Man Arrested in Concord for Excessive Speed on I89

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At approximately 1545 hours on June 7, 2019, Trooper Christopher Ball, of the New Hampshire State Police Special Enforcement Unit was monitoring traffic from the State Police aircraft on I-89 southbound in the Town of Hopkinton. Tr. Ball observed a vehicle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed and clocked it at 120 MPH in the posted 65MPH speed zone. Trooper Ball radioed to Troopers on the ground. The vehicle a
2013 Audi Q5 passed by the ground trooper’s location. It was subsequently stopped on I-89 in Concord. The Subject was identified as,

Rory Walsh
Age 36
Boston, MA

Sgt. Christopher Storm of the Special Enforcement Unit and Trooper Samuel Provenza of New Hampshire State Police Troop-D made contact with Walsh. The Troopers suspected that Walsh was impaired by alcohol. Walsh submitted to standardized field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. An open container of alcohol was also located within the vehicle.

Walsh is due to appear in the Concord Circuit Court to answer to these charges on June 21, 2019 at 0800.

Lebanon’s Solid Waste Manager Wins Award

Lebanon NH – Congratulations to Marc Morgan, Lebanon’s Solid Waste Manager, for his well-deserved receipt of the “2019 Environmental Stewardship Award” from New Hampshire the Beautiful. Morgan’s knowledge and dedication have made him an asset to the community and New England Region.

New Hampshire the Beautiful Inc. Is a profit non profit charitable trust founded in 1983 that develops comprehensive programs to address litter issues, recycling challenges, environmental awareness and education.

Lebanon City Clerk’s Office Temporarily Short-Staffed

Lebanon NH – Due to extenuating circumstances, the City Clerk’s office will be short-staffed until early August. And with Summer being our busiest season, you may experience longer than usual wait times in our office or on the phone. Therefore, if you do not have transactions that require you to appear in-person, we suggest you consider conducting your business through the mail or online.

Payments and requests can also be left in our green drop box, located at the side entrance to City Hall. Please do not leave cash in the drop box and be sure to enclose your transaction in an envelope to keep everything together. The drop box is checked at the beginning of each business day.

To better help you complete your transactions in a timely manner, here are some helpful tips and suggestions:

  • Motor Vehicle Renewals: Can be renewed through the mail or online. (If paying online, it is free to use your checking account, however, there is a 2.95% processing fee for using a card.) If renewing in-person, please bring your renewal notice or previous registration as well as your photo ID. If paying by check, it is helpful to have your check already completed.
  • New Vehicle Registrations: It is recommended that you plan for your visit, to ensure you have everything you need to complete your registration. Ourwebsite has a lot of great information about the documents and procedures required to register a vehicle for the first time. You can also call or email our office for further guidance.
  • Motor Vehicle Estimates: Our new online toolallows you to obtain an estimate for a new (or new-to-you) vehicle registration! When we are short staffed we are not always available to provide phone estimates. This is a great way to obtain an estimate quickly and efficiently. Please note, our online tool does not provide amounts for renewals or transferring of plates.
  • Vital Records: Certified copies of birth, marriage, death and divorce can be purchased through the mail or online. If coming in-person, please feel free to download and complete a formin advance, to save time when you arrive at our office.
  • Dogs: Dog license renewals can be processed onlineor through the mail using your last year’s tag number; new dogs can only be licensed through the mail or in-person. If you would just like to update rabies information, report that you have moved out of Lebanon or report that you no longer own a dog, please send an email to cityclerk@lebanonnh.gov.
  • Landfill Tickets: These must be purchased in-person; however, you do not need to wait in the City Clerk’s office line. You may go directly to the Water Department or Tax Collector window (The last two windows located at the end of the counter) to obtain tickets. Both of our Libraries also sell Landfill Tickets

Hartford Police Seek Public’s Help with Preventing Thefts, Identifying Suspects

 Hartford, Vermont, Tuesday, May 8, 2019 – Police were dispatched late yesterday to a private residence along the 100 block of Hollow Drive for a theft of several thousand dollars of firearms taken from a vehicle that had been left parked for several days while the owner traveled.  All but one of those firearms were recovered yesterday when Massachusetts State Police Troopers and investigators, and the Holyoke Police arrested 32 year old Timothy Keith of White River Junction and 33 year old Phillip Damone of Grantham, New Hampshire when the two attempted to exchange the firearms for drugs and cash.   For more information, see: mspnews.org/2019/05/illegally-possessed-firearms-and-narcotics-seized-in-joint-effort-in-holyoke/

 

During their investigation yesterday, Hartford Police spoke with several residents along Hollow Drive and learned that thieves had entered at least two other unlocked vehicles and removed loose change overnight between Monday the 5th and Tuesday morning the 6th.  This is the third occurrence reported in the past two weeks in the Wilder Village area where thieves have removed loose change, a purse, and barber tools from vehicles parked overnight.  Residents are reminded to roll-up car windows, lock car doors and remove valuables from sight when leaving vehicles unattended.  Also, residents are asked to report unfamiliar vehicles and persons roaming neighborhoods and parking lots during the late evening and early morning hours by calling 911.  Anyone with information about these incidents, or anyone who still needs to make a report to police is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 802-295-9425.  The investigation continues…

Canaan Man Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison for Child Porn

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CONCORD NHZachary A. C. Benoit, 28, of Canaan, was sentenced to 156 months in prison for transportation and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

             According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2017, the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department was conducting an online investigation into individuals involved in the trading of illegal images of child pornography.  Benoit was identified after he uploaded numerous images of child sexual abuse, which were intercepted by law enforcement.  Forensic examinations of several of Benoit’s electronic devices revealed thousands of images and videos depicting the sexual assaults of children including babies and toddlers.

Benoit previously pleaded guilty on November 7, 2018.

“It is critical that we safeguard children from being exploited on the internet” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “To that end, we will continue to allocate substantial resources to stopping the distribution of these terrible images in New Hampshire.  In conjunction with our law enforcement partners, we will prioritize the investigation and prosecution of offenses involving child pornography.”

“This is a very appropriate sentence in light of the truly disturbing facts of this case” said Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston. “The successful prosecution of this individual could not have happened without the close coordination that we share with our very dedicated New Hampshire law enforcement partners, and with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, whose work in this case was invaluable.”

 This matter was investigated by the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon Police Department, Nashua Police Department, members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen W. Fitzgibbon.

In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Update- Quechee Man Charge with Domestic Assault Shot by Officer

Hartford Vt – Vermont State Police identify trooper in officer-involved shooting

HARTFORD, Vermont (May 6, 2019) — The Vermont State Police is identifying the member involved in this incident as Trooper Eric Vitali of the Royalton Barracks. He was hired in 2005 and initially assigned to the Rockingham Barracks. He transferred to the Westminster Barracks in 2016 and the Royalton Barracks in 2018.

Preliminary investigation shows that James Luce was armed with a shotgun, which he had just used to fire at the home located on Quechee West Hartford Road in Hartford, while he was moving away from Hartford, Vermont, and Lebanon, New Hampshire, police officers and toward members of the Vermont State Police. Luce was ordered by state police to drop the firearm and not pick it up again, but when he failed to comply, Trooper Vitali responded by firing his shotgun one time, grazing Luce. He received minor abrasions and was treated and released from Mount Ascutney Hospital.

The investigation by Vermont State Police into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

Quechee Man Charged with Domestic Assault

Hartford, Vermont – Police charged 19 year old James Luce of White River Junction with 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault, Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest overnight as a result of events that occurred at the residence located at 4536 Quechee West Hartford Road.

Just after 7:00 PM  Sunday night, Hartford Police were dispatched to 4536 Quechee West Hartford Road for a domestic assault where the suspect was alleged to have a shotgun in his possession.   While  in route to the home, police received updated information that the man had fired the shotgun at the house and fled on foot into the nearby woods.  Officers from Hartford and the Lebanon, New Hampshire, Police Department encountered a man armed with shotgun walking in the road near the residence.  The man refused to comply with orders from the police officers but did not threaten anyone with the shotgun at that time.  Shortly after, the man encountered Vermont State Police troopers who had responded to assist.   The man again refused to comply with commands, and a state trooper fired at the suspect one time with a shotgun.  The suspect continued to be non-compliant, and an electronic control device (Taser) was deployed to bring the man under control.

In accordance with procedure, Luce was assessed by paramedics at the scene, and taken by police to Mount Ascutney Hospital as a precaution.  He sustained minor abrasions.  No police officers or other individuals were injured during this incident.

The Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit is investigating the officer-involved shooting.  Investigators from the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Unit are also assisting with the officer-involved shooting, and the domestic assault investigation. Luce is currently awaiting arraignment proceedings before the District Court for Windsor County early this afternoon.  The investigation continues and further charges may be forthcoming.

Daytime Burglary Suspect Arrested in West Lebanon

Lebanon NH – On Friday April 26, 2019, shortly before 3:00 PM, a UPS delivery driver reported a suspicious male walking and approaching homes in a neighborhood off Seminary Hill, in West Lebanon. Lebanon officers were sent to investigate and given a description of the male suspect. A responding officer observed the suspect walking down Seminary Hill and attempted to contact him when the suspect took off running. A short foot chase ensued before the suspect was taken into custody on South Main St.
The male was identified as Marcello Terino, age 28, of White River Jct., VT. Terino was found to be in possession of various articles belonging to multiple residents from the West Lebanon neighborhood, where the suspicious behavior had been reported. Officers were able to determine that Terino had just burglarized a household while the residents were at work.
Terino was arrested and charged with Burglary, a Class B Felony, and resisting arrest or detention, a Class A Misdemeanor. The investigation is on-going, and further charges may still be pending. He was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections, without bail, and was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday April 29, 2019 at the Grafton County Superior Court.

Update Regarding January 27, 2019 Death in Lebanon

https://wntk.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/death-investigation.jpgConcord, NH – New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, and Lebanon Police Chief Richard R. Mello announce the cause and manner of death has been determined for an adult female who died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Susan Massey, age 67, of East Corinth, Vermont, was receiving treatment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center when she died on January 27, 2019. The Lebanon Police, Department of Justice and the New Hampshire State Police were notified. It is not unusual for each agency to regularly receive reports of witnessed or unattended deaths that cannot quickly and easily be identified as a natural, accidental, or suicidal death. In this matter, the agencies were initially informed that there were concerns about the circumstances of Ms. Massey’s death, and an investigation ensued.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval has now determined that Ms. Massey’s death was the result of complications of disease, and that her manner of death was natural.

Grafton Man Charged in Route 4 Shooting

Grafton NH -On 29 April 2019 at approximately 3:15 pm the NH State Police received information that the Grafton Police Department were responding to a road rage incident on Route 4 where an individual had been shot with a firearm.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2011 Ford Flex, operated by Joseph Brown age 38 from Grafton, and a 2011 Ford Escape, operated by a 46 year old male from Grafton, were traveling north on Route 4 in the town of Grafton.  While the vehicles were in motion a confrontation began to ensue for unknown reasons at this time.  That confrontation lead to the vehicle’s colliding with one another on Route 4, resulting in minor damage to both vehicles.

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After the initial collision, both vehicles pulled to the side of the road, and both drivers exited and continued their confrontation which turned into a minor physical assault.  After the assault concluded Brown shot the victim in the abdomen with a handgun.

Brown was subsequently arrested and charged with first degree assault.   The victim was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his injuries.  The victim is expected to survive.

Brown will be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court April 30th at 1:30 pm.

The NH State Police Troop F were assisted by the Grafton Police, Canaan Police, Enfield Police, State Police Major Crimes Unit and the State Police Collision and Analysis Unit.  Medical assistance was provided by Grafton Fire and EMS, Canaan Fire and EMS and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

If anyone has any information or witnessed the incident please reach out to NH State Police Sergeant Michael Cote 603-223-8872.