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Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a head-on crash on New York Route 22 this morning has sent three men to the hospital, one with very serious injuries who was airlifted by helicopter. The crash, which involved a northbound pickup truck and a southbound Verizon utility truck occurred at about 7:50 AM today (Tuesday) near the intersection of Route 22 and County Route 121 (June Road), about a mile south of the Village of Brewster.
According to preliminary reports from sheriff’s deputies at the scene, the crash apparently happened when the northbound pickup truck, occupied by a male driver, crossed over the center line and into the path of the southbound Verizon truck, which was occupied by two workmen. The vehicles collided head-on, with the force of the impact causing the Verizon truck to rollover down an embankment on the southbound shoulder of the road. The heavily demolished pickup truck came to rest on the northbound shoulder.
A passing motorist came upon the crash and telephoned 911. Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers responded to the scene.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of Christian Salazar-Miguel, aged 18. Salazar was arrested on December 21, 2016 in the Town of Carmel following an investigation into a sexual assault that had allegedly occurred at his residence in the Village of Brewster.
On November 17, 2016, it was alleged that Salazar had sexual intercourse with a thirteen year old female that he had met on Facebook. During the course of the investigation, investigators from the Sheriff’s Department also recovered nude photographs that were allegedly sent from Salazar to the underage female. On December 21, 2016, Salazar was interviewed at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department where he admitted to both the sexual relationship and the nude photographs. Salazar was then arrested and charged with one count each of Rape in the Second Degree, a felony; Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor in the Second Degree, a felony; Sexual Misconduct, a misdemeanor; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a misdemeanor. The defendant was arraigned before Village of Brewster Justice Richard O’Rourke and committed to the Putnam County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000.00 cash bail or $300,000.00 bond pending a future appearance in the Village of Brewster Justice Court.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Southeast man on a drug possession charge.
On December 20, 2016 at 2:43 a.m., while being taken into custody on an unrelated matter, Joseph Rizzieri, 38, of the Town of Southeast was determined to be in possession of a quantity of cocaine. Deputy Sheriff Kevin Radovich arrested the man and charged him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a misdemeanor. The defendant will be required to appear in the Town of Southeast Justice Court to answer the charge on a future date.
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Kent Police Department Chief Alex Divernieri report that their departments will be coordinating increased patrols to be on the lookout for drunk drivers during the upcoming holidays. The extra sheriff’s deputies and town police officers will be deployed between December 16th and January 2nd. 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.