Vindicator file photo/ Jan. 15, 1944 | U. S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan, D-Youngstown, who was instrumental in getting funding for construction of the Mosquito Creek Dam, spoke at the Jan. 15,  1944, dedication, less than six months after the first shovels full of dirt for the project were turned. Construction was fast-tracked because the Mahoning Valley steel industry relied on access to large amounts of water. 

January 14

1995: Spring like weather envelops the Mahoning Valley with the temperature reaching 63 degrees in Youngstown, setting a new record.

Mahoning Common Pleas Judge Charles Bannon declines a request by prosecutors for a gag order in the murder trial of Chris Westerfield of Boardman, but he does suggest that lawyers in the case not talk to the press. 

The Trumbull New Theater scores a hit with a female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," starring Sally Taylor, Rene Penn, Debra Godiciu and E. Carol Maxwell.  

1980: Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Forrest J. Cavalier grants defense lawyer Don L. Hanni's motion to bar members of the press from reporting or photographing pretrial motions in the murder trial of Steven Masters, who is charged with killing his wife, Jodi, and setting their Boardman home afire.

Sister Mary Conroy will become general superior of the Ursuline Sisters, succeeding Sister Teresa Winsen. 

William D. DeCicco, a planner for the Eastgate Development and Transportation Agency, is named executive director of CASTLO Community Improvement Corp., which was formed to advance development and redevelopment in Campbell, Struthers, Lowellville, and Poland and Coitsville townships.

1970: Thirty-six men must be inducted into the armed forces by Youngstown area draft boards 78, 79, 80 in January. The Selective Service lottery based on birthdays will be used in selecting draftees. 

A jury in the court of Common Pleas Judge Elwyn Jenkins has returned a defendant's verdict in a $350,000 lawsuit involving a car and the New Middletown ambulance which resulted in death of the car's driver.

After spraying tear gas at Mrs. Mike Wibley, two gunmen force their way into her Wesley Avenue home, bind her and her husband, and ransack the house looking for old coins. 
 
1945: Raymond C. Davis, 36-year-old veteran, signs the final papers at First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Youngstown for the first G.I. home loan issued in this part of the state. 

Harry Callan, former Youngstown fire chief, is appointed state fire marshal. He had served as an assistant state fire marshal.

The largest concentration of heavy bombers in one of the heaviest airstrikes in the history of Eastern Air Command strikes Japanese troop concentrations ringing Mandalay. S/Sgt. William Windt of Youngstown took part in the operation.