General Wesley Clark Campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Lake City

LACONIA — Retired 4-star U.S. Army General and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Laconia Tuesday, speaking before volunteers at Democratic Party headquarters on Beacon Street West.
Clark was introduced by state Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia), who said he had supported Clark when he ran for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2004 primary and thanked Clark for his steady leadership during for the Kosovo crisis during Bill Clinton's presidency.
Clark said he strongly supported Hillary Clinton when she ran in 2008 and characterized her as "honest and trustworthy," saying that she was a good friend of his and has the qualities to be a good president who will make the right decisions in times of crisis.
"She does her homework and cares about people," he said contrasting her with Donald Trump, whom he said is saying things "that are patently absurd and untrue and incites violence."
He said that Trump has repeatedly shown that he is temperamentally unfit to serve as commander in chief. He also raised questions about Trump's ties to Russia and said that he has shown disrespect for veterans and military families. Clark said that Trump "has spent a lifetime working for himself alone" and that it is "disgusting" to Clark, as a person who served in Vietnam, to think that Trump could say that his own personal Vietnam was avoiding sexually transmitted diseases in New York City during the Vietnam war.
"He built his career by taking money from other people, contractors who he stiffed and wouldn't pay what was promised and then told them "Take me to court. I've got more lawyers than you do'," said Clark.
He said Trump is undermining America's alliances around the world and thinks the reason Trump hasn't released his tax returns is that they will show that he is in deep debt to Russian banks and that Vladimir Putin knows that.
Clark said that the New Hampshire Senate race between Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Maggie Hassan is one of the most important in this year's election and urged Democrats to work hard to make sure that Hillary Clinton will have a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate to support her policies.
He also praised Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and said it is important that she defeat Republican Congressman Frank Guinta.

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General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, campaigned in Laconia for Hillary Clinton Tuesday, spoke before volunteers at Democratic Party headquarters on Beacon Street West. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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City teenager arrested for threatening parents with knife at home


LACONIA — City police arrested a local teenager over the weekend who allegedly threatened his parents with knife while at their home on Lafayette Street.

Trenton McDonald, 19, of 94 Lafayette St. is charged with one count of felony criminal threatening and one count of being a felon in possession of a knife.

According to police affidavits, McDonald was at his parents' home on Sunday at 2:50 p.m. when he got into an argument with his mother about getting access to some money.

When his mother told him there was no way to access the money until Monday, he allegedly told her he was going to have to get it another way and demanded that she give him her phone.

His father went out to the back yard to phone the police and McDonald followed him outside. He allegedly pulled out a silver 3-inch-long knife and told his mother that if her husband called the police, he was "going to stick him."

McDonald's mother called the police for fear that her son would stab her husband, but when the teen learned the police were on their way, he allegedly ran into the woods behind his home.

McDonald's mother also told police that he is a convicted felon and isn't supposed to have any weapons.

Police found McDonald in the Union Avenue TD Bank North parking lot about 30 minutes after going to Lafayette Street and said he had a silver knife in his pocket when he was arrested.

McDonald was convicted of one count of armed robbery in Merrimack County Superior Court for his role in a December 2015 home invasion in Franklin. He is on probation.

In that case, McDonald was one of three people who entered a Franklin home with shotguns and threatened a man there to get money and drugs.

Dollar General prepares for new store in M’boro

MOULTONBOROUGH — After overcoming stiff local opposition Zaremba Program Development LLC has begun preparatory site work at 929 Whittier Avenue (NH Route 25) where it will construct a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store, one of more than 20 built in New Hampshire since 2012.

Amid concerns about the capacity of drainage designs to manage storm water run-off from a site with a high water table, Zaremba successfully appealed the decision to deny a variance for the project in 2014 and received a conditional approval from the Planning Board the following year. Last month, after the conditions of the approval were satisfied and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and New Hampshire Department of Transportation granted the necessary permits, the building permits were issued.

In 2012, Dollar General embarked on an aggressive expansion plan, targeted at states like New Hampshire where its presence was sparse, and this has limited has announced that it plans to build some 1,000 stores in 2017.

– Michael Kitch