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Overall for the past two weeks from February 13, 2015 – February 26, 2015 the Lebanon Police Department performed 941 calls for service, 7 sex offender registrations, 265 motor vehicle stops and made 52 arrests. The dispatch center handled 1,188 total calls for service. Some highlights:
February 18, 2015
- A male turned himself in based on a warrant for his arrest for receiving stolen property.
- Officers responded to a shoplifting complaint and after an investigation, two women were arrested for theft. One of them was also found to be in possession of illegal drugs. She was transported to Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. The other was released on bail.
February 19, 2015
February 20, 2015
- Officers responding to a domestic
in progress call arrested a male for simple assault and criminal
threatening. He was transported to
Grafton County House of Corrections to await arraignment after he refused
- While investigating a noise
complaint, a summons was issued to the renter and another person on scene
was found to have a bench warrant for failure to appear in court and was
February 21, 2015
- A motor vehicle stop led to a
man’s arrest for aggravated driving while intoxicated.
- While assisting another law
enforcement agency, a male was found to be violating his bail
conditions. He was arrested and
transported to Grafton County House of Corrections to await a court
hearing after he refused bail.
February 22, 2015
- A man turned himself in on a
warrant for simple assault and was later released on bail with an April
February 23, 2015
- A woman turned herself in at the
station on a warrant charging her with negligent driving, conduct after an
accident and false report of an accident.
- Officers investigated a
shoplifting complaint which led to locating the suspect vehicle
nearby. The stolen merchandise was
recovered and a woman was arrested and charged with two counts of theft
and common law indirect criminal contempt.
- Officers investigated a complaint
of an intoxicated driver. The
vehicle was located and the driver was arrested for driving while
- A domestic in progress call led
to the arrest of a man for simple assault and criminal mischief.
February 24, 2015
- A shoplifting complaint led to
the arrest of a woman for theft and common law indirect criminal
contempt. She was transported to
the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail.
- After investigating a suspicious
incident complaint, a man was arrested for simple assault and criminal
restraint; both were domestic violence related. He was bailed but was transported to
Grafton County House of Corrections for protective custody due to
February 25, 2015
- After investigating a call about
a possible intoxicated person, a man was arrested when it was learned he
was in possession of illegal drugs.
- Officers investigated a motor
vehicle accident involving a pedestrian.
The vehicle left the scene but was later located after it had been
involved in another accident. The
pedestrian sustained non-life threatening injuries. This investigation is ongoing.
February 26, 2015
- Two males were seen drinking
alcoholic beverages on Bridge Street.
When contacted, one was found to be under 21 years old. He was arrested and charged with
unlawful possession of alcohol and common law indirect criminal
contempt. The second male was over
21 and given a summons for open container.
- A female was arrested on a bench
warrant for failure to appear. She
was found to be in possession of illegal drugs and transported to the Grafton
County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail.
- A woman who turned herself in on
a theft warrant was also found to be in possession of stolen
property. She was held on cash bail
for two theft charges, two counts of common law indirect criminal
contempt, receiving stolen property and driving without a valid
license. She was transported to the
Grafton County House of Corrections
- Nine women completed a Rape
Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class.
February 27, 2015
- During a motor vehicle stop, a
woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated-subsequent offense and
for possession of controlled drugs.
A passenger in the vehicle was arrested for possession of illegal
- A man was arrested for possession
of drugs in a motor vehicle and for driving without a valid license.
- A man was arrested for uttering
false/forged prescription when he attempted to utilize a falsified
doctor’s prescription at a local pharmacy.
- During a motor vehicle stop, a
man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and for having
an open container of alcohol within the passenger compartment of the
vehicle. A passenger was also
charged for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.
February 28, 2015
- A man was arrested during a motor
vehicle stop for possession of illegal drugs in a motor vehicle.
- During a motor vehicle stop, the
female operator was arrested for possession of controlled drugs in a motor
vehicle. A passenger was arrested
and charged with possession of controlled drugs.
- A male passenger in a motor
vehicle stop was found to be in possession of controlled drugs. He was arrested and charged.
- While officers were investigating
a suspicious vehicle, the female operator was arrested for open container
of alcohol in the vehicle, possession of controlled drugs and driving
after suspension. The passenger was
arrested and charged with possession of controlled drugs and for open
March 1, 2015
- During a suspicious motor vehicle
investigation, a male operator was arrested and charged with aggravated
driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of alcohol, and disobeying
an officer. A passenger was
arrested and charged with unlawful possession of alcohol. A second passenger was arrested for
disobeying an officer and for hindering apprehension or prosecution.
- A woman was arrested for
controlled drug acts prohibited during a motor vehicle stop.
- During a motor vehicle stop, a
man was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Chief Gary J. Smith has announced his retirement effective May 1, 2015 after 28 years with the City of Lebanon Police Department. “Moving to Lebanon in 1986 was the best life choice I could have made. I have enjoyed a very fulfilling career with this city and highly professional police department. I am proud to have been a part of such an organization.”
City Manager Greg Lewis expressed his highest commendation for Police Chief Gary Smith for his going beyond the call of duty as the City’s leader in protecting and serving Lebanon residents and businesses so that the City can be a safe and secure community in which to live and to make a living.
“Chief Smith will be missed by me and by members of our City organization as a great friend and a trusted colleague!”
– City Manager Greg Lewis
The Lebanon Police Department has seen an increase in IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Scam phone calls. Lebanon Police have taken 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. They will often alter caller IDs to make it look like the IRS is calling.
The IRS website reports that the IRS would never do the following and these are tell-tale signs of a scam:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Don’t be fooled
If you receive a suspicious phone call about your taxes, hang up and take these steps:
- If you owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to get answers to your payment questions.
- If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident at 800-366-4484 or go online to www.treasury.gov/tigta.
If you feel you are the victim of a scam in Lebanon, please feel free to call Lebanon Police at 603-448-1212.
The winter parking ban in Lebanon is in effect and enforced from December 1st to April 1st for all streets in Lebanon. There are also rules regarding City parking lots. Please review "City of Lebanon Code §168-6 Winter Parking" below for complete details:
A. No person shall between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. from the first day of December to the first day of April:
(1) Park any motor vehicle on any street or sidewalk within the City of Lebanon except any emergency vehicles; or
(2) Park any motor vehicle in the Hough Square parking lot, so-called.
(3) The Chief of Police may, when deemed necessary because of weather conditions, suspend enforcement of this section upon giving notification of said suspension to the City Manager.
B. No person shall between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on the mornings of Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the first day of December to the first day of April:
(1) Park any motor vehicle in Lot "A" (the parking lot adjacent to Hanover Street and the Mall) and Lot "C" (the parking lot off Flynn Street in the rear of City Hall), so-called.
C. No person shall between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on the mornings of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from the first day of December to the first day of April:
(1) Park any motor vehicle in Lot "B" (the parking lot adjacent to the Mascoma River, railroad track area and Carter-Witherell Center playground), so-called.
The City also asks that you do not park on, or obstruct the sidewalks; parking on the sidewalks is always prohibited. Please do not obstruct or block the sidewalks, this forces walkers to walk out into traffic and prevents the sidewalk tractors from plowing the sidewalks; No one is grandfathered when it comes to blocking or parking on a sidewalk. Cars and trash bins blocking the sidewalks cause undue safety hazards for both the plow operators and the citizens attempting to use them.
During a winter storm if you see a plow truck coming off a side street, please allow room for the plow to operate. Most times the plow will be backing up to re-enter the street it just left.
Questions regarding the winter parking ban can be directed to the Public Works Department at 603-448-3112.
New Hampshire's new hands free electronic device law will be in effect July 1, 2015.
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.
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.
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:
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Medication from Businesses or Clinics
- Lotions or Liquids
- Aerosol Cans