A couple made an initial appearance Sept. 3 in Sixth District Court, accused of entering a woman's home and assaulting her after they were asked to leave due to suspected drug use.

Shannon Gagne, 29, of Rockland, and her partner, Michael Humiston, 26, of Owls Head were temporarily staying at Gagne's family member's apartment on Rankin Street until needles were discovered in their room, and it was suspected Humiston was sharing his Suboxone prescription with Gagne. Gagne does not have a prescription to take Suboxone, said Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald while explaining the case to the court.

Humiston was asked to leave the home by the victim, and Gagne was told to receive treatment or also leave the residence, said Fernald.

When the victim refused to allow Humiston to return to the home, an argument ensued, and Gagne punched the victim five to six times and snapped the victim's phone in half.

The victim was able to fend off Gagne by threatening to use pepper spray. Gagne was then asked to leave the residence.  While Gagne gathered her belongings, Humiston broke into the house, pushed the victim down, and Gagne resumed hitting and kicking the victim, said an affidavit filed by Officer Alex Gaylor of the Rockland Police Department.

Gagne is charged with domestic violence assault and criminal trespass. Humiston is facing charges of felony aggravated criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Neither defendant entered pleas during the proceeding.

Gagne's bail was set at $500 cash and Humiston's bail was set at $750 cash. Attorney of the day William Pagnano requested bail be set for Gagne and Humiston at $200 each, citing it is a significant amount of money for them, and that they are not flight risks as they have family in the area. They will appear in court again Oct. 30 and Oct. 27, respectively.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@villagesoup.com.