickup truck matching the description of one that had been previously reported stolen this morning, out of the Hammond area. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the pickup truck, and when…

Sheriff Smith Meets with Krentel’s Family, Releases Additional Details

Sheriff Randy Smith and detectives met Wednesday (August 22) with Stephen Krentel and members of Nanette Krentel’s family to provide an update on the investigation into Nanette Krentel’s death. During these meetings, Sheriff Smith shared with family members some previously unreleased details surrounding the case, including the whereabouts of Stephen and Bryan Krentel on July 14, 2017, and video footage obtained of an individual believed to be Nanette Krentel at…

DWI Checkpoint Planned for Labor Day Weekend

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a DWI checkpoint over the long Labor Day weekend at an undisclosed location in St. Tammany Parish.  The checkpoint is part of the ongoing, proactive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to combat impaired driving.  The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “We are out there every day looking for…

Stepping Up for Change: STPSO Tackles Mental Illness in Community and Jail

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in a multi-day workshop this week for the development of integrated strategies to identify and respond to the needs of justice-involved adults with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Crisis Intervention Training Strategic Action Planning, sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR Initiative and Policy Research Associates, is a workshop designed to help communities identify existing community resources, service gaps, and opportunities for…

Texas Murder Suspect Arrested in Lacombe

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, assisted Friday morning (August 31) in the apprehension of a man wanted in connection with a Pasadena, Texas murder. The arrested subject, Silvano Echavarria, was wanted for the beating death of an elderly man which occurred outside a Pasadena apartment complex earlier this month. Members of the Task Force made contact with…

Lakeshore High Student Arrested For Terrorizing

A 14-year-old student from Lakeshore High School was arrested Thursday evening (August 30) after making statements that involved her intent to harm other students.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to Lakeshore High School at approximately 3:15 p.m. Thursday (August 30) after school administrators notified the School Resource Officer of claims made by two students that another student was planning to harm other students.  The 14 year-old student…

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