THC Infused Gummy Bears Found at Drug Bust

L-R Jordan Boucher and Kristian Karumba

Lebanon NH – On April 13th, 2018, members of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and officers from Lebanon Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Elm Street West in West Lebanon, based upon an ongoing drug investigation.

 During the search, officers located multiple gallon-sized bags and large jars full of Marijuana. A large brick of “Hash” and a large jar of “Honey Butane Oil” along with homemade THC infused gummy bears and THC infused gummy worms, that appear to be packaged for retail, were also seized. The marijuana and marijuana products seized have a street value of approximately $10,000. In addition to the drugs seized, over $5,000 in cash and a .380 semi-automatic handgun were also seized.

 Kristian Karumba, age 28, of Elm Street W in West Lebanon was arrested and charged with four counts of Possession of a Controlled Drug with the Intent to Distribute, all Class B Felony charges. Karumba could be facing additional charges or charge enhancements for being in possession of a firearm while committing the crime of Drug Sales. Jordan Boucher, age 22, of Central Street in Newport, New Hampshire was also arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug with the Intent to Distribute, a Class B Felony.

 Karumba was later released on $5,000 Personal Recognizance Bail and Boucher on $2,000 Personal Recognizance Bail. Both will be arraigned in t. he Grafton County Superior Court on April 30, 2018. Bail on both subjects was set by a Bail Commissioner from the 2nd Circuit Court, Lebanon District

Lebanon PD Seeks Help with Identification

On April 5th, 2018, Hannaford Supermarket Loss Prevention reported that a female subject was observed entering the store and subsequently committed a fraudulent return of merchandise. Loss prevention reported that on April 2, 2018 a white female entered Hannaford, selected meat produce and then went to the “Customer Service” desk. The female claimed she did not have a receipt for the items and then received a gift certificate to Hannaford in the amount of the returned goods.

The female suspect is in the above photograph. Anyone with information on the identity of this subject is asked to contact Lebanon Police Officer Garrett Hubert at 603-448-1212.

Information on the identity of this subject can also be submitted anonymously to our Tip Line, 603-448-CLUE, or online at LebanonNH.gov/CLUE.

Lab Results Confirm Drugs Seized to be Fentanyl with a Street Value of $30,000

Lebanon NH – On February 26, 2018, Matthew Horton, age 28, was arrested by the Lebanon Police Department after officers came across Horton while checking on a suspicious truck parked behind a local business. During the investigation, several plastic bags containing a white powder, suspected to be drugs, were recovered. Additionally, Horton provided officers with a false name during their interaction.
Horton was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug, and Possession of a Controlled Drug with Intent to Sell, both Class B Felony charges. He was also charged with False Report to Law Enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor, for providing a false name. While being processed at the station, Horton was found to have a warrant from New Hampshire Parole and Probation out of Sullivan County, and a warrant from the Exeter Police Department for Possession of a Controlled Drug and False Report to an Officer. Horton refused bail and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections.
The white powder was sent to be tested at the New Hampshire State Forensic Laboratory. On April 9, Lebanon Police received Lab results indicating the white powder was pure Fentanyl. The street value of pure Fentanyl is about $1.00 per microgram, or approximately $30,000 for the 31.5 grams that were in Horton’s possession. Horton is currently being held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $10,000 cash only bail.

Lebanon Police Seek Help in Identifying Suspect

Lebanon NH – On March 23, 2018, Hannaford Supermarket loss prevention reported that a male subject entered the store on at least five separate occasions to complete fraudulent returns of merchandise. The store reported that between March 6th and March 23rd a white male subject entered Hannaford, stole a household product and then left the store. On each occasion, the male subject re-enters the store shortly after and returns the stolen product for cash.

The male suspect is shown in the photograph. Anyone with information on the identity of this subject should contact Lebanon Police Officer Daniel Gaspard at 603-448-1212.

Information on the identity of this subject can also be submitted anonymously to our Tip Line, 603-448-CLUE, or online at LebanonNH.gov/CLUE.

Claremont Woman’s Bail Set at $100,000 Cash for Drug Sales

Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase announced that on April 9, 2018, following an approximate two-month joint investigation of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and Claremont Police Department, 27- year old Samantha Davis was arrested on a warrant.

Davis was arrested on one count of Conspiracy to Commit Sale of Controlled Drugs. Davis was subsequently charged with one count of conspiracy to commit sale of controlled drug, and one count of sale of a substance represented to be a controlled drug. It is further alleged that Davis was released on bail from the Sullivan Superior Court at the time of this offense. The Claremont Police Department and Drug Task Force had previously arrested her on

January 31, 2018, and charged with multiple counts of Conspiracy to Commit Sale of Controlled Drugs and multiple counts of Possession of Controlled Drugs With Intent to Distribute.

Davis was initially held at the Sullivan County House of Corrections pending arraignment in the Sullivan Superior Court on April 10, 2018. Davis was arraigned before the Sullivan Superior Court on April 10, 2018, where bail was set at $100,000.00 cash.

The criminal investigation remains ongoing at this time, and further charges are anticipated. The Sullivan County Department of Corrections and the New Hampshire State Police assisted investigators. Prosecution of this matter is being handled by the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Claremont Police Detective Captain Stephen A. Lee at (603)542-7010 or slee@claremontnh.com.

Anthem and Cigna to Pay New Hampshire Its Share of Fees and Costs After Successfully Blocking Their Merger

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that New Hampshire, along with ten other states and the District of Columbia, will collectively be paid $2.975 million in attorney’s fees and costs by Anthem and Cigna for the Attorneys General’s joint work with the United States Department of Justice in successfully blocking the merger of Anthem and Cigna. New Hampshire’s share of the settlement is $297,337.46.
In July 2016, New Hampshire joined the federal lawsuit in order to block the proposed merger. In February 2017, the United States District Court of the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the States. Anthem and Cigna lost their appeal before the D.C. Court of Appeals in May 2017. Their petition for a writ of certiorari was dismissed by the United States Supreme Court in June 2017. Anthem and Cigna thereafter abandoned their merger plans and filed a stipulation of dismissal.
The prevailing States agreed with Anthem and Cigna to a settlement payment for legal fees and costs. That agreement was approved by the United States District Court of the District of Columbia.

West Lebanon Man Charged with Felonious Sexual Assault on a Child

Lebanon NH -On January 23, 2018, the Lebanon Police Department received a report of a possible sexual assault that had occurred on a child under the age of 13 in Lebanon. The Lebanon Police Detective Bureau investigated and on April 4, 2018, a warrant was issued for David Ladeau, age 63, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Ladeau is charged with Felonious Sexual Assault and Witness Tampering, both Class B Felony charges.
Ladeau was taken into custody at his residence and is being held at the Grafton County House of Corrections in lieu of $35,000 cash bail. He will be arraigned at the Grafton County Superior Court on April 5, 2018

Lebanon Man Saves Two Girls in Fire

 

Lebanon NH – Eight people were treated and released from DHMC for smoke inhalation
after an early morning fire on Friday in Lebanon.  Lebanon Fire
Department responded to a fire alarm at the Village at Crafts Hills
Apartments on Pine Tree Lane, just before 2:00 AM. Lebanon Police who
assisted with evacuating four apartments reported the first floor
apartment fire.

Devin Isaacs a 24- year old neighbor crawled into the burning building
to rescue an 18-month-old female and a 3-year-old female from the
fire. Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos, Jr. said although Mr.
Devin Isaacs
should be commended for his brave actions, we do not encourage
bystanders to enter a hazardous environment.

The fire was upgrade to a 1st Alarm bringing in mutual aid from
Hartford, Hanover, and Enfield. West Lebanon fire fighters entered the
apartment and quickly extinguished heavy fire in the kitchen area.

Fire Investigators from the State of New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s
Office and the Lebanon Fire Department have determined the area of
origin of the fire to be in the kitchen. The cause of the fire remains
undetermined at this time.

Lebanon, Hanover, and Enfield Ambulances transported the eight people
to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Fire Investigators from the
State of New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office and the Lebanon Fire
Department have determined the area of origin of the fire to be in the
kitchen. The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time.

Two Claremont Police Officers Under Investigation by AG

Concord NH – Two Claremont Police Officers are under investigation by the NH Attorney General’s Office.  Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

The investigation was initiated based on information received on March 15th frm Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase.  The focus of the investigation concerns allegations that officers Ian Kibbe and Mark Burch falsified documentation related to a search in late February of this year.

No further information is available at this time to ensure the integrity of the investigation.

All individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty of a charged offense

 

Bristol Man Arrested for December Lebanon Burglary

Lebanon NH – On Saturday March 24, 2018, a resident on Pasture Lane in West Lebanon reported a male subject walking around vacant houses. Lebanon officers were sent to investigate and learned that the male had left the area in a Jeep Liberty. A responding officer observed the vehicle leaving the area and stopped the vehicle to investigate.

During the conversation with the male operator, the officer recognized the male as matching a photo obtained from a home surveillance system during a burglary on Pasture Lane in December 2017. The male was identified as Brian McLaughlin, age 52, of Bristol, NH. McLaughlin told officers he was in the area to visit a friend, but was unable to provide any information about the friend or an address. Officers were able to determine that McLaughlin was the male who had been seen on the property of the vacant houses. It was determined that he had driven by the residence of a co-worker several times that day with no legitimate purpose.

McLaughlin was arrested and charged with Burglary and Stalking, both Class B Felonies. He was also charged with Criminal Trespass, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Loitering or Prowling, a Violation level offense. He was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $10,000 cash bail. He will be arraigned on Monday March 26, 2018 at the Grafton County Superior Court.