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1Army Staff Sgt. Frank Ronghi of Niles is sentenced by a military court to life in prison without



Published: Thu, August 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



1Army Staff Sgt. Frank Ronghi of Niles is sentenced by a military court to life in prison without parole in the murder of an 11-year-old ethnic Albanian girl in Kosovo in January.

2Having returned to the Soap Box Derby after a 28-year absence, Youngstown beats about 70 other U.S. cities to win the All-American Soap Box Derby committee's Outstanding New Race City Award.

4Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the GOP nominee for president, begins his campaign with a whistle stop train tour, stopping briefly this afternoon at the B & amp;O Station in Youngstown.

9. Michael Fitas, 77, of Campbell, who served 20 years as Mahoning County engineer, dies.

11Pending final results of Warren city election, nine of 10 city council members said they will support Mayor Hank Angelo's recommendation to seek a 24-month, 0.5 percent tax increase in November.

14Mahoning County Judge Martin W. Emrich, 45, of Austintown, pleads guilty in federal court to taking bribes and resigns from the bench the next day, allowing an election Nov. 7 for the four years remaining in his term.

16Niles City Council passes a resolution in support of establishment of an off-track betting parlor at Eastwood Mall.

17Niles teachers threaten to strike Aug. 29 if no new contract is reached.

18Craig Beach Village Council unanimously places a referendum on dissolution of the village on the Nov. 7 ballot.

22Don L. Hanni III resigns from the Youngstown Board of Education after voting against placing a bond issue on the Nov. 7 ballot to raise the $33.2 million local share of a $163.5 million state-funded schools construction plan.

23Former Youngstown Municipal Judge Andrew Polovischak Jr. begins his 30-month prison sentence for taking bribes to fix cases.

X Just one day after hearing arguments in the matter, the Ohio Supreme Court rules 7-0 that Kentucky has jurisdiction over the case in which Richard and Cheryl Asente of Girard seek to adopt 3-year-old Justin, whose biological parents want him back.

24Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation staff seize Hubbard Township Police records in a probe of 700 unaccounted-for traffic tickets.

25Columbiana County deputies arrest a dozen vendors, mostly from New York, at the Rogers Flea Market and charge them with trademark counterfeiting.

27Award-winning singer and songwriter Maureen McGovern, a 1967 graduate of Boardman High School, performs a dedication concert before more than 1,400 people in the high school's new $4.5 million auditorium.

X William F. Courtney, 86, of Canfield, founder of Automatic Refreshment Services, Servomation and Serex, who bicycled twice across the United States, dies.

28Gov. Bob Taft appoints Atty. Elizabeth A. Kobly as a Youngstown municipal judge to replace Andrew Polovischak Jr.

29Clergy lead a rally attended by about 200 people in front of Niles City Hall to protest a proposed off-track betting parlor in Eastwood Mall and kick off a petition drive for a May 2001 referendum on the issue.

X Performance Inc., the North Carolina company that acquired Bike Nashbar in April, announces it will close Nashbar's Simon Road retail store in Boardman around Sept. 15 and close the company's Simon Road call center and merge it with a call center in Beckley, W.Va.

30Twenty-one patients become ill and are taken to local hospitals and one of them dies after undergoing dialysis at Physicians Dialysis Center in Youngstown, prompting investigations by federal, state and local health officials.

31Retired bail bondsman Louis A. Buccilli, 80, of Campbell, is indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury on charges he bribed former Youngstown Municipal Judge Andrew Polovischak Jr.




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