Rockland graduate charged in UMaine burglary

By Daniel Dunkle | Dec 11, 2013
Source: File photo Lucas Morrill

Orono — Two University of Maine baseball players have been suspended from playing after being arrested Saturday, Dec. 7 and charged with burglary.

Lucas G. Morrill, 20, of South Thomaston and Shane C. Bussey, 19, of Orono were arrested by University of Maine Police, according to UMaine spokeswoman Margaret Nagle. Morrill is a 2011 graduate of Rockland District High School.

The incident began at 2:23 p.m. when UMaine police received a report of two men breaking into a wood shed in the UMaine forest and the theft of tools from the shed. With university police busy at the football game, Orono Police were asked to assist and given a description of the men, Nagle said.

Orono police detained two men, who fit the description, found walking on campus. UMaine police then arrested Morrill and Bussey at the Hilltop Parking Lot. They were in possession of two axes and a hatchet at the time of their arrest, Nagle said.

The two students were taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor following their arrest. Morrill was released the same day on $60 cash bail.

Baseball Coach Steve Trimper decided to suspend the two players indefinitely Sunday morning, Dec. 8, Nagle said.

Morrill, a business major, graduated from Rockland District High School in 2011 and played baseball, basketball and soccer for the school. He was a three-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference all-star on the baseball diamond.

Courier-Gazette Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at or 594-4401 ext. 122.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Alana Allen | Dec 12, 2013 10:00

It seems the bad choices that a young person makes gets a lot of attention and the good that a person does later in life never gets any attention. A child gets in trouble as a's "BIG" news. They get a Master's degree and go to church every Sunday later in life and what do people remember....They remember the trouble when they were young. People LOVE to  remember the bad, you can't force good positive news on them. They do not want to hear it. Not all people....but most.

Posted by: Kerry Hadley | Dec 12, 2013 08:45

Lucas Morrill is a great kid with strong family and friend bonds who I believe in and support.   My kids grew up going to school with him.   Did this have to become so large so quickly?   Knowing Lucas, I wonder if he and his friend just wanted to cut down a Christmas tree and didn't think ahead to go through the correct channels.  Probably were going to return the stuff when done.  Oh, yeah, that's called "giving the benefit of the doubt".

Makes you think about how regimented our society is getting.  My first year of college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA the fraternity across the street had a tradition of streaking around the fountain in front of my dorm.  Still one of my favorite memories - would they have been arrested in today's day and age?    Like the 6 year old who kissed a girl on the hand?   I don't know the entire story, but it seems like it was arrest first, ask questions later.   Sorry to hear it.


Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Dec 11, 2013 14:29

Was speaking to someone today about the stupid choices we make when young; never thinking about the possible consequences. Perfect example. :(

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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.


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