On Sunday November 13, 2016 at approximately 5:40PM the Lebanon Police Department received a call regarding a 23-year-old female who was attacked while walking on a trail off of Loop Road near the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The victim reported that a male subject came up behind her on the trail, threw her to the ground and physically assaulted her. The victim fought back and the attacker subsequently fled back down the trail toward the parking lot. The suspect then fled in a darker colored 4-door sedan in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as White Male, 18-25 years of age, 6’ tall, Shaggy dirty blond hair, Fair skinned with a medium build. At the time he was wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt and possibly darker jeans.
The victim sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment. The victim appears to have been chosen at random and there is no known connection between the victim and the suspect. The Lebanon Police Department Patrol and Detective Bureaus are working to process the scene and conduct the investigation, which is ongoing.
Anyone who may have been in the area of this trail during this time frame or anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212.
On October 26, 2016, Chief Richard Mello received a donation of $18,000 for the purpose of purchasing body worn cameras for the department’s officers. The Lebanon Police Department currently utilizes Panasonic’s Arbitrator 360 In-Car Camera System in all of its marked patrol cars. The Panasonic system has a camera mounted facing forward through the windshield of the patrol car, along with a camera mounted facing the back seat to record prisoners during transport. Currently, officers wear a wireless microphone to record audio while the in-car camera captures video. The drawback to this system has been that there is no video documentation of any incidents that take place out of the view of the camera mounted in the patrol car.
The police department has been exploring the integration of body worn cameras into our current system but due to budget constraints, had delayed the program for future funding consideration. A recent news story highlighted our lack of body worn cameras, which prompted a City resident to step forward with a generous offer of assistance.
This generous donation will allow the purchase of ten body worn cameras for Lebanon officers who are working uniformed patrol. This donation also funds the necessary accessories, hardware, installation, training and support required to integrate the body worn cameras into our current system. The ten cameras will be shared by the roughly 22 patrol officers that are assigned to the patrol division and any other officer who may be working a uniformed patrol assignment.
The new body worn cameras have been ordered and roll-out is anticipated to be several months away. This will allow for receiving the new cameras, along with working out logistical considerations, installation and training. In regard to the donation and addition of body worn cameras, Chief Mello stated, “The addition of body worn cameras to our existing system will further protect our police officers and offer the capability of capturing additional evidence in the course of our duties. I’m proud of our officers and their professionalism and this additional tool will complement our current technology.”
On October 19, 2016 at approximately 1:00 pm, Lebanon Police Officers responded to the parking lot of BJ’s on 12A for a report of a male subject entering several unlocked cars. Responding officers were given a description of the male and the vehicle that he fled in. Officers located the vehicle and involved subject on Plainfield Road. An investigation determined items had been taken from several cars and all stolen items were recovered.
Joseph Morin, age 33, of Springfield, Vermont was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of Theft, both Class B Felony charges, and one count of Operating after Suspension, a Violation. Morin faces felony charges due to prior theft convictions.
Morin was arraigned at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on October 20, 2016 and held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $5,000 cash or surety.
After an investigation by the Lebanon Police, with the assistance of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and NH Probation and Parole, Matthew Clair, age 33 of Lebanon, New Hampshire was arrested on October 12, 2016. Over two pounds of marijuana, a significant quantity of mushrooms and United States currency was seized.
Clair is facing one felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Drug with the Intent to Distribute, one felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Drug, one misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Controlled Drug and one violation of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
A Bail Commissioner set personal recognizance bail on Clair in the amount of $5,000. Clair will appear at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on November 7, 2016.
A Lebanon man was arrested on three counts of Burglary just after 4:30 am on Thursday. Lebanon Police Officers responded to TBW Automotive on Mechanic Street for a report that the front door had been smashed in. A subsequent investigation determined that a subject had entered the business in an attempted burglary. Later that morning, Country Woolens and Dairy Twirl, both on Mechanic Street, reported they had been burglarized.
Lebanon Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance from the businesses and identified the suspect as William Burr, age 44, of Lebanon, New Hampshire. Burr was arrested for three felony counts of Burglary and one felony count of Possession of the Controlled Drug Heroin.
Burr was held on $5,000 cash bail at the Grafton County House of Corrections pending his arraignment on October 14, 2016.
On October 6, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, arrested Shawn Pixley, age 32, of Eastman Hill in Lebanon for two counts of Sale of the Controlled Drug Heroin, a Class B Felony and Mallory Roberts, age 30, of Eastman Hill in Lebanon was also arrested and charged with one count of Sale of the Controlled Drug Heroin, a Class B Felony.
Search warrants were executed at the defendant’s address on Eastman Hill, along with a vehicle, where over 300 bags of heroin and $2,000 in cash was seized.
These arrests are a result of an ongoing investigation of drug sales taking place in the City of Lebanon. Pixley and Roberts were held on $10,000 cash bail and were arraigned on October 7, 2016 at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on the charges and the bail was continued by the Court. The investigation continues and additional charges are likely.
On October 6, 2016, Lebanon Police Department officers responded to an apartment on Pinetree Lane, along with Lebanon Fire medical personnel after receiving an E911 call regarding a 19-month-old female child who was not alert and appeared to be having a medical issue.
When officers arrived they spoke with the reporting party, Kayla L. Cassady, age 22, of Pinetree Lane in West Lebanon. Cassady told officers that she had been caring for the child when it appeared to suffer an unknown medical issue. The child was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for evaluation.
Officers continued to investigate the matter and ultimately learned that the child had sustained critical head injuries. During the investigation, officers gained enough information and evidence to arrest Cassady and charge her with First Degree Assault, a Class A Felony.
The investigation revealed that Cassady shook the female child causing serious bodily injury. The child subsequently underwent surgery for injuries sustained in the assault. At this point the child’s injuries are critical but not life threatening. Cassady is reported to be the girlfriend of the child’s biological father who was not present during the assault.
Cassady was held in lieu of $15,000 cash bail and is due to be arraigned today, October 7, in the afternoon at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court.
L to R: Chief Mello, Captain Cohen, West Lebanon McDonald’s General Manager Chris Dickerson, Deputy Chief Roberts
Lebanon Police Captain Tim Cohen received a “Community Involvement” Award from McDonalds. The award was given for Captain Cohen consistently putting the community first and going above and beyond to ensure the police department successfully connects to residents, business owners and other community stakeholders. Captain Cohen volunteers in many of our community programs and graciously donates his time and equipment to perform DJ and MC services for countless law enforcement related community events, both within the City of Lebanon and throughout the state.
The award was part of McDonald’s Restaurants of New Hampshire fundraising effort to raise money for the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police (NHACP) which funds scholarships and conducts fundraising events through the year for various projects including New Hampshire Special Olympics, that took place on Wednesday, October 5 from 4 to 8 p.m.
The Lebanon Police Department is receiving over $38,000 from four separate grants. The grants are from New Hampshire Highway Safety and the New Hampshire Department of Safety for October 1, 2016 into 2017.
One grant a $12,150 STEP grant from NH Highway Safety is to provide high visibility traffic enforcement, specifically during commute times, for traffic violations.
Another DWI grant for $10,500 from NH Highway Safety is for patrols targeting impaired drivers. An additional $7,000 from NH Highway Safety is to combat distracted driving and a fourth grant $9,100 from the NH Department of Safety the “Drug Monitoring Initiative” is to target illegal opioids.
The grants enhance the department’s ability to perform daily law enforcement functions by supplying overtime funding.
On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at approximately 1:35PM, Lebanon Police Officers responded to Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital for a report of a male subject who had been walking through the parking lot and was seen entering a parked vehicle. The caller advised that the male exited the vehicle a short time later and did not believe he owned the car.
Responding officers observed the male walking on Alice Peck Day Drive and then he began to run behind some adjacent buildings. Officers were able to locate the male behind 111 Mascoma Street and when confronted, the male pulled a loaded .38 caliber revolver from his waistband and threw it on the ground. A subsequent investigation revealed that the male had just stolen the handgun from a vehicle in the parking lot of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. The male, identified as Robert T. Warrington, age 24, of White River Junction, Vermont, was arrested and charged with Theft of a Firearm, a Class A Felony, and Carrying a Loaded Handgun without a License, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Warrington was held on $25,000 cash bail and will appear in the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court for arraignment today, September 7, 2016.