PORTLAND (AP) – A former U.S. Navy reservist assigned to the Brunswick Naval Air Station has been sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possessing child pornography on his home computer.

Thirty-one-year-old Shane Rowell was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Prosecutors say police found images of child pornography after seizing Rowell’s computer last year. He pleaded guilty in August.

Collins speaks out on security

PORTLAND (AP) – Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is speaking out on President-elect Barack Obama’s nomination of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of Homeland Security.

Collins is the ranking minority member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and spoke with Napolitano after Obama announced her nomination Monday.

Collins says as governor of a border state, Napolitano understands the importance of developing policies that will not impede legitimate travel and trade, but will also keep the nation’s enemies from entering the country.

The Maine Republican says the Department of Homeland Security requires a leader who can direct one of the largest departments in government and is committed to working in a bipartisan manner on homeland security issues.

Fish auctioneer hangs up his mic

PORTLAND (AP) – The longtime auctioneer at Portland’s waterfront fish auction is hanging up his microphone.

Monday marked the last day of work for auctioneer Paul Dewey.

For more than 20 years, Dewey ran the bidding in rapid-fire style for seafood that made its way from fishing boats onto the auction floor of the Portland Fish Exchange. But a declining catch led to cost cutting. These days, the computerized auction allows buyers to place bids from their offices, putting an end to the live fish auction.


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