Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mobile App Updates

Our Mobile App was updated to the latest and greatest software for real time alerts.

You may not see many changes when opening the update as most occurs behind the scenes.  The software takes advantage of the Apple updates in the new 7.0 software.

The biggest change is the new code allows the mobile app to work faster.  It also allows us to send push notifications to everyone, a region or when you enter an area.

The software will will ask if you want to download cache.  This allows you to read content when you have no cell or Wifi service.  It will also ask to send push notification and use your location.  Push notifications is how we get breaking and important news to you.  If you want these, please allow the notifications.  As far as location, we need this information to send messages to an area.  The server side of the software knows how many users we have in an area but it does not know who you are.

If you have not installed the mobile app, it is available in the Android and Iphone Store here:

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/middleton-police/id614733056?mt=8

 Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_middletonpolice.layout&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5hcHBfbWlkZGxldG9ucG9saWNlLmxheW91dCJd 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Rochester Resident arrested on drug charges

On 07/05/2014 while conducting motor vehicle enforcement, members of the Middleton Police stopped a 2003 Chevy Black Cavalier for a minor motor vehicle infraction.

During the motor vehicle stop, the officers established probable cause that the vehicle contained a controlled drug.  A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in a seizure of a small amount of marijuana.

The operator identified as:

Lawrence Hustus Age 48
78 Salmon Falls Road
Rochester, N.H.
was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug.  He was released on a summons to appear in the Rochester Court on 9/2/2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wakefield Resident charged with Felony Reckless Conduct

On 06/22/2014 members of the Middleton Police Department received information that an unknown person placed spikes strips in a walking trail located on Town Property behind Pheasant Drive.

Middleton Police were joined by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and commenced an investigation.

On 06/23/2014, both agencies executed a search warrant at 4196 Province Lake Road, Wakefield, N.H.

Based on evidence recovered at the residence along with information received during the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for:

Michael K Stevens Age 51
4196 Province Lake Road
Wakefield, N.H.

Mr. Stevens turned himself into authorities on 06/25/2014.  He was processed and released on $5000 PR bail and will be arraigned in the 7th Circuit Court on 08/5/2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Reckless Conduct in this matter is a Class B Felony punishable by up to 3.5 to 7 years in the New Hampshire State Prison.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Middleton Resident Arrested on MV charges and drug warrant

On 06/27/2014 at approximately 5:22 P.M. a member of the Middleton Police Department observed an adult male operating a mini bike on Lake Shore Drive in Middleton.  The operator turned onto Sunrise Drive at which point he was stopped.

A motor vehicle check indicated that the driver's license was under suspension and that there was an active arrest warrant issued to the Farmington Police charging possession of a controlled Drug.

The operator is identified as:

Alexander Garrett Age 20
498 Ridge Road
Middleton, N.H.

Operating after Suspension or Revocation is a violation level offense while the Possession of a Controlled Drug was charged as a Class B Misdemeanor.

Mr. Garrett was released on a hand summons and given a court date of August 19, 2014.

Middleton Resident Arrested on Assault Charges

On 06/25/2014 members of the Middleton Police Department responded to 163 Kings Highway for a reported assault.

Based on an investigation:

Raymond Blanchette (Age 32)
163 Kings Highway
Middleton, N.H. 03887

was arrested and charged with:

Simple Assault
Obstructing the Report of a Crime or Injury.

He was held on $2500 cash bail and was arraigned in the Dover Court as no judge was available.  He was arraigned and released on $1000.00 PR with standard bail conditions.  A future trial date is expected to be set by the court.

Indecent Exposure Prowler Case Solved.

On 06/24/2014 the Middleton Police received a report of an indecent exposure case in the Hampshire Shores area (Pinkham Road)

The caller reported seeing a young male performing a sex act while watching the caller and two young children in the water.

By the nature of the report, this case was placed in a priority status and every full time member of the police department was assigned some aspect of this investigation.

The police spent a great amount time conducting interviews in the neighborhood, increasing patrols etc.

During the early evening hours of Friday 06/27/2014 the police department developed evidence which led to the identify of the person involved.

The person involved is a 16 year old full time resident of Middleton.  Because of the suspect's age, we are not allowed by law to release his identity or any information regarding court records.

With that said, rest assured that the Middleton Police Department takes these types of offenses seriously and will use the full powers allowed to them under law to protect the community.

We are now in the process of looking at similar reports taken in the past and posted here to see if they are related.

Without the public's help this crime would not have been solved.  We appreciate that information that was provided to us and encourage you to do so in the future to help keep our community safe.

In closing, while this case remains solved, it does not prevent others from doing similar crimes.  We encourage the public to remain vigilant.  Please be on the lookout for suspicious activity and report that information to the police by calling 911 in an emergency or 473-8288 during non emergencies.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Heroin Epidemic

Last Week, someone asked what our local police department was doing in regards to the heroin epidemic.  This week's post will address that issue.  Last year 68 people in the State of New Hampshire died because of heroin overdoses.

Heroin abuse has been identified as a top public safety priority in NH.  It knows no boundaries.  It does not just effect the poor.  It is not just a city problem and has reached our community and that of our neighbors.
It can effect the young, the old, the rich, the poor.  It can reach our own families.

At last town meeting when I spoke about the heroin problem, someone off in the sidelines made the comment, there is no heroin in Middleton.  During the last two years, I responded to three medical calls where the victim would have died if not for immediate life saving intervention by the police department along with our Emergency Medical Responders.  Most recently I met a high school senior who is an A, B student who overdosed on Heroin.

Our first priority is for the protection of Life.  From  this standpoint, EMS has trained personnel and carry Narcan on the ambulance.  This powerful drug reverses the deadly effects of heroin on the patient.  It does not work in all patients but gives us a fighting chance.  Normally in a heroin overdose, respiration (breathing) stops.  When a person does not breath, the heart stops in a short amount of time and the person dies.  The quicker we can get Narcan into a patient, the higher the chances a life can be saved.

From an enforcement state, the police has a zero tolerance in the use of illegal drugs.  We will continue to enforce our laws with the help of our Federal, State and County law enforcement partners to enforce the current laws.

We have joined the ONE VOICE Group who mission is to provide treatment and scientifically strategies to communities to deal with Substance Abuse Problems.

In support of the Regional Network System, Regional Leadership Teams are in service to their communities by:

  • Meeting regularly to provide leadership and guidance in prevention and health promotion initiatives within the region
  • Encouraging shared knowledge, resources, and capacities to support prevention and health promotion
  • Determining service and capacity gaps
  • Endorsing community priorities and resource allocation 
  • Assigning a chairperson each year to participate in state level meetings and trainings as available and serve as a primary point of contact

We strongly encourage our community members to reach out to us in a few ways to help us rid this problem from our community.

First and foremost, if you have a family member of friend who is addicted, reach out to us.  There is treatment services available.  We will help you by pointing you in that direction.  Unfortunately treatment is only an option if the person with the addiction problem wants help.  
The second option and a tough decision to make is report substance abuse to the police.  Our correction system is such that they identify substance abuse options and incorporate them into sentencing.  

You can do this with the police department mobile app tip button.  No sender information is stored and we have no idea who you are.  You can also leave recorded information by dialing 473-5248.  This goes directly to my voicemail and you do not have to leave your information.  You can also speak to us which is the best way as we may need further information.  You can request to remain confidential.  We do not identify you in investigative files and only disclose your identify when ordered by a court.  While this can happen, it has not happened in my 25 year police career because of the way we handle these types of investigation.

Why get involved?  There is rebounding effects that hit us all.  First and most importantly we may lose a valued member of our community to a drug death.  The hurt and absence will continue for a long time.
Secondly, as the epidemic increases in our community, you will see an increase in thefts and burglaries.  It takes money to buy narcotics and most times folks get into situations where they can no longer afford their supply and resort to stealing to support it.

Ridding the problem requires a community response.  This is a problem that we can't and won't end on our own.  It involves budgetary support.  It costs money and time to tackle these problems.  Last year our investigative funding budget was cut in half.  That ties our hands as it limits the funds we need to tackle the problem.  

Be a good neighbor and report suspicious activity in your neighborhood.  Suspicious activity can be cars stopping and leaving in short periods of time at all hours of the day and night.  It can also be someone looking for an unlocked car or a house to break into.  
Lastly if you have no clue what drugs look like or what to watch for signs and symptoms, reach out to us.  If there is a community need, we will bring in experts and put on a community event that will show you what they look like and give you resources of where to reach out.  

Our social media has been in place for about two years now.  I have seen it work very well reaching and empowering our community.  I hope that you will read this blog and take it seriously.  I hope that you will watch and listen and take the problem seriously.  I hope that as a community we can pull together and watch and slow the deadly effects of this problem.  The life that you help save may be a parent, brother, sister or loved one.  Living in a glass bubble and refusing to recognize the problem will only result in loss.  Thanks in advance for being part of the solution!