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Hyde Park Man Charged With Larceny From Employer

04/16/2024

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the investigation and subsequent arrest of an individual for stealing funds from his employer.

In July of 2023, a deputy was dispatched to a Philipstown business for a report of a larceny of funds by a former employee due to unauthorized purchases of a company credit card. The investigation was turned over to the Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for further follow-up. Through numerous interviews and forensic analysis, it was determined that an employee, Joshua Queen, 42-years-old of Hyde Park, NY, had made over $12,000 in fraudulent and unauthorized purchases on a company credit card over a two-month period in early 2023 before being terminated.

On April 10, 2024, Mr. Queen turned himself in to Investigators and was charged with Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree, a Class D felony, and was arraigned in the Town of Philipstown Justice Court. Due to his prior felony convictions, he was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility to await a bail hearing. On April 11, he was arraigned in Putnam County Court and released on his own recognizance (ROR) with the condition that he report to Probation.

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Community Baby Shower - May 9th

04/15/2024

The Maternal Infant Services Network, Inc. Healthy Families Putnam County program is hosting a community baby shower on May 9th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brewster Public Library. Donations of diapers, wipes, and other baby items are being collected for the event. From now until April 30th, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office is assisting with collecting donations. Anyone wishing to donate items may drop them off in the baskets located in the lobby of the Putnam County Correctional Facility. Thank you for your support!

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Helicopter Transports Injured Motorcyclist in Putnam Valley

04/15/2024

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the investigation of a motorcycle accident in Putnam Valley.

On April 13, 2024, at approximately 10:20 am, Deputies were dispatched to Barger St near Florence Rd for a one-vehicle accident where an operator, 67-year-old Tomas Blanco of Yorktown Heights, was found lying in the roadway after being ejected from his motorcycle. According to an eyewitness, Mr. Blanco had just made a left out of Florence Rd and was heading south when, for unknown reasons, he lost control, and the motorcycle landed on its side. Upon arrival of first responders, he was in and out of consciousness, and medical personnel decided to call for a medical helicopter for transport. Putnam Valley Fire Department members set up a landing zone on the Bryant Pond Rd overpass of the Taconic State Parkway for a LifeNet medical helicopter, and the patient was flown to Westchester Medical Center; his condition remains unknown.

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Sheriff McConville Reports Proactive Measures in Place

04/14/2024

With the escalating hostilities in the Middle East and the extensive aerial attack Iran conducted against Israel yesterday, The Putnam County Sheriff's Office remains increasingly vigilant and continues to take proactive measures to keep our county safe.

Some of the measures we enact during heightened threat environments include extra visibility at pre-determined locations. As such, you may see us more often; this is a safety measure and not a cause for alarm. If you have any concerns about the security of a particular location, the PCSO has trained personnel who can conduct site security assessments and offer recommendations. To obtain this service, you can call us at (845) 225 -- 4300, and we will schedule a time to provide you with an assessment.

Given the heightened threat environment, we would like to remind everyone to report any observed suspicious activity to the PCSO right away. Subjects taking photos or asking probing questions regarding security measures that are in place at religious institutions, posting inflammatory or threatening messages on social media, or making suspicious or unusually large purchases of material that could be utilized to make an improvised weapon should be reported.

In addition to reporting by telephone at (845) 225-4300, the PCSO has developed an online threat reporting system. WWW.PCTAM.NET can be accessed from any internet browser. This will bring you to a short series of pre-determined questions that have been identified through past investigations of acts of violence that predict potential threats. You have the option to remain anonymous when reporting in any format.

The PCSO remains in constant communication with the state and federal intelligence centers to act upon and provide information to our town and village law enforcement within the county to insure all are protected.

At present, there has been no identified, specific or credible threats, or concerning information regarding our region or the nation in general.

We will continue to diligently monitor and stay in communication with our federal , state and regional law enforcement partners and our Members will remain vigilant.

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Norwalk, CT Man Charged With Attempted Rape of a Minor

04/12/2024

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville announces the arrest of a suspect in an ongoing criminal investigation that began on March 15th, 2024. The suspect, Francisco Javi Gomez, a 20-year-old male from Norwalk, CT, who was enticing a 13-year-old on social media to engage in sexual activity with him, was apprehended following a collaborative effort involving the Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Homeland Security agents, and the Rockland County District Attorney's Office investigators.

The investigation into Francisco Javi Gomez's alleged criminal activities culminated in his arrest on April 3rd, 2024. Gomez, upon being confronted by law enforcement officials, attempted to evade capture by ramming his vehicle into undercover and unmarked police cars. After a short pursuit, Investigators were able to deploy a spike strip, which immobilized Gomez's vehicle, and he was safely taken into custody. He was charged with felony Attempted Rape 2nd degree, Attempted Disseminate Indecent Material to a Minor 1st degree, Disseminate Indecent Material to a Minor 1st degree, and a misdemeanor Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.

Following his arrest, Gomez was arraigned in the Town of Southeast Court and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility with bail set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

"We commend the dedication and perseverance exhibited by our law enforcement personnel and partners in bringing this individual to justice," stated Sheriff McConville. "The successful outcome of this investigation is a testament to the collaborative efforts of multiple agencies working tirelessly to protect our communities."

"Protecting innocent children from predators using the internet or social media to target them for nefarious reasons is a top priority for my Office. The arrest of the defendant is a stark reminder of the dangers facing minors online. We will continue to work with our partners on the federal and local level to keep our children and community safe," said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II.

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Sheriff Reports Multiple Weekend DWI Arrests

04/08/2024

Deputy Injured in Putnam Valley

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the following DWI arrests over the weekend:

On April 5, 2024, at about 10:45 pm, a Deputy traveling northbound on Peekskill Hollow Rd in the Town of Putnam Valley was struck by a southbound vehicle that crossed over into his lane.

The Deputy sustained injuries to his eye and hand and was transported to Hudson Valley Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the other vehicle, 42-year-old Jennifer Hunt, was observed to be intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. She was arrested and charged with felony Vehicular Assault 2nd degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st degree. She was also charged with misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and the traffic infractions of Operating with a License Restriction, Failing to Keep Right, Moving from Lane Unsafely, Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent, and Operating a Vehicle While Using a Mobile Phone.

Hunt was processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility and arraigned in the Town of Putnam Valley Court, where she was ROR to appear at a future court date.


On April 6th, at approximately 2:30 am, deputies observed a vehicle driving erratically, failing to maintain its lane on Danbury Road in the Town of Southeast.

A traffic stop was made, and the driver, 38-year-old Hector Buchyolos of Brewster, was observed to be intoxicated and failed multiple field sobriety tests. He was taken into custody and transported to the Correctional Facility for processing, where he was charged with misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content greater than .18%.

He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Southeast Court for a future date.


On April 7th, at approximately 1:00 am, Putnam County 911 broadcast an alert for an erratic driver in the area of Route 22 and 311 in Patterson. A concerned citizen was following the vehicle. Deputies began looking for the suspect vehicle and were able to locate it westbound on Route 6 in Carmel. A traffic stop was initiated after observing the car swerve out of its lane. After failing field sobriety tests, the driver, 72-year-old Kathleen Hibbs of Wappingers Falls, was placed under arrest and transported to the Correctional Facility for processing.

She was charged with a misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and a traffic infraction of Move from Lane Unsafely. She was released with an appearance ticket for a future court date in the Town of Carmel Court.


On April 7, at approximately 11:20 pm., deputies were dispatched to a one-vehicle accident on Tammany Hall Road in the Town of Patterson; a vehicle had traveled off the roadway and struck a mailbox. After interviewing the driver, 46-year-old Elizabeth DeLuca of Patterson, NY, and conducting field sobriety tests, she was placed under arrest. She was charged with misdemeanor DWI and Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content greater than .18%.

She was processed at the Correctional Facility and released with an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Patterson Court.

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New York State Boating Course - May 4th

04/05/2024

The Sheriff's Office will host the New York Safe Boating Course on Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 a.m. at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, 112 Old Rt. 6 in Carmel.

More information and registration here: https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/212010

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Mahopac Resident Charged With Child Porn

04/02/2024

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports that beginning in February of 2024, members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation began an investigation after receiving information that a Town of Carmel resident had images of child sexual abuse material.

Members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed multiple search warrants, with the assistance of the Sheriff's Office electronics storage detection K9 Hannah, and on March 29, 2024, arrested 53-year-old John Towers of Mahopac. He was charged with two counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child and three counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, both felonies and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in the Town of Carmel Court and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with relevant information or John Towers to contact the Sheriff's Office tipline at 845-808-4377.

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Multi-Agency Exercise at Haldane School Tuesday, April 9th

04/01/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports that on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and the Haldane Central School District will be conducting an exercise at the school campus in Cold Spring.

The exercise will include numerous law enforcement agencies, the Cold Spring Fire Company and its Fire Police, and the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

We ask that all non-participants, including students' parents, remain away from the Haldane campus during this exercise.

We appreciate the public's cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the Sheriff's Office at (845) 225-4300 ext. 42203.

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Rest in Peace, NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller

03/26/2024

Sheriff Kevin McConville and the members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office extend our deepest condolences to the New York City Police Department for the tragic loss of Police Officer Jonathan Diller, who was killed in the line of duty last night.

The sacrifices made by law enforcement officers in service to their communities are immeasurable, and the loss of a fellow officer is deeply felt by all in the law enforcement community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Diller's family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.

Please know that the Putnam County Sheriff's Department stands with the NYPD in honoring the memory of all fallen officers and offering our support and solidarity. We are here to assist in any way possible and offer our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this tragic loss.

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Sheriff Reports Recent DWI Arrests

03/20/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the following Driving While Intoxicated arrests as a result of increased St. Patrick's Day weekend DWI enforcement.

On March 16, 2024, at approximately midnight, a deputy observed a vehicle driving on Fair St in the Town of Carmel with a loud exhaust and unable to maintain their lane. A traffic stop was initiated, and the driver, fifty-four-year-old David Yaskovic of Carmel, was observed to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was given field sobriety tests that he failed. He was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff's Office for processing. He was charged with misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content higher than .18% and vehicle and traffic violations of Moving From Lane Unsafely and Loud Muffler Exhaust System.

He was released with an appearance ticket to appear at a future date in the Town of Carmel Court.

On March 17 at approximately 4 am, a deputy observed a vehicle stopped on Argonne Road in the Town of Southeast with the engine running. The deputy contacted the operator, Roberto Valenzuela-Morales, 31 years of age, of Danbury, CT, who appeared to be sleeping and detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from him. The operator had trouble standing due to his high level of intoxication and was placed under arrest. He was processed at the Sheriff's Office and was charged with misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content higher than .18%. He was also given tickets for Unlicensed Operation, Operating with No Insurance, and Stopped on a Public Highway.

He was released with an appearance ticket to appear at a future date in the Town of Southeast Court.

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School Social Media Threat Investigated

03/18/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the investigation into a social media threat at a local school district.

On March 14, 2024, at approximately 7:45 am, the School Resource Deputy assigned to Brewster High School was alerted to a threat message posted to social media advising of a possible school shooting.

Upon receiving the report, Deputies and Investigators swiftly responded to the campus, implementing a lockout across all Brewster schools. Interviews were conducted with numerous students to trace the alleged threat back to its source. Investigators collaborated with Brewster School District IT personnel to determine the origin of the threat, which was eventually traced to a school district in the state of Washington. This district, with a similar name to Brewster, had experienced a school shooting threat the day prior, leading to an arrest.

We urge parents to discuss with their children the potential panic that can arise from sharing messages from unknown sources.

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Sheriff's Office and Synagogues Collaborate on Safety Initiatives

03/14/2024

Recently, members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office attended the Westchester Jewish Council Security Roundtable. Our members met with Clergy from Putnam and Westchester Synagogues and discussed concerns and programs we utilize to ensure the communities stay safe. One of our successful strategies has been to maintain liaison assignments with Federal Task Force Operations and The Westchester Real Time Crime Center, allowing the Sheriff's Office to receive immediate intelligence that can be shared with local clergy.

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Fugitive Held on Drug and Traffic Charges

03/11/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Hoboken, NJ, man on narcotics possession charges, as well as additional penal and vehicle and traffic law charges.

On March 6, 2024, at 12:15 p.m., the Real Time Crime Center at Westchester County Police headquarters broadcast an alert that a vehicle wanted in connection with fleeing a traffic stop in Elmsford was traveling northbound in Putnam County. Multiple Westchester County PD agencies tried to stop the car, which failed to comply with a lawful order to stop before entering Putnam County.

Narcotics Enforcement Unit investigators, who were in the area, located the vehicle traveling northbound on Peekskill Hollow Rd. The car then continued briefly into the Town of Yorktown before traveling northbound on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Putnam Valley.

The unregistered vehicle, which had switched plates, stopped on the Taconic Parkway, just north of the Bryant Pond Road exit. The driver was then taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle's operator, Sean P. McDermott, age 34, of Hoboken, NJ, possessed a quantity of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, Unlawful Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, along with other vehicle and traffic law violations.

McDermott also had an outstanding extraditable felony Bench Warrant out of Pennsylvania for failing to appear for a DWAI drugs arrest. Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that the warrant was active. McDermott was also processed as a Fugitive from Justice.

McDermott was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Douchkoff of the Town of Kent court and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility pending a County Court hearing. On March 7, 2024, the Honorable Judge Spofford of the Putnam County Court remanded McDermott to the Correctional Facility pending an extradition hearing for Pennsylvania.

Westchester County Police, New York State Police, Carmel Police, and Yorktown Police all assisted with the investigation.

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Free Car Seat Check - Carmel Fire Department 3/25

03/11/2024

Join us at our upcoming Free Car Seat Check Event, where our highly skilled and Certified Technicians will meticulously inspect your car seat to ensure it meets all safety standards. They will check if the seat is properly installed, appropriate for your child's age, in the correct direction, not recalled, and not expired. Your child's safety is our top priority!

3/23/24 11 am-2 pm
Carmel Fire Department
94 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512

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Brewster Man Charged With Selling Psilocybin Mushrooms in Carmel

03/07/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of Zhenxiu Lu, age 39, of Brewster, NY.

In January 2024, an investigator assigned to the Sheriff's Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) developed information that The Tobacco House of Zhang, 1878 State Route 6, in the Town of Carmel, was selling psilocybin mushroom products. The investigator made three purchases of psilocybin mushrooms from Zhenxiu Lu at the location.

On March 4, 2024, Narcotics Enforcement Unit members took Mr. Lu into custody before executing a search warrant at his residence in the Town of Southeast. As a result of the search warrant, NEU members seized approximately $53,000 in US Currency from the residence, along with business and drug records. Members of the office also executed a search warrant at the business in the Town of Carmel. That search resulted in the seizure of US Currency, a large amount of psilocybin mushrooms, and marijuana products.

Lu was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Miller of the Town of Carmel Court on three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree: violations of NYS Penal Law sections 220.06 subsection 1 and 220.31, Class D felonies. He was released on his own recognizance, pending a future court date. The Town of Carmel Code Enforcement Officer was notified and will take the appropriate action regarding the illegal business activities.

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Accidental Alarm at Brewster School

02/26/2024

This morning at 8:40 am The Putnam County Sheriff's Office received a Hold-In-Place alarm for the Brewster School District. The alarm was tripped accidentally. As a precautionary measure, members of the Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police conducted a sweep of all Brewster School Buildings. At this time the alarm is considered as an accidental activation. No threat exists.

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Detective John M. Falcone

02/18/2024

Today, we commemorate the memory of City of Poughkeepsie Detective John M. Falcone, who was murdered in the line of duty on February 18, 2011, during a domestic disturbance incident. Before serving in Poughkeepsie, Detective Falcone had distinguished himself as a Putnam County Sheriff's Cadet and a Town of Kent Police Officer.

Detective Falcone's ultimate sacrifice is a poignant reminder of the inherent risks law enforcement officers face in their duties. Though he may no longer be with us, his dedication and heroism will forever be in our hearts and minds. We honor his memory and express our deepest gratitude for his service and sacrifice.

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K9 Unit Gets a Grooming

02/16/2024

A big THANK YOU to Luxury Mobile Pet Spa for donating their time to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit.

They continually volunteer their time and services to keep our K9s looking sharp.

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Missing Vulnerable Adult

02/12/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the investigation into a missing vulnerable adult from the Garrison area.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating 26-year-old Colin Albert Marma, a vulnerable adult with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder who may be in need of medical attention (see attached flyer). Colin was last seen on February 2 wearing a black sweatshirt, black gym pants, red sneakers, and a black baseball cap. The vehicle he was operating, a 2004 Mercedes with New York registration KXE6055, was located over the weekend in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan. Colin is believed to be in the New York City area. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (845) 225-4300.

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Southeast Pharmacy Burglarized

02/12/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports an investigation into a burglary of a pharmacy in the Town of Southeast.

On February 12, 2024, at approximately 3:45 am, Deputies were dispatched to the JNR Pharmacy for a commercial burglar alarm activation. Upon arrival, it was determined that the front glass door was smashed and that unknown suspect(s) had entered the building but fled before the deputy's arrival. The owner was contacted and is in the process of determining the amount and type of loss.

Sheriff's Deputies and Investigators are looking into this case and working with other law enforcement agencies to determine whether it is related to other pharmacy burglaries that have occurred recently in the area.

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45-Minute Lockdown at Geroge Fisher Middle School 2/8

02/09/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the investigation into an incident in the Carmel Central School District.

On February 8, 2024, at approximately 11:55 am, a single live round of ammunition was found in the grassy area near the playground at the George Fischer Middle School. A lockdown was put into place at the school while a search was conducted of the building and grounds. It was released approximately 45 minutes later, and the investigation into the incident is continuing. Sheriff's Office personnel were assisted at the scene by Kent and Carmel police departments.

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One Killed in Southeast Auto Accident

01/30/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the investigation into a fatal motor vehicle accident in the Town of Southeast.

On January 25, 2024, at approximately 6 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles at 477 Tonetta Lake Rd.

The first arriving Deputy was advised that an occupant of one vehicle needed immediate medical assistance. The deputy removed her from the vehicle and began CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) until relieved by Brewster EMS. The driver, identified as Marie Desimone, 64 years of age from Southeast, was transported to Putnam Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The second vehicle's driver was identified as Alexis Gialanella, 36 years old, also of Southeast. Also in the second vehicle were five and 1-year-old children. Ms. Gialanella and the children were transported to Putnam Hospital Center for evaluation of minor injuries.

Through investigation, with the assistance of the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, it appears that the vehicle operated by Ms. Desimone was westbound when, for unknown reasons, crossed into the eastbound lane and struck the vehicle operated by Ms. Gialanella head-on.

The roadway remained closed until approximately 9 pm for the investigation, and deputies were assisted at the scene by the Brewster Fire Department and Medics.

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Putnam County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Super Bowl High Visibility Engagement Campaign

01/30/2024

Putnam County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Super Bowl High Visibility Engagement Campaign

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs from February 9 through February 11, 2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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 Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event, and Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. In a combined effort to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries, and save lives, law enforcement officers across New York State and STOP-DWI programs will be participating in special engagement efforts. start on February 9, 2024, and will end on February 11, 2024.

The STOP-DWI Super Bowl 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, the Holiday Season, and St. Patrick's Day.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim further to reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help 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: http://www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp. Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.

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K9 Harlin Visits St. James School

01/29/2024

Deputy Ashley Piqueras and K-9 Harlin, a narcotics detection dog, visit Saint James Catholic School in Carmel. The kids are thrilled by police dog demonstrations as they witness the impressive skills and bond between these highly trained canines and their handlers.

Today starts Catholic School Week, an annual celebration that honors the value of Catholic education. It's a time to appreciate teachers' dedication, students' accomplishments, and Catholic schools' positive influence in our communities.

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Welcome to the New Superintendent of Brewster Schools, Michelle Gosh

01/12/2024

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville and the members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office would like to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Laurie Bandlow, the departing superintendent of Brewster schools. Laurie has been an incredible partner with us, and we are truly thankful for her collaboration and support in ensuring the safety and well-being of our children. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors and know that her dedication and leadership will continue to have a positive impact wherever she goes. Thank you, Laurie!

We are thrilled to welcome Michelle Gosh as the incoming superintendent of Brewster Schools. We are eager to continue our work and strengthen our relationship with Michelle, building upon the established safety and security foundation.

As the primary law enforcement agency partnered with the schools, we take great pride in having a School Resource Officer in almost every school within the county's districts. This allows us to work hand in hand with the schools, ensuring the safety and welfare of all our children. We are committed to maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for learning, and we are committed to working with Michelle and all school districts to achieve this goal. Together, we will continue to prioritize the well-being of our students and foster a community where they can thrive.

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Clergy Gift Card Scams Continues

01/10/2024

The Sheriff's Office has received more reports regarding a scammer impersonating a local priest and soliciting gift cards. This is an ongoing issue that requires vigilance. We urge everyone to exercise caution and remain skeptical when approached for contributions or financial assistance.

It is unfortunate that scammers continue to exploit the generosity of our community. Remember, legitimate organizations and individuals will not typically request gift cards or money through unsolicited phone calls or messages. If you receive such a request, verify the identity of the person or organization through trusted channels before taking any action. Your safety and financial well-being are our top priorities. If you receive a suspicious call, contact us at 845 225-4500. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us combat these fraudulent activities.

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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

01/09/2024

We were invited this morning to Over the Rainbow Daycare in Southeast for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Deputies were met with cards, posters, and cupcakes. The kids got to meet K9 Harlin and our Deputies. We appreciate the invitation, gestures, and constant support from our community.

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Shoplifter Held as a Fugitive From Justice

01/05/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Baltimore, Maryland, woman on larceny charges.

On December 29, 2023, deputies from the Narcotics Enforcement Unit observed a vehicle linked to an organized retail theft group parked outside a business in the Town of Southeast. Shortly after, they observed a male and female leave the store with merchandise and enter the vehicle. Deputies made contact with the subjects, and the female provided forged identification documents and provided them with a fictitious name. She was later identified as Ana Codreanu, 19 years of age. The male was determined to be a juvenile relative of Codreanu. Deputies confirmed a theft of approximately $8,000 worth of merchandise from the store through surveillance footage.

Further investigation revealed that Codreanu had three active warrants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for similar crimes and had stolen items from other area businesses earlier in the day.

Codreanu was charged with the following felonies: Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, and misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

CPS was contacted, and the juvenile was turned over to a relative.

Codreanu was arraigned in the Town of Kent Justice Court and released on her own recognizance for the charges from the Town of Southeast. She was ordered held without bail as a fugitive from justice while she awaits extradition for her out-of-state warrants.

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Anesthesiologist Charged With Sexual Abuse

01/03/2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Southeast man for a series of sexual assault incidents that took place in the last month.

On December 29, 2023, Sheriff’s Investigators were alerted to the fact that a female victim, who was known to the suspect, had been given anesthesia without her knowledge and was subsequently sexually assaulted.  Through interviews with the victim, it was learned that the suspect was an Anesthesiologist with access to various drugs.

On December 30th, Investigators interviewed and arrested 59-year-old Paul M. Giacopelli for 4 counts of Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree and Assault in the 2nd degree, both felonies.

He was arraigned in the Town of Southeast Court and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $150,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond.

Mr. Giacopelli was currently employed by Northwell Health with privileges at Putnam Hospital Center.  Anyone with further information about him or his instance is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (845) 808-4377.  All calls will be kept confidential.

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Free Car Seat Check - January 13th

01/01/2024

1/13/24 11am - 2pm
Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department
741 Route 6
Mahopac, NY 10541

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New Jersey Man Charged in Philipstown Burglary

12/21/2023

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Haledon, New Jersey, man after investigating a residential burglary in the Town of Philipstown.

On August 3, 2022, at approximately midnight, Deputies were sent to a residence on Route 9D for a burglary complaint, whereby the tenant at the residence came home and found that a sliding glass door was broken, and items were taken from inside.  Deputies and Investigators began an investigation that included reviewing surveillance camera footage and collecting blood and fingerprint evidence.  Based on the video footage that showed a suspect, a bulletin was sent out to law enforcement agencies for assistance in identifying the suspect. Investigators were contacted by the MTA Police, who had dealt with the same individual at the Garrison train station earlier that evening.  Further investigation based on DNA evidence was gathered, and a warrant was issued for the arrest of 23-year-old Steven Moye. 

On December 14, 2023, Investigators learned that Moye was to be in White Plains City Court on an unrelated matter; he was taken into custody without incident.  He was arraigned in the Town of Philipstown Court. He was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond until his next hearing date.

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Sheriff’s Office Members Participate in Wreaths Across America

12/16/2023

Today, members of the Sheriff's Office participated in Wreaths Across America at Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel.  The mission of Wreaths Across America is to “Remember the fallen. Honor those who serve. Teach the next generation the value of freedom."

Within Putnam County, almost everyone I come across has either served or has a family member who is or has served.  

Today, Sheriff's Department Members had the honor of assisting with placing wreaths at gravesites in the cemetery.  

On behalf of all Members of the Sheriff's Department, we thank Wreaths Across America for the work you do for our nation's finest.

Sheriff Kevin McConville

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Scam Alert

12/15/2023

The Sheriff's Office is investigating several incidents that recently occurred where a suspect telephoned a resident and falsely identified himself as a Pastor from a local church in Carmel. The suspect asked the individual to send gift cards via cellphone by taking photos of the ID numbers. 

Sheriff McConville would like to remind everyone that if you are not sure of the person calling, contact the police right away at (845) 225-4300.  

To be safe, never give out any personal or financial information to anyone unknown to you.

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Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Mental Health Team Up to Assist Those in Need

12/14/2023

Sheriff Kevin McConville and Commissioner Sara Servadio of the Putnam County Department of Mental Health are teaming up to conduct ongoing and routine outreach for people in need of services. Today, Deputy Ward and Commissioner Servadio traveled the county’s bike path and other locations that are not easily accessible, utilizing the Sheriff’s Office utility vehicle. If you know anyone needing assistance or services, please call (845) 225- 4300. Those requiring a place to stay can visit the emergency shelter in Brewster, which is open 7 nights a week.

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Sheriff Reminds Residents to Be Aware of Porch Pirates

12/12/2023

During the 2024 holiday season, we want to remind the residents of Putnam County about the increased risk of porch pirating, where unattended packages are stolen from homes. To protect your deliveries, consider the following tips:

  1. Utilize smart package lockers or a nearby convenience store for delivery.
  2. Have packages sent to your workplace or office if you won't be home.
  3. Install security cameras or camera doorbell systems to deter theft.
  4. Consider getting an Amazon Key if eligible for secure package delivery.
  5. Request a signature upon delivery or reschedule delivery if needed.
  6. Arrange for vacation package holds or ask a trusted neighbor to hold onto your packages.
  7. Insure valuable packages for added protection.
  8. Sign up for delivery alerts to stay informed about your packages.

If you notice any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please contact us at 845-225-4300.

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Sheriff Welcomes Two New Deputies

12/12/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville is pleased to announce the addition of two new deputies to the ranks of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies Brianna Coyle and Brian O’Connor, along with fifty-six recruits from various other departments throughout Westchester, graduated from the Westchester County Police Academy on December 8 after successfully completing a rigorous 21-week training program. Coyle and O’Connor will be assigned to the Patrol Division. They will begin an extensive ten-week field training program where they will each be paired with a Field Training Officer (FTO) who will teach and guide them through the procedures of the Sheriff's Office and how to apply what they learned in the academy to real-life situations. The Sheriff wishes them both much success as they begin their law enforcement career.

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Putnam County to Participate in STOP-DWI Holiday “High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

12/11/2023

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs from December 13, 2023 through January 1, 2024

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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.

While we spend this Holiday Season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year, law enforcement officers and STOP-DWI programs across New York State will combine their efforts to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. Putnam County will join this effort and participate in special engagement efforts. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign starts on December 13, 2023, and will end on January 1, 2024.

The STOP-DWI Holiday Season 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, 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.

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Sheriff Urges Caution Using Credit Cards

12/06/2023

A skimming device was recently discovered at a local gas station. These devices are used by criminals to obtain credit card information from gas pumps illegally. Your safety and security are our top priorities, so we want to remind everyone to stay vigilant and protect themselves from these scams.

When using your credit or debit card at any point of sale, such as a gas pump or ATM, always look for skimming devices. Here are a few tips to help you detect them:

  • Check for signs of damage or tampering on the card reader.
  • Give the card reader a gentle pull and twist. Legitimate readers are robust, and a skimmer will often come loose.
  • Regularly monitor your credit/debit card statements for any suspicious activity.
  • If you notice any unauthorized use, report it immediately to the authorities.

Your cooperation and awareness are crucial in preventing these crimes. Let's work together to keep our community safe and secure. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Recent Donation Requests Are Not From the Sheriff's Office

12/04/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville would like to inform Putnam County residents that a letter you may have recently received in the mail soliciting funds is not from the Sheriff's Office. The senders of this letter are not associated with our office in any way. We want to ensure your safety and protect you from potential scams during this time of giving.

It is essential to exercise caution when responding to unsolicited requests for donations. We advise you to be vigilant and verify the legitimacy of such requests before providing personal or financial information. If you have any doubts or questions regarding similar unsolicited donation requests, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 845 225-4300.

Your safety and security are our top priorities, and we are here to assist you. Feel free to call if you need clarification or have concerns about suspicious activity. Together, we can work towards creating a secure and supportive community.

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Free Car Seat Check 12/9 at the Camel FD

11/27/2023

Certified Technicians will check your car seat to make sure it is:

◦ Properly installed
◦ Correct seat for your child, the proper direction
◦ Not recalled
◦ Not expired

12/9/23, 11 am-2 pm
Carmel Fire Department
94 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512

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Sheriff's Office Teams-Up With Guardian Revival

11/22/2023
Sheriff Kevin McConville, has partnered with Guardian Revival, led by Alex Othmer

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office, led by Sheriff Kevin McConville, has partnered with Guardian Revival, led by Alex Othmer, to provide an overall wellness program for all Members.

Under this initiative, Guardian Revival, a local non-profit organization, will provide Sheriff's Office members with direct access to wellness resources and support, including peer support, a 24/7 Talk Line, therapy dogs, Crisis Intervention and Stress Incident Management support, as well as therapeutic recreational activities such as hiking, backpacking, kayaking, music, and more—all offered at no cost.

Sheriff McConville is committed to providing every available resource to ensure the wellness of all staff, this partnership will continue in that effort to provide services and keep our first responders healthy.

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Ansonia, CT Couple Arrested for Drug Sales in Putnam County

11/20/2023

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of an Ansonia, CT, man, and woman after an investigation into drug sales in the county.

In October 2023, an investigator assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) developed information that the Ansonia, CT man was involved in the sale of cocaine within the area. The investigator was able to contact the subject and arrange for the purchase of cocaine at a local motel in the Town Southeast.

On October 26, 2023, NEU members attempted to stop and arrest the suspected drug dealer in the parking lot of the hotel after he had arrived to sell a quantity of cocaine to the undercover investigator. The vehicle fled, nearly striking a member of the Sheriff’s Office who was on foot in the lot and narrowly missing a marked police vehicle head-on. The occupants threw a quantity of suspected cocaine out of the passenger window of the vehicle. They were eventually taken into custody after the car was stopped on State Route 312 in the Town of Southeast.

Luis A. Flores, age 32, of Ansonia, CT, was charged with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 2nd, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, one count of Reckless Endangerment 1st, all Felonies, and one count each of Resisting Arrest and Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd, both Misdemeanors.

Lymaris Burgos, age 37, of Ansonia, CT, was charged with two counts of Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd and one count of Misdemeanor Resisting Arrest.

Flores was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Vercollone in the Town of Southeast Justice Court and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility. Later that day, Flores appeared in Putnam County Court and was released under the condition that he check in with probation weekly.

Burgos was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Vercollone in the Town of Southeast Justice court and released on her own recognizance.

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Route 9 Accident Investigated

11/14/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports a motor vehicle accident investigation on Route 9 in the Town of Philipstown.

On November 13, 2023, at approximately 8:15 am, Deputies were dispatched to a two-car accident in the area of Lyons Road. Investigation revealed that 81-year-old Howard Gordon of Pomona, NY, was northbound on Route 9 when he stated he believed he had fallen asleep. His vehicle then struck a guide rail and bounced off into the southbound lane, where it struck the side of a southbound dump truck operated by 50-year-old Carlos Miranda of Fishkill. Mr. Gordon was transported by Cold Spring Ambulance to the North Highlands Fire Department station, where he was flown via helicopter to Westchester Medical Center with apparent non-life-threatening injuries. The driver and passenger in the dump truck were not injured.

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STOP-DWI Thanksgiving

11/14/2023

Putnam County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Thanksgiving “High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs from November 22 through November 26, 2023

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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.

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately, more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes. In a combined effort to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries, and save lives, law enforcement officers across New York State and STOP-DWI programs will be participating in special engagement efforts. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign starts on November 22, 2023, and will end on November 26, 2023.

The STOP-DWI Thanksgiving 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, the 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.

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Arrest Made in Route 9 Fatal Crash

11/13/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports an arrest as a result of a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on November 11, 2023, at approximately 9:45 pm in the Town of Philipstown.

An investigation by Sheriff's Office Patrol and Bureau of Criminal Investigation members who were at the scene determined that a vehicle being driven by 56-year-old Marcos Martinez of Hopewell Junction was northbound on Route 9 near Stone Ridge Road when it crossed over the double yellow line and struck a southbound vehicle head-on. The driver of the southbound vehicle, 52-year-old Joe Stubblefeild, of Cortlandt Manor, was pronounced dead at the scene, and a seven-year-old passenger, who was in the rear seat, was transported by ambulance to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Martinez was arrested for Vehicular Manslaughter in the 2nd degree, a class D Felony, Misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated, and Failure to Use Designated Lane, a Traffic Infraction. He was arraigned in the Town of Philipstown Court and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond. The roadway was closed until approximately 3 am, while the investigation was completed with the assistance of the New York State Police Crash Investigation Unit. Also on scene were the Garrison Fire and Ambulance members, Philipstown Ambulance, and Medics 1 and 2.

The investigation is continuing, and the Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Putnam County District Attorney's Office.

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Free Car Seat Check Event in Cold Spring

11/05/2023

Certified Technicians will check your car seat to make sure it is:

  • Properly installed
  • Correct seat for your child
  • In the proper direction
  • Not recalled
  • Not expired

11/12/23
11am-2pm

North Highlands Fire Department
504 Fishkill Rd
Cold Spring, NY 10516

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Putnam County Traffic Safety Board Wins "Outstanding Organization in Traffic Safety"

10/30/2023

The Putnam County Traffic Safety Board has won the prestigious Outstanding Organization in Traffic Safety Award, and Ron Cummings won a Traffic Safety Hero Award, posthumously, for efforts during 2022 in AAA Northeast's Community Traffic Safety Awards Program, John Corlett, Vice President of Public & Government Affairs, announced today. AAA has long recognized communities that make outstanding efforts to make the region's roads safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

AAA Northeast's focus is on the national Safe System Approach, which takes into account five key areas- Safe Roadway Users, Safe Vehicles, Safe Speeds, Safe Roads, and Post-Crash Care. This puts the onus on both communities and the roadway users that we all share in the responsibility for safety on the roads. The Traffic Safety Board was cited for stepping up and adjusting its many traffic safety efforts for 2022 to keep roadway incidents down. Those initiatives included a multitude of programs that aided in keeping all roadway users safe. The Board collaborated efforts with the Putnam County Youth Bureau to reduce teen driving crashes, conducting interactive sessions for high school seniors on impaired and dangerous driving. In addition, the County Traffic Safety Board conducts numerous safety events, including car seat checks, CarFit checkups, and bus drills, and they print and provide a seasonal traffic safety newsletter -print copies are available on their website and Facebook page, which has over 1K followers.

Ron Cummings received the Traffic Safety Hero Award posthumously for his long and passionate dedication to all things about safety. A 20+ year member of the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board, Ron conducted numerous educational programs on driving safety, Senior Mobility, CarFit, School Bus Safety, and more. He was a member of the Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, serving as a firefighter, Fire Police officer, EMT, and CPR instructor. Ron Cummings was an integral part of the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board and is greatly missed.

Congratulations to the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board and to the many communities participating in this prestigious annual awards program.

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Sheriff Urges Vigilance in Light of the Mass Shooting in Maine

10/26/2023

Dear residents of Putnam County,

In light of the tragic mass shooting in Maine last night, I want to emphasize the importance of staying vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity immediately. Your safety is our top priority, and we rely on your help to maintain a secure community.

In an emergency, call 911.

If you notice anything unusual or have concerns about someone's behavior, please don't hesitate to contact our office at 845 225-4300.

We have dedicated personnel ready to receive your calls and address potential threats. You can also use the County's threat assessment website, https://pctam.net, to report any suspicious activity, making it even more convenient to share information with us.

Remember, your vigilance and prompt reporting can make a significant difference in preventing potential incidents. Let's work together to keep Putnam County safe and secure for everyone.

Signed,
Sheriff Kevin J. McConville

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Arrest Made in Carmel High School Graffiti Incident

10/26/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 16-year-old juvenile for an incident at Carmel High School.

On September 20, 2023, at approximately 5:00 p.m., school staff and students advised Sheriff's personnel of graffiti found at Carmel High School. Responding Deputies and Investigators observed a swastika, and the words "Adolf Hitler" had been scratched into the surface of the tennis courts. An investigation was begun, which included interviews of students and staff and a review of video footage. A suspect was identified, and on October 20th, a juvenile, a student at the school, turned themselves in and was arrested for Aggravated Harassment in the First Degree, a Felony, and was issued an appearance ticket for Putnam County Family Court.

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Reported Car Damage Did Not Occur Near School

10/25/2023

Earlier this evening, police responded to a suspicious incident at one of our school districts.

It was reported that a vehicle window had possibly been damaged by a weapon.  

Investigation into the incident determined that the window had been damaged while the vehicle was being operated far away from any school grounds.

The operator had stopped at the school to report the incident.  The investigation is continuing; at this time, there does not appear to be any criminality.

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Granite Springs Man Arrested for Driving Impaired by Drugs

10/17/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Granite Springs, NY, man for driving a vehicle while impaired by drugs.

On October 13, 2023, at approximately 5:30 pm, a Sheriff's Office Investigator was driving eastbound on Route 311 near the I84 overpass in the Town of Kent when a westbound vehicle passed another vehicle and nearly struck the Investigator.

The Investigator initiated a traffic stop and, upon approaching the vehicle, immediately noticed the smell of burnt marihuana. The Investigator, an NYS-certified drug recognition expert, conducted a series of field sobriety tests, determined that the operator was impaired, and placed the subject, 44-year-old Carmine Caruso, under arrest for misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired by Drugs.

His vehicle was towed and brought to the Putnam County Correctional Facility, where he was processed and given an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Kent Court. He was also issued tickets for Refusal to Take a Breath Test, Improper Passing, and Moving from Lane Unsafely.

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Putnam County to Participate in Statewide Halloween STOP-DWI

10/16/2023

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs October 29 through October 31, 2023.

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. When it comes to drunk driving, Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. While we spend time trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers and STOP-DWI programs across New York State will participate in special efforts to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign will start on October 29, 2023 and will end on October 31, 2023.

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.

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Traffic Alert - Saturday, October 14th

10/12/2023

Motorists are advised of a large funeral procession that may impact traffic flow. Traffic will be affected from the Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac to Library Corners, Simpson Road, Fair Street, and Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Lake Carmel on Saturday morning, October 14th.

It is recommended that motorists consider taking alternate routes or adjust schedules to accommodate the procession to minimize traffic disruptions.

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Serious Three-Car Philipstown Accident Investigated

10/10/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports a motor vehicle accident investigation on Monday, October 9, in the Town of Philipstown.

At approximately 9:10 am, Deputies were dispatched to the area of 3492 Route 9 for a three-car motor vehicle accident with injuries. Upon arrival, it was determined that the operator of vehicle 1, a 2017 Peterbilt dump truck driven by 65-year-old Joseph Pidala of Cold Spring, was southbound on Route 9, attempting to make a left turn into a business driveway. As he was turning, his vehicle was struck in the rear by vehicle 2, a 2014 Honda northbound on Route 9 and operated by 20-year-old Amber Paneto, also of Cold Spring. Vehicle 2 then traveled into the southbound lane, where it was struck by a 2012 Kia, operated by Patrick Pendzuk, 59 years of age of Beacon.

Ms. Paneto was flown by helicopter to Westchester Medical Center due to serious injuries. Mr. Pendzuk was taken to Vassar Brothers Medical Center by Philipstown Ambulance, who treated the occupants at the scene and was assisted by the North Highlands FD. Route 9 was closed for approximately an hour, and traffic was detoured to a side road. The investigation is ongoing.

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A Note From Sheriff McConville

10/09/2023

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville would like to advise the public, "As a result of the terrorist attacks in Israel Saturday morning, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office sent notifications to the Religious Institutions in Putnam County that we have been and will continue to perform frequent and random checks at all Houses of Worship. The Operations, Standards, and Intelligence Division continues to monitor the situation and is in constant communication with our Law Enforcement partners.

Additionally, we have conferred with our Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies to ensure information and intelligence is shared.

There is currently no alarming information from any source pertaining to our region. We will stay in communication and monitor all intelligence as events continue to unfold.

If you observe any unusual or suspicious behaviors, please call 911 immediately.

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Free Car Seat Check Event - Mahopac **Canceled**

09/26/2023

Due to the passing of Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department Ex-Chief Ed Scott, we will not be holding the car seat event we had scheduled for this Saturday, 10/14, at the Mahopac Fire Department.

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Deputies' Heroic Actions in Kidnap-Stabbing Incident Praised by Sheriff After Attorney General's Report

09/19/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville stated that about the New York State Attorney General's report issued on September 15, 2023, about the shooting incident in the Town of Southeast that involved two Deputy Sheriffs, "It is abundantly clear that the actions of the deceased brought about his death. Had the two Deputies not acted quickly to end this threat, there is every reason to believe that the victim would have died from her wounds and the continued stabbing."

On January 10, 2023, an alert Deputy Sheriff Senior Investigator observed a vehicle matching the description wanted in connection with a possible kidnapping located on a deserted road in the Town of Southeast. The Senior Investigator exited his vehicle and observed the victim, a female, being held on the ground by a male assailant. As a second Deputy arrived on the scene, the assailant refused all commands to drop the knife he was holding and raised his arm in preparation to stab the victim once again. At this time, the Deputies were forced to use deadly physical force against the assailant. The female victim was removed from the ground, and first aid was administered to her before being transported by ambulance to the hospital. The assailant also received first aid and life-saving measures but succumbed to his injuries.

Sheriff McConville called the Deputies involved heroes who made a split-second decision that saved someone's life. The Deputies' training, knowledge, and ability all came into play. The Sheriff said, "I have total confidence in the ability of the men and women of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office."

Link to Attorney General's report

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Car Seat Safety Event

09/15/2023

September 23rd • 11 AM - 2 PM

Hosted By: Patterson Auto Body
2597 Route 22
Patterson
843-878-3456

Certified Techs from Nuvance will check if your seat is:

  • Properly Installed
  • Proper Fit
  • Not Recalled
  • Not Expired
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Putnam Valley Man Charged with Multiple Sex Offender Registry Felonies

09/12/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Putnam Valley man for offenses related to his being designated as a level 3 sex offender and failing to make proper notifications.

In May of 2023, a Sheriff's Office Investigator began an investigation on 26-year-old Erick J. Santander, who was required by law to verify his address every ninety days and appear for a yearly photograph. He had repeatedly failed to do so. After missing several appointments to appear at the Sheriff's Office, he finally did present himself on August 24. He was taken into custody and charged with violations of the NYS Corrections Law of two counts of Failure to Provide a Photo and for failing to appear and provide a photo for the last two years. Also, one count each of Failing to Verify Address Every 90 Days and Fail to Verify Personal Information to the DCJS Sex Offender Registry. All of the charges are Felonies.

Santander was processed and issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Putnam Valley Town Court at a future date.

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Montrose Man Charged with Rape

09/12/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Montrose man for rape.

On August 24, 2023, Investigators from the Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Adrian Chomiw of Montrose, NY, for three counts of Rape 3rd degree, a Felony, and four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Misdemeanor.

Through investigation and with the assistance of the Putnam County Child Advocacy Center and the District Attorney's Office, it was determined that the suspect had engaged in sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in Putnam County; due to her age, the victim could not consent.

Chomiw was arraigned in Putnam Valley Town Court before the Honorable Judge Nachamie and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $100,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond.

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Sheriff Reports Multiple DWI Arrests

08/22/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of the following individuals for Driving While Intoxicated and other offenses.

On August 19, 2023, at approximately 2:10 am, deputies arrested 23-year-old Michael F. Bautista-Zumba of Danbury. He was observed traveling from his lane of traffic in an unsafe manner on Route 22 in the Town of Southeast. Also, he was charged with Unlicensed Operation as he did not have a driver's license. He was processed and released with an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Southeast Court at a future date.

On the same date, at approximately 10:20 pm, 39-year-old Manuel H. Guanuche of Peekskill was pulled over on Peekskill Hollow Rd. in the Town of Putnam Valley after he was observed crossing the double yellow lines and traveling below the posted speed limit. Guanuche was unable to complete the field sobriety tests and was arrested and charged with Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated under Leandra's Law as he had, among his six passengers, three passengers under the age of 16. He was also charged with Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Misdemeanor Operating a Vehicle Without an Interlock Device, and infractions for Unlicensed Operation, Refusal to Take a Breath Test, and Not Wearing a Seat Belt on him and his passengers. He was processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility and was released with an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Putnam Valley Court.

On August 20, at approximately 2:10 am, deputies pulled over Orlando DeJesus-Ramos, 42 years old, of College Park, MD, after being observed traveling on the wrong side of the road on Main Street in the Village of Brewster. After failing roadside field sobriety tests, he was arrested for misdemeanor Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. He was processed and released with an appearance ticket returnable in the Village of Brewster Court.

On the same date, at approximately 8:20 pm, deputies were dispatched to a call of a vehicle that had struck a mailbox and fled the scene on Terry Hill Rd in the Town of Kent. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle in a driveway on Fair St in the Town of Patterson. The operator, identified as 42-year-old Travis Scott Teeter of Southeast, was questioned and admitted to hitting the mailbox and leaving. He was also observed to show signs of intoxication. He was arrested and charged with the following Felonies: Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st degree, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, and Driving While Intoxicated for a previous conviction within ten years. Also, misdemeanor Circumventing an Interlock Device and an infraction for Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident. He was processed and issued an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Patterson Court at a future date.

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Multiple Individuals from Connecticut Arrested for Stolen Property in Southeast Business Incidents

08/16/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of multiple individuals from Connecticut after two incidents of stolen property from a Southeast business.

On August 8, 2023, at approximately 4:10 pm, Deputies observed individuals entering and leaving a store and delivering items to a vehicle in the parking lot. The persons were dressed in bubble jackets that were out of place for the weather and appeared to have secreted items under the jackets. Deputies quickly took these individuals and the others in the vehicle into custody without incident.

It was determined that the suspects had stolen approximately $3,000 worth of various tools from the store. Arrested and charged with the following crimes were Torrance Pettway, 45 years old, and James Brown, 43 years old; they were each charged with Felony Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree, and Misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, Conspiracy 5th degree, Petit Larceny. Charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, and Conspiracy 5th degree were Michael Young, 44, Sheila Marie Ayala, 37, and Johannson Randolph, 55. All of the suspects are from Bridgeport, CT.

Ayala and Young were processed and released with an appearance ticket for the Southeast Court. Due to their prior criminal history, Pettway, Brown, and Randolph were held for arraignment.

On August 13, at approximately 2:30 pm, Deputies were called to the same business for a larceny that had just occurred. An alert was put out to local police agencies for the vehicle that had fled the scene. While Deputies were interviewing store managers, a New York State Trooper stopped a vehicle matching the suspect's vehicle on I-84 eastbound near Starr Ridge Rd. It was determined that the individuals in this vehicle were the ones who were responsible for the theft and assault of the store employee as they attempted to flee. Located inside the vehicle were stolen tools totaling approximately $3,600.

Arrested and charged with the following crimes were 34-year-old Antwaun Roach-Baptiste of West Haven, CT, for Felony Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree, Misdemeanor Conspiracy 5th degree, Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 7th degree, and Assault in the 3rd degree. 29-year-old Tyler Paolini of Trumbull, CT, was charged with the Felony Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree, Misdemeanor Conspiracy 5th degree, Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 7th degree. Mark Warcholic, 35-year-old from Stratford, CT, was charged with Felony Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree, Misdemeanor Conspiracy 5th degree.

All suspects were arraigned in the Town of Southeast Court before the Honorable Judge Vercollone. Roach-Baptiste was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility without bail to await a bail hearing. Paolini and Warcholic were also sent back to Corrections for an ankle monitor and to report to Probation.

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North Salem Man Arrested Twice in 24 Hours

08/03/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 43-year-old North Salem, NY man for two violent incidents which took place within a one-day span.

On July 29, 2023, at approximately 8:40 am, Deputies were dispatched to 156 Route 52, the Carmel Cinema, for a commercial burglar alarm. Upon arrival, they observed an unsecured front door and a large amount of broken glass from the interior doors. Deputies observed a male inside of the building who was yelling and throwing papers and were able to quickly take him into custody without further incident. They then proceeded to check the rest of the building, where they found additional damage throughout, including the front snack counter, which was smashed, emergency lighting, which had been pulled down, and damage to the doors to the theatres. The suspect, Brian Venuti, was charged with the following crimes: Criminal Trespass 3rd, Petit Larceny, both misdemeanors, and with felony Criminal Mischief 2nd, Burglary 3rd, and Criminal Impersonation 1st due to the fact that he told Deputies that he was a Police Officer, which he is not.

Venuti was transported by Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corp personnel to Putnam Hospital Center, where he was evaluated and released back to the Deputies. He was then processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility and arraigned before the Honorable Justice Douchkoff in the Town of Kent Court, where he was released and given an Appearance Ticket for a future court date.

On July 30 at approximately 6:55 am, Deputies were dispatched to the area of 15 Independent Way to assist EMS with an unconscious male. When they arrived, they observed the individual, Venuti, lying in the roadway and members of the Brewster EMS attempting to assist him. At that time, Venuti then stood up and began yelling that he needed to go to the hospital for an appointment. Deputies then attempted to place him into custody for an evaluation, at which time he resisted arrest and struggled with the Deputies, two of which were injured. Venuti was then taken into custody and transported to Putnam Hospital.

He was charged with Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, both misdemeanors and with Assault 2nd, a felony. He was later arraigned before the Honorable Judge Vercollone in the Town of Southeast Court and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

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Free Car Seat Check Event

07/31/2023


8/12/23 11 am-2 pm

BrewsterFire Department
515 Route 312
Brewster, NY 10512

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Sheriff Warns Seniors of Gift Card Scams

07/24/2023

Sheriff Kevin McConville and the members of the Sheriff's Office are committed to ensuring your safety and well-being. We want to bring your attention to a growing threat - gift card scams. Scammers are increasingly targeting seniors, exploiting their trust and generosity. We will shed light on these scams and provide valuable tips to protect yourself from falling victim to gift card fraud.

Understanding Gift Card Scams

Gift card scams typically involve a scammer posing as a trusted entity, such as a government agency, a utility company, or even a loved one in distress. They will contact you via phone, email, or social media, claiming that you owe money or that a loved one needs urgent assistance. They will then instruct you to purchase gift cards and provide them with the card details, allowing them to drain the funds. Remember, legitimate organizations will never ask for payment through gift cards!

Red Flags and Prevention

Being aware of the red flags is crucial to safeguard yourself from gift card scams. If someone asks you to pay for something using gift cards, it's almost certainly a scam. Be skeptical of high-pressure tactics, urgent requests, or threats of legal consequences. Always verify the request's legitimacy by contacting the organization using their official contact information. Please educate yourself about common scams and share this knowledge with your friends and family to protect them.

Reporting and Seeking Help

If you believe you have been targeted or fallen victim to a gift card scam, it's vital to report it immediately. Contact the Sheriff's Office at (845) 225-4300, and provide all the relevant details. Additionally, inform your bank or credit card company to prevent further unauthorized transactions. Remember, seeking help promptly increases the chances of catching scammers and recovering your funds.

We urge you to stay vigilant and informed about gift card scams. By understanding the tactics employed by scammers and following the prevention tips outlined above, you can protect yourself from falling victim to these malicious schemes. Remember, your safety is our priority; together, we can beat fraudsters at their own game. Stay safe, stay informed, and never hesitate to contact us with any concerns or questions.

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Protect Yourself from Scams in the Aftermath of Flooding

07/19/2023

As communities recover from devastating floods and ongoing flash storms, it is crucial to remain vigilant against scams that often emerge in the aftermath of such emergencies. Sheriff Kevin McConville has warned residents, urging them to be cautious and aware of common scam tactics. Let's explore two prevalent scams - impersonation fraud and price gouging - and provide valuable tips to help you protect yourself and your community.

Impersonation Fraud and Price Gouging: Common Scams to Watch Out For

In the wake of recent flooding, residents must be wary of impersonation fraud, where scammers pose as government officials and request personal information. Legitimate officials rarely ask for personal information in this manner, so verifying their identity is crucial before sharing sensitive data. Additionally, dishonest businesses may engage in price gouging, taking advantage of the emergency to sell essential goods at unreasonably high prices. Protect yourself by knowing your rights and reporting instances of price gouging to the authorities.

Research and Verify Contractors for Home Repairs

Home repair scams can compound the challenges faced by flood-impacted homeowners. To protect yourself, thoroughly research and verify any contractors you consider hiring. Check the Putnam County Department of Consumer Affairs' list of registered contractors and consult organizations like the Better Business Bureau for reviews and ratings. Request references and contact them to gauge the contractor's reliability and quality of work.

Get Everything in Writing and Trust Your Instincts

When dealing with contractors, insist on a written contract that includes a detailed work description, materials, timelines, payment schedule, and any warranties or guarantees. Review the contract carefully before signing, and never rely solely on verbal agreements. Trust your instincts and be cautious if something feels off or too good to be true. If you suspect a home repair scam, report it promptly to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

In the aftermath of flooding and ongoing storms, it is essential to remain vigilant and protect yourself from scams. Be aware of impersonation fraud and price gouging, as scammers may exploit the situation. Verify the identity of individuals claiming to be officials and report any suspicious activities. Additionally, thoroughly research and verify contractors before hiring them for home repairs. Get everything in writing and trust your instincts. By staying informed and proactive, we can prevent scammers from exploiting those already affected by the floods.

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Two Putnam Men Arrested in Separate Domestic Violence Incidents

07/17/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Patterson, NY, man after an investigation into a domestic violence incident.

On May 26, 2023, Investigators were advised by Westchester authorities that a female resident of Westchester was a possible victim of domestic violence by a boyfriend who resided in Putnam County. An investigation was begun, and it was determined that the suspect violated an order of protection prohibiting contact between the two parties due to past domestic violence incidents.

On May 27, Deputies arrested 24-year-old Christian Rivadeneira and charged him with Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned before Judge Folchetti in the Town of Southeast Court and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on a $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Putnam County Sheriff's Office members arrested a Putnam Valley man for assaulting his wife while in the presence of their children twice in less than a week.

On July 6, 2023, Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Putnam Valley for a 911 domestic incident. Upon arrival, both parties were interviewed, and it was determined that the husband, Hussein Kaddour, 39 years of age, began arguing with his wife and subsequently struck and kicked her, and she called 911. This took place in front of their one and four-year-old children. Mr. Kaddour was arrested and charged with Harassment in the 2nd Degree, a Violation, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Misdemeanor. He was arraigned before Judge Nachomie in the Town of Putnam Valley Court and was ROR to appear at a later date, and an Order of Protection was issued.

On July 13, Mr. Kaddour was arrested by Sheriff's Office Investigators as a result of an investigation stemming from an assault on his wife, which took place on July 4 at their residence. It was determined that Kaddour and his wife had been involved in an argument and that he had punched her numerous times in front of their children. After turning himself into Investigators, he was charged with Assault in the 3rd degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, both Misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Putnam Valley Court.

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Swimmers Rescued from Hudson River

07/05/2023

On July 4, 2023, at approximately 9 pm, Sheriff's Deputies, along with Cold Spring Volunteer Fire Department and Philipstown Ambulance, were dispatched to a call of swimmers in distress on the Hudson River near Little Stony Point Park just north of the Village of Cold Spring.

Upon arrival, Deputies observed two persons, a male, and a female, who were later determined to be Westchester County residents, in the river having trouble staying above water. A quick-thinking Deputy removed and secured his duty gear, entered the water, and began swimming to the two parties. With the assistance of a civilian boater, he got them into the boat, and they were all brought to the shore, where they were evaluated by EMS personnel and refused medical treatment.

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39-Year-Old Danbury Man Charged With Leandra's Law

07/05/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Danbury, CT man for Felony Driving While Intoxicated in violation of "Leandra's Law," which elevates Driving While Intoxicated to a felony when the vehicle contains children under the age of fifteen.

On July 2, 2023, at approximately 12:30 am, Deputies observed a vehicle traveling in the wrong traffic lane on Danbury Road in the Town of Southeast. A traffic stop was made, and the driver was observed to be intoxicated and subsequently failed numerous field sobriety tests. Also in the vehicle were 19-year-old and 12-year-old males who were later turned over to a relative. Deputies arrested 35-year-old Segundo Castro Rodriguez for Driving While Intoxicated and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

He was arraigned before Judge Folchetti in the Town of Southeast Court and was released on his own recognizance to appear at a future court date.

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Putnam to Add Extra DWI Patrols All Summer

06/30/2023

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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 this summer.

Beginning with the statewide July 4th STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign will run from July 1st through July 5th and then continuing through Labor Day, police agencies and Putnam County STOP DWI will be sponsoring extra DWI patrols each week all summer long.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim further to 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 entirely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.

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Sheriff's Sergeant Thoms Lee Retires

06/30/2023

Congratulations to Sergeant Thomas Lee on his retirement after 22 years of service to Putnam County.

Sergeant Lee's retirement marks the culmination of an impressive 22-year career dedicated to serving Putnam County. Sergeant Lee served on the Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, and the County-Wide Emergency Response Team. In addition to this, he was also a Firearms Instructor and EMT.

Sergeant Thomas Lee's retirement marks the end of a remarkable career devoted to serving Putnam County. Throughout his time of service, Sergeant Lee made significant contributions to various units within the Sheriff's Office, leaving a lasting impact on the community.

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Norwalk Woman Arrested in Fraud Investigation Involving Local Auto Dealership

06/30/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Norwalk, CT, woman after a lengthy investigation into a fraud case involving a local auto dealership.

On November 1, 2022, a Deputy was dispatched to the dealership to take a complaint about a fraudulent transaction whereby the suspect traded in a car and received a check for a value much greater than the equity the defendant had in the vehicle.

The case was turned over to an Investigator from the Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations, who began to look into the case. It was determined that the defendant had sent checks to the bank holding the loan on the car, knowing that the checks were written on an account with insufficient funds and ultimately bounced. She could time her appearance at the dealership before the bank knew that the checks had bounced, and the dealership was told that the payoff was much lower than it was. Multiple attempts were made to contact the defendant to have her turn herself in, which were unsuccessful, and ultimately a warrant for her arrest was issued by the Town of Carmel Court.

On June 13, 2023, Melanie Ham, 38, turned herself in to Investigators and was charged with one (1) count of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, a Felony. She was arraigned before Judge Jacobellis and, due to Bail Reform Laws, was ROR'd to return to court at a future date.

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Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest of Patterson Man on Multiple Felonies

06/30/2023

A joint investigation involving the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police resulted in the arrest of a 39-year-old Town of Patterson man on multiple felonies.

On June 1, 2023, the MTA Police received a report of a stolen pickup truck from the Southeast Train Station, where the owner left the keys in the vehicle and doors unlocked. The vehicle was later recovered in the City of Yonkers. A couple of weeks later, on June 12th, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen wallet from an unlocked vehicle parked in front of a residence on Route 312 in the Town of Southeast. Cash and credit cards were taken from the wallet, and the credit cards were used to make unauthorized purchases at businesses in Southeast, Mt. Kisco, and the Bronx.

On June 16th additional reports were made to MTA Police reporting the theft of a wallet from an unlocked vehicle at the Southeast Train Station, and stolen credit cards contained in the wallet were used to make unauthorized purchases at several local businesses. Within a few days, the vehicle that had the wallet stolen was taken as the owner had left the keys in it. The vehicle was recovered by MTA Police shortly after the theft, parked on a side street in the Putnam Lake section of Patterson.

An investigation by Sheriff's Investigators and MTA Police Detectives developed Thomas L. Capalbo as a suspect in the rash of thefts. On June 23rd at 12:30 pm, Sheriff Investigators and MTA Detectives arrested Capalbo without incident as he was getting off a train at the Town of Southeast Train Station. Capalbo was interviewed at the Sheriff's Office by Investigators and Detectives, where he admitted to committing the thefts.

Capalbo was charged by Sheriff's Investigators and MTA Police with several counts, each of Grand Larceny 4th and 3rd and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th, all Felonies. Capalbo was arraigned on all the charges by Town of Southeast Justice Gregory Folchetti and released without bail for a future court appearance.

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Free Car Seat Check July 8th

06/23/2023

Saturday, July 8th, 11 am -2 pm

Kent Volunteer Fire Department
2490 Route 301
Kent, NY 10512

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Sheriff's Investigation Leads to Arrest of Beacon Man for Fraud

06/20/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Beacon, NY, man after an investigation into a long-term financial crime where an employee defrauded his employer of over $189,000 over a one-year period.

On June 1, 2023, Deputies and Investigators interviewed the complainant, who is the owner of a business in Philipstown, and he advised that he had noticed transaction anomalies in his business account which showed a large number of purchase orders were being diverted as refunds to multiple unknown credit card accounts. The case was turned over to BCI Investigators, who began to look into this matter. A thorough review of the business accounting software and information derived from subpoenas for the defendant's bank account allowed Investigators to gather enough evidence for an arrest. On June 12, Investigators arrested 46-year-old Walter Alex Munoz for Grand Larceny 2nd Degree, Computer Tampering 1st Degree, and Falsifying Business Records 1st Degree, all Felonies.

Mr. Munoz was arranged in Philipstown Town Court before the Honorable Judge Camille S. Linson, who had him surrender his passport, and was ROR'd to appear at a future court date.

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Sheriff Reports Recent Drug Unit Arrests

06/19/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrests of the following individuals:

On June 13, 2023, Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) Investigators arrested Nicholas Bunyea, age 23, of Patterson, NY. Bunyea had four outstanding Bench Warrants issued by the Town of Patterson Court (2), Town of Carmel Court, and Town of Southeast Court for failing to appear in court or previous arrests. Bunyea possessed alleged heroin when he was taken into custody for the warrants.

Bunyea was charged with Bail Jumping in the 2nd degree, a class E felony; Bail Jumping in the Third Degree (two counts); and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, class A misdemeanors.

Bunyea was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Thomas Jacobellis in the Town of Carmel Justice Court and remanded to Putnam County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $5,000 cash / $10,000 bond.

On June 14, 2023, Narcotics Enforcement Unit investigators arrested Brandon Gattling, age 29, of Waterbury, CT, as a result of a drug investigation. Gattling had been communicating with an undercover member of the unit and agreed to deliver a quantity of heroin at a location in the Town of Southeast. Gattling was taken into custody without incident by members of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit, assisted by the road patrol. At his arrest, he possessed heroin and fentanyl, which were packaged for sale.

Gattling was charged with Criminal Possession and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, both class B felonies.

He was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Gregory L. Folchetti in the Town of Southeast Justice Court and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility without bail due to having multiple previous felony convictions.

On May 31, 2023, the Narcotics Enforcement Unit members observed three suspects actively committing larcenies at a business in the Town of Southeast. The suspects attempted to flee a traffic stop in the parking lot, causing damage to a Sheriff's Office vehicle. Two suspects were taken into custody at the scene:

James Sorrell, age 38, of Carmel, NY, was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.

Elena Lafalce, age 25, of Carmel, NY, was charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.

The third suspect, Michael Brown, age 29, of Wappingers Falls, NY, fled the scene and was later arrested on June 13 by the Village of Wappingers PD on a warrant. He was turned over to Sheriff's Office Investigators. He was charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree.

All three suspects were released on their own recognizance to appear in the Town of Southeast Court at a later date.

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Protect Yourself: The Most Prevalent Text Scams

06/09/2023

It is crucial to stay vigilant that scammers are becoming more intelligent and advanced in their attempts to trick and defraud innocent people. Among the most prevalent tactics utilized by scammers are text message scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a report exposing the most prevalent text scams to assist individuals in recognizing and evading them.

The number one scam is a bank fraud alert. The scam involves fraudulent text messages that appear to come from banks or other financial institutions, which request personal information or urge recipients to click on links. These messages can be convincing and may even include the bank's branding, making it difficult to tell them apart from legitimate messages. For instance, you might be given a fake number to call for information on supposed suspicious activity or be prompted to reply "yes" or "no" to verify a significant transaction (even though you didn't make it). If you respond, you'll get a call from the (fake) fraud department, and money may be transferred out of your account. Last year, the median reported loss from this scam was a staggering $3,000, and many people even ended up giving their Social Security numbers and other personal information to scammers, which could lead to identity theft.

The other scams include:

  • Bogus "little gifts."
  • Fake package delivery problems
  • Phony job offers
  • Not-really-from-Amazon security alerts

To protect yourself from these scams, it's best never to click on links or give personal information in response to unsolicited text messages. Suppose you receive a message that appears to come from your bank. In that case, it's always best to contact the bank directly using their official website or customer service hotline to confirm its legitimacy.

If you think you may have fallen victim to a bank text scam, it's essential to act fast. Please contact your bank or financial institution right away to report the incident and take steps to secure your accounts. You may also want to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Sheriff's Office at 845 225-4300.

Sheriff McConville wants to remind everyone that scammers are constantly finding new ways to deceive people and steal their money and personal information. So, stay alert and be cautious when receiving unsolicited messages or calls asking for personal information. Thank you for your attention to this matter, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further concerns.

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Memorial Weekend DWI Arrests

06/05/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of five individuals for Driving While Intoxicated over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.

On May 26, 2023, at approximately 3:10 am Deputies arrested 39-year-old Nadine L. Vaillancourt of Woodbury, CT, after she was observed turning improperly on Route 6 and Route 312 in the Town of Southeast. In addition to the misdemeanor DWI charge, she was also given tickets for Stopping/Standing on the Highway, Illegal Signal from a Parked Position, Improper Lane for a Turn, Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, and Refusal to Take a Breath Test.

On May 27 at approximately 12:20 am, Deputies arrested 32-year-old Aroldo F. Alvarado of Carmel, NY, after he was observed unable to maintain his lane of traffic on I-84 in the Town of Southeast. He was also given tickets for Driving to the Left of Pavement Markings and Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.

On May 27 at approximately 1:25 am, 30-year-old Delfino Diazramirez of Pawling, NY, was arrested for Felony DWI, for having a prior conviction within the last ten years, after being observed stopped in a parking lot off of Route 22 in the Town of Southeast. In addition to the DWI, he was charged with Felony AUO and traffic citations for Operating Without a License and Refusal to Take a Breath Test.

Also, on May 27 at approximately 3:40 am, 28-year-old Virginia R. Roldan of Somers, NY, was arrested after being observed failing to signal and maintain her lane of traffic on Danbury Road in Southeast. She was also issued tickets for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device, Moving from Lane Unsafely, Failing to Use Designated Lane, and Operating a Motor Vehicle with Unsafe Tires.

On May 28 at approximately 2:15 am, Deputies arrested 35-year-old Sergio G. Castro of Danbury, CT, after they observed him swerving out of his lane on Danbury Road in the Town of Southeast. He was also issued tickets for Failure to Keep Right and Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle on a Highway.

All of the above, except for Diazramirez were released with an appearance ticket for a future court date. Mr. Diazramirez was held for arraignment due to the felony charge.

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Putnam to Participate in Holiday Weekend STOP-DWI

05/24/2023

High Visibility Engagement Campaign

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs 5/26-5/30/2023

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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 26, 2023, and will end on May 30, 2023. 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. They 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, the 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 at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp. Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.

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Free Car Seat Check 6/10 in Patterson

05/23/2023

6/10/23 11 am-2 pm
Patterson Fire Department
13 Burdick Rd
Patterson, NY 12563

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Fireworks Cause School Lockdown - Cold Spring Man Arrested

05/19/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 28-year-old Cold Spring man as a result of an investigation into possible gunshots near the Haldane School campus.

On May 15, 2023, at approximately 12:20 pm, the Deputy assigned to the school district as a School Resource Officer was outside of the district office and heard what he believed were possible gunshots in the vicinity of the school campus. At that time, he moved towards the sounds and heard additional popping sounds that were also heard by school district staff.

The school was put into lockdown, and all students outside of the building were ushered into the school. Additional Putnam County Sheriff's Office Deputies and Investigators began responding to the school to assist. In addition, members of the New York State Police, Cold Spring, Kent, and Metro North Police Departments responded.

An area resident advised Deputies that they observed smoke in the area of a residence on Mountain Ave. about the time they heard what was believed to be fireworks. Investigators and Deputies located what was believed to be freshly exploded fireworks in the yard of 34 Mountain Ave. However, when they attempted to interview the occupants of the residence, they were uncooperative.

After consultation with the District Attorney's Office, Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence that was executed at approximately 7 pm. As a result of the search, Alexander Welsh was taken into custody and charged with Criminal Possession of Cannabis in the 2nd Degree, a Felony, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, and Criminal Nuisance 2nd Degree, both Misdemeanors.

He was processed and issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Philipstown Court to appear at a later date to answer the charges.

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Police Week 2023

05/15/2023

As Putnam County Sheriff, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to all our deputies, investigators, and all police officers during Police Week 2023. Your dedication, commitment, and sacrifice make our county a safer and better place to live.

To our deputies, thank you for your hard work and service to our community; your efforts are critical in maintaining public safety. To our investigators, I thank you for your diligence and determination in solving crimes and bringing perpetrators to justice. To our entire sworn staff, your willingness to serve and protect is commendable, and I thank you for your service.

In closing, I want to express my sincere appreciation for all law enforcement officers. Your work is challenging, but you do it with honor and integrity. Thank you for your dedication and service to our community.

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Brewster Fentanyl Arrest

05/12/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of Enrique Negron, age 41, of Brewster, NY, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, both Class B felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

On May 9, 2023, Narcotics Enforcement Unit members took Mr. Negron into custody before executing a search warrant at his residence, located at 104 Main Street, in the Village of Brewster. Mr. Negron was in possession of a quantity of Fentanyl at the time of his arrest. The search warrant was executed by NEU members, BCI members, and members of the PCSO K-9 Unit.

Negron was arraigned in Putnam County court by the Honorable Judge Spofford and was ROR'd pending a return court date in the Village of Brewster court.

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Catalytic Converter Thief Caught

05/11/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Bronx man after an investigation into catalytic converter thefts in Putnam and Westchester Counties and central Connecticut.

On March 23, 2023, at approximately 3 pm, the Deputy assigned as a School Resource Officer at the Putnam Valley High School was advised that a vehicle parked in a lot at the school had the catalytic converter stolen from it. The Deputy obtained surveillance video of the area, and the case was turned over to Investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

Investigators identified a suspect and began working with Detectives from other jurisdictions, including Bronxville, Yonkers, and Southington Connecticut Police Departments, who were also investigating similar crimes with the same suspect. On May 10, 2023, Investigators from the Sheriff's Office arrested 38-year-old Nelson Ramirez for the Putnam Valley crime. Ramirez was charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree, both Felonies, and Auto Stripping in the 3rd degree, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in the Town of Putnam Valley Court and was ROR'd to appear at a later date.

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Sheriff's Office Assistant Completes Statewide Training Program

05/10/2023

Fifty-three deputy sheriffs and civilian staff from Sheriff's offices around the state attended the New York State Sheriffs' Institute civil school held recently in Albany, New York, including Ann Marie Gethins from Putnam County. This was the first week in a two-week-long training program offered each year by the Sheriffs' Institute.

All Sheriffs have civil law enforcement functions, including the service of process and enforcement of judgments and other court orders and mandates. The school provides participants with training in the latest advances in civil law enforcement and a forum to discuss current civil law enforcement issues and share best practices.

The Sheriffs' Institute is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office Civil Division performs all of the statutorily authorized functions within Putnam County, including enforcing court-ordered mandates such as eviction warrants, serving civil process for local, federal, and out-of-state jurisdictions, and enforcing judgments through the collection process.

They can be reached at (845) 225-5550, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

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Assassin Game Causes Police Response

05/09/2023

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office responded to a call this morning regarding a group of high school students playing a dangerous game with realistic-looking water guns. The game, "Assassin," involves players using water guns to "assassinate" their targets, often in public places.

While the game may seem harmless, it can lead to dangerous situations, including trespassing and unsafe driving. In addition, using realistic-looking water guns can cause confusion and panic among bystanders, who may mistake the toy for an actual weapon. This can lead to unnecessary police interventions and accidental injuries.

The Sheriff's Office urges students to refrain from playing this game and to choose safer and more responsible activities. We also ask parents to monitor their children's behavior and ensure they are not endangering themselves or others.

We appreciate the cooperation of the public in this matter and will continue to work towards ensuring the safety of our county.

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Hawthorne Man Charged in Antique Firearm Larceny

05/09/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 71-year-old Hawthorne, New York man, after an investigation into a larceny of an antique firearm from a Military Expo event in the Town of Patterson.

On April 22, 2023, at approximately 2:30 pm, a Deputy was dispatched to the Patterson Recreation Center for a larceny complaint. The Deputy was advised by the complainant that at around 12:30 pm, someone took an 1861 Navy round barrel revolver that was on display at his booth. Surveillance video was reviewed, and the case was turned over to Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) members, who were able to develop a suspect based on the video and description of the suspect and his vehicle.

On May 4, Investigators responded to the suspect's residence, interviewed him, and were able to recover the stolen firearm. The suspect, Richard Pareti, confessed to taking the firearm and was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree, a class D felony. He was arraigned in the Town of Carmel Court and was released on his own recognizance to appear at a future date in the Town of Patterson Court.

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Correction Officers Appreciation Week

05/08/2023

Sheriff Kevin McConville would like to take a moment to express gratitude to the hardworking men and women who serve as Putnam County Corrections Officers.

As Sheriff, I have had the privilege of working alongside these dedicated professionals who often go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our Correctional Facility is safe and secure for incarcerated individuals and staff.

Correction Officers play a critical role in maintaining order and safety within our correctional facility. They are responsible for overseeing the daily operations, managing incarcerated individuals' behavior, and responding to emergencies. They work long hours in stressful and dangerous situations, and their work is essential to the safety of our communities.

I am constantly impressed by the professionalism, compassion, and dedication of our Correction Officers. They work tirelessly to ensure that incarcerated individuals are treated with respect and dignity while upholding the law and maintaining order in our facilities.

During this Correction Officers Appreciation Week, I want to thank each and every Correction Officer for the important work that they do. Your hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed, and I am grateful for the sacrifices you make every day to keep Putnam County safe.

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Free Car Seat Check at the Mahopac Fire Department May 13th

05/04/2023

5/13/23 11 am-2 pm
Mahopac Fire Department
741 Route 6
Mahopac, NY 10541

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You can now Text 9-1-1 in an Emergency

05/03/2023

The Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services has officially begun accepting text-to-911 service for the county. This new service is available for all wireless customers and is designed to provide another way for residents to reach emergency services during an emergency situation.

While voice calls to 911 are still the best and fastest way to contact 911, texting services will be available for those who cannot call. This includes individuals of different abilities who may be deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired. Additionally, texting may be necessary in situations where speaking out loud could put the caller in danger.

"We've been working toward making this a reality for quite some time now," said Robert Lipton, Commissioner of the Putnam County Bureau Emergency Services. "The introduction of Text-to-911 services is a significant milestone in our efforts to enhance public safety in Putnam County."

"Text-to-911 services can be a lifesaver for those who cannot afford to make a voice call during an emergency. We are thrilled to be able to offer this service to all our residents," said Putnam County Executive Kevin Byrne. "This service is also another way Putnam County is going to ThinkDIFFERENTLY about the way we interact with and serve those individuals with disabilities."

"The safety and well-being of our residents is always our top priority, and this service will help ensure that we can respond quickly and effectively in emergency situations," said Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville. "Thank you to the County Executive and our partners at the Bureau of Emergency Services for making this happen."

Residents are advised to use the Text-to-911 service, follow these simple steps:

  • Do not text and drive
  • In the first text message, send the location and type of emergency
  • Use simple words, and do not use abbreviations or slang
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the dispatcher

It is important to remember that Text-to-911 services are only for emergencies. Abuse of this service could result in charges being filed against the caller.

Additionally, residents must be aware that there will be challenges associated with using Text-to-911 services. For instance, as with all text messages, messages may take longer to receive or may not be received at all, depending on cell service and coverage. Text-to-911 will not function in group texts. If an individual does not receive a text response from 911, please call 911 instead.

Putnam County residents are reminded that Text-to-911 services are not available everywhere in New York and the U.S.

Overall, the introduction of Text-to-911 services in Putnam County is a significant step forward in ensuring the safety of the community.

ThinkDIFFERENTLY is a call to action to change the way our communities, governments, businesses, and individuals think about and interact with those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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The Sheriff’s Office Doesn’t Solicit Money to Clear Up Unpaid Fines or Warrants

04/27/2023

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office does not contact individuals requesting payment of any type telephonically. This is a scam, and anyone that receives a call of this type should terminate the call immediately without providing any personal information.

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Highland Falls Man Charged With Burglary

04/27/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a 57-year-old Highland Falls man as a result of a burglary that took place in the Town of Philipstown.

On March 28, 2023, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a burglary at an automotive repair business located on Rt. 9. It was discovered by an employee to have occurred in the early morning the day prior. An investigation by Sheriff's Deputies and Investigators at the scene determined that an attached building to the business had been forcibly broken into, and an assortment of new and used automotive parts and scrap metals were stolen from within and loaded into a truck and trailer and removed. Further investigation identified Charles L. Stoll as a person of interest. On April 25, 2023, Stoll was located by Highland Falls Police Department and turned over to Sheriff's Investigators, who charged Stoll with Burglary in the 3rd degree, Grand Larceny in the 4th degree, both felonies, and Criminal Possession of Burglar Tools, a misdemeanor.

Stoll was arraigned in the Town of Philipstown by Justice Stephen Tomann and remanded without bail to the Putnam County Correctional Facility pending a future court appearance. The investigation is continuing, and additional arrests are expected.

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Sheriff Kevin J. McConville Announces Sheriffs' Institute Membership Drive

04/17/2023

The New York State Sheriffs' Institute's annual Honorary Membership drive has begun across New York State. Sheriff McConville states that Honorary Membership invitations will be arriving in randomly selected mailboxes across Putnam County over the next two weeks.

Sheriffs' Institute Honorary Membership dues help support the Institute's robust programming for youth and sheriffs' offices, including the Sheriffs' Summer Camp, crime victim services, annual scholarship program, and education, training, and awards programs for sheriffs' office personnel.

The Sheriffs' Summer Camp is the Institute's flagship program located on Keuka Lake. Each summer, 840 economically challenged children from across New York State participate under the direct guidance of sheriffs and sheriffs' office personnel who volunteer their time to help make the camp a success. The Sheriffs' Summer Camp provides an opportunity to bring children together with deputy sheriffs in a positive and meaningful environment. The week-long camp directly benefits children in our own local communities who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in a summer camp experience.

Putnam Sheriff's Office selects children from our local communities who benefit through the camp's summer recreation activities which are designed to teach an understanding of and respect for our laws
and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper-to-counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self-esteem.

"The Putnam Sheriff's Office is proud to support the Sheriff's Institute and their excellent work supporting our youth and personnel. The incredible summer camp experience and education and training opportunities provided by the Institute are invaluable assets to our county residents and sheriff's office. We encourage anyone who is interested in becoming an Honorary Member and helping support these great programs," states Sheriff McConville.

In addition to the Sheriffs' Summer Camp, the Sheriffs' Institute also provides an annual scholarship to each of New York State's Community College's Criminal Justice Programs. This scholarship program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

Honorary Memberships help fund the Sheriffs' Camp and other New York State Sheriffs Institute programs. If you want to become an Honorary Member and did not receive a letter in the mail, please visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and helps support youth, crime victims, and law enforcement in our local community through the Institute's programs. Established in 1979, the Sheriffs' Institute is a not-for-profit corporation and tax-exempt organization. Contributions to the Institute are tax-deductible, and the Institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau. Neither the Putnam Sheriff's Office nor the Institute solicits donations or memberships via telephone.

For more information about the New York State Sheriffs' Institute's Summer Camp and other important programs, visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org.

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Free Car Seat Check

04/14/2023


4/29/23 10am-2pm
Brewster Fire Department
Charles K. Doyle Station 1
515 Route 312
Brewster, NY 10509

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Putnam Valley School Victim of Statewide Swatting Calls

03/30/2023

The Sheriff's Office is aware of the recent swatting calls targeting New York State schools, including one in Putnam Valley. The Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the calls, and extra patrols have been dispatched throughout the county to ensure the safety of students and faculty. Sheriff Kevin McConville stated, "currently, there is no threat to any of our schools." All schools are in session, and we are out there to protect the children, teachers, and staff of our schools.

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Safe Boating Course Starts May 13th

03/29/2023

Starting on May 13, 2023, at 9:00 am at North Highland Fire Department in Cold Spring, NY.

Register here: https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/197001

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Brewster Student Threatened

03/23/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a former Brewster High School student for making threats against a current student. On March 23, 2023, at approximately 12:30 pm, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into threats made on social media targeting a juvenile student at the school. The suspect, who resides outside the county, was quickly identified, located, and issued an appearance ticket for Putnam County Family Court.

Out of an abundance of caution, additional Sheriff’s patrols will be present at all of the Brewster Schools tomorrow. However, it has been determined that the safety of the district's students, faculty, and employees is not in danger.

The Sheriff’s Office appreciates the cooperation of the Brewster Central School District Administration and staff during this investigation.

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School Threat Update

03/23/2023

At approximately midnight on March 23, 2023, The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a threat of violence at a local middle school; the matter has been investigated and an arrest of a juvenile student of the school was affected at approximately 3 am.  Based on the age of the defendant, they were referred to Family Court.  The PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigation continues to investigate this matter, and we have deployed additional personnel to the school for the day and reached out to a number of law enforcement agencies providing information, as well as the Department of Social Services. 

There is no danger or remaining threat to the safety of students and faculty at the school. In addition, patrol deputies will be present at schools throughout Putnam County during the day.

In this case we are providing the identity of the school due to the recent reports that have circulated in the communities, as the George Fischer Middle School (GFMS).

GFMS is on a two (2) hour delay. Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies will be deployed to the school in addition to the normal complement of School Resource Officers assigned.

We remind the community that we investigate all threats and determine whether an arrest can be made based on the facts.  In this matter, it was determined that a crime was committed and therefore an arrest was made swiftly.

There are restrictions on what information we can provide, but we take this opportunity to assure parents, students, and faculty that they are safe.

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School Threat - Carmel, NY

03/23/2023

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of a threat of violence at a local middle school; the matter has been investigated, and an arrest has been affected. The PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigation continues to investigate this matter, and we have deployed additional personnel to the school for the day and reached out to a number of law enforcement agencies providing information, as well as the Department of Social Services.

There is no danger or remaining threat to the safety of students and faculty at the school. In addition, patrol deputies will be present at schools throughout Putnam County during the day.

In this case, we are providing the identity of the school due to the recent reports that have circulated in the communities as the George Fischer Middle School (GFMS).

GFMS is on a two (2) hour delay. Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies will be deployed to the school in addition to the normal complement of School Resource Officers assigned.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. There are restrictions on what information we can provide, but we take this opportunity to assure parents, students, and faculty that they are safe.

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Putnam County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI ST. PATRICK’S DAY

03/13/2023


“High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs March 16 – 19, 2023

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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 and will end on March 19, 2023. 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, the Holiday Season, and the 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.

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Religious Organizations Targeted in Scams

03/10/2023

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a recent alert that has been issued regarding fraudulent solicitors targeting religious groups and parishioners to donate to their houses of worship. The usual scenario is that an email or text is sent stating local clergy are collecting donations in cash or gift cards.

As a reminder, caution should be exercised with any solicitation for money. Even if the sender's name is familiar, links or numbers included in any message should not be trusted. It is important to remember the following:

  • Not to reply by clicking links or use phone numbers within the received emails/texts, even if the sender’s name is familiar, because those could connect to fraudsters. It is better to verify by contacting directly.
  • Take a close look at any sender’s email address. If the address is not a religious organization but rather a general-purpose Gmail or AOL domain, that’s a signal the message may not be genuine.
  • Be skeptical of messages that claim manufactured urgencies. An example is clergy asserts having to make hospital visits to comfort the ill so asks the congregation member as a favor to get cash cards and the like.
  • For texts, see if the clergy sender’s area code is not local. If not local, it might be fake.
  • Be skeptical if the clergy promises swift repayment at a later date.
  • Be skeptical if the sender says not to deliver to a house of worship but rather asks to receive by email or text the redemption pin numbers on purchased gift cards.

Lastly, the alert encourages to be suspicious. To ensure your donation is going to the right place, it is always best to physically hand your donation to a member of your house of worship.

To date, The Sheriff's Office has not received any complaints regarding this alert; we are just sharing it, so you are aware. If you have any questions or concerns or feel you may be the victim of fraudulent solicitation, please contact our office right away at: (845) 225-4300

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Long Island Man Charged With Southeast Armed Robbery

03/03/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Brentwood, NY, man after a robbery at a Southeast business.

On March 1, 2023, at approximately 5:15 am, Deputies were dispatched to the Gulf gas station at 1565 Route 22 for a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, Deputies learned that the suspect had fled the scene, and they began an investigation along with members of the Sheriff’s BCI Division. It was determined that the suspect entered the store and pointed what was believed to be a firearm at the clerk’s head, and demanded money from the register. The suspect then fled the store with over $6,000 in cash and approximately $350 worth of cigarette cartons. Based on information from the store clerk and a very observant customer, who provided photos of the suspect vehicle, an alert was put out to area police agencies. At approximately 6:10 am, a Westchester County Police Officer observed the suspect vehicle on I287 near I684 in Harrison and began a pursuit. At that time, the car drove the wrong way on Westchester Avenue, eventually crashing near the Hutchinson River Parkway entrance. At that time, the suspect fought with Westchester Officers before being taken into custody.

The suspect, Jose Nieves, 28 years old, was then turned over to Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies, where he was subsequently charged with the following felonies: one count of Robbery in the 2nd Degree, one count of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, as it was learned that the vehicle that the suspect was operating was stolen from New York City.

Mr. Nieves is held in the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He is also being investigated as a suspect in numerous other armed robberies in New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties, and municipalities in Westchester County, including the Town of North Castle, where it is believed that he committed a similar robbery after the incident in Southeast.

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Sheriff Warns of New Round of Phone Scams

02/08/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports Financial Scams occurring within Putnam County. In the last few days, several county residents have reported receiving phone calls from subject(s) impersonating employees of financial institutions who solicit personal information to gain access to credit card and bank account information. Other residents have reported receiving calls from a subject impersonating a police officer who claims to be investigating a family member and requires money for bail or as part of an investigation.

Information to any unsolicited caller should never be shared. If a person’s identity cannot be easily confirmed or there is ever a question about the credibility of solicitors, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 845-225-4300 for assistance.

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Peekskill Man Violated Order of Protection

02/07/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a City of Peekskill resident for multiple violations of an order of protection.

On February 2, 2023, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Dany D. Villa-Carchipulla at his residence in Peekskill after it was determined that he had messaged the victim over 900 times since being issued an order of protection. He also called her more than 25 times and showed up at her residence on more than one occasion.

This agency previously arrested Dany for a domestic violence incident in Garrison in November of 2022. In that instance, he was charged with Strangulation and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and an order of protection was put in place to protect the victims. He was again arrested on the newest charges after an investigation was conducted into his continuous violations of the same order of protection.

Dany was charged with four counts of Criminal Contempt 2nd degree and was arraigned in Putnam Valley Town Court in front of Judge Nachamie, where he was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on a $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

The victim in this case was assisted by domestic violence advocates and the Women’s Center.

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Rest in Peace, SPO Timothy J. Stewart

02/01/2023

It is with a profound sense of sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of our Special Patrol Officer Timothy J. Stewart, who passed away on January 30, 2023.

SPO Stewart leaves behind a legacy of public service to others and a welcoming hello to all he encountered. Tim was stationed at the County Office Building and was a man with a warm smile and words of welcome to all.

SPO Stewart spent twenty-nine (29) years of distinguished service with honor with the City of New York Police Department, retiring in 2019 as a Detective. During his years of service with NYPD, Detective Stewart was described as a “team leader, a go-to-guy, super calm and levelheaded.” We can say that we saw those characteristics in Tim as well.

We know that Tim and his smile shall be missed by all.

The Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility send our heartfelt condolences to his spouse, Toni, and his son and his family.

The Wake will be on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Clark Funeral Home, 2104 Saw Mill River Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 10 am at the New St. Patrick’s Church, 137 Moseman Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

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Putnam County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI SUPER BOWL “High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

02/01/2023

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs from February 10 through February 13, 2023

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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 Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event, and Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. In a combined effort to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives, law enforcement officers across New York State and STOP-DWI programs will be participating in special engagement efforts. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign start on February 10, 2023 and will end on February 13, 2023.

The STOP-DWI Super Bowl 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, the Holiday Season, 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 at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp. Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.

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Beacon Residents Arrested After Philipstown Domestic Incident

01/31/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of two City of Beacon residents as a result of an investigation into a domestic violence incident that occurred in the Town of Philipstown.

On January 26, 2023, at about 1150 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a violent domestic dispute in the parking lot of a closed business on Route 9. Through an investigation conducted by Sheriff's Department Deputies and Investigators, it was determined that 23-year-old Jaznia McCrae began to track and follow her ex-boyfriend Naije Perrette, also 23 years old, after she was angered that he went to a Nets Basketball game with a new girlfriend. Jaznia located Naije driving north on Route 9 when Ms. McCrae was accused of intentionally ramming Mr. Perrette’s vehicle multiple times with her vehicle. Ms. McCrae also allegedly side-swiped his vehicle, attempting to run it off the roadway. The two cars eventually pulled over and stopped in a parking lot. At that time, Ms. McCrae threw automotive engine oil on Mr. Perrette and poured oil all over the inside and outside of his vehicle. Mr. Perrette assaulted Ms. McCrae, causing multiple minor injuries. After assaulting Ms. McCrae, Mr. Perrette took a car battery out of the trunk of his vehicle. He threw it repeatedly at Ms. McCrae’s vehicle, causing extensive damage to the exterior and breaking multiple windows and the rear windshield of Ms. McCrae’s vehicle. Mr. Perrette then got back into his car and fled the scene. With the help of the New York State Police, Sheriff's Department Investigators located and apprehended Mr. Perrette a short while later in the Village of Wappingers Falls. He was arrested on one count of Assault in the 3rd Degree (a misdemeanor) and one count of Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree (a felony).

Mr. Perrette was arraigned in Kent Court in front of Judge Curtis, where he was released on his own recognizance with an Order of Protection in place.

Ms. McCrae was transported from the scene by Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corp to Hudson Valley Hospital Center, where she was treated and released later that same day. She then turned herself in on January 30 to the Sheriff’s Office, where she was charged with two counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree (a felony), one count of Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree (a felony), and one count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd (a misdemeanor) as she was driving on a suspended license at the time of the incident.

Ms. McCrae was arraigned in Philipstown Court in front of Judge Tomann. Due to her status of already being on probation through Dutchess County Probation and her criminal history, she was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility with bail set in the amount of $500.

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Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports a Deputy involved shooting in the Town of Southeast

01/10/2023

At approximately 9:45 AM, Police Officers from the Town of Kent Police Department were dispatched to a domestic violence incident involving an apparent abduction. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office sent units as backups, and information concerning the incident was sent to all law enforcement personnel in Putnam County. The suspect’s vehicle was located in the Town of Southeast by Sheriff’s Deputies, at which time the suspect was observed violently using a knife to assault a female. To save the victim, the Deputies used deadly physical force to stop his violent assault. Lifesaving efforts were used in an attempt to save the suspect, but they were unsuccessful.

The Putnam County District Attorney’s Office has been notified, and the New York State Police are conducting the investigation. Sheriff McConville states, “I am grateful for the quick and decisive actions of our personnel, which saved the victim's life.”

The Sheriff’s Office will have no further comment on this matter at this time.

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Cortlandt Manor Man Charged in Putnam Valley Burglaries

01/09/2023

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Cortlandt Manor, NY, man for several residential burglaries in Putnam and Westchester Counties.

From October to December of 2022, the areas of Putnam Valley and Cortlandt Manor saw a string of burglaries. Putnam County Sheriff’s Investigators worked with Investigators from the New York State Police Cortlandt Barracks to solve these crimes.

After a lengthy investigation, 42-year-old Harold J. Mann Jr. was taken into custody on December 12, 2022, after another attempted burglary in Cortlandt Manor was interrupted.

Investigators from the State Police and Sheriff’s Office interviewed Mann, and he was subsequently charged with four counts of Burglary in the 2nd Degree in Cortlandt Manor and three counts in Putnam Valley.

Mann was arraigned in Putnam Valley Court on January 3, 2023, where bail was set at $75,000 cash, or $150,000 bond; he was remanded to the Westchester County Jail to await court proceedings in both jurisdictions.

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Fatal Accident in Putnam Valley

12/31/2022

Sheriff Kevin J McConville reports investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident on December 30.

At approximately 3 pm, deputies were dispatched to a one-car accident on Route 301, approximately a mile west of the Taconic Parkway in Putnam Valley. The investigation had found that a vehicle being operated by James Cottrell, a 65-year-old male from Cortland Manor, NY, was alone in his vehicle and was traveling eastbound when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and traveled up the end of a guide rail where it overturned and struck a rock embankment. Mr. Cottrell was pronounced dead at the scene, and the investigation as to the cause is ongoing.

Deputies and Sheriff Investigators were assisted at the scene by the Town of Kent Police Department, the Kent and Putnam Valley Fire Departments, and ambulance.

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Sheriff Warns of Icy Road Conditions

12/23/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville advises residents that we will experience phase 2 of today’s storm, bringing frigid temperatures and icy roadways in the next 2-3 hours. The Sheriff advises staying home if you can and using caution if you must travel.

Slow down and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Icy roads can be slippery, and it takes longer to stop or slow down on them.

Avoid sudden movements, such as sudden acceleration, braking, or steering. These can cause your vehicle to lose traction and skid on the icy surface.

Use your brakes gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake pedal.

Also, for the next four days, the weather service predicts frigid temperatures (low teens in the daytime and single digits overnight). We still have some residents without power due to the storm. Residents can call ‘ 211 ’ if needed for information and guidance on warming center locations.

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Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Roles in Nationwide “Felony Lane Gang” Conspiracy

12/21/2022

Joshua Mallory, 37, and Gary Grier, 36, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pled guilty this week in federal court in Syracuse to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Putnam County (New York) Sheriff Kevin J. McConville.

In pleading guilty, Mallory and Grier admitted that they were involved in a fraud scheme known as the “Felony Lane Gang” between 2015 and 2020. Mallory, Grier, and their co-conspirators traveled across the country breaking into cars, often targeting those parked by women at locations such as health and fitness centers, daycares, outdoor recreational parks, and dog parks. Mallory, Grier, and other members of the conspiracy stole debit cards, credit cards, checkbooks, and photo identifications in these “smash-and-grab” vehicle thefts, and they used these stolen items to commit bank fraud by recruiting women to impersonate the smash-and-grab victims in drive-through bank lanes and cash checks. The recruited check cashers almost always suffered from an addiction to controlled substances and were provided payment at least partially in narcotics. Mallory and Grier each admitted that the loss amount from the conspiracy attributable to them is at least $95,000.

The charges to which Mallory and Grier pled guilty carry a minimum sentence of 2 years in prison, a maximum sentence of 30 years, a fine of up to $1 million, and a supervised release term of up to 5 years. Mallory will be sentenced on May 1, 2023, and Grier will be sentenced on April 19, 2023. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

Mallory and Grier were two of nine men charged in a 13-count indictment for their roles in the scheme. Keyshawn Arnold, age 25, of Schenectady, New York; Terrell McDonald, age 32, of Troy, New York; and Tyrone Parker, age 40, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, previously pled guilty for their roles in the indictment. The remaining co-defendants are:

  • • TYRONE PARKER, JR. a/k/a “Ty,” a/k/a “Cheese,” a/k/a “Little Thigh,” age 22, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida;
  • • RANDALL TAYLOR, a/k/a “Gucci,” a/k/a “Guwop,” age 37, of Fort Lauderdale;
  • • CEDRIC LYNCH, a/k/a “City,” a/k/a “C,” age 37, of Orlando, Florida;
  • • ROBERT NATSON, a/k/a “Big Rob,” age 36, of Fort Lauderdale; and

Each of the remaining defendants is charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and/or aggravated identity theft. They are scheduled for trial in federal court in Syracuse on January 24, 2023. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants whose cases remain pending are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the FBI Westchester Resident Agency of the New York Field Office and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the FBI Field Offices in Albany, Miami, and Salt Lake City, and Resident Agencies in Savannah, Georgia, and Portland, Maine, and from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine, the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office. Additional assistance was provided by numerous law enforcement agencies, including, within New York, the New York State Police; Columbia County Sheriff's Office; Genesee County Sheriff’s Office; Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office; Warren County Sheriff’s Office; and the police departments of the Town of Bethlehem; Glens Falls; Gloversville; Greenburgh; Greece; and Watervliet; and elsewhere, Connecticut State Police; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Georgia State Patrol; Illinois State Police; Massachusetts State Police; Broward County, FL Sheriff’s Office; Northern York County, PA Regional Police; Southern Chester County, PA Regional Police; Utah County, UT Sheriff's Office; and the police departments of Auburn, MA; Bath, ME; Biddeford, ME; Bozeman, MT; Brunswick, ME; Caernarvon Township, PA; Chester Township, PA; Cinnaminson, NJ; Darien, CT; East Norriton Township, PA; Easthampton, MA; Greenwich, CT; Lower Moreland Township, PA; Manheim Township, PA; Portland, ME; Portsmouth, NH; Saco, ME; Salisbury, MA; Sanford, ME; Scarborough, ME; Somersworth, NH; South Portland, ME; St. George, UT; Syracuse, UT; Tinicum, PA; Towamencin, PA; Tewksbury, MA; Wakefield, MA; Yarmouth, ME; and York, ME.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew J. McCrobie and Michael F. Perry and Special Assistant United States Attorney Paul Tuck, and it was initiated by former Assistant United States Attorney Andrew D. Beaty.

These arrests resulted from a multi-state investigation of vehicle break-ins and larcenies where victims’ personal information, including driver’s licenses and bank cards, were taken and subsequently used to create fictitious documents to make fraudulent withdrawals from the victim’s bank accounts. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office were involved in the case due to numerous larcenies and bank fraud cases throughout Putnam County, going back to around 2018. These Investigators worked closely with the FBI Task Force members and local and state police agencies across the country, which resulted in numerous arrests.

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Sheriff Kevin J. McConville Announces Promotions

12/19/2022

In a ceremony on Saturday, December 17th, 2022, Sheriff's Office members were awarded promotions. Senior Investigator John Alfano was promoted to Captain of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Investigator Randel Hill was promoted to Senior Investigator, Investigator Corinne Pitt was promoted to Senior Investigator, and Bureau of Criminal Investigations Captain James Schepperly will now be the Captain of the Patrol Division. Congratulations, and good luck to all.

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Danbury Man Charged with Setting Fires in Southeast

12/13/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Danbury, CT, man for a series of arson fires in the Town of Southeast.

On November 27, 2022, Deputies responded to Old Milltown Rd for a brush fire. Brewster Fire Department members advised the deputies that over the past year, they have responded to an unusual number of similar fires in the area. Sheriff’s Office Investigators were notified, and an investigation was begun to determine if these fires were intentionally set. With the assistance of a Dutchess County Sheriff arson detection K9, it was determined that an accelerant was used at some of the fires. Investigators consulted Putnam County 911 dispatchers to gather a list of the brush fire calls on that road and developed a suspect. Investigators then began surveillance of the area and, on December 6th, located the suspect on Old Milltown Road. After interviewing the suspect, 71-year-old Frederick Delfay, he confessed to setting the fires.

He was arrested and charged with five counts of Arson in the 5th degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was processed and released with an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Southeast Court.

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Rockland Man Charged With Bringing Drugs to the Jail

12/06/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Rockland County man on felony drug possession charges.

On November 29, 2022, Narcotics Enforcement Unit investigators arrested 32-year-old Joseph Garguilo III of Clarkstown for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree and Promoting Prison Contraband 1st Degree, both Class D Felonies. He is accused of bringing a controlled substance into the Putnam County Correctional Facility during visitation on October 31, 2022.  Garguilo was arraigned in the Town of Carmel Court and was released on his own recognize, pending a future court date.

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Putnam County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI HOLIDAY SEASON

12/06/2022

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs from December 14, 2022 through January 1, 2023

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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.
 
While we spend this Holiday Season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year, in a combined effort to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State and STOP-DWI programs will be participating in special engagement efforts. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign start on December 14, 2022 and will end on January 1, 2023.
 
The STOP-DWI Holiday Season 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, 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.

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Putnam County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Thanksgiving

11/16/2022

“High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs from November 23 through November 27, 2022

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville and Carmel Police Department Chief Anthony Hoffmann 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.
 
This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately, more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.  In a combined effort to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State and STOP-DWI programs will be participating in special engagement efforts. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign start on November 23, 2022 and will end on November 27, 2022.
 
The STOP-DWI Thanksgiving 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, 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.

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Southeast Man Arrested for DWI

11/01/2022

Southeast Man Arrested For Driving While Intoxicated

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Southeast man for Driving While Intoxicated.

On October 24, 2022, at approximately 12:50 am, a deputy, while on routine patrol in the Town of Southeast, observed a vehicle that crossed over the double yellow line and was having trouble maintaining its lane of traffic.  A stop was initiated, and the deputy observed signs of alcohol impairment from the driver.  Field sobriety tests were conducted, and the driver, Brandon Tompkins, 37 years old, of Southeast, was taken into custody.  He subsequently refused to take a breathalyzer test and, in addition to the misdemeanor DWI, was charged with Refusal to Take a Breath Test and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration, along with Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Driving to the Left of Pavement Markings.

Due to his refusal, he was held in the Putnam County Correctional Facility pending his arraignment.

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Danbury Man Charged with Attempted Murder

10/18/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Danbury man for attempted murder.

On October 16, 2022, at approximately 4 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to the La Patrona Mexican Restaurant at 182 Route 22 in Southeast for a dispute in progress with a knife involved.

Arriving Deputies found a large crowd outside the restaurant and quickly located the victim, a 27-year-old male who had been stabbed in the neck and stomach area and began first-aid. Brewster Ambulance was dispatched to the scene and transported the victim to Danbury Hospital for treatment.

Deputies and Investigators from the Sheriff's Office determined, through interviews and video surveillance, that the victim and suspect became engaged in a verbal dispute which quickly escalated into a physical encounter. At that time, the suspect stabbed the victim multiple times. During the investigation, the suspect was identified as Nestor Rodriguez, a 27-year-old male from Danbury, CT. He was located later that day, taken into custody without incident, and was subsequently charged with Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree, Attempted Assault 1st Degree, and Assault 2nd Degree.

Mr. Rodriguez was arraigned in the Town of Southeast Court and remanded to the Putnam County Jail on bail. Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the New York State Police, Carmel, and MTA Police Departments.

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Sheriff Reports Power Company Scam

10/12/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville advises residents of recent reports of a phone call scam. County residents are receiving automated phone calls from New York State Gas and Electric or Central Hudson, claiming they will shut off power in thirty minutes due to an unpaid balance. The message directs intended victims to call a number to speak to a representative.

These calls are a scam. NYSEG and Central Hudson would never shut off power via an automated call, and state regulations prohibit such actions. Instead, they will contact you by mail and attempt to work out a payment schedule before shutting off power. The power companies currently do not accept Venmo, Cashapp, or Zelle for payments. They will also never ask for payment via gift cards, nor will they ask you to hand over large sums of cash to a courier or for you to disguise the money and put it in the mail, FedEx or UPS.

If you receive such a call, hang up. You can check with your provider by calling them directly:

NYSEG - (800) 572-1111

Central Hudson - (845) 452-2700 or (800) 527-2714

To report phone scam calls, call the Sheriff's Office at (845) 225-4300

Remember. If someone shows up at your house and claims to be an NYSEG or Central Hudson employee, they should have their credentials displayed. If you don't see the credentials, you should ask to see them and should not speak with the unknown person until their identity is verified.  

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STOP-DWI HALLOWEEN “High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

10/12/2022

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs from October 29 to October 31, 2022

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville, 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.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. When it comes to drunk driving Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. While we spend time trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers and STOP-DWI programs across New York State will participate in special efforts to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries, and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign will start on October 29, 2022 and will end on October 31, 2022.

The STOP-DWI Halloween 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, 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.

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Car Chase Ends in Putnam Valley

09/28/2022

On September 26, 2022, at approximately 4:40 pm, Deputies were advised that a vehicle that was wanted by the NYPD for a shooting incident was traveling northbound on the Taconic State Parkway approaching Putnam County.

They were also advised that Yorktown Police Department was behind the vehicle attempting to stop it. Deputies quickly responded to the area to assist. The car was observed exiting at the Bryant Pond Rd exit, where it drove through the gas station off the exit and got back on the northbound parkway, ignoring the lights and sirens of responding Deputies who were now behind the vehicle.

The vehicle continued north on the parkway and exited at Pudding Street, where it was found unoccupied in a private driveway on Lake Shore Drive. Deputies and Investigators, along with members of the New York State Police, Carmel, Kent, and Yorktown Police Departments, were able to set up a perimeter in the area and shortly after that located the driver, who was taken into custody without incident. He was later identified as Shyvarie Hernandez, a 40-year-old male from the Bronx. He was charged with misdemeanor Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree and Reckless Driving along with multiple Vehicle and Traffic Law violations.

He was transported back to the Sheriff's Office, where he was processed and released with a future court appearance in Putnam Valley Court.

The vehicle was towed to the Sheriff's Office and held as evidence for the NYPD.

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Fatal Accident in Putnam Valley

09/28/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the investigation of a fatal motor vehicle accident in the Town of Putnam Valley on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

At approximately 8:55 pm, Deputies were dispatched to Wood St near Meadow Crest Drive for an automobile accident with injuries. Deputies and Putnam Valley Fire Department members arrived on the scene and began extricating and providing medical aid for the occupants of the two vehicles involved. The driver of the first vehicle, 23-year-old Bryan Tumolo of Mahopac, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle, an 18-year-old Lake Peekskill man, and one of his two passengers, a 17-year-old female Putnam Valley resident, were airlifted to Westchester Medical Center with serious injuries. The other passenger, a 15-year-old female from Putnam Valley, was transported by Ambulanz medical ambulance to Westchester Medical Center.

Preliminary investigation indicates that vehicle one was northbound on Wood Street when it crossed over into the path of vehicle two, which was southbound.

The New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit assisted Sheriff's deputies and Investigators at the scene with the investigation. Members of the Carmel Police Department also assisted at the scene. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Sheriff's Investigators at (845) 225-8060.

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Putnam County Executive Odell Joins Veterans Service Agency Director Karl Rohde in Urging Schools and Families to Visit the Traveling Vietnam Wall this Month

09/20/2022

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell joins Veterans Service Agency Director Karl Rohde in urging schools and families to take advantage of an event that will give local meaning to national history and bring students to see the Traveling Vietnam Wall when it visits Carmel this month.
The Traveling Vietnam Wall will be on display at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park from noon on September 22nd until 3:00 PM on September 25th and will be open for visits 24 hours a day.

“This is a great educational opportunity,” County Executive Odell said. “Not only can students see a version of the Vietnam Wall without having to go to D.C., but they will have the chance to meet with local veterans from Putnam County who may have served in the war. It’s a good example to show the students how national history is also local history.”

The Traveling Wall is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. This visit will include The American Traveling Tribute, a display that features every war America has been involved in from the Revolutionary War right up to today, and a half-size replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

This event is a collaboration between the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency and the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council (PCJVC). The PCJVC is a local non-profit Veterans Service Organization.

“We believe that this is an excellent educational and community service opportunity,” Rohde wrote in a letter to school officials throughout the region. “We know it’s early in the school year, but It is our hope that you can present the students at your school with this gift.”

A motorcycle convoy will meet at the rest area on northbound I-684 in Southeast at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st, and escort The Traveling Wall to the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park. Motorcycle riders are encouraged to join.
Buses will be available to transport visitors round trip from Putnam Plaza and the Putnam County Office Building to the park to see the wall. The buses will run from the Tops Store at Putnam Plaza every hour on the hour from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 22-24. They will stop at the county office building 10 minutes after the hour. Please see the attached Traveling Wall Public Transportation schedule for details.

The closing ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 25, which is Gold Star Mother’s Day, and will feature a concert by The Hudson Valley Council Band.


Putnam County Veterans Service Agency

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Fair Street Traffic Delays

09/14/2022

Repaving work is being done on Fair Street between Bullet Hole Road and John Simpson Road. This work is scheduled to take place today through Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. Fair Street traffic will be severely impacted during these hours.

This will directly impact the George Fisher Middle School; the Sheriff's Office is meeting with construction site supervisors and school staff to develop a traffic plan for dismissal. All bus routes on Fair St should expect delays.

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Town of Southeast Drug Arrest

09/07/2022

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Somers, NY, man on narcotics possession charges.

On September 2, 2022, members of the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing a Vehicle and Traffic Law violation on Route 6 in the Town of Southeast. After further investigation, the driver of the car was found to have a quantity of fentanyl and crack cocaine, both controlled substances.

William E. Felling 3rd, age 40, was charged with (1) one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and (1) one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Felling was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Miller, Town of Carmel Court, and was released on his own recognizance, pending a return court date in the Town of Southeast Court on September 15, 2022.

Recipients of this News Release are advised, to the extent that pending criminal matters may be discussed herein, that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Sheriff Reports Phone Scam

09/07/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports a Financial Scam occurring within Putnam County. In the last couple of days, several county residents have reported receiving phone calls from a male subject impersonating a member of the Sheriff’s Office. The male subject has been calling residents, stating he is “Sergeant Jason Cooke” from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 3 County Center in Carmel. The caller states they are facing legal consequences for failing to comply with a prior or current criminal matter and that they are required to post monetary bail in lieu of being arrested. The caller also states that to avoid being arrested, they must pay their bail by purchasing a predetermined amount of money in gift cards and providing the code numbers to the cards.

This is to inform the public, specifically the residents of Putnam County, that the Sheriff’s Office will never call and ask residents for money or to purchase gift cards to satisfy a legal matter. “Sergeant Jason Cooke” is a fictitious name used by the caller, and there is no one employed at the Sheriff’s Office with that name. Residents are warned to be cautious when getting these calls and to notify the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 845-225-4300 if they are contacted.

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Sheriff McConville Meets with School Officials

08/24/2022

Today, Sheriff Kevin McConville met with the Officials of the six Putnam County school districts to discuss the County's "Team Up for School Safety" measures to be taken during the upcoming school year.

Team Up for School Safety is a collaborative effort between the school districts, the Sheriff's Department, and the Putnam County Department of Social Services to increase security in our schools. Later, Sheriff McConville said, "Our deputies are prepared, well-trained, and ready to ensure Putnam County's children will have a safe school year."

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STOP-DWI Labor Day / End of Summer High Visibility Engagement Campaign

08/19/2022

Putnam County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI LABOR DAY / END OF SUMMER

“High Visibility Engagement Campaign”

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs August 19 through September 5, 2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville announced today that the Putnam County Sheriffs Office along with the New York State Police, Carmel and Kent Police Departments 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 August 19 and will end on September 5. Labor Day / End of Summer is one of the busiest travel times of the year and marks the official end 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 Labor Day / End of Summer 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, 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.

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Mahopac Man Charged With Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child

08/10/2022

AMENDED

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of Robert L. Langley III, of Mahopac, NY, on multiple counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.

In March 2022, 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 Town of Carmel. BCI Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence on May 25, 2022, assisted by PCSO 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.

The 36-year-old male resident of the Town of Carmel was charged with (4) four counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a class E felony. He was arraigned before the Honorable Daniel Miller and released on his own recognizance pending a future appearance in the Town of Carmel 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.

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Deputy Corey Berke Awarded County Veteran's Medal

07/27/2022

Deputy Sheriff Corey Berke
Staff Sergeant - United States Air National Guard

On November 11, 2019, the County of Putnam presented its local servicemen with a Veterans Service Medal, a physical representation of the County's appreciation for the sacrifices each veteran made to protect the freedom our nation is fortunate to continue to enjoy. Now, over two years after this historic ceremony, the Veterans Service Medal Advisory Panel has made it possible to bestow the same honor to Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy Corey Berke.

On behalf of the Putnam County government, we thank you for your service and congratulate you on this well-deserved recognition and honor.

Sheriff McConville said, "Putnam County residents and the Sheriff’s Office are extremely proud of Deputy Berke and his service to our Country. Deputy Berke is an outstanding example of service to others which is exemplary of all members of the Sheriff’s Office."

Pictured: Undersheriff Thomas Lindert, Sheriff Kevin McConville, Putnam County Legislator Toni Addonizio, Deputy Sheriff Corey Berke, Kent Highway Supervisor Richie Othmer, Director of Veterans Services Karl Rohde, Lieutenant Matt Monroe.

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Driver Arrested Twice for DWI in 18 Hours

07/21/2022

On July 17, 2022, Deputies arrested the same driver for Driving While Intoxicated within an eighteen-hour period. The first arrest occurred at 3:05 am when a vehicle, being operated by a 23-year-old male resident of Ossining, was observed traveling at approximately 30 miles per hour and failing to maintain itself in the lane of traffic northbound on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Putnam Valley. The driver failed field sobriety tests and was processed at the Sheriff's Office and issued tickets returnable in Putnam Valley Court.

At 9:20 pm, a different Deputy observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Peekskill Hollow Rd near Bryant Pond Rd. The vehicle was observed crossing over the solid yellow line and failing to signal a lane change, and a traffic stop was initiated. The driver was again arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and was issued tickets returnable in Putnam Valley Court.

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Tractor Trailer Overturns on Route 9

07/21/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports that on July 15, 2022, at 9:20 am, Deputies were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Rt. 9 and Rt. 301 in the Town of Philipstown for a motor vehicle accident. The investigation determined that a tractor-trailer carrying a fully loaded trailer of gravel was southbound on Rt. 9 and failed to stop for the red traffic signal at Rt. 301. The truck, which was being operated by a 22-year-old male resident of Garrison, then struck a Subaru, which was traveling eastbound on Rt. 301 and operated by a 47-year-old male resident of Cold Spring. The truck also struck a Honda, which was westbound on Rt. 301 and operated by a 52-year-old female also from Cold Spring. After striking the two vehicles, the truck continued south for a short distance, where it overturned, spilling gravel across both lanes of Rt.9.

The truck driver had no injuries, the driver of the Subaru was treated at the scene, and the driver of the Honda was transported to Westchester Medical Center by Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps with arm injuries. The New York State Department of Transportation assisted at the scene, clearing the gravel. The road remained closed until 1:45 pm. The driver of the truck was ticketed for passing through a red signal.

Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Cold Spring Fire Department, and the North Highlands Fire Department responded to the scene.

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Beacon Man Charged With Menacing

07/14/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports that on June 17, 2022, at approximately 6:22 pm, deputies were dispatched to Route 9D in the Village of Cold Spring for an automobile accident and a report that one of the drivers was brandishing a firearm.

An investigation, with the assistance of the Village of Cold Spring Police Department, determined that a vehicle being operated by an 18-year-old female Cold Spring resident was southbound on Route 9D north of the Breakneck Tunnel when she passed a vehicle in front of her. Her vehicle was not able to get back into her lane in time, and subsequently, the driver’s side mirror of her vehicle struck the driver’s side mirror of a vehicle traveling northbound and being operated by a 52-year-old male resident of Beacon, sending debris into his vehicle and striking him in the head. The male then turned his vehicle around and followed the female driver, where she stopped near the softball field. At this time, the male approached the female’s vehicle and knocked on the glass with a pistol he was holding.

The male driver was arrested for felony Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree and misdemeanor Menacing in the 2nd Degree. He was arraigned in the Village of Nelsonville Court and was remanded to the Putnam County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.

The female driver of the other vehicle was charged with misdemeanor Reckless Driving and issued traffic tickets for Moving from Lane Unsafely and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. It was determined that the area where she passed the other vehicle was a no-passing zone.

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Swearing-in Ceremony - June 28, 2022

06/30/2022

Congratulations

Deputy Sheriffs:

  • Gregory Corvino
  • Victoria Crimmins
  • Jacqueline Giuffre

Correction Officers:

  • Richard Fehn
  • Paul Grandetti
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Putnam to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI JULY 4th

06/30/2022

“High Visibility Engagement Campaign”
 STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs from 7/1 through 7/5/22
 

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 July 1, 2022, and will end on July 5, 2022. The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving.
 
Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to impaired-driving crashes.
 
The STOP-DWI July 4th 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, 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.

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Pistol License Information

06/28/2022

We realize that the recent United States Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen has left many NYS pistol permit licensees with questions as to the status of their pistol license, as well as the licensing process in general. Unfortunately, we do not yet have any definite answers on the local level.

To move forward, we must fully understand the implications and impact of this decision, as well as its practical application on a state and county level. We must also consider prospective action by the State of New York, such as new legislation that could affect the entire pistol licensing process. We will diligently work with our colleagues across government, both state and local, to accomplish this.

Until we have these answers, it would be unwise and premature to make any significant changes to the current licensing procedure. The licensing officer for the County is still legally tasked with approving pistol permits and any changes or amendments to those permits. Permit applications and amendments will still be processed by the County Clerk. Any changes to this process will be discussed and announced once finalized.

Though the ruling impacts New York State’s licensing procedure, it does not change other aspects of New York’s pistol licensing law. To be clear, carrying a firearm without a license is still illegal in this state, and all other requirements for obtaining a license still apply. It is important that people understand this to prevent a situation where they might unknowingly break the law and face possible consequences.

For now, anyone who is seeking to apply for a pistol license or change the restrictions on an existing pistol license should submit the request to the County Clerk’s Office, where it will be forwarded to the licensing officer for consideration.

For further information, call:
Office of the Putnam County Clerk at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301
Office of the Putnam County Sheriff at 845-225-4300

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2022 Cadet Graduation

06/16/2022

Ashley Adorno, Aiden Camejo, Brian Chafla, Tereza Dolansky, Colin Fleischmann, Vito Gianeli, Colin Harding, Nicholas Tedesco, Dylan Weber

Top Physical Training: Ashley Adorno
Esprit: Colin Fleishman
Top Cop: Tereza Dolansky
Charles J. Moore Memorial Scholarship: Vincent Cariddo

Photos: Eric Gross

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The Passing of Amanda Tunney

06/10/2022

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Police Benevolent Association is devastated by the sudden loss of police spouse Amanda Geaney-Tunney. We are asking our local community members, inside and outside of the police circle, to assist The Geaney-Tunney Family during their most difficult time.

On the 7th day of June 2022, the life of Investigator Matthew Tunney, and his two children, Hailey (11 years old) and Charlotte (9 years old) took a devastating, unforeseen turn due to the sudden and tragic passing of a devoted police spouse and supermom Amanda Geaney-Tunney.

Amanda was an absolutely amazing person. A young, vibrant mother who devoted every waking moment of her life to her two girls and their father, Matthew. She knew full well what it took and meant to be a Police Spouse, was proud of it, and took full responsibility for all that came along with it.

Matthew Tunney, a tenured, respected, Investigator of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, has worked his way through the ranks with the support of Amanda. Her resilient attitude throughout the years has allowed Matt to always be available for any of his co-workers or victims' needs. She recognized that his job as a police officer meant putting others’ needs ahead of his, and she adapted to this role with honor, allowing his personality and investigative prowess to shine through so that he, and together as a family, could help the community as a whole.

The Geaney-Tunney family is well-rooted in the quaint township of Pawling, New York. Amanda was a pillar of her community. A strong advocate and supporter of her girls, while providing both her family with consistent encouragement and strength.

Whether at her children's school, running errands, picking up the girls from Scouts, or dropping off the girls for a play date, Amanda was happy, bubbly, smiling, and laughing. She was sharp and witty. We would all do well to be more like Amanda.

She was truly beautiful both inside and out. A ray of sunshine. always.

Her memory is a blessing, now living on through Hailey, Charlotte, and Matt.

Please contribute whatever you are able to help support Matt, Hailey, and Charlotte now and for the years to come.

https://helpahero.com/campaign/amanda-tunney-memorial-fund-police-spouse

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Recent Motor Vehicle Accidents

06/09/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports that Deputies investigated a multi-vehicle accident in Mahopac on June 4, 2022, at 8:30 pm. Investigation revealed that a vehicle being operated by a 43-year-old Mahopac man was southbound on Route 6 near the Westchester County border when an unidentified vehicle pulled out of Baldwin Place Road causing him to brake suddenly. This resulted in a vehicle behind him, operated by a 74-year-old woman, also from Mahopac, who was unable to brake in time, colliding into the rear of his vehicle. A third vehicle, a motorcycle operated by a 56-year-old Tuckahoe man, then struck the rear of vehicle two and was ejected from the motorcycle. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to Putnam Hospital Center for difficulty breathing and the driver of the motorcycle was transported to Westchester Medical Center for a possible concussion. Motorists are reminded to always allow for proper following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

On June 3, 2022, at approximately 12:50 am, Deputies were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Peekskill Hollow Road near Nashua Road in the Town of Putnam Valley. Upon arrival, the Deputy located a vehicle off the roadway that had struck a tree and was engulfed in flames. The driver, a 38-year-old resident of Kent, was unconscious and still in the vehicle. With the assistance of another motorist who had stopped to assist, they were able to get the driver out of the vehicle and began life-saving efforts including CPR. The victim was transported by ambulance to Westchester Medical Center. Unfortunately, he did not survive, and the investigation is continuing as to the cause of death. The Putnam Valley Fire Department assisted on the scene with the vehicle fire and with traffic control.

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Putnam Convenes a School Safety Team

06/08/2022

In the aftermath of the awful massacre in Texas and a seemingly endless cycle of school shootings, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has announced that the county will earmark $2 million for the Sheriff's Department to work with the Department of Social Services and Putnam's six school districts to protect schools in Putnam County.

The funding will come from the $19.1 million the county received from the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA.

"We need to acknowledge that school shootings can happen anywhere, even in Putnam, the safest county in the state, and we need to prepare in order to prevent a tragic event from occurring here," County Executive Odell said. "Our schools are the biggest employers in Putnam County and our children, of course, are our most precious resource. There is no better use for ARPA money than to protect our schools and find ways to identify and help students who might be experiencing a mental health crisis before it's too late."

The effort, called "Team Up for School Safety," will start with Sheriff Kevin J. McConville and Department of Social Services and Mental Health Director Michael J. Piazza Jr. working with school superintendents countywide to identify what is already in place and which gaps districts might need to fill.

"The safety and security of our students, faculty, and administrators is of fundamental importance to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and its members," Sheriff McConville said. "There is an undeniable and increasing prevalence of emergency situations in schools, and there is an increasing severity of school violence. Since Columbine, which occurred in 1999, there have been over 287 school shootings. The ability to utilize funds to provide a critical review and assessment of our schools, safety programs, and intervention procedures will assist with mitigation. A fresh appraisal of emergency management plans, preparedness and response actions will assist law enforcement, while working with Mental Health professionals to provide services for those affected, will work towards that goal."

Among the first items the team expects to review is technology, to ensure that the technology in every school syncs with the county's Bureau of Emergency Services, the Sheriff's Department and all local law enforcement agencies.

After the shootings in Uvalde, Texas, the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, State Police and local law enforcement established a greater and highly visible presence in schools throughout the county to act as a deterrent to any copycats.

In late May, the Sheriff's Department's social media monitoring team, acting on information provided by a teenager, found a student's social media posts threatening violence against Putnam Valley schools and intervened before any tragedy occurred.

"The utilization of technology and personal relationships will further serve to protect our school children," McConville said. "County Executive Odell has created a framework for law enforcement, mental health professionals and parents to ensure that happens."

"As an educational agency serving students from kindergarten through age 21, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES shares the county's concerns about school safety and welcomes any and all efforts by the County Sheriff's Department and Department of Health to safeguard the students in our region," said Louis Riolo, assistant superintendent for PNW BOCES.

The county has already pledged to share some of the ARPA funds it has received with the local municipalities to get more projects done.

Legislator Ginny Nacerino, chair of the Protective Services Committee, said the Team Up for School Safety effort would provide the planning and organizational structure necessary to prevent school violence before it happens.

"It is hard to overstate the value of planning ahead," Legislator Nacerino said. "Having a structure in place, just like County Executive Odell's ICS Team in the Emergency Operations Center, is essential to protecting our residents from whatever may come our way."

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Free Car Seat Check June 11th

06/07/2022

Free Car Seat Check June 11th at the Brewster Fire Department.

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Beware of Phone Scams

06/03/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reminds Putnam County residents to be wary of phone calls from strangers asking for money. These calls vary and can include those that try to scare a person by telling them that they are calling from a police agency and a relative has been arrested and they need to send money to bail them out of jail. Often the callers will put someone on the phone to impersonate a child or grandchild to convince the victim further. Other times, criminals pose as government employees and threaten to arrest or prosecute victims unless they agree to provide funds or other payments.

Seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite. They also usually have financial savings, own a home, and have good credit, making them attractive to scammers.

Additionally, seniors may be less inclined to report fraud because they don’t know how or be too ashamed of being scammed. They might also be concerned that their relatives will lose confidence in their abilities to manage their financial affairs. And when an elderly victim does report a crime, they may be unable to supply detailed information to investigators.

It is estimated that over 3.5 million older adults are the victims of financial crimes each year, with total estimated losses of over 3 billion dollars.

Residents who believe that they have been a victim of a scam should contact the Sheriff’s Office at (845) 225-4300 or their local Police Department.

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Sheriff's Sergeant Receives a Master of Public Health Degree

05/25/2022

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville announced that New York Medical College has conferred the Master of Public Health degree, with a specialization in Environmental Health Science, to First Sergeant Timothy Keith during the college's 163rd Commencement Ceremony of the School of Health Science & Practice and the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences on May 24th, 2022. 

Graduates in attendance were conferred degrees of Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Microbiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Biostatistics, Master of Public Health, and many others during the ceremony.

Additionally, First Sergeant Keith received accolades from the School of Health Science and Practice through the presentation of both the Academic Excellence Award and the Excellence in Public Health Practice Award.

 School of Health Sciences and Practice Academic Excellence Award:

It is awarded to those graduates who, in the judgment of the faculty, have exhibited excellence in their academic work throughout their graduate education.

School of Health Sciences and Practice Excellence in Public Health Practice Award:

It is awarded to a public health graduate who, in the judgment of the faculty, has demonstrated the highest quality of performance and effort in the public health practicum course.

Congratulations to First Sergeant Keith and all the NYMC Class of 2022 graduates!

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Sheriff Kevin J. McConville announces that a Putnam Deputy Completes Statewide Training Program

05/24/2022

Sixty-eight deputy sheriffs and civilian staff from Sheriff’s offices around the state, including Deputy William Verrastro, attended the New York State Sheriffs' Institute civil school held in April in Albany, New York. This was the first week in a two-week-long training program offered each year by the Sheriffs' Institute.
 
In early May Deputy Verrastro attended the phase 2 session of the training along with fifty others from counties across the state. 
 
All Sheriffs have civil law enforcement functions, including the service of process and enforcement of judgments and other court orders and mandates. The school provides participants with training in the latest advances in civil law enforcement and a forum to discuss current civil law enforcement issues and share best practices.

Classes were taught by instructors from Sheriff's offices across the state who have a vast amount of knowledge in civil enforcement procedures.  Sheriff’s Office Captain Michael Grossi, who has over twenty-five years of civil experience and knowledge, instructed in both sessions. 
 
The Sheriffs’ Institute is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families.

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Nassau County Man Arrested After Route 22 Car Accident

05/20/2022

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.

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Putnam County to Participate in Statewide Memorial Day Stop-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign

05/18/2022

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign
runs from May 27, 2022, through May 31, 2022

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.

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Sheriff McConville Reports Recent Cases

05/18/2022

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.

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Fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees A Big Success

05/13/2022

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/

For more information on Putnam County, see putnamcountyny.com/

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Beware of Dishonest Contractors

05/11/2022

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.

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I-84 Construction

05/08/2022

One lane of eastbound I-84 is expected to close in Putnam County, between the Connecticut state line and Exit 58 (Ludingtonville Road) in the Town of Kent.
Officials said the closures are set to take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. beginning Sunday, May 8 through Thursday, June 30.

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National Correctional Officers Week

05/03/2022

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.

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Boater's Safety Course - June 5th

05/02/2022

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

Download the flyer

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Sheriff McConville Reports Recent Arrests

04/29/2022

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.

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County Health and Sheriff Departments Continue Collaboration

04/28/2022

As partners in Putnam County Emergency Management and Public Safety, Sheriff McConville met with Commissioner of Health, Dr. Michael Nesheiwat today, to discuss any potential issues facing Putnam County and to collaborate on strategies and programs to offer residents when emergencies arise.

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Free Car Seat Check May 14th

04/28/2022

Free car seat check in the Town of Philipstown, May 14th.

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2022 New York State Sheriffs' Institute Annual Membership Drive

04/26/2022

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.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

04/25/2022

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:

  • Passenger car drivers must allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle.
  • Drivers also must show extra caution in intersections. Most crashes occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle.
  • Drivers should never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Always give a motorcycle the full lane width.
  • Motorcyclists should avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
  • Motorcyclists should position their motorcycles to avoid a driver's blind spot.
  • Motorcyclists must use turn signals for every turn or lane change.

Please remember to look out for each other.

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Lori Campbell Case Update

04/23/2022

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.

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Putnam County Narcotics Dealer Arrested In Connection With The Murder Of One Of His Customers

04/22/2022

Department of Justice * U.S. Attorney’s Office * Southern District of New York

Dwayne Pulliam Arrested for Participating in a Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine and for Traveling Interstate and Using Facilities of Interstate Commerce to Operate a Narcotics Business Enterprise, and Murdering a Customer He Believed Was Stealing from That Business

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[1]:

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.


[1] 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.

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Putnam County Fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees

04/22/2022

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."

For the list of ways to donate and items needed see: putnamcountycares.com/ukraineaid/
For more information on Putnam County, see putnamcountyny.com

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Body Found in Hudson River Identified

04/20/2022

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.

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Reward Offered Regarding Missing Person Lori Campbell

04/15/2022

(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.

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The Putnam County Correctional Facility Awarded Accreditation From National Commission on Correctional Health Care

04/14/2022

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.  

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Sheriff Reports Thefts From Mailboxes

04/08/2022

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.

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Recent Reports From Sheriff McConville

04/05/2022

North Carolina Man Arrested for Felony Driving While Intoxicated

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


Thefts From Unlocked Vehicles in Putnam Valley

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.


Putnam Valley Man Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated

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.


Sheriff’s K-9 Helps Carmel Police Locate Man-in-Crisis

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.


Deputies Respond to Local Residence to Take a Report, Arrest the Caller on an Outstanding Warrant

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.

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Missing Person - Lori Campbell

04/04/2022

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.

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Sheriff Kevin J. McConville Reminds Drivers: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

04/01/2022

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.

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Patterson Man Charged With Selling Ecstasy

03/24/2022

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.

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Route 9 Accident Kills Cyclist

03/17/2022

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.

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Connecticut Man Charged With Stealing Catalytic Converters

03/17/2022

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.

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Mahopac Felon Arrested for Illegally Possession Guns

03/14/2022

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.

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Brewster Man Arrested for Possession of Child Porn

03/14/2022

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.

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Recent Sheriff's Department Activity

03/08/2022

Man Arrested for Assaulting Ambulance Crew

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.

Deputies Arrest Kent Man, Wanted for Assaulting a Police Officer

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.

Deputy Arrests Man for Driving While Intoxicated, Two Weeks After DWI Conviction

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.

Deputies Respond to Report of Family Trapped Inside Burning Home

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.

Deputies Respond to Report of Armed Man at Brewster Train Station

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.

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Putnam County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI ST. PATRICK'S DAY "High Visibility Engagement Campaign"

03/03/2022

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs from March 16, 2022, through March 20, 2022

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.

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Ghost Gun Crackdown Nets Four Indictments and Removes 13 Guns From Rockland Streets

02/25/2022

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.”

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Mahopac Office Manager Arrested for Stealing Checks

02/24/2022

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.

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Remembering Detective John Falcone

02/18/2022

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.

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Chairman of the Legislature Neal Sullivan Stops by the Sheriff's Office

02/16/2022

Chairman of the Legislature Neal Sullivan of District #9 stopped by The Sheriffs Office today to meet the new command staff. Legislator Sullivan is shown here touring the facilities with Sergeant Rossiter.

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Gas Station Robbed in Garrison

02/13/2022

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.

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Legislator Paul Jonke Visits the Sheriff's Office

02/11/2022

Vice-Chair of the Legislature Paul Jonke of district #6 stopped by The Sheriffs Office today to meet the new command staff.   Legislator Jonke is shown here observing computer systems during a tour of the facilities.  

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Distributor, Convicted of Conspiring to Distribute Controlled Substances and Defrauding the DEA

02/04/2022

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.

Conspiracy to Defraud the DEA

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.

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Mahopac Man Sentenced For Drug Sale And Weapons Possession

01/31/2022

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.

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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

01/09/2022

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.

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