September 2018


Man Posing as ‘Good Samaritan’ Arrested for Tampering with Tire

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Madisonville-area man for purposely flattening a woman’s tire outside of a store on Louisiana Highway 22. Melvin Magee, (DOB 11/5/1964), pretended to be a good Samaritan, offering to help the woman after she exited the Madisonville-area business on Aug. 30 and found one of her tires going flat. The woman was suspicious of the man’s intentions and instead of accepting his…

Wanted Man Arrested After Fleeing Prior to Execution of Search Warrant at Abita-area Home

Update: After he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail, it was discovered the individual who identified himself as Jeremy Meinecke, 36, of Abita Springs, was in fact Joseph Barnes, an individual wanted out of Kentucky for violating parole.  His original charges out of Kentucky included Possession of Heroin, Second Degree Burglary, Second Degree Assault and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Barnes was wanted by the Kentucky Board of Corrections…

Slidell-Area Man Arrested For Sexual Battery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area man on charges of sexual battery. On August 29, 2018, the STPSO received a complaint regarding a sexual battery incident that occurred a day prior (August 28).  The twenty-two year old female victim advised the incident occurred following a social gathering in a Slidell-area subdivision.  The victim identified the offender as 58-year-old David Mannella of Slidell. The subsequent investigation led…

Pursuit with Stolen Vehicle Ends in Gunfire, Three Suspects in Custody

***Update***   While the officer involved shooting portion of this incident remains under investigation, the three arrested subjects were subsequently charged as follows:     Kendrick Neveaux, 17, of New Orleans: Two counts of L.R.S. 14:69 Illegal Possession of Stolen Things (felony) L.R.S. 14:966E Simple Possession of Marijuana L.R.S. 4:26/67.26 Conspiracy to Commit the Theft of a Motor Vehicle L.R.S. 14:69.1 Possession of a Stolen Firearm L.R.S. 14:108 Resisting an…

National Night Out Against Crime set for October 16

Sheriff Randy Smith is excited to announce that a date has been set for National Night Out celebrations in St. Tammany Parish.   On Tuesday, October 16, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will participate in National Night Out Against Crime.   If your neighborhood wishes to participate, and would like a deputy to attend, register your event HERE. Please register your event by Friday, October 5th to be included on the list.  …

Arrest Made Following Robbery at Slidell-area Convenience Store

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a robbery that occurred earlier this month at a Slidell-area convenience store.  Shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday, September 16, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Highway 190 West after an employee reported a man entered the store and demanded all the money from the register.  The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of…

Sheriff Smith Reveals Undercover Operation in Covington that Led to 22 Arrests on Drug Charges

In a press conference today, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith revealed that his Narcotics Task Force successfully conducted an undercover operation in the West 30s neighborhood of Covington that led to 22 arrests of men and women charged with drug related offenses. (see below) “We were asked by community leaders in June of this year to intervene and help remove a dangerous element from this North Covington neighborhood,” Sheriff…

STPSO Investigating Single Vehicle Fatality

Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division are investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred today (Thursday). At approximately 2:15 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal car crash on Fish Hatchery Rd., near Lacombe, LA. The preliminary investigation has revealed the vehicle, a 2005 Honda Accord, was travelling south on Fish Hatchery road when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a…

Man Arrested on Attempted Rape Charges after Early Release from Angola

A man recently released from Angola is back behind bars after he broke into a woman’s house while she was sleeping. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an Alton-area residence, just outside of Pearl River, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 28) after a woman called 911 to report there was a man inside her home. The man was attempting to make entry into her bedroom where she had…

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