Police Department News

This is a current listing of news items for the Lebanon Police Department.
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Bi-Weekly Activity Highlights

posted Mar 2, 2015, 7:23 AM by Lebanon Police   [ updated Mar 2, 2015, 11:10 AM by Lebanon NH ]

Overall for the past two weeks from February 13, 2015 – February 26, 2015 the Lebanon Police Department performed 941 calls for service, 7 sex offender registrations, 265 motor vehicle stops and made 52 arrests. The dispatch center handled 1,188 total calls for service.

Some highlights:


February 18, 2015
  • A male turned himself in based on a warrant for his arrest for receiving stolen property. 
  • Officers responded to a shoplifting complaint and after an investigation, two women were arrested for theft. One of them was also found to be in possession of illegal drugs. She was transported to Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. The other was released on bail.

 

February 19, 2015 
  • Officers responding to a domestic in progress call arrested a male for simple assault and criminal threatening.  He was transported to Grafton County House of Corrections to await arraignment after he refused bail. 
  • While investigating a noise complaint, a summons was issued to the renter and another person on scene was found to have a bench warrant for failure to appear in court and was arrested.  
February 20, 2015 
  • A motor vehicle stop led to a man’s arrest for aggravated driving while intoxicated. 
  • While assisting another law enforcement agency, a male was found to be violating his bail conditions.  He was arrested and transported to Grafton County House of Corrections to await a court hearing after he refused bail. 
February 21, 2015 
  • A man turned himself in on a warrant for simple assault and was later released on bail with an April court date. 
February 22, 2015 
  • A woman turned herself in at the station on a warrant charging her with negligent driving, conduct after an accident and false report of an accident. 
  • Officers investigated a shoplifting complaint which led to locating the suspect vehicle nearby.  The stolen merchandise was recovered and a woman was arrested and charged with two counts of theft and common law indirect criminal contempt. 
  • Officers investigated a complaint of an intoxicated driver.   The vehicle was located and the driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated. 
  • A domestic in progress call led to the arrest of a man for simple assault and criminal mischief. 
February 23, 2015 
  • A shoplifting complaint led to the arrest of a woman for theft and common law indirect criminal contempt.  She was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
  • After investigating a suspicious incident complaint, a man was arrested for simple assault and criminal restraint; both were domestic violence related.  He was bailed but was transported to Grafton County House of Corrections for protective custody due to intoxication.
February 24, 2015 
  • After investigating a call about a possible intoxicated person, a man was arrested when it was learned he was in possession of illegal drugs. 
  • Officers investigated a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian.  The vehicle left the scene but was later located after it had been involved in another accident.  The pedestrian sustained non-life threatening injuries.  This investigation is ongoing.
February 25, 2015 
  • Two males were seen drinking alcoholic beverages on Bridge Street.  When contacted, one was found to be under 21 years old.  He was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and common law indirect criminal contempt.  The second male was over 21 and given a summons for open container.
February 26, 2015
  • A female was arrested on a bench warrant for failure to appear.  She was found to be in possession of illegal drugs and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections for lack of cash bail. 
  • A woman who turned herself in on a theft warrant was also found to be in possession of stolen property.  She was held on cash bail for two theft charges, two counts of common law indirect criminal contempt, receiving stolen property and driving without a valid license.  She was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections
  • Nine women completed a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class. 

 

February 27, 2015
  • During a motor vehicle stop, a woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated-subsequent offense and for possession of controlled drugs.  A passenger in the vehicle was arrested for possession of illegal drugs. 
  • A man was arrested for possession of drugs in a motor vehicle and for driving without a valid license.
  • A man was arrested for uttering false/forged prescription when he attempted to utilize a falsified doctor’s prescription at a local pharmacy.
  • During a motor vehicle stop, a man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and for having an open container of alcohol within the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  A passenger was also charged for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

 

February 28, 2015 
  • A man was arrested during a motor vehicle stop for possession of illegal drugs in a motor vehicle.
  • During a motor vehicle stop, the female operator was arrested for possession of controlled drugs in a motor vehicle.  A passenger was arrested and charged with possession of controlled drugs.
  • A male passenger in a motor vehicle stop was found to be in possession of controlled drugs.  He was arrested and charged.
  • While officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle, the female operator was arrested for open container of alcohol in the vehicle, possession of controlled drugs and driving after suspension.  The passenger was arrested and charged with possession of controlled drugs and for open container.

 

March 1, 2015
  • During a suspicious motor vehicle investigation, a male operator was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of alcohol, and disobeying an officer.  A passenger was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of alcohol.  A second passenger was arrested for disobeying an officer and for hindering apprehension or prosecution.
  • A woman was arrested for controlled drug acts prohibited during a motor vehicle stop.
  • During a motor vehicle stop, a man was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

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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