Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Putnam County Undersheriff Peter H. Convery Passes Away Suddenly

Peter H. Convery

It is with profound sorrow that Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces the sudden passing today (Tuesday) of Undersheriff Peter H. Convery.

Undersheriff Convery, aged 65, died after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home in Mahopac at about 8:30 A.M. today. Paramedics, sheriff’s deputies and first responders tried to resuscitate him and rushed him to the Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, where doctors and nurses joined in their valiant but unsuccessful efforts to revive him. Undersheriff Convery was pronounced dead at about 9:30 A.M.

“We are all absolutely heartbroken,” said Sheriff Smith. “Peter was a loving and devoted family man, who adored his wife Luanne and their children Caitlin, Courtney, Kerry, Tara and Connor, and their children’s families. And he was a very good friend to me.”

“Peter spent most of his adult life giving of himself in conscientious public service to the community and in volunteer activities for many worthy causes. So many, many people liked Peter and loved Peter and we will all miss him very, very much,” said the Sheriff.

Undersheriff Convery began his career with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in 2002, after a long career with the Westchester County Department of Corrections, where he retired as a captain. His entire law enforcement career spanned over 40 years.

Connecticut Man Faces Multiple Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Connecticut man on a variety of charges.

North Salem Man Charged With Grand Larceny

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a North Salem man on a felony charge of grand larceny.

Putnam Valley Woman Faces Drug Charge

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Putnam Valley woman on a drug possession charge.

New Hampshire Man Faces Larceny, Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a New Hampshire man on charges of larceny and drug possession.

Sheriff Warns Businesses of Telephone Scam

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith wishes to warn local businesses of a telephone scam that has been perpetrated by an unknown subject.

Brewster Man Faces Drug Charge

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Brewster man on a drug possession charge.

Patterson Men Face Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of two Patterson men on drug charges.

Mahopac Couple Brought Kids to Drug Deal

Philip C. Callaci and Dawn Lagatella

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a man and a woman from Mahopac brought their two young children with them when they went to make a drug deal in that hamlet. Mr. Philip C. Callaci, aged 49, and Ms. Dawn Lagatella, aged 38, of 1 Parker Drive in Mahopac, face drug dealing and child endangerment charges in the case. The alleged incident took place on Wednesday, October 26th.

The couple, who are described as boyfriend and girlfriend, allegedly drove together in a car to the parking lot of a Mahopac gas station on Wednesday afternoon, where they had pre-arranged to meet with, and sell heroin to, a buyer. The couple’s two children–a two-year-old and a three-week-old infant–were with them in the car at the time.

The buyer in the drug transaction turned out to be an undercover deputy sheriff working as part a buy-and-bust team of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (“NEU”). When the alleged heroin sale was transacted, NEU members moved in and arrested Mr. Callaci and Ms. Lagatella and seized a quantity of heroin from the couple’s car. Uniformed patrol deputies and state troopers assisted the undercover narcotics team in the arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office notified the Putnam County Department of Child Protective Services regarding the incident. The children were temporarily turned over to a relative at the scene.

Connecticut Bank Robbery Suspects Caught Asleep at the Wheel

Vance A. Coffin and Vincent T. Rollins

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that two fugitives wanted for bank robbery in Connecticut were captured in the Putnam County town of Southeast today (Tuesday). The pair was apprehended after they were found sleeping in a stolen car parked near a reservoir.

Messrs. Vance A. Coffin and Vincent T. Rollins, both aged 50 and having last known addresses in Norwich, Connecticut, are facing local stolen property counts in addition to the Connecticut bank robbery charges. Their arrests unfolded after the Connecticut State Police notified the Sheriff’s Office at about 11:30 A.M. this morning that the men were wanted for an alleged September 23rd bank robbery in Canterbury, Connecticut and that they were believed to be somewhere in the area of Brewster, New York. Connecticut authorities provided a description of the fugitives and said that they should be considered armed and dangerous.


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