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Shootings should not worry public, police say

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Public can provide anonymous tips at 692-5LAW

By Stephen Lega

 

Two separate shooting incidents have occurred in Lebanon since the start of the new year, but the public should not be worried, according to Lebanon Police officials.

According to Lebanon Police Chief Joe Bell, there seemed to be ill feelings between the people suspected of being involved in each incident.

"It's simple. Keep your nose clean. You won't get in trouble," Bell said.

Assistant Chief Wally Brady agreed, adding that citizens do not need to worry about someone coming by their houses.

On Jan. 8, Jason Keene was the victim of a shooting outside McDonald's, and on Feb. 1, Pam Pittman, 60, was shot while sitting on the couch at her home located at 213 W. High Street. Both victims are recovering from the incidents.

No arrest has been made in connection with the Jan. 8 incident, but Dontay J. Sangster, 21, of 356 Lake Avenue was arrested in connection with the W. High Street shooting. Pittman was one of six people, including two children, who were at home at the time of the shooting.

Sangster is facing six charges of wanton endangerment and one count of attempted murder. His bond was set at $100,000 with the condition that he have no contact with the Pittman residence or 213 W. High Street.

Brady did encourage people to contact the police if they see something suspicious, however.

"If they see somebody in their neighborhood walking that doesn't look familiar to that neighborhood or they see a vehicle in that neighborhood that is not familiar, call us," Brady said. "We'll be glad to send a unit out and check who it is."

Bell also said people can provide information anonymously to the police.

Anyone who has information regarding the Jan. 8 shooting or other incidents is encouraged to call the Lebanon Police's tip line 692-5LAW or 692-5529. People can also call the police department at 692-2121.

"We welcome any community input or any information from the community that would be helpful on any crime," Brady said.

Brady and Bell both stressed that callers can be anonymous.

"They don't have to give a name, just information," Bell said.