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Stay Safe Shopping This Holiday Season

posted Nov 30, 2016, 11:34 AM by Lebanon Police

Here are a few identity theft prevention and safety tips for this holiday season:

· Use only EMV or Chip-Enabled credit and debit cards. Don’t bypass the chip capability by swiping your card instead.

· Be wary of your surroundings and for people lurking nearby during transactions or while using the ATM. Be on the lookout for people   photographing or videotaping you entering your pin number or personally identifiable information.

· Be careful of odd-looking ATMs and card readers on gas pumps for skimming devices. The card insert tends to look larger or        deeper than normal if a skimming device is attached and there is often a camera involved to capture your pin.

· Pay close attention to your financial accounts for fraudulent activity. Although many banks and credit card companies will reimburse    you for funds lost through fraud, the sooner you realize you’ve been victimized, the less hassle you’ll have in the long run.

· When shopping, ensure you lock your car doors and place any items of value out of sight or in the trunk. Thieves often look for easy    opportunities.

· Don’t put your wallet, purse or cell phone in your shopping cart. Thieves will look for opportunities to take these items from you  when you turn your back.

Finally, please report any suspicious behavior or activity to your local police department. The best chance we have in apprehending criminals is early intervention and reporting. On behalf of the men and women of the Lebanon Police Department, please have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Update - 11/23 Unattended Death

posted Nov 26, 2016, 9:57 AM by Lebanon Police

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at approximately 8:00AM, Lebanon Police and Fire Units responded to Bridge Street on the river embankment on the Lebanon side, for a report of a male subject who was unresponsive and determined to be deceased. Lebanon Police Patrol and Detective Units have spent several days investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident. Information gleaned during this investigation has shifted the focus of this investigation to an apparent suicide, as a result of jumping from the Route 4 Bridge, pending results of an autopsy completed on 11/25/16.


The male victim has been positively identified as Robert William Cook, age 47, of White River Junction, VT and previously of Phoenix, Arizona. Attempts to locate family of Mr. Cook have been unsuccessful. Anyone with information on immediate family is asked to contact the Lebanon Police Department.





Authorized by: Chief Richard R. Mello     Date: 11/26/2016

Lebanon Police Investigating Unattended Death

posted Nov 23, 2016, 11:11 AM by Lebanon Police

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at approximately 8:00AM, Lebanon Police and Fire Units responded to Bridge Street on the river embankment on the Lebanon side, for a report of a male subject who was unresponsive. The call came in from a passerby in the area. Responding units found a white male subject who was deceased on the embankment next to the river. The State Medical Examiner has been on scene and an autopsy will be completed in the coming days to determine a cause of death. Lebanon Police Patrol and Detective units are on scene investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death and additional information will be released when available and appropriate.

Lebanon Police Collecting Toy Donations

posted Nov 22, 2016, 3:45 PM by Lebanon Police

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department will be in front of Walmart at 285 Plainfield Road in West Lebanon hosting a “Stuff A Truck” event from 9:00am to 5:00pm. All new, unwrapped toys donated will be given to the local Marine Toys for Tots campaign located at 27 Farmview Drive in White River Junction, Vermont. There is also a Toys for Tots donation box located in the police station lobby.
Visit Toys for Tots online at: https://goo.gl/7eeQKy
Stuff A Truck flyer

Help us fill this truck with toys!!

Drug Warrant Sweep Arrests

posted Nov 16, 2016, 9:00 AM by Lebanon Police

On November 10, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department, in cooperation with the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, NH Probation and Parole and Hartford, Vermont Police Department concluded several months of investigation into illegal drug sales in the Upper Valley. Manchester and Littleton, NH Police Departments also assisted. The following individuals were arrested on warrants for Sales of Heroin, Fentanyl and Suboxone:
Charlie Villar
Charlie Villar, age 31, of Orford, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin

Wilson Tuttle
Wilson Tuttle, age 19, of Plainfield, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin
Possession of a Controlled Drug -Heroin

Robert Tobin
Robert Tobin, age 40, of Lebanon, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin

James Lussier
James Lussier, age 24, of Enfield, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin

Kanga Break
Kanga Break, age 32, of West Lebanon, NH
Possession of Controlled Drug

Troy Schwarz
Troy Schwarz, age 23, of Lebanon, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin

Brianna Turner
Brianna Turner, age 26, of West Lebanon, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin

Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill, age 37, of Grafton, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin

Steven Aspen
Steven Aspen, age 33, of Lebanon, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin and Fentanyl
Sarah Mayotte
Sarah Mayotte, age 24, of Hartford, VT
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin

Steven Hall
Steven Hall, age 26, of Enfield, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Suboxone

Arelis Vazquez Arce
Arelis Vazquez Arce, age 26, of Londonderry, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin

Deseree Townsend
Deseree Townsend, age 25, of Littleton, NH
Sale of Controlled Drug -Heroin

Outstanding warrants still remain for the following people:
Jacob Ockington, age 23                    Marc Lapointe, age 31                    Faith Cady, age 27

Woman Attacked While Walking on Trail

posted Nov 13, 2016, 9:52 PM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 8:42 AM by Lebanon NH ]

On Sunday, November 13, 2016 at approximately 5:40PM, the Lebanon Police Department received a call regarding a 23-year-old female who was attacked while walking on a trail off of Loop Road near the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The victim reported that a male subject came up behind her on the trail, threw her to the ground and physically assaulted her. The victim fought back and the attacker subsequently fled back down the trail toward the parking lot. The suspect then fled in a darker colored 4-door sedan in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as follows:

White Male, 18-25 years of age
Approximately 6’ tall
Shaggy dirty blond hair
Fair skinned with a medium build
Wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt and possibly darker jeans

The victim sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment. The victim appears to have been chosen at random and there is no known connection between the victim and the suspect. The Lebanon Police Department Patrol and Detective Bureaus are working to process the scene and conduct the investigation, which is ongoing.

Anyone who may have been in the area of this trail during this time frame or anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212.

Honoring Our Veterans

posted Nov 11, 2016, 12:07 PM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 8:43 AM by Lebanon NH ]

The Lebanon Police Department would like to thank all Veterans, past and present, for their service to our Country. We proudly participated in the Lebanon Veteran's Day Parade and acknowledge the sacrifices made by our Veterans and their families. The Lebanon Police Department is also proud to have many Veterans within our ranks and we celebrate their service as well. 

NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line Opens

posted May 12, 2016, 1:32 PM by Lebanon NH   [ updated May 12, 2016, 1:33 PM ]

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, 1:58 PM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 4:02 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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