Lebanon Police Arrest Registered Sex Offender for Possessing Child Porn

Lebanon NH –  In July 2018, the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit received an investigative referral from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding an individual residing in the City who was engaged in trading child sexual assault images and videos. The information provided suggested that this male subject was accessing an online chat room where individuals engaged in conversation about, and traded, child pornography.

The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating and subsequently executed a search warrant at a residence on Hanover Street in Lebanon on August 9th. Electronic devices were seized from the residence and the content was reviewed. Digital media belonging to John Laybourne, age 56, of Hanover Street in Lebanon, were found to contain videos of very graphic child pornography involving young children, some under the age of 5.

Laybourne was arrested on August 9th and is charged with ten counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Images, all Class A Felony charges.

Laybourne is a registered Tier III sex offender in the State of New Hampshire and is required to register for life. Laybourne refused the services of a Bail Commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections, pending arraignment today, August 10th, in the Grafton Count Superior Court.

The investigation continues, and additional charges are expected.

WRJ Man Charged with Lewd Conduct

Lebanon NH- On August 8, 2018 at approximately 1:00PM the Lebanon Police Department received a report of a male subject that was seen exposing himself and urinating in public near the intersection of Market Street and S. Main Street.
Officers responded and spoke with several witnesses who stated that a male, later identified as Andrew R. Garrett, age 58, of White River JCT, had been panhandling at the intersection of South Main Street and Market Street. Witnesses observed him urinate while he was standing on the sidewalk in view of the public and in doing causing his genitals to be exposed.
Garrett was subsequently taken into custody and charged with Lewd Conduct, a Class B Misdemeanor. He was later released on $750.00 Personal Recognizance bail and will be arraigned in the New Hampshire 2nd Circuit Court, District Division Lebanon on October 15th, 2018.

Man Arrested After Threatening People at Circle-K in Lebanon

Lebanon NH- On August 6, 2018 at approximately 4:20PM the Lebanon Police Department received a report of an altercation at the Circle K gas pumps located at 89 Main Street. Additional information received from multiple callers was that the male was now threatening people with a machete.

Arriving officers spoke with several witnesses who stated that a male, later identified as Dana R. Lund, age 55, of Butternut Lane in Lebanon, had been involved in an argument at the gas pumps. Witnesses stated that Lund then retrieved a machete from his pickup truck and began to waive it around at several people in a threatening manner before entering the store. Lund was taken into custody without incident upon exiting the store.

Lund is charged with one count of Criminal Threatening with a Deadly Weapon, a Class B Felony. He was held overnight at the Grafton County House of Correction on $15,000 cash bail and is expected to be arraigned today in the Grafton County Superior Court

Experimental Aircraft Crashes Into Connecticut River in Haverhill NH

Haverhill NH – On Sunday, July 29, 2018 at approximately 1:18 PM, Troopers from NH State Police, Troop F responded to a small aircraft crash into the Connecticut River in Haverhill NH.  At approximately 12:36 pm, the aircraft, a small amphibious experimental was attempting to land in the river near Haverhill, NH and crashed into the river.

The aircraft was carrying one pilot and one passenger, who were both injured. One occupant was transported by helicopter to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, with serious injuries, but is currently stable. The other occupant was transported by ambulance to Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH.

A pilot traveling in a similar aircraft and a tour helicopter from the nearby Haverhill Fair, along with the Newbury, VT Fire Department, and Vermont State Police provided assistance at the scene.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the NH State Police, NH Marine Patrol, and the Federal Aviation Administration.  Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Trooper Alex Peplinski at 603-227-0076 or alex.peplinski@dos.nh.gov.

Lebanon Police Request Public Assistance In Identifying Person

Lebanon NH – The Lebanon Police Department is investigating the theft of electronic devices from a business in the River Mill Complex, which is located along Mechanic Street. The incident occurred on July 24th at approximately 1:15pm. The department is seeking to identify a person-of-interest who was in the area at the time of the theft. The individual is a white male with a red beard and mustache. His hair is brown or auburn. The male was wearing a light-colored tank top and shorts with white sunglasses.
The individual left the area in the passenger seat of a teal or similar colored Ford pickup truck with NH plates. The truck had a large, metal construction-type toolbox in the bed and a chrome bull bar attached to the front bumper. The bull bar may be obstructing the view of the front license plate.

The police department is asking anyone who may have information about the driver or vehicle to call the Lebanon Police Department at 603 448-1212, or submit an anonymous crime tip at 603-448-CLUE (2583).

Two Swanzey Residents Arrested for Conspiracy to Sell Controlled Drugs

Keene NH – On July 26th, 2018 both Roberts and St. Pierre were taken into custody without incident. An investigation revealed these two subjects acted in concert and engaged in a plan to sell controlled drugs to who they thought was a past customer. Instead, the two met with Keene Police detectives and were identified. This information was brought before the Cheshire Superior Court and an arrest warrant was issued for both subjects. They are currently charged with the felony crime of conspiracy to sell a controlled drug.  Both were arraigned before the Cheshire Superior Court and Roberts was held in lieu of $10,000.00 cash bail and St. Pierre was held in lieu of $25,000.00 cash bail; both are being held at the Cheshire County Jail.

This case remains under investigation.  Anyone who has further information is encouraged to call the Keene Police Department at 603-357-9820, ask to speak to Det. Donald Lundin. Or information can be provided anonymously via email on our website at:



Tractor-Trailer Rollover on I-89 Lebanon

Lebanon NH -On July 26, 2018 at approximately 4:30am troopers from the NHSP Troop D barracks responded to the report of crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Interstate 89 North at Exit 17 in Lebanon, NH.  Upon arrival, Troopers discovered that the commercial motor vehicle had rolled over onto its side and came to final rest in the median of the interstate, blocking the high speed travel lane.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation, although speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.

The driver, Timothy Gilman, 62, was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries by Lebanon EMS.

The operator is an employee of Optimum staffing and was hauling a full-load of paper products out of Londonderry, NH.

NHSP Troop G responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Interstate 89 North in the Lebanon area was closed intermittently while the commercial motor vehicle is removed from the scene.

Anyone who has any information regarding the crash should be directed to the lead investigator Trooper Matthew Field at  603-223-4381 or Matthew.Field@dos.nh.gov.

D-H Researchers Identify Simple Blood Test for Sepsis – Could Save Lives

LEBANON, NH – Sepsis kills a quarter of a million Americans each year – as many as stroke and Alzheimer’s combined – but very little has changed in the treatment of this age-old scourge. Now an international group of researchers including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (D-H) may have identified a simple blood test that could identify patients at greatest risk of dying from sepsis, a condition that has long defied treatment. The discovery, published in Nature, could save thousands of lives each year.

For most people, the immune system is incredibly effective at dealing with minor injuries such as scrapes and cuts. The body is able to wall of and clear an infection. But, when that system fails, a local infection can spread throughout the bloodstream, creating the condition known as sepsis.  The body’s life-threatening reaction is known as septic shock and it can quickly kill the patient.  Numerous treatments attempt to save the patients by targeting the overzealous immune response, but they have been largely ineffective in saving lives.

Researchers may have determined how sustained inflammation from a sepsis infection can trigger immunoparalysis, a condition in which patients are at much higher risk of new infections because their immune system is not capable of responding to new threats. The research team, including Matthew S. Hayden M.D., Ph.D, a senior scientist in Dermatology at D-H, identified two tiny pieces of genetic code known as microRNAs (miR-221 and miR-222) that are produced in immune cells during prolonged inflammation.

“When cells of the immune system are exposed to bacterial products for long periods of time, they increase their expression of these two small RNAs, which target a part of the cellular machinery that is needed for the inflammatory response,” Hayden explains.   “As a result, when immune cells have high levels of these microRNAs, as they do in some sepsis patients, they are no longer effective at fighting off new infections.”

Testing for sepsis is not easy.  The problem has been pinpointing what is causing the massive infection and applying the right treatment without doing more harm to the patient. Many patients who survive this initial spread of infection remain at significant risk of death, partly because their immune system is almost paralyzed.

“The best treatment for sepsis starts with rapid detection. Our results suggest that specific molecules called microRNAs may be potential biomarkers of poor prognosis, indicating the need for more aggressive treatment options,” explains the study’s senior leader Sankar Ghosh, PhD, the chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The researchers have now shown that sepsis patients have higher levels of these microRNAs and are more likely to experience organ failure and immunosuppression.  A simple blood test looking for these tiny particles may help identify the highest-risk sepsis patients.  That could help identify therapies that help to reinvigorate the immune system by reversing immunoparalysis in order to prevent the secondary infections in sepsis patients.

Clinical trials will test the validity and usefulness of testing patients for these microRNAs as a quick guide to prognosis and treatment. The research comes at a time when the number of sepsis cases per year has been on the rise in the United States, according to the National Institute of Health. Creating better diagnostics may be able to help reverse this trend and save lives.

The study, published in Nature, is titled, “Induction of innate immune memory via microRNA targeting of chromatin remodelling factors.”

2018 NH Moose Permit Auction Now Open

CONCORD, NH — The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces the launch of the 2018 NH Moose Permit Auction, its primary fundraiser to support the programs of the NH Fish and Game Department. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at www.nhwildlifeheritage.org or by calling (603) 496-2778. Sealed bids are due by August 10, 2018.

This year marks the tenth annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. The Foundation is authorized to auction only one permit this year, in line with statewide moose population goals. The highest bidder in the auction will receive a 2018 New Hampshire moose hunt permit, as well as a 2018 New Hampshire general hunting license. Last year, the auction garnered bids from three states, with a winning bid from Massachusetts of $20,999.99.

Foundation Chair Deborah Coffin states, “The Foundation relies on the moose permit auction to provide funding to support programs at NH Fish and Game. Programs such as wildlife conservation and education are essential for the education of our youngsters, who are the future stewards of the natural environment in our great state.”

The successful bidder in the 2018 auction will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in most Wildlife Management Units. The exceptions are Units H2N, H2S and K where permit issuance has been suspended. Individuals who receive a permit in the 2018 New Hampshire open moose hunt lottery will not be eligible to participate in the auction. Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, and licenses can be found at www.huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html.

Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives, along with education programs of the Department, such as freshwater angler surveys, fish hatchery improvements, deer decoy replacements, lynx camera studies, boardwalk replacement at Great Bay Discovery Center, and landowner access programs.

Since its establishment in 2006, the Wildlife Foundation of New Hampshire has awarded over 100 grants to NH Fish and Game projects, as well as sponsoring multiple years of Discover Wild NH Day.

To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help preserve New Hampshire’s outdoor gifts, visit www.nhwildlifeheritage.org or visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildlifeheritagenh.

White River Junction Man Arrested After Pursuit

Lebanon NH – On July 9, 2018 at approximately 6:40PM the Lebanon Police Department received a report of a vehicle operating erratically, with a further report that the operator didn’t appear to be fully conscious.
Lebanon Police Corporal Garrett Hubert and Officer James Pike located the vehicle stopped on Mechanic Street after it had struck a telephone pole. As officers prepared to approach the vehicle, the driver fled on Mechanic Street toward downtown. Lebanon Police Officers pursued the vehicle, observing that it was operating in an extremely erratic and dangerous manner, at speeds of no more than 25 MPH.

The driver eventually stopped on School Street, where he was ordered from the vehicle and taken into custody. Norman Bevins, age 44, of White River Junction, Vermont is charged with Disobeying an Officer, a Class A Misdemeanor, Driving While Intoxicated, a Class B Misdemeanor, and a Violation offense of Open Container. At arraignment, Bevins will also be facing a charge of Reckless Operation, a Violation.

Bevins is currently on probation and he was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections pending the filing of a probation violation.
Bevins will be arraigned in the New Hampshire 2nd Circuit Lebanon District Division on July 10, 2018