December 3

1994: In a letter to Youngstown Police Chief Randall Wellington, Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Scott Krichbaum says poor investigative work by Youngstown police is causing justice to suffer.

Caparo Inc. takes control of the Sharon Steel plant in Farrell, Pa., which it purchased for $26 million.

The McDonald Blue Devils suffer their first defeat of the season in the state Division VI championship game, falling to St. Henry, 21-7, at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.

1979: Youngstown State University will move forward on an all-sports complex, giving priority to the stadium and playing field and leaving certain other items for the future after bids received on the complex came in 15 percent above estimates. 

Burglars enter Powers Auditorium by breaking a second-floor window.  They ransack offices, including that of conductor Franz Bibo, after finding no money. 

Area residents interested in solar energy tour four sites in the Youngstown area, including a row of apartments at 5004-5012 Winthrop Drive in Austintown that have solar panels on the roof.

1969: Eighteen cars of an eastbound B&O freight train derail in Newton Falls, plunging down a 50-foot embankment and blocking the Penn Central tracks below. 

More than 40 members of Congress, including House Speaker John McCormack and Minority Leader Gerald Ford, celebrate the 83rd  birthday of  U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan, D-Youngstown, at a Washington, D.C., restaurant. Kirwan left his room at Bethesda Naval Hospital to join the festivities. 

The Youngstown Board of Health adopts a retirement age of 70, becoming the first city department to set a retirement age.

1944: Nearly everyone in town who could get a seat was at Esther Hamilton's Alias Santa Claus Show. They clapped until their hands hurt and laughed until their sides ached. Candy butchers collected a record $4,249, with Charles Cushwa Jr. the top candy salesman.

Two area men are reported killed in action and a Warren man died of his wounds: Pfc. John J. Harmich, 19, of Youngstown; Pfc. George J. Resetar, 20, of Struthers, and Sgt. Amos Datwyler, 26, of Warren. 

Youngstown store executives and clerks say downtown crowds have reached near-record proportions for so early in the yule shopping season.