50 years ago: Teens die in weekend crashes

This week in history

99 years ago in 1918:

• L.D. Woodruff, a missionary in Bulgaria, formerly of Warren, was the special representative of Bulgaria at a Peace Parley meeting. He represented the queen of Bulgaria at a Paris peace conference.

A.B. Woodruff, also of Warren, and brother of the missionary, joined him in Paris where they spent a very pleasant time together.

• Lieutenant George W. Perry of Youngstown, returning after 18 months service, was in Warren speaking to high school students at the school he referred to as his second home.

Mr. Perry was instructor in public speaking in the high school before entering the service and was one of the most popular men the school ever had. While in the service he had time to write interesting letters to the high school, which always delighted the students.

Principal Allison called upon Mr. Perry to speak to the school and for half an hour he talked interestingly of his impressions of America upon returning to the country and his pleasure at being back and able to greet his old friends again.

50 years ago in 1968:

• Four teenagers, including two of the daughters of the commander of the Youngstown Air Force Base and a young man who was due to get married, were killed in three, one-car Trumbull County accidents over one weekend.

The Hazell sisters, daughter of Col. Clair and Mrs. Hazell, were pronounced dead on arrival at Trumbull Memorial Hospital following a one-car crash on the dangerous hill on new state Route 82, about two-tenths of a mile west of state Route 46, when the car flipped over the guardrail and went down a 50-foot embankment. A 19-year old of Warren and an 18-year old of Vienna were both involved in one-car crashes on state Route 45 in Champion and state Route 305 in Bazetta. The former, planning to be married, was pronounced dead on arrival at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. The driver on Route 305 died two hours after being admitted to the hospital. The deaths jumped the county’s 1968 traffic toll to 13, four above the total on the date a year previous.

• Trumbull deputies and city police were probing armed robberies staged at Sparkle Market on U.S. Route 62 in Masury and the People’s Dairy on East Market in Warren.

The victim in the Masury incident, the store manager, told deputies a car pulled up beside his and a man armed with a small caliber gun ordered him into the store, grabbed the money bags containing less than $200 from the manager’s car and, in his haste to escape, dropped one of the bags. The car he was driving had been stolen earlier from the parking lot of the General American Transportation Corp. in Masury.

A lone gunman entered the store of Arthur and Fred Lamberti while Arthur Lamberti was outside putting merchandise in his car. Fred Lamberti was inside the store at the time. When Arthur Lamberti walked back into the store,the suspect had a small caliber weapon drawn and told the Lamberti brothers not to move toward a phone or he “would have to shoot to kill.” All the cash in the register was surrendered and the Lambertis were ordered to the rear of the building. The suspect exited out the front door.

25 years ago in 1993:

• The Mahoning Valley continued to dig out from 15.4 inches of snow from the Blizzard of 1993 as temperatures fell to 3 degrees, according to the National Weather Service at the Youngstown Warrem Regional Airport in Vienna. Will Kubina, a meteorologist with the weather service, said the 14.7 inches that fell in one day that week was the third snowiest day on record behind Jan. 24, 1948, with 17.2 inches, and Nov. 25, 1950, with 17 inches.

Diana Leancu, the manager at the video outlet in the Elm Road Giant Eagle said her store probably broke a record when cable service was knocked out to some homes.

“About half our videos were gone,” she said as customers were not picky. “People were taking what they could get,” she said.

• Two of four Warren women suspected in a string of mall thefts across the county pleaded innocent to charges but were charged with theft and receiving stolen property with bonds at $7,500 and $5,000.

Two other women involved were sought but remained free as one of the Warren women said they were unwilling accomplices in the scheme.

The women were also suspected of attempting to use stolen checks to withdraw money, banks had reported to police.

10 years ago in 2008:

• Students from across Trumbull County were to converge at the high school in Leavittsburg to engage in an orthographic showdown, with the annual Tribune Chronicle Spelling Bee set to compete nationally.

There were 41 students qualified to take part in the local spelling bee, open to students attending public, private, parochial and home schools.

Each participant received a specially designed T-shirt and certificate of participation courtesy of the Tribune Chronicle.

In addition to the trophies awarded to the top four spellers, the champion of the Tribune Chronicle Spelling Bee was to travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals in May.

• A nationwide drunk driving crackdown was begun to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.

The effort was sponsored by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in response to data showing that 44 percent of the 105 drivers, motorcyclists and drivers involved in fatal crashes on St. Patrick’s Day the previous year had a blood-alcohol content of .08 or above. No warnings were to be issued and arrests were to be made, an NHTSA spokesman said.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart