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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.
Overall for the past two weeks from August 29, 2014 – September 11, 2014 the Lebanon Police Department performed 1,512 calls for service, 11 sex offender registrations, 371 motor vehicle stops and made 58 arrests. The dispatch center handled 1,591 total calls for service.
August 30, 2014
- A check on a suspicious vehicle led to an arrest of a man on outstanding bench warrants.
August 31, 2014
- A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a man for driving while intoxicated.
- A man was arrested on a simple assault warrant during a motor vehicle stop.
- A motor vehicle stop led to a woman being arrested for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.
- A man turned himself in on a warrant for driving after suspension.
September 1, 2014
- A woman turned herself in on a warrant for theft of services.
September 2, 2014
- A man was arrested for controlled drug acts and unlawful possession of alcohol.
September 4, 2014
- A man turned himself in on a warrant for disorderly conduct.
- A motor vehicle stop led to a woman being arrested on possession of controlled drugs.
September 6, 2014
- While assisting a motorist, a man was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
- A motor vehicle complaint led to an arrest of a man for controlled drug acts prohibited and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.
- A fight at a local business led to a man being arrested for second degree assault.
- A woman turned herself in on a warrant for disobeying an officer, possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, and driving after suspension.
- A man turned himself in on a warrant for controlled drug acts prohibited.
September 7, 2014
- Lebanon Police participated in the Suicide Awareness Walk by assisting with traffic from the Hanover line to Colburn Park.
September 8, 2014
- A motor vehicle stop led to a man being arrested for driving while intoxicated.
- A man was arrested for criminal trespass and controlled drug acts.
- A man turned himself in on a warrant for endangering the welfare of a child/incompetent.
- A man turned himself in on a warrant for controlled drug acts.
- A motor vehicle accident led to the arrest of a man for driving while intoxicated, disobeying an officer, conduct after an accident, and driving after suspension. A female was also arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated.
September 9, 2014
- A motor vehicle stop led to a woman being cited for having an open container in the vehicle.
- While assisting another agency, a woman was arrested on outstanding bench warrants.
September 10, 2014
- A search warrant was executed and a man was arrested for sale of controlled drugs and common law indirect criminal contempt.
- A man was arrested on a warrant for child pornography. He was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections.
- A man was arrested for theft from a local business.
- A drug investigation led to the arrest of a man for controlled drug acts prohibited. He was also arrested on outstanding bench warrants. A second man was arrested for controlled drug acts based on the investigation.
- A disorderly conduct call led to a woman being arrested on an outstanding bench warrant.
- A man was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited and also had an outstanding bench warrant.
September 11, 2014
- A man was taken into protective custody and held at the Grafton County House of Corrections.
- A woman turned herself in on an outstanding bench warrant.
- A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a man on a bench warrant.
September 12, 2014
- A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a woman on a bench warrant. She was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections.
- A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a man for driving while intoxicated.
- After a motor vehicle stop, a man was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
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.
We will be conducting a testing process on Saturday, September 20, 2014 for a Police Officer eligible candidate list. The deadline for this process is Thursday, September 18, 2014. Please call 603-448-8800 or email: Elizabeth.Beraldi@lebcity.com to reserve a seat.
If you are interested in participating in this upcoming process, the following criteria must be met:
1) You must have a current application on file with the Lebanon Police Department.
2) You will be required to participate in a mandatory physical agility test. You should have a Medical Clearance form signed by a doctor in order to participate (see Career Opportunities for the form). If you are unable to have this form completed by the test date, you will be required to sign a waiver form, agreeing to waive any and all liability regarding the agility test.
3) You need to present your valid driver’s license on the date of the testing process.
The testing process will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Testing will be held at the Lebanon High School Cafeteria. We will begin with a written examination to be followed immediately by the physical agility test to be held at the Lebanon High School track. Come dressed comfortably and ready to participate in the physical agility test. Those applicants who successfully pass the written and physical testing will be scheduled for an oral board interview later that afternoon, so please come with appropriate attire.
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:
- 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:
- 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.
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.
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
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.
Recently, there have been local reports of the so‐called “IRS Scam”.
An example usually involves a phone call from the phone number 206-204-5131. The callers will represent themselves as federal agents from the Internal Revenue Service. They will demand personal information to include credit card numbers and will make threats of having you arrested for tax fraud if you do not provide that information.
The Lebanon Police are warning people to not provide personal information to anyone calling from the above number or anyone requesting personal information over the phone.
Contact the Lebanon Police Department if you have become a victim of this scam at (603) 448-1212.
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the Lebanon Police Department partnered with the Special Olympics for “To Serve and Protect Day” at Jake’s Market & Deli Irving on Mechanic Street.
Officer Nicholas Alden, along with the Pebbles Family, collected donations and pumped gas for customers. According to the Special Olympics, “Irving Oil gives a generous fuel donation to each Special Olympics Program in New England.”
We were proud to be a part of this event.