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Overall for the past two weeks from March 13, 2015 – March 26, 2015 the Lebanon Police Department performed 1,178 calls for service, 5 sex offender registrations, 405 motor vehicle stops and made 70 arrests. The dispatch center handled 1,273 total calls for service.
Tuesday March 17
Lieutenant Scott M. Rathburn will retire after 26 years with the City of Lebanon on April 17, 2015. He began his service to the City on April 16, 1989 and during his tenure held the ranks of Patrol Officer, Patrol Supervisor (Corporal) and Patrol Sergeant. As a Lieutenant, he worked in the Patrol Division, the Detective Division and the Prosecution Division.
Lieutenant Rathburn has been an instructor and overseen the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Program since 2006. He has served thousands of Lebanon and regional residents in a courteous and helpful manner, often going above and beyond his responsibilities to assist them.
He has earned the respect, confidence, and friendship of his fellow coworkers, business associates he has come in contact with, and the many citizens he has served in his tenure.
Join Us! Donate! Be a Sponsor! These are ways you can be a part of our Annual Child Health and Community Programs Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Lake Morey Resort.
For over twenty years, the Lebanon Police Department has raised funds to support our youth and community programs. Last year, the monetary donations raised allowed us to make donations to local nonprofit organizations in Lebanon. As well, we provided pizza for the Lebanon Middle School Lock-Ins at the CBA, bike helmets for kids who did not have them and made a donation to Toys for Tots.
We used money raised to add another instructor to our popular self-defense class for women, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) and to create a handout card on internet scams which was distributed to various locations and people in the city including businesses, senior citizens, and neighborhoods.
Raffle donations and participation from the corporations, local businesses and individuals in the Upper Valley have made this tournament a success each year, as well as a fun time for those participating. This year we are proud to partner with CHaD, The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, who are our two shirt and golf ball sponsors. We are excited to have their sponsorships and look forward to others joining us to support our child health and community programs.
Please use the following registration form if you have an interest in making a donation to our raffle or being a sponsor for our tournament on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Lake Morey Resort. Merchandise donations are also greatly appreciated. Our tax identification number is 02-6000473.
If you would like additional information, please contact Sergeant David Young (David.Young@lebcity.com) or Administrative Assistant Beth Beraldi at 448-8800 (Elizabeth.Beraldi@lebcity.com).
On March 11, 2015, the Lebanon Police Department executed a search warrant at a Mechanic Street residence. A large quantity of heroin was located and two arrests were made.
Cruz Robles, age 44, of Hartford, Connecticut
is charged with Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited.
Desree Townsend, age 23, of Lebanon, New Hampshire
is charged with Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited
and Common Law Indirect Criminal Contempt.
They are both being held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $15,000 cash bail each, pending arraignment on March 12, 2015.
Authorized by: Chief Gary Smith
Chief Gary J. Smith has announced his retirement effective May 1, 2015 after 28 years with the City of Lebanon Police Department. “Moving to Lebanon in 1986 was the best life choice I could have made. I have enjoyed a very fulfilling career with this city and highly professional police department. I am proud to have been a part of such an organization.”
City Manager Greg Lewis expressed his highest commendation for Police Chief Gary Smith for his going beyond the call of duty as the City’s leader in protecting and serving Lebanon residents and businesses so that the City can be a safe and secure community in which to live and to make a living.
“Chief Smith will be missed by me and by members of our City organization as a great friend and a trusted colleague!”
– City Manager Greg Lewis
The Lebanon Police Department has seen an increase in IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Scam phone calls. Lebanon Police have taken reports of citizens being told they have not filed their taxes for years and also voicemails threatening legal action if the person did not call back a provided number left in the false message.
These scammers will try to trick you into sharing private information or sending money and may even know a lot about you. They will often alter caller IDs to make it look like the IRS is calling.
The IRS website reports that the IRS would never do the following and these are tell-tale signs of a scam:
Don’t be fooled
If you receive a suspicious phone call about your taxes, hang up and take these steps:
If you feel you are the victim of a scam in Lebanon, please feel free to call Lebanon Police at 603-448-1212.
The winter parking ban in Lebanon is in effect and enforced from December 1st to April 1st for all streets in Lebanon. There are also rules regarding City parking lots. Please review "City of Lebanon Code §168-6 Winter Parking" below for complete details:
A. No person shall between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. from the first day of December to the first day of April:
B. No person shall between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on the mornings of Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the first day of December to the first day of April:
C. No person shall between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on the mornings of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from the first day of December to the first day of April:
The City also asks that you do not park on, or obstruct the sidewalks; parking on the sidewalks is always prohibited. Please do not obstruct or block the sidewalks, this forces walkers to walk out into traffic and prevents the sidewalk tractors from plowing the sidewalks; No one is grandfathered when it comes to blocking or parking on a sidewalk. Cars and trash bins blocking the sidewalks cause undue safety hazards for both the plow operators and the citizens attempting to use them.
During a winter storm if you see a plow truck coming off a side street, please allow room for the plow to operate. Most times the plow will be backing up to re-enter the street it just left.
Questions regarding the winter parking ban can be directed to the Public Works Department at 603-448-3112.
New Hampshire's new hands free electronic device law will be in effect July 1, 2015.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Please bring your unwanted prescription drugs to a collection site near you.
You Don't Have to Wait!
In order to give residents a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medications, the Lebanon Police Department has a Pharmaceutical Drop Box installed in their lobby.
It’s available 24 hours a day for you to turn in old, unused or discarded pharmaceutical prescriptions. Just stop in to the police station and place the drugs in the Pharmaceutical Drop Box. This program is designed for convenience and anonymity; you are not required to speak with an officer.
Please note that the following items are NOT ACCEPTED in the disposal box: