21 WFMJ archives / February 6, 1973 | Eight veterans of the Youngstown Police Department posed for a Vindicator photographer on Federal Street downtown 51 years ago. It is unclear whether this photo was ever published. The police officers were identified in a handwritten note as, from left, John Zupko, Jessie Majestic, Paul O’Neill, Howard Coler, William Grady, William Terlesky, Frank DeMain, and Sgt. Dominic Yannerella.

 

February 8

 

1999: The city of Warren launches its months-long celebration of the city's bicentennial at the Packard Music Hall. Mayor Hank Angelo says people may not know that until 1830, Warren was bigger than Cleveland, and until 1870, it was bigger than Youngstown.

 

Mahoning County Treasurer John Reardon says a new state law may allow the county to realize at least a portion of the $40 million in unpaid property taxes by auctioning liens on delinquent parcels to private companies.  Present delinquencies range from $25,000 on a $400,000 Boardman home to $3,500 on a vacant lot in Youngstown. 

 

Austintown toy collector Christina Platthy says eBay buyers should beware after she paid $1,815 for what was supposed to be a rare Quackers Beanie Baby but instead received a stuffed duck whose wings had been cut off. The Las Vegas seller, who has since been banned from eBay, says Platthy got what she paid for. 

 

1984: The Trumbull County Democratic Central Committee elects Dennis Watkins to fill the unexpired term of Prosecutor  J. Walter Dragelevich, who resigned. Watkins got 145 votes; Thomas Schubert, 51, and Patrick Donlin, 22.   

 

The Youngstown Board of Education will require reading classes for all students, including those in high school, who score poorly on standardized reading tests. 

 

In a special election, Campbell voters approve a 5.7 mill emergency school tax by a vote of 1,547 to 1,176.

 

1974: Ohio becomes the 33rd state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratification of 38 states is required. 

 

Paul Warfield, a Warren native and All-Pro wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, may quit football for sports broadcasting.

 

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. cut its white-collar work week to four days, reflecting the impact of a strike by independent truck drivers.

 

Skylab astronauts Edward Gibson, Gerald Carr, and William Pogue returned to Earth after spending a record 84 days in orbit.

 

1949: Mahoning County Judge Henry P. Beckenbach sentences two South Side boys charged with breaking and entering 15 Boardman homes to indeterminate terms in the Boys Industrial School at Lancaster. The boys' parents appeared distraught at the sentences. 

 

Youngstown Council debates for 21 minutes a proposal to reimburse three motorists $3 each for charges incurred after overzealous patrolmen had their cars towed. 

 

The Hungarian Peoples Court convicts Josef Cardinal Mindszenty of treason and sentences him to life in prison. The cardinal visited Youngstown in July 1947.