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.

New Hampshire Man Faces Larceny, Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a New Hampshire man on charges of larceny and drug possession.

Trio Face Marijuana Possession Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of two men and a woman on marijuana possession charges.

Sheriff Warns Businesses of Telephone Scam

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith wishes to warn local businesses of a telephone scam that has been perpetrated by an unknown subject.

Brewster Man Faces Drug Charge

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

Patterson Men Face Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of two Patterson men on drug charges.

Dutchess Woman Charged With Unlicensed Operation

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

On October 19, 2016 at 2:34 p.m., Deputy Sheriff William Quick stopped a motorist who had committed a traffic violation on Route 9 in the Town of Philipstown.

Mahopac Couple Brought Kids to Drug Deal

Philip C. Callaci and Dawn Lagatella

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a man and a woman from Mahopac brought their two young children with them when they went to make a drug deal in that hamlet. Mr. Philip C. Callaci, aged 49, and Ms. Dawn Lagatella, aged 38, of 1 Parker Drive in Mahopac, face drug dealing and child endangerment charges in the case. The alleged incident took place on Wednesday, October 26th.

The couple, who are described as boyfriend and girlfriend, allegedly drove together in a car to the parking lot of a Mahopac gas station on Wednesday afternoon, where they had pre-arranged to meet with, and sell heroin to, a buyer. The couple’s two children–a two-year-old and a three-week-old infant–were with them in the car at the time.

The buyer in the drug transaction turned out to be an undercover deputy sheriff working as part a buy-and-bust team of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (“NEU”). When the alleged heroin sale was transacted, NEU members moved in and arrested Mr. Callaci and Ms. Lagatella and seized a quantity of heroin from the couple’s car. Uniformed patrol deputies and state troopers assisted the undercover narcotics team in the arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office notified the Putnam County Department of Child Protective Services regarding the incident. The children were temporarily turned over to a relative at the scene.

Connecticut Bank Robbery Suspects Caught Asleep at the Wheel

DUO FOUND SLEEPING IN STOLEN CAR IN TOWN OF SOUTHEAST
Vance A. Coffin and Vincent T. Rollins

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that two fugitives wanted for bank robbery in Connecticut were captured in the Putnam County town of Southeast today (Tuesday). The pair was apprehended after they were found sleeping in a stolen car parked near a reservoir.

Messrs. Vance A. Coffin and Vincent T. Rollins, both aged 50 and having last known addresses in Norwich, Connecticut, are facing local stolen property counts in addition to the Connecticut bank robbery charges. Their arrests unfolded after the Connecticut State Police notified the Sheriff’s Office at about 11:30 A.M. this morning that the men were wanted for an alleged September 23rd bank robbery in Canterbury, Connecticut and that they were believed to be somewhere in the area of Brewster, New York. Connecticut authorities provided a description of the fugitives and said that they should be considered armed and dangerous.

Sheriff Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is urging County residents to exercise care on October 31st to help ensure the safety of children celebrating Halloween or other harvest season festivities. Parents are urged to observe the following safety tips:

Brewster Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

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

In June of this year, a deputy sheriff assigned to the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) developed information that the defendant was selling prescription pills in the Town of Southeast area. The deputy was able to arrange for the purchase of pills from this subject. On October 20, 2016, the deputy located the subject and arrested him for the sale and possession of Alprazolam (Xanax).

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by Dr. Radut