1920: Mystery death of girl

This week in history

99 years ago in 1920:

• The body of a pretty 16-year-old Olive M. Thompson, a local eighth-grade school girl, was found by her brother on Dana Avenue. Mystery shrouded the reason for the tragedy and the police could not determine whether the girl was murdered or whether she committed suicide.

Elliot A. Thompson, 18, brother of the dead girl, found the body of his sister lying in the doorway of his bedroom. She lay on her right side with her head turned toward the hallway and just outside of the door. Beside her lay a 22-caliber rifle containing one exploded cartridge. She had been dead for nearly two hours, it was thought.

Reginald Pierce, a 22-year-old boy held in connection with the case, had worked at the Warren Building and Investment Company grading lawns near her home and was seen leaving the home after admittedly attempting to “attack the girl.” Pierce was held on a charge of assault with intent to rape. An informal inquest was to be held by Coroner Henshaw.

50 years ago in 1969:

• Nineteen Garfield Elementary School, Youngstown, students escaped injury when a bus in which they were passengers and a car collided at Youngstown Road SE and Homewood Avenue SE.

According to city police, the bus, driven by Keno Maring, was headed south on Homewood SE into the path of a westbound car operated by Steven R. Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald sustained a laceration of the right cheek in the mishap and was treated and released at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Police cited Maring for failure to yield the right of way.

25 years ago in 1994:

• Warren finance committee members agreed to set a meeting with city Treasurer Patricia Leon-Games to talk about letting the city’s compliance officer inspect income tax records. In a discussion about ways to collect more money, Law Director Gregory Hicks asked the council to talk to Leon-Games about allowing Robert Stahl to inspect tax records and go after those who are delinquent. Stahl was hired by the city in 1992 to go through computerized city records to find who have not paid required fees and taxes. Hicks said Stahl had successfully worked with every department except the treasurer’s office. Leon-Games said she would maintain her stance that tax returns were confidential and not allow Stahl to examine them.

“Only my staff has the right to go through these,” she said.

Hicks said state law provided for a city official whose job was to look at the tax records and collect money owed to the city to do so.

“The statute simply says he cannot divulge the information to others,” Hicks said.

10 years ago in 2009:

• A Warren football game honored a Warren shooting victim.

Eleven-year-old Lloyd McCoy, a regular at ACOP Center on Niles Road, had suffered wounds from a shooting earlier in the month, which had also killed 26-year-old Marvin Chaney.

His friends decided to get together to honor McCoy, who had played for the Niles Little Red Dragons, by playing a game in his memory.

“This is something Lloyd would have wanted right now,” Jordan Simmons, a former player for Howland High School, and McCoy’s cousin, said.

He said McCoy’s friends needed the game too.

“This is where they knew Lloyd the best,” Simmons said. “Out here there’s no egos.”

— Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Emily Earnhart