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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

Just follow the pumpkin-brick road

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Elizabeth Toce and Ash Gomez, Laconia High School students who are members of the Freedom Found program, were among volunteers painting the sidewalk in front of the Soda Shoppe in downtown Laconia orange Tuesday evening in preparation for Saturday’s New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival. The sidewalk will be repainted with a red brick color following the festival. Rain that evening shows up in the photo as white spots. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)