August 2019


Property Tax Sale Statistics Released

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith today released the statistics from the 2018 property tax sale, which was held Monday, July 29, 2019 at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center. A total of 967 properties were scheduled for the sale due to unpaid property taxes.  During the sale, which was held in the misdemeanor courtroom, 728 properties were successfully auctioned. Another 239 properties were adjudicated to the parish. This means that no buyer placed a bid on the property,…

Suit Filed by Former STPSO Employee Dismissed

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Randy Smith have been vindicated in a lawsuit filed by a former employee.  Calvin Lewis, a former captain with the agency, filed the suit after he was terminated in May 2017 for violating the agency’s anti-fraternization policy.  The STPSO’s anti-fraternization policy prohibits romantic or intimate personal or other close relationships between an employee and a known felon, Transitional Work Program inmate, or…

Missing Juveniles Located After Crashing Stolen Truck

Two missing juveniles were located in Mandeville Wednesday morning (Aug. 7) after they crashed the stolen truck they were driving. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a gas station near the intersection of Florida Street and Girod Street in Mandeville shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in reference to a vehicle that had been reported stolen Tuesday (Aug. 6), out of Lafourche Parish.  When deputies approached the green in…

Sheriff Smith Thanks Community, Announces Service Information for Fallen Deputy

Sheriff Randy Smith wishes to thank the local community as well as our “blue family” far and wide for the outpouring of support and care following the tragic death of Corporal Jonathan Panks.  Cpl. Panks, a member of the STPSO Special Operations Division, was driving back to Louisiana Sunday afternoon (August 4), following his bachelor party in Florida, when a driver on Interstate 10 in Mississippi crossed the median and struck Panks'…

Covington-area Man Arrested After Stabbing Father

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Covington-area man Wednesday night (Aug. 7) after he stabbed his father in the chest. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to an apartment off Highway 190 near Covington in reference to a stabbing. Deputies learned the victim, a 54-year-old Madisonville man, was involved in a verbal altercation with his son, Michael Prentice Jr. (DOB 8/7/1998), when the son armed himself…

Alabama Escapee Located at Mandeville-area Residence

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located an escaped inmate from Alabama at a home near Mandeville. Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday (August 12) STPSO deputies responded to a residence on Rollins Street, north of Mandeville, after receiving information that a man wanted out of Alabama was hiding there. Chris Dwayne Williams, (DOB 8/29/1975) was serving a 20-year sentence for manslaughter at the Childersburg Work Release Center, when on July 11, 2019 he left his assigned…

STPSO Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Sheriff Randy Smith is proud to announce that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition for excellence in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The award was presented for the agency’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report…

STPSO Public Records Can be Requested Online

Requesting and obtaining public records from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has been made easier, thanks to a new web-based solution that Sheriff Randy Smith launched today. The new web-based public records software, powered by GovQA, provides the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office the ability to receive and respond to public records requests in a much more efficient manner. The public can now request, issue payment and receive copies of…

Man Arrested After Running Through Yards in Covington-area Neighborhood

A man has been arrested following an exciting morning in a Covington-area neighborhood. Shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday morning (August 24), a resident in Tchefuncta Estates called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after finding a suspicious man in his backyard. The resident had given chase but had lost sight of the man after he fled into another backyard.  While deputies were en route to that call, several more calls…

STPSO to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint this Weekend

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety 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 to combat impaired driving. The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “We hope these checkpoints serve as a deterrent to drinking and…

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