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Bike Rodeo: Dance, Silent Auction, & Health/Safety Fair

posted Apr 16, 2015, 9:31 AM by Lebanon NH

The Lebanon Police Department would like you to know about the following upcoming events: 

Dance and Silent Auction

Hosted by: Lebanon Kiwanis Club
To benefit: Lebanon Bike Rodeo
When: Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm
Place: Lebanon Elks, Heater Road, Lebanon, NH
Tickets: $10 pre-buy, $12 at the door
Contact: Paula Cilbrith at 603-448-2046

Lebanon Bike Rodeo Health & Safety Fair

The Annual Jim Wechsler Memorial Bike Rodeo Health & Safety Fair will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 on the CCBA basketball courts (Taylor Street, Lebanon, NH).

Details of this event will be posted as they become available. This event is sponsored by the 
Kiwanis Club of Lebanon and the Lebanon Police Department. 

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Bi-Weekly Activity Highlights

posted Apr 13, 2015, 7:29 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Apr 13, 2015, 7:44 AM by Lebanon NH ]

Overall for the past two weeks from March 27, 2015 – April 9, 2015 the Lebanon Police Department performed 1,178 calls for service, 9 sex offender registrations, 426 motor vehicle stops and made 78 arrests. The dispatch center handled 1,243 total calls for service. 

Some highlights:


March 28, 2015

  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a male for driving while intoxicated and transporting alcoholic beverages.

March 29, 2015

  • A male was arrested for driving while intoxicated, disobeying an officer, driving with a suspended license and eight charges of controlled drug acts, after Lebanon Police received a motor vehicle complaint. He refused bail and was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections to await arraignment.
  • A male was arrested for domestic violence simple assault, obstructing a report of a crime or injury and second degree assault.
  • A report of a motor vehicle accident led to a male and female both being arrested for driving while intoxicated. The female was also charged with disobeying an officer, controlled drug acts and transporting an alcoholic beverage.
  • During a motor vehicle stop, a male was found to have an electronic bench warrant.  He was arrested and released after posting cash bail.
  • A complaint of the smell of marijuana led to the arrest of a male for controlled drug acts.

March 30, 2015

  • A female turned herself in on a warrant for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a male on an outstanding warrant from Salem, NH. He was released to their custody. 

March 31, 2015

  • An investigation into a domestic dispute led to a female being arrested on a bench warrant.
  • A female was arrested for theft from a local business.
  • An investigation at a local hotel led to the arrest of a female for controlled drug acts.
  • A male was arrested for common law indirect criminal contempt and resisting arrest or detention after he was found to be in contact with a female in violation of a protective order.
  • A female was charged with theft from a local store.

April 1, 2015

  • A male was arrested for domestic violence simple assault and simple assault.

April 2, 2015

  • A female was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
  • A motor vehicle complaint led to the arrest of a female for driving while intoxicated.
  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a male for controlled drugs.
  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a female for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.
  • The department hosted eight Junior High School students for Job Shadow Day. 

April 3, 2015

  • A male turned himself in on a bench warrant.  He was released after he posted cash bail.
  • A male turned himself in on a warrant for conduct after an accident, false report of an accident and driving with a suspended license.
  • A welfare check led to the arrest of a male for controlled drug acts.
  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a male for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.
  • An investigation led to the arrest of a male for common law indirect criminal contempt for violating a no contact provision with a female.
  • A male was arrested for controlled drug acts and transporting an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle
     

April 5, 2015

  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a female for driving while intoxicated. 

April 6, 2015

  • A male was arrested for driving while intoxicated, possession of drugs in a motor vehicle and controlled drug acts.

April 7, 2015

  • A male was arrested on an electronic bench warrant.
  • A male and female were arrested on outstanding warrants for theft. In addition, the female was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution. The male was released and the female was held on $500 cash bail and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections.

April 8, 2015

  • A female was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
  • A theft from a local store led to the investigation of a male for robbery.
  • A report of a suspicious incident led to the investigation of a female who purchased alcohol for a minor.  She was later arrested.
  • A male turned himself in on outstanding probation violations.  He was turned over to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.

April 9, 2015
 

  • A motor vehicle complaint led to the arrest of a male on an outstanding warrant.
  • A male was arrested on a warrant for violation of a protective order.  He refused bail and was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections.
  • A female was arrested for two charges of controlled drug acts and was also charged with common law indirect criminal contempt. She refused bail and was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections.

April 10, 2015

  • A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a female for controlled drug acts prohibited.
  • A male was charged with theft from a local store.
  • Officers investigated a reported theft from a local store which led to the arrest of a male. A second male was arrested for controlled drug acts.
  • A male was arrested at the Court for driving while intoxicated and driving after suspension. 

Winter Parking Ban Lifted

posted Apr 1, 2015, 6:04 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Apr 1, 2015, 6:05 AM ]

Winter Parking Ban Postcard
As of April 1, 2015, the Winter Parking Ban for all streets and parking lots in the City of Lebanon is no longer in effect. 

Additional Items of Interest

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

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