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Bi-Weekly Activity Highlights

posted Oct 14, 2014, 8:08 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Oct 15, 2014, 7:36 AM by Lebanon NH ]

Overall for the past two weeks from September 26, 2014 – October 10, 2014 the Lebanon Police Department performed 1,284 calls for service, 12 sex offender registrations, 287 motor vehicle stops and made 67 arrests. The dispatch center handled 1,396 total calls for service. 

Some highlights:


September 27, 2014
  • The Lebanon Police Department participated in the 5th/6th grade Lock in which was held at the CCBA. Approximately 75 students attended. 
  • The Lebanon Police Department participated in the National Drug Take Back Event and turned over 121 pounds of prescription drugs to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 
  • Lebanon Officers participated in the Wings and Wheels event at the Lebanon Airport. We had police vehicles on display and K9 Demonstrations throughout the event. 
  • A man was arrested for an electronic bench warrant, identity fraud and theft of services after police were called to investigate suspicious activity. 
September 29, 2014
  • A man was arrested for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle during a motor vehicle stop. 
  • After an investigation, a man was arrested for reckless conduct and conduct after an accident. 
  • A man was arrested on two electronic bench warrants. He was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
September 30, 2014
  • A man was arrested for driving after suspension or revocation during a motor vehicle stop. 
  • A man was arrested for driving after suspension or revocation 2nd offense during a motor vehicle stop. 
  • A man was arrested for reckless conduct and conduct after an accident based on a previous investigation. 
  • A man was arrested on warrants for failing to appear at court. 

October 1, 2014
  • Three people were arrested during a motor vehicle stop for charges to include driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of alcohol and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle. 
  • A man was arrested for driving after suspension of revocation. Officers executed a search warrant and illegal drugs were recovered. 
October 2, 2014
  • A man was arrested after officers noted the presence of illegal drugs. A search warrant was executed and illegal drugs were recovered. 
  • A man was arrested for common law indirect criminal contempt. He was lodged at the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
October 3, 2014
  • Officers participated in a walk to school kickoff with students from the Mt. Lebanon and Hanover Street schools. 
  • During a motor vehicle stop, a man was arrested for driving while intoxicated – subsequent offense. 
  • Officers were called for a domestic dispute where they arrested a man for simple assault. 
  • A woman was arrested for theft during a shoplifting complaint. She was also charged with two counts of common law indirect criminal contempt and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
  • A man was arrested for possession of controlled drugs. 
  • A woman was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court. 
  • A man was arrested for common law indirect criminal contempt. He was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
October 4, 2014
  • A woman was arrested for possession of drugs and a male was arrested for sale of drugs. 
  • The Lebanon K9 unit and several other Lebanon officers participated in “Kid Safety Day” and a “Safety Awareness Day” at two local businesses. 
  • A man was arrested for negligent driving. 
  • During a suspicious motor vehicle investigation, a woman and man were arrested for drug charges. 
  •  A woman was arrested for driving after intoxicated. 
October 5, 2014
  • A man was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited during a suspicious person investigation. 
October 6, 2014
  • Officers investigated a motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle that struck a business. There were no injuries but extensive damage. 
  • A man was arrested for possession of burglary tools, theft and controlled drug acts prohibited. He was unable to post bail and was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections. 
  • A woman was arrested for theft during a shoplifting investigation. 
  • One of our K-9 teams assisted another agency with a search for illegal drugs. 
  • During a traffic stop, a man was arrested for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle. 
October 7, 2014 
  • While investigating a noise complaint three people were arrested for unlawful possession of alcohol. 
  • Officers were called for a theft investigation. During the investigation, a man was arrested for possession of controlled drugs. 
  • A motor vehicle accident investigation led to the arrest of a woman on an electronic bench warrant. She was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
  • A man was arrested for possession of controlled drugs during a motor vehicle stop. 
October 8, 2014
  • A woman was arrested on a warrant for theft resulting from a shoplifting investigation. 
  • During a skateboard complaint investigation, four youths were arrested on charges including unlawful possession of alcohol, possession of drugs, and possession of tobacco products by a minor. 
  • A woman was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited after a search warrant was conducted and illegal drugs were discovered. 
  • A man turned himself into police for an electronic bench warrant. 
  • Lebanon Police began distributing new Fraud Awareness cards. 
October 9, 2014
  • Officers investigated an accident involving a car and bicycle, there were minor injuries to the bicyclist. 
  • A man was arrested on warrants for possession of controlled drugs and for violating bail conditions. 
  • A woman was arrested for an electronic bench warrant. She was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
  • Officer arrested a man for possession of controlled drugs and for violating bail conditions. He was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
  • A woman was arrested for the charge of possession of drug with intent to distribute. 
October 10, 2014
  • A man was arrested for possession of controlled drugs. 
  • A woman was arrested for theft during a shoplifting investigation. 
  • A woman was arrested after turning herself in on an electronic bench warrant. 
  • During a motor vehicle stop, a woman was arrested for having an open container of alcohol. 
  • Officer stopped a vehicle and arrested the driver on charges of possession of drugs, driving after suspension, and an electronic bench warrant. He was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections. 
October 11, 2014
  • A man was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited after being stopped for littering. 
October 12, 2014
  • A man was arrested on an electronic bench warrant after turning himself in on a Concord warrant. 
  • A man was arrested and charged with possession of drugs in a motor vehicle during a traffic stop. 
  • A man turned himself in on a warrant for common law indirect criminal contempt. 
  • A man was arrested for simple assault following an investigation into a domestic disturbance. 

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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