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On August 18, 2016 at 11:37pm, a Lebanon Police Officer checked on a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on Route 10 where they located a male and female in the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, it was found that the female, Sandi Adelyn Caalim, age 25, of Palo Alto, California was intoxicated. She was uncooperative with officers on scene and taken into protective custody due to her level of intoxication. Caalim resisted arrest but was ultimately taken into custody. While being processed at the Lebanon Police Department, Caalim struck an officer in the arm. She was charged with Resisting Arrest or Detention and Simple Assault, both Class A misdemeanors.
Caalim was released on personal recognizance bail and issued a summons to appear at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on October 17, 2016.
Other qualifications include, United States citizen, high school diploma or equivalent, must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment and the ability to pass a physical agility test and oral board examination in addition to an extensive background check. Full-time certified officers will be compensated according to experience. Full-Time Certified applicants are waived from the written test. The 2016 salary range for Patrol officer is $51,480 to $62,108 along with a comprehensive benefits package.
The Lebanon Police Department currently has two K9 Handler Teams assigned to the patrol division. The department is looking to add a third K9 Handler to the established, and well respected, unit. Prior K9 Handling experience is not required. The Lebanon Police Department will provide all training and equipment for the right candidate. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced police officer to become part of our elite K9 Unit.
(Full-Time certified candidates who are hired will receive a $5,000 signing bonus!)Interested candidates can register for testing through www.PoliceApp.com/LebanonNH no later than 11:59PM on Friday, September 9, 2016. Additionally, a City of Lebanon application can be downloaded from our PoliceApp site, or from http://lebcity.net/Jobs/EmploymentForm.pdf and must be completed and brought to the first appointment or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 15, 2016 at approximately 5:00am, Lebanon Police observed Jamie Judkins, age 42, of Lebanon, New Hampshire walking near an apartment complex. Judkins had active warrants out of the Lebanon Police Department, as well as a warrant out of Belknap County for failing to appear on a burglary charge. Judkins fled the area after seeing officers.
At approximately 8:30pm, officers returned to the area in an attempt to locate Judkins. As officers investigated, it appeared Judkins had returned to his residence and again fled upon police arrival. Senior Officer Tracy and K-9 Briggs began a track and located Judkins in the area of Mechanic Street where he was taken into custody. Judkins was held without bail awaiting arraignment at the Belknap Superior Court.
On Thursday, August 25th, officers from the Lebanon Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. on August 25th at Shyrl’s Diner, 31 Main Street, West Lebanon. Please contact Administrative Assistant Beth Beraldi with questions: (603) 448-8800 or email@example.com
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Lebanon’s neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
On August 12, 2016, at approximately 10:01PM, the Lebanon Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported drug overdose at a residence on Perley Avenue. The first two responding police officers administered CPR to the 32-year-old male victim who was further revived through Narcan that was administered by the Fire Department. A subsequent investigation into the source of the heroin led to the location and arrest of Brock Richardson, age 30, of Oak Hill Road in Enfield NH, who was determined to be the supplier of the heroin to the victim.
Further investigation revealed that Richardson had also supplied heroin to Caleb Dumont-Willey, age 21, of Water Street in Lebanon NH.
Richardson was charged with two counts of Sale of the Narcotic Drug Heroin, Possession of the Narcotic Drug Heroin with the intent to distribute and Possession of a Narcotic Drug. Richardson was held on $20,000.00 cash bail and will be arraigned Monday morning at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire 2nd Circuit Court.
Dumont-Willey was charged with Possession of the Narcotic Drug Heroin and was held on $5,000.00 cash bail and will be arraigned Monday morning at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire 2nd Circuit Court.
The investigation is ongoing and the heroin that was recovered, stamped “Game of Thrones”, appears to have a high potency level. Although all heroin should be considered potentially lethal, this particular batch led to an overdose and near death and people should be cautioned accordingly.
Authorized by: Chief Richard R. Mello
On 8/9/16 at approximately 7:21PM, the Lebanon Police Department responded to a single vehicle accident on Old Pine Tree Cemetery Road in Lebanon. The initial 911 call indicated that a pedestrian was hit by a car but when officers arrived they determined that the driver and passenger had been ejected from the car when it rolled over. The car came to rest on its roof down an embankment a significant distance from the road.
During the initial investigation, officers believed there may have been a third passenger who was unaccounted for. Officer Tracy and K9 Briggs attempted a track to locate the third passenger but ultimately it was determined that the third passenger had been dropped off prior to the accident and was not involved. Both the female driver and male passenger were transported to the hospital by the Lebanon Fire Department for treatment of serious bodily injuries.
After an investigation, Mykaela Simond, age 19, of White River Junction, Vermont, was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a Class B Felony. The passenger was identified as Michael Taylor, age 23, of Lebanon.
Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. Due to the serious nature of Simond’s injuries, she was issued a summons to appear at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on October 3, 2016.
We continue to hear input from within our community regarding the ongoing drug and opioid epidemic that the entire region has been struggling with. Yes, we do utilize police enforcement in an effort to stem the tide of these drugs entering our community and we will continue to do so. However, the Lebanon Police Department also realizes that enforcement alone is not going to solve this problem.
In January, we held a community forum on the ongoing opioid problem that focused on the causes behind addiction and the resources that are available within our community and surrounding area. This coming Friday, March 11th, City Manager Dennis Luttrell and Chief of Police Richard Mello will be taping a Lebanon in Depth segment that is dedicated to discussing the resources available to those who need assistance battling addiction. Susan Thistle, Executive Director of Headrest, will be among the guests who will be discussing services and treatment options. The Lebanon Police Department and the City of Lebanon is dedicated to addressing this ongoing crisis through a collaborative effort.
"The mission at Headrest is to assist those who are addicted, in crisis or without support by developing, maintaining, and delivering effective programs, regardless of their ability to pay."
Headrest provides a 24-hour crisis hotline service to individuals living in NH, VT, and Nationwide. Trained Crisis Intervention Counselors provide information and referral services to populations at risk for substance use disorders and suicide. Through active listening, Counselors assist with the following: suicide lethality assessments and intervention, domestic violence intervention, substance use assessments and other relevant issues.
We offer a 90 day Low-Intensity Residential Treatment Program where we provide services for 10 individuals. These are individuals who have recently completed some form of substance use disorder treatment and are in need a safe, sober environment to help transition them back into the community. While here, they may receive substance use disorder counseling, case management and referrals with obtaining employment, securing housing and other critical services.
In our Out-Patient Counseling programming, we provide individual, couples, family and group counseling services to adolescents and adults. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors also provide DWI aftercare services and conduct substance use evaluations.
The Intensive Out-Patient Program is a 12-week, graduated program for individuals requiring more intensive treatment. Individuals participate in 9 hours of group and 1 hour of individual counseling per week.
We offer a Woman’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy group to integrate concepts from Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the Eastern Wisdom Philosophy of Mindfulness. Clients are educated successively in 4 areas: Mindfulness – the core of DBT, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulations and Stress Tolerance. We also offer a Women’s Group using the Seeking Safety Program designed by Dr. Lisa Najavits to treat individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and trauma disorders.
Headrest offers State and Community Education to schools, businesses, and other organizations. Please call for details.
The Lebanon in Depth segment will be available from CATV in the near future and we'll post a link when available.