BENNINGTON -- A local man is being accused of breaking a window at the United Counseling Service office for the fourth time since 2007.
Mark Lucas, 56, of Main Street, pleaded not guilty on Oct. 10 to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful mischief. He was ordered to undergo an inpatient competency evaluation at the Vermont State Hospital. His attorney, Jeff Rubin, said if a bed was not available at the hospital, his client would stay at the Rutland jail. Judge Nancy Corsones also placed $2,500 bail on Lucas and requested the Department of Corrections to coordinate with the Department of Mental Health to get Lucas medication that he needs.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Sgt. David L. Dutcher, on Oct. 9 a panic alarm sounded at the United Counseling Service building on 100 Ledge Hill Drive. Dutcher wrote that Lucas had thrown a rock through a glass door and left the area. Lucas told police no one at United Counseling Service was listening to him and he wished to speak to a judge about it. Lucas had called police himself to say what he had done and where he could be found.
Court records show Lucas has been charged twice with unlawful mischief, but the state dismissed them both on July 8, 2008. Records also indicated Lucas was ordered hospitalized for 90 days.
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