WFMJ archives / February 23, 1973 | Lt. Col. Robert Fisher, ROTC commandant at Youngstown State University, presented Distinguished Military Cadet awards 50 years ago to YSU graduating cadets, from left, Patrick Briceland of Youngstown, Robert Fitzgerald of Warren and James Forestal of Boardman.  

February 23 

1998: Youngstown police are investigating the death of Derrick Davis, 25, of Washington, D.C., an inmate at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, who was stabbed 15 times at the private prison. Two prisoners are being questioned.

A bust of the city's founder, John Young, sculpted by Hungarian-born artist Csaba Kur, who moved to Warren in 1951, is unveiled at the Mahoning County Courthouse. 

An FBI task force arrests members of a cocaine ring that sold drugs brought from the East Coast by a Boardman woman. Agents seized 110 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $1.25 million. 

1983: Thomas J. Travis, chairman of Commercial Shearing Inc. in Youngstown, says that unless uncompetitive wage rates are brought under control in the Mahoning Valley, industrial diversification and resurgence are unlikely. 

The Environmental Protection Agency will spend $33 million to buy out and help relocate all 2,400 residents of Times Beach, a suburb of St. Louis that was contaminated with dioxin, a carcinogen, that was sprayed on the town's oiled roads a decade ago. 

William Sullivan, Niles's acting fire chief, orders fuel tanks that have been stored inside the McQuaide Gas & Oil Co. headquarters on Robbins Avenue to be parked outside for safety reasons. The trucks were parked inside to prevent vandalism and kids from climbing on them. 

1973: The Trumbull County Children Services Board is receiving calls from around the nation offering to adopt "Baby Jane," who was rescued from a toilet on a United airliner at Youngstown Municipal Airport. 

Youngstown could face a fine of $770,000 from the state if the draining of Lake Milton kills an estimated 300,000 fish in the lake.

Parents of more than 30,000 pupils in parochial schools in the six-county Youngstown Diocese paid $5.6 million in tuition in the year that ended June 30, an increase of $2.3 million over a year earlier. 

1948: The Hyman Greenblatt Post 59, Jewish War Veterans, holds its 15th annual Brotherhood Week dinner at the Hotel Pick-Ohio. Youngstown Municipal Judge John Buckley appeals to all veterans to support the implementation of the Marshall plan. 

Glenn Phillips, director of music for McDonald schools, says rehearsals have begun for the annual minstrel show.

Spike Jones brings his musical revue to Stambaugh Auditorium for a matinee and an evening performance. Tickets range from $1.25 to $3.60.