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July 13, 2013

Week in Review: A former fire chief is mourned

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

MONDAY

Amy Ridgway of Oneonta helped stop a serial killer.

While a nurse at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., in 2003, she became a confidential informant to help detectives capture Charles Cullen, a colleague and friend who killed dozens of patients during a 16-year career.

On Monday, Ridgway appeared on the nationally syndicated television show, “Katie.” Tim Braun, a detective from the case, also was interviewed by host Katie Couric on the program.

In sports: More rain and lightning led to another postponement for the Oneonta Outlaws on Sunday.

But the Outlaws did get a game in Sunday. They defeated the Syracuse Salt Cats, 6-4, in eight innings in the first game of a scheduled New York Collegiate Baseball League doubleheader at Damaschke Field.

TUESDAY

In the first concrete sign that potential legal action hovers over the proposed Constitution Pipeline project, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society says it has retained the public interest law firm Earthjustice to represent it in fighting the natural gas transmission system.

Also: Former Oneonta Fire Chief Francis “Cootie” Russo Jr. was remembered by colleagues Monday as a good role model who was passionate about training firefighters and community service. Russo’s funeral was Thursday. 

In sports: Tanner Beang scattered nine hits and hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fourth inning to lead Oneonta to a 4-3 victory over Maine-Endwell in the championship game of the District Seven Little League Tournament on Monday at Doc Knapp Field.

WEDNESDAY

Another operator in a drug-trafficking ring has been arrested, Otsego County deputies said Tuesday, and efforts continue to halt heroin sales in the area.

In sports: Ben Moxley threw a two-hitter, and Zach Pidgeon and David Wright had three hits apiece as Oneonta Post 259 won, 10-0, in a six-inning District Six Legion baseball game Tuesday at Montrose, Pa.

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