Sheriff Donald B. Smith


Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Brewster High School Instructor Charged With Having Sex With Student

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that an instructor at the Brewster High School is facing criminal charges in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with a student.

Mr. Christopher L. Vlangas, aged 41, who resides at 4 Upland Pastures Road in Sherman, Connecticut, allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a 16-year-old female student. The charged sexual activity is alleged to have occurred in the Towns of Southeast and Patterson. The defendant faces multiple charges of statutory rape and a charge of criminal sexual act in the case.

Mahopac Couple Facing Drug, Child Endangerment Charges

Samuel L. Shuler and Leia A. RandolphSamuel L. Shuler and Leia A. Randolph

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a man and woman are facing drug possession and child endangerment charges after authorities executed a search warrant at their Mahopac home.

Mr. Samuel L. Shuler, aged 36, and Ms. Leia A. Randolph, aged 28, of 424 Baldwin Place Road in Mahopac, were arrested on October 19th when members of the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) and federal probation officials conducted a search of their home, which is located across the street from the entrance to the Mahopac Middle School campus. Authorities reportedly found more than two pounds of marihuana in the home, along with a quantity of 9-millimeter pistol ammunition, drug packaging materials, scales and cash.

Authorities obtained the search warrant following an NEU investigation into suspected illegal drug activity by Mr. Shuler and Ms. Randolph at the home. The federal probation officials became involved in the case because Mr. Shuler is currently under probation supervision for a previous conviction on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine back in 2004.

At the time of the search, Mr. Shuler and Ms. Randolph were in the home, and with them was the couple’s 9-month-old son. In light of the illicit drug activity and the drugs found within the home, authorities charged the pair with endangering the welfare of a child. After the couple’s arrest, the child was temporarily turned over to the care of a relative.

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Sunday Crash in Carmel

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a motorcyclist was seriously injured when his cycle collided with another vehicle in Carmel on Sunday, October 22nd.

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.

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by Dr. Radut