Concord Man Arrested for Selling Heroin in Lebanon

Lebanon NH – On March 12, 2018 at approximately 8:00PM Lebanon Police Officers, and members of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, were investigating drug activity in the City and located a suspicious male in the Miracle Mile Plaza located at 390 Miracle Mile.

The male was identified as Randy Philbrook, Age 52, of Concord NH. Philbrook was found to be in possession of more than a half gram of Heroin, and a subsequent investigation indicated an intent to distribute the drugs. He was arrested and charged with Possession of the Controlled Drug Heroin with the Intent to Distribute, a Class B felony. Philbrook was later released on $5,000 Personal Recognizance bail and is due to appear for arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court on March 26, 2018.

Update on Royalton VT Homicide

Springfield, Vermont – On March 8th Frank Sanville was discharged from the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where he received treatment for injuries he sustained during the incident at 479 Happy Hollow Road prior to being located by police.   The Vermont Department of Corrections has revoked Sanville’s current furlough sentence and upon his hospital discharge he was taken to the Southern State Correctional Center in Springfield, Vermont 


On Monday March 12, 2018 the Office of the Windsor County State’s Attorney will be filing charges with the Windsor Superior Court, Criminal Division.  Sanville’s arraignment date for the first degree Murder charge has yet to be determined by the court, but is expected to be either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.  Inquiries about the arraignment date can be referred to the Windsor County State’s Attorney Office during Monday afternoon.    At this time there is no mugshot photo available for Sanville and one will be available post arraignment.   


Enfield NH Man Killed in Route 4 Accident

Lebanon NH On Thursday March 8, 2018 at approximately 5:50 a.m. the Lebanon Police Department responded to a collision involving two vehicles on Route 4, Dartmouth College Highway, in the area of number 418.  The crash was determined to involve a fatality at which time the Grafton County Attorney’s Office was notified.  At the request of the Grafton County Attorney’s Office the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (C.A.R.) Unit was requested to respond to the scene.  Upon arrival the New Hampshire State Police C.A.R. Unit assumed control of the investigation with the assistance of the Lebanon Police Department.

This collision involved a 2001 Chevrolet 3500 dump truck style vehicle which was operated by Andrew Kannler, age 48, Grafton, NH.  The second vehicle involved was a 2017 GMC Sierra pickup truck which was operated by Robert Rogers, age 58, of Enfield, NH.  Initial investigation on scene indicated that the Chevrolet dump truck lost control and struck the front of the GMC Sierra causing fatal injuries to Rogers.

Initial investigation on scene indicated that the Chevrolet dump truck lost control and struck the front of the GMC Sierra causing fatal injuries to Rogers.  The investigation is ongoing to reconstruct the events of the crash and determine why the collision occurred.

Due to the collision, Route 4 in the area was closed for approximately 4 hours and traffic was diverted around various detours.  The New Hampshire State Police CAR Unit was assisted on scene by the Lebanon Police Department, Enfield Police Department, the Lebanon Fire Department, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

At this time it does not appear that impairment was a factor in this crash, however all aspects remain under investigation.  Anyone that may have further information related to this crash, please contact Trooper Daniel Quartulli at 603-223-8993 or email at

Claremont Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges in Route 120 Crash

Lebanon NH -On 3/4/18 at approximately 12:48AM, Lebanon Police and Fire units responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident, involving a roll-over, just north of the Centerra Parkway entrance on Route 120 in Lebanon.
Upon arrival, it was learned that a female driver had driven her vehicle over a snowbank on Colburn Hill and traveled for approximately 30 feet in the air before striking the ditch and ending up on its roof. This was a single vehicle accident.
Jensie Pliego, age 31 of Cindy Avenue in Claremont, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with Serious Bodily Injury, a Class B Felony; Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated – Passenger Under the Age of 16, Class A Misdemeanor and Reckless Conduct, a Class A Misdemeanor. Pliego was taken to the hospital from the scene with possible serious injuries to her neck and knee.
Two passengers also sustained serious bodily injury. James Mills, age 56 of Claremont, suffered a broken back and a 10-year-old juvenile male suffered possible fractured fingers. Mills had to be extricated from the vehicle by Lebanon Fire. Both were transported to DHMC for treatment of their injuries. Pliego was released on $5,000 Personal Recognizance Bail and will be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on March 19, 2018.

Explosives Found in Lebanon

Lebanon, NH: At 1205 hours the Lebanon Police and Fire Departments responded to a vacant residential dwelling on Spring Street for a report of potentially explosive materials found. On arrival personnel were met by a a clean-up contractor, hired by the property owner who was clearing debris from the residence. The contractor advised that they had found several boxes of retail fireworks, black powder and other potentially explosive materials and removed them from the building. Public Safety personnel contacted the New Hampshire State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal (NHSP EOD) unit to request assistance with identifying the materials and disposal.
At 1330 hours the NHSP EOD supervisor arrived on scene and upon examination determined that some of the materials were retail fireworks and other appeared to be homemade explosive devices. Due to the uncertainty about the stability of the materials and age, a decision was made to transport the materials to a safe location and render them safe by explosive charge. The materials were transported to the lower area at the Lebanon Landfill and subsequently detonated, resulting in 4 small explosions in the area.
It is important to note that at no time was the public in danger, both at the Spring Street location and at the landfill.

Lebanon NH Police Seize $10,000 of Crack Cocaine

Lebanon NH – On February 26, 2018 at approximately 12:00PM Lebanon Police Officers investigated a suspicious vehicle parked at the Walmart Plaza, located at 285 Plainfield Rd. The vehicle was occupied by two people and indications of recent drug use were observed by the officers. The two individuals initially provided false identities to the investigating officers, but were ultimately identified as Matthew Horton, age 28, of Cavendish VT, and Nichole Wentworth, age 35, of Epping NH.

Horton was found to be in possession of approximately 31.5 grams of crack cocaine, with the approximate street value of $10,000. Horton was also wanted on a probation violation stemming from a felony theft charge out of Sullivan County. Horton was charged with Possession of a Narcotic Drug, crack cocaine, With the Intent to Distribute, a Class B Felony; Possession of a Controlled Drug, Alprazolam, a Class B Felony and False Reports to Law Enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor. He refused bail, and was transported the Grafton County House of Corrections to await arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court. Wentworth was wanted on a warrant out of Rockingham County for failure to appear on a previous charge for possessing heroin. She was transferred to the Rockingham County Sherriff’s Department to await her arraignment.

VT Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sexual Offenses

CONCORD NH – Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that Joseph Norko, 50, of Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, pleaded guilty today to two counts of attempted online enticement and one count of interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual activity.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Norko’s charges were based on two online undercover investigations. One investigation was conducted by the Portsmouth Police Department and one was conducted by the Lebanon Police Department. In July of 2017, the defendant responded to an online advertisement posted by a Portsmouth police officer purporting to offer sex with a 12-year-old girl. In September of 2017, he responded to an online advertisement posted by a Lebanon police officer purporting to be a 15-year-old girl. The defendant then traveled from Vermont to New Hampshire in order to engage in sexual contact with the person he thought was 15 years old.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for June 1, 2018.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the children of the Granite State,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “This case is yet another example of the dangers that lurk on the Internet.  I am grateful to the law enforcement officers whose work led to the conviction of this Internet predator.”

“Online exploitation of children is one of the most disturbing crimes we investigate. It’s always very satisfying when our close coordination with our federal and state partners successfully brings the predators who engage in this behavior to justice,” said Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge, for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Lebanon Police Department, the Portsmouth Police Department, and the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which includes members of several other police departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgiana Konesky.

Assault on Lebanon Police Officer

Lebanon NH – On Thursday February 22, 2018 at approximately 10:15AM, Corporal Michael Roberts was investigating a suspicious vehicle, containing two male subjects, parked at Walmart on Plainfield Road in the parking lot on the north side of the building. The male passenger provided a false name and as Cpl. Roberts continued to investigate, he discovered that the subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia. The male was later positively identified as Shawn M. Mooney, age 30, last known to be living in Stoddard, New Hampshire. As Cpl. Roberts attempted to arrest Mooney, Mooney attacked him by striking him in the face several times and then made several attempts to gouge out one of his eyes. Mooney was able to get away from Cpl. Roberts and fled into a swamp located behind Walmart.
Cpl. Roberts had radioed for assistance, which brought multiple Lebanon Police Officers to the area. Mooney was located on Interchange Drive, attempting to exit the other side of the swamp, where he was taken into custody. Mooney’s identity was confirmed after he was arrested and it was determined that he has outstanding arrest warrants charging him with Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault involving a 9-year-old child and Violation of Probation, both from the Hillsborough County Superior Court North. Mooney is facing the following charges from this morning’s incident in Lebanon: three counts of Attempted First Degree Assault, Class A Felony; Simple Assault, Reckless Conduct and Resisting Arrest, all Class A Misdemeanors. The First-Degree Assault and Reckless Conduct charges stem from Mooney’s attempts to gouge out Cpl. Roberts’ eye.

New K-9 for Lebanon Police Force

Lebanon NH -A new Police K9 has joined the Lebanon Police Department. K-9 Blesk is a one-year-old male Belgian Malinois that was born in Slovakia and imported into the United States in November of 2017.
K-9 Blesk will be partnered with his handler, Senior Officer Jeremy Perkins. Officer Perkins most recently worked with K-9 Max, who succumbed to cancer on December 11, 2017. K-9 Blesk was selected after a long vetting process that involved numerous K-9 candidates.
The Belgian Malinois is known for being a very tenacious, high energy, intelligent and friendly working dog. K-9 Blesk will be dual trained in both drug detection and patrol functions at the Vermont Police Canine Academy in Pittsford, Vermont beginning in February of 2018. Upon completing training, Officer Perkins and K-9 Blesk will be assigned to the Patrol Bureau.

Two Men Sentenced for Attempting to Solicit Minors

L-R Erik E. Polson and James Taylor

Lebanon NH – On Thursday, February 15, 2018, two men were sentenced to prison in Grafton County Superior Court in two separate cases involving the attempted solicitation of minors for sex. Erik E. Polson, age 73, of Chelsea, Vermont was sentenced to 2-4 years in the New Hampshire State Prison after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Felonious Sexual Assault. He was also sentenced to 3 ½-7 years, all suspended, in State Prison for Trafficking a Victim Under 18, after pleading guilty to that charge. Polson was arrested on 8/10/17 when he arrived in Lebanon to meet a 15-year-old female.

James M. Taylor, age 26, of Quechee, Vermont, was sentenced to 1-2 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited and 12 months in the House of Correction, all suspended, for Child Endangerment. Taylor was arrested on 11/1/17 after arriving in Lebanon to meet a 15-year-old female.

Both investigations were initiated by the Lebanon Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigators, who were operating in an undercover capacity to address the ongoing, and widespread, threats to children in our community who utilize the internet. The Lebanon Police Department is an ICAC affiliate and committed to ferreting out criminal behavior on the internet directed toward children.