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Rockford’s Abuser Sentenced To Six Months

SYRACUSE, NY – The man who abused a pit bull puppy so badly this summer that its jaw was nearly completely severed will spend the next six months behind bars.

Reginald Stepp, 35, of Milton Avenue, Syracuse, pleaded guilty last month to felony aggravated cruelty to animals. He was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in jail.

The puppy, Rockford, was rescued early this summer after Stepp came to Absolute Auto and Audio in Fulton to have his vehicle worked on.

Employees discovered the injured and emaciated dog in the vehicle and rescued him. Stepp voluntarily surrendered the animal.

Rockford’s jaw was hanging by just some skin and tissue, his rescuers said.

In July, Rockford went through five and a half hours of surgery.

Cornell surgeons installed plates and screws into both sides of his jaw; six on either side.

The dog is doing well and was adopted by one of his rescuers.

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Oswego State women’s basketball team falls to Oneonta

The Oswego State women’s basketball team lost 71-64 to host Oneonta on Saturday evening in Alumni Field House. With the loss, the Lakers drop to 5-12 overall and 3-7 in the SUNYAC while the Red Dragons improve to 11-6, 6-4. Oswego got off to a hot start, leading for the first 9:15 before Oneonta captured a one-point edge at 18-17 with 10:45 to play in the first.

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Oswego Comes Out On Top In OT

The Oswego State men’s basketball team scored seven of the game’s final nine points to hold on and beat host Oneonta 83-79 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in Alumni Field House. As the Lakers jump back into the win column after a slight trip up at New Paltz on Friday, Oswego improves to 12-5 on the year and, most importantly, 8-2 in the SUNYAC. It was the Lakers’ second victory over the Red Dragons this season.

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Oswego Boxer Wins Second Bout By Knockout

Sidney LeCeur keeps pounding away on the competition. The Oswego Boxing Club member won by knockout in the second round on January 23 in Watertown at the “Showdown in Snowtown.” 2015 is going to be a busy year, the local boxer said. “I am going to train as hard as I can and compete as often as possible,” he said.

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Spirit Week Fun At Kingsford Park School

Students dressed in a variety of different colored clothes, shoes and fun-filled outfits for the traditional Wednesday event. Other days during Spirit Week included: Hat Day, Favorite Sports Team Day, Crazy Hair Day, and Buc Blue Day.

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Selkirk Shores State Park Hosts Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

Park visitors are invited to enjoy a winter wonderland snowshoe hike at Selkirk Shores State Park from 5 to 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Beginning at the skier parking area, lanterns will line a gradual self-guided mile loop. Following the hike, hot chocolate will be served around a cozy fire at the pavilion overlooking Lake Ontario.

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