Vindicator file photo/ January 1980 | Forty years ago, Mayor George Vukovich administered the oath to 12 members of the Youngstown Police Department who were promoted. The new officers were, from left, Sgts. Thomas Mylott, Martin Kane, Franklin Palmer, John Ondomisi, John Gocala, Phillip Rogers and Michael Dobran, Detectives Michael Vodilko and Michael Landers, Lt. David Campana and Capt. Andrew Havrilla. 

January 11

1995: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-Poland, says he won't submit a Democratic tax proposal and prefers Republican Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America" to the Democrats' middle-class tax cut. 


Pennsylvania State Police investigating illegal sports betting in the New Castle area have filed charges against 30 people, most from Lawrence County. 

Trumbull County Common Pleas Administrative Judge John Stuard says security measures at the courthouse must be strengthened and he proposes a system that will require anyone in the building to have a security pass: either a permanent pass for employees, lawyers and the press; a juror pass, or a visitor's pass. 

1980: Robert E. "Bo" Rein's plane is reported missing off the Virginia coast and he is presumed dead. The former football standout at Niles and Ohio State and head coach at Louisiana State University was on a recruiting trip.

The Honda Motor Co. announces that it will build a passenger car production plant near Marysville, Ohio, which will make it the first Japanese car company to produce vehicles in the United States. 

The Vindicator will run a three-part series based on "Free to Choose," the book by economist Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, which contends that inflation is a disease gnawing away at household and government budgets and the national prestige. 

1970: The Mahoning County Medical Society will begin its mass immunization program to prevent a spring epidemic of German measles. Teams of doctors will visit 113 schools over two weeks to vaccinate 46,000 students. 

An East Side woman, Sherry Gravatt, is treated for smoke inhalation by firemen after an attempt to thaw frozen pipes with a blowtorch touched off a fire at her Albert Street home. 

The Youngstown Hospital Association, the Mahoning County Council of Boy Scouts and the Lake-to-River Council of the Girl Scouts have created a new health care unit called Explorer Post 85.

1945: Workers seeking war jobs in response to the government's "work or fight" rule break all recent application records at the U.S. Employment Bureau. Some 560 showed up one day and 400 the next. 

Pvt. Theodore Detwiler, 20, of Canfield is reported killed in action in France the day after Christmas. 

Eight of the 11 finishing mills at the McDonald plant of Carnegie Illinois Steel Corp. are down because cranemen have walked out on an unauthorized strike.  No grievances have been filed.