Lebanon to Receive Funds for Demolition of Westboro Yard

Lebanon NH – Lebanon is scheduled to receive $570,000 for the demolition of
buildings in the Westboro Yard.

Yesterday, Lebanon Mayor, Suzanne M. Prentiss participated in a press
conference held by Governor Sununu at the State House in Concord about
the $570,000 the Governor has placed in his proposed State budget for
the demolition of the buildings in the Westboro Yard.
Westboro Railroad yard at one time was a major hub for freight and
passenger trains, including a turntable, maintenance building, and a
large bunkhouse for railroad workers. The line ran between Boston,
Mass. and Montreal, Canada.
Mayor Prentiss has led the effort to obtain funding from Governor
Sununu in the State budget to demolish the buildings. The buildings
are owned by the NH Department of Transportation and are in poor
condition. Westboro Rail Yard is part of the West Lebanon Central
Business District and described in the Lebanon Master Plan as the
district’s “single greatest obstacle and its greatest opportunity.”
Westboro Rail Yard was also discussed during the March 6th Lebanon
City Council Meeting.

Colby-Sawyer’s Nursing Program Ranked #1 in New Hampshire

New London NH – Colby-Sawyer College’s undergraduate nursing program has been recognized as #1 in New Hampshire by RegisteredNursing.org after the group analyzed 15 programs in the state. Colby-Sawyer led the pack with a score of 98.85.

The annual registered nursing program rankings are based on current and past first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam pass rates. In 2018, for the third year in a row, 100 percent of Colby-Sawyer’s undergraduate nursing students passed the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt. Nursing programs were also assessed on several factors that represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond.

Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program, as described by RegisteredNursing.org, “molds nursing students into high-quality nurses who are committed to improving the quality of care throughout the profession and judiciously use their leadership and communication skills to improve community health.”

“We are very proud of this recognition,” Joan G. Loftus, dean of Colby-Sawyer’s School of Nursing and Health Professions said. “The success of our nursing program is built on the foundation of a strong curriculum, highly qualified nursing faculty and exceptional clinical experiences at our Dartmouth-Hitchcock partnership sites.”

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a registered nurse in New Hampshire is $67,190 and New Hampshire Employment Security projects an average of 491 registered nursing job openings each year.

The New Hampshire RN ranking can be found here: https://www.registerednursing.org/state/new-hampshire/#rankings

by Kate Seamans, College Communications

MA Man Arrested for Attempted Sexual Assault

Lebanon NH – The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit has been conducting an investigation through a social media provider targeting individuals who were seeking to victimize children.
Lebanon Police officers engaged in a conversation via social media with a male who was later identified as Daniel Dudek, age 49, of Lexington, MA.
This investigation led to Dudek arriving in Lebanon to meet two people that he thought were juveniles for sexual acts on March 13, 2019.
Dudek taken into custody and charged with Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited, Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault, both Class B Felony charges, Attempted Manufacturing of Child Sexual Abuse Images, a Class A Felony, and Attempted Sexual Assault, a Class A Misdemeanor. Dudek was held in preventative detention and is expected to be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on Thursday March 14, 2019.
The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to prosecute those who use the internet to sexually exploit children. The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC).

White River Man Charged with Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault

Lebanon NH -The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit has been conducting an investigation through a social media provider targeting individuals who were seeking to victimize children.
Lebanon Police officers engaged in a conversation via social media with a male who was later identified as David Hunt Sr., age 47, of White River Junction VT.
This investigation led to Hunt arriving in Lebanon on March 5, 2019 to meet a person, that he thought was a juvenile, for sexual acts.
Hunt taken into custody and charged with Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited and Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault, both Class B Felony charges. Hunt was held in preventative detention and is expected to be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on Wednesday March 6, 2019.
The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to prosecute those who use the internet to sexually exploit children. The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC).The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit has been conducting an investigation through a social media provider targeting individuals who were seeking to victimize children.
Lebanon Police officers engaged in a conversation via social media with a male who was later identified as David Hunt Sr., age 47, of White River Junction VT.
This investigation led to Hunt arriving in Lebanon on March 5, 2019 to meet a person, that he thought was a juvenile, for sexual acts.
Hunt taken into custody and charged with Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited and Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault, both Class B Felony charges. Hunt was held in preventative detention and is expected to be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on Wednesday March 6, 2019.
The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to prosecute those who use the internet to sexually exploit children. The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC).

New Hampshire Leads Efforts Urging Congressional Action Against Robocalls

Concord, NH — Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald today urged the U.S. Senate to enact the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, legislation to curb illegal robocalls and spoofing.

 A coalition of 54 attorneys general, led by New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, sent a letter to the U. S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation supporting the TRACED Act. The legislation is sponsored by Sens. John Thune and Ed Markey.

 In their letter, the attorneys general state that the TRACED Act enables states, federal regulators, and telecom providers to take steps to combat these illegal calls. The legislation will require voice service providers to participate in a call authentication framework to help block unwanted calls and creates an interagency working group to take additional actions to reduce robocalls and hold telemarketers and robocallers accountable.

 More than 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, making them the number one source of consumer complaints to the FTC and the FCC and resulting in millions in consumer losses. The state attorneys general work to enforce do-not-call laws and protect consumers in their states from being harassed and scammed by robocalls.

Six Crashes on I-89 in 100 Yards

Concord NH -On February 28, 2019 at approximately 10:08 A.M., several vehicles started crashing into the guardrail and one another on I-89 north near Exit 15.  Snowfall was just ending and the roadway was ice covered in spots with temperatures at 10 degrees.

Trooper Arteaga was at the scene placing flares on the roadway when a box truck careered out of control and nearly struck him. The truck ended up overturning onto its side nearby.

A total of six separate crashes consisting of multiple vehicles occurred within a span of 100 yards. Two people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Operators driving too fast for the existing road and weather conditions contributed to these crashes occurring. All drivers were given warnings.

Operators are reminded to reduce their speed when temperatures are below freezing and driving conditions are poor. This simple precaution may save their lives and those of others.

The Grantham Police, Lebanon and Enfield Fire & Rescue, and the NH DOT assisted the State Police at the scene. One lane of the highway was shut down for over two hours until the roadway was cleared up.

Man Arrested for Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon and Criminal Threatening with a Firearm

Lebanon NH – On February 27, 2019 at approximately 7:09PM, Lebanon Police officers responded to the Baymont Hotel on Airport Road for a report of a male subject pointing a gun at a female.

When Officers arrived, they spoke with the 53-year old female victim and learned that while she was outside of the hotel, a man approached her inquiring as to the location of his wife. The victim said that male walked right up to her and pointed the gun directly at her head. She also stated that the male appeared intoxicated and fell to the ground while still holding the pistol. The victim was then able to get back into the hotel and call the police.

Officers located the suspect inside the hotel and identified him as Richard A. Stewart, age 65 of Milton, NH. A loaded .40 caliber Glock pistol was recovered in Stewart’s possession.

Stewart was taken into custody without incident. He is charged with Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon and Criminal Threatening with a Firearm, both Class B Felonies. Stewart was released on Personal Recognizance bail by a Bail Commissioner for the Circuit Court, Lebanon District Division and will be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on March 11, 2019.

Lebanon Police Department Introduces Special Needs Registry

Lebanon NH – The Lebanon Police Department and the Special Needs Support Center (SNSC) announce the launch of a new Special Needs Registry, a program to help emergency responders identify and respond to vulnerable residents with special needs.

This is a voluntary program in which special needs community members of any age, or their family members, submit information such as triggers, special accommodations, emergency contacts and a photograph. The information is entered into a database in which Lebanon Police Officers and Dispatch Team have access. The registry is an expansion of an existing database which identifies community members who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“SNSC is proud to be assisting with the Special Needs Registry,” said Laura Perez, SNSC Executive Director. “In addition to the challenges facing any parent, parents with children with disabilities have additional concerns such as impaired communication, wandering, tendency to avoid eye contact, or other behaviors that can appear suspicious without prior knowledge. Our vision for this project is to support positive relationship development and improved interactions between emergency responders and community members with disabilities.”

“This project helps us achieve our mission to protect life and to assist the public-at-large in a manner consistent with the rights and dignity of all persons,” said Police Chief Richard Mello. “The Special Needs Registry will help us rapidly and safely respond in the event that a citizen with special needs requires assistance.”

To register for the Lebanon Special Needs Registry:

  • Complete the simple form by visiting lebanonnh.gov/specialneeds or https://snsc-uv.org/resources/#special-needs-registry;
  • Call the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212 and request an officer be dispatched to your residence to assist you in completing the form; orCall the Special Needs Support Center at 603-448-6311 and a team member will help you complete the form over the phone or in the office.

K9 Nitro Graduates Drug Detection Course

Lebanon NH – On February 15, 2019, K9 Officer Nicholas Alden and partner K9 Nitro graduated the 42nd Drug Detection Course through the Vermont Police Canine Academy. K9 Nitro is now able to detect the odors of Heroin, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Methamphetamine, and Ecstasy.

On February 20, 2019, K9 Nitro’s first day of patrol after completing training, he successfully alerted on a vehicle during a search warrant and found three grams of suspected Methamphetamine.

Officer Alden and K9 Nitro will start Canine Academy Patrol School in July

Police Seek Help with ID in Hannaford Thefts

Lebanon NH – On January 21 and February 4, 2019, the male in the images below was discovered on surveillance video shoplifting various merchandise from Hannaford Supermarket in West Lebanon. The suspect is seen placing items in a basket, then acting as though he is scanning items through the self-check-out, but leaves the store without paying for the items. Loss Prevention has identified the suspect as committing the same act at several other Hannaford locations.

He has been seen leaving the parking lot in an older style black Ford escape with Vermont registrations.

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