Years In the past | December 11th


Interesting moments in our Valley’s history are revisited with this daily trip back in time.

image Vindicator file photo / December 1950s | Director Raymond Brenner and pianist Lillian Butcher are surrounded by members of the Yo-Mah-O Chorus, composed of members of the local chapter of the National Secretaries Association, at one of Vindicator Columnist Esther Hamilton’s Alias ​​Santa Claus Club shows at Stambaugh Auditorium. This undated photo would have been from the 1950s.

1997: Area mob boss Lenny Strollo is taken into federal custody in a roundup of 30 suspected organized crime figures. They are investigating illegal gambling and the contract killing of Ernest Biondillo Jr.

Authorities in Mahoning and Trumbull counties say they are prepared to arrest as many as 700 parents who are behind on child support payments. The first 11, who owns $109,200, are in custody.

One Boardman Township trustee, Elaine Mancini, says she is opposed to the state’s licensing of an off-track betting parlor by DeBartolo Racing at Antone’s Sports Bar on South Avenue.

1982: A coalition of 10 economically depressed cities, including Youngstown, ask the White House for a meeting with President Ronald Reagan at which they can relate the hardships their cities face.

A nationwide manhunt for two Niles teenagers wanted for the murder of Niles Patrolman John Utlak ends with their arrest in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Fred Joseph, 17, was arrested for drunken driving; Randall Fellows was found sleeping in a nearby motel.

A two-alarm fire heavily damaged the Franklin Market in the Southeast Plaza in Salem.

1972: Because of several after-game incidents, no spectators will be permitted at Youngstown junior high basketball games for the rest of the season.

The Rev. Charles S. Fulcomer, the pastor of Canfield’s First Presbyterian Church for 17 years, resigns to accept the interim pastorship of Youngstown First Presbyterian.

Two Liberty High students, Scott Burin and Donald Kelly, are treated for injuries after a bus was stoned following the Girard-Liberty basketball game.

Membership of the Ku Klux Klan is on the rise in the north, with membership in Indiana growing from a handful five years ago to about 500.

1947: The War Assets Administration approves a proposal to lease two-thirds of the huge Shenango Tin Mill at New Castle, Pa., to the Hudson Motor Car Co., which is expected to employ 1,500 producing sheet metal.

Leetonia Police Chief Henry Gibson shoots it out with one burglar and wounds another at a filling station. One burglar was arrested at the scene, and the other when he went to St Elizabeth Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.

Pfc. Joseph Kosegi of Warren is one of 14 World War II GIs being buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

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