October 2020


Mississippi Man Arrested in St. Tammany on Attempted Murder Charge

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Mississippi man on an attempted first-degree murder charge following an investigation into an incident that occurred involving a Mandeville-area juvenile. In late August, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives began an investigation after an 8-year-old male claimed Jared Davis (DOB  9/27/1982) had attempted to strangle him while at his residence in Mandeville. The month-long investigation resulted in a warrant being issued for…

STPSO to Participate in National Night Out Tuesday Evening

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will join other law enforcement agencies Tuesday evening (October 6) to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime. Several National Night Out parties will be hosted throughout the parish. National Night Out is a nationwide crime prevention event. The night is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. It is a great chance to learn about…

Covington-area Man Wanted Following Lacombe Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Covington-area man who is wanted following a shooting that occurred Sunday (October 4) night in the Lacombe area. At approximately 10:00 p.m. Sunday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 25000 block of West Spruce Street in Lacombe in reference to a shooting. Responding deputies located two males with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victims told deputies an acquaintance,…

Folsom-area Couple Arrested After Burglarizing Local Church

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Folsom-area couple after they burglarized a local church. On October 4, the pastor of a small rural church on Hay Hollow Road near Folsom contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to report the church building had been burglarized sometime during the previous week, and someone had stolen several pieces of music equipment. During the investigations, STPSO detectives learned a similar…

STPSO Sex Offender Division Receives Grant

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Sex Offender Registry Division is a recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking.   The $129,202 grant will be funded through the Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. The money will allow the agency to upgrade technology and hire an additional person to help handle the increasing workload of the division. …

K9 Deputy Thor Retires After Eight Years of Service

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is honored to announce the retirement of K-9 Deputy Thor, effective Oct. 15, 2020. K9 Deputy Thor began his career with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in December of 2012 and provided eight years of dedicated service to the men and women of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of St. Tammany.  He worked as a dual-purpose canine, and was…

STPSO Participating in National Drug Take Back Initiative Saturday

This Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in a one-day collaborative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove unused and expired medications from homes and medicine cabinets. Bring your pills for disposal to the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road in Slidell; to the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd. in Covington: or to Lakeview Regional…

Connecticut Man Arrested After Heroin Found Hidden in his Vehicle

A Connecticut man was arrested Wednesday (October 21) by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after he was caught attempting to transport heroin through the parish. At approximately noon on Wednesday, a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country after observing the vehicle swerve while driving northbound on Interstate 59 near Slidell. During the traffic stop,…

Deputy Finds Makings of Grow Operation While Investigating Suspicious Vehicle

While investigating a suspicious vehicle in the Lacombe area Wednesday (October 21) night, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located the makings of a marijuana grow operation. A deputy was conducting routine patrols on Bremermann Road in Lacombe when he observed a suspicious vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Raymond Justice DOB 9/13/1998) of Bradenton, Florida, told deputies he was travelling to Florida from California.  Inside the vehicle, the deputies located 170…

Former Slidell Pastor Arrested on Warrants for Molestation

The former pastor of a Slidell-area church was booked Thursday (October 22) night into a Georgia jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish, after detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for his arrest on molestation charges. An investigation into claims Patrick Wattigny had sexually abused a minor in 2013 while serving as pastor of St. Luke’s Church in Slidell, culminated Thursday with the St.…

Arrest Made in Wilson Road Murder

***Update*** The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a second individual in connection with the murder of Everett Wayne Finely. Melissa Smith (DOB 2/26/1996), was arrested Saturday (October 24 morning at a residence in Waynesboro, Mississippi. She was booked into the Wayne County Jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish. She is currently en route to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where she will be booked on…

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