21 WFMJ archives / February 5, 1970, | New members of the Strouss 25-year club received watches and service emblems at the department store’s annual banquet 54 years ago. Seated from left, Ann Smith Hopkins, Alexandria Tahos, Mary Ann Barto, Josephine Petrarea, Luella Wagner, Louis Gombida and Christine Burnett, standing, Verna James, Delphine Weinrich, Stella Gerlock, Irene Jordan, Strouss President Fred Gronvail, Amelia Fedelia, Chris Onda and Helen Collins.

February 6

1999: Mahoning County Commissioner David Engler says Sheriff Phil Chance, who was indicted on federal racketeering charges, had been expanding the scope of what a sheriff does by expanding patrols and conducting raids in cities that have their own departments. Engler suggests state law rein in sheriffs to their original duties of operating the jail and providing protection and service to the courts.

In an effort to cut $7 million in operation costs, Cold Metal Products cut about 200 jobs, including 40 people in the Youngstown area.

The Rev. Gary Olin, a Mahoning Valley native who is pastor of the United Methodist Church of Uniontown, is named superintendent of the Youngstown District of the Ohio East Area of the United Methodist Church. 

1984: Family-owned Giannos Candies opens a store in the corner of the Paramount Theater building on Federal, not far from the downtown spot where the company got its start in 1910.

GF Furniture Systems Inc. will spend $10 million to upgrade its aging Youngstown plant, which may result in some number of jobs being returned to Youngstown from the company's Forest City, N.C., plant. 

A Berlin Township man who was angry over a "legal matter" was arrested after he allegedly killed three horses and wounded seven others with a shotgun at his brother's Jackson Township farm. 

1974: Acme Construction Co. of Cleveland submits the low bid on the construction of 2.6 miles of I-680 from U.S. 224 to Western Reserve Road. The bid is $5.6 million. 

Police launch a nationwide search for the kidnappers of Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of the late newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. 

Gene Petersen, 25, of Girard, dies of gunshot wounds suffered on Jan. 28 when a former employee shot him at the Simco Shoe store, 36 W. Federal St.

1949: The Congregational Christian Church's General Council approved the merger of the churches to create a new denomination known as the United Church of Christ with nearly 2 million members. 

Parents of the Fitch School students are convinced that the finest dental clinic facilities in the district are provided at the Austintown Township school, where fluoride is used to prevent tooth decay. 

Joe DiMaggio turns down the Yankees' latest offer. He is said to want $170,000 to play baseball for the next two seasons.