June 19, 2018
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Woman charged with using stun gun on Maine trooper

The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, Maine — A 65-year-old Maine woman is in jail for allegedly assaulting a state trooper with a stun gun during an investigation into whether she was hoarding animals at her house.

Carol Murphy of New Sharon pleaded not guilty to multiple charges Thursday in Superior Court in Farmington. Murphy was under a court order barring her from keeping animals after nearly 70 animals were found at her home in 2004 and she was convicted of animal cruelty.

According to an affidavit, Murphy used the stun gun on Trooper Aaron Turcotte on Wednesday after he showed up at her house. He was not seriously hurt.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston said at least 40 domestic and farm animals — including a donkey, two alpacas and a potbellied pig — were seized the next day.

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