VT Man Charged in Lebanon Stabbing

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Lebanon Police Officers responded to the shopping plaza at 254 Plainfield Road for a report of an altercation taking place between two males. Subsequent callers to the police department described one male having been stabbed during the fight.
Responding officers found one victim, a 32 year-old Lebanon man, who had non-life threatening injuries to his hands and legs. Investigation at the scene revealed that the two male subjects are known to each other and that the altercation resulted after the suspect observed the victim with a former girlfriend. The suspect followed the victim to the plaza at 254 Plainfield Road and confronted the victim while he was seated in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The suspect began to punch the victim through the passenger side of the vehicle and then produced a folding knife, with which he began to stab at the victim. The injuries sustained by the victim were defensive in nature and he refused medical treatment at the scene.
Robert E. Walker, age 34, of Hancock, Vermont was arrested nearby after attempting to flee the scene in a vehicle. Walker is charged with First Degree Assault, a Class A Felony, along with Second Degree Assault and Criminal Threatening, both Class B Felonies. Walker will be transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment tomorrow in the Grafton County Superior Court.

August 17, 2017

Officials Say Haverhill Deaths Were Murder Suicide
After an investigation and an autopsy officials say the two deaths in Haverhill appear to be a murder/suicide. New Hampshire’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Andrew determined that Crystal Lewis died from a single gunshot wound the head and ruled the death a homicide and that Robert Taylor died from a self-inflicted gunshot to his head and was ruled a suicide.
Officers say the two had a dating relationship for several years but Ms. Lewis ended the relationship sometime in July. Mr. Taylor appears to have shot and killed Ms. Lewis before killing himself inside of Lewis’ residence.

Newport Parking Lot Open
The Sullivan County parking lot off Main and Sunapee Streets in Newport is open. The lot was redesigned and paved. All of the 43 parking spaces are free as well as two handicapped spots. Over the next few weeks, parts of the lot will be temporarily closed for final installation of lighting, landscaping, and other minor work. The parking lot also features underground wiring to accommodate electric vehicle charging stations in the future.
This project was the result of a partnership between Sullivan County, the Town of Newport, and the Economic Development Corporation of Newport (ECON).
Contact the Sullivan County Commissioners’ Office at 603-863-2560 if you have questions.

Harvard Pilgrim and Anthem To Be On NH Exchange
Harvard Pilgrim and Anthem confirmed Wednesday that they would offer plans on New Hampshire’s federally facilitated health insurance marketplace in 2018. Anthem covers about 27,000 and Harvard Pilgrim covers more than 11,000 Granite Staters through HealthCare.gov and through the state’s Medicaid expansion program. Last week, Ambetter confirmed its intention to remain in the market for 2018.

Wednesday was the deadline for states to submit all 2018 plan information, other than rates, to the federal government, for plans to be on the NH exchange. Companies must sign a contract with the federal government by September 27th in order to offer plans on the exchange in 2018.

Cattle on the Run

Springfield VT Police were busy rounding up about 20 escapees last night. The herd of cattle escaped their pasture shortly before 10:00 PM and took to wandering the roads of North Springfield near Main Street and Spooner Road. Police issued a caution for drivers since the cattle are exceptionally dark and seem to suddenly appear in view.
Officers had some of the herd rounded up about 11:15 PM but the darkness and brush made capturing the creatures difficult. No word if they are still on the run.

August 15, 2017

Julia Alvarez Named 2017 Sarah Josepha Hale Award Medalist
Julia Alvarez writer and poet is the 2017 Sarah Josepha Hale Award Medalist. She will accept the award on Saturday, August 19th at 8:00 PM. at the Library Arts Center.
Alvarez graduated Middlebury College in VT and she went on to earn her Masters in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She returned to Middlebury in 1988 and is now the Writer-in-Residence at Middlebury College. Alvarez has written How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, ¡Yo!, In the Name of Salomé and Saving the World.
Alvarez will read from her work, answer questions and sign books. Morgan Hill Book of New London will have copies of several of books for sale that evening. Tickets are still available for the reception and dinner prior to the award event. If you are interested in attending the reception and dinner, please contact Andrea Thorpe at 603-863-3430. The 8:00 PM award ceremony is free and open to the public.
Two Vermont Women Arrested on I-91
Two Vermont women were arrested yesterday morning after a traffic stop on I-91 in Westminster. Vermont State Police say they stopped Tasha Benware of Springfield VT for a traffic violation and discovered she was driving with a suspended license. Passenger Krystle Holmes of Rockingham VT had an active arrest warrant for failure to appear for sentencing for criminal charges of False Impersonation. She was also charged with giving False Information to a police officer.
Holmes was cited to appear today in Windham Criminal Court today for the arrest warrant.
Benware and Holmes were each cited to appear in Windham Criminal Court on September 26, Benware for Driving with a suspended license and Holmes for giving False Information to a police officer.

Tuftonboro Man Arrested for Upper Valley Voyeurism
A Tuftonboro man who worked as a tree trimmer in the Upper Valley was arrested for voyeurism and stalking last Friday. Hartford VT detectives, assisted by the NH State Police located 29-year-old Robert Black of Tuftonboro, New Hampshire and charged him with 11 counts of voyeurism and 11 counts of stalking.
The arrest comes after Hartford Police investigated reports of Voyeurism in the Hemlock Ridge/Barrister Drive area where a male was trespassing and watching people in their residences. The voyeurism reports began in May of 2017 but police say an investigation revealed the incidents have occurred for several years and possibly involves more victims.
During the investigation, the suspect was captured numerous times on video surveillance, which ultimately led to him being identified.
Black was arraigned in Windsor County Criminal Court yesterday where he entered innocent pleas to a single felony count of lewd & lascivious conduct, eleven counts of voyeurism and a single misdemeanor count of stalking. Black was released after signing an unsecured $10,000 appearance bond. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information or feels they may have been a victim should contact Detective Adams at the Hartford Police Department at 802-295-9425.

Investigation Into Two Untimely Deaths in Haverhill

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner announce that there is an on-going investigation into two deaths in Haverhill. This incident is being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with the State Police Major Crime Unit. The location of the deaths is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin. As this is an unfolding investigation, additional information will be provided as soon as possible. At this junction, there is no evidence to suggest that there is any threat of harm to the general public.

VT Man Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Human Trafficking

The Lebanon Police Department has been conducting investigations through
social media providers, targeting individuals who were looking to victimize

Lebanon Police Department investigators subsequently engaged in a conversation via
social media with a male who was lateridentified as: Erik Polson, age 72, of Chelsea, Vermont.

On 8/10/17 Mr. Polson traveled to Lebanon to meet with, whom he thought was, an adult and juvenile for the purpose of sexual contact. Instead, he was approached by Lebanon Police Officers. Erik Polson was arrested at the scene and charged with Conspiracy to Commit
Trafficking in Persons, a Class A Felony and Conspiracy to Commit Certain Use of Computer Services Prohibited, a Class B Felony. Polson’s bail was set at $20,000 cash and he was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections.

The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NHICAC).

August 11, 2018

Dartmouth Students Making More Calls for Help with Alcohol and Drug Incidences
Students at Dartmouth College made more calls for alcohol incidents for help for themselves and for others this past year. Dartmouth began tracking so-called Good Samaritan calls in 2011 and the increase in calls show the students are looking out for one another.
The 131 Good Samaritan calls are up 36 percent for the year ending on June 30 and are in the college’s annual release of data on alcohol-related incidents. Under the Good Samaritan policy, students who seek assistance or help another student are not subject to College disciplinary action for violations of the alcohol policy
Since the fall of 2011, Dartmouth has tracked alcohol-related incidents and implemented various programs to reduce high-risk behavior, including alcohol abuse. The College banned hard alcohol for undergraduates in March 2015 as part of the Moving Dartmouth Forward initiative, which promotes student safety and well-being.
Westiminster Man Arrested for Route 5 Burglaries
Vermont State Police arrested a Westminster man yesterday, for his part in numerous burglaries along Route 5. Police say just before 1:30 pm they located Jacob McAllister on Back Westminster Road in Westminster. McAllister who had a warrant out for his arrest attempted to run but he was eventually taken into custody.
McAllister was charged with 10 counts of burglary and numerous lesser charges. McAllister is lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield pending his arraignment today (Friday) in Windham District Court.
On Wednesday, Police arrested McAllister’s girlfriend Chelsea Ovaitte of Springfield VT for her part in the burglaries.


Ambetter Health to Be on NH Exchange in 2018
Ambetter Health Insurance announced on Thursday it would remain on the New Hampshire’s Exchange for 2018.
Ambetter is offered through NH Healthy Families and provides coverage in the individual marketplace through the New Hampshire Exchange and to Premium Assistance Program (Medicaid expansion) through the NH Easy portal.

Two other companies, Anthem and Harvard Pilgrim, have announced intentions to offer plans on the exchange in 2018 but have not confirmed their decision. Companies must sign a contract with the federal government by September 27 in order to offer plans on the exchange in 2018.

Saturation Patrol Yields Arrest
Yesterday, Vermont State Troopers from the Royalton Barracks conducted a saturation patrol on I-89 and I-91 in White River Junction that is designated a safety corridor. The patrol focused on speed, distracted driving, and seatbelt use. Twenty-eight stops were performed. One arrest was made for DUI and one person was cited for possession of marijuana.

Lebanon Paving May Cause Delays
Those traveling in Lebanon on Monday may experience delays since the City begins its Pavement Maintenance Program. Crews will be working on South Main Street in West Lebanon starting on Monday, August 14th – August 31st. The traveling public can expect delays and alternating one-way traffic patterns. Updates will be provided as they become available.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to Bruce Temple, Assistant Director of Public Works at 603-448-3112.

August 9, 2017

Dartmouth Hitchcock Has New CEO
Joanne M. Conroy, MD, begins her tenure as CEO and President of Dartmouth-
Hitchcock Health system (D-H). Conroy is a 1977 graduate of Dartmouth College and fondly remembers her time in Hanover and the Upper Valley.
Dr. Conroy said, “It is wonderful to be back in a place I love. As the new President and CEO, I am committed to building upon the D-H tradition of excellence, and together we will strive to find new ways to improve the Dartmouth-Hitchcock experience for the people of Vermont and New Hampshire”
Conroy comes to D-H from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA, where she served as CEO. Her career also includes leadership positions at the Medical University of South Carolina, Atlantic Health System, and the American Association of Medical Colleges.
Grantham Police Seek Information on Recreation Park Vandalism
Grantham Police are looking for information on the person or persons who vandalized Grantham’s Recreation Park. Police say significant damage was done to various parts of the Recreation Park between August 7th and 8th. Anyone with information or may have seen anything out of the ordinary in the area of the park should contact the Grantham Police at 603-863-6844.
Townshend VT Man Hospitalized After Breaking Into Home
A Townshend VT man was ordered held at a mental health facility after he broke into a Dummerston residence early Tuesday morning. Vermont State Police say the Riverside Drive homeowner was locked in a bedroom while an intruder was inside the home yelling and banging on objects in an upstairs bathroom. After several minutes of verbal commands from officers, Benjamin Labrie was taken into custody. Due to mental health concerns, Labrie was take to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Brattleboro Retreat.
Labrie faces charges of Burglary, Unlawful Trespass and Resisting Arrest. Labrie was ordered held at a mental health facility until his arraignment on August 15TH, 2017 at Brattleboro Superior Court.
Hartford Police Warn of New GMP Scam
The Hartford Police Department is warning of a new scam involving Green Mountain Power. GMP customers are receiving phone calls about alleged power disconnect notices. Upon calling back, customers are prompted with a nearly identical voice prompt system to GMP. Customers are then informed they are past due on payments and will have their power shut off and demand payment over the phone.
GMP ensures its customers that they will never demand payment over the phone. GMP advises if you suspect a call is a scam to hang up immediately and call 1-888-835-4672.
Vermont Police To Increase Highway Presence After Fatal Accidents
Vermont State Police issued a press release on Tuesday concerning five motor vehicle accidents that resulted in eight fatalities over the past few days. While the causes of these crashes are still under investigation, police said that seven of the eight people who died were not wearing seatbelts. Police noted that statistically a person wearing a seatbelt is 50 – 70 percent more likely to survive a crash than those who do not buckle up. They are asking all of VT drivers to insist on seat belts for all passengers.
Impaired driving is the greatest threat to highway safety, according to the release with drivers using their phones, speed, or driving while intoxicated from drugs and/or alcohol.
Law Enforcement officers believe the greatest threats to highway safety continue to be drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol, drivers using their phones or other hand held devices, and drivers who speed. VSP announced that State and local police departments would be increasing visibility on the highways and exploring ways to increase the message of the importance of driver responsibility and safety.

August 8, 2017

Randolph Man Killed in Springfield VT Crash

A Randolph VT man was killed in a single car accident last night on I-91 in Springfield. Vermont State Police said 26-year-old Jeremy P. Johnston was traveling north on I-91 when his Subaru Forester left the shoulder of the road and hit a tree. Johnston was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. At this time, speed appears to be a factor in the crash. Police urge anyone having information on the crash to contact the Vermont State Police, Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600.


Work on Temporary Bridge in Springfield VT
Work began this week on the installation of a temporary bridge at Bridge #57 on VT Route 11 in Springfield VT. For Monday thru Friday, there will be one lane of alternating traffic with temporary traffic signals are in place. Crews will be removing existing pavement and other evacuation work in preparation of the temporary bridge installation. Pedestrians and bicyclists will not be affected, as access will continue for them as well.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding this project may contact Stephanie Barrett, the Public Outreach Coordinator at 802-862-6085

Newport Man Arrested in Springfield VT
A Newport NH man was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Springfield VT last week. Springfield Police Officer Leonard said Anthony Jones was walking with a female near the Furman building when he made contact with Jones. After Jones identified himself, a routine check showed that Jones had an active VT arrest warrant. Jones was taken into custody and lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility on the active warrant in lieu of $750 bail.

Blow-Me-Down Farm to Be Summer Festival Center for the Arts
The Blow-Me –Down-Farm and the former home of Charles Beaman will serve as the base for a new summer festival center for performing and visual arts. The Opera House North was awarded a $150,000 grant to renovate the historic farm. The grant is from the Northern Border Regional Commission. Director Evans Haile announced the project at the Monday opening of Madame Butterfly at the Lebanon Opera House.
Charles Beaman convinced Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1885 to summer in Cornish that year. Beaman rented Saint-Gaudens an old Federal-Style house on the Hill

Lebanon Police Unveil Ice Cream Patrol

The Lebanon Police Department will soon be launching “Ice Cream Patrol,” the department’s newest community engagement program. During specific days, Lebanon Police Officers will be traveling through neighborhoods, parks and other city areas to distribute free ice cream. The purpose of the program is to build goodwill in the community and foster positive relationships with the City’s youth population.
The department has purchased a portable freezer that can be powered by a police cruiser’s 12V power outlet and will keep the ice cream frozen. Officers will drive throughout the City to build lasting relationships one ice cream cone at a time.
If you wish to have the Lebanon Police Department’s Ice Cream Patrol vehicle visit your neighborhood, please contact us via email at police@lebcity.com.

SC Man in Custody After Pursuit and Attempted Burglary

On August 2, 2017, at approximately 9:46 PM Lebanon Police responded to Dartmouth College Highway to assist the Enfield and Canaan Police Departments, along with New Hampshire State Police, after being notified that Enfield Police Officers were pursuing a vehicle into Lebanon.

It was further reported that the vehicle being pursued was possibly connected to an attempted robbery in Enfield. As Lebanon officers arrived in the area it was learned the suspect had abandoned the vehicle on Laplante Road and fled into the woods on foot.

Lebanon Police, Enfield Police, Plainfield Police, Canaan Police, Hanover Police and the New Hampshire State Police all assisted in the search for the suspect into the early morning hours, which included Lebanon Police K9 Units and an Air Unit from the New Hampshire State Police.
Today, at approximately 11:30AM, Lebanon Officers were notified of a suspicious male subject on Hanover Street. Lebanon officers responded and were able to identify the male as Michael Ray Laws, age 32, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Officers were able to identify him as the suspect from the robbery and pursuit. He was taken into custody without incident.
The vehicle Laws was driving was reported stolen from Worcester, Massachusetts. A search of the vehicle was conducted and officers located a replica handgun.

Laws is charged with Attempted Robbery and Receiving Stolen Property, both Class B Felonies, Disobeying an Officer, Reckless Driving, Possession of Drugs (Marijuana) in a Motor Vehicle, all of which are Class A Misdemeanors. Laws was also found to have a nationwide extraditable warrant for Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree, issued out of South Carolina. Laws refused the services of a Bail Commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending his arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court on August 4th, 201