Cyr Plantation resident shot in police encounter

Police say a Maine man was shot inside his home during an encounter with a state trooper and a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says the shooting happened Friday. He told the Bangor Daily News that 55-year-old Neal Begin was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and underwent emergency surgery. A hospital spokeswoman said Saturday the hospital had no information on him.

The News reports it was not known which officer fired the weapon at the Cyr Plantation home, Trooper Robert Flynn or the agent, who was not identified.

Kate Simmons, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, confirmed Saturday the office was investigating the shooting but could not release any details.


Men arrested in pot bust enter pleas of not guilty

Four Maine men have pleaded not guilty to felony marijuana trafficking and growing charges.

The four were arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. They were arrested in September after drug agents seized more than 40 pounds of harvested marijuana at a home in Industry and another 125 plants in a basement nearby. The Sun Journal reports authorities say the street value of the drugs was $200,000.

Those arrested were 50-year-old Charles Correll, the homeowner; 56-year-old Robert Sirois of Farmington; 38-year-old Eric Hall of Industry; and 45-year-old Matthew Hemingway of Farmington.


Narrow majority supportstown’s plan for cleanup

Residents of a Maine town have voted to support a cleanup plan option for the former HoltraChem Manufacturing site on the Penobscot River.

The Bangor Daily News reports 381 Orrington residents on Friday backed the plan supported by the town’s Board of Selectmen, while 357 supported a version recommended by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The approved plan would remove most of the polluted and hazardous soils in the area and seal others in their landfills. The other plan calls for the cleanup of the five landfills and removal of all of the contaminated soils.

The state’s Board of Environmental Protection has the final say on the cleanup of mercury and other toxic chemicals at the site.



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