Sheriff Donald B. Smith


Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Lake Peekskill Woman Charged With Child Endangerment

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a Lake Peekskill woman is facing a charge of child endangerment.

At about 11:38 a.m. on Thursday, October 12th, a caller dialed 911 and reported that a toddler–later determined to be a two-year old boy–was seen alone and in his bare feet wandering along Lake Drive in the Lake Peekskill section of Putnam Valley. A woman who lives in the neighborhood saw the boy and stayed with him until Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

Sheriff's K-9 Getting Donated Bullet-Proof Vest

K9 wearing a ballistic vest

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that one of the Sheriff’s Office’s patrol canines, “Lex”, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest that is being donated by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts whose stated mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies in providing the potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 members. According to the organization, it has provided over 2,600 protective vests throughout 50 states at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars, with funding raised through private and corporate donations. The organization estimates that there are 30,000 law enforcement K9s in service throughout the United States.

Five Injured in Head-on Crash in Southeast

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that five persons were injured in a two-vehicle head-on collision on Tonetta Lake Road in the Town of Southeast on Sunday, October 15th.

The crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in front of 349 Tonetta Lake Road, just east of the intersection with Coolidge Drive, when a Dodge minivan occupied by three persons collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck occupied by two persons.

Putnam Valley Man Found With Drugs During Traffic Stop

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a Putnam Valley man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in the town. Mr. Keith J. Matthews, aged 33, of 55 Oak Ridge Drive, was arrested on October 10th after deputies pulled him over on the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley.

Ossining Man Killed in Columbus Day Crash on Route 22 in Patterson

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that an Ossining man was killed in a car crash on New York Route 22 in the Town of Patterson yesterday (October 9th).

Mr. Louis Arpi, aged 56, of Croton Street in Ossining, died as the apparent result of trauma injuries he sustained in a head-on collision between the car he was driving and another vehicle. The crash happened at about 6:30 a.m. on Columbus Day on Route 22 near the intersection of Thunder Ridge Road.

Drug Arrests Recorded

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the recent arrests of four persons on drug possession charges in four separate cases. The arrests took place in Patterson, Carmel, Kent and Southeast.

Drunken Driving Arrests Recorded by Sheriff's Office

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the Sheriff’s Office recorded four drunken driving arrests in August. The arrests occurred in Southeast and Carmel.

Drug Arrests Recorded

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the recent arrests of six individuals on drug possession charges in five separate cases. The arrests took place in Putnam Valley, Patterson and Southeast.

Deputy Sheriffs and Medics Revive Overdose Victim With Antidote

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a Patterson man was revived from an apparent narcotics overdose thanks to the life-saving actions of sheriff deputies and paramedics.

At about seven o’clock on Tuesday evening, September 5th, sheriff deputies and paramedics were dispatched to a 911 call from a residence on Concord Road in Patterson. The caller reported that another person in the house was unconscious as the result of a suspected drug overdose.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Carmel and Kent Police Departments Coordinate in STOP-DWI Action

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, Carmel Police Chief Michael Cazzari and Kent Police Chief Alex DiVernieri report that their departments are coordinating increased patrols for drunk drivers along area roadways as the Labor Day Holiday approaches. The stepped up patrols are the latest action in ongoing efforts aimed at deterring intoxicated or impaired driving and is part of a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort in effect from August 18th through September 4th.

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by Dr. Radut