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.

Body of Drowning Victim Recovered From Hudson

BEACON MAN, 46, WAS SWIMMING IN UNGUARDED AREA

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that divers recovered the body of a drowning victim from the Hudson River this evening, some two hours after companions saw him go under the water while swimming off Little Sandy Beach in the Hudson Highlands State Park.

Man Feared Drowned in Hudson River Near Cold Spring

SEARCH UNDERWAY OFFLITTLE SANDY BEACHIN HUDSON HIGHLANDS STATE PARK

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a man is feared to have drowned while swimming in the Hudson River near Cold Spring this afternoon.

According to preliminary reports, the victim, a 46-year-old man from the City of Beacon, was with a group of companions at Little Sandy Beach in the Hudson Highlands State Park at about 4:30 PM today, and was swimming in the river in an area not protected by lifeguards. The man reportedly became distressed in the water and called for help, but he sank below the surface before any of his companions could reach him. The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time.

As of the time of this News Release, an intensive search of the river and shoreline was underway. Agencies involved in the search included the Sheriff’s Office patrols and Marine Unit, State Police patrols and Aviation Unit, State Park Police patrols and Marine Unit, Cold Spring Fire Department, West Point Fire Department and its Aviation Unit, Philipstown Ambulance Corps, and the Mahopac Falls Fire Department and its Dive Team. Marine Units from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and Westchester County Police were also heading to the area to assist in the search.

Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Kent Police Department to Team Up in STOP-DWI Labor Day Crackdown

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Kent Police Department Chief Alexander W. DiVernieri, Jr. report that their departments will be jointly conducting sobriety checkpoints along area roadways during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The announcement of the planned checkpoints is aimed at deterring intoxicated or impaired driving and is part of a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort.

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Salvatore Gambitta

Salvatore Gambitta
Age: 
37
Eyes: 
Brown
Hair: 
Brown
Sex: 
Male
Race: 
White
Height: 
5;08"
Weight: 
160lbs
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Arthur W. Head

Arthur W. Head
Age: 
35
Eyes: 
Brown
Hair: 
Brown
Sex: 
Male
Race: 
White
Height: 
5'11"
Weight: 
170lbs

Sheriff Warns of Parking Lot Scam in the Hudson Valley

Sheriff Donald Smith is alerting area residents and shoppers to a parking lot scam occurring the Hudson Valley.

A large black man with a shaved head has been approaching shoppers in parking areas of businesses.

The man will request a jump start or other assistance for his car. Once the shopper agrees to help, the shopper is asked to drive the man to his car, redirecting the person several times in the parking lot. During the ride, the man will ask the victim to hand over money several times for various reasons.

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Luis A. Carias

Luis A. Carias
Age: 
34
Eyes: 
Brown
Hair: 
Black
Sex: 
Male
Race: 
White
Height: 
5'06"
Weight: 
160lbs
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Deborah A. Mackbrown

Deborah A. Mackbrown
Age: 
40
Eyes: 
Brown
Hair: 
Black
Sex: 
Female
Race: 
Black
Height: 
5'05"
Weight: 
182lbs
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Mark L. Albrecht

Mark L. Albrecht
Age: 
34
Eyes: 
Blue
Hair: 
Brown
Sex: 
Male
Race: 
White
Height: 
5'11"
Weight: 
260lbs

Missing Youth Found in Brewster Heights Woods

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that an intensive overnight search for a missing youth in Brewster Heights has ended with his safe rescue, after he was spotted by a police helicopter crew in a wooded area this morning.

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