Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith advises that a man’s call reporting armed intruders at a home in Putnam Lake prompted a large police response overnight. The call later proved to be false, resulting in the arrest of the man for falsely reporting an incident.
Mr. John Sheehan, aged 28, of 15 Jerome Drive in Putnam Lake was arrested in the incident. He faces a misdemeanor charge in the case.
At about 11:20 P.M. last evening (Friday, July 29th) sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a 911 call in Putnam Lake, where they encountered Mr. Sheehan. He told them that he was dog-sitting for a friend in the same neighborhood, had just gone to the friend’s house to walk the dog and saw several persons inside the house who were armed with firearms and wearing masks. He said he fled from the house and ran to another friend’s nearby residence, from where the 911 call was made.
Undersheriff Peter Convery, Sgt. Michael Szabo, State Parks representative Richard Stefanski, Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Captain Thomas Velott
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Michael Szabo has been named the New York State Marine Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2016.
Sgt. Szabo was selected as the award recipient from among the ranks of marine law enforcement officers across the entire state. The selection committee was comprised of officials from the Bureau of Marine Services–a division of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.
State Parks representatives Richard Stefanski and Timothy McGuire visited the Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday) to present the award to Sgt. Szabo. The award was conferred upon Sgt. Szabo at a ceremony attended by a number of Sheriff’s Office personnel and members of the sergeant’s family.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith issues the following statement regarding the death of Mr. James O’Neill of East Fishkill, and formerly of Lake Carmel, on July 17, 2016:
“The men and women of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility mourn the death of James O’Neill and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife Kathy, his son James Jr., and the entire O’Neill family.
“Jimmy served in the NYPD and retired as detective squad supervisor. He was President of the FOP Stephen P. Driscoll Lodge in Putnam County. In fact, he was the driving force in establishing a new Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in the memory of fallen 9/11 NYPD Officer Stephen P. Driscoll.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is warning residents to be on guard against identity thieves who are exploiting the call-forwarding feature on victims’ phones and accessing their email accounts to conceal their thefts. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating about a half-dozen complaints from residents in the Brewster and Patterson areas who apparently have fallen victims to the scheme.