OLD TOWN – A man who tried to break into a Bennoch Road home while wearing a mask and armed with a gun this fall was indicted last week by a Penobscot County Grand Jury.

Luke Cushman-Cole, 21, who at the time was a UMaine student, was arrested after a botched home invasion on Nov. 2. In the overnight hours on that day, the Old Town Police Department received a call of reporting a man attempting to gain entry into the residence on Bennoch Road after breaking a window. The homeowner was able to keep the man from entering the home by brandishing a rifle, however, and the man fled.

Quick police work led officers in short order to UMaine, where Cushman-Cole was found in his dorm room at Oak Hall, which was evacuated to the seriousness of the crime and risk of a firearm the dorm was evacuated and the Maine State Police Tactical Team was called. While waiting for the tactical team, however, officers believed that they could hear Cushman-Cole attempting to harm himself, and due to those circumstances they forced entry into the room. It was determined that Cushman-Cole had indeed attempted to harm himself; he was taken into custody after resisting arrest. As a result of the incident, Cushman-Cole, 21 was indicted on charges of burglary, criminal threatening, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass.

Also indicted by the grand jury was Domenic Fagone, 18, of Portland for leaving an OUI checkpoint on Main Street in Old Town on Aug. 30. After stopping his vehicle Fagone drove to Orono where he left his car before deciding to turn himself in; a breathalyzer test a short time later found him to be over the legal limit. Fsagone was indicted on one count each of passing a police roadblock, criminal operating under the influence, failing to stop for a police officer, refusing to submit to arrest and operating without a license.

Other local indictments handed up by the grand jury were as follows.

Gregory Bowden, 52, of Bradley, one count of criminal OUI.

Daniel Cunningham, 54, of Old Town, one count each of forgery and theft by deception.

Nicholas Dalton, 38, of Greenbush, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs,one count each of violating condition of release, aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, and aggravated unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.

Tyree Jones, 22, of Orono, one count each of aggravated criminal trespass, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of crime or injury, and criminal mischief.

Michael Kish, 24, of Old Town, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, one count of criminal OUI.

Mark Perkins, 22, of Milford, one count each of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking.

Amber Smith, 29, of Old Town, one count of theft by unauthorized taking.


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