Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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2017 Boat Safety Schedule

Marc 12th - Mahopac Marina
April 28yh and 29th - Bureau of Emergency Service
May 13th -Bureau of Emergency Service

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Shane Reese Podcast

Recently, Sheriff Smith appeared on the Shane Reese Podcast discussing safety concerns of larger tractor-trailers on our highways.

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.

Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Festival

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July 9, 2016 12pm-5pm

A Community Event to Benefit the Men and Women Who Have Served Our Great Country Both Past and Present

Mahopac Marine, with support from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit and the Putnam County PBA, as well as the local community is holding its Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Festival on beautiful Lake Mahopac. It will include a BBQ Picnic with free food for all military personnel and veterans, various contests and a raffle with prizes. Donations will be accepted throughout the day with 100% of the funds passed along to the Disabled American Veterans.

Boat Parade • Trophy For The Most Patriotic Boat • Food On Premises • Live DJ • Raffles And Prizes • Color Guard

STAY TUNED and download the Mahopac Marina App for your phone to get the most up to date info. Additional details to follow!

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Chase Solves His First Case


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his newest member, K-9 Chase, and his handler, Criminal Investigator Randel Hill recorded their first official, successful track. Chase is an 18 month old Bloodhound who recently completed his training and was immediately put to use.

On May 24, 2016 at approximately 8:40 p.m., Chase and Investigator Hill, along with members of the New York State Police, responded to a 911 report of a female hiker lost in a wooded area of the Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area in the Town of Patterson. The 59 year old hiker called 911 via cell phone after realizing she was lost. Chase, with his handler, located the hiker’s vehicle on Stage Coach Road. The dog picked up the scent from the vehicle, and the track was on. Hampered by the rain and darkness, not to mention an errant black bear, the subject was located after a 1.13 mile track through the woods. Chase led his handler and the troopers to the hiker, who was ultimately returned to civilization unharmed.

D.A. & Sheriff Warn Against Scam IRS Calls


Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are warning area residents to be on guard against an IRS tax collection scam that has bilked victims throughout the nation. In recent days, several Putnam County residents have reported that they have received bogus calls from con artists identifying themselves as IRS officials and demanding payments of money for taxes. Many of those targeted by the thieves are senior citizens.

In the scam, imposters pretending to be from the IRS or another agency telephone people and claim they owe taxes. The callers typically say that the persons must pay immediately or else face the loss of their driver’s license or business license, face deportation or go to jail.

Medication Take Back Day April 23rd

Putnam Communities That Care Coalition
Putnam County Department of Health
Putnam County Sheriff’s Department


Saturday April 23rd 2016 - 9AM to 2PM

Putnam Hospital Center
Wagner Cancer Pavilion
670 Stoneleigh Ave.
Carmel, NY 10512

New York State Counter Terrorism Zone - 3 "Operation Safeguard" Participation Continues With Holiday Security Checks

Since 2004, the goal of Operation Safeguard is to educate, promote and remind citizens that the threat of terrorism is ongoing and continued vigilance by the public, business sectors and law enforcement is essential for the public’s safety.

New York State is divided into sixteen counter-terrorism zones, Westchester and Putnam Counties are part of Counter-Terrorism Zone 3 (CTZ-3).

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Town of Carmel Police Department Teaming Up in STOP-DWI Action for St. Patrick’s Day

–Stepped-Up Enforcement Slated for March 17-20, 2016–

March 15, 2016: Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Carmel Police Department Chief Michael Cazzari report that their departments will be jointly coordinating increased patrols for drunk drivers along area roadways around the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The announcement of the stepped up patrols is aimed at deterring intoxicated or impaired driving and is part of a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort.

“Celebrating our diverse ethnic heritages is a wonderful thing that we do as Americans, and St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday for people of Irish ancestry to be sure,” said Chief Cazzari. “But all too often the festivities can result in some people drinking too much and then getting behind the wheel of a car–and that can result in tragedy,” he said.

Sheriff's Sergeant and Deputy Commended for Preventing Man's Suicide

Deputy Hunsberger, Sergeant Keith, Sheriff SmithDeputy Hunsberger, Sergeant Keith being congratulated by Sheriff Smith

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that he has officially commended a deputy sheriff and a sergeant for their actions in preventing a suicide. Sheriff Smith has conferred Sheriff’s Commendation Medals and uniform award ribbons upon Sergeant Timothy Keith and Deputy Sheriff Daniel Hunsberger for saving the life of a despondent 53-year-old man who tried to hang himself outside his Southeast residence on November 25, 2015. The awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office on February 16, 2016.

Back on the evening of November 25th of last year, Sgt. Keith and Deputy Hunsberger were dispatched to the man’s home after the Sheriff’s Office received a third-party request to check on his welfare. They pulled their patrol cars into the man’s driveway, and as they walked toward the home they encountered the man standing on a ladder alongside the garage, with a metal cable looped around his neck and attached to the garage roof. They tried to talk the man down, but he jumped off the ladder and began to be strangled by the cable noose.

Sergeant Keith and Deputy Hunsberger sprang instantly into action. They scrambled up the ladder and lifted and supported the man’s weight, even as he resisted and tried to push them away. Unable to loosen or cut the cable, the pair managed to use brute force to break a roof support to which the cable was attached. As the cable detached from the roof, all three men fell hard to the ground.


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