This Week in History: Sharon police nab notorious interstate bandits

99 years ago in 1919:

l William Hunter and Cecil Saleine believed to be clever and desperate bandits responsible for many interstate robberies, including some in Warren, were in jail in Sharon, Pa.

Since mid-December, the pair were suspected of robberies in Akron and Warren and in Sharon, Mercer and West Middlesex, Pa. Their spoils were reported as varied, including automobiles, jewelry, money and hardware.

Found in their possession were jewelry, guns and other loot. Not in their possession at capture were four automobiles, two taken in West Middlesex, believed to be stolen by the pair.

l The Daily Tribune had a new manager of its circulation.

The new circulation manager, Earl Chadwick of North Avenue, having served as an apprentice, a newsboy and an assistant manager was to replace John Cook, who had handled the department for 15 years and was “retiring to take a much-needed rest.”

Chadwick’s two chief characteristics, never-failing courtesy and a never-ending industry, was a combination that guaranteed that kind of service to every subscriber. He was praised for his emphasis on prompt delivery and courteous attention to any kind of complaint.

“Nothing too much trouble in pleasing a customer,” was his motto.

50 years ago in 1968:

l A coal truck that careened into the one-story brick structure that housed a beauty salon, overturned and spilled its contents onto the street, blocking traffic for some time.

Three persons in the salon, including the operator, Mrs. Ann Russo of Niles were not hurt. The beauty salon portion of the building was not damaged, but a wall in the vacant shoe repair shop in the building collapsed from the impact. The damage to the building was listed at $6,500.

Deputies reported the driver was headed north on Main Street, and while passing another truck, attempted to make a left turn onto a side street and struck the other truck. The impact caused the truck to spin out of control into the building.

l City police were probing five burglaries reported over the holiday weekend and Trumbull deputies were investigating two others.

Among the stolen items was 32 fifths of liquor and 32 bottles of mix taken from the American Legion, a loss estimated at $374. Also taken was $2,032 from an apartment on Tod Avenue, an undetermined amount of change from a cigar machine and a Muscular Dystrophy container was lost from Gus’s Sohio, 2208 Youngstown SE .

Five cases of beer and change from a pool table and cigarette machine were stolen at the 37 1/2 Bar and Grill, 2238 Niles SE, where an inner door and the bar were ripped to get into the main part of the building. An apartment on North Park Avenue was broken into and $50 was taken from a purse in the bedroom closet.

A tape recorder, new portable television set, two pistols and $25 in quarters were taken from a home in McKinley Heights following a cut padlock and Trumbull deputies investigated the theft of $40 from a Mineral Ridge Home.

25 years ago in 1993:

l A century-old Victorian house owned by the father of Warren Auditor Anthony Iannucci Jr. was about to be demolished.

“We had estimates of over $300,000 to repair the place,” Iannucci said.

The auditor, who said it cost $100,000 just to repair the roof of the home, said the home had been vacant almost five years.

Iannucci said workers were attempting to salvage antique woodwork, flooring, doors and shelves.

“I have mixed feelings about all this … I would have much rather seen them restore it,” he said, “but if you spend the money you’d have to see a return on it.”

l City fire officials believed children playing with a lighter were to blame for a fire that damaged a Second Street home.

Firefighters who responded to the call discovered a blaze in a front bedroom of the house that had started in a mattress. The fire was confined to the bedroom, but the rest of the house sustained water and smoke damage. The home was occupied by four children and their mother. There were no injuries.

10 years ago in 2008:

l A Niles man was struck in the head with a section of railroad track after a New Year’s argument, police said.

A man covered in blood flagged down a Niles police officer just before 1 a.m. outside a building on North Main Street and told them he had been struck in the head with a metal object.

The other man of Franklin Avenue, Niles, told police he started the argument, but had defended himself with the nearest thing he could find, which turned out to be a 9-inch section of railroad track.

The second man was arrested on charges of aggravated assault. The first man was treated by ambulance crews.

l It was unlikely doctors would be able to reattach a Niles’ man’s index finger after police said his stepson was charged with aggravated assault.

A 24-year-old Scott Street man was due in court on charges related to the holiday fight.

The man told police his stepson had been drinking heavily and had become disrespectful to his mother. An argument ensued and the man’s right index finger was bitten off at the first knuckle.

The stepson told friends he was suicidal following the argument, after which they wrestled a gun from him. He was then treated at the hospital for injuries sustained.

Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart.