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February 22, 2014

Week in review: Oneonta approves taser purchase

This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:

MONDAY

A top official at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital called a recent petition accusing the hospital of neglect “not fair” as contract negotiations drag on between management and the nurses’ union.

In sports: Narrow victories by Jamie Griswold, Ryan Marszal and Austin Dean highlighted a championship round in the Section Four Wrestling Tournament that brought four Division II titles from area competitors Sunday.

TUESDAY

Area farmers and others affected by its various provisions were urged by a federal legislator at a Monday media conference to sign up for the programs included in the recently passed farm bill.

In sports: Maybe, just maybe, this wasn’t your typical play-in game scenario where the winner can celebrate a sectional victory before being run over by the top seed. Perhaps 16th-seeded Laurens’ 52-35 Section Four Class D play-in girls basketball victory at home Monday over No. 17 Stamford might have made the tournament’s top seed a tad nervous.

WEDNESDAY

For anyone feeling that this winter is colder and snowier than average, area weather experts offer statistical proof, in most locations.

A total of 90.3 inches of snow has fallen in Cooperstown since Dec. 1, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton. The average for that period is 82.4 inches, Ron Murphy, a meteorologist there said.

In sports: Albert Odero received an inbounds pass from Mike Wolstenholme near the right sideline and then covered 70 or so feet of hardwood in 5.3 seconds to lift the second-seeded Yellowjackets to a 54-52 Section Four Class B quarterfinal victory over No. 7 Waverly on Tuesday.

THURSDAY

Both the police and public will benefit from a decision by the Oneonta Common Council at its Tuesday meeting, Oneonta police Chief Dennis Nayor said Wednesday.

During the session the council approved the purchase of 14 tasers equipped with cameras, Mayor Dick Miller said. The cost was $28,000, City Manager Michael Long said. It required a budget transfer of $9,000.

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