Police Department News

This is a current listing of news items for the Lebanon Police Department.
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Bi-Weekly Activity Highlights

posted Sep 29, 2014, 8:21 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 8:33 AM by Lebanon NH ]

Overall for the past two weeks from September 12, 2014 – September 25, 2014 the Lebanon Police Department performed 1,173 calls for service, 4 sex offender registrations, 243 motor vehicle stops and made 46 arrests. The dispatch center handled 1,261 .total calls for service.

Some highlights:


September 12, 2014
  • A check on a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of a woman on a bench warrant out of Coos County Superior Court. She was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections. 
  • A motor vehicle stop led to a man being arrested for driving while intoxicated. 
  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of man for driving while intoxicated and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle. 
September 13, 2014
  • A man was arrested for possession of a controlled drug, after officers came into contact with him during a foot patrol. 
September 14, 2014
  • A call for an unwanted subject led to a man being placed into protective custody for intoxication. He was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections. 
September 15, 2014
  • A man was taken into protective custody for mental health and transported to DHMC for services. 
  • A local business reported the theft of two cell phones. 
September 16, 2014
  • A disorderly conduct investigation led to the arrest of a woman on a bench warrant. 
  • A drug investigation led to the arrest of a male on a bench warrant. 
  • A man turned himself in on a bench warrant. 
  • A man was arrested and charged with disobeying an officer, reckless driving, and driving after suspension. 
  • A man and woman were arrested for theft from a local business. 
September 17, 2014
  • A man was arrested for theft form a local business. 
September 18, 2014
  • A woman was arrested on a bench warrant. 
  • A man was arrested for possession of a controlled drug. 
September 19, 2014
  • A noise complaint led to a man being arrested for controlled drug acts. 
  • A man was arrested for possession of controlled drugs. 
  • A man was arrested on a warrant for disorderly conduct. 
  • A man was arrested for criminal trespass and was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections. 
  • A man and woman were arrested for unlawful possession of alcohol. 
September 20, 2014
  • A business reported a theft after two women left without paying for their bill, investigation continues. 
September 21, 2014
  • A man was arrested for possession of a controlled drug. 
  • A woman was arrested on a warrant for theft. 
  • A man was arrested on a warrant for theft and criminal liability for conduct of another. 
September 22, 2014
  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a female for driving after being deemed a habitual offender. 
  • A man was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited. 
  • A man was arrested for simple assault. 

September 23, 2014
  • A man was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited. 
  • A man was arrested for simple assault. 
September 24, 2014
  • A woman was arrested on a domestic assault out of Newport NH Police Department. She was turned over to Newport Police Department. 
  • A man was arrested for domestic simple assault. 
  • A man was arrested on a warrant for common law indirect criminal contempt. 
  • A woman was arrested on a warrant for sale of controlled drugs. She was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections. 
  • A man turned himself in on outstanding warrants for theft. 
  • A woman turned herself in on a warrant for theft. 
  • A man was arrested for possession of a controlled drug. A second man was taken into protective custody for intoxication. 
September 25, 2014
  • A man was arrested for domestic simple assault. 
September 26, 2014
  • A woman was arrested on a bench warrant. 
  • A man was taken into protective custody due to intoxication, after being found attempting to get into a locked vehicle. 

NH's New Hands Free Electronic Device Law

posted Sep 29, 2014, 7:33 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 8:27 AM ]

New Hampshire's new hands free electronic device law will be in effect July 1, 2015. 
NH's New Hand's Free Electronic Device Law

What does this mean?

  • No use of hand held electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or temporarily halted in traffic for a stop sign or traffic signal or other momentary delays 
  • This includes cell phones, GPS, tablets, iPods, iPads or other devices that require data entry
  • Emergency calls to 911 or other public safety agencies will be allowed
  • Bluetooth or other hands-free electronic devices will be allowed
  • One hand non-cellular 2-way radio use will be allowed
  • Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices (hand held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.

Penalties for Violations

1st Offense................................. $100 fine
2nd Offense............................... $250 fine
3rd Offense within 2 years.......... $500 fine
Penalty assessments will be added to the fines

Why is the NH Law Important?

  • During the past 4 years, 116 fatal crashes in New Hampshire were caused by distraction
  • The increasing use of electronic devices is fast becoming the primary distraction
  • While texting, a driver is 23 times more likely to crash
  • Sending or receiving a text distracts the driver for almost 5 seconds
  • At 50 miles per hour, we travel longer than the length of a football field during that 5 seconds
  • Even dialing a phone number increases the risk of crashing by 3 times.
 
NH's New Hand's Free Electronic Device Law
 
NH's New Hand's Free Electronic Device Law
 
NH's New Hand's Free Electronic Device Law

Lebanon Drug Arrest

posted Sep 25, 2014, 5:05 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Sep 25, 2014, 5:05 AM ]

Lebanon Police have made an arrest stemming from an investigation involving the illegal sales of prescription drugs. On September 24, 2014 an arrest warrant was served in West Lebanon, NH.

Jessica Crockwell, age 31, of White River Junction, VT

was arrested for sale of controlled drugs acts prohibited, Suboxone. She was arraigned at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court today and is being held at the Grafton County House of Correction on $2000.00 Cash bail. This is a class B felony level offense punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than 7 years, a fine of not more than $100,000, or both.

Authorized by: Chief Gary J Smith 
Date: September 24, 2014

Got Drugs?

posted Sep 17, 2014, 1:00 PM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Sep 25, 2014, 7:36 AM ]

Pharmaceutical Drop Box
Got Drugs Campaign
Saturday, September 27, 2014 is 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: 
  • Syringes
  • Needles 
  • Thermometers 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 
  • Medication from Businesses or Clinics 
  • Lotions or Liquids 
  • Aerosol Cans 
  • Inhalers

Arrest for Possession of Child Pornography

posted Sep 8, 2014, 6:11 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 6:12 AM ]

Arrest for Possession of Child Pornagraphy
After a lengthy investigation of reported possession of child pornography, the Lebanon Police sought and received an arrest warrant on September 5, 2014 charging:

Michael Whelton age 53, of Enfield NH

with four counts of possession of child pornography. With the assistance of the Enfield Police, Mr. Whelton was arrested on September 6th in Massachusetts by the Methuen Police Department as a Fugitive from Justice. Each charge is a Class A Felony offense which is punishable by imprisonment in the State prison from 7 to 15 years. He is being held without bail pending arraignment scheduled for September 8, 2014 at Lawrence District Court in Lawrence, Mass.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Back to School Safety Tips

posted Aug 27, 2014, 6:28 AM by Lebanon NH

The Lebanon Police Department reminds you IT’S SCHOOL TIME AGAIN! 
Watch for Cyclists, Pedestrians, and School Buses

Beginning Tuesday morning, September 2nd, 2014, Lebanon City Schools will be back in session. In addition to regular patrol and traffic duties, the Lebanon Police Department will be providing increased police visibility and conducting extra traffic enforcement in school zones throughout the city. With that in mind, we’d like to share the following tips concerning Back to School Safety.

Reduce the Risk to Children When You Drive


Reminders for Motorists:

  • SLOW DOWN. Observe the speed limit in school zones at all times. 

  • BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL when driving on neighborhood streets and around school zones. 

  • OBSERVE all traffic laws. 

  • BE ALERT for children walking and biking as you back out of your driveway or leave your garage. 

  • WATCH for children on bicycles, especially at intersections. 

  • STOP your car when you see lights flashing on a school bus. It’s the law! Red flashing lights indicate that the bus is stopped and students are getting on or off. Don't start driving until the red lights stop flashing. Be aware that a child may dash across the street.

 

Safety Tips for Pedestrians:

Tips to Increase Your Child's Pedestrian Safety
  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, always walk FACING traffic.

  • Wear bright color clothing to increase visibility.

  • Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks.

  • Walk in groups, there is safety in numbers. Groups are more likely to be seen by drivers.

  • Before crossing the street, stop at the curb or edge of the road and look left, then right, then left again.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists:

Tips to Increase Your Child's Bicycle Safety
  • Wear a helmet.

  • Be sure to have reflectors on your pedals, frame, and wheels.

  • Be Seen – Be Aware – Be Predictable.

  • Follow the Rules of the Road - Ride on the right, with the traffic, in single file. Obey stop signs and traffic lights. Never cross a street without looking for cars. Give the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Maplefields Robbery Arrest

posted Aug 14, 2014, 2:38 PM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Aug 14, 2014, 2:38 PM ]

Update to earlier release.

The Lebanon Police, with the assistance of Hartford Vermont Police, were able to identify a suspect in the Maplefield Convenience store robbery as: 

Skylar Smith, age 22, 
of White River Junction, Vermont. 

At approximately 3:30 pm the Lebanon Police located and arrested Mr. Smith on Plainfield Road in West Lebanon. He was arrested for an outstanding parole violation warrant and Armed Robbery. 

He is being held on $50,000 cash bail at Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment at Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on August 15, 2014.

Police are still requesting anyone who may have seen anything or has any further information to call the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212.

Maplefields Convenience Store Robbery

posted Aug 14, 2014, 11:33 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Aug 14, 2014, 11:37 AM ]

Maplefields Convenience Store Robbery
On Thursday, August 14, 2014 at approximately 1:15am Lebanon Police responded to a robbery at Maplefields Convenience Store on Mechanic Street.

Investigation revealed that the clerk was held at knife point by a man who demanded money. After receiving cash, the suspect fled east on Mechanic Street. The clerk was not injured. The area was checked by officers and K-9 with no success in locating the perpetrator.

The description received was a white male in his late teens to early 20’s, approximately 5’-9” tall, wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

All leads are being followed at this time.

Police are requesting anyone who may have seen anything or has any further information to call the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212.

Tips to Protect Yourself From Scammers

posted Aug 14, 2014, 7:18 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Aug 14, 2014, 7:31 AM ]

Scam - Too Good to be True
There are many scams regularly used to defraud the general public. These scams include: lottery scams, fake bail scams (victim is told a relative has been arrested and needs bail money), home contractor scams (usually a door-to-door salesman for paving, roofing, etc.), fraudulent tax filings, identity theft, wiring money transfer scams (Green Dot, etc.), fake checks, real estate scams (fake property rentals or sales), internet scams, and many others.

To best protect yourself:
  • Know the person you are dealing with. 
  • Remember wiring money to anyone is like sending cash. 
  • Don’t send money to someone you don’t know. 
  • Don’t agree to deposit a check and send or wire money back. 
  • If the buyer insists you wire back funds, end the transaction immediately. 
  • Resist any pressure to "act now". 
  • Throw away offers that ask you to pay for a prize or gift. 
  • Don’t enter foreign lotteries. 
  • Be skeptical for contractor’s selling services door to door. 
  • Be skeptical of prices too good to be true. 
  • On your computer, keep current with your anti-virus software. 
  • Monitor monthly bank and credit card statements for suspicious transactions 
  • Never disclose personal information to anyone you do not trust. 
If you or a loved one have become a victim of fraud, or you are worried about a loved one becoming a victim, please contact the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212.

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