Police Department News

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Bi-Weekly Activity Highlights

posted Apr 14, 2014, 6:56 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 9:50 AM by Lebanon NH ]

Overall for the past two weeks from March 28, 2014 – April 10, 2014, the Lebanon Police Department performed 1,282 calls for service, 10 sex offender registrations, 260 motor vehicle stops and made 46 arrests.  The dispatch center handled 1,370 total calls for service.


Some highlights:

March 31, 2014


  • A man was arrested on two counts of theft.
  • Two men were arrested for burglary in a West Lebanon neighborhood.  One man was also charged with Common Law Criminal Contempt. 


April 1, 2014


  • A man was arrested for Common Law Criminal Contempt.
  • A man was arrested for an electronic bench warrant and for disorderly conduct.
  • During a welfare check, a man was arrested for bail jumping and two electronic bench warrants.  A second man was arrested on a warrant for drug related offenses. 
  • During an assist for Probation and Parole, a woman was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of drugs.
  • Six middle school students were given an overview of aspects of law enforcement during job shadow day at the department. Officers gave the students a tour of the building and discussed the structure and functions of the department.  Students were shown examples of the technology used such as radar and laser speed detection.  Officer Tracy and his K-9 partner Briggs also gave a demonstration.   


April 2, 2014


  • During a motor vehicle stop, a woman was arrested for violation of a protective order, common law indirect criminal contempt, and possession of drugs. 
  • A man was arrested for two counts of theft from a local business.


April 3, 2014


  • A man was arrested and charged with violation of a protective order.


April 4, 2014

  • An intoxication complaint resulted in a man being arrested for driving while intoxicated.


April 5, 2014


  • A man was arrested for shoplifting from a local business.


April 6, 2014


  • During a motor vehicle stop, a man was arrested for possession of drugs.


April 7, 2014


  • A man was arrested on an electronic bench warrant.
  • During a suspicious motor vehicle investigation, a man was arrested for possession of controlled drugs.
  • A man was arrested for common law indirect criminal contempt.


April 8, 2014


  • During a motor vehicle stop, a man was arrested for driving while intoxicated, possession of drugs and falsifying physical evidence.  During this same incident, a woman was arrested for falsifying physical evidence.
  • During a motor vehicle stop, a man was arrested for minor transporting alcohol.


April 10, 2014

  • An Officer investigated a domestic disturbance and arrested a man for simple assault.
  • A man was arrested on an electronic bench warrant.
  • During a motor vehicle stop, a man was arrested for having an open container in the vehicle.
  • During a suspicious person complaint investigation, three youths were arrested.  One was arrested for possession of tobacco products and two were arrested and charged with possession of drugs.



Annual Golf Tournament

posted Mar 18, 2014, 11:58 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Mar 19, 2014, 6:27 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 24, at the Lake Morey Resort.  For over twenty years, the Lebanon Police Department has raised funds to support our youth and community programs.

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 one of our two shirt and golf ball sponsors. We are excited to have their sponsorship and look forward to others joining us to support our child health and community programs.

Please note, this year there is a June 2 cutoff date for team registration and prices have increased slightly. 

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) or feel free to stop by the Police Station.

New Leaders in LPD

posted Feb 7, 2014, 10:25 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 10:26 AM ]

Lebanon's Police Department City Manager Greg Lewis meets with Lebanon Police Chief Gary Smith and Deputy Police Chief Phil Roberts to talk about the plans for the LPD in 2014 and beyond. 

Chief Smith had been interim chief since March 2013, and was named chief last November. Deputy Chief Roberts was promoted in January 2014. Together, the two have about 40 years' experience on the Lebanon police force.


Beware of Ongoing Bail and Lottery Scams

posted Feb 5, 2014, 12:26 PM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Mar 5, 2014, 9:42 AM ]

Lebanon Police are seeing renewed activity in several scams. The following has reappeared recently and police want to remind potential victims to be aware of people attempting to take advantage of them. 

The Bail Scam usually involves a late‐night phone call that targets an older person. The caller will usually represent themselves in one of three ways:
  1. As a relative of the intended victim; 
  2. As an official with a court or law enforcement agency who has supposedly arrested a relative of the intended victim; or, 
  3. The person will use a common name such as “John” or “Dave”. 
The caller will claim to be under arrest, or will say they have a person related to the victim in their custody. They will ask the intended victim for money to either be wired to the caller, or they will request a debit or credit card number to gain access to cash. The caller will say their intent is to use the money for bail. Usually the requested amount is anywhere from $500 to several thousand dollars. The caller may ask the victim to not tell other family members.

If successful, the caller may even call back a second time claiming to need more money. These are NOT standard law enforcement procedures. Legitimate courts and law enforcement agencies do not take money wired to them, nor do they take a debit or credit card number over the phone.

A lottery scam begins with an unexpected email notification, phone call, or mailing (sometimes including a large check) explaining that "You have won!" a large sum of money in a lottery. The recipient of the message, the target of the scam, is usually told to keep the notice secret and to contact a claims agent. After contacting the agent, the target of the scam will be asked to pay "processing fees" or "transfer charges" so that the winnings can be distributed, but the target will never receive any lottery payment. Many email lottery scams use the names of legitimate lottery organizations or other legitimate corporations/companies, but this does not mean the legitimate organizations are in any way involved with the scams.

Suggestions to prevent these types of scams are:
  1. Resist the temptation to act immediately 
  2. Know with whom you are speaking 
  3. Check with other family members before sending any money

Pharmaceutical Drop Box

posted Jan 21, 2014, 9:42 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Jan 23, 2014, 7:50 AM by Lebanon NH ]

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 our 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.

Disposable Items Accepted in the Disposal Box Include:

  • Prescriptions 
  • Prescription Patches in their packaging 
  • Prescription Medications 
  • Prescription Ointments 
  • Over-the-Counter medications 
  • Vitamins 
  • Samples 
  • Medications for pets

Items Not Accepted in the Disposal Box Include:

  • Needles 
  • Thermometers 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 
  • Medication from Businesses or Clinics 
  • Lotions or Liquids 
  • Aerosol Cans 
  • Inhalers
Disposing of medications in the Pharmaceutical Drop Box instead of flushing them down a toilet helps our environment. Synthetic medications are not removed through normal water treatment, which can result in these substances being discharged into the environment and into ground water supplies. 

In addition, having unused medications around the house is unsafe as they have become a drug of choice for young people and criminals. Many abusers, a high percentage of which are teens, are known to have obtained their controlled substances from the homes of family and friends. Prescription drugs are now considered a “Gateway Drug” and are the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
Lebanon Police Department’s Pharmaceutical Drop Box. 

 It’s free. It’s anonymous. It’s environmentally friendly. It’s available to you 24 hours a day.

Lebanon Police Chief Appointed

posted Nov 4, 2013, 7:27 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Nov 4, 2013, 7:53 AM ]

City Manager Greg Lewis today announces the appointment of Gary J. Smith to the position of police chief for the City of Lebanon,  effective November 12, 2013.

Since March 2006, Smith had been deputy chief, and, upon the retirement of Police Chief James Alexander in February 2013, took on the role of interim police chief.

He has been with the Lebanon Police Department for close to 27 years, since 1987, when he joined as a patrolman. Through the years, Smith advanced through the ranks, holding positions as corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain before being named deputy police chief. In his career, he has held all supervisory positions available within the department.

In March 2004, he was named to the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Smith is a member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the New Hampshire Police Association.

“I’m proud to have Gary, with his years of leadership and excellence on the force, step in to this most important role for Lebanon,” said City Manager Greg Lewis. “I thank him on behalf of the city for taking on the responsibilities of police chief.” 

Smith will begin his official duties with the City of Lebanon as police chief on November 12, 2013.

North Main Street Assault

posted Aug 12, 2013, 10:46 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Aug 15, 2013, 9:36 AM by Lebanon NH ]

A woman reported being knocked to the ground by a man while she was walking in the area of Wyeth Farm Circle.  She advised that a stun gun type of device was used during the assault.

The suspect was described as a white male, heavyset, balding on top with dark hair on sides, approximately 5’9” tall, wearing thin rimmed glasses, a t-shirt and long pants.   The vehicle was described as a dark colored, four door sedan with unknown Vermont registration plates. 


Please call (603) 448-1212 if you recognize the individual below or have any information about this investigation.


See full press release at:http://lebcity.net/Police/Documents/Press/NorthMainStreetAssault%20081213.pdf


Police Log

posted Jul 9, 2013, 10:26 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Jul 9, 2013, 11:50 AM by Lebanon NH ]

The Lebanon Police Department is now posting our police log online.  This log includes our daily activity and can be found by looking on our website under Additional Resources at http://police.lebnh.net/home/log

It's Your Future, You Just Have to Be There

posted Aug 8, 2012, 9:06 AM by Lebanon NH   [ updated Jun 5, 2013, 7:04 AM ]

SRO Gregory Parthum Photo
The police department teamed with Adam Sullivan of WCAX TV, and with consultation from Second Growth, produced a short video highlighting people in the community who are here for teens. We want to send kids a message that we understand at times they feel hopeless, but they have a future. We hope to open the door to teens and let them know people in their community are there for them and are willing to listen and help them through their tough times.

It is stunning to think that one out of every four kids has felt hopeless every day for two or more weeks in a row. This statistic, which is used in the video, was provided by the New Hampshire National Alliance on Mental Illness from their Youth Risk Behavior Survey. We know that these teens do not have the life perspective to know problems which seem very difficult and all consuming will pass. At times we have all felt hopeless and want teens to know they can overcome obstacles and they indeed have a future.

As police officers, we are all too familiar with the tragedies of life and have known teens who have felt hopeless. Our objective is to reach out to teens who feel this way or who may try to harm themselves in order to cope with a situation they are facing. We hope our tagline, “It’s Your Future… you just have to be there” will be easily remembered for those teens struggling with difficult circumstances and will encourage them to turn to someone in the community for help. Teens can also call the Headrest Hotline provided in the video.

Our goal is to use our website, a Facebook page and YouTube to get this video into the hands of teens.

Upper Valley Alcohol/Drug Party Line (603) 448-PARTY

posted Oct 12, 2010, 7:56 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Apr 2, 2012, 9:04 AM by Lebanon NH ]

Are you concerned about an underage party with drugs and alcohol that could result in someone getting hurt?  Area departments have formulated a way to proactively respond.

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