May 25, 2013

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Former janitor sentenced for child pornography

A former school janitor from Bath who was caught collecting child pornography last year was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland to serve 21 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Joseph Finocchiaro, 62, had pleaded guilty before Judge Nancy Torresen to a single count of possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors said that in October, investigators searched Finocchiaro’s home and seized several collages made from printed photographs of child pornography. Finocchiaro printed the images from a website and assembled them into the collages.

Finocchiaro previously worked as a school janitor in Massachusetts and told investigators that he had been allowed to retire early because of concerns about him using a municipally owned computer to print similar images of young children, according to court papers.


Suspected killer’s trial delayed on mental grounds

A man who is charged with throwing a man out a window to his death in 2011 is not competent to stand trial, a judge has ruled.

William Hall, 31, of Bangor, was committed to Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta.
Stephen Smith, Hall’s attorney, told WLBZ-TV that his client is due to be tried on Aug. 26,go but the trial will be postponed unless a judge deems Hall to be competent by Aug. 2.

Court documents indicate Hall told police he strangled Melvin Abreau, 28, before tossing him out the window after an argument on June 9, 2011. Hall, who has a criminal record, is charged with escaping another psychiatric facility after his arrest.


Ex-Husson athlete doesn’t contest child-porn charge

A former college basketball star has been found guilty of a child pornography charge.

Dana Wilson pleaded no contest Thursday. The plea means while not admitting guilt, he is not contesting the charges. The judge then found him guilty.

Authorities say Wilson, 62, who works as a disc jockey, had videos of young girls engaged in sexual behavior on his computer.

Wilson’s lawyer says his client wanted to avoid putting family members through a trial.

He is scheduled to be sentenced July 16. Prosecutors say they will likely recommend a six-month sentence.

Wilson, who averaged an NCAA Division III leading 35 points per game during his senior season at Husson College in 1973-74, was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.


BIW lays keel of vessel that honors late Navy SEAL

Bath Iron Works this week celebrated the laying of the keel of the second ship in the Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers.

The keel is a 4,400-ton backbone of the ship that provides structural support to the hull.

The ship, the Michael Monsoor, is named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Monsoor posthumously received the Medal of Honor from President George W. Bush in 2008. He also was awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star for his service in Iraq.

“This is a special day, as it marks a milestone in the construction of a ship, a tradition that goes back to the earliest days of shipbuilding – an event that’s been done for hundreds of years in this region, and for more than 120 years here at Bath Iron Works,” said Brent West, the DDG-1000 program manager for BIW. “Over the next two years, we will continue to build the Michael Monsoor with knowledge and expertise honed over the decades.”


Mass General aids services for Maine cancer patients

A Maine hospital group and one of Boston’s most prestigious hospitals have announced a collaboration aimed at streamlining services for Maine cancer patients who need care in Boston.

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