Sheriff Donald B. Smith


Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Town of Kent Police in Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown for Memorial Day

–Impaired Driving Enforcement Effort Slated for May 26-29, 2017–

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Kent Police Department Chief Alex Divernieri report that their departments will be coordinating increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints to be on the lookout for drunk drivers during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. The extra sheriff’s deputies and town police officers will be deployed between May 26th and May 29th. 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.

Historically, holiday festivities usually gives rise to increased incidents of impaired driving and drinking related crashes, resulting in injuries and deaths on New York roadways. In an effort to deter DWI offenses around holidays, the New York State Police, County Sheriffs, and local law enforcement agencies across the state go on heightened alert looking for impaired drivers with increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

Sheriff's Sale - Oscawana Lake Road

Sale Date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10am

By virtue of an execution issued out of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Putnam, to me directed and delivered, against the real and personal property.

I, the Sheriff of the County of Putnam, have levied upon all the right, title, and interest of the judgment debtor in and to the following described real property, known as OScawana Lake Road Tax ID: 91.27-1-27

Sheriff's Sale - 651 Sprout Brook Rd. - Putnam Valley

Sale Date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10am

By virtue of an execution issued out of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Putnam, to me directed and delivered, against the real and personal property.

I, the Sheriff of the County of Putnam, have levied upon all the right, title, and interest of the judgment debtor in and to the following described real property, to wit:

ALL THAT certain plot, piece or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the Town of Putnam Valley, County of Putnam and State of New York known as 651 Sprout Brook Road Tax ID: 72.19-1-5

Sheriff's Sale - 2007 Jeep

Sale Date: 
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10am

I am selling the above, subject to any liens, chattels, mortgages, conditional sales, exemptions or any other encumbrances. The minimum bid shall be $4,000.00. Terms of sale of 10% cash down at the time of sale, and balance due by close of business on the next day.

SALE WILL BE CONDUCTED AT:

Putnam County Transit and Facility Impound Yard
841 Fair Street
Patterson, New York 12563

Brewster Man Charged With Driving While Intoxicated, Leaving Scene

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Brewster man on a charge of driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and other traffic charges following a crash on Main Street in that Village.

Beacon Man Facing Attempted Murder Charge in Patterson Stabbing

Patrick MurphyPatrick Murphy

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a man from the City of Beacon in Dutchess County is facing charges including attempted murder in Patterson. Mr. Patrick Murphy, aged 27, of 15 Oak Street in Beacon, is accused of repeatedly stabbing another man with a knife.

At about 10:00 a.m. on April 25th, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a 911 call reporting a physical altercation between two men at a residence at 1129 Route 311 in the Town of Patterson. When deputies arrived there, they found a 60-year-old man outside the residence who was bleeding heavily from multiple stab wounds to his torso. With the victim were persons later identified as his girlfriend, his daughter and his infant granddaughter.

The victim and the other adults present told deputies that Mr. Murphy had stabbed the victim. At that point, Mr. Murphy exited from inside the residence and was apprehended.

The Patterson Volunteer Ambulance Corps was summoned to aid the victim and he was transported by ambulance to Danbury Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Sheriff’s investigators processed the crime scene, collected evidence and interviewed the witnesses. Investigators determined that Mr. Murphy and the victim were known to each other and that, according to witnesses, Mr. Murphy was the alleged aggressor in the incident.

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.

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by Dr. Radut