Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Hit and Run Driver Being Sought


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a man who was walking along N.Y. Route 22 (U.S. Route 202) in the Town of Southeast yesterday (Sunday, August 27th) was critically injured after he was struck by a vehicle that then left the scene. Investigators are searching for the driver and vehicle involved in the hit and run.

The victim is identified as Mr. Balvino Ramos Lopez, aged 48, whose last known address is 62 Main Street in Brewster. He was reportedly walking in a northbound direction along Route 22/202 at about 8:30 P.M. on Sunday, just south of the Jaipore Royal Indian restaurant, when he was struck by a northbound vehicle. Subsequently, another motorist came upon the scene, saw the victim lying in the middle of the northbound lane and called 911.

Bicyclist Killed in Route 6 Crash Identified

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the bicyclist who was struck by a car and killed on Route 6 in Southeast on Friday, August 25th, has been identified. The victim was Mr. David Eric Wellin, aged 68, who lived on Lilac Lane in Danbury, Connecticut.

Scammers Soliciting Donations for Bogus Little League Yearbooks

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is warning area residents to be on guard against scam artists who reportedly have posed as fundraisers for local Little League baseball organizations.

Car and Bicycle Collision on U.S. Route 6 in Southeast Claims Life of Connecticut Man

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a car and bicycle collision along U.S. Route 6 in Southeast today (Friday) has claimed the life of the cyclist, a man from Connecticut.

Fox Attacks Woman in Mahopac

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a woman in Mahopac was attacked by a fox on Saturday, August 5th.

The woman was in the yard of her home on Agor Lane in Mahopac at about 5:45 p.m. on Saturday when a gray fox emerged from nearby woods and attacked her. The animal bit her on the left ankle and clawed her right ankle and foot, drawing blood.

Florida Man Facing Drug Charge in Carmel

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Florida man on a drug possession charge in Carmel.

Connecticut Man Charged With Unlicensed Operation

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Connecticut man on a charge of unlicensed operation.

On July 23, 2017 at approximately 12:15 a.m., Mr. Eli Post, 35, of New Milford, Connecticut, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree. A deputy had stopped Mr. Post after observing him commit a traffic violation on US Route 6, in the Town of Southeast, and subsequently determined that the man held a suspended license.

Sheriff Smith in Hospital


In response to inquiries from the public and media, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is providing this information concerning the hospitalization of Sheriff Donald B. Smith.

New Sheriff's Office Motorcycle Dedicated to Memory of Mark R. Gilmore:

members of the  Putnam County Sheriff's Office Motorcycle Unit, with new motorcycleDeputy William Verrastro (left) and Deputy Anthony Tolve (right), members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Unit, with new motorcycle dedicated to the memory of deceased Senior Investigator Mark R. Gilmore.-Photo courtesy of Sheriff’s Office.

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his office has dedicated a new patrol motorcycle to the memory of Mark R. Gilmore, who was the Sheriff’s Senior Investigator in charge of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit at the time of his death on March 1, 2017. He died at age 54 from a heart attack suffered while off-duty.

Senior Investigator Gilmore also served as a motorcycle officer during his 28-year career in the Sheriff’s Office. “In recognition of Mark’s devotion to duty as a motor officer over the years, as well as his life-long personal love for riding, we thought it most fitting to memorialize Mark by emblazoning his name and badge number on the new motorcycle,” said the Sheriff.

The motorcycle was unveiled on Saturday, July 22nd, at a fundraising event held to benefit Sr. Inv. Gilmore’s widow, Amy, and his daughter Mattingly, and also to benefit Deputy Sheriff Michael Schmidt and his family. Deputy Schmidt, who has served as the Youth & Community Services Officer for the Sheriff’s Office, is battling a rare form of cancer. The event, organized by the Sheriff’s Office PBA, was a barbecue held at the Patterson Fire Department grounds that was attended by many Sheriff’s Office employees and their families, as well as a number of police officers from various area departments and other supporters.

Sheriff Warns of Recent Scam Phone Calls

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is warning area merchants of a telephone scam which has been detected recently in Putnam County.


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