PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Here's a roundup of the best stories of the week in Putnam County.
- Albert Melin, the former treasurer of the Patterson Fire Department, pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $1 million from the department, according to Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
- The seat for New York's 18th Congressional District (which is the only one in Putnam) is up for grabs, as Democratic incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney is seeking a third 2-year term in a race against Republican challenger Phil Oliva, who is a top aide to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
- Former Somers High School wrestling champ Michael Santo Realbuto, 27, of Somers died on Saturday, Oct. 29.
- Putnam County Sheriff's deputies apprehended a pair of Patterson men with 67 bags of heroin and two dozen hypodermic needles during a traffic stop on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Patterson, according to the Putnam County Sheriff Office.
- A Brewster man was in serious condition Monday after being beaten by a man in a Batman costume at Fenwick's bar in the Bronx, according to a New York City Police Department spokesperson.
- As the one-year anniversary of the death of North Salem socialite Lois Colley approaches next Wednesday, Nov. 9, police remained tight lipped about the case, even though residents continue to discuss the matter and wonder who the killer may be as a published report surfaced that the "prime suspect" may be out of the country.
- A 23-year-old Danbury man who claimed on his LinkedIn page that he would "buy and sell products one by one for a great mark up" to make money for himself and others was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for stealing over $280,000 from people who invested in his Internet business.
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