Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Southeast Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Town of Southeast man following an investigation into heroin sales in the county. In February, a deputy assigned to the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) developed information that a male subject was selling heroin from a residence in Southeast.

Warrant Sweep Nets Eleven Arrests

Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces the arrests of eleven (11) wanted individuals during a “warrant sweep” conducted by his department on June 23, 2016. The purpose of the sweep was to apprehend numerous individuals who were wanted by the PCSD pursuant to outstanding arrest warrants issued by local justice courts on a variety of criminal charges. Two of the defendants were wanted by other agencies. All defendants were arraigned by Town of Kent Justice Kevin Douchkoff on behalf of the respective courts, except where indicated.

Two Arrested During Traffic Stop

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the recent arrests of two young women on misdemeanor charges resulting from a traffic stop.

Putnam Kids to Attend Sheriffs' Summer Camp

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that 16 children from Putnam County will be attending the 2016 Summer Camp Program from June 26th through July 2nd.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is provided by The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute. The camp program is designed to provide a solid recreational experience combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship. This will mark the 39th year of the operation of the camp.

Patterson Man Faces Domestic Violence Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Patterson man on charges resulting from a domestic dispute.

Bomb-Scare Forces Evacuation of Carmel High School

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Carmel Central School Superintendent Andy Irvin report that a bomb-scare forced the evacuation of students from the Carmel High School today (Friday).

At about 11:40 A.M. this morning, a male caller telephoned the high school main office and told a receptionist that there was a bomb in the building. The caller mentioned the rooftop of the school.

Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Town of Kent Police Department Coordinate in Memorial Day STOP-DWI Action

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Kent Police Department Chief Alex Divernieri report that their departments coordinated increased patrols for drunk drivers along area roadways over the Memorial Day weekend. The stepped up patrols were the latest action in ongoing efforts aimed at deterring intoxicated or impaired driving and is part of a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort.

Patterson Man, Reported Missing, Found Dead in Apparent Suicide


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a Patterson man who was reported missing late yesterday (June 1st) was found dead today in an apparent suicide.

Mr. Dariusz Maslosz, aged 49, was found dead this afternoon (Thursday) in the Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area, a 1,085-acre state forest preserve in Patterson. Pending an autopsy and formal ruling by the Coroner’s Office as to the cause of death, investigators have preliminarily determined that Mr. Maslosz died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mr. Maslosz’s family called the Sheriff’s Office to report him missing at about 10:00 P.M. on June 1st. They told sheriff’s deputies that he was last seen at home earlier that day and that he apparently left the house on his motorcycle, taking a licensed handgun with him. Relatives said that he had seemed depressed lately and that they were concerned for his welfare.

Relatives told deputies that Mr. Maslosz was an avid fisherman and hunter, and said that he frequented several hunting and fishing areas in Putnam County, including the Cranberry Mountain preserve, located off Stagecoach Road in Patterson. Shortly after receiving that information, Deputy Sheriff Vincent Dalo checked and found Mr. Maslosz’s motorcycle parked unattended along Stage Coach Road, near a blazed hiking trail leading into the heavily wooded preserve.

Search on for Missing Patterson Man

Mr. Dariusz Maslosz

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that authorities are searching for a man reported missing from his Patterson home on Wednesday, June 1st.

Mr. Dariusz Maslosz, aged 49, was last seen by a family member at around 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday at his home on Caroline Drive in Patterson. When he did not return home on Wednesday evening and was not heard from, his family reported him missing.

Mr. Maslosz is believed to have taken a licensed handgun with him when he departed from his residence on Wednesday. Relatives of the man have told investigators that he may be depressed and that they are concerned for his well-being.

Mr. Maslosz is described as a white male who is large in stature, standing 6’ 7” tall and weighing 270 pounds. He has brown eyes, short gray hair, a gray goatee and wears glasses. A photograph of Mr. Maslosz accompanies this News Release.

Authorities request anyone who may have seen Mr. Maslosz since Wednesday morning or has information about his current whereabouts to call the Sheriff’s Office at (845) 225-4300. Calls will be kept confidential.

Sheriff Promotes Thomas E. Lee to Sergeant

Undersheriff Convery, Sergeant Lee and Sheriff Smith

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that Thomas E. Lee, a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Patrol Division.

Sergeant Lee, a native of Patterson, began his service to Putnam County in 2001, when he was appointed as a correction officer in the county jail. In 2003, he was appointed as a deputy sheriff and has been assigned to the Patrol Division since that time. In addition to performing regular patrol duties, he has served as a member of the Countywide Emergency Response Team and the Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement Unit. Sergeant Lee is also a state-certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and acts as a Field Training Officer for new deputy sheriffs.

Sheriff Smith swore in Sergeant Lee to his new rank and presented him with a gold sergeant’s badge at a formal ceremony held on May 31st at the Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony was attended by members of the sergeant’s family and a number of his colleagues from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff noted that the promotion to sergeant was a competitively tested, merit-based process and that Sgt. Lee had distinguished himself among a field of strong candidates by his outstanding service record. “You, your family and your colleagues can rightfully be proud of your promotion today,” the Sheriff said at the ceremony, “because you have truly earned it by your hard work and dedication to the people we serve.” The Sheriff went on to say that he was confident the new sergeant would prove to be an excellent supervisor.


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