On the evening of Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Lebanon Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival, it was discovered a vehicle had struck a canine when it jumped out of another vehicle.
The canine did not appear to be injured but became lodged underneath the vehicle and the people and officers on scene were not able to free it. Lebanon Police reached out to Midnight Auto and Recovery Services who responded to the scene and were able to assist in freeing the canine. The canine was then transported to the Stonecliff Animal Hospital where Dr. Dan Kelly examined the canine and it was later released back to its owner.
Lebanon Police would like to acknowledge the generosity and cooperation provided by Midnight Auto and Recovery Services and Stonecliff Animal Hospital, who both provided their services free of charge. This was truly a community effort with a successful conclusion.
“This is what New Hampshire is all about,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “Recreational therapies such as these open doors and expand opportunities for our heroes. I was proud to do my part today by participating in this awe-inspiring clinic.”
“Thousands of Veterans receive ‘recreational therapy’ from VA, when I arrived at Manchester VA we identified there was a gap in outpatient recreation therapy for Veterans; and we are addressing that,” said Alfred Montoya, Acting Director, Manchester VA Medical Center. “At the medical center, we are excited to be expanding our Recreation Therapy Services to include our outpatient population. Manchester VA is piloting a Sled Hockey Clinic and proud to be at the 2018 VA New England Winter Sports Clinic here in Sunapee. The benefits of recreation therapy for Veterans include improving physical well-being such as weight management and controlling diabetes and hypertension. The therapy can also improve social functioning and help Veterans develop new leisure skills. It can enhance creative expression and break down barriers; and we are proud to be advancing these health benefits for Veterans here in New Hampshire.”
“We don’t know them all, but we surely owe them all,” said Tom Kersey, Executive Director of New England Healing Sports Association. “It has been my pleasure to introduce so many Veteran and their families to the wonders of adaptive sport ─no one should be left inside, nothing is impossible, and this is especially true for those who have served. What a great trade we get to make with our veterans, we teach them a little about adaptive sports and they teach us about the triumph of the human spirit.”
“Mount Sunapee is pleased to continue our support for our military Veterans and adaptive sports therapy by hosting the VA’s New England Winter Sports Clinic for the 21st winter. Our Veterans have given so much for our freedoms, and we are happy that we can give back to them.”
A former Dartmouth student filed a lawsuit against Dartmouth College on Jan12th in NH Federal Court. The Student referred to as John Doe alleges he was unfairly expelled last year. According to The Dartmouth, the student claims it was a biased disciplinary proceeding that violated his Title IX rights.
According to a copy of the filing obtained by The Dartmouth Doe claims that he was subjected to an unfair disciplinary process after a female Dartmouth student, referred to as Sally Smith, filed a complaint in October 2016 with Dartmouth’s Title IX Office. Smith’s complaint was related to a sexual encounter that occurred on campus in August 2016 that left both parties physically injured.
When filing the complaint, Smith allegedly told then-Title IX coordinator Heather Lindkvist that the sexual encounter was consensual. Dartmouth hired an external investigator to determine if Doe violated the College’s Standards of Conduct, specifically Standard I, “behavior which causes or threatens physical harm to another person consensual or not and/or violated Standard III, engaging in sexual misconduct of any kind. In November 2016, Doe alleges he was unable to consent during the encounter because he was incapacitated by alcohol. Doe filed a complaint against Smith for physical and sexual assault.
In March of 2017, Doe was found responsible for violating Standard I, related to physical harm. Smith was not found responsible for any violation. The filing requests that Doe be reinstated as a student at the College and receive an award for damages suffered and attorney’s fees.
On January 10, 2018, Lebanon Police Detectives arrested Michael Lauzon, age 27, of Lebanon, NH after a January 2, 2018 report and subsequent investigation into allegations of sexual assaults.
The investigation revealed that on multiple occasions Lauzon had sexual contact with two children, ages 8 and 6. The children were known to Lauzon but not related. During the investigation, a search warrant was executed at Lauzon’s residence.
Lauzon is charged with two Class B Felony counts of Felonious Sexual Assault on a Child under the Age of 13. He was held on $10,000 cash bail and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections to await arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court on January 11, 2018.
That is one of the conclusions of a new study by researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the University of Michigan. The team’s primary interest was to determine if patient’s perception of their care was associated with the number of opioid prescriptions they received from their health care providers.
“Patient satisfaction is an important driver of health care reimbursement mechanisms,” said Dr. Brian Sites, Dartmouth-Hitchcock anesthesiologist and the lead author of the study, which was published in the January/February 2018 Annals of Family Medicine. “We found, using population-based data, that patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal disorders (such as arthritis) rate their satisfaction with care higher when they receive more opioid prescriptions. This higher satisfaction exists despite the fact that these patients have poorer physical and mental health compared to their counterparts who do NOT take opioids.”
Firefighters from as far away as Henniker gave mutual aid to Springfield NH Fire Department as they battled a blaze at Durgin and Crowell Lumber last night. The fire on 231 Fisher Corner Rd was called shortly before 7:30 PM and quickly went to a 3-Alarm calling in Grantham, New London, Sunapee, Newport, Hanover, Lebanon, Andover, Bradford NH,, Warner, Enfield, Canaan, Sutton, Newbury, Wilmot, and Croydon. The 700 x 200 building was fully engulfed and soon went to a 4-Alarm calling in Henniker Grafton, Lebanon, and Danbury. Meriden and Plainfield Fire Department were toned to cover Lebanon’s stations.
The New Hampshire / Vermont Region of the American Red Cross support ed over 100 first responders with drinking water and snacks while the fire is being addressed.
Firefighters were still at the scene after midnight.
This fire follows a cluster of devastating fires in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region in the past week. Earlier yesterday, a fire destroyed a home on River Road in Claremont, on Monday, a Fire destroyed a log cabin in Plainfield NH, on Saturday, another fire in Lempster left three people injured, and last Friday destroyed a Georges Mills Cottage and left two men homeless.
CONCORD, NH. / BURLINGTON, VT. – Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – A strong winter storm is delivering extremely cold weather, snow, ice and blizzard conditions from Florida to New England and the American Red Cross is preparing to help where needed.
The storm is bringing snow and ice to areas not used to winter weather – winter storm watches and warnings are up from Florida to Virginia. The storm will hit the Mid-Atlantic coastal areas as early as Thursday, and strengthen to blizzard conditions as it moves into New England.
As the storm moves offshore, more numbing cold is predicted for the eastern half of the country.
The National Weather Service reports ice is already accumulating in parts of Florida and Georgia. The entire state of Georgia is on alert for winter weather and freeze warnings. The Red Cross is working with officials and has shelters on stand-by in case of power outages.
Throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, the Red Cross have been supporting several warming centers by supplying cots, and are working with officials to determine if more help is needed.
WINTER SAFETY TIPS
The Red Cross has steps people should follow to stay safe during severe winter weather:
- Wear layers of clothing, a hat, mittens and waterproof, insulated boots.
- Be careful when tackling strenuous tasks like shoveling snow in cold temperatures.
- Check on your neighbors, especially elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.
- Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
- Watch for hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia symptoms include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Frostbite symptoms include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.
WINTER TRAVEL SAFETY
Stay off the road if possible during severe weather. If you have to drive in winter weather, follow these tips:
- Make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road.
- Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.
- Don’t use cruise control when driving in winter weather.
- Don’t pass snow plows.
- Ramps, bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways.
PREVENT HOME FIRES
With the cold temperatures there is often a rise in the number of home fires. Follow these tips to help prevent a fire in your home:
- Keep all potential sources of fuel paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs – at least three feet away from sources of heat.
- Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended.
- Place space heaters on a level, hard and nonflammable surface.
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters. Look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over.
- Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
- Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen.
DOWNLOAD APPS People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
In July of 2017, the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crime Unit received a cyber-tip from Microsoft, on behalf of their subsidiary Skype, regarding an upload of possible Child Pornography and immediately began to investigate. In November of 2017, the Lebanon Police Department took a report of a 15-year-old female juvenile who was having inappropriate contact via the internet with an adult male. The investigation revealed that in addition to sexually charged conversations, there were images being exchanged.
These ongoing investigations led to Jacob Seace, age 18 of Lebanon, NH, being a person of interest. On November 7, 2017 Lebanon Police Detectives sought to interview Seace regarding these ongoing cases. Seace was located at the Kilton Library and was subsequently arrested when attempting to flee with his cell phone, which was identified as evidence.
A search warrant was later executed on Seace’s cellular phone and a forensic extraction was completed. That extraction led to an additional search warrant for a cloud-based account that was located on the cellular phone.
Seace’s cloud-based account was found to contain numerous images of very graphic child pornography involving underage children, some as young as 7-years-old.
On January 1, 2018, Lebanon Police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding suspicious activity and possible drug use at an apartment building in West Lebanon. Investigation led to the arrest of Sarah Peterson, age 52, of White River Junction, Vermont for Possession of the Controlled Drug Marijuana with the Intent to Sell, a Class B Felony, and two Class A Misdemeanors for Stalking. The Stalking charges were the result of a Protective Order barring Peterson from being within 300 feet of the protective party, which she was violating. She refused bail and was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections until an arraignment on January 2, 2018.
Timothy Dobson, age 32, of West Lebanon, NH, formerly of South Carolina, was also arrested on a Class B Felony charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. During the investigation, Dobson was found in possession of a shotgun. He was released on $7,500 personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned at the Grafton County Superior Court on January 16, 2018.