Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Connecticut Woman Drove While Intoxicated With Children in Car

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Connecticut woman on charges that she drove in an intoxicated condition with minor passengers in her vehicle. Ms. Sandra L. Diehl, aged 45, of 27 Jeremy Drive in New Fairfield, faces a felony charge in the incident.

Man Menaced Deputy & Trooper With Box Cutter in Putnam Valley

Mark TomkinsMark Tomkins

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Dutchess County man on multiple charges after he allegedly threatened a sheriff’s deputy and a state trooper with a box cutter following a disturbance in Putnam Valley.

On March 27, 2017 at 10:09 p.m., a deputy sheriff and a state trooper responded to a 911 call reporting an altercation between persons at a residence on Lake Drive in the Lake Peekskill section of Putnam Valley. Along Lake Drive near the residence, the deputy and trooper encountered one of the parties involved in the incident, a Mr. Mark D. Tomkins, aged 36, of 1577 Route 292 in Holmes, Dutchess County.

Mr. Tomkins, who reportedly appeared to be intoxicated, became hostile and allegedly drew a box cutter from the waistband of his pants and brandished it in a threatening manner toward the deputy and trooper. The defendant was ordered repeatedly to drop the weapon and he eventually complied, but he then allegedly resisted arrest and had to be subdued.

Sheriff Encourages Support for Sheriffs' Institute

Sheriff’s summer campThe Sheriffs’ Summer Camp gives boys and girls from economically challenged circumstances an opportunity to experience all the traditional activities of summer camp while interacting with deputies from around New York State. Here a deputy conducts a character education workshop with a group of truly happy campers. 

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is encouraging community residents to support the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, which began its annual Honorary Membership drive in Putnam County this week.

The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families. Institute programs include the following:

Sheriffs’ Summer Camp: Almost 900 children from across New York State attend the sheriffs’ camp for economically challenged children, which is located on Keuka Lake. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays all costs for the campers, including transportation, a week of camp, meals, and traditional camp activities like sailing, archery and crafts. The camp is in its 41st year of operation.

Putnam Valley Man Sold Marihuana to Undercover Deputy

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Putnam Valley man on charges of marijuana possession and sale.

Kent Couple Facing Robbery Charges

Eric A. Hawkins and Jennifer GiorgioEric A. Hawkins and Jennifer Giorgio

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Kent couple on robbery charges after they allegedly stole beer from a local supermarket. A store detective was reportedly punched when he tried to stop them. Mr. Eric A. Hawkins, aged 29, and his girlfriend, Ms. Jennifer Giorgio, aged 44, both of 8 Muscarella Court in Kent, face felony charges in the case.

At about 10:45 a.m. on March 21st, Deputy Sheriffs Christopher Tompkins, Christopher Irwin and Paul Maglietta were dispatched to a 911 call from the ShopRite Supermarket located on Route 52 in Carmel. A store detective at the market told deputies that a man and woman–later identified as Mr. Hawkins and Ms. Giorgio–had allegedly stolen beer and soft drinks from the market and that Mr. Hawkins had allegedly punched the store detective when he tried to stop them. The suspects fled the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival.

Bronxville Man Dealt Marihuana in Putnam

Anthony BucajAnthony Bucaj

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Westchester resident for alleged marijuana dealing in Putnam County. Mr. Anthony Bucaj, aged 56, of 58 McGregory Avenue in Bronxville, is facing several felony and misdemeanor charges in the Town of Carmel.

In January, the Town of Kent Police Department, while investigating an unrelated case, developed information that Mr. Bucaj was allegedly dealing drugs in the neighboring Town of Carmel. The Kent PD passed along that information to the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU). The NEU opened an investigation and, consequently, an undercover deputy sheriff made alleged purchases of marijuana from Mr. Bucaj on at least three occasions. On March 22nd, members of the NEU and Kent PD took the subject into custody in the parking lot of a shopping plaza in Carmel.

Philipstown Traffic Stop Nets Pennsylvania Fugitive With Stolen Gun and Drugs

Benjamin Franklin StineBenjamin Franklin Stine

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a traffic stop made by a deputy sheriff in Philipstown resulted in weapon and drug charges against the driver, who was also wanted in Pennsylvania on a warrant.

At about 1:19 a.m. on March 22nd, Deputy Sheriff Ronald Yeager was patrolling along U.S. Route 9 in Philipstown when he pulled over a car for having an excessively loud muffler. During the course of that stop, the deputy ran a computer check on the driver, Mr. Benjamin Franklin Stine, IV, aged 24, of 43 Forest Street in Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania, which revealed that he was wanted on a bench warrant issued in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania for a probation violation.

The Sheriff’s Office communicated with Susquehanna County authorities, who advised that they would extradite Mr. Stine back to that jurisdiction on the warrant. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Stine was allegedly in possession of a stolen and loaded .32 caliber revolver, an illegal gravity knife, hypodermic needles, and quantities of substances suspected to be crystal methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

Danbury Man Arrested for Drug Possession and Drugged Driving

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Danbury man on charges of drug possession and driving while impaired by drugs in the Town of Southeast.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on March 18th, Deputy Sheriff Francis McDonough was patrolling along Route 22 in Southeast when he reportedly saw a car travelling on that road with its muffler dragging on the pavement. The deputy stopped the driver of the car and identified him as Mr. Eric J. Henry, aged 19, of 78 Highland Avenue in Danbury, Connecticut.

Mahopac Man Cited for Driving While Intoxicated

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Mahopac man on a charge of driving while intoxicated (“DWI”).

Around 9:00 p.m. on March 18th, Deputy Sheriff Eric Hayes was patrolling in his cruiser along U.S. Route 6 near Baldwin Lane in Mahopac, when he spotted a car being operated in an erratic manner on Route 6. The deputy pulled over the driver, who was identified as Mr. Brian P. Gallagher, aged 59, of 18 Baldwin Lane.

Southeast Woman Charged With Shoplifting Cosmetics

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Town of Southeast woman on a charge that she allegedly shoplifted items from the Kohl’s Department Store in that town. Ms. Laura A. Snyder, aged 34, of 973 Route 22, was charged with petit larceny in the incident.


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