21 WFMJ archives  / June 5, 1943 | This shot of the interior of St. Columba Cathedral was taken 81 years ago by Vindicator Photograph Ernest E. Grass.

June 5

1999: An industry analyst says the possibility that General Motors will shift production of its next small car from Lordstown to Mexico is real.

Gov. Bob Taft expresses reservations about U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant's announced agreement with Community Corrections Corp. to open two new private prisons in the Mahoning Valley and says the state should have the power to approve or reject private prisons in Ohio.

A Mahoning County Common Pleas jury acquits Philip Acitelli, 80, of Coitsville, of aggravated assault, finding he fired two shots in the air, not at two men with whom he was involved in a neighborhood dispute. Acitelli said he rejected a plea agreement because he would not plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit. He said the time spent in jail before posting bond was the worst three days of his life.

1984: Marlin D. "Whitey" Ford, former president of United Auto Workers Local 1112 at the Lordstown General Motors plant, charges UAW President Owen Bieber and other top union officials with violating the union's ethical practices code in suspending him from his staff job. 

Trumbull County Sheriff Richard Jakmas asks commissioners for funding to hire seven deputies, noting that his staff has shrunk from 88 people to 65. Commissioners say it's unlikely additional money will materialize for the sheriff's budget. 

Automotive Specialty Corp., which converts Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunbird coupes into convertibles at Lordstown, will begin converting Toyota Celicas into convertibles at a California plant. 

1974: Municipal Judge Leo P. Morley sentences a 23-year-old Ellenwood Avenue woman to six months in jail for telephone harassment. 

The Cleveland Indians forfeit a baseball game with the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning after fans pour onto the field  during "beer night." The Indians had come from behind to tie the game at 5-5 before having to forfeit. 

Bishop Clarence G. Issenmann, 67, resigns as head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland due to poor health. Pope Paul VI names Bishop James A Hickey to head the diocese. 

1949: Sam Keener, the Salem flying industrialist, plans an around-the-world business trip flying his four-engine C87, the passenger version of the World War II B-24 bomber. 

Superintendent of Schools William C. Bunn and Dr. Fred J. Essig, assistant superintendent, urge parents to exercise restraint when hosting parties during senior week, noting that many tragic accidents have occurred during and after such parties.