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.

Dartmouth Scientists Find New Approach to Brain Tumors

Immunodetection of IR/IGF1R (brown cells) in a high-grade glioma tumor after targeted therapy indicating insulin pathway activity in tumor cells surviving targeted therapy. (PRNewsfoto/Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Da)

LEBANON, NH Dartmouth scientists found a therapeutic approach that should prevent the development of resistance to anti-tumor drugs in gliomas. Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the most common and deadly brain tumors. Despite the initial responsiveness to state-of-the-art therapies, tumors nearly always become resistant and eventually recur.  A group of researchers at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, led by Damian A. Almiron Bonnin, MD-Ph.D., is devising strategies to prevent brain tumors from becoming resistant to anti-tumor drug treatment.

Brain tumors are responsible for 25 percent of all cancer-related deaths in children and young adults. They quickly develop chemotherapeutic resistance, so current specific treatments are largely ineffective.

Almiron Bonnin’s study will lead to a better understanding of cancer mechanisms (drug resistance) that will hopefully translate into improved clinical therapies for the treatment of high-grade gliomas.

APD Closing Birthing Center – Integrating with DHMC

Lebanon NH -The Alice Peck Day Hospital (APD) Board of Trustees has voted to integrate its obstetrical service with the Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Nurse Midwifery department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). APD and DHMC are detailing and completing this integration work and are collaborating on a community-mothering program, intended to deliver parenting assistance in the homes of patients.

The integration plan calls for women currently under the care of APD obstetrical to deliver at the APD Birthing Center through July 14, 2018. Beginning on July 15, women currently under the care of APD obstetrical providers will deliver on the Birthing Pavilion at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Prenatal and postnatal care will continue to be provided on the APD campus, and these services will be available at D-H’s Obstetrics Clinic, giving patients the opportunity to choose their preferred location.

Truck Hit’s Bridge Closes 12-A By Pass

On February 12, 2018 at approximately 8:00AM the Route 12-A bypass that connects the Upper Valley Plaza to the Kmart Plaza, was closed due to a motor vehicle accident. An employee of Notts Excavating of White River Jct, VT was removing snow from the plazas when he failed to lower the dump body on the Freightliner dump truck he was operating. The vehicle was traveling southbound on the bypass and struck the Interstate 89 northbound bridge. The accident caused the truck to overturn and damaged the bridge structure. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation responded to evaluate damage done to the bridge. The operator was identified as, Kris Sexton, age 56, of West Lebanon. He was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center to be evaluated for potential non-life-threatening injuries. Sexton was issued a summons charging him with Negligent Driving, a violation, and is due to appear at the NH 2nd Circuit Court, Lebanon District Division on April 23, 2018

Feb. 8, 2017

Name Released of Victim in Walpole NH Fire
Officials have released the name of the 18-year-old victim that perished in the fire at 8 East Street in Walpole on Monday. The victim was identified s Daniel Underhill a resident of Walpole. An autopsy completed on Wednesday revealed that Underhill died accidentally from smoke inhalation.
Members of the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office, the North Walpole Fire Department, and the Walpole Police Department are still investigating the fire.
NH State Fire Marshal Degnan again reminds everyone that working smoke alarms save lives and to have an escape plan from your residence in case of a fire. When a fire is detected by smoke alarms, occupants only have minutes to escape before being overcome by the effects of smoke.
A Hartland VT woman was arrested early Wednesday morning for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. Vermont State Police said they responded to noise disturbance complaint in Hartland shortly after 3:00 AM and discovered Holly Smith 33, was acting in a loud and tumultuous manner. Smith was released on citation to appear in Windsor Criminal Court on March 20th to answer the charges.
Parts of Lake Ave in Sunapee Will Be Closed Monday
A portion of Lake Avenue in Sunapee will be closed for about six hours on Monday, Feb. 12th. The road will be closed due to a construction project at 77 Lake Avenue between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Residents with house numbers greater than 75 will need to use Burkehaven Hill Road to access Lake Avenue. Indian Cave residents will have access from Sunapee Harbor via Lake Avenue as usual.
Sunapee Police Department asks that you plan your travel accordingly.

Public Hearing for Newbury Fire Station
A Public Bond Hearing and formal presentation of updated plans for the Newbury Fire Station is being held on Monday, Feb. 12th at 6:00 PM in the Newbury Town Office. Architects Tennant Goucher have updated their drawings to include addition views and a revision of the floor plan discussed at the last meeting.
Public Meeting in Springfield NH for Red Lined Bridge
The NH DOT is holding an Officials and Public Information l Meeting for a red lined bridge in Springfield. The meeting will discuss the rehabilitation or replacement of the bridge that carries Georges Mills Road over Star Lake Outlet in Springfield NH.
The meeting is slated for Monday, Feb 26th at the Springfield Town Offices. At 6:30 PM, interested parties can preview the presentation followed by a formal presentation at 7:00 PM.
The meeting will present citizens and public officials with information regarding the latest in-depth bridge inspection and the proposed project. Public input is needed to ensure that project decisions meet public transportation needs, community goals, and protect and enhance the environment. The NHDOT assures that this project will be administered according to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes to ensure nondiscrimination
Dartmouth Undergrads Help Middle School Students with STEM
Three Dartmouth undergraduate psychology majors are working to help about 300 rural middle school students become more engaged in science. The college students are designing and assembling kits called Build it Boxes aimed at sharpening STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills.
The undergraduate’s work is part of a research project led by Michele Tine an associate professor in Dartmouth’s Department of Education.

According to Tine, the kits are aligned with science standards used in VT and NH. The receiving students will receive the kit mailed to their home, once a month for a year.
A $25,000 Scholarly Innovation and Advancement Award from the Dean of Faculty Office and an equal amount from the Hanover-based Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation fund the Build-It Box program.

NH State Police Reminds Drivers to Slow Down in Winter Storms

The New Hampshire State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind the motoring public of their responsibilities to slow down when driving in hazardous conditions, particularly in poor weather conditions.  Driving on our roadways is a partnership, and the motoring public is our greatest partner.  We ALL have a responsibility in helping to keep our roadways safe; please do your part.

It’s been almost two months now with heavy snowfall and wintery mixes across the State of New Hampshire.  The roads are greasy; our Troopers, in concert with the Department of Transportation, are working diligently on keeping our roadways safe for our commuting motorists.  Please be patient and avoid excessive actions while braking, steering, or accelerating to lessen the chances of losing control of your vehicle.

Within the past 24-hours we’ve experienced approximately 94 vehicle crashes and or vehicles off the road, with a higher concentration of these incidents on I93 from the Concord area and south to the Massachusetts border, on the Everett Turnpike, on I89, and on I95.

Winter weather has always been a challenge for drivers. We’ve even experienced a cruiser being struck within this time frame while the Trooper was covering a crash roadside on I89 earlier this morning.  If highly visible vehicles are being stuck while off to the side of the roadway with their emergency lights activated, what could happen to someone driving a vehicle that is less visible?  Please help us to keep our roadways safe as we travel throughout the State of New Hampshire.

During inclement weather, if you must be on the roadways, please:

  • Slow Down to a speed that is reasonable for these conditions,
  •  Move over for emergency vehicles,
  • Heed the warnings listed on the DOT messaging signs,
  • And give more space between your vehicle and others in an effort to give you increased reaction time.
  • Don’t drive distracted; and please wear your seatbelt.


We at the New Hampshire State Police believe safety is a team effort.  Our team consists of State Troopers, the Department of Transportation, and you, the motoring public.  Together we can be winners by making our highways safe during inclement weather conditions.

Can You Solve the Mystery at St. Gaudens?

More than a century ago, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his assistants to sealed shut roughly two dozen sculpture molds. The molds were put into storage for safekeeping. Since then, the molds have passed from the Saint-Gaudens family to the non-profit Saint-Gaudens Memorial to the National Park Service. They also also survived a catastrophic studio fire in 1944. Through the years, the identities of many of these sealed molds had been lost. Until now.

The National Park Service at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish and the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s medical center in Lebanon have developed a partnership to non-invasively peek at what these molds contain. With computed tomography (CT) scanning, normally used for creating an image of the inside of a patient’s body without surgical intervention, radiologists were able to scan the open interior spaces of these molds and then extrapolate the negative space into a positive digital image of what these molds would have been used to cast. They also took the additional step of converting these CT scans into stereo lithography which have been used to 3-D print casts of these original Saint-Gaudens works.

One of the scanned mold, after processing was found to be a Saint-Gaudens work previously unknown to art history. Park staff would love public assistance in trying to identify this individual in the above mold.

Lebanon Police Along with Community Rescue Dog

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.

Gov. Sununu Skis with Disabled Vet at Mount Sunapee

Today, Governor Chris Sununu joined the Department of Veterans Affairs and the New England Handicap Sportsman Organization for the New England Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic at Mount Sunapee.

“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.”