VT Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Lebanon

Lebanon NH -On February 8, 2019, Lebanon Police received a call from a local business regarding individuals in the parking lot who appeared to be engaged in drug activity.

Lebanon Officers conducted an investigation and identified the individuals as: Jordan Orcutt, age 25 of South Burlington, VT, Burke Kay, age 24 of Bolton, VT, and Ty Baker, age 21 of St. Albans, VT.

The investigation resulted in the arrests of the three males. Orcutt was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Kay was charged with Possession of Cocaine, both Felony offenses. Baker was found to have stolen clothing from a local business and was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, a Misdemeanor, as well as being charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Crack Cocaine, both Felony offenses.

All parties were released on bail and will be arraigned on February 25, 2019 in the Grafton County Superior Court.

Lebanon Police Seek Help Identifying Suspect

Lebanon NH – On February 2, 2019 at approximately 7:44 am, the attached male was discovered on surveillance video shoplifting various merchandise at the West Lebanon Wal-Mart. The male is wearing bright orange jacket with “ADA Traffic Control” inscribed on the front and back.

The Police Department is asking anyone who may have information about the identity of this subject to call Lebanon Police Sergeant Michael Wright at 603-448-1212. Information can also be submitted anonymously to our Tip Line, 603-448-CLUE, or online at LebanonNH.gov/CLUE.

Two Men Arrested for Drugs, One Armed with Pistol

Lebanon NH -On February 1, 2019, after an investigation into illicit drug sales that spanned several months, the Lebanon Police Department, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at a residence located at 15 Renihan Meadows. During the warrant execution, Lebanon Police Officers entered the home and encountered several occupants. Simultaneously, Lebanon Officers providing perimeter security on the outside of the home, encountered a male subject attempted to flee through a basement door. The male, later identified as Jonathan Martinez, age 23, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was confronted by the officers and was armed with a loaded pistol, which he was carrying in his hand. Martinez attempted to flee back into the basement area but was apprehended by the Lebanon Police Officers, who ordered him to put down his weapon.

Martinez was found to be in possession of approximately 90 bags of Heroin and a small amount of Crack Cocaine. He was also in possession of over $7,000 in cash, which was seized. Martinez is facing two felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Drug, one felony charge of Felonious Use of a Firearm, and one misdemeanor charge of Resisting Arrest and Detention.

Also arrested as part of this investigation was Ceagin Darling, age 22 of Lebanon.

Darling is charged with six felony counts for Sale of the Controlled Drugs Heroin and Crack Cocaine. More than 6 ounces of Marijuana was also seized from the home.

Both Martinez and Darling where held pending their arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court scheduled for February 4, 2019.

Death Investigation in Lebanon NH

Concord NH New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, and Lebanon Police Chief Richard R. Mello announce that an investigation is currently ongoing into a suspicious death of an adult female in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The individual died yesterday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where the individual was receiving medical attention. An autopsy will be performed this afternoon by the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner’s Office. Information about the results and the deceased’s identity will be released as soon as possible.

There is no evidence to suggest that there is a threat to the general public. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Sergeant Matthew Amatucci of the New Hampshire State Major Crime Unit at (603) 419-8291.

Lebanon Police Respond to Despondent Male

Lebanon NH – On Sunday, January 27, 2019 at approximately 7:55PM the Lebanon Police Department received a report of a 31-year-old male who was despondent inside his residence at 168 Bank Street Extension. Police also learned that the male had access to a firearm inside the home. Several household members were able to leave the residence as police responded to the incident.

Lebanon Police Officers and Lebanon Tactical and Containment Team members were assisted at the scene by officers from Hanover, Canaan, Enfield, New Hampshire State Police and Hartford, Vermont. Officers were unable to immediately communicate with the individual inside the residence and out of an abundance of caution, several homes were evacuated. For those homes not immediately evacuated, a “shelter in place” order was issued, via the Code Red Emergency Alert System, to homes within a half-mile radius.

At approximately 9:10PM the male subject exited the residence and was taken into protective custody without incident. The male subject was transported to DHMC for evaluation. There were no injuries and no charges are expected to be filed.

2019 Moose Hunt Lottery is Open

New Hampshire’s 2019 moose hunt lottery is now open. Enter today for your chance on the adventure of a lifetime — hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State. The lottery entrance fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

To enter the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery, visit www.huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html where you can enter online or print out a mail-in application. You can also pick up an application at any Fish and Game license agent, NH Fish and Game Headquarters, or Fish and Game Regional offices.

Moose hunt lottery applications for 2019 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time on May 31, 2019, or delivered to the Licensing Office at NH Fish and Game Headquarters at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord before 4:00 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 21 at the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord.

Applicants can enter the moose hunt lottery once per year. A bonus-point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply in each consecutive year. Each point translates to a chance in the drawing. For example, last year the overall odds of a resident applicant being drawn were 1 in 76, while resident applicants with a total of 15 points had a 1 in 34 chance of being drawn. For nonresidents, the odds increased from 1 in 359 overall to 1 in 164 for applicants with 15 points.

In 2018, 6,142 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 51 permits. More than 1,200 people continued to accrue bonus points because they submitted an application for a point only in order to not lose their accrued points. Hunters from six other states won permits in the lottery.

While people travel from all over the country to take part in the New Hampshire moose hunt, the majority of permits, about 85%, are awarded to New Hampshire residents. The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year’s sales of nonresident hunting licenses.

The number of moose hunt permits that will be offered for this fall’s hunt has not yet been determined as harvest and survey data are currently under review according to Wildlife Programs Supervisor Kent Gustafson. If changes are proposed, final numbers will be determined later this spring.

“While permit numbers may change in 2019, your chance of being drawn and offered a permit in the lottery will be improved if you rank all wildlife management units on your application,” Gustafson noted. “You will have the option to decline a permit if drawn for a unit you prefer not to hunt.”

New Hampshire applicants should note that the NH Division of Motor Vehicles started a new driver’s license number format in 2017. As a result, New Hampshire driver’s license numbers will be changing over the course of the next five years. Bonus points are tracked via your driver’s license number. Please pay particular attention when completing your application, and if your license number has changed, indicate this on your application.

New Hampshire’s nine-day moose hunt starts on the third Saturday in October. This year’s hunt runs from October 19-27.

New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988, when 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The state’s current moose population is estimated at about 3,000 animals. The availability of moose hunting permits is made possible by careful monitoring of moose populations. The resulting annual harvest of moose provides valuable information on the physical condition and productivity of moose and provides a unique recreational opportunity. Learn more about moose hunting in New Hampshire at www.huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health Announce Intention to Combine Systems

Joanne Conroy MD and Joe Pepe MD

Lebanon & Manchester, NH (January 24, 2019) – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) and GraniteOne Health (GOH) today announced that they have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to combine their two organizations to better serve the health care needs of New Hampshire residents and communities.  The combined non-profit health care system, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health GraniteOne, will build on years of successful community engagement and clinical collaboration in order to meet the growing demand for seamlessly integrated primary, specialty, ambulatory and inpatient care, offering patients a high-quality, lower-cost, New Hampshire-based alternative choice to out-of-state providers.

The non-binding LOI is the first step in a well-defined and lengthy process that involves further due diligence, opportunities for public input, negotiation of final terms, approval by each organization’s Board of Trustees and the Bishop of Manchester, and review by federal and state regulators.  As a combined system, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health GraniteOne will seek to:

  • Expand access to high-quality care for individuals and families throughout New Hampshire
  • Respond to growing demand for inpatient, specialty and sub-specialty services, particularly in southern New Hampshire
  • Extend and reinforce health care services in rural communities
  • Coordinate and strengthen efforts to address behavioral health and substance use disorder
  • Improve the health of populations suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and obesity, leading to better long term health and lowering long term healthcare costs
  • Address social determinants of health such as nutrition and food security, access to preventative care, and educational opportunity

“As the health care landscape continues to evolve, it is important for health care systems to evaluate how we can best serve our patients and communities, and prepare for the future so we can continue to provide the high level of care that people expect,” said Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.  “By combining these two top health care organizations, we would create a patient-focused, unique and unparalleled option for New Hampshire that is responsive to community needs and patients’ desire for cost-effective, high-quality care.”

“For 15 years, our two organizations have worked closely together to improve the lives and health of our patients and their families,” said Joseph Pepe, MD, CEO of GraniteOne Health. “We have complementary visions for what health care in New Hampshire could be.  Combining systems would allow us to advance that vision, expanding access to primary and specialty care for all New Hampshire residents, including vulnerable patients and communities.”

The combined system will transform health care delivery in New Hampshire.  Catholic Medical Center, one of the members of GraniteOne Health, will continue to adhere to its Catholic model of care while D-HH will continue to serve its patients as it does today in all its existing health care facilities. All organizations within the combined system would also keep their current names, identities, and local leadership.

“I am impressed with the deliberate discussions that have taken place thus far and I believe that this combined system would strengthen Catholic Medical Center’s ability to care for the suffering and sick in our community, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of its Catholic identity,” said the Most Reverend Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester.  Bishop Libasci and the National Catholic Bioethics Center are actively engaged in this process. According to Dr. Pepe, their participation ensures that “CMC’s Catholic identity will be preserved and our mission will be as strong as ever under the proposed combination.”

“We respect and admire CMC’s historical and unique role in the Greater Manchester community and its Catholic health care mission,” said Dr. Conroy.  “Health care is a deeply personal experience and it is important to assure all our patients that they will continue to receive the health care services they want and need, at the place and time they want them.  We look forward to a thorough and thoughtful process informed by public input so we can create the kind of health care system that the people of New Hampshire deserve.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is a non-profit, regional academic health system that provides primary and specialty care to patients in New Hampshire and Vermont.  Anchored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire’s only academic medical center providing ambulatory and inpatient hospital services to the region’s most acutely ill patients, D-HH is home to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of 49 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), New Hampshire’s only children’s hospital.  GraniteOne Health is a non-profit, community-based health care system that offers coordinated care and access to specialists for patients across New Hampshire.  It includes Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester, with its nationally renowned New England Heart & Vascular Institute, which has offered leading-edge heart and vascular care at locations state-wide for more than 30 years, as well as Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro and Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.

More information and updates about this combination can be found at www.ForAHealthierNH.org

Lebanon Police Department is Hiring

Lebanon NH – The Lebanon Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of Full-Time Police Officer with a deadline for submission of Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11:59PM. Minimum 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 awritten, physical agility, and oral board examination in addition to an extensive background check. Starting salary for non-certified candidates is $54,163. Full-time certified officers are encouraged to apply and will be compensated according to experience. Certified officers can earn a bonus of up to $5,000 upon hire! New Hampshire

Full-Time Certified applicants are waived from the written test. The 2019 salary range for Patrol Officer is $54,163 to $65,332, along with a comprehensive benefits
package.
Interested candidates can register for testing through www.PoliceApp.com/LebanonNH   
no later than 11:59PM on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Additionally, a City of Lebanon application can be downloaded from our PoliceApp site, or from
https://lebanonnh.gov/jobs, and must be completed and brought on the first day of testing.
Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to the first step in the
process, the written and physical agility tests, scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2019.
The Lebanon Police Department reserves the right to limit candidates eligible to take the physical agility test to those scoring 70% or higher on the written test. Candidates will be tested at the 35th percentile for physical fitness and the standards can be found at
Officers in our employ are eligible for a number of specialty assignments based upon performance and experience. These assignments include a police K-9 Unit, which currently has three teams, full-time School Resource Officer, SWAT trained Tactical Containment Team, Field Training Officer Program, Accident Reconstruction, Firearms and Use of Force Instructors, Rape Aggression Defense Program (R.A.D.), Mountain Bike Patrol Unit and Motorcycle Unit. Additionally, officers may work toward assignments in our Detective or Training Division along with various promotional opportunities.
Join a department on the move! Want to know more? Call Lt. Matt Isham, at (603) 448-1212 or visit our website at www.lebanonnh.gov/police

Hartford Police Investigating Early Morning Robbery

Hartford VT –  Hartford Police are investigating the robbery of the Holiday Inn Express located along the 100 block of Ballardvale Drive early this morning.

Just after 3am, a white male, approximately 6-4” tall, wearing a dark colored hoodie with his face covered by a black bandanna approached the hotel clerk with a black handgun and demanded money. The clerk complied and the man fled the hotel on foot towards North Hartland Road with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was injured.

Police are currently following up on information supplied by witnesses. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 802-295-9425. The investigation continues.

Governor Chris Sununu and Governor Phil Scott Introduce Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan

Littleton, NH – Wednesday, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and Vermont Governor Phil Scott detailed their Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan, a bi-state voluntary paid family and medical leave program, in a press conference at Schilling Beer Company.

“As a small business along the New Hampshire – Vermont border, roughly half of our employees live in Vermont, and half live in New Hampshire,” said Jeff Cozzens, CEO and Co-Founder of Schilling Beer Co. “This proposal has the potential to help all of our employees. We are proud to host the Governors today as they outline their joint vision for a family medical leave insurance program that speaks to our ultimate concern: the well-being and advancement of our staff and their families,” Cozzens said.

The Governors’ plan creates an insurance product that is not currently offered in either state. It will be available to all businesses, as well as individuals, and will be anchored by the state employee workforce of both states – a combined 18,500 employees.

Under the Governors’ proposal, the new insurance coverage would provide enrolled public and private sector employees 60 percent wage replacement for six weeks at competitive rates for qualifying events, including:

  • The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
  • The placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
  • Caring for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; or
  • Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty,” to care for a covered service-member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service-member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).
“We both believe paid family medical leave offers an incredible opportunity to promote a work-life balance for many workers in our states struggling to meet the demands of the workplace while also meeting the needs of their families and their own health,” said Governor Sununu. “By leveraging the economies of scale of each state’s employment base, insurance carriers will be able to write a competitively priced family leave plan.”

“We know Family Medical Leave Insurance plans can improve companies’ ability to recruit and retain workers and increase productivity. I’m pleased to put forward a proposal that will help employers provide employees with greater work-life balance,” said Governor Scott. “I want to thank Governor Sununu and his team for bringing this idea forward, and for this partnership, as we work to improve the lives of residents in both of our states.”

The two states would select an insurance carrier, or carriers, through a coordinated Request for Proposal (RFP) process to assume the risk and manage the benefit and claims under the plan. This carrier, or these carriers, would then develop a “State Rate.” This is the per employee cost that each state would pay to provide a Family Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) plan to its employees.

Under the joint-proposal, each state would cover the full costs of providing an FMLI benefit to its employees, and employees will not have to incur any additional cost for the product. In addition, the winning carrier(s) would be required to allow all private sector employers in the state to opt-in to the FMLI plan with specified rates for the following categories of employer:

  • Employers that have 100 percent employee participation and have 20 employees or more would receive the State Rate;
  • Employers that have 100 percent employee participation and have fewer than 20 employees would receive a small employer rate which is expected to be modestly higher than the State Rate; or
  • Employers that have less than 100 percent employee participation would receive a scaled rate that would depend on their participation rate and whether they had 20 employees or more.
Additionally, individuals whose employer does not offer a paid leave plan will have the option of purchasing coverage.