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Youths ran off with money in lodge theft

This week in history

99 years ago in 1922:

• Two youths, believed to be about 17 or 18 years of age, escaped with approximately $200 in currency and change after staging a holdup at the Warren Motor Lodge, Route 5, Newton Falls.

The victim of the robbery, Charles Honkowicz, told investigating Trumbull deputies the youths came into the lobby and inquired about obtaining a room.

When Honkowicz informed them there were no vacancies, one drew a small-caliber revolver and demanded money, deputies said.

Honkowicz was not injured.

50 years ago in 1971:

• American Field Service student Hiroyuki Maeda of Saga City, Japan, was the guest of honor at a farewell party given Friday night by his American parents, Mr. and Mrs. Williams Maurice of Central Parkway SE.

Typical American fare of soft drinks and pizza was served at the party, which was attended by 69 of Hiro’s friends who chose this way to say “sayonara” to the young exchange student.

While in Warren, Hiro attended Warren G. Harding High School where he won a letter in wrestling and was active in A capella choir.

25 years ago in 1996:

• The Southington Township Board of Appeals issued a unanimous decision to knock out Mike Tyson’s plans to build a 66-by-83-foot exercise area and a combination storage room and kitchen. The zoning panel ruled the proposal would violate a Southington ordinance passed in 1993 dealing with “dangerous pets.”

According to a statement read by the township’s attorney Nicholas J. Luca, the professional boxer wanted to keep the pets, which are endangered species, in a facility designed by exotic animal specialists.

The statement also said Tyson hoped to offer a wildlife awareness program to local youngsters.

10 years ago in 2011:

• With near perfect temperatures and clear skies, the second annual Mosquito Lake Dog Park Doggie Days event drew a large crowd of dog lovers and their canine friends for an afternoon of games and meeting new aquaintances.

“We do this to bring people out and socialize with their dogs,” said Emily Frantz, president of the Mosquito Lake Dog Park Friends. “We had a good turnout, people and dogs. Everybody enjoyed the games.”

The games included the Recall Game, which was a race to see which dog would get to its owner the fastest after being called. There also was a game that had each dog on a leash, while each owner held an egg on a spoon in the same hand.

— Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Allie Vugrincic.

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