November 2020


Arrest Made After Narcotics Located During Traffic Stop

A Nevada resident was arrested Tuesday after illegal narcotics were located hidden inside his vehicle during a traffic stop near Covington. At approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday (November 3) deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a routine traffic stop on a white Nissan Altima that was headed eastbound on Interstate 12. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Sirtevin M. Moore (DOB 5/19/1993) of Las…

STPSO Investigating Fatal Vehicle Crash

Shortly before 10 p.m. Friday night, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a fatal vehicle crash in the 74000 block of Downs Avenue near Abita Springs. A Hyundai sedan was traveling on Downs Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The sedan exited the roadway and struck a culvert. The occupants of the vehicle,  a 24-year-old Abita Springs man and a 24-year-old Franklinton…

STPSO Employees Support Local Food Banks, Breast Cancer Research

Pictured with Sheriff Randy Smith, are Yvette Roussel, development director for the Northshore Food Bank; and Raul Stich, food bank coordinator for the Samaritan Center.   Through the St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff’s Association, STPSO employees donated checks for more than $500 each to the Northshore Food Bank and the Samaritan Center thanks to the success of the annual Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree held October 30. The money collected is in…

Operator of Animal Rescue Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

The operator of a Pearl River-area dog rescue was arrested Monday (November 9) on animal cruelty charges. Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies accompanied employees with St. Tammany Parish Animal Control to a residence in the 39000 block of West Porters Road in Pearl River.  Upon arriving at the residence, deputies found 45 greyhounds living inside the home. The dogs were found covered in urine and feces,…

Cocaine Located During Traffic Stop on I-12

Nearly 50 pounds of cocaine was located Thursday (November 12) during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 12. At approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Ford F150 that was eastbound on I-12 near Lacombe. The driver of the truck, which was registered out of Florida, was identified as Sergio Pereyra (DOB 5/31/1999), and the passenger was identified as…

Mandeville Business Owner Faces More Fraud Charges

More charges have been added for the owner of a Mandeville-are interior design company. Back in February 2020, St. Tammany Parish Financial Crimes Investigators arrested Danielle Matherne Gaspard, owner of Belissimo Interior Design Build, for six counts of felony theft.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating Gaspard in early February after numerous residents reported they had paid her money to complete jobs which were either not started or not…

Sun Clerk Arrested for Theft, Malfeasance

The head clerk for the Village of Sun was arrested Friday (November 13) for theft and malfeasance in office after it was discovered she stole more than $4,000 of village funds.  On August 15, 2020, William Talley, the mayor of the Village of Sun, discovered evidence of embezzlement from the village’s finances.  The village conducted an internal investigation and determined the village’s head clerk, Virginia Marie Bays (DOB 5/27/1959), had systematically…

Arrest Made Following Slidell-area Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sherriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Monday (November 16) morning near Slidell. STPSO deputies were dispatched to a gas station near the intersection of U.S. Highway 11 and Powell Drive at approximately 7 a.m. Monday after a customer reported he had been robbed at gunpoint while leaving the store. The victim told deputies a man who was…

STPSO Investigating Alton-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in the Alton area near Slidell that has left one individual dead and another injured. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.  

One Dead, One Injured Following Alton-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting which occurred Tuesday (November 17) evening in the Alton area. At approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 62000 block of N. 16th Street in reference to a shooting. One individual was pronounced dead on scene and another individual was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The body of the deceased was turned…

STPSO Awarded Funding for Checkpoints, Underage Drinking Enforcement

As an ongoing commitment to keeping our roadways safe, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $167,750 grant by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to be utilized as part of the statewide Fatal and Injury Crash Reduction Effort. The primary objective of this effort is to reduce fatal and injury crashes on Louisiana roadways, and funds will be used to supply additional manpower to conduct extra seat…

Slidell-area Man Wanted in Connection with Shooting

A Slidell-area man is wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred Tuesday (November 17) night near Slidell. At approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Bluebird Street in reference to gunshots. The subsequent investigation revealed that a family dispute at a residence on Bluebird Street escalated into a fight, and numerous shots were fired at a vehicle occupied by two…

STPSO Participating in Click It or Ticket Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the National Click It or Ticket campaign over the Thanksgiving Holiday. As part of this national campaign, the STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on local highways to conduct extra seat belt enforcement and checkpoints during Thanksgiving week, November 23-29. The extra manpower is being provided for this initiative by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which also helps fund…

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