Lebanon NH – The Lebanon Police Department held a Swearing In and Awards Ceremony on Monday in the department’s training room.
Lebanon NH – On November 19, 2018 at approximately 10:44AM, Lebanon Police and Fire units responded to the parking lot of the Circle K Convenience store on Main Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. Officers on scene learned that Daniel Guarino, age 31, of White River Junction, Vermont, had intentionally struck a female patron at the gas pumps with the front of his vehicle while both subjects were trying to use the same gas pump.
Guarino was arrested and is charged with a Class B Felony count of Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon.
Guarino was released on personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned on December 10, 2018 at the Grafton County Superior Court.
The female victim refused medical treatment at the scene.
WILLISTON VT – Vermont has experienced 57 traffic fatalities so far in 2018. The Vermont State Police has planned a seat-belt campaign for the Thanksgiving weekend to help ensure Vermont’s roads are safe during this highly traveled period, and throughout the year.
The Vermont State Police will be participating in the national “Buckle Up – Every Trip. Every Time” campaign and Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the holiday period from November 21st to 25th. Operation C.A.R.E. is a national campaign in which police agencies across the United States join in the effort of reducing fatalities on our highways, particularly during national holidays when there’s an increase in the number of motorists on the roadways.
“The Vermont State Police’s priority remains focused on occupant protection, preventing impaired driving, and speed enforcement,” said Vermont State Police Commander of Safety Programs Lt. John Flannigan. “Although Vermont’s safety belt compliance rate is estimated at 89.8 percent, about 69 percent of those killed in traffic collisions so far this year were not properly restrained.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) estimates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.
The Vermont State Police also will have zero tolerance on those who make the reckless decision to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. More than 53 percent of all highway fatalities this year involved substance impairment. “Driving under the influence is entirely preventable,” Lt. Flannigan added. “Think smart and plan a designated driver or alternate transportation beforehand. Let’s make this a safe holiday for everyone.”
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 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.
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.
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:
FIRST – WNHN-LPFM
MERIT – WMUR-TV – Close-Up
FIRST – WENH/NH Public Radio – Roads to Recovery
FIRST – NHPR-FM – Gun Policy Debate
MERIT – WMUR-TV – October Floods
FIRST – WMUR-TV – July Flooding
MERIT- NH Public Radio – The State of the Free State
FIRST – NH Public Radio – Rural Doctor Surrenders License
MERIT – WMUR-TV – Bullying in Schools
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Babies Born Addicted
MERIT – WVMJ/WMWV – The Perfect Spot for Ice Fishing
FIRST – NH Public Radio – Synchronized Swimming
MERIT – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Victoria Arlen
FIRST – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Janitor Kevin Freeman
MERIT – WTSN – Noon News
FIRST – WZID – Peggy James
MERIT -WMUR-TV – News 9 Tonight
FIRST – WMUR-TV – News 9 at Six
MERIT -WTSV – NH Boys Basketball
FIRST – WBNH-LP – NH Girls Basketball State Championship
FIRST – WYCU – NHIAA Division III Boys Basketball Championship
MERIT – WBNH-LP Foxx on Sports
FIRST – WGIR-AM – Jack Heath Interviews Local Coaches
MERIT – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Mountain Mud Run
FIRST – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Behind the Manchester Marathon
MERIT – WZID-FM – Heather Bishop
FIRST – WFNQ – Mike Haze
WMUR-TV – Chronicle – Erin Fehlau
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Chronicle – Sean McDonald
Morning Show Team – radio category only
MERIT – WTPL – Good Morning NH
FIRST – WZID – Neal and Marga, NH in the Morning
Station Promotional Announcement
MERIT – WVMJ/WMWV – 4th Annual Summer Solstace Sizzle
FIRST – WGIR/WHEB-FM – Morning Buzz, Kelly Brown Parody Songs
MERIT – WMUR-TV – NH Idol
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Year Ender 2017
MERIT – WZID – Haunted Acres
FIRST – WBYY – Zachs Lobster Tail
MERIT – WPTZ/WNNE – Brown Furniture
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Al Terry Plumbing
MERIT – WLKZ – Say it in stitches
FIRST – WUVR-AM Marsh Brothers Deli
MERIT – WMUR-TV Al Terry Plumbing
FIRST – WPTZ- WNNE – Math + Science = Success
Public Service Announcement
MERIT – WBNH-LP – Bedford Hockey Fundraising Dinner
FIRST – WFNQ – Awareness for Adalyn
MERIT – WMUR-TV – Keep your hydrants clear
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Drug Take Back
Best Use of Digital Media
MERIT – NH Public Radio – Digital news and podcasts
FIRST – WNTK
FIRST – WMUR-TV- Digital Storytelling
Best Station Promotion
MERIT – WGXL – Get a room
FIRST – WHDQ – Buzz Word of the Day
FIRST – WMUR-TV – NH Idol
Local Special Program/Event
MERIT- WLKZ – 36th Annual Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction
FIRST – WHEB/WGIR – 2018 Blacksmith Ride for Life
MERIT -WENH – NHPTV – Our Hometown Milford
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Drug Take Back Day
MERIT – WNHN – Jazz Blues and Progressive Talk
FIRST – WBNH – Public Safety Radio and More
Public Service Campaign of the Year
MERIT – WZID – Art Fest
FIRST – WLKZ / WZEI – Lakes Region Children’s Auction
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Home at Last
ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD:
Radio – WNHN, Fred Portnoy,
Station of the Year
MERIT – WZID
The Radio Station of the Year is WLKZ
FIRST – WMUR-TV
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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.
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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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.