Sheriff Donald B. Smith


Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Shane Reese Podcast

Recently, Sheriff Smith appeared on the Shane Reese Podcast discussing safety concerns of larger tractor-trailers on our highways.

Westchester Men Face Felony Criminal Mischief Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of two Westchester County men on felony charges following an incident in the Town of Philipstown.

Help Stop Bigger Tractor-Trailers

Sheriff and Deputy MagazineClick to download
–Longer, heavier trucks endanger deputies and the public–

By Sheri Don Smith

I wrote a piece published in Sheriff magazine early last year about law enforcement’s numerous concerns with longer and heavier tractor-trailers, and how a handful of special interests on Capitol Hill want to unleash them onto our nation’s highways. Here’s the good news: Congress rejected several attempts to push through bigger-truck legislation in late 2015. One bill would have increased the national truck weight limit from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds, and other legislation called for allowing double-trailer trucks 91 feet in length.

Now for the bad news: These same powerful companies show no sign of backing down until they get their way.

You may ask why we, as sheriffs, should get involved in the issue of truck size and weight. In short, longer and heavier tractor-trailers add new dangers to the highway.

As a military veteran and a pro-business, limited-government conservative, I value the role private business plays in our economy. But it should never override the need to protect our citizens, our families, or our law enforcement officers. My duty is to protect the people of Putnam County, New York, and my deputies working on the roadside. Bigger trucks undermine that responsibility.

Mahopac Man Faces Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Mahopac man on drug possession charges.

Mahopac Woman Faces Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Mahopac woman on drug possession charges.

Lake Carmel Man Faces Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Lake Carmel man on drug-related charges.

Kent Man Charged With Driving While Intoxicated

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Kent man on a Driving While Intoxicated charge.

Brewster Man Faces Domestic Violence Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Brewster man on domestic violence charges during an incident at a Mahopac residence.

Report of Armed Home Intruders Prompts Heavy Police Response in Putnam Lake

MAN ARRESTED AFTER REPORT FOUND TO BE FALSE
John Sheehan

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith advises that a man’s call reporting armed intruders at a home in Putnam Lake prompted a large police response overnight. The call later proved to be false, resulting in the arrest of the man for falsely reporting an incident.

Mr. John Sheehan, aged 28, of 15 Jerome Drive in Putnam Lake was arrested in the incident. He faces a misdemeanor charge in the case.

At about 11:20 P.M. last evening (Friday, July 29th) sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a 911 call in Putnam Lake, where they encountered Mr. Sheehan. He told them that he was dog-sitting for a friend in the same neighborhood, had just gone to the friend’s house to walk the dog and saw several persons inside the house who were armed with firearms and wearing masks. He said he fled from the house and ran to another friend’s nearby residence, from where the 911 call was made.

Man Nabbed in String of Cold Spring Burglaries

SUSPECT ALSO FACING CHARGES IN DUTCHESS & WESTCHESTER

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that David A. Gipson, aged 42, is facing charges in a string of burglaries in the Village of Cold Spring over the last two months.

Sergeant Michael Szabo Named Marine Law Enforcement Officer of Year

Undersheriff Peter Convery, Sgt. Michael Szabo, State Parks representative Richard Stefanski, Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Captain Thomas VelottiUndersheriff Peter Convery, Sgt. Michael Szabo, State Parks representative Richard Stefanski, Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Captain Thomas Velott

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Michael Szabo has been named the New York State Marine Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2016.

Sgt. Szabo was selected as the award recipient from among the ranks of marine law enforcement officers across the entire state. The selection committee was comprised of officials from the Bureau of Marine Services–a division of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.

State Parks representatives Richard Stefanski and Timothy McGuire visited the Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday) to present the award to Sgt. Szabo. The award was conferred upon Sgt. Szabo at a ceremony attended by a number of Sheriff’s Office personnel and members of the sergeant’s family.

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