The Great American Smokeout

Concord, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) encourages New Hampshire residents to join people across the country in quitting tobacco on November 15, 2018, during the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. As part of its goal to improve public health and protect future generations from the risks of tobacco use, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended its authority to cover all tobacco products. The FDA currently covers: cigarettes, cigars, dissolvables, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, smokeless tobacco products (dip, snuff, snus, and chewing tobacco), vapes, e-cigs, hookah pens, and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.

“In New Hampshire, approximately 15.6% of adults smoke cigarettes. The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking cigarettes and any type of tobacco use,” said Lisa Morris, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services. “The Great American Smokeout is a perfect time to make a quit plan with a specially trained and confidential Quit Coach at QuitNow-NH.”

Evidence shows that quitting tobacco is a process that starts with a reason to quit followed by a plan to get support.  To increase your chances of successfully quitting, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or log into www.QuitNowNH.org to enroll in the free Quit Coach Program that provides free nicotine replacement patches, lozenges and gum.

Lebanon Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Theft Suspect

Lebanon NH –  On October 15, 2018, it was reported to the Lebanon Police Department that a cell phone was stolen from a vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot. A suspect was identified during the investigation, shown on the surveillance photos below.

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

White River Jct. Woman Killed in Sharon VT Crash

Sharon VT – On 11/13/18 at approximately 0657 hrs, Troopers from the Vermont State Police -Royalton Barracks responded to a reported two car collision involving a  2005 Toyota and an International box truck on Vermont Route 14 in the Town of Sharon. The passenger the Toyota , 25 year old Alisha Boice of White River Junction had to be extricated from the vehicle and transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Boice was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Troopers are currently investigating the crash. Poor weather and road conditions were contributing factors in the crash.

WUVR and WNTK Take Awards at NHAB 2018 Granite Mike Banquet

CONCORD – This year, New Hampshire broadcasters gave us award-winning coverage of the opioid epidemic, state championship sports, breaking news from severe weather and fun features focused on everyone from ice fishing enthusiasts to janitors. Local leaders from television and radio gathered to celebrate the best of the best at the 2018 Granite Mikes, presented by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters. Dozens of stations were recognized, capped off by the award for Broadcaster of the Year, which went to WKBK radio broadcaster Dan Mitchell, for his work on and off the air.

Mitchell, who has worked at WKBK for more than 30 years, has become a central figure in raising funds and awareness around many of the Monadnock Region’s most important causes, such as children’s health care, help for the poor and local amateur sports.

Individuals and stations submitted 261 entries in 20 categories. The work was judged by the Idaho Association of Broadcasters. WMUR TV was the big winner, taking several First-Place prizes and Merit Certificates. WGIR, WZID and WBNH radio also received numerous First Place awards.
WMUR TV and WLKZ-FM were named the television and radio Stations of the Year respectively.

Mike Haze, radio host for WFNQ, and WMUR TV’s Sean McDonald, received the radio and television Air Personality awards. WTPL’s Good Morning NH was First Place winner in the Morning Show Team category.

The list of winners is as follows:

Public Affairs/Talk
Radio
MERIT WKBK
FIRST – WNHN-LPFM
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – Close-Up
FIRST – WENH/NH Public Radio – Roads to Recovery

Spot News
Radio
MERIT WBNH-LP
FIRST – NHPR-FM – Gun Policy Debate
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – October Floods
FIRST – WMUR-TV – July Flooding

Documentary News
Radio
MERIT- NH Public Radio – The State of the Free State
FIRST – NH Public Radio – Rural Doctor Surrenders License
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – Bullying in Schools
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Babies Born Addicted

Feature Story
Radio
MERIT – WVMJ/WMWV – The Perfect Spot for Ice Fishing
FIRST – NH Public Radio – Synchronized Swimming
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Victoria Arlen
FIRST – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Janitor Kevin Freeman

Newscast
Radio
MERIT – WTSN – Noon News
FIRST – WZID – Peggy James
Television
MERIT -WMUR-TV – News 9 Tonight
FIRST – WMUR-TV – News 9 at Six

Play-by-Play
Radio
MERIT -WTSV – NH Boys Basketball
FIRST – WBNH-LP – NH Girls Basketball State Championship
Television
FIRST – WYCU – NHIAA Division III Boys Basketball Championship

Sports Feature
Radio
MERIT – WBNH-LP Foxx on Sports
FIRST – WGIR-AM – Jack Heath Interviews Local Coaches
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Mountain Mud Run
FIRST – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Behind the Manchester Marathon

Air Personality
Radio
MERIT – WZID-FM – Heather Bishop
FIRST – WFNQ – Mike Haze
Television
MERIT
WMUR-TV – Chronicle – Erin Fehlau
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Chronicle – Sean McDonald

Morning Show Team – radio category only
Radio
MERIT – WTPL – Good Morning NH
FIRST – WZID – Neal and Marga, NH in the Morning

Station Promotional Announcement
Radio
MERIT – WVMJ/WMWV – 4th Annual Summer Solstace Sizzle
FIRST – WGIR/WHEB-FM – Morning Buzz, Kelly Brown Parody Songs
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – NH Idol
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Year Ender 2017

Individual Commercial
Radio
MERIT – WZID – Haunted Acres
FIRST – WBYY – Zachs Lobster Tail
Television
MERIT – WPTZ/WNNE – Brown Furniture
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Al Terry Plumbing

Commercial Campaign
Radio
MERIT – WLKZ – Say it in stitches
FIRST – WUVR-AM Marsh Brothers Deli
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV Al Terry Plumbing
FIRST – WPTZ- WNNE – Math + Science = Success

Public Service Announcement
Radio
MERIT – WBNH-LP – Bedford Hockey Fundraising Dinner
FIRST – WFNQ – Awareness for Adalyn
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – Keep your hydrants clear
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Drug Take Back

Best Use of Digital Media
Radio
MERIT – NH Public Radio – Digital news and podcasts
FIRST – WNTK
Television
FIRST – WMUR-TV- Digital Storytelling

Best Station Promotion
Radio
MERIT – WGXL – Get a room
FIRST – WHDQ – Buzz Word of the Day
Television
FIRST – WMUR-TV – NH Idol

Local Special Program/Event
Radio
MERIT- WLKZ – 36th Annual Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction
FIRST – WHEB/WGIR – 2018 Blacksmith Ride for Life
Television
MERIT -WENH – NHPTV – Our Hometown Milford
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Drug Take Back Day

LP-FM
Radio
MERIT – WNHN – Jazz Blues and Progressive Talk
FIRST – WBNH – Public Safety Radio and More

Public Service Campaign of the Year
Radio
MERIT – WZID – Art Fest
FIRST – WLKZ / WZEI – Lakes Region Children’s Auction
Television
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Home at Last

ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD:
Radio – WNHN, Fred Portnoy,

Station of the Year
Radio
MERIT – WZID
The Radio Station of the Year is WLKZ
Television
FIRST – WMUR-TV
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Police Identify Pedestrian and Driver in Fatal Crash

Lebanon NH – On November 7, 2018 at approximately 6:25PM, Lebanon Police and Fire units responded to the intersection of Hanover Street Extension and Evans Drive for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. Investigating officers determined that a single vehicle, turning onto Evans Drive from Hanover Street Extension, struck a pedestrian crossing the street in the crosswalk. The adult male pedestrian was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

The victim is identified as Matthew B. Biathrow, age 52, of Enfield, NH. The driver of the 2004 Jaguar sedan involved in the accident, is identified as Emily Tyburski, age 39, of Quechee, VT. Tyburski was not injured in the accident. An autopsy for Biathrow is scheduled for Friday morning and will be conducted by the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office in Concord.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident. The investigation into this accident is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lebanon Police at 603-448-1212.

Canaan Man Pleads Guilty to Transporting Child Porn

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CONCORD – Zachary A. C. Benoit, 28, of Canaan, pleaded guilty in federal court to transportation and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2017, the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department was conducting an online investigation into individuals involved in the trading of illegal images of child pornography.  Benoit was identified after he uploaded numerous images of child sexual abuse, which were intercepted by law enforcement.  Forensic examinations of several of Benoit’s electronic devices revealed thousands of images and videos depicting the sexual assaults of children including babies and toddlers.

Benoit is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6, 2019.   He is subject to a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years.

“Among the most important roles of law enforcement is to protect innocent children,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “We work closely with our colleagues to investigate and prosecute crimes involving child pornography and child exploitation.  Those who commit these crimes should understand that they will be prosecuted aggressively.”

“We are very glad to see justice done in this disturbing case,” said Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent In Charge, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston.  “This case would not have been successful without the critical support from our local and state partners.  Considering the repulsive nature of the crimes committed against the most innocent of victims in this case, we look forward to the sentencing phase in this investigation.”

 This matter was investigated by the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon Police Department, Nashua Police Department, and members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.    The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen W. Fitzgibbon with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security.

In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Fatal Car VS Pedestrian Accident

Lebanon NH – On November 7, 2018 at approximately 6:25PM, Lebanon Police and Fire units responded to the intersection of Hanover Street Extension and Evans Drive for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. Investigating officers determined that a single vehicle, turning onto Evans Drive from Hanover Street Extension, struck a pedestrian crossing the street in the crosswalk.
The vehicle was operated by a 39-year-old female, who was not injured in the accident. The adult male pedestrian was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. Identification of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification to next of kin. An autopsy will be scheduled and conducted by the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office in Concord.
The accident remains under investigation by the Lebanon Police Department. Additional information regarding the investigation, and the identities of those involved, will be released in the coming days. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lebanon Police at 603-448-1212.

Two Arrested after Gunshots and Pursuit

Lebanon NH –  On November 2, 2018 at approximately 11:15PM, the Lebanon Police Department received multiple reports of gunshots in the area of North Main Street and Fountain Way in Lebanon. Responding officers were checking the area of North Main Street for any involved parties when Sgt. Rich Norris observed a black Ford Fusion in the Boston Lot Lake parking lot. The vehicle was consistent with the description of a possible suspect vehicle in the shooting that had occurred in Hanover, NH earlier in the evening.

As Sgt. Norris attempted to investigate this vehicle further, the vehicle fled northerly on North Main Street and attempted to evade the officer. The vehicle was subsequently involved in a single car motor vehicle accident on Oak Ridge Road, after which two subjects were taken into custody and a Taurus 9mm pistol was recovered in the middle of the roadway near the crashed vehicle.

After a subsequent investigation, Gage Young, age 22 of Oak Ridge Road in Lebanon, was charged with Reckless Conduct and Falsifying Physical Evidence, both Class B Felony charges. It is alleged that Young fired the Taurus pistol in the area of North Main Street and Fountain Way prior to being involved in the pursuit and that Young attempted to discard the pistol after the vehicle had crashed.

Young was transferred to the custody of the Hanover Police Department to face charges involving the shooting incident in their town. The driver, Hector Correa, age 17 of Lebanon, NH, was charged with Disobeying a Police Officer, Class A Misdemeanor, and was later released on a summons to appear in the 2nd Circuit Court, Lebanon District Division, on December 17, 2018.

Arrest Made in Hanover Shooting

Hanover NH- Earlier this morning the Hanover Police Department reported it was investigating a shooting that occurred on November 2, 2018 at approximately 9:45 PM on School Street in Hanover, NH.

At 2:47 PM today, Hanover Police arrested Gage YOUNG, age 22 of Lebanon, New Hampshire for Second Degree Assault, RSA 631:2, a class B Felony in connection with this investigation.

Our preliminary investigation has revealed Mr. Young was traveling through the Town of Hanover when he discharged a handgun toward the 19-year-old victim, striking him and causing serious bodily injury. The victim continues to be in stable condition.

We would like to thank the Lebanon, Canaan, Enfield, Plainfield, Lyme and Norwich Police Departments, along with the Grafton County Sheriffs Office, New Hampshire State Police, and Hanover Fire Department for their assistance in this investigation. Dartmouth Safety & Security and Dartmouth’s Emergency Management Team coordinated with Hanover Public Safety during the early stages of our response to ensure the safety of the Dartmouth Community.

We want to assure our community that we continue to work on this case and appreciate all information anyone may have as it relates to this crime. Please contact us at (603) 643-2222.

Lebanon Police Investigating Reports of Gunshots

Lebanon NH – On November 2, 2018 at approximately 11:15PM the Lebanon Police Department received multiple calls reporting gunshots in the area of North Main Street and Fountain Way. Lebanon Police Officers responded to the area to investigate.
This incident remains under investigation. The Lebanon Police Department is asking anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle or individuals, or has any information, to contact the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212.