May 24

1999: State Rep. Ron Gerberry of Austintown is one of several state lawmakers calling for the resignation of Mahoning County Sheriff Phil Chance, who has been indicted on charges of extortion and racketeering.

A bill will be introduced that would automatically suspend any official indicted on felony charges. Aging Ohio farmers—whose average age is 53.1—are increasingly relying on young hired help to keep their farms operational. One farmer says high school football players are especially good workers.

Toledo is spending $35 million to relocate 85 families and 15 businesses to  clear land for a Jeep plant that will produce Cherokee models. 

1984: Liberty police charge three men with the $250,000 burglary of the Roger Valldares residence on Red Fern Drive in February.

Youngstown is awarded a $1.1 million grant for runway lighting an other improvements at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

Janelle Clark, winner of the Vindicator Spelling Bee, is honored by the Youngstown Rotary Club and receives a wristwatch from Raymond Brenner Jewelry.

1974: Milan Marsh of Girard, a member of Youngstown Carpenters Local 171, wins a bitter battle for leadership of the Ohio AFL-CIO, defeating Frank King of Toledo and carrying with him a majority of a slate of 34 board members.

The Ohio Department of Transportation asks the Federal Highway Administration to rechannel $51,800 in federal funds for the construction of bikeways in Mahoning County.

Jazz band leader Duke Ellington, who appeared over the years in Youngstown, dies of pneumonia in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He was 75.

1949: The Cole Bros. Circus arrives at the West Avenue railroad siding at 4 a.m. to the cheers of a few youngsters there to greet them. Crews immediately began setting up the big top at the Meridian Road grounds.

A hunt for a kidnapped woman and a knife-wielding automobile thief is underway in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The man hailed a driver on River Road in the early morning hours, pulled a knife, forced the driver out of the car, and fled with the 24-year-old woman passenger.

Youngstowner Joe Flynn rates high in a recent popularity poll taken by "Television" magazine in Southern California. Flynn's satirical show  "Yer Ole Buddy" is rated second only to Milton Berle's Star Theater and tops the Arthur Godfrey Show.