DOVER-FOXCROFT — Two Piscataquis County men are in custody for criminal threatening with a firearm, stemming from unrelated events that occurred on Thursday.
Stephen Hughes, 43, of Parkman, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Thursday after he held police at bay for about three hours. During a dispute at his home, Hughes allegedly grabbed a .22 magnum rifle and threatened to kill his wife, Joyce, and his grandchildren, according to Sgt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.
Young said there was a struggle over the gun and the people who were in the house were able to get away from Hughes. Shots were allegedly fired by Hughes into the air as Joyce Hughes and the children ran to a neighbor’s home, where they notified police of the incident, according to the officer.
When officers arrived at the Parkman home at about 6:30 p.m., Young said Hughes allegedly threatened to kill them. Shots were allegedly fired by Hughes when police surrounded his home, according to Young.
Young said the unfolding of the incident was “amazing.” He said while police were outside the home, Hughes telephoned different people, threatening them and telling them he was going to kill police. Attempting to reach an uncle of his, he instead reached Ivory Webber. Webber, a minister, agreed to come to the scene and talk with Hughes. Young said Webber arrived and went inside with Hughes, who allegedly aimed the gun at Webber as the pair spoke. Eventually, Webber talked Hughes into dropping the gun and surrendering to police.
Police have charged Hughes with domestic assault, criminal threatening with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Bail was set at $8,000 cash. He was also placed on a probation hold.
Earlier in the day, county deputies assisted Brownville and Milo police in the arrest of 47-year-old Joseph Mawn of Brownville, who was charged for criminal threatening with a firearm and for carrying a concealed weapon.
Young said Mawn allegedly assaulted his neighbor Mike Tenan, no age provided, of Brownville, with the butt of a .380 pistol. The pair, who are neighbors on a backwoods road off the Lakeview Road, had been involved in an ongoing dispute which came to a head after Tenan turned his vehicle around in Mawn’s driveway on Thursday.
According to Young, Tenan had been plowing and had turned around in Mawn’s driveway when Mawn came out holding a handgun. Young said Mawn hollered to Tenan as Tenan was driving away, and also fired the pistol. Tenan stopped his truck and got out of his vehicle to talk with Mawn, the officer said.
“Mawn basically grabbed him [Tenan] by the throat, hit him in the head with the butt of a pistol, held the pistol to his head, threatened to kill him, and let him go,” said Young. Tenan then notified police. He received treatment for a wound to the head caused by the blow from the pistol.
Mawn, who left the area after the incident, was arrested in Brownville later that evening. His bail was set at $1,000.