Brother indicted in beating death of his sister, 70

Posted Jan. 30, 2009, at 7:11 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:03 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A murder indictment was handed up to a local man Thursday in connection with his sister’s death in October.

Michael P. Toby, 53, who is accused of killing Rosalie Shedd, 70, by repeatedly striking her head with a piece of wood, then strangling her, was indicted Thursday by the Piscataquis County grand jury.

According to police, Toby said he got into a fight with his sister, struck her, strangled her with a vacuum cleaner cord and put a plastic bag over her head.

A Greenville man who sparked an armed standoff in August was indicted on charges of robbery and criminal threatening.

Lonnie Gould, 52, had walked into the Indian Hill Supermarket and Trading Post on Aug. 28 brandishing a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and threatening to kill himself and others, according to police reports.

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

Greenville Police Chief Scott MacMaster managed to grab the gun from Gould as Warden Sgt. William Chandler kept Gould’s attention.

Also indicted Thursday were:

Scott L. Austin Sr. 43, Monson, assault, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of crime, criminal mischief.

Robert E. Clark, 40, Guilford, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of a crime.

Jonathan E. Hobbs, 21, Dover-Foxcroft, assault.

Lloyd Alan Storer, 52, Monson, operating a motor vehicle after license revocation.

Jordan N. Lyford, 19, Greenville, burglary, theft, criminal mischief.

Ryan M. Graffam, 19, Sangerville, burglary, two counts of theft.

Luke D. Pomerleau, 19, Sangerville, burglary, two counts of theft.

Jeffrey A. Witham Jr. 32, Milo, two counts of domestic assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, unlawful trafficking in schedule drugs, unlawful possession of schedule drugs.

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