21 WFMJ archives / April 25, 1996 | Demolition crews from L.T. Boccia Construction chipped away 28 years ago to the remains of the Parkade in downtown Youngstown.

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1999: A 16-year-old Salem High School student is suspended from class for 10 days after he sent an e-mail to another student claiming he had planted bombs in the junior and senior high schools. He also faces charges in juvenile court. Lisbon Village hires eight lifeguards and one substitute for the coming season: Leslie Cunningham, Christy Williams, Laine Crable, Jamie Clapsaddle, Greg Talbott, George Crawford, Jeremy Thompson, Jim Elliott, and Jason Elliott.  

For the eighth straight year, Poland Local Schools received the "What Parents Want Award" from School Match, a nonprofit organization that evaluates and rates school districts across the nation. 

1984: A fire devastated Idora Park, destroying the world-class Wild Cat roller coaster and other rides. Firefighters saved the historic carousel. 

Low water pressure hampered the efforts by Youngstown firefighters to save the burning midway.

For the first time, there is a spring hunting season for wild turkeys in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana. Larry Evans of Salem bagged the first bird in Columbiana County, a 20-pounder. 

1974: The first shift of 1,000 workers is evacuated from the General Motors van plant in Lordstown when a fire breaks out in a room where seat cushions were stored. 

Dedication and cornerstone ceremonies are held at the new Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Dobbins Road. 

Oil companies are making a profit of $3.75 on some barrels of Arab oil that costs 10 cents to produce, says energy chief John Sawhill. 

1949: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. reports net earnings of $12 million for the first quarter of 1949, almost double the earnings for the same quarter a year earlier. 

Mahoning County Sheriff Paul Langley suspends indefinitely two deputies for conduct unbecoming an officer for transporting two men and two prostitutes to a Mahoning Avenue tavern. 

The Dayton Journal Herald reports that the only airman to ever get close to a flying saucer crashed and died before he could describe it.