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All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00AM on October 7th at The Fort @ Exit 18, 151 Heater Road, Lebanon. Please contact Captain Tim Cohen with questions: (603) 448-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Lebanon’s neighborhoods. This particular date is in conjunction with “National Coffee With A Cop Day”.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
The Lebanon Police Department recently applied for and received grants from New Hampshire Highway Safety and the New Hampshire Department of Safety for the timeframe of October 1, 2016 into 2017. All these grants enhance our abilities to perform daily law enforcement functions by supplying overtime funding. The grants allow us to focus specifically on issues that directly affect our community.
Four grants were received including:
STEP – “Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program” which provides high visibility traffic enforcement, specifically during commute times, for traffic violations. The department received approximately $12,150 from NH Highway Safety.
DWI – “Driving While Intoxicated” patrols which target impaired drivers with the emphasis to deter DWIs and reduce the number of DWI related traffic injuries. The department received two grants specific to DWI totaling approximately $10,500 from NH Highway Safety.
Distracted Driving – Targets drivers who are illegally using electronic devices such as cell phones while driving. The department received $7,000 from NH Highway Safety.
NH DMI – “Drug Monitoring Initiative” which targets illegal opioid use specifically in Lebanon. It is based on intelligence gathering and enforcement of dealing and trafficking of illegal drugs. The department received approximately $9,100 from the NH Department of Safety.
In total the Lebanon Police Department received approximately $38,750 to continue to keep our community safe.
Chief Richard Mello presented the awards to Sergeant Norris and Corporal Wright while thanking them for their life saving actions. Sergeant Norris has been with the Lebanon Police Department since 2007 and Corporal Wright since 2005. Both serve in the department’s patrol division.
Based on the physical description provided by the victim, officers made contact with two male subjects at a residence on Elm Street. After a brief investigation, officers discovered that a third male had fled the residence as they were arriving. Officers further determined that the male subject who had fled was the subject who had threatened the victim and robbed him of his property.
Officers sought and were granted a search warrant for the residence where the initial two male subjects were found. As a result of the search, officers located the victim’s headphones and the SIM card from his cell phone at the residence.
The area was searched and the third subject believed to be involved, a 15-year-old juvenile, was located. He was found to have an active Juvenile Detention Order from the Manchester Police Department. He was taken into custody and found to be in possession of the victim’s cell phone.
Antonio Callaghan, age 18, of Elm Street in Lebanon was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, a Class B Felony. He was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Alcohol, a Violation, and Possession of a Controlled Drug, a Class A Misdemeanor. He was held in lieu of $20,000 cash bail and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections to await arraignment on September 22, 2016.
The 15-year-old juvenile was transported to a Juvenile Detention Facility to await further juvenile proceedings where he is expected to face Robbery charges.
McDonald's Restaurants of New Hampshire are spearheading a fundraising effort to take place on Wednesday, October 5 to raise $50,000 for the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police (NHACP).
From 4 to 8 p.m. on that day, McDonald's customers can lend their support by purchasing a meal at their local McDonald's restaurant. A percentage of sales generated during the four-hour period will be donated directly to the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.
All 57 McDonald's restaurants in the state are participating, including the West Lebanon McDonald’s at 249 North Plainfield Road.
During the hours of the October 5 fundraiser, Lebanon officers and cruisers will be at the West Lebanon McDonald’s for giveaways, K9 Demonstrations, and tours of the police vehicles. The officers will meet and greet families and provide educational tips and information to customers.
McDonald's also plans to recognize several officers throughout the state who have gone above and beyond the line of duty, as well as those officers who are highly invested in the community.
The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police is a 501c-6 nonprofit organization which focuses on public safety, improving the level of police service and advancing the highest ethical and professional standards among police officers in the state. The organization consists of active and retired police chiefs. NHACP funds scholarships and conducts fundraising events through the year for various projects including New Hampshire Special Olympics.
During an investigation subsequent to a motor vehicle stop, it was determined that Churchill was in possession of 10 bags of heroin and a small quantity of marijuana. Two other occupants were in the vehicle, Jessica Griswold, age 25, of Springfield, NH and Nathaniel Decamp, age 22, of Enfield, NH. Griswold was found to be in possession of 10 bags of heroin and Decamp was found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana.
Churchill was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Class B Felony, and one count of a Class A misdemeanor, Possession of Marijuana. Griswold was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Class B Felony. Both were released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail with an arraignment date of November 7, 2016 at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court.
Decamp was released on scene but given a summons for one count of a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of Marijuana. His arraignment date is October 24, 2016 at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court.
Lebanon Police subsequently requested the DEA’s Clandestine Lab Team respond to assist in executing a second search warrant pursuant to a drug investigation. A search of 125 Renihan Meadows yielded a large quantity of Crystal and one-pot Methamphetamine, a large quantity of narcotic prescription pills and a small quantity of Marijuana. Methamphetamine pre-cursors were also recovered, along with drug paraphernalia.
As a result of the secondary search warrant, Judkins was further charged with two counts of Possession of a Narcotic Drug with the Intent to Distribute, both Class B Felony charges. Tristdonna L. Copp, age 36, of 125 Renihan Meadows was also arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of a Narcotic Drug with the Intent to Distribute, both Class B Felony charges, and Hindering Apprehension, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Both Judkins and Copp were held on $25,000 cash bail and will be arraigned today in the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court.
The Lebanon Police Department has seen an increase in IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and other scam phone calls. We have received 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.
The IRS website reports that if you owe taxes, the IRS will first contact you by mail, not by telephone and would never do the following which are tell-tale signs of a scam:
1. Ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone.
2. Insist you must pay your taxes using a specific payment method.
3. Demand immediate payment over the phone or take enforcement action directly after a phone conversation.
Do Not Be Fooled
If you receive a suspicious phone call and feel it is a scam, hang up and take these steps:
For IRS scams: Call 1-800-366-4484
For all other phone scams: Call 1-888-468-4454
Information on consumer scam alerts can be found on the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General website http://goo.gl/S3hQ0q
If you feel you are the victim of a scam in Lebanon, please feel free to call Lebanon Police at (603) 448-1212.
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.
"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.