BOSTON (AP) – Federal environmental officials are planning to announce boaters will no longer be allowed to empty waste into Cape Cod Bay.

Robert Varney, New England Regional Administrator from the Environmental Protection Agency will join Rep. William Delahunt to make the announcement Monday in Dennis.

The change creates a 600-square-mile region from Provincetown to Marshfield where boats must use shoreside pump-out facilities instead of discharging sewage into the ocean.

Earlier this month, officials made a similar announcement also making it illegal for boaters to empty onboard toilets into Boston Harbor.

The bans are designed to improve water quality and protect aquatic life and swimmers.

Violators can be fined up to $2,000.

Ex-postmaster admits thefts

BANGOR (AP) – A 44-year-old Guilford woman has pleaded guilty to stealing U.S. Postal Service funds while working as a relief postmaster.

Jennifer O’Brien admitted to misappropriation of postal funds Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

According to court documents, O’Brien took money orders to pay personal bills – and would repay the money when she could – while working at the Charleston post office. In all, she converted more than $1,700 for personal use and paid back all but $555 when she was caught.

O’Brien faces up to 10 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

Man pleads guilty to porn charge

BANGOR (AP) – A 58-year-old Skowhegan man who had more than 1,000 images of child pornography on his computer has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Dana Cully faces up to 10 years in prison after his guilty plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

According to prosecutors, Cully admitted downloading photos and videos of child pornography onto his home computer. A forensic examination by the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Task Force uncovered 1,008 images and 171 movies.

Cully is being held without bail pending sentencing.

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