21 WFMJ archives / March 24, 2003, | Megan Rose, left, and Kristen Dilullo, seniors at Lisbon High School, worked on their “mousetrap racer” during the 25th annual Physics Olympics at Youngstown State University 21 years ago. About 25 high schools competed.

March 23

1999: Police say Youngstown Patrolman John Elberty was shot twice in his bulletproof vest before he and two other officers returned fire, killing Amos Perry during a drug raid at 61 Tod Lane. Elberty was treated at St. Elizabeth Hospital.   

Two retired Campbell police officers who were on mob Boss Lenny Strollo's payroll are sentenced to five months in a halfway house and five months on house arrest by U.S. District Judge Kathleen O'Malley. The cops got $30 a month to ignore Strollo's gambling activities between 1990 and 1997.

Mayor George McKelvey ordered Water Commissioner Gary Thornton to turn in his city-owned car after the car was spotted in the parking lot of Mountaineer Park in Chester, W. Va.    

1984: The Justice Department reaches an agreement with LTV Corp. and its subsidiary Jones & Laughlin Steel Inc., requiring the company to spend $3-0 million to combat air pollution and $4   

U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams, R-17th, makes a pitch to the budget airline People Express to extend service to Youngstown Municipal Airport. The airline serves 21 cities, including Pittsburgh and Columbus.

All three Consolidated Warehouse Discount Co. stores in the area will close because of a drastic drop in business since the company filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

1974: Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter names a nine-member commission to investigate the city police department's procedures for handling citizen complaints. 

After 50 years of treating the dreaded disease of tuberculosis, the Mahoning County Sanitorium on Kirk Road will go on the auction block.

Statistics from the Ohio Public Expenditure Council show that per-pupil expenditures for students in Trumbull County's 21 school districts range from $653 in Bristol Local Schools to $1,337 in Lordstown Local Schools. 

1949: Mahoning Probate Judge Clifford M. Woodside gives county Recorder James M. Elliott three months to move the mortgage department or face forcible eviction. The office space was "loaned" to the recorder 15 years ago.

Youngstown Realtor C.F. McCall plans to build 60 four-room, low-cost homes on Winchester, Moherman, and S. Osborne avenues on Youngstown's West Side. The houses will sell for $8,650.

A contingent of Swedish labor leaders visited Shenango Pottery Co. in New Castle, Pa. The visit was part of a Marshall Plan-funded exchange program that introduced European nations to American labor-management relations.