Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Report of Armed Home Intruders Prompts Heavy Police Response in Putnam Lake

John Sheehan

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.

Man Nabbed in String of Cold Spring Burglaries


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that David A. Gipson, aged 42, is facing charges in a string of burglaries in the Village of Cold Spring over the last two months.

Sergeant Michael Szabo Named Marine Law Enforcement Officer of Year

Undersheriff Peter Convery, Sgt. Michael Szabo, State Parks representative Richard Stefanski, Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Captain Thomas VelottiUndersheriff 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.

Two Airlifted to Hospital After Route 9D Crash in Garrison

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that two men were taken to the hospital by helicopter after a beverage delivery van crashed on Route 9D in Garrison this afternoon (Tuesday).

Sheriff Issues Statement on the Passing of James O'neill


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.

ID Thieves Divert Victims' Emails and Phone Calls to Cover Thefts

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.

Kent Man Charged With Criminal Contempt

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Town of Kent man on a charge of criminal contempt.

Kent Man Faces Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Town of Kent man on drug charges.

Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Town of Carmel Police Department Coordinate in Fourth of July STOP-DWI Action

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Carmel Police Department Chief Michael Cazzari report that their departments will coordinate increased patrols for drunk drivers along area roadways over the Fourth of July weekend. 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.

Sheriff Joins in Clarion Call to Secure Nation's Borders

Protect the American People From Terrorists, International Criminals and Drugs by Securing Our Nation’s Borders
Donald B. Smith
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Sheriff of Putnam County, New York
June 30, 2016

This week’s jihadist suicide bombing in Istanbul, coming close on the heels of the ISIS-inspired massacre in Orlando and other recent mass casualty attacks, should be a warning to the world. The situation is going to get much worse before it gets any better. The United States and other countries in the crosshairs of terrorism are going to be victimized by even more attacks in the months and years ahead.

I just spent several days with my colleagues at the National Sheriffs’ Association Conference in Minneapolis, studying and sharing information on critical law enforcement issues including international and domestic terrorism, radicalization and the national epidemic of narcotics-related deaths. We conducted after-action reviews and discussions about the recent terrorist threats and attacks, and concluded there was more to come. The tragedy in Istanbul confirmed what we had predicted.

The issue of border security was a frequent topic of discussion. Featured speaker philanthropist Howard Buffett offered his view that securing our nation’s borders is not and never has been an immigration issue. It is a matter of national security, keeping out terrorists and drug traffickers who wish to prey on Americans and harm our way of life. Mr. Buffett made the case that border issues affect not only the sheriffs in border states, but law enforcement throughout the country. “International criminal organizations have claimed space in every county across the country,” he said. “They are not in Afghanistan; they are in Atlanta. They are not in Syria; they are in Chicago. They are not in Yemen; they are in Los Angeles. They are here now.”


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