Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Route 52 in Carmel Closed for Investigation This Afternoon


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that an investigation of suspicious materials found within a vehicle has forced the temporary closure of Route 52 in the Hamlet of Carmel this afternoon.

At about 2:15 P.M. today (Thursday), the Sheriff’s Office received a report of an erratic driver of a car traveling southbound on Route 52 in Carmel. A few minutes later, Deputy Sheriff William Quick saw the car as it was passing the Putnam County Courthouse in the Carmel Hamlet and pulled the driver over.

When he approached the car, the deputy saw that the male driver, who was alone in the vehicle, had an unidentified red-colored liquid on his skin and clothes and had numerous electrical wires protruding from beneath his clothing. The man was also wearing metal knuckles on one hand. Visible within the passenger compartment of the car were jugs of unidentified liquids, a battery-pack, and walkie-talkie radios.

Sheriff Announces Boater Safety Class

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that a boater safety class will be offered on March 2, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mahopac Marina, 897 South Lake Boulevard, Mahopac, New York 10541.You must be 10 years of age or older to take the class. Persons over 14 years of age who operate a personal watercraft and motorboat operators born on or after May 1, 1996 are required to have this certificate. Persons 18 years of age or younger are entitled to receive the certificate free of charge.

Sheriff's Investigators Probe Attempted Robbery of Putnam Lake Bank

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his department is investigating what is believed to have been an attempted robbery of the Putnam County National Bank, located at 89 Haviland Drive in the Putnam Lake section of the Town of Patterson.

Sheriff Smith Announces 2014 Boat Safety Course Registration

Sheriff Donald Smith announces that a Boater Safety class will be offered on April 12th, 2014, 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. at the Bureau of Emergency Service Building, 110 Old Route 6, Carmel (Map link).

Sheriff Sponsors Open Government Forum

Chief A. Gerald Schramek, Mr. Robert Freeman, Sheriff Donald B. Smith, Senior Investigator. Glen JacksonL to R - Chief A. Gerald Schramek, Mr. Robert Freeman, Sheriff Donald B. Smith, Senior Investigator. Glen Jackson

Forty people with occupations ranging from police officers to town clerks and municipal attorneys met at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Operations Building in Carmel to attend a seminar sponsored by Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith.

The two-hour training session presented by Mr. Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the state’s Committee on Open Government, touched upon how the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) impacts governmental entities. The Committee on Open Government, a unit under the Department of State, oversees and advises government, public, and news media on Freedom of Information, Open Meetings, and Personal Privacy Protection Laws. The committee offers guidance in response to telephone, email or written inquiries. It prepares written legal advisory opinions, and provides training upon request.

Mr. Freeman, considered by many as a world-wide expert on the subject of open government, has been the Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government for the past 38 years. After graduating from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1969, Mr. Freeman received his Jurist Doctorate from New York University of Law in 1973.

Fourteen Hour Stand Off With Armed Barricaded Man Ends Tragically


At about 9:45PM on December 7, 2013, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department requesting assistance in attempting to locate an armed emotionally disturbed person. According to police, 47 year-old Mark Reid of Poughkeepsie, New York, armed with a shotgun, threatened suicide while staying at the Countryside Motel, located at 3577 Route 9 in Philipstown.

A sheriff’s deputy responded to the motel and located Mr. Reid who had barricaded himself inside his motel room. The deputy called for assistance, prompting additional members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County Emergency Response Team, the New York State Police and the State Police Special Operations Response Team.

Responding officers established a safety perimeter around the motel, evacuated other occupants of the establishment and closed Route 9 to ensure public safety.

Sheriff Smith Promotes Scott Lombardo to Rank of Sergeant

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces the promotion of Scott Lombardo to the rank of Sergeant in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergeant Lombardo, a 15 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office was promoted to his new rank on October 7, 2013.

Gun Recovered From Hudson River Believed One Used in Long Island Shooting

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that police divers recovered a gun from the Hudson River today that is believed to be the weapon used in a fatal shooting on Long Island two weeks ago.

Sheriff Smith Promotes Glen Jackson to Rank of Senior Investigator

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the promotion of Glen T. Jackson to the rank of Senior Investigator in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Senior Investigator Jackson, a 15 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office was promoted to his new rank by Sheriff Smith on September 28, 2013.

Body of Nassau County Shooting Suspect Found in Hudson River

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a body found floating in the Hudson River this morning has been identified as that of Mr. Sang Ho Kim, the man wanted in connection with an alleged double shooting in Nassau County last week.

Mr. Kim had been the subject of an intensive manhunt in Putnam County after authorities found his car parked near the Village of Cold Spring last Wednesday night, just hours after he allegedly shot two men–one fatally–in East Garden City.


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