Sunday, December 14, 2014

What I want for Christmas!

About a year and a half ago, we had a brief discussion in the police department about using social media to reach our community.  Many of us were tired of hearing we don't know what you do and since I work nights, I often heard, "Are you the new guy?"  Nope been here since 2002 but you usually don't see me unless you have a crisis.

Today, our facebook is followed by almost 3400 viewers.  We have a twitter account that reaches almost 700 folks and we have a town population of about 1200 full time people.  We also use a mobile app which during any given time can reach 300 residents with an instant emergency or important notification.  This blog has been read 68,528 times.

As we move into next year, the Chiefs of Strafford County have talked about creating a county wide social media network that shares data across all agencies.  We are also looking at the ability to send notifications through our Dispatch systems.  This mean that if you travel to Barrington, Milton, Farmington etc, you will most probably know about a traffic delay or serious incident before you leave.

The International Chief of Police Association monitors Facebook and Twitter Stats.  In Middleton we have 4 full time officers and 6 part time officers placing us in the 5 to 15 agency group.  If we were in the 1 to 4 category, we would be in the Top 3 Category nationwide for our Facebook stats.

In order to reach the top ten in the country in the bracket we are in, we need to reach over 7000 viewers.  If everyone on this page asked just one person to like our page we would be there.  You physically need to go into our facebook page and hit like as compared to liking this post.

So will you help keep yourself and your neighbors informed by spreading the news.  Crime does not stop at our borders and the broader reach we have, the more quickly we can keep thousands of eyes looking out and catch the crooks looking to steal from our homes and vehicles.  Thanks for anything you can do and hopefully you help us reach the top ten and I get my Present from Santa :-)  I will post all the links to our social media below:

Twitter:  @MiddletonPolice
You Tube:
IPhone Mobile App:

Android mobile app: 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Middleton Resident Charged with Burglary

On 11/06/2014, Middleton Police by virtue of an active arrest warrant issued out of the 7th Circuit in Rochester, N.H. arrested:

Carissa Coburn Age 21
566 Ridge Road
Middleton, N.H.

charging her with one count of Burglary which occurred on the 29th day of August 2014 in Middleton, N.H.

Coburn was released on $5000 PR bail and will be arraigned in the 7th Circuit Court Rochester on 12/2/2014.  

Burglary is a Class B Felony punishable by up to 3.5 to 7 years in the New Hampshire State Prison.

This Burglary case is unrelated to the other Burglary cases in Middleton.  Coburn was known to the victims.

This case is being submitted to the Strafford County Attorney's Office in Dover.  It is expected that additional charges may be filed as well as another arrest once reviewed by the County Attorney's office.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Motor Vehicle Stop leads to Drug Arrest and Other charges

On October, 15, at 11:42 Middleton Police stopped a 2007 Beige Toyota on Kings Highway for a motor vehicle violation.

A routine record check showed the operator was under suspension.  Further investigation led to the discovery of marijuana in the motor vehicle.

The Driver:

William Rabbitt Age 52
25 Bateman Street
Sanford Maine

was arrested and charged with Operating after Suspension of his license, Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Drug.  All charges are Class B Misdemeanors.  The quantity of drugs seized was consistent with personal use.

Mr. Rabbit was released on $3500.00 PR bail and will be arraigned in the 7th Circuit Court, Rochester on 11/4/2014 at 8:00 A.M.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Middleton Building Supply Suspect Arrested

On 10/13/2014 members of the Middleton Police Department continued an investigation of a pursuit of a Box Truck owned by Middleton Building Supply in Middleton.

Based on Evidence recovered on scene with the assistance of Middleton Police Department's K-9 Raven, a Search Warrant was applied for and issued for the examination of forensic evidence recovered on scene.

The examination of that evidence resulted in identifying the suspect as:

Justin Gibb Age 27
123 Kings Highway 
Middleton, N.H.

Gibb was originally charged with an electronic bench warrant issued out of the Rochester Court for a failure to appear on a Theft case.  

Police subsequently charged Gibb with:

Unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle, Disobeying an Officer, Operating After Suspension and Resisting Arrest for running from the police on the night of the pursuit.

All charges are Class A Misdemeanors with the exception of the Operating After Suspension which is a violation level offense. 

During processing Middleton Police learned that Barrington Police held an active arrest warrant for the offense of Burglary which occurred in their Town 10/03/2014.

Gibb was processed on all charges.  He refused the services of a bail commissioner and will be arraigned 10/14/2014 in the 7th Circuit Court in Rochester at 11:00 a.m.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Police Pursuit and Large Police Presence

On today's date shortly before 1:30 a.m. Rochester Police responded to a residence that reported a Middleton Building Supply Box truck was in their yard and left when the homeowner began to approach.

A Rochester Police Officer Followed the truck and attempted to stop the truck for a motor vehicle violation, however the truck fled.  Rochester Police did not engage in a pursuit however, they advised Strafford County Dispatch that the truck was last seen on Route 16 near the Milton Line.

Milton Police units set up on Route 16 while Middleton Police headed toward Governor's Road in Middleton.  As Middleton Police attempted to stop the truck, the truck accelerated at speeds up to 75 MPH and the truck was pursued from Governor's Road to Middleton Building supply.

At Middleton Building Supply, the truck turned into the yard and drove around several buildings at a speed greater than 40 MPH.

The driver bailed out of the truck  where the Lumber yard meets Pinkham Road.  A perimeter was established with officers from Milton, Wakefield, Farmington, New Durham and NH State Police.

A K-9 track was conducted and the driver was not located.  Physical evidence was located which will enable the police to positively identify the driver.

Middleton Police are requesting anyone who may have information on this crime to call the Middleton Police at 603-473-8548.

The investigation is continuing and police expect to make an arrest once the forensic testing is complete.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Motor Vehicle Stop ends in Arrest

On 10/11/2014 at approximately 8:57 p.m. an officer from the Middleton Police was driving on Kings Highway towards the town hall.  A silver chevy with out of state plates approached with it's high beams on.  The officer flashed his high beams at the vehicle which failed to dim their high beam headlights.

The vehicle was stopped on Kings Highway near the intersection of Route 153.  A routine license check revealed that the operator:

Mathew Burkhardt Age 23
46 Pinewood Drive
Somersworth, N.H.

was wanted by the New Hampshire State Police Troop D for Receiving Stolen Property and Forgery.
Both offenses are Class A Misdemeanors.  

Mr. Burkhardt was processed and released on $2500 PR Bail and will appear in the Concord Circuit Court on 11/24/2014 at 8:00 p.m.

All further information on this arrest will be referred to NHSP Troop D in Concord.

NH Fish and Game were in the area at the time of the stop and assisted Middleton Police with the arrest.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

What is Middleton Doing with All these Infectious Diseases Popping Up?

Wouldn't the job of being a police officer be some much easier if we had a huge crystal ball that we could see in the future with and a magic wand to make it all go away?  How about a glass bubble to place over the town to keep us safe?

On Friday, I participated in a conference call with Gov Maggie Hassan, Director Plummer from NH Homeland Security and two doctors from NH Health and Human Services.  One doctor was the State's expert on Ebola and the second doctor was the State's expert on Entrovirus D68.

The most important thing the public needs to know is the State is gearing up to combat these two diseases.  Plans are in place to deal with these diseases as they strike.  We currently have no cases of Ebola in NH.  Entrovirus D68 is here.  We are looking at a six month period during which this will effect us.

I will first touch on Ebola.  Chances of us seeing this are rare but it could happen.  Ebola has originated in Africa.  It is spread by touching bodily fluid from one infected person to another.  It is contacted through mucous membranes, meaning the eyes, nose and mouth and broken skin membranes. (cuts)

The onset of symptoms is between 2 and 21 days of contact.  Symptoms include sudden fever, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.  This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, loss of kidney and liver function and finally bleeding from mouth, lips and gums.

There is no vaccine for this and it is often a fatal virus.

The United States is tackling this disease by screening for it.  They are monitoring people that may have been exposed to it and isolating them.  This process used on the national level is expected to keep the spread in check.  The good news on Ebola is it is not airborne.  A person catching it would have to touch someone or something that had contact with bodily fluid.  The disease does live after a person dies and the disease will live on items a person has secreted bodily fluids on.

More concerning on the local level is the Entrovirus D68.  There are over a hundred strains of Entrovirus.  The D68 is the strain that you are seeing in the media.  The symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body and muscle aches.  Most people who have this will only have mild symptoms.

This virus has presented serious problems in children and adolescents who have a history of asthma.  We have seen many of these children hospitalized.

So if you have a child with asthma, keep a close look on symptoms they present during the outbreak.  Communicate with the asthma doctor and keep emergency inhalers etc on hand and carry them with you.

Entrovirus D68 is an airborne virus.  This means that if a person sneezes or coughs etc, the virus can be spread that way.  Entrovirus is easily killed through disinfection.  So during the next six months, practice good hand washing.  Soap and water is the recommended method recommended to us by the Doctors.  The alcohol gel cleaners that we carry are less effective.  The professionals are telling us if that is all you have, use it and then wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible.

The important thing to know is hospital are aware of and are in high gear to treat both diseases.

How does this effect you on a local level?  If you call 911 for an emergency, expect some different questions.  You may be asked if you have or have been in contact with someone who traveled to Africa.  If you have flu like symptoms, let 911 know.  They will most probably ask about flu like symptoms as well.

Expect to see Emergency Responders with Masks, gloves, glasses and gowns during certain calls.  That is how we protect ourselves from catching it and spreading it.

If you or your children are sick, stay home until a fever has passed at least 24 hours.

As information becomes available to us, we will put that information out to the community.

As a community, our Emergency Management Department, police and fire departments will be meeting to make sure we are doing it right.  Most importantly we will be sharing what we know with you.

If you want more information, you can visit these sites.

There is some great information under the frequently asked question sections and more importantly they write a heck of a lot better than me and are smarter.