Altercation erupts over pet’s death in Maine

Posted Dec. 04, 2008, at 1:58 p.m.

TURNER, Maine — Police say a man was beaten with a pipe and shots were fired in an altercation that erupted over the death of a pet dog in Turner.

Police say the drama began when a man went to his neighbor’s home believing the man was responsible for the death of his pet Pomeranian. Police say the man whose dog died, Stanley Hathaway, was beaten with an aluminum pipe and that shots were fired as he retreated.

Eugene Jordan, who claims he was defending himself, was charged with aggravated assault and could face weapons charges because state police found rifles in a car at his home.

This isn’t Jordan’s first neighborhood dispute. He was sued by neighbors over his automobile junkyard and was accused of shoving a neighbor to the ground.

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