Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Sheriff Encourages Support for Sheriffs' Institute

Sheriff’s summer campThe Sheriffs’ Summer Camp gives boys and girls from economically challenged circumstances an opportunity to experience all the traditional activities of summer camp while interacting with deputies from around New York State. Here a deputy conducts a character education workshop with a group of truly happy campers. 

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is encouraging community residents to support the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, which began its annual Honorary Membership drive in Putnam County this week.

The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families. Institute programs include the following:

Sheriffs’ Summer Camp: Almost 900 children from across New York State attend the sheriffs’ camp for economically challenged children, which is located on Keuka Lake. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays all costs for the campers, including transportation, a week of camp, meals, and traditional camp activities like sailing, archery and crafts. The camp is in its 41st year of operation.

Putnam Valley Man Sold Marihuana to Undercover Deputy

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Putnam Valley man on charges of marijuana possession and sale.

Kent Couple Facing Robbery Charges

Eric A. Hawkins and Jennifer GiorgioEric A. Hawkins and Jennifer Giorgio

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Kent couple on robbery charges after they allegedly stole beer from a local supermarket. A store detective was reportedly punched when he tried to stop them. Mr. Eric A. Hawkins, aged 29, and his girlfriend, Ms. Jennifer Giorgio, aged 44, both of 8 Muscarella Court in Kent, face felony charges in the case.

At about 10:45 a.m. on March 21st, Deputy Sheriffs Christopher Tompkins, Christopher Irwin and Paul Maglietta were dispatched to a 911 call from the ShopRite Supermarket located on Route 52 in Carmel. A store detective at the market told deputies that a man and woman–later identified as Mr. Hawkins and Ms. Giorgio–had allegedly stolen beer and soft drinks from the market and that Mr. Hawkins had allegedly punched the store detective when he tried to stop them. The suspects fled the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival.

Bronxville Man Dealt Marihuana in Putnam

Anthony BucajAnthony Bucaj

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Westchester resident for alleged marijuana dealing in Putnam County. Mr. Anthony Bucaj, aged 56, of 58 McGregory Avenue in Bronxville, is facing several felony and misdemeanor charges in the Town of Carmel.

In January, the Town of Kent Police Department, while investigating an unrelated case, developed information that Mr. Bucaj was allegedly dealing drugs in the neighboring Town of Carmel. The Kent PD passed along that information to the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU). The NEU opened an investigation and, consequently, an undercover deputy sheriff made alleged purchases of marijuana from Mr. Bucaj on at least three occasions. On March 22nd, members of the NEU and Kent PD took the subject into custody in the parking lot of a shopping plaza in Carmel.

Philipstown Traffic Stop Nets Pennsylvania Fugitive With Stolen Gun and Drugs

Benjamin Franklin StineBenjamin Franklin Stine

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a traffic stop made by a deputy sheriff in Philipstown resulted in weapon and drug charges against the driver, who was also wanted in Pennsylvania on a warrant.

At about 1:19 a.m. on March 22nd, Deputy Sheriff Ronald Yeager was patrolling along U.S. Route 9 in Philipstown when he pulled over a car for having an excessively loud muffler. During the course of that stop, the deputy ran a computer check on the driver, Mr. Benjamin Franklin Stine, IV, aged 24, of 43 Forest Street in Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania, which revealed that he was wanted on a bench warrant issued in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania for a probation violation.

The Sheriff’s Office communicated with Susquehanna County authorities, who advised that they would extradite Mr. Stine back to that jurisdiction on the warrant. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Stine was allegedly in possession of a stolen and loaded .32 caliber revolver, an illegal gravity knife, hypodermic needles, and quantities of substances suspected to be crystal methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

Danbury Man Arrested for Drug Possession and Drugged Driving

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Danbury man on charges of drug possession and driving while impaired by drugs in the Town of Southeast.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on March 18th, Deputy Sheriff Francis McDonough was patrolling along Route 22 in Southeast when he reportedly saw a car travelling on that road with its muffler dragging on the pavement. The deputy stopped the driver of the car and identified him as Mr. Eric J. Henry, aged 19, of 78 Highland Avenue in Danbury, Connecticut.

Mahopac Man Cited for Driving While Intoxicated

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Mahopac man on a charge of driving while intoxicated (“DWI”).

Around 9:00 p.m. on March 18th, Deputy Sheriff Eric Hayes was patrolling in his cruiser along U.S. Route 6 near Baldwin Lane in Mahopac, when he spotted a car being operated in an erratic manner on Route 6. The deputy pulled over the driver, who was identified as Mr. Brian P. Gallagher, aged 59, of 18 Baldwin Lane.

Director of Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce Charged With Alleged Misappropriation of Funds

Erin E. MeagherErin E. Meagher

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a joint investigation by the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office has culminated in the arrest of the head of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce for the alleged misappropriation of funds from that organization.

Ms. Erin E. Meagher, aged 26, of 12 Main Street in Brewster, was arrested on Tuesday, March 21st, on a charge of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony. Ms. Meagher served as the CEO and Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and it was in that capacity that she allegedly misappropriated funds of the organization to her own use.

Hudson Valley Guns and Hoses Hockey Game to Support Deputy Michael Schmidt

The 4th Annual Hudson Valley Guns and Hoses Winter Classic Hockey Game will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 3pm at the Brewster Ice Arena 63 Fields Ln, Brewster, New York 10509. FREE ADMISSION

Please come support a great cause and help out our brother Deputy Michael Schmidt.

Sheriff's Patrols to Be on Lookout for Intoxicated Drivers Around St. Patrick's Day

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home from holiday festivities and not to get behind the wheel after drinking. The Sheriff reports that sheriff’s deputies on patrol will be on high alert on the holiday, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the statewide law enforcement STOP DWI initiative. The usual number of sheriff’s patrols will be increased on the holiday, with attention focused on spotting and arresting intoxicated drivers.


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by Dr. Radut