A 44-year-old man was charged with murder in the shooting death of his mother at her Transalpine Road home on Wednesday night.
Police arrested Adam Groves of Lincoln, and charged him in the death of Pauline Taylor, 63, according to the Maine State Police. A second person injured in the shooting was taken to a local hospital, police said. Maine State Police said late Thursday that Taylor died from gunshot wounds.
Groves was taken into custody without incident and is now at the Penobscot County Jail, where he is being held without bail. Groves is tentatively scheduled to appear before a judge on Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
Emergency responders received a 911 call from the home at around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, according to state police. On Thursday morning, police tape blocked off the gravel, tree-lined driveway leading to the house by The Narrows Ponds in an area with a number of camps and lake houses.
Groves has no criminal history, according to the Maine State Bureau of Identification in Augusta.
Clockwise from top left: Maine State Police tape off the scene of a death at a home on Transalpine Road in Lincoln; Vincent Ruggiero talks about seeing police activity last night; Maine State Police investigate the scene.
Taylor enjoyed riding an ATV on the trail system around Lincoln, according to posts on her Facebook page. Although she was not a member of the Penobscot Off Road Riders ATV Club, she attended club events, according to Diana Carey, the club’s secretary/treasurer.
“Pauline would often go on our rides and attend our events,” she said. “She was a very nice person and the club members enjoyed her company. She will be greatly missed. We are so shocked by this horrible news.”
Taylor participated in a club-sponsored event earlier this month.
Vincent Ruggiero, who spends a few weeks every summer at his lake house a few doors down from Taylor’s home, said he was driving with his son at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when they noticed lights on Transalpine Road. When he investigated, he found about a dozen police vehicles and the entrance to the driveway at 940 Transalpine Road blocked off by police tape.
“So we knew it was some kind of domestic incident or an untimely death,” said Ruggiero, who lives in Connecticut and has come to Lincoln every summer for 60 years.
Ruggiero said he didn’t know Groves or Taylor, who became the owner of 940 Transalpine Road in October 2017, according to Penobscot County Registry of Deeds filings.
“It’s shocking, and it’s sad that someone would resort to that,” he said of the killing. “I’ve been coming up here my whole life, and it’s a quiet place still, but these things happen everywhere.”
Taylor’s death is the fourth homicide this year in Penobscot County.
Anyone with information about the shooting can contact the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit by calling 207-973-3700 ext. 9.
BDN writer Eesha Pendharkar contributed reporting from Lincoln.