August 2021


St. Tammany Parish Jail Covid – 19 Status and Preparedness

As of today, Monday, August 2, 2021, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to provide the following information as it relates to the current status of Covid – 19 in the parish jail and the efforts being made to properly care for the inmates and employees working in the facility. Sheriff Smith and his staff have made concerted efforts to maintain a clean and healthy environment within the…

Abita Springs-area Man Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

An Abita Springs-area man was arrested last week on animal cruelty charges after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies observed a malnourished dog and her puppies at a residence on McIntyre Road. Deputies were responding to a “keep the peace” call Thursday (July 29) at a residence in the 74000 block of McIntyre Road near Abita Springs in reference to a property dispute among family members, when they observed a female…

STPSO Investigating Fatal Crash in Madisonville Area

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a single vehicle crash, which occurred shortly after midnight Wednesday (August 4) on Guste Island Road near Madisonville. The vehicle involved was occupied by four individuals at the time of the crash. Two of those individuals have been pronounced dead, and the remaining two have been transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. All parties are believed to be…

Investigation Into Fatal Crash Continues

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies are continuing the investigation into the late-night crash that claimed the lives of two teenagers on Guste Island Road near Madisonville. While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, members of the STPSO Traffic Division believe the 2019 white Honda civic was traveling southbound on Guste Island Road shortly after midnight Wednesday (Aug. 4) morning at a high rate of speed when it…

Sheriff Smith attends Ribbon Cutting for local Mental Health Center

On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, Sheriff Randy Smith was honored to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the NESS Center in Mandeville. The NESS Center is located at the Northlake Behavioral Health System on U.S. Highway 190 in Mandeville. It is a comprehensive outpatient clinic providing various treatments for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse disorders. The center has a team of licensed healthcare professionals who…

Driver Fleeing from One Crash Causes Another

A Slidell man is facing hit-and-run charges after he fled from one crash as St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were pulling up, and ultimately caused a second crash. At approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday (Aug.6) two deputies with the STPSO Traffic Division were driving on U.S. Highway 190 when they observed two vehicles on the side of the roadway near Louis Prima Drive. One of the motorists appeared to be irate,…

STPSO Looking for Missing Special Needs Child

***UPDATE *** St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies with the Special Operation Division recovered the body of 10 year old, Avani Cook, at approximately 730 this evening. The young girl was located in a near – by pond. The preliminary investigation indicates, for unknown reasons, the 10 year old walked to the area of the pond and entered it before drowning. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office responded to the scene…

Sheriff Smith wants to warn the public about a Scam

Sheriff Randy Smith wants to warn the public of a scam victimizing local residents. Unknown person(s) are contacting local residents via telephone and threatening them into sending money in lieu of being arrested. Often, the unknown perpetrators portray themselves to be with a local police agency, and have even impersonated members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. To make matters worse, a Spoof App is often used, making it…

STPSO Participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other local law enforcement agencies in a coordinated effort to reduce impaired driving fatalities during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. As part of the state-wide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs August 20 through September 6, additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers. The campaign, which is coordinated and funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety…

SWAT arrests subject after hostage situation

On Saturday, August 21, 2021, shortly before 7:00 pm, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office responded to 160 Grand Lake Drive, Covington, La, in reference to reported possible hostage situation. A male called and reported his son lived at the stated address, was suspected to be off his medication, and possibly holding a female against her will. Upon arrival, deputies attempted to safely make contact with someone, but instead observed…

FBI Agent Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

An employee with the New Orleans FBI Field Office was arrested Sunday (August 22) after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to her Slidell-area residence. Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday night, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in Clipper Estates after a resident at the home called 911. Upon arrival, deputies learned Amberly Boyle (DOB 10/18/1977), an agent with the FBI New Orleans Office, had got into an…

Slidell-area Man Arrested for Having Sex with Animals

A Slidell-area man has been arrested after it was discovered he engaged in sexually abusive behavior with animals. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Ord Starling (DOB 6/27/1969) Wednesday (August 25) on 32 counts of Sexual Abuse of Animals. Detectives began investigating Starling after a complaint was made into his possible inappropriate behavior involving animals.  A search warrant executed at his Victoria Way residence resulted in the discovery of numerous images and videos of animals being sexually…

Sheriff Smith Asking Residents to Prepare Now for Storm

As St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office prepares Friday for the approach of what is expected to be Hurricane Ida, Sheriff Randy Smith is asking for residents to do the same.   Sheriff Randy Smith met Friday morning with his executive staff in preparation for the storm, while members of the Operations Division mobilized high water rescue vehicles on both the east and west sides of the parish in preparation for…

STPSO Investigating After Apparent Alligator Attack

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an apparent alligator attack, which occurred around midday Monday (August 30). At approximately noon Monday a resident in Avery Estates off Highway 90 in Slidell contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after her 71-year-old husband was attacked and apparently killed by an alligator while walking in flood waters following Hurricane Ida. She told deputies she was inside her residence when…

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