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Peterborough: Landlord charged with threatening tenant and tenant’s dog

PETERBOROUGH — A Greenfield man has been charged with three felonies after allegedly threatening his Peterborough tenant with a knife after a disagreement about rent, according to Peterborough police.

Donald Haney, 56, of Greenfield was arrested on Wednesday at approximately 3:30 p.m., after police were called to a property on Union Street, said Police Chief Scott Guinard in an interview Friday. According to witnesses, Haney allegedly got into an argument with the resident of a Union Street home that is owned by Haney, said Guinard. During the course of the argument, Haney allegedly kicked his tenant’s dog, a Pekingese, and then almost immediately thereafter threatened his tenant with an 8-inch switchblade. The tenant was not injured.

Police were called to the scene and, while they were en route, Haney allegedly hid the knife. Police have located the blade, and now have it in their possession.

Haney is being charged with three felony charges related to the incident: criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, reckless conduct which placed another in danger, and falsifying physical evidence for allegedly attempting to hide the knife from police, Guinard said. Additionally, Haney is being charged with a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals, for allegedly kicking the tenant’s dog.

Haney was arraigned in the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey on Thursday, following which he posted the $5,000 cash bail and was released. The charges will be bound over to the Hillsborough Superior Court, as they are felonies, said Guinard.

“Felony charges could lead to the possibility of substantial time in the state prison,” said Guinard. “But that is up to the courts.”

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