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Cushing man has court date for causing lockdown at Oceanside Middle School

By Stephen Betts | Jan 18, 2019
Oceanside Middle School

Thomaston — A Cushing man is scheduled to make a court appearance next month, after police say he assaulted his son at school and later threatened to drive his truck through the front doors.

Joseph R. Dinapoli, 30, was arrested Dec. 5 and charged with felony terrorizing and misdemeanor domestic violence assault. He was released on $250 cash bail.

According to an affidavit filed by the Thomaston Police Department, Oceanside Middle School staff reported that Dinapoli had grabbed his son, lifted him off his feet, and slammed him against the wall in a classroom Nov. 7. Students and staff were frightened by the incident.

Officer Jacob Labo reported in the affidavit that he was in the school when it occurred and heard two loud thuds, which turned out to be the assault. The officer led Dinapoli out of the building and told him his behavior was unacceptable.

Later in the day, the officer served Dinapoli with a no trespass order. Dinapoli responded by saying he would take it home and use it as toilet paper, according to the affidavit.

Two days later, Dinapoli was called to the school to pick up his son, but when the Cushing man arrived he was told he could not pick the boy up at that moment. The officer's affidavit reported that Dinapoli then called a relative who was at the school and said he would crash his truck through the front doors.

A Veterans Day ceremony was being held at the school and the staff kept students there and were informed not to go near the doors.

Following an investigation, the officer obtained an arrest warrant from the court.

Dinapoli is next scheduled to appear in court Feb. 28.

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