2015-03-20 / Community

In the News

Compiled by Staff Writer
Duke Harrington

Man arrested for having child porn

SOUTH PORTLAND – A South Portland man has been arrested and charged with sending and receiving child pornography following an investigation by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit. According to State Police Spokesman Stephen McCausland, Bulkeley Road resident Wayne Niski, 28, was arrested without incident on Friday, March 13.

Niski’s collection included pornographic images of children estimated to be between 3 and 9 years old, McCausland said in a media release. Although Niski was reportedly living at an apartment with a woman and her two young children, there was no indication any Maine children were depicted in the porn collection, McCausland said.

McCausland credited the South Portland Police Department with assisting in the arrest. Niski was taken to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

Police say stabbing, shooting was not random

SOUTH PORTLAND — Two local men have been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting last week at South Portland’s Wainwright Field Recreation Complex.

According to Lt. Frank Clark, spokesman for the South Portland Police Department, an 18-year-old man was stabbed and a 19-year-old man was shot. Both are South Portland residents. The stabbing victim remains hospitalized, said Clark, while the shooting victim has since been released from the hospital.

The attacks occurred at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 and investigators pursued leads, conducted interviews and executed three search warrants throughout the day Thursday.

As a result, South Portland police have arrested two suspects, Essa Sayed, 18, of Portland, and Zachary Swain, 18, of Cape Elizabeth. Both men have been booked at the Cumberland County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and attempted murder.

Clark said the incident “was not a random act.”

“Based upon the investigation, to date, the suspects and victims met in order to consummate a drug deal involving a relatively small quantity of marijuana,” Clark wrote in a press release, issued Thursday, March 12. “This is an apparent incident in which the presence of drugs and money, not surprisingly, led to bad decisions and violence.”

The investigation remains ongoing and will be referred to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges. Clark said Additional arrests and charges are expected.

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