May 27, 2018
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Lebanon man accused of siccing dog on trooper arrested after standoff

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

LEBANON, Maine — A local man was taken into police custody Thursday evening after he allegedly refused to let a Maine State Police trooper check on the well-being of his 7-year-old son and then sicced his dog on the officer.

The moved prompted the Maine State Police to deploy its tactical team, whose negotiators brought the incident to a peaceful end after more than four hours, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Thursday night.

Jason Pelletier, 35, was charged with criminal threatening. Though no guns were used in the incident, Pelletier was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon because firearms were found inside the house after standoff ended about 6:30 p.m.

The boy is now being cared for by his mother, McCausland said. No one was injured in connection with the incident, nor was the dog, he said.

McCausland said that the series of incidents that led to Pelletier’s arrest began about 2 p.m. when a state trooper was sent to his house to check on the well-being of Pelletier’s 7-year-old son. Pelletier, however, refused to allow the trooper to see the boy, McCausland said.

The confrontation intensified when Pelletier “introduced his dog to the dispute,” McCausland said.

Pelletier is being held at York County Jail pending an initial court appearance.

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