Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the investigation into a three-vehicle personal injury automobile collision on Route 22, Town of Patterson, on May 19, 2022. It has been determined the cause of the accident was a southbound vehicle being operated at a high rate of speed that was driven into another southbound with considerable force and impact, which caused this second vehicle to then collide with a third vehicle that was temporarily stopped along the southbound shoulder of Route 22. The drivers of the second and third vehicles were the sole occupants in the vehicles and were both transported to Danbury Hospital for medical attention to injuries incurred in the collision.
The operator of the first vehicle, a 29-year-old male from Nassau County, NY, fled on foot southbound along route 22 away from the scene but was apprehended by responding Sheriff Deputies. Investigation revealed no apparent or alleged injuries to the suspect, who reported that his actions were intentional efforts to kill himself.
The subject was transported to Putnam Hospital Center, where he was examined by a Sheriff’s Office Drug Recognition Expert to assess drug and/or alcohol issues and determined they were not factors. He was also evaluated regarding medical and mental health concerns. He was subsequently arrested on charges of Felony Reckless Endangerment 1st degree, Misdemeanor Reckless Driving, and Criminally Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Automobile Accident, in addition to multiple Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. He was being held at Putnam Hospital Center for mental health evaluation and is required to appear in Patterson Town Court for arraignment on these charges at a future date.
Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, Town of Carmel Police Department Chief Anthony Hoffmann and Kent Police Department Chief Kevin Owens announced today that Putnam County police agencies and STOP-DWI Coordinators will participate in special efforts to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign will start on May 27, 2022 and will end on May 31, 2022. Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year and marks the official start of summer. New York State Police, County Sheriffs, municipal law enforcement agencies and local STOP-DWI Programs will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths.
The STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend High Visibility Engagement Campaign is one of many statewide initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign also targets the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season, Super Bowl weekend, and St. Patrick’s Day.
Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.
You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.
Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 31-year-old Danbury, CT resident for Driving While Intoxicated in addition to numerous other Vehicle and Traffic violations. On May 15, 2022, a Deputy observed a vehicle driving erratically southbound on Rt. 22 in the Town of Southeast. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop and upon interviewing the driver immediately noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. The driver was given a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed, and was subsequently arrested. The suspect was processed at the Sheriff’s Office where he was given a chemical breath test which indicated his blood alcohol content of .21%, more than twice the legal limit. He was given an appearance ticket for a court date in the Town of Southeast and was released to his wife.
On May 10, 2022, Deputies were dispatched to Garrison for a report of Grand Larceny. Deputies interviewed the victim who advised that while reviewing his bank statements he noticed that a check that he had written in February to a local business for $2,500.00, was altered to a higher amount and was cashed in the Bronx by someone other than the intended recipient. The case was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office BCI for further investigation. Residents are reminded to be very careful as to where they deposit their mail and to try and give it to Postal employees when possible, as there have been several stolen check cases in the county recently.
On May 9, 2022, a Deputy arrested a 32-year-old female Carmel resident for possession of heroin and cocaine subsequent to a traffic stop in the Town of Putnam Valley. The driver of the vehicle was charged with misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, misdemeanor Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and a traffic violation for Moving from Lane Unsafely. Her vehicle was towed from the scene, and she was given an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Putnam Valley Court.
The Putnam County Mother's Day Weekend fundraiser to help the Ukrainian refugees in Poland was a big success, organizers said.
"So many people donated and so many people volunteered to help, it was just amazing," said Sylwia Wojcik, a Mahopac resident and native of Poland, who worked with Putnam County government officials to create the three-day event. "People just kept coming. They donated a little bit of everything – baby products, clothing, shampoos, first aid kits – everything."
Wojcik said that Putnam residents and businesses donated enough to fill a 40-foot shipping container to send to Poland, where millions of Ukrainian refugees have taken shelter. Now volunteers will organize, pack the shipping container and send it off to Poland.
While every donation was greatly appreciated, Wojcik noted the remarkable generosity of some businesses and individuals. The Unilever corporation donated $100,000 worth of diapers and feminine hygiene products; Tops Friendly Markets donated a variety of foods and products; Liffey Van Lines donated moving boxes; Jean and Don Rhuda, of Mahopac, donated $2000 for shipping; Giorgio Spanu and Nancy Olnick, founders of Magazzino Italian Art Museum and Foundation in Cold Spring, donated $2,000; and a Carmel dentist, Dr Mark Sawycky, who is Ukrainian, donated gifts for children and adults – and he volunteered all day on Saturday.
"I'm not surprised that the fundraiser was big hit," Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. "I know our residents. This is a county that steps up to help people in need."
Odell's administration helped organize the event, which ran from May 6 to May 8 at the Paladin Center in Carmel, and publicized it with a website -- putnamcountycares.com/ukraineaid/ -- designed by Thomas Lannon, Director of the county's Information, Technology & GIS Department. The Putnam County Sheriff's Department helped staff the event, but it was Putnam County Legislature Chairman Neal L. Sullivan who first reached out to Wojcik in March to see how the county could help.
"The war in Ukraine with and the massive exodus of refugees is a global tragedy," Sullivan said. "But it is also a local tragedy, since Putnam County is home to many Eastern Europeans. As Putnam County leaders, we did this for the world, but also for our neighbors."
Neighbors helped neighbors throughout the event.
The Paladin Center donated its space for the collection drive and is allowing all of the items to be stored on its property until the shipment can be made.
"A big shoutout to our Putnam County residents who are always there during trying times like Brendan McDonnell and Denis Hanrahan who always show up rain or shine."
"I want to give a really big 'Thank you' to all volunteers, especially Karolina Zaba, Beata Michalczuk, Marta Gil, Sylwia Urbanski, Magda and Andrzej Rusinowski," Wojcik said. "I also want to thank all the Ukrainian people who came and helped tremendously, and, of course, all the American citizens who helped."
While the collection drive is over, those who want to help the Ukrainian refugees can buy medical supplies directly through an Amazon page set up by the county. Monetary donations are also still being accepted at the sites Wojcik recommended. For links to the Amazon page and donation sites see: putnamcountycares.com/ukraineaid/
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With the arrival of spring, Sheriff McConville would like to remind residents to be cautious of unlicensed contractors soliciting work.
Homeowners can fall prey to phony contractors who do not complete agreed-upon work after receiving payment. Roofing, driveway sealing, and tree work are some examples. Residents should be cautious when paying in advance for any work, and if something or someone appears suspicious, they should call 9-1-1.
Wishing our Corrections Officers a happy National Correctional Officers Week! We are grateful for all of them. It is not easy work, but they do it well, and we thank them for their service!
Sheriff McConville recognizes that due to the hard work and professionalism of the corrections staff, the Sheriff’s Department fulfills its mission of maintaining a safe and humane community and correctional system.
Again, the Sheriff and the Department’s executive staff thank everyone for their continued commitment to our collective mission; the safety of our community, and the people of Putnam County we serve.
Location: Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services auditorium
Address: 112 Old Route 6
Carmel New York 10512
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This in-classroom course is designed as a comprehensive study of boating safety to teach the fundamentals of safe boating operation. The course requires a structured classroom setting and has been approved by theNational Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
Online Registration: https://register-ed.com/events/
Or contact the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit Supervisors
Sergeant Thomas Lee: (845) 808-4300 ext. 42228
Sergeant Matthew Kraisky: (845) 808-4300 ext. 42429
Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 36-year-old Town of Southeast resident. On April 26, 2022, members of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) executed a search warrant on the subject's residence as part of a firearms investigation. Members located a small heroin mill in the home along with a quantity of heroin and fentanyl, a loaded personally made pistol also known as a ghost gun, and a shotgun. The target of the investigation is prohibited from possessing firearms because he has two prior felony convictions.
The suspect was taken into custody and charged with, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. He was held overnight pending arraignment.
On April 26, 2022, Deputies were dispatched to a home on Route 312 in the Town of Southeast for a Trespassing complaint in progress. While en route Deputies were advised that the home is owned by Putnam County and is maintained by the Parks Department. Upon arrival, Deputies were advised by Parks personnel that there was an open window and they had observed someone inside without permission. Deputies entered the residence and conducted a search and subsequently located a subject hiding in the attic. The suspect, a 34-year-old male, who was believed to be homeless, was arrested for Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Southeast Court and was given a referral to the Department of Social Services for possible housing assistance.
On April 25, 2022, NEU members conducted a traffic stop on a Honda Civic, on State Route 22 in the Town of Southeast, for a vehicle and traffic violation. During the subsequent stop, it was determined that the driver, a 57-year-old Town of Wingdale (Dutchess County) resident, was in possession of fifty-six glassine envelopes of Fentanyl and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony. He was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Folchetti, Town of Southeast Court, and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility, pending a Putnam County Court appearance, due to the fact that he had two past felony convictions.
On April 26, he was arraigned by Putnam County Judge Spofford and was ROR'd, with the condition of appearing bi-weekly at Putnam County Probation.
You may soon receive a letter from Sheriff McConville to join the New York State Sheriffs' Institute (NYSSI) as an honorary member. Membership is open to everyone through a tax-deductible gift of $25 and is the NYSSI organization's primary fundraiser used to support the Sheriffs' Summer Camp on Keuka Lake.
Due to generous donors, each year up to 840 kids from across the state attend this camp at no cost to their families. These kids are economically disadvantaged and would not otherwise get this chance. While there, they experience swimming, sailing, and friendship, while interacting in a positive setting with deputy sheriffs.
As a 2022 member, you will receive a membership card, bumper sticker, and an exclusive window decal. You will also receive a year’s subscription to the NYSSI newsletter, The Empire State Sheriff. To sign up online for membership, visit sheriffsinstitute.org. Once there select "Make a Donation" and choose your reason for donating as "Membership." Thank you for your continued support.
Sheriff Kevin McConville reminds motorists to share the road with motorcycles as we recognize Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
This May, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month comes at a particularly crucial time. Traffic is returning to pre-pandemic levels, families are planning summer road trips, and interest in motorcycling — for commuting and recreation — is seeing strong growth. This means more drivers and riders will be out on the roads this summer.
Here are some tips:
Please remember to look out for each other.
Regarding the 4/22/22 press release from the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney's Arrest of a Putnam County Narcotics Dealer being arrested with the murder of one of his customers, Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville would like to provide some context given the grounds for the arrest charges and prosecution were produced by the Sheriff Department's Missing Person Investigation into Lori Campbell.
While no specific information can or will be provided. I would like Putnam County residents to know that, as a direct result of almost three weeks of sustained investigative diligence, supported and directly assisted by the Putnam County District Attorney's office, our investigation developed facts, information, and evidence that resulted in: a) locating and recovering Lori's body in North Carolina, providing the basis for charging Dwayne Pulliam, a New York State parolee for a previous murder of a female, with the murder of Lori in Putnam County, and for the charges stemming from his illegal narcotic's distribution business.
Significant aspects of our investigation involved locations in Connecticut and North Carolina, which necessitated seeking support from the Alamance Sheriff's Office in North Carolina, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, NY DEA Office, and the Connecticut State Police.
Case consultation between the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and the Putnam District Attorney's Office resulted in a joint decision to ask the U.S. Attorney's Officer in the Southern District of New York to assume responsibility for the prosecution, recognizing that the criminal conduct occurring in three states, and even multiple county's, meant that only a federal prosecution would be able to merge all of the offenses into one combined and comprehensive prosecution.
Thus we requested they assume control of the case and handle all aspects of prosecution, and we are grateful to U.S Attorney Damian Williams and his Staff for accepting our request and believe that the best interests of each involved jurisdiction will be best served proceeding forward.
Department of Justice * U.S. Attorney’s Office * Southern District of New York
Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Kevin McConville, the Sheriff of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, announced today the filing of a criminal complaint in White Plains federal court charging DWAYNE PULLIAM, a/k/a “Doc,” with: (1) participating in a crack-cocaine-distribution conspiracy; and (2) traveling between New York and Connecticut, and using cellphones, to operate a narcotics business enterprise—his business selling crack cocaine—and murdering Lori Lee Campbell, a customer he believed was stealing from his business. PULLIAM was arrested yesterday afternoon in the area of New Milford, Connecticut, and was presented yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Andrew E. Krause. PULLIAM was ordered held without bail.
As alleged in the Complaint:
In or about December 2020, PULLIAM was released from approximately 24 years of prison for murder. Not long afterward, from at least in or about January 2022, PULLIAM engaged with others in the business of selling crack cocaine, traveling between New York and Connecticut to do so, and using phones to do so.
On March 29, 2022, PULLIAM contacted a co-conspirator of his in the drug trade and asked him to help move an Acura that belonged to Lori Lee Campbell. PULLIAM told his co-conspirator that he suspected that Campbell was stealing drugs from him, that PULLIAM confronted Campbell, that Campbell tried to leave but PULLIAM did not let her do so, and that Campbell started screaming. PULLIAM then told his co-conspirator that he “stopped her from screaming” and that this was not the first time he had “done this.”
When the co-conspirator went with PULLIAM back to PULLIAM’s apartment in Patterson, New York, the co-conspirator saw Campbell’s dead body in the apartment, wrapped in a sheet. PULLIAM said “there’s the culprit,” and then directed his co-conspirator to help him move the body, threatening to kill the co-conspirator’s family if the co-conspirator did not do so. The co-conspirator helped PULLIAM move the body to PULLIAM’s Honda Accord, and they then drove to PULLIAM’s mother’s house in North Carolina. PULLIAM and his co-conspirator got shovels, a bag of lime, and plastic wrap from a shed by PULLIAM’s mother’s house, and drove Campbell’s body to a cul-de-sac, where her body was ultimately covered in lime and buried in a shallow grave.
On April 19, 2021, law enforcement officers found and recovered Campbell’s body from the area in North Carolina where PULLIAM’s co-conspirator said it was buried.
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DWAYNE PULLIAM, a/k/a “Doc,” 59, of Patterson, New York is charged with one count of traveling in interstate commerce, and using a facility in interstate commerce, with intent to engage in a business enterprise involving narcotics, and thereafter committing murder to further that unlawful activity, and one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams and more of crack cocaine. The travel act count carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. The narcotics conspiracy count carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by a judge.
Mr. Williams praised the outstanding work of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI Charlotte Division, the DEA New York Division, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Alamance County Sherriff’s Office, the Connecticut State Police, and the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Williams noted that the investigation is ongoing.
The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael D. Maimin and T. Josiah Pertz are in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint, and the description of the Complaint set forth herein, constitutes only allegations, and every fact described therein should be treated as an allegation.
Putnam County government is teaming up with members of the local Polish Community to send food, supplies, medicine and monetary donations to help the millions of Ukrainian refugees who have taken shelter in Poland.
A Mother's Day Weekend collection drive for the much-needed supplies will be held Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8 at the Paladin Center, 39 Seminary Hill Road, Carmel. Volunteers and deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department will help organize the supplies and pack them into shipping crates to be sent to a city in Poland near the Ukrainian border.
The Russian assault on Ukraine created the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. Over 4 1/2 million people fled Ukraine escaping the atrocities of the war. Many remain in neighboring countries, stretching their resources thin. In Poland, almost 3 million Ukrainian refugees, mostly women and children, are relying on the help of Polish citizens and organizations supporting them. Through this charitable effort, Putnam County residents can donate specific medical and other essential supplies directly to the refugees.
"We can't just sit back and watch a country be destroyed and its citizens displaced and not offer to help," Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. "Poland is doing its share. Putnam County residents want to help, too. Our collection drive is Mother's Day Weekend, and there is no better time to think about and support all the mothers and children of Ukraine who have been driven from their homes."
Thomas Lannon, Director of the county's Information, Technology & GIS Department made a website for the event that shows which supplies are needed, a link for medical supplies, where to donate money and how to volunteer your time. See: putnamcountycares.com/ukraineaid/
Neal L. Sullivan, Chair of the Putnam County Legislature, represents parts of Mahopac that have a big Eastern European population. He called Sylwia Wojcik, a Mahopac resident and native of Poland, to see what the community needed.
Wojcik and neighbor Karolina Zaba previously helped to gather things for their friend's supply drive. They started soon after the war began and had sent a 600-pound box of diapers, formula, over-the- counter medicines and sanitary supplies for the refugees. Shipping heavy supplies overseas is not cheap. The two were fortunate to find a company to pay for the box to be sent by air.
"Using the county's extensive networks and the megaphone of county government gives us an opportunity to do a lot of good," Sullivan said. "We have the ability to connect the local group with donors and not-for-profits who have experience in fundraising and shipping. And we have the ability to publicize the supply drive and fundraiser. I know that Putnam residents will turn out for this event."
Wojcik, who works as a personal assistant has used her organizational skills to set up the event. She said she is grateful for the county's help.
The list of items needed ranges from diapers, formula and other baby needs, to sanitary supplies for women and snack items like juice boxes and energy bars for children. Also needed are shampoo, toothpaste and over-the-counter pain medicines like Tylenol, etc.
A Putnam County Amazon page has been set up for people to purchase medical supplies directly.
Monetary donations are especially welcome. Wojcik recommends these three organizations:
"It's so hard to watch from a distance," Wojcik said. "Doing this makes me feel useful. The Polish people have opened their homes to the Ukrainians. They are housing refugees, feeding them, trying to get their children into schools. It's not for a week or two. It's going to be for a very long time."
Thomas Lannon, Director of the county's Information, Technology & GIS Department made a website for the event, see: putnamcountycares.com/ukraineaid/
Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville noted that Putnam deputies are highly skilled at organizing mass events and would be happy to help during the weekend-long supply drive. McConville reached out to the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, which graciously agreed to serve as the 501(c)(3) organization handling the donations so that individuals and organizations who are able to make large donations, like the cost of shipping, will be able to receive a tax deduction.
"The Sheriff's Department will be on hand to provide whatever assistance is needed," McConville said. "Helping the community in a time of need is what we do. In this case, we're helping local residents and the international community."
Mother's Day Weekend is the perfect time for a humanitarian effort, particularly one that is helping mothers and children and the families who are supporting them.
"This year, along with buying flowers for Mom, Putnam residents might consider donating to one of the organizations that is helping refugees," County Executive Odell said. "As a mother myself, I know a donation to those in need will make any mother proud."
Putnam County Sheriff's Office Investigators, along with the Putnam County Medical Examiners Office, have identified the body which was found in the Hudson River in Cold Spring on April 4, 2022. The subject has been identified as David Leanza, a 50-year-old male from the Town of New Windsor. The investigation has determined that Mr. Leanza committed suicide by jumping off the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge on February 4, 2022.
(NYSCS CASE #2022-102) New York State Crime Stoppers, serving as a resource for the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations, is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the discovery of the whereabouts of the following missing person.
On Saturday, April 2, 2022, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office was notified that local resident Lori Lynn Campbell, 59, has not been seen nor heard from since Sunday, March 27, 2022. These reports were received from friends of Campbell's who have been unable to reach her.
There is cause for concern at this point, since the Sheriff's Office has been unable to contact her and has not yet developed any substantive leads or information. This sort of behavior is out of character for Campbell, according to her friends' reports. No further information about the case can be made public at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this case should immediately call the anonymous NYS Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-866-313-TIPS (8477). We don't need to know who you are, just what you know. In order to qualify for the reward, you must call the tip line number, provide your information, and obtain your confidential ID number, which you must keep for your records.
New York State Crime Stoppers, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that assists federal, state, county, and local law-enforcement agencies throughout New York State. NYS Crime Stoppers offers rewards for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for particular crimes within the borders of New York State . NYS Crime Stoppers operates in cooperation with law enforcement, the media, the public, and the business community statewide to accomplish its goal of keeping New York's communities safe. The key to the success of the program is the anonymity provided to tipsters who provide information.
To learn more about NYS Crime Stoppers, visit our website at nyscrimestoppers.org.
The Putnam County Correctional Facility has again earned accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care by demonstrating compliance with NCCHC’s Standards for Health Services in Jails. Accreditation recognizes Putnam County’s dedication to compliance with the most respected standards in correctional health care.
The correctional facility underwent a rigorous on-site survey. An experienced physician and other experts in correctional health care surveyed the facility for compliance with standards on continuous quality improvement, safety, infection control, chronic care, personnel and training, medical and mental health care, health records, and legal issues. The facility was first accredited in 2005 and has maintained its commitment to meeting the requirements described in NCCHC’s standards since then. Accreditation is a voluntary process that Putnam has successfully completed to provide quality health care and instill confidence in the community it serves.
NCCHC has surveyed and accredited jails, prisons and juvenile detention and confinement facilities for 40 years. The NCCHC standards used in accreditation are developed with input from the nation’s experts in correctional health care.
Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reminds all county residents to avoid using home mailboxes for mail pickup due to recent cases of mail theft. The Sheriff’s Office has taken a number of reports, mostly in the Putnam Valley area, of complaints where residents have had checks that they were sending out stolen from their mailboxes. These checks are then being altered to a much higher amount prior to being cashed by the suspects. All county residents are encouraged to only use secure US Postal Service mailboxes when sending checks, and to report any instances of theft to the Sheriff's Office, where the investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the US Postal Inspectors Office.
Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 41-year-old North Carolina man for Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, and numerous traffic infractions.
On March 31st at approximately 1:15 AM, a deputy observed a sedan with expired North Carolina license plates traveling east on Fairfield Drive in the Town of Patterson. The deputy stopped the vehicle on Lake Shore Drive.
The deputy observed open beer bottles inside the vehicle. The driver displayed several signs of intoxication and failed a Standardized Field Sobriety Test.
The man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. The charge was elevated to a felony, due to a previous DWI conviction within 10 years.
The defendant was processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility before being arraigned in the Town of Patterson Justice Court. He was released on his own recognizance
On March 30th, deputies responded to several homes in the Lake Peekskill area to take reports of thefts from parked vehicles.
Investigation revealed that cash and valuables had been stolen from numerous parked vehicles on Lake Drive, Williams Street, and Argyle Street. The vehicles had been left unlocked.
The thefts are being investigated. The Sheriff’s Office reminds local residents to secure personal property and keep car doors locked whenever possible.
On March 29th, a deputy arrested a 26-year-old Putnam Valley man for Driving While Intoxicated and numerous traffic infractions.
At approximately 1:45 AM, a deputy was traveling eastbound on Fair Street in the Town of Carmel. The deputy observed an approaching vehicle fail to dim the high-beam headlights. The deputy stopped the vehicle on Route 301 near Gypsy Trail Road.
The vehicle’s driver displayed several signs of intoxication and failed a Standardized Field Sobriety Test.
The man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility, and released on his own recognizance pending an April 12th arraignment in the Town of Carmel Justice Court.
On March 27th, a Sheriff’s Office K-9 team tracked and located a suicidal man in the Town of Carmel.
At approximately 10:00 PM, the Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Town of Carmel Police Department. Carmel officers were attempting to locate a man who had made several threats to harm himself.
Carmel Police found the man’s vehicle abandoned near the intersection of Belden Road and Route 301.
A deputy and bloodhound-partner responded to the area to assist. They began a track at the vehicle and followed the man’s scent along Route 301. He was located a short distance away, concealed behind a rock wall.
The man was turned over to officers from the Carmel Police Department, without incident.
On March 22nd, deputies arrested a Brewster man, wanted for domestic-related crimes in Danbury, Connecticut.
At approximately 8 PM, deputies were called to a home in the Town of Southeast to a take a report of a past domestic dispute. Investigation revealed that the complainant, a 57-year-old Brewster man, was wanted by the Danbury (CT) Police Department on charges stemming from another domestic-dispute two days earlier.
The man was taken into custody without incident and held at the Putnam County Correctional Facility, awaiting an extradition hearing.
On the 2nd day of April 2022, at about 2:00 pm, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a missing adult who hadn’t been seen in several days. Lori Lynn Campbell is a 59-year-old female who usually makes contact with her friends every day. Two of her friends entered Sheriff’s Office separately to report that they had not had any contact with her in several days and were worried. Lori has one vehicle registered to her, NY Reg: HNX3522, a black 2003 Acura RSX. If located or you have any information as to the whereabouts of Lori Campbell, please contact this office at 845 225-4300. This is the most recent picture of Lori.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will join law enforcement agencies nationwide April 7-11, to remind drivers about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. This annual campaign is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s - U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement effort.
According to NHTSA, between 2012 and 2019, 26,004 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver. While fatalities from motor vehicle crashes decreased slightly from 2018, distraction-related fatalities increased by 10%. NHTSA also reported that the number of deaths linked to driver distraction was 3,142 nationwide, or almost 9% of all fatalities, in 2019. This represents a 10% increase over the year 2018, or 284 more fatalities. The distraction figure was the largest increase in causes of traffic deaths reported for 2019.
Sheriff McConville urges drivers to put their phones away when behind the wheel. “Keep your eyes on the road, not your phone”, he said.
NHTSA recommends these steps for a safe driving experience:
• If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.
• Ask your passenger to be your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
• Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.
• Cell phone use is habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Activate your phone’s
“Do Not Disturb” feature, or put your phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination.
Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 33-year-old Patterson, NY man on narcotics sale and possession charges.
In May 2021 an investigator assigned to the Sheriff's Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) developed information that the man was involved in the sale of MDMA (Ecstasy) within the county. The investigator was able to connect with the subject and arrange for the purchase of MDMA. On March 16, 2022, members of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit took the subject into custody on Interstate 84 in the T/O Southeast.
He was charged with (1) one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree and (1) one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree; both felonies.
The suspect was arraigned before the Honorable Judge Caruso of the Town of Patterson Court and was released pending an April 20, 2022 court date.
On March 15 at approximately5:30pm Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the area of 3377 Route 9 in the Town of Philipstown for a motor vehicle accident involving a bicyclist. Arriving Deputies and first responders from the North Highland Fire Department and Putnam EMS attempted lifesaving efforts but the extent of injuries was too severe, and the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation by Deputies and Investigators determined that a vehicle operated by a 26 years of age Wappingers Falls woman had just turned onto Route 9 from a private driveway and was proceeding northbound when the bicyclist, 67-year-old Ken Sapeta of Philipstown, crossed into her lane from the northbound shoulder of the roadway. Sheriff's Office personnel were assisted on the scene by members of the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and the investigation is ongoing.
Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 19-year-old Bridgeport, Connecticut, man for 2 counts of Grand Larceny 4th, Auto Stripping 2nd, Criminal Mischief 2nd, and Criminal Mischief 3rd, all Felonies. On February 7th the Sheriff's Department received a complaint from a Town of Southeast business located on Tilly Foster Rd. who reported a catalytic converter stolen overnight from a vehicle parked in their lot. An investigation and canvass of the area by Sheriff's Investigators determined another converter was stolen from a separate vehicle at a nearby business and had yet to be discovered by the owner.
Investigators were assisted by surveillance cameras showing the thefts had occurred at 8:30 pm on February 6th. Further investigation determined the suspects, and their vehicle were involved in another crime handled by New York State Police Brewster later the same night of the 6th. With assistance from Investigators of the New York State Police, Sheriff's Investigators identified the suspect who cut the converters off both vehicles with a battery-powered circular saw. The suspect was located and interviewed by Sheriff's Investigators at the Westchester Medical Center where he was being treated for an injury unrelated to the converter thefts and admitted to committing the thefts.
On March 16th, Sheriff's Investigators arrested the suspect at the Town of Patterson Court when he appeared at the court for a prescheduled court date for unrelated charges. He was arraigned by Judge Caruso and released without bail and is due to appear on the charges in the Town of Southeast Court on April 7th. Sheriff's Investigators assisted Detectives with the Town of Carmel Police who were handling similar incidents involving the same suspects. The investigation is ongoing, and the identities of additional suspects and arrests are pending.
On March 11, members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Narcotic Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Carmel. As a result of the investigation, three firearms were seized including one personally made firearm, also known as a "ghost gun". Investigators arrested a 33-year-old Mahopac man, who has a previous felony conviction for Robbery in the Third Degree. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. He was arraigned in the Town of Carmel Justice Court and released on electronic monitoring.
Investigators were assisted in the investigation by the Town of Carmel Police Department, Westchester County Police Department, Putnam County District Attorney's Office, and the FBI.
Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 21-year-old Brewster man on multiple counts of promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child.
In December 2021, investigators assigned to the Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) received information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that images and videos of child sexual abuse material were being shared online from a residence in the Village of Brewster. On January 14, 2022, BCI Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence assisted by Sheriff's Office electronic storage detection K9 Hannah.
Investigators began a digital forensics examination of the electronic devices seized and were able to recover evidence and identify a suspect who was charged with (5) five counts of Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child. He was arraigned before the Honorable Thomas Jacobellis of the Town of Carmel Court and was released on his own recognizance pending a future appearance in the Village of Brewster Justice Court.
BCI Investigators worked collaboratively on this investigation with the Putnam County District Attorney's Office, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and New York State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
On February 7, deputies arrested a 36-year-old man from Mohegan Lake for Assault 3rd.
At approximately 11:50 p.m., Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Breezy Park Way in the Town of Putnam Valley for a report of an intoxicated man who was threatening to harm himself. Deputies contacted the man and determined that he required immediate medical care. Volunteers from the Putnam Valley Ambulance Corps. were called to the scene.
The man was moved to an ambulance and became irritated as the EMS crew began to care for him. He then forcefully kicked an EMT in the face, causing minor injuries.
Deputies restrained the man and escorted the ambulance to Putnam Hospital Center. He was issued an appearance ticket and released to hospital staff, pending a future arraignment in the Town of Putnam Valley Justice Court.
On February 20, deputies arrested a 31-year-old man wanted for assaulting one of their own.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office applied for an arrest warrant earlier this year after the man injured a Deputy inside a residence on Towners Road. Deputies located the man inside the same residence and took him into custody without incident.
The defendant was arraigned in the Town of Kent Justice Court and released on his own recognizance. The injured Deputy made a full recovery and returned to duty shortly after the incident.
On February 27, a deputy arrested a 22-year-old Peekskill man for Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, False Personation, and numerous traffic infractions.
At approximately 1:40 AM, a deputy observed a red Ford SUV speeding and failing to stay within the proper lane on Bryant Pond Road in the Town of Putnam Valley. The deputy stopped the vehicle near Barger Street to issue a summons.
The driver, knowing his privilege to drive was suspended, provided the deputy with a false name. Investigation revealed his identity – and a February 12th conviction for a previous DWI.
The deputy observed several signs of intoxication and administered a Standardized Field Sobriety Test. The man failed the test and was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. The charge was elevated to a felony, due to the previous DWI conviction within 10 years.
The defendant was transported to Putnam Hospital Center for a voluntary blood-alcohol test, processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility, and released on his own recognizance pending a March 22nd arraignment in the Town of Putnam Valley Justice Court.
On March 5, deputies rushed to Shore Drive in the Town of Southeast, in response to a 911 call reporting a structure fire with people trapped inside.
Upon arrival, deputies determined that all occupants had already escaped without injury. Deputies remained at the scene to assist the Brewster Fire Department.
On March 6, deputies responded to the Brewster MTA Train Station in response to a 911 call reporting an intoxicated male pointing a pistol at people on the platform.
Deputies, State Troopers, and Officers from the Village of Brewster Police Department arrived on the scene shortly after the dispatch but could not locate anyone matching the description of the armed suspect.
Deputies secured the train platform and searched the surrounding area, as Village of Brewster and MTA Officers interviewed potential witnesses.
A thorough investigation revealed no evidence of an armed man in the area. Deputies cleared the scene after determining the report was unfounded.
Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, Town of Carmel Police Department Chief Anthony Hoffmann, and Kent Police Department Chief Kevin Owens announced today that Putnam County police agencies and STOP-DWI Coordinators will participate in special efforts to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on March 16, 2022, and will end on March 20, 2022. St. Patrick's Day Weekend is a notoriously deadly period for impaired driving due to the number of celebrations and drivers on the road. New York State Police, County Sheriff, municipal law enforcement agencies, and STOP-DWI Programs across the state will be participating in special engagement efforts to reduce the number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths.
The STOP-DWI St. Patrick's Day High Visibility Engagement Campaign is one of many statewide initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign also targets Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day/End of Summer, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season, and Super Bowl.
Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.
You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – "Have a Plan" and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.
Four Rockland County residents have been indicted for illegally possessing “ghost guns,” or illegally possessed firearms, District Attorney Thomas Walsh II announced Thursday.
The operation also resulted in the seizure of three handguns and 10 assault rifles, all illegal to possess in New York.
Walsh said the bust was a direct result of a multi-agency investigation overseen by the Special Investigative Unit of the Rockland DA’s Office.
Charged with illegal possession of a weapon or firearm were Vandara Nguon, 34, of Pomona, Frank Wachausen, 55, of Nanuet, Fisnik Bajraktaraj, 35, of Congers, and Joseph Montenero, 30, of Congers.
Since January 2020, county police agencies investigated over 60 shootings/shots fired calls and Walsh said in light of those historically high violent acts, an intensive investigation was conducted by the DA’s office in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, FBI Safe Streets Unit, Westchester County Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and local police agencies.
Walsh said the four indictments are “only the beginning of the continual pursuit from this office to remove illegal firearms off our streets.”
Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 45-year-old Poughkeepsie man for Falsifying Business Records 1st Degree and Grand Larceny 4th Degree, both felonies. On January 3rd, a Town of Southeast resident reported a check he mailed to a Mahopac business for a service rendered was cashed, but according to his bank, it was cashed by someone other than the business. An investigation by Sheriff's Investigators determined that the suspect, who was an office manager at the business, stole several customer payment checks and altered the invoices by marking them paid. The suspect used his girlfriend's bank account to deposit the checks and withdrew the money for personal use. He was released without bail and is due in the Town of Carmel court on February 28.
Today marks 11 years since the murder of City of Poughkeepsie Detective John Falcone. On February 18, 2011, Detective Falcone was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend Lee Welch. Welch had just murdered his estranged wife, Jessica, and was threatening to harm the couple’s 3 year old daughter. Detective Falcone’s heroic actions saved the child’s life. The men and women of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office remember Detective Falcone’s sacrifice.
On Sunday, February 13, 2022, at about 7:30 AM the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery at the Gulf gas station located at 1122 route 9D, adjacent to the Garrison school in Philipstown. Units from the Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police responded to the call and determined that a white male (as pictured) entered the station and robbed the clerk of an undetermined amount of cash and fled the station on foot. The Sheriff’s Office is appealing to the public for any witnesses that may have seen any pedestrians or vehicles in the area at that time or during the pre-dawn hours to contact the Sheriff’s office at 845.225.4300. No injuries were reported.
Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Laurence F. Doud III, the former Chief Executive Officer of Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc. (“RDC”), was convicted today in Manhattan federal court of conspiring to distribute unlawfully oxycodone and fentanyl and conspiring to defraud the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”). Doud was convicted after a two-week jury trial before U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “In a first of its kind prosecution, Laurence Doud was held responsible for contributing to the opioid epidemic in the country by conspiring with others in his company to ship massive amounts of dangerous and highly-addictive oxycodone and fentanyl to pharmacies that he knew were illegally dispensing those controlled substances to drug dealers and addicts. The Southern District of New York will continue to bring to justice those responsible for the opioid epidemic – whether they are street level dealers or boardroom executives.”
According to the allegations contained in the Indictment and the evidence presented at trial:
Violations of the Federal Narcotics Laws
From 2012 through March 2017, Doud knowingly and intentionally violated the federal narcotics laws by distributing, through RDC, dangerous, highly addictive opioids to pharmacy customers that it knew were being sold and used illicitly. At the direction of its senior management, including Doud, RDC supplied large quantities of oxycodone, fentanyl, and other dangerous opioids to pharmacy customers that its own compliance personnel determined were dispensing those drugs to individuals who had no legitimate medical need for them. RDC, at the direction of Doud and others, distributed controlled substances to those pharmacies even after identifying “red flags” of diversion, including dispensing highly abused controlled substances in large quantities; dispensing primarily controlled substances; dispensing quantities of controlled substances in amounts consistently higher than accepted medical standards; accepting a high percentage of cash for controlled substance prescriptions; dispensing to out-of-state patients; and filling controlled substances prescriptions issued by practitioners acting outside the scope of their medical practice, under investigation by law enforcement, or on RDC’s “watch list.” In addition, and at Doud’s direction, RDC frequently brought on pharmacy customers that had been terminated by other distributors.
From 2012 through March 2017, Doud took steps to conceal RDC’s illicit distribution of controlled substances from the DEA and other law enforcement authorities. Among other things, Doud made the deliberate decision not to investigate, monitor, or report to the DEA pharmacy customers that Doud and others at RDC knew were diverting controlled substances for illegitimate use. Because they knew that reporting these pharmacies would likely result in the DEA investigating and shutting down RDC’s customers, RDC’s senior management, including Doud, directed the company’s compliance department not to report them, and instead to continue supplying those customers with dangerous controlled substances that the company knew were being dispensed and used for illicit purposes. Among other things, pursuant to DOUD’s instructions, and contrary to the company’s representations to the DEA, RDC opened new customer accounts without conducting due diligence, and supplied those customers – some of whom had been terminated by other distributors – with dangerous controlled substances. Additionally, Doud caused RDC to avoid filing suspicious order reports with the DEA as required by law. As a result, the DEA’s ability to identify and prevent the illicit dispensing of highly addictive controlled substances by several of RDC’s pharmacy customers was impeded.
Laurence F. Doud III, 78, of New Smyrna, Florida, was convicted by a jury of one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, which carries a maximum prison term of five years. The maximum potential sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Doud is scheduled to be sentenced on June 29, 2022.
Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the DEA’s Westchester Resident Office- Tactical Diversion Squad and thanked Special Agents of United States Attorney’s Office for their assistance. DEA’s Westchester Resident Office-Tactical Diversion Squad, comprises Special Agents, Diversion Investigators, and Task Force Officers from the DEA, Westchester County Police Department, Town of Orangetown Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, Woodbury Police Department, Yonkers Police Department, New Windsor Police Department, Harrison Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
The prosecution of this case is being handled by the Office’s Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas Burnett, Nicolas Roos, and Alexandra Rothman are in charge of the prosecution and represented the Government at trial. Assistant United States Attorneys Stephanie Lake and Louis Pellegrino also participated in the investigation into RDC and Doud.
CARMEL, NEW YORK – January 27, 2022, District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that 27-year-old Kyle Novotny, of Mahopac, will serve a total of seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Firearm. All are felonies.
On August 13, 2020, Novotny drove to a location in the Town of Somers and sold heroin to a person working for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU). As part of an ongoing investigation into Novotny’s criminal activities, NEU secured an arrest warrant for Novotny and took him into custody inside his Mahopac residence on November 4, 2020. While inside, members of NEU recovered an unregistered and loaded Glock 44 handgun, which Novotny admitted was his.
Novotny pled guilty on December 1, 2021. On January 26, 2022, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Mole imposed a sentence of 7 years incarceration followed by 2 years post-release supervision.
The investigation was conducted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Breanne Smith.
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is a holiday that falls on January 9th every year and helps citizens come together and show appreciation to their local law enforcement. It’s a day on which citizens can take the time to show police officers that their work is appreciated and that they understand how difficult their job can be. It’s also a good day for police officers and the community to come together and make safer communities.