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July 13, 2013

Week in Review: A former fire chief is mourned

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The Daily Star

---- — 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.

THURSDAY

Every family wants to protect its heirlooms. But the environmental watchdogs keeping an eye on one of Otsego County’s most significant jewels, Otsego Lake, say the water body is not being adequately protected from the threat of invasive species.

In sports: Brian Kraft and Spencer Duffie had two hits apiece Wednesday, but the Oneonta Outlaws dropped a New York Collegiate Baseball League game, 4-1, to the visiting Geneva Red Wings at Damaschke Field.

FRIDAY

A three-day festival at SUNY Delhi starting Saturday includes a one-man show featuring a star of television’s “The Addams Family.”

John Astin talked by phone Wednesday about his show titled “An Evening with John Astin: Gomez, Poe and The Usual Suspects.” That and the other shows in the series will be held 7 p.m. at the college’s Okun Theatre in the Farrell Student and Community Center. They are free and open to the public.

In sports: Ben Payton picked the perfect time to say goodbye Thursday. Payton lined a three-run homer over the Oneonta High scoreboard in left field with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning, leading Oneonta Post 259 to a 4-2 Legion baseball victory over visiting Binghamton Post 1645.