Bail fixed for man charged in standoff

Posted Sept. 02, 2008, at 7:45 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT — A Greenville man who created an armed standoff last week at Indian Hill Trading Post and Supermarket made his initial court appearance Tuesday in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft.

Because there was no judge scheduled for Dover-Foxcroft on Tuesday, Lonnie Gould, 52, appeared by videoconference before Judge Kevin Stitham who was sitting in Lincoln District Court.

Police said Gould walked into the trading post at about 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28, brandishing a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and threatened to kill himself and others. Gould was apprehended a short time later and was taken to Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville, was evaluated, released and taken to Piscataquis County Jail, according to Greenville Police Chief Scott MacMaster. No one was injured in the incident.

When the telephone call came in at 8:30 a.m., MacMaster said, a store employee reported an unruly customer in the sporting section. As MacMaster got closer to the store, he was told the person was armed, and that he was talking about committing suicide.

Store officials quickly evacuated the store. Craig Watt, Indian Hill’s operations manager and son of owners Stuart and Lea Watt, and employee Kelly McMahon chose to remain inside to relay information to the police, according to the police chief.

MacMaster said that at one point during the standoff, Gould discarded his shotgun on a counter and took a .357 revolver from a store shelf and inserted ammunition also taken from a shelf. Five bullets were missing from the package of ammunition, he said.

When Gould saw MacMaster and Sgt. William Chandler of the Maine Warden Service, who also responded to the call, inside the store, he started to walk to the rear of the store, according to the police chief. As he did so, Watt grabbed the 12-gauge from the counter and he and McMahon left the store, he said.

While Chandler was talking to Gould to calm him down, MacMaster circled around, ran at Gould and grabbed the gun, according to the police chief.

Gould was charged with Class A robbery and Class C criminal threatening with a firearm.

Stitham on Tuesday set bail at $2,000 cash or $10,000 surety and imposed several conditions. Gould must commit to a search for weapons without probable cause, must have no contact with Watt or McMahon, must not be in Indian Hill Trading Post and Supermarket, and must not possess weapons. Gould is still being held at Piscataquis County Jail.

His case was continued until Oct. 27.

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