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Bi-Weekly Activity Highlights

posted by Lebanon Police   [ updated by Lebanon NH ]

Overall for the past two weeks from March 13, 2015 – March 26, 2015 the Lebanon Police Department performed 1,178 calls for service, 5 sex offender registrations, 405 motor vehicle stops and made 70 arrests. The dispatch center handled 1,273 total calls for service.

Some highlights:

Tuesday March 17
  • Officers investigated a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with minor injuries. 
  • A woman was arrested on a warrant for the crime of theft. 
  • A woman was arrested and charged with theft based on a shoplifting complaint. 
  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a woman after a warrant for her arrest was discovered. 
  • A motor vehicle stop ended with the arrest of the driver for driving while intoxicated. 
Wednesday March 18
  • A man turned himself in on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court. 
  • A man and woman were arrested after they were seen inhaling toxic vapors for effect. Both were also found to be in possession of illegal drugs. The male was also charged with resisting arrest, simple assault and theft. The female was released on bail with an April court date. The male was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
Thursday March 19
  • After a motor vehicle stop a man was arrested for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle. 
  • Two women and one man were arrested on controlled drug and alcohol charges. 
  • A motor vehicle stop ended with the arrest of a man for driving while intoxicated. 
Friday March 20
  • A woman was arrested for theft based on a shoplifting complaint. 
  • A man was arrested on a warrant for violation of a protective order. He was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections without bail, pending a court hearing. 
Saturday March 21
  • During the investigation of a shoplifting complaint, a woman was arrested for two counts of theft after she was located in possession of stolen property from two stores. 
  • A man was arrested on a warrant for a parole violation. He was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of bail. 
  • A man turned himself in on warrants for the charges of simple assault and false imprisonment. 
Sunday March 22
  • While officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle, a man was arrested for possession of controlled drugs. 
  • While investigating a complaint of possible drug use, a woman was arrested after she was found to be in possession of illegal drugs. 
Monday March 23
  • A vehicle stop led to the arrest of the driver for possession of controlled drugs and transportation of alcohol by a minor. The passenger was also arrested for possession of controlled drugs. 
Tuesday March 24
  • A couple was arrested for theft after a shoplifting complaint. 
Thursday March 26
  • A motor vehicle stop ended with the arrest of the driver for driving while intoxicated and the passenger for possession of a controlled drug. 
  • Officers developed information that led to a search warrant being granted for the search of an apartment for illegal drugs. During the search, officers found illegal drugs. A male was arrested for sales of drugs. 
Friday March 27
  • Officers were called to a local health care business for two unwanted subjects. The subjects (one male and one female) were found to have warrants. The female was arrested for being in possession of controlled drugs and was released on bail. The man was arrested for an electronic bench warrant and common law criminal contempt and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections in lieu of cash bail. 
  • Two females were arrested for shoplifting from a local business. 
  • A female was arrested on five electronic bench warrants. She was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
  • Officers were called to investigate what was reported as the smell of marijuana. After investigating, they arrested a man for possession of controlled drugs. 
  • A man was arrested for shoplifting at a local business. 
  • During a drug investigation, officers arrested two males and two females. All were charged with possession of controlled drugs.

Lieutenant Rathburn to Retire

posted Mar 16, 2015, 12:57 PM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Mar 16, 2015, 1:00 PM by Lebanon Police ]

Scott Rathburn
Lieutenant Scott M. Rathburn will retire after 26 years with the City of Lebanon on April 17, 2015. He began his service to the City on April 16, 1989 and during his tenure held the ranks of Patrol Officer, Patrol Supervisor (Corporal) and Patrol Sergeant. As a Lieutenant, he worked in the Patrol Division, the Detective Division and the Prosecution Division. 

Lieutenant Rathburn has been an instructor and overseen the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Program since 2006. He has served thousands of Lebanon and regional residents in a courteous and helpful manner, often going above and beyond his responsibilities to assist them. 

He has earned the respect, confidence, and friendship of his fellow coworkers, business associates he has come in contact with, and the many citizens he has served in his tenure.

2015 Annual Golf Tournament

posted Mar 16, 2015, 9:46 AM by Lebanon NH

Join Us! Donate! Be a Sponsor! These are ways you can be a part of our Annual Child Health and Community Programs Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Lake Morey Resort.

For over twenty years, the Lebanon Police Department has raised funds to support our youth and community programs. Last year, the monetary donations raised allowed us to make donations to local nonprofit organizations in Lebanon.  As well, we provided pizza for the Lebanon Middle School Lock-Ins at the CBA, bike helmets for kids who did not have them and made a donation to Toys for Tots. 

We used money raised to add another instructor to our popular self-defense class for women, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) and to create a handout card on internet scams which was distributed to various locations and people in the city including businesses, senior citizens, and neighborhoods.

Raffle donations and participation from the corporations, local businesses and individuals in the Upper Valley have made this tournament a success each year, as well as a fun time for those participating. This year we are proud to partner with CHaD, The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, who are our two shirt and golf ball sponsors. We are excited to have their sponsorships and look forward to others joining us to support our child health and community programs.

Please use the following registration form if you have an interest in making a donation to our raffle or being a sponsor for our tournament on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Lake Morey Resort. Merchandise donations are also greatly appreciated. Our tax identification number is 02-6000473.

If you would like additional information, please contact Sergeant David Young (David.Young@lebcity.com) or Administrative Assistant Beth Beraldi at 448-8800 (Elizabeth.Beraldi@lebcity.com).

Lebanon Drug Arrests

posted Mar 11, 2015, 11:28 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Mar 11, 2015, 11:29 AM ]

Desree Townsend
Cruz Robles
On March 11, 2015, the Lebanon Police Department executed a search warrant at a Mechanic Street residence. A large quantity of heroin was located and two arrests were made.

Cruz Robles, age 44, of Hartford, Connecticut 
is charged with Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited. 

Desree Townsend, age 23, of Lebanon, New Hampshire 
is charged with Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited 
and Common Law Indirect Criminal Contempt.

They are both being held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $15,000 cash bail each, pending arraignment on March 12, 2015. 

Authorized by: Chief Gary Smith

Lebanon Police Chief Announces Retirement

posted Feb 5, 2015, 10:13 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 10:37 AM ]

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

LPD Warns About IRS Scam

posted Jan 20, 2015, 8:29 AM by Lebanon NH

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: 
  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. 
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. 
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card. 
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. 
  5. 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. 

Reminder: Winter Parking Ban Begins 12/1/14

posted Nov 19, 2014, 7:48 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Nov 20, 2014, 6:27 AM ]

Winter Parking Ban Postcard
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.

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NH's New Hands Free Electronic Device Law

posted Sep 29, 2014, 7:33 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 8:16 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

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

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