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January 19, 2013

Week in Review: Drugs stolen from Covidien; fire empties SUCO dorm

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The Daily Star

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

MONDAY

The bridal industry had a strong local showing Sunday at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta, organizers and vendors said.

In sports: Four Unatego wrestlers won championships Saturday, helping the host Spartans to a second-place finish at the 16-team Dan Wickham Classic.

TUESDAY

A powdered form of the potent painkiller oxycodone that authorities seized from a Delaware County man last month was smuggled out of the Covidien plant in Hobart where the drug is manufactured, police said Monday.

Also: A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta has begun a $10 million renovation that will result in fewer licensed beds but more single-occupancy rooms, a hospital executive said Monday.

In sports: Sawyer Haney scored his varsity high of 18 points to lead Cooperstown’s boys to a 54-39 Center State Conference basketball victory over visiting Westmoreland on Monday.

WEDNESDAY

Otsego County Treasurer Dan Crowell, who serves as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, said Tuesday that he has received orders to report to active Army duty Feb. 1.

The married father of a young son said he expects the deployment will run about six months. His assignment, he added, will be to undergo training in light infantry tactics at Fort Benning in Georgia.

Also: Overall calls to fire and police departments were down last year from 2011, the chiefs of the respective departments told Common Council members Tuesday night.

Police Chief Dennis Nayor reviewed a year-end report that reflected a decrease in calls for service of 14 percent, from 14,939 in 2011 to 13,131 last year. Liquor-law violations and simple assaults were down significantly, which he attributed to the shuttering of three downtown bars early last year.

In sports: Unatego sophomore Ryan Marszal got an escape with one second left to beat Nick Jump, 4-3, at 113 pounds to earn his 100th varsity wrestling victory Tuesday.

In a Midstate Athletic Conference match that featured nine pins, Sidney defeated the host Spartans, 45-34.

THURSDAY

A fire at Matteson Hall, a SUNY Oneonta dormitory, displaced 177 residents Wednesday, officials said, but no one was hurt.

About 60 firefighters from multiple area departments aggressively fought the fire, which started in a suite on the third floor at 14 East Dorm Drive, Oneonta Fire Chief Patrick Pidgeon said Wednesday night. The fire started at about 4 p.m. and was under control in less than an hour, he said.

In sports: Unadilla Valley senior Justin Hofer scored his season-high of 31 points and surpassed 1,000 varsity points in leading the visiting Storm to a 62-43 Midstate Athletic Conference victory over Harpursville on Wednesday.

FRIDAY

SUNY Oneonta officials worked Thursday on short- and long-term accommodations for 175 residents of Matteson Hall displaced by a fire the previous day that officials ruled was electrical and accidental in origin.

In sports: Alec Picinich and Mitchel Couch scored in double figures Thursday, leading the Oneonta High boys basketball team to a 48-41 Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory over visiting Windsor.

Picinich scored a team-best 13 points for the Jackets, who received 11 from Couch and at least five from four others.