March 27

1999: In a case arising from Mahoning County Domestic Relations Judge Beth Smith's court, the Ohio Supreme Court rules that local judges must consider the best interests of the child when ruling on visitation requests by noncustodial parents. 

The city of Warren is trying various methods, including decoys that look like dead geese, to drive flocks of Canada geese from city parks and other trouble spots. Families of geese walking across the four lanes of East Market Street from the pond at the home of Don and Elizabeth Heltzel stop traffic several times a day.

Kennedy Christian High School wins its fourth Pennsylvania state boys basketball championship with a 78-51 victory over Bishop Hannan. John Reimold scored 28 points, including all 11 in a second-half spurt that put the Eagles in command. 

1984: A 29-year-old Youngstown man who was surprised by Austintown police during a robbery at the Wedgewood Plaza shoots himself after being wounded by police. He is in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital. 

The Youngstown Hospital Association announces that 89 service workers, nurses, and administrators will be laid off because of escalating costs and reduced income from government programs and private payers. 

Wethersfield Township Trustee James Pirko says fellow trustees George Buccella and James Price have refused to sign his $530 monthly paycheck. They say he hasn't been working with them on township issues, including the establishment of a township police department. 

1974: Higher education in Ohio is poised and ready for great accomplishments and radical changes, James A. Norton, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, tells Youngstown State University graduates. 

The 992 students who graduated from YSU were a record for winter quarter graduation. Among them is Kenneth A. Campbell, a 1971 graduate of Wilson High School who earned his degree in 2 1/2 years. 

A 21-year-old West Side man is arrested for the robbery of Schiavone Family Foods on Mahoning Avenue after two witnesses followed the shotgun-wielding robber to an Edgehill Avenue home. The $2,679 taken in the robbery was recovered from a garage. 

1949: The last of WFMJ's (radio) six broadcasting towers is up. The towers were fabricated by Truscon Steel Co. of Youngstown and erected by the John F. Beasley Co. of Oklahoma, one of the nation's best tower erectors. 

The Youngstown Hospital Association announces a month-long campaign to raise $1 million for the construction and equipment of a 6-story addition to its South unit.

Plans for construction of 90 four-room homes on Marmion and Cornell avenues are announced by Stephen Baytos of Boardman. Brick models will sell for $8,000, frame for $7,500.