NORTH ANSON, Maine — A Somerset County man is behind bars Tuesday morning after allegedly making threats against a family of four, leading to a two-hour delay at local schools, according to police.
Randy Grover, 30, of North New Portland is facing a charge of domestic terrorizing, a Class C felony, according to Lt. Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.
Gottardi said sheriff’s deputies, along with Madison police, went to Union Street in North Anson just before 3 a.m. after a report came in that Grover was threatening people with a firearm at a private residence occupied by a woman and three children.
RSU 74 Superintendent Kenneth Coville said police alerted district officials to the situation early Tuesday morning and made them aware of the situation. The towns of North Anson, Embden, Solon and New Portland make up the district.
“Based on that advisory, placing our safety of the students as our first priority, a two-hour delay [was enforced] to provide time for more information and for a possible resolution of the situation,” Coville explained.
Deputies set up a perimeter at the scene, with the state police tactical team providing assistance, Gottardi said. The tactical team removed the woman and children from the residence, and an arrest warrant was obtained for Grover.
Coville said the area where police were searching for the suspect is near Carrabec High School and Carrabec Community School.
Shortly after the warrant was obtained, Grover was found near the residence, on a railroad bridge between Route 16 and Union Street, according to Gottardi.
Grover was taken into custody without incident shortly after 7 a.m. and booked into the Somerset County Jail. Gottardi said further charges could be pending against Grover, and his truck has been impounded to search for evidence. He didn’t indicate whether the suspect had a weapon.
Once Coville was advised that Grover had been apprehended, district officials began the procedure of sending students to classes. Students arrived at schools around 9:30 a.m. with classes starting around 10.
No students were ever in danger, the superintendent said.