Vindicator file photo/ Dec. 28, 1969 | At the end of six years in office, Youngstown Mayor Anthony B. Flask, second from left, was honored at a dinner and presented plaque bearing the names of the Democratic leaders in Mahoning County. From left are Harry Meshel, administrative assistant and toastmaster, Flask, County Democratic Party Chairman Jack Sulligan, Law Director Patrick J. Melillo and County Engineer J. Phillip Richley. Flask was also given the keys to a new Ford LTD.
 
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1994: The Ohio Supreme Court rules that former Gov. Richard Celeste acted within his authority when he commuted the death sentences of seven inmates’ hours before he left office in 1991. One of the sentences commuted was that of Rosalie Grant of Youngstown, convicted of killing two of her children in an arson fire.
 
Howland Police Chief Steve Lamantia says a Howland Springs Road man who was firing an assault style rifle into the woods should be charged with negligent assault. A neighbor, Thomas Butcher was wounded while walking on his own property.

Adremy Dennis, 18, of Akron is sentenced to death after being convicted of killing a former Columbiana man, Kurt Kyle, during a robbery in Akron.

1979: Three weeks before he died of a heart attack, Dr. Leo DiBlasio wrote to Trumbull Common Pleas Judge Donald Ford asking that DiBlasio’s ex-wife, Dorothy, be appropriately sentenced for her role in hiring the man who killed his wife, Patricia, and office receptionist Mary Muffley outside DiBlasio's Girard office two years ago. 

Minnie McGowan is elected to the Niles City Council seat that had been held by her late husband, Eugene, for eight years, making her the city's first councilwoman.

Adeline  R. Nordgren is retiring after 15 years as executive director of the International Institute. She will be succeeded by Elizabeth Szabo.
 
1969: Two armed thugs invade the Howland Township home of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cross, bind them and two guests, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Grudge, and escape with cash, jewelry, credit plates, a camera and several guns. 

The Youngstown Board of Education agrees to pay for improved hospitalization for 1,800 employees at a cost of $200,000.

The Weather Bureau reports more inclement weather is expected in the northeast, where Vermont got 60 inches of snow and western Massachusetts 50 inches in a post-Christmas storm.
 
1944: Second Lt. Joseph J. Esterly, 25, of Canfield has been killed in action against the Nazis  

The 3-percent utility tax that Youngstown City Council is poised to approve would be deductible from individual income taxes and from  the excess profits taxes of businesses.

A Pennsylvania Railroad engineer and fireman are injured when a freight train derails on the Niles-Alliance branch near North Jackson. The engine and 22 cars left the tracks.