Lebanon Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Person of Interest

Lebanon NH – On January 10, 2019 the Lebanon Police Department received a report from a Woodstock, Vermont resident regarding possible credit card and identity fraud that had just taken place at two stores in Lebanon. The victim stated that his wallet had been stolen from a fitness center in Woodstock, VT and shortly thereafter, charges started to appear on his credit card. An investigation determined that an unknown subject went into Best Buy and Walmart and purchased several expensive electronic items with the victim’s credit card. The subject purchased two Mac Books and three iPads with the stolen card. The total loss exceeded $5,000.

The investigating officer was able to determine through surveillance video that the same male subject was responsible for both transactions. He is described as a white male in his 40’s, wearing a white hat, black North Face jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers. The subject was seen leaving in a white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with an unknown registration.

The Police Department is asking anyone who may have information about the identity of the male featured in the photographs to call Lebanon Police Officer Willie Harden at 603-448-1212. Information can also be submitted anonymously to our Tip Line, 603-448-CLUE, or online at LebanonNH.gov/CLUE

Lebanon Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Theft Suspect

Lebanon NH – On October 8, 2018, the Lebanon Police Department took a report regarding Identity Fraud. It was reported that an unknown male subject had fraudulently obtained several phones by charging them to the victim’s account using the victim’s personal information. The Lebanon Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the subject in the attached photograph, which was captured from store surveillance.

On 12/28/18 the Lebanon Police had issued a press release on this incident with an attached photograph of a different male subject. The individual in the previously issued release was identified and determined not to be involved in the incident. Further investigation revealed the individual attached in the current press release to be the person of interest in the investigation.

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

Lebanon Police Investigating Untimely Death of NJ Man

Lebanon NH -On Sunday, January 13, 2019, at approximately 1:50PM the Lebanon Police Department received a report of a male subject found deceased in the woods off of the South side of the Lebanon Airport runway. The deceased subject was discovered by a snowmobiler who was riding in the area.

The deceased is identified as Corey Wilson, age 37, with the last known address of Belleville, New Jersey. The Grafton County Attorney’s Office along with a Medical Examiner from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene. It was determined that the deceased would be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Concord for an autopsy. The cause of death is pending autopsy, but the death does not appear suspicious or the result of foul play.

Windsor VT Man Arrested for Hartford Bank Robbery

Town of Hartford, Vermont, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant charging 28 year old Stephen Lynch, formerly of Windsor, Vermont with robbery.

Just after 2pm Monday afternoon, Lynch approached a teller at the Mascoma Bank along the 200 block of Maple Street and passed a note implying he had a weapon and demanded cash.  The Teller complied and Lynch fled the bank on foot toward the area of Hazen Street with an undisclosed amount of cash.

There were other customers inside the bank at the time of the incident.  No one was injured.

Within minutes, officers from the Hartford Police were joined by Norwich and Lebanon Police, and Troopers from the Vermont State Police – including a K-9 Team.  The Hartford School District was also contacted to request a “lock-out” at the three area schools.  While there was not an immediate threat to the schools, the White River School, Hartford Memorial Middle School and Hartford High School were in close enough proximity to the robbery that the police and school district felt the precaution was appropriate given the suspect was at large.  During the “lock-out”, the school continued regular operations inside the building, but took additional measures including a delay in afternoon dismissal until it was determined the suspect not in the immediate area and posed no threat to students departing the campus or buses making drop-offs in the area of the incident.  Police maintained a perimeter around the area and a presence at or adjacent to the schools once students were released.

 

Through investigation, detectives identified a vehicle of interest, which was shared along with bank surveillance photos of the suspect with allied law enforcement agencies throughout the region.  Late Monday afternoon, the vehicle was stopped by Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police, Shelburne Falls Barracks along I-91 South.  Lynch was identified from surveillance photos, and Massachusetts State Police recovered a large amount of cash. Lynch was lodged in Massachusetts late Monday night on a charge of receiving stolen property, as was another occupant of the vehicle identified as 23 year old Katelyn Grizzaffi of Lebanon, New Hampshire.

 

Hartford Police worked overnight with investigators from the Massachusetts State Police and prosecutors from the Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office to obtain an emergency arrest warrant from the District Court of Vermont, which has since been lodged as a detainer to hold Lynch pending an extradition hearing.

 

The investigation continues, additional arrests and charges are pending.

 

 

Police Investigate Afternoon Bank Robbery

Town of Hartford, Vermont, Monday, January 7, 2019 – Hartford Police are investigating the robbery of the Mascoma Bank located along the 200 block of Maple Street this afternoon.

Just after 2pm, a white male, approximately 5-8” tall, with dark hair and a mustache, wearing a dark colored hoodie and scarf approached the bank teller, passed a note implying he had a weapon and demanding cash.  The teller complied and the man fled the bank on foot towards the area of Hazen Street with an undisclosed amount of cash.

There were other customers inside the bank at the time of the incident.  No one was injured.

Within minutes, officers from the Hartford Police were joined by Norwich and Lebanon Police, and Troopers from the Vermont State Police – including a K-9 Team.  The Hartford School District was also contacted to request a “lock-out” at the three area schools.  While there was not an immediate threat to the schools, the White River School, Hartford Memorial Middle School and Hartford High School were in close enough proximity that the police and school district felt the precaution was appropriate.  During the “lock-out”, the school continued regular operations inside the building, but took additional measures including a delay in afternoon dismissal until it was determined the suspect was not in the immediate area and posed no threat to students departing the campus or buses.

Police are currently following up on information supplied by witnesses.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 802-295-9425.  The investigation continues

Man Arrested with Methamphetamine After Assaulting a Lebanon Police Officer

Lebanon NH- On January 5, 2019 at approximately 12:52AM, Lebanon Police Sergeant Michael Wright encountered a male subject on High Street after investigating a suspicious vehicle he had observed. During the encounter, the male became resistive and subsequently fought with officer.

Several Lebanon patrol officers responded to assist and the male was eventually taken into custody after a prolonged struggle. He was identified as Nicholas Currier, age 40, of Springfield, NH.

An investigation revealed that Currier was in possession of Methamphetamine as well as a syringe and glass pipe. Currier is charged with Possession of a Narcotic Drug, A Class B Felony, along with Resisting Arrest and Simple Assault on a Police Officer, both Class A Misdemeanors. He was also charged with Driving While Intoxicated, a Class B Misdemeanor.

Currier was processed and released on Personal Recognizance bail and will be arraigned before the Grafton County Superior Court on January 21, 2019

Grantham Police Investigate Two Business Break-Ins

Grantham NH – On Dec. 31st, at approximately 0530, NHSP Troop C responded to a reported burglary at the Circle K located on Route 10 South in Grantham.  Arriving troopers found that the front glass door to the business had been smashed. Items were taken from the store, but it has not yet been determined what exactly was removed.

At approximately 0800, Grantham Police were notified that the inner glass door at Bar Harbor Bank had been shattered. This was reported by an individual who had attempted to use the ATM, which is located in the foyer of the bank.  It has not yet been determined what may have been removed.

These incidents are being jointly investigated by both the Grantham Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police.  Anyone with information about either of these burglaries is asked to contact Grantham Police Dept. Sgt. Cunningham at 603-863-6844, GPDEPT@granthamnh.net or NHSP Trooper First Class Dean at 603-223-8303, brandon.Dean@dos.nh.gov

Vermont Remote Worker Grant Program Set to Launch

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development today announced the Remote Worker Grant Program will officially launch on January 1, 2019. The program offers reimbursement grants of up $5,000 per year ($10,000 over two years) to remote workers across the country who move to Vermont.

The application process opens on January 1 and will be overseen by the Vermont Department of Economic Development.

“As we work to expand and strengthen Vermont’s workforce, I appreciate the Legislature’s creative work on this program, aimed at attracting more people to live in Vermont,” said Governor Phil Scott. “We hope it will help recruit workers to our state and serve as a solid building block in developing solutions to the demographic challenges we face.”

During the 2017-2018 legislative session, the Vermont Legislature proposed and passed, and the Governor signed, Act 197, which allocated $500,000 to fund the remote worker grant program.

“Legislators created this incentive to help individuals who can work remotely become Vermonters and bring their employment with them,” said Senator Michael Sirotkin, chair of the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee. “We are encouraged by the interest this program has garnered and look forward to seeing the results as people make the decision to move here and enjoy Vermont’s high quality of life.”

To qualify for the grant, an applicant must be a full-time employee of a company with its domicile or primary place of business outside of Vermont. Applicants must move to Vermont on or after January 1, 2019 and perform a majority of their employment duties remotely from a home office or coworking space in the state. Expenses eligible for reimbursement include relocation costs, computer software and hardware, broadband access or upgrade, and membership in coworking or similar spaces.

Those interested in receiving a grant must submit a complete application, including documentation of expenses to be eligible. Grants will be awarded to those newly-relocated remote workers who submit complete applications on a first come, first served basis. Applicants in the first year are eligible to apply again in 2020 for another grant of up to $5,000.

For more information about the program and how to apply starting January 1, 2019 visit the Think Vermont (https://www.thinkvermont.com/remote-worker-grant-program/) or Vermont ACCD (https://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/remoteworkergrantprogram) webpages.

NH Foxes Displaying Symptoms of Canine Distemper

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CONCORD, NH – Several gray foxes and raccoons displaying symptoms of Canine Distemper have been reported in the Berlin area in recent weeks. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) is submitting several of these animals to the University of New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to confirm whether this is a cluster of canine distemper infection. New Hampshire Fish and Game and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food advise the public to be aware of this situation and to be diligent about keeping all pet vaccinations current.

Canine distemper is a naturally occurring viral infection spread by close animal contact, such as den sharing. According to NHFG furbearer biologist Patrick Tate, occasional reports of symptomatic wildlife began to occur in New Hampshire in late 2016. Since then, tests conducted by Fish and Game and the UNH Veterinary  Diagnostic Lab on several animals have confirmed canine distemper in both gray fox and fisher. Among wildlife, canine distemper can occur in foxes, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, mink, weasel, fisher, and otter. Behavioral symptoms indicative of canine distemper include tameness, confusion, and high-risk daytime activity including walking down, or standing near, busy streets during peak activity times. These displayed symptoms occur late in an animal’s infection, and most experience neurological complications.

Canine distemper is fatal to wildlife. There is no effective means for vaccinating wildlife against the disease, nor is there any cure to treat an animal after infection. Fortunately, canine distemper is not transferable to humans. Because the clinical signs of canine distemper can look like rabies in foxes and raccoons, everyone is advised to avoid contact with wildlife behaving abnormally.

Pet owners take note

Canine distemper can be transferred to domestic dogs and ferrets. Cats cannot get canine distemper; however, there is an unrelated virus called feline distemper that affects cat species.

Domestic animals can easily be vaccinated to prevent infections. Regular revaccination is the most important measure in safeguarding pets. Like wildlife, there is no treatment for domestic animals once they are infected with the disease. Distemper is often fatal, and animals that survive usually have permanent nervous system damage.

Most reports of wildlife infected with canine distemper occur during the spring and summer when wild animals are most active reproducing and raising young. Domestic dogs can be infected at any time of the year. It is important for owners to discuss distemper vaccination with their veterinarians and monitor pet activity outdoors to prevent interactions with wild animals. Anyone who believes their pet has been exposed to, or is suffering from, canine distemper should contact their veterinarian immediately.

For more information on canine distemper, talk with your veterinarian.  Good online resources include avma.org and merckvetmanual.com.

Three Lebanon Residents Receive Red Cross Certificate of Merit

Lebanon, NH, December 17, 2018 —In March, 2018, Marie Derosier, Denise Holden, and Alena Pardoe of Carter Community Building Association (CCBA) Witherell Recreation Center called on their American Red Cross training in First Aid/CPR/AED to save the life of recreation center member Dave Kelty. Kelty was found in a stairwell unconscious and barely breathing while experiencing heart failure, and the three CCBA employees immediately responded. For this heroic and lifesaving action, Derosier, Holden, and Pardoe received the Red Cross Certificate of Merit in a ceremony at CCBA held on December 14.

The Certificate of Merit is the highest award given by the Red Cross to individuals who save or sustain a life using skills learned in a Red Cross Training Services course.

“We’re extremely proud to present these three Certificates of Merit,” said Maria Devlin, CEO of American Red Cross of New Hampshire and Vermont. “We at the Red Cross don’t often get to see how our work actually affects someone’s life. You have demonstrated why training is so important, and we thank you for modeling the values of the Red Cross and bringing our mission to life.”

The Certificates of Merit were presented by Devlin at the CCBA facility. The presentation was attended by CCBA and Red Cross staff, the three nominees, and by Dave Kelty. The certificates are signed by the President of the United States, who is the honorary chairman of the American Red Cross, and the Chairman of the American Red Cross. The honorees were also presented with a special medal and pin by the Red Cross.

“The gratefulness and respect I feel is sometimes overwhelming,” Kelty said. “I’d like to thank CCBA from the Board level down for making sure there are qualified people here, and for providing them with time to practice and prepare. I am very blessed and very thankful for these three ladies.”

Derosier, Holden, and Pardoe had just completed the CPR/AED class when the incident occurred. Employees of the fitness center are required to keep up with training and preparedness in the event that a situation like Kelty’s occurs. At CCBA, Derosier serves as Program Director, Holden is the Member Services Coordinator, and Pardoe is the Personal Training Coordinator.

Red Cross training gives people the knowledge and skills to act in an emergency and save a life. A variety of online, blended (online and in-person skills session) and classroom courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass.

If you or someone you know has used skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course to help save or sustain the life of another individual, visit LifesavingAwards.org to nominate, recognize, or be inspired.