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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.
Overall for the past two weeks from January 2, 2014 – January 15, 2015 the Lebanon Police Department performed 1,361 calls for service, 5 sex offender registrations, 346 motor vehicle stops and made 58 arrests. The dispatch center handled 1,453 total calls for service.
Some highlights: January 5, 2015
January 6, 2015
- A man was arrested for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle during a stop.
- Officers responded to a call of an unwanted subject. A male was found in the complainant’s home and was confused about his location. The male was transported by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for evaluation.
January 7, 2015
- A woman was arrested on warrants for bail jumping and failure to appear when she was found to be a passenger in a vehicle during a motor vehicle stop. She was held for lack of cash bail and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections.
- During a motor vehicle stop, a woman was arrested for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.
- A man and woman were arrested for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle and controlled drug acts prohibited after they were found in a parked vehicle both in possession of illegal drugs. Both were released on bail with an upcoming court date.
January 8, 2015
- Officers arrested three different women on three separate incidents of shoplifting. All three were charged with theft.
January 9, 2015
- Officers investigated a domestic situation which led to the arrest of a man on a charge of disorderly conduct.
January 10, 2015
- A man was arrested for criminal threatening. He was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections after refusing a bail commissioner.
January 11, 2015
- A man was taken into protective custody after being found intoxicated walking down Hanover Street Extension.
- After a motor vehicle stop for travelling the wrong way around Coburn Park, a man was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated.
- A man was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited.
January 12, 2015
- A female was arrested for theft from a local store. She was found to be out on bail for a previous theft and was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment.
- A report of a suspicious incident by an off-duty officer from a nearby town led to the arrest of a man for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, carrying a loaded handgun without a license, driving after suspension, and having an open container. A female was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited.
- A man and woman were arrested on outstanding bench warrants out of the 5th Circuit Claremont District Court.
January 13, 2015
- A woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense, disobeying an officer, open container, and resisting arrest or detention, after a report was received of her falling down in a local store.
- A woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated after driving on the Rails To Trails.
- A man was arrested for violation of a protective order.
January 14, 2015
- A woman was arrested on a bench warrant out of the 5th Circuit Claremont District Court.
- A man turned himself him on a bench warrant.
- A motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of a man for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.
- A man turned himself in on a warrant for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.
January 15, 2015
January 16, 2015
- A woman was arrested on a bench warrant.
- A man turned himself in on a bench warrant.
- A woman was arrested for theft from a local store.
- A motor vehicle stop led to a man being arrested for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle.
- Two women were arrested after it was reported they were removing merchandise from a local store. One of the women was charged with theft and the second woman was charged with conspiracy to commit theft.
January 17, 2015
- A man was arrested on a warrant for two counts of felonious sexual assault.
- While investigating a suspicious motor vehicle, officers arrested a woman for controlled drug acts prohibited and common law indirect criminal contempt.
- A man was arrested for driving while intoxicated subsequent offense and driving with a suspended license second offense after an officer had contact with him in a parking lot.
- A woman was arrested for theft after shoplifting items from a local store.
- A woman was arrested for theft and lodged at the Grafton House of Corrections without bail, after she was discovered taking items from a store. She was also found to be out on bail from a previous theft. She was charged with common law indirect criminal contempt for violating her bail.
- A man was arrested on a warrant for sale of a controlled drug. At the time of his arrest he was found to be in possession of controlled drugs and was charged with that as well.
- A woman was arrested for theft from a store, it was discovered that she had bench warrants for her arrest out of the 5th Circuit Claremont District Court as well.
- A man was arrested on a warrant for false report to law enforcement.
We will be conducting a testing process on Sunday, February 8, 2015 for a Police Officer eligible candidate list.The deadline for this process is Monday, February 2, 2015. 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 Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Lebanon Police Department (36 Poverty Lane Lebanon, NH). We will begin with a written examination to be followed immediately by the physical agility test. Come dressed comfortably and ready to participate in the physical agility test. The running portion of the test may be outside. 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.
On December 10, 2014, after a joint investigation, the Lebanon Police Department and NH Drug Task Force arrested:Adam Rivera, age 33, of Lebanon, NH
who is charged with three (3) counts of Acts Prohibited, sale of heroin. The charges are Class B Felony offenses each punishable to a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than seven (7) years in prison and a fine of not more than $100,000 or both.
Rivera was lodged at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $50,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on December 11, 2014.
Authorized by: Chief Gary Smith
On November 19, 2014 at approximately 8:20 a.m. a suspicious vehicle was reported and investigated. Lebanon Police arrested two individuals as a result of the investigation.
Brynna Lawton, 23 years old of Chester, Vt. was arrested for the following offenses:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or liquor (Class A Misdemeanor)
- Possession of drugs in a motor vehicle (Class A Misdemeanor)
- Driving after suspension or revocation (Violation)
- Disobeying an officer (Class A misdemeanor)
- False report to law enforcement (Class A Misdemeanor)
- Bench warrant for failure to appear at court .
Teanna Record 23 years old of Chester, Vt. was arrested for the following
- Controlled drug acts prohibited (Class B Felony)
- False report to law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor)
Both women were transported to Grafton County House of Correction for lack of cash bail.
A Violation is punishable by up to a $1000 fine. A Class A Misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or up to a $2000 fine. A Class B Felony is punishable by up to 7 years in prison and/or up to a $100,000 fine.
Authorized by: Chief Gary J. Smith
On November 19, 2014, during a joint investigation, the Lebanon Police Department and NH Probation and Parole arrested two subjects in West Lebanon.
Erica Rollins, age 30, of Lebanon, NH was arrested and charged with Felony Acts Prohibited, with intent to distribute heroin.
Billy Stinson, age 22, of Keene, NH was arrested and charged with Felony Acts Prohibited, possession of heroin.
These charges are Class B Felonies, each punishable to a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than 7 years in prison and a fine of not more than $100,000 dollars or both. More than 100 bags of heroin were seized during the arrest.
Rollins was lodged at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $10,000 cash bail. Stinson was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on no bail. They are scheduled to be arraigned in Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on November 20, 2014.
Authorized by: Chief Gary Smith
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