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Week in history: 7 hurt when ‘machine’ overturned on road in 1921 in Warren

99 years ago in 1921

Police were endeavoring to place the blame for a traffic accident at West Market and Tod Avenue in which an automobile overturned when struck by another machine.

Seven persons, including three small children, the occupants of the machine that overturned, escaped injury. The other car, said to have been a Buick six, continued west on Market street without stopping after the crash.

Charles Dilley of Highland avenue was driving a chummy roadster north on Tod avenue when a touring car traveling west on Market street collided with the rear of the Dilley machine with force enough to topple it over.

The Dilley car was not badly damaged. Witnesses said the fact that neither car was traveling at a high rate of speed prevented fatalities.

80 years ago in 1940

Wholesale confiscation of penny slot machines from local business concerns was made by police who announced 25 machines had been seized and two persons arrested on the charge of exhibiting gambling devices. Affidavits against the owners of the others were expected to be filed. The action followed a month-old order to “clear the slot machines from business places.”

Police Chief B.J. Gillen said that owners failed to heed warnings and as a result orders were issued to pick up machines and make arrests.

The machines and two punch boards were taken from restaurants, newstands, confectionery shops, pool rooms, drug stores, grocery stores and other places of business in the downtown and outlying sections of the city.

The two charged with exhibiting gambling devices were booked and released when they furnished cash bonds for appearance in court at a later date. They were picked up at the Liberty Fish Market, Main SW, and the Rodney Ann Shop, High NW, respectively.

Names of the others involved were not immediately available.

“We gave merchants fair warning some time ago to get rid of these machines,” Chief Gillen stated. “Unless they heed the orders there is nothing we can do but confiscate the machines and make the arrests. There are not going to be any machines of this type in the city as long as I am chief,” he added.

25 years ago in 1995:

∫ The billboard greeting drivers who exited Interstate 80 east on Belmont Avenue was to come down after years of court battles between the state and the billboard’s owner.

Trumbull County Magistrate Anthony Cornicelli recommended to the court an order to remove a large multi-panel billboard that the Ohio Department of Transportation had fought to have removed since 1992.

The billboard had room for nine advertisements and was mounted on private property in 1978 by the owner of the plaza behind the building on Liberty Street. Some of the ads were visible to drivers heading toward Belmont Avenue on Liberty Street, but others were visible only from the Interstate 80 exit.

ODOT officials saw the billboard as part of the scenery from their highway because the sign was visible from the interstate exit. State officials regulated the billboards and advertisements used near the roads, but the owner argued it was on his property near Liberty Street.

The billboard met Liberty Township zoning ordinances because it was an area zoned for commercial development.

A point of contention in the suit had been the visibility of the billboard, leased for advertisements, only 12 feet away

from the right-of-way on

Interstate 80.

The owner had applied for permits to display the ads in 1983, but ODOT officials turned down his request. After a series of appeals ODOT ordered the sign to be torn down.

Cornicelli’s opinion was the law regulating highway advertisement served to promote safety, convenience and enjoyment of public travel by limiting the proliferation of distracting and potentially hazardous billboards and signs.

He called the sign a “nuisance.” The owner of the billboard said removing the ads would damage the structure that held the ads.

10 years ago in 2010

Despite the fact it was open to the elements, the new Brookfield K-12 school complex was a big hit as the public got to take a tour of the building.

“That is amazing,” said Ann Fraley as she peeked inside one of the gymnasiums at the new school, which was open for a couple of hours so people could take a look at construction progress.

Superintendent of Schools Tim Saxton, school board members and construction officials were on hand as well to answer questions.

Saxton said the school on Bedford Road was set to be completed in March and was to be ready by the beginning of the school year.

Voters had approved a bond measure in 2007 to pay the community share of a $31.4 million project. The Ohio Schools Commission paid $20.1 million of the total.

“Everything is pulling back on schedule now,” Saxton said.

Saxton had recommended to the board that they demolish the high school, which was built in 1958, as well as the middle school, which Saxton said was built in the 1920s or 1930s, in part because OSFC money could be used.

The elementary school is across the state lines in Sharon, Pa., and OSFC money could not be used to demolish that school because it was not in Ohio. Saxton said he thought maybe they could sell it.

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

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