Woman charged with setting grandmother on fire indicted by grand jury

Posted July 27, 2011, at 8:52 p.m.
Emily A. Cole
Bangor Police Department
Emily A. Cole

BANGOR, Maine — The Ellsworth woman accused of setting her grandmother on fire in May was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Emily A. Cole, 26, was indicted on charges of attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault.

Cole allegedly doused her grandmother with an accelerant and set her on fire at 1601 Broadway on May 13, according to Bangor police.

An arraignment date has not been set.

Cole allegedly committed the act because she was upset about a breakup with a female partner, according to court documents.

Earlier this month, Cole was transferred from the Penobscot County Jail to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta for an evaluation to determine if, with treatment, she is competent to assist in her own defense, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said earlier this month.

After her arrest in May, Cole had been held at the jail in Bangor unable to post $100,000 in cash as bail.

She has no criminal record, according to the State Bureau of Identification.

Ernestine Cole, 77, suffered severe burns on her upper body, police said in May. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor but later transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The elderly woman, who lives on outer Broadway in Bangor, was scheduled to be released from the hospital in mid-July, Roberts said earlier this month.

Also indicted Wednesday were:

Ramona Corbin, 51, Brewer, theft by unauthorized taking.

Adam Feltis, 20, Bangor, eluding an officer, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, driving to endanger.

Tara L. Fogg, 32, Levant, aggravated criminal trespass, three counts of assault, criminal mischief.

David M. Foss, 30, Clifton, two counts of operating after revocation.

Alex J. Fredella, 28, Holden, three counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Philip G. Galarneau III, 45, Glenburn, failure to report.

David A. Lee, 47, Eddington, two counts of criminal threatening, two counts of assault.

Josey Makin, 28, Brewer, eluding an officer, criminal mischief, failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, operating without a license.

Frank R. Merrill Jr., 26, Orono, aggravated assault, driving to endanger, domestic violence reckless conduct, driving to endanger.

Henry B. Murdoch IV, 45, Dexter, eluding an officer, violation of condition of release.

Michael Reis, 19, New Sharon, burglary, aggravated criminal mischief.

Carrie S. Ross, 34, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Corinne L. Ross, 27, Corinth, failure to report.

Dustin Ruest, 22, Bangor, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, failure to appear.

Daniel T. Ruggiero, 34, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Mwashuma M. Sithole, 26, Old Town, receiving stolen property.

Ralph O. Sprague, 55, East Millinocket, nine counts of gross sexual misconduct, three counts of assault, two counts of unlawful sexual touching, unlawful sexual contact.

James Michael Tyler, 40, Eddington, burglary.

Willie Zachery, 47, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

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