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Last Week’s Most-Read Stories

1 — Safety questioned after photos show precarious footing for worker at downtown hotel

By now, many of our more tech-savvy readers have seen the photos: a rather fearless construction worker laying down planking on scaffolding at the Hilton Canopy hotel site in Downtown Ithaca. With no harness, no guardrails and no other “fall arrest apparatus” as it’s called in legal parlance, the project work several floors above the ground have sparked a number of alarmed emails questioning the safety of crews on the site.

The Ithaca Voice reached out to several relevant parties with regard to the photos to see if it was a safety violation. The official answer: maybe.

2 — Potbelly pig greeted some Black Diamond Trail travelers

Some travelers on the Black Diamond Trail last weekend encountered an unusual creature in their path this weekend — a potbelly pig.

Over the weekend, pictures circulated of a large pig on the Black Diamond Trail, which spans from Ithaca to Trumansburg. The DEC confirmed from a photo it was a potbelly pig, and was likely someone’s pet that got loose or was let out. Despite the DEC analysis, many remain convinced it was a feral pig, not a domesticated pig.

3 — Former Tompkins corrections officer convicted of sexually abusing inmate

A former corrections at the Tompkins County Jail has been convicted of sexually abusing an inmate.

Michael B. Baker, 27, of Enfield, was found guilty of second-degree sexual abuse after a jury trial in Lansing Town Court. Inmates cannot legally consent to sexual contact.

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Police officers, firefighters, and Bangs Ambulance personnel faced off last weekend for the fourth annual First Responder Charity Softball tournament. This year, they raised $3,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Lt. Colin. Here’s a recap of the exciting event.

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Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.