Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Sheriff SmithDonald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff

Donald B. Smith is the 53rd Sheriff of Putnam County. He was elected to this position on November 6, 2001 and assumed the duties of Putnam County Sheriff on January 1, 2002. Immediately prior to becoming the Sheriff of Putnam County, he had served as the Deputy County Executive of Putnam County.

Sheriff Smith was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and grew up in Patterson, New York. Following his graduation from New York Military Academy at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, New York in 1965, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in June of 1969, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor. continue reading Sherif Smith’s bio…

Jennifer A. Schwiebart

Jennifer A. Schwiebart
Age: 
44
Eyes: 
Blue
Hair: 
Blonde
Sex: 
Female
Race: 
White
Height: 
5'04"
Weight: 
120lbs

Undercover Deputies Foil Crime in Progress

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrests of two Putnam County men on charges stemming from the alleged theft of firearms from a vacant house.

At about 6:00 P.M. on July 11, 2014, a resident in the Continental Village section of the Town of Philipstown called 9-1-1 and reported a possible burglary in progress at a vacant home. Undercover deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit, who were nearby, heard the ensuing 9-1-1 radio dispatch and responded to the residence.

Man Sought in Carmel Bike Path Incident

Bike Path SuspectCarmel Bike Path Suspect

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that investigators from his Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating a reported incident which occurred at about 1:40PM on July 1st.

The incident occurred along the Putnam Trailway in the vicinity of Crafts Road in the Town of Carmel. According to the female complainant, a man operating a bicycle circled her several times and then approached her. He then tried to grab the woman’s arm, however, she was able to fend off the would-be attacker and run from the area unharmed.

Sheriff’s deputies, a K-9 unit, along with criminal investigators, Carmel police officers and state troopers, including a helicopter from their aviation unit, scoured the area. The man, however, eluded police.

The person of interest is described as: a white male, 50 – 60 years old, approximately 5’9” tall, 220 pounds. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black and gray bicycle helmet, green shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and sandals. He was also wearing a black colored brace on his right ankle.

Chelsey Lynn Cruger

Chelsey Lynn Cruger
Age: 
24
Eyes: 
Green
Hair: 
Brown
Sex: 
Female
Race: 
White
Height: 
5' 02"
Weight: 
130lbs

Putnam County Man Charged in Making Threatening Text Messages

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a 20 year-old Carmel man on criminal charges stemming from his alleged involvement in repeatedly sending threatening text messages to a Southeast woman and attempting to arrange to meet the recipient at a park in Carmel.

According to Investigator Stephen Tricinelli of the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Anthony S. Russo of 303 Miller Road sent the complainant text messages at various times between April 13, 2014 and May 26, 2014.

Putnam Remains the Safest County in New York State for Fourth Consecutive Year

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the latest crime statistics released on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) website, show that Putnam County remains the safest county in New York State.

According to the annual DCJS report entitled “County Index Crime Counts and Rates Per 100,000 Population” for 2013, Putnam County had the lowest total crime index rate among all counties in New York State for the fourth year in a row.

Woman's Body Found Floating in Hudson River

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the body of a woman was found floating in the Hudson River today (Tuesday).

Arthur W. Head

Arthur W. Head
Age: 
34
Eyes: 
Brown
Hair: 
Brown
Sex: 
Male
Race: 
White
Height: 
5' 11"
Weight: 
170lbs

Kenneth Defreitas

Age: 
29
Eyes: 
Brown
Hair: 
Brown
Sex: 
Male
Race: 
White
Height: 
5' 08"
Weight: 
145lbs

Carmel Bank Robbed

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the robbery of the Carmel branch of the Putnam County National Bank, located at the Putnam Plaza Shopping Center on Route 6.

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