Lebanon’s K-9 Officer Max Succumbs to Cancer

On December 11, 2017, Lebanon Police Department K9 Max succumbed to cancer when he was euthanized after a long and courageous battle. K9 Max, a Belgian Malinois, joined the department in 2007 and was trained by his handler, Officer Jeremy Perkins. K9 Max spent the next ten years in dedicated service to the Lebanon Police Department, the City of Lebanon and our residents.

Over the years, K9 Max was responsible for countless drug seizures, apprehensions and rescues. All Lebanon Police K9 teams train at the Vermont Police Academy and on several occasions, Officer Perkins and K9 Max were awarded the Vermont Police K9 Patrol Team of the Year award.

This past year, K9 Max had several surgeries to remove cancerous tumors from his body. Despite his cancer diagnosis and ongoing treatment, K9 Max continued to work along with Officer Perkins and they were an effective team until the very end. In November, K9 Max underwent a serious and invasive surgery to remove another cancerous tumor. Within a week of that surgery, K9 Max was back on patrol with Officer Perkins continuing to battle and continuing to serve our City.

K9 Max spent his last day on patrol with his handler doing his duty, as he did for the last ten years. At approximately 1:00PM, K9 Max and Officer Perkins arrived at the Stonecliff Animal Hospital where K9 Max entered the facility through a receiving line of police officers rendering a salute. After his passing, K9 Max was given his last radio call before being escorted by Lebanon Police cruisers to SAVES in Lebanon, where he was given one final send off before being cremated.

Two Arrested for Wilmot House Explosion

Two Arrested for Wilmot House Explosion

L-R Adam Dalton, Shane T. Fortier

State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan with Wilmot Fire Chief Sean Brunel and Wilmot Police Chief David Zuger announce two arrests made from an investigation into a house explosion at 543 NH Rt. 4A in the town of Wilmot.

On May 1, 2017, at approximately 7:58 AM, the Wilmot Fire Department and the Wilmot Police Department were dispatched to the above address for a report of a structure fire with explosion.  When the Wilmot Police Department arrived, they found the structure to be fully involved with fire.  A male victim was located outside the structure and had sustained severe burn injuries to his face, hands and knees.  Shortly after the initial investigation began, the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office was requested to assist with the investigation.

As a result of this joint investigation, the Wilmot Police Department, with assistance from the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office, arrested Shane T. Fortier (DOB 12/24/1987) and Adam J. Dalton (DOB 02/25/1992), charging them both with one count each of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary (NH RSA 635:1), Class B Felonies.  Adam Dalton was released on $10,000 cash bail and will be arraigned in Merrimack Superior Court on December 28, 2017. Shane Fortier refused bail and is being held at the Merrimack County Jail pending his arraignment at Merrimack Superior Court on Monday, December 11, 2017. Additional charges on both parties may be forthcoming.

This investigation was conducted with assistance from the following agencies:  Wilmot Fire Department, Wilmot Police Department, New London Police Department, Danbury Police Department, Alexandria Police Department, Bradford Police Department and the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Anyone with further questions or information can contact Investigator Adam Fanjoy at 603-223-4289

Dec. 5, 2017

Forestry Program in Weathersfield VT

Vermont Biologist and Foresters will give a presentation on habitat and forestry management in Weathersfield.  The two-part event takes place on December 7th and 9th for landowners interested in improving wildlife habitat and forest health on their property.

On Thursday, Dec. 7th there will be a talk at the Weathersfield Town Hall in Ascutney at 7:00 PM. The talk will detail a program that provides free advice and technical assistance from state wildlife biologists and foresters, in addition to federal financial assistance for habitat and forestry improvements.

The second part of the presentations is a field visit to a private property in the village of Perkinsville on Saturday, December 9, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Both presentations are free and open to the public, and you may attend either or both.

Please RSVP to Andrea Shortsleeve for directions, questions, and weather updates at 802-477-2257

 

Sullivan County Nursing Home Named in top 11 for NH

U.S. News and World Report named Sullivan County Health Care among the 11 best nursing homes in New Hampshire.  The list came out last week and Sullivan County Health Care made the list out of 73 nursing homes in NH.

U.S. News and World Report gathered their information from the U.S. government’s Medicare website, where consumers can make informed nursing home choices.

Medicare ranks nursing homes on health and facility inspections, staffing levels, data on medical care quality measures, fire safety inspections, federal government enforcement actions, and how well nursing home residents are treated in specific areas of care.  Sullivan County Health Care currently holds a 5-Star Rating.

Ted Purdy, the Sullivan County Health Care Administrator, and Patti Henderson, the Sullivan County Health Care Director of Nursing, attribute these honors as a direct result of the care and services given by their staff – staff that is committed and strive on an ongoing basis to meet resident needs, every day. Coos, Merrimack and Belknap County Nursing Homes also made the list.

Enfield Man Arrested on Drug Charges

On November 29, 2017 at approximately 3:20PM, Lebanon Police Sergeant Brady Harwood observed a vehicle commit a motor vehicle violation on Interchange Drive. Sergeant Harwood turned his vehicle around to make a traffic stop but observed the vehicle attempt to elude him onto Route 12A. Sergeant Harwood was able to locate the vehicle in the parking lot of the Colonial Plaza. The operator of the vehicle was identified as 25-year-old Andrew Lohmann of Enfield, NH. An investigation revealed that Lohmann was in possession of two bundles of Heroin and a small bag of methamphetamine. He was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of a Narcotic Drug, both Class B Felonies.
Lohmann was also found to be on conditions of release out of the Grafton County Superior Court stemming from a previous Lebanon Police Department arrest on October 24, 2017, in which he was arrested for heroin possession. Lohmann was held on $3,000 cash bail and is expected to be arraigned before the Grafton County Superior Court on November 30, 2017

Nov. 30, 2017

Loudon NH Man KIlled In Industrial Accident at Springfield Biomass Plant
A Loudon man was killed in an industrial accident Monday night at the Springfield Power LLC plant in Springfield NH. The NH State Police notified OSHA on Monday evening of the accident that killed 23-year-old Dakota Labrecque and they subsequently opened an investigation.

According to Ted Fitzgerald, Regional Director for Public Affairs with the US Department of Labor, the investigation will determine whether any workplace safety standards were violated and that findings aren’t expected for at least one month. OSHA has up to six months to complete the inspection.

Lt. Joseph Di Russo of NH State Police and Troop C are assisting OSHA in the investigation of the industrial accident.

Lebanon Working on Sidewalks Today

Lebanon Public Works will be working on the sidewalk and drainage area located near #70 South Main Street today. The work will take place between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM. There may be lane closure and drivers should expect minor delays. Motorists should seek an alternate route if possible. Any questions and/or concerns regarding this work should be directed to Bruce Temple, Assistant Director Lebanon Public Works at 603-448-3112.

Enfield Holds Public Hearing for Trust Fund

The Enfield Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 4th at 6:30 PM at the Public Works Facility on Lockehaven Road in Enfield. The hearing will be to establish an expendable trust fund for accepting monetary donations toward the purchase of and property improvements to the Mascoma Lakeside Park.

Putney VT Man Arrested for Operating With a Suspended License

A Putney VT man was arrested for Operating a vehicle after Suspension in Bellows Falls. Bellows Falls Police said they observed a dark-colored sedan with no lights on traveling east on Westminster Street near Red Light Hill. After a motor vehicle stop on Route 5 by Barker Street, officers found the driver Alex S. James to have a suspended license, no current registration or insurance and license plates that belonged to another vehicle. James was issued a citation to appear in Windham Superior Court on January 1st to answer to the charge. The plates were seized and J & M Auto removed the vehicle.

Police Seek Suspects in Claremont Armed Robbery

On November 29, 2017, at approximately 2:30am, the Claremont Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Cumberland Farms convenience store located on Pleasant Street in Claremont, NH.

Initial investigation at the scene revealed that two male subjects wearing masks entered the store, threatened the clerk with a weapon, and left with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register. No injuries were sustained during this incident.

One suspect is described as a white male, thin build, dark hair, wearing a dark colored jacket, dark blue jeans, gray sneakers, a green or gray hat/mask, and tan gloves. The other suspect is described as tall, stocky build, wearing a green or gray Carhartt-style hooded jacket, black mask, light blue jeans and white sneakers. Pictures of the two suspects are attached to this press release.

Anyone with any infom1ation is urged to contact Claremont Police Detective Casey Piehl or Detective Colby Casey at (603)542-7010. Calls can also be placed to the tip line at (603)542- 7026.

Lebanon PD Seeks ID of Exit 18 Jiffy Mart Robber

On November 26, 2017 at approximately 4:26AM, an unknown male entered the
Exit 18 Jiffy Mart located on Heater Road in Lebanon. While the clerk was busy in
another area of the store, the male walked behind the front counter and concealed a
pack of cigarettes.
The store clerk confronted the subject regarding the cigarettes, at which time the
male removed a black pistol from under his sweatshirt and laid it on the counter.
When the clerk told the male he was going to call the police, the male brandished
the pistol.
As the clerk called the police, the male exited the store on foot toward Route 120
and could not be located. Anyone with information on the identity
of this individual, or if you have information on this case, is asked to call
the Lebanon Police Department at 603- 448-1212 or submit an anonymous crime
tip at LebanonNH.gov/CLUE or by calling 603-448-CLUE (2583).

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Lebanon Woman Arrested for Assault at Assistant Living Facility

On November 18, 2017, the Lebanon Police Department received a report of an assault against a patient at Genesis ElderCare Center. The investigation determined that a Licensed Nursing Assistant working at Genesis Eldercare Center had assaulted an 88-year-old female patient by pouring water over her head and face, and then placing clothing around her head and neck to impede her breathing. The investigation led to the arrest of Kareen McGregor, age 50, of Lebanon, on a warrant.
McGregor was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault, a Class B felony, and Simple Assault, a Class A Misdemeanor. She was released on $7,500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear at the Grafton County Superior Court for arraignment on December 4, 2017.

Tips from Public Leads to Arrests in Kohl’s Electronics Theft

On November 14, 2017, the Lebanon Police Department requested the public’s assistance with identifying a male subject who was suspected of shoplifting $1,700 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s. Information received from the public helped the Lebanon Police Department identify the suspect as: Gary Haberland, age 29, of Lebanon, NH.
During this investigation, Lebanon Police were contacted about a suspicious tent located in the woods near Interchange Drive. While investigating the campsite, they discovered a tent that contained a large amount of merchandise and other evidence that tied the site to Haberland and his girlfriend, Hali Bailey, age 23, of Lebanon, NH.
On November 18, 2017, Lebanon Officers located Haberland and Bailey at a residence in Lebanon where they were arrested.
Haberland was charged with Theft by Unauthorized Taking, a Class A Felony, Witness Tampering, a Class B Felony and Receiving Stolen Property, a Class A Felony. He was held on $5,000 cash bail and will be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on November 20, 2017.
Hali Bailey was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, a Class B Misdemeanor and was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail. She will be arraigned in the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on January 22, 2018.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated.

Tunbridge VT Man Arrested for Heroin in Lebanon

On November 16, 2017 at approximately 4:30PM, a Lebanon Police Officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the Kmart parking lot and believed that the occupant was engaged in drug activity.
The officer approached the vehicle and observed drug paraphernalia in plain view. The subsequent investigation revealed that the occupant of the
vehicle, David Welch, age 33 of Tunbridge, Vermont had just purchased a bundle of heroin in Lebanon. The heroin was recovered from the
vehicle.
Welch was arrested and charged with Possession of the Controlled Drug Heroin, a Class B Felony. He was released on personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned in Grafton County Superior Court on December 4, 2017.