21 WFMJ archives / February 2, 1980 | Past chairmen and a former Heart Sweetheart, Donna Carsale, met at the Heart Association’s kickoff drive 44 years ago at YSU’s Kilcawley Center. From left are Dr. George Beelen, Mrs. Dan B. Jones Jr., Miss Carsale, and Dr. William Bunn, a past president of the Eastern Ohio Chapter of the American Heart Association.

February 2

1999: Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. John Lenkey spent 17 minutes talking a suicidal man in Beaver Creek State Park into handing over his gun. Lenkey said the 32-year-old East Liverpool man alternately pointed his pistol at his own head and at Lenkey, but Lenkey didn't fire because he was convinced the man was trying to commit "suicide by cop." The man is hospitalized. Boardman native Maureen Pero, CEO of the Downtown Dayton Business Partnership, explains Dayton's strategy for revitalizing its downtown to about 75 Youngstown business and community leaders in the McKay Auditorium of the Beeghly Education Building at YSU.

Lordstown Village Council adopted a new drug testing policy that makes virtually all employees subject to drug testing, from auxiliary police officers to the mayor. Previously, only about 10 employees with commercial driver's licenses were subject to testing.

1984: Youngstown mobster Joseph Naples Jr. is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin Krenzler to six months in prison for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. He'll begin serving the sentence on Feb. 13.   

Burglars take $1 million in non-negotiable certificates of deposit and twenty 1935 silver dollars from the Jack O'Brien Insurance Agency on Sixth Street in Ellwood City, Pa.   

Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow and, for the 92nd time in 97 years, sees his shadow, predictive of another six weeks of winter.

1974: Federal and state transportation authorities approve construction of a $100,000 footbridge across Wirt Street at Otis Avenue. 

Sharon Mayor Basil C. Scott refuses to sign the city's 1974 budget of $2.7 million because he disagrees with cuts the council made in the proposed police department budget. The police chief wanted to hire three more patrolmen, a captain, two clerks, and a crossing ground. 

Youngstown police are searching for an 18-year-old North High Student who struck a band teacher who had accused the student of taking a musical instrument from the school. 

1949: Troy Grove, a 29-year-old senior at Youngstown College and part-time bellboy at the Hotel Pick Ohio, averts a serious fire by putting out a blaze single-handed in a second-floor bedroom while 500 guests slept. 

James P. Griffin, director of District 26, United Steelworkers of America, is released from Ashtabula County Jail after serving 10 days on contempt of court charges in connection with picketing during a strike at Lake City Malleable Co. 

The use of fluoride to prevent tooth decay in children is strongly recommended, Dr. Walter McCarthy says in a radio address on WFMJ.