Police Department News

This is a current listing of news items for the Lebanon Police Department.
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Suspect Arrested for Thefts from Motor Vehicles

posted by Lebanon Police

On October 19, 2016 at approximately 1:00PM, Lebanon Police Officers responded to the parking lot of BJ’s on 12A for a report of a male subject entering several unlocked cars. Responding officers were given a description of the male and the vehicle that he fled in. Officers located the vehicle and involved subject on Plainfield Road. An investigation determined items had been taken from several cars and all stolen items were recovered.

Joseph Morin, age 33, of Springfield, Vermont was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of Theft, both Class B Felony charges, and one count of Operating after Suspension, a Violation. Morin faces felony charges due to prior theft convictions.

Morin was arraigned at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on October 20, 2016 and held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $5,000 cash or surety.
Joseph Morin

Alcohol Sale Compliance Checks Conducted

posted Oct 19, 2016, 12:42 PM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 1:52 PM ]

On October 14, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department and the NH Liquor Commission conducted alcohol compliance checks in the City of Lebanon. These checks are completed to ensure businesses that hold a license to sell alcohol are not selling to minors.

There are 58 license holders in the City of Lebanon authorized by the NH Liquor commission to sell and/or serve alcohol. All of these licensees were visited on October 14, 2016 and eight businesses sold to a minor in violation of the liquor laws. These were Sunrise Buffett, Yama Restaurant, Peking Tokyo, Lebanon Village Pizza aka. The Cave, Walmart, Moe’s Mexican Restaurant, Fireside Inn and The Jiffy Mart at Exit 18 who will all face administrative action from the NH Liquor Commission.

In each of these eight violations, the person who sold the alcoholic beverages was summoned for Prohibited Sales, a misdemeanor, and is scheduled to appear in the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on December 19, 2016.

The NH Liquor Commission estimates that the compliance rate across the State is 90%. Based on the above sample data, businesses in the City of Lebanon have an 87% compliance rate.

National Drug Take Back Event

posted Oct 14, 2016, 8:56 AM by Lebanon Police

On October 22, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department will be taking part in the Eleventh Nationwide Drug Take Back Event. This event is a collaborative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from homes across the country. This event raises awareness of the potential hazards that exist by improper disposal of controlled substances, needles and syringes. The public is able to turn over expired, unused, or unwanted controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement for destruction.

Anyone may bring these substances and other medications to the Lebanon Police Department and place them in the drug collection box in the lobby. There is also a SHARPS container in the lobby for the disposal of unwanted needles and syringes.

The drug collection box and SHARPS container are available to the public 24 hours a day, every day, in the lobby of the police department. These are available for the public for your convenience and anonymity; you are not required to speak with an officer.
Pharmaceutical Drop Box
SHARPS container

Burglary Arrest

posted Oct 14, 2016, 6:13 AM by Lebanon Police

On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at approximately 4:40AM, Lebanon Police Officers responded to TBW Automotive on Mechanic Street for a report that the front door had been smashed in. A subsequent investigation determined that a subject had entered the business in an attempted burglary. Later that morning, Country Woolens and Dairy Twirl, both on Mechanic Street, reported they had been burglarized.

Lebanon Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance from the businesses and identified the suspect as William Burr, age 44, of Lebanon, New Hampshire. Burr was arrested for three felony counts of Burglary and one felony count of Possession of the Controlled Drug Heroin.

Burr was held on $5,000 cash bail at the Grafton County House of Corrections pending his arraignment on October 14, 2016.
William Burr

Man Arrested for Drug Crimes

posted Oct 14, 2016, 5:58 AM by Lebanon Police

After an investigation by the Lebanon Police, with the assistance of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and NH Probation and Parole, Matthew Clair, age 33 of Lebanon, New Hampshire was arrested on October 12, 2016. Over two pounds of marijuana, a significant quantity of mushrooms and United States currency was seized.

Clair is facing one felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Drug with the Intent to Distribute, one felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Drug, one misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Controlled Drug and one violation of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

A Bail Commissioner set personal recognizance bail on Clair in the amount of $5,000. Clair will appear at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on November 7, 2016.
Matthew Clair


Lebanon Police 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

posted Oct 11, 2016, 11:09 AM by Lebanon Police

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department will host its First annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament at the CCBA in Lebanon. This year, all proceeds will benefit the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The Lebanon Police and the CAC work closely together to advocate for children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse.

There will be a boys and girls division for 7th & 8th graders and high school players and co-ed divisions for 18-35 year olds, 35+ year olds and first responders. Each team will have up to four players and the cost is $50 a team.

For more information, contact Lieutenant Matthew Isham at (603)448-8800 or Matthew.Isham@lebcity.com Rules, information and registration forms can be picked up at the Lebanon Police Department or found at: https://goo.gl/Ud037N
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Flyer

Halloween in Lebanon

posted Oct 11, 2016, 8:07 AM by Lebanon Police

Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello has announced that Halloween in Lebanon will be on Monday, October 31st from 6PM to 8PM. In addition to keeping everyone safe, Lebanon Police Officers will be out and about on Halloween night with special prizes for the kids!

Here are a few tips to keep everyone safe:
  • While driving a vehicle on the night of Halloween, please drive slowly and be aware of children as they might wander into the roadway. 
  • Always inspect all candy and other treats before allowing your children to eat. 
  • Be sure to pack a flashlight or glow sticks. 
  • Make sure your children are not running into the street. Children should walk along the side of the road. 
  • Do not Trick or Treat at houses without outside lights turned on. 
  • Parents should know the route your kids will be taking if you are not going with them. It is always the best choice for you to join your children. 
  • The most important safety tip is to use common sense and follow your judgment. 
We hope these tips will help you in having a fun and safe Halloween night.

Results of the LPD Community POP Survey

posted Oct 4, 2016, 11:20 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 12:23 PM by Lebanon NH ]

In May 2016, the Lebanon Police Department unveiled their Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Program, a department-wide strategy dedicated to identifying and solving persistent community problems. As part of the launch of this program, the police department invited the community to participate in a survey to help them better understand community needs and concerns. These results will help shape our strategies for addressing community-wide problems. The following are the results of the survey. Please click here if you are on a mobile device or would like to print or download the results. 

Survey Results 

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NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line Opens

posted May 12, 2016, 10:32 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated May 12, 2016, 10:33 AM ]

Governor Hassan and the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services announce the opening of a new 24/7 Substance Use Crisis Hotline. Those in crisis may call the hotline at 1-844-711-HELP (4357) or email hope@keystonehall.org

Combating Drugs & Addiction Takes More Than Enforcement - There is Help Available!

posted Mar 10, 2016, 10:58 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 1:02 PM by Lebanon NH ]

We continue to hear input from within our community regarding the ongoing drug and opioid epidemic that the entire region has been struggling with. Yes, we do utilize police enforcement in an effort to stem the tide of these drugs entering our community and we will continue to do so. However, the Lebanon Police Department also realizes that enforcement alone is not going to solve this problem.

In January, we held a community forum on the ongoing opioid problem that focused on the causes behind addiction and the resources that are available within our community and surrounding area. This coming Friday, March 11th, City Manager Dennis Luttrell and Chief of Police Richard Mello will be taping a Lebanon in Depth segment that is dedicated to discussing the resources available to those who need assistance battling addiction. Susan Thistle, Executive Director of Headrest, will be among the guests who will be discussing services and treatment options. The Lebanon Police Department and the City of Lebanon is dedicated to addressing this ongoing crisis through a collaborative effort.

Information on Headrest and Services Provided:

"The mission at Headrest is to assist those who are addicted, in crisis or without support by developing, maintaining, and delivering effective programs, regardless of their ability to pay."

Headrest provides a 24-hour crisis hotline service to individuals living in NH, VT, and Nationwide. Trained Crisis Intervention Counselors provide information and referral services to populations at risk for substance use disorders and suicide. Through active listening, Counselors assist with the following: suicide lethality assessments and intervention, domestic violence intervention, substance use assessments and other relevant issues.

We offer a 90 day Low-Intensity Residential Treatment Program where we provide services for 10 individuals. These are individuals who have recently completed some form of substance use disorder treatment and are in need a safe, sober environment to help transition them back into the community. While here, they may receive substance use disorder counseling, case management and referrals with obtaining employment, securing housing and other critical services.

In our Out-Patient Counseling programming, we provide individual, couples, family and group counseling services to adolescents and adults. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors also provide DWI aftercare services and conduct substance use evaluations. 

The Intensive Out-Patient Program is a 12-week, graduated program for individuals requiring more intensive treatment. Individuals participate in 9 hours of group and 1 hour of individual counseling per week. 

We offer a Woman’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy group to integrate concepts from Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the Eastern Wisdom Philosophy of Mindfulness. Clients are educated successively in 4 areas: Mindfulness – the core of DBT, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulations and Stress Tolerance. We also offer a Women’s Group using the Seeking Safety Program designed by Dr. Lisa Najavits to treat individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and trauma disorders.

Headrest offers State and Community Education to schools, businesses, and other organizations.  Please call for details.

The Lebanon in Depth segment will be available from CATV in the near future and we'll post a link when available. 

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