21 WFMJ archives / May 31, 1984 | Dan Turner and Daniel Lepore, both 4, were ready with their American flags when the Austintown Township Memorial Day parade passed Idaho Road 40 years ago.

May 27 

1999: Todd Butler, 19, of Columbiana, is accused of fatally shooting two women, Clairenda Collins, 21, and Loretta Haines, 18, on a dare while target shooting at a strip mine across the Pennsylvania line.

During a break from the trial of men accused of trying to kill him, Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains asks Judge Richard M. Markus to autograph Gains’ copy of Markus’ book, "Trial Handbook for Ohio Lawyers."

The Ohio Supreme Court rules in a 5-2 decision that the state's program to provide scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools in unconstitutional on procedural grounds in the passage of the bill. The court did not find that channeling state money to religious schools is unconstitutional.  

1984: Bettie Krause, 62, of Howland, president of Aid to Appalachia, receives a Jefferson Award in recognition of two decades of helping the poor of Appalachia. 

Joseph Carter of Youngstown, who has helped Democratic voters cast absentee ballots in the past, says a new section of the U.S. Voting Rights Act, which states that a person who is blind, illiterate, or disabled may be given assistance by a person of their choosing, will silence his critics.

Mahoning County Sheriff James A. Traficant Jr. gives his chief narcotics investigator, Lt. Phil Chance, a one-day suspension for booking a police seminar into a North Lima motel operated by men who have been listed in federal affidavits as members of organized crime. 

1974: Three Chaney High School girls, Kim Kearns, Laura Luther, and Patty Fogac, are selected to participate in a "Women in Engineering Workshop" at Michigan Technological University.   

Dorsie Willis, the only survivor among 167 black soldiers recently cleared of dishonorable discharges following the Brownsville Incident in 1906, will be the guest of honor at the 17th-anniversary dinner of the Donald Locket Post 6488, VFW.

Johnny Rutherford comes from the back of the pack to battle A.J. Foyt to win the Indianapolis 500 race. 

1949: A daylight burglar enters the home of Dr. Fred Middleton, 84 Mill Creek Drive, and escapes with $2,000 in cash and an undetermined amount of expensive jewelry.

Members of the American Legion, VFW, and AMVETS posts will decorate the graves of every war veteran in Youngstown cemeteries with miniature American flags.