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1Eighty-two civilian jobs in fields such as transportation, supply and property maintenance at the



Published: Fri, February 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



1Eighty-two civilian jobs in fields such as transportation, supply and property maintenance at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station will be turned over to a private company, Griffin Services Inc. of Atlanta, on Oct. 1.

3Atty. Walter D. Hartsock of Poland and Atty. Joseph A. Dubyak of Orange plead guilty in federal court in Cleveland to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Atty. Paul F. Gambrel of Poland, former assistant Mahoning County prosecutor, pleads guilty four days later to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in Cleveland in the same scheme.

4A federal judge in Cleveland sentences disbarred Youngstown lawyer George M. Alexander to six years in prison on a racketeering charge.

h Carmelo "Charlie'' Lamancusa, 71, Girard's 4th Ward councilman, is shot to death by a robber in his grocery store and his wife, Betty, is stricken with an apparent heart attack at the scene.

6Upon her release from St. Elizabeth Health Center, Rita D. Ashford, 37, is arrested on murder, aggravated arson and aggravated assault charges in a Feb. 5 fire at her Sherwood Avenue residence that killed her 7-year-old daughter, Jamie. She is charged with igniting her boyfriend Kenneth Harris, 41, after he beat her, police said. Harris survived.

7A federal judge adds six months to the 41-month prison sentence suspended Atty. Richard D. Goldberg is serving for mail and bank fraud because he attended a New Year's Eve party in Youngstown without court authorization.

10A jury finds George Foster, 34, of Weathersfield, guilty of the kidnapping, rape and murder of Bridget Wetzel, 10, also of Weathersfield. In the next week, the jury recommends life in prison without parole and Foster is sentenced to two consecutive life terms.

11Teamsters Local 377, representing 90 housekeeping and maintenance workers, orderlies, nursing assistants, clerical and dietary employees, strikes Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital after refusing to accept benefits concessions demanded by the hospital, which is in bankruptcy. The hospital would later close permanently.

X Cold Metal Products considers closing its Youngstown plant -- its only money-losing plant -- and will move its headquarters from Boardman to Sewickley, Pa., to improve executive recruitment and facilitate executive travel.

15Michael P. Rich, former Campbell law director, who was convicted of helping rig that city's police tests for mob boss Lennie Strollo, begins a 10-month sentence in the federal prison at Elkton.

18U.S. EPA orders tons of contaminated soil to be removed from the former Westinghouse plant on Sharpsville Avenue in Sharon at a cost of up to $6 million.

21Two students are arrested on charges of making bomb threats against Sharon High School.

22Just 14 months after the reopening of a connector road from the Ohio Turnpike to Mahoning Avenue, American Freightways is building an $8.2 million, 100-dock truck terminal at Youngstown Commerce Park in North Jackson.

24Boardman Township Administrator Curt Seditz is charged with driving a township car under the influence, failure to control and driving with an expired driver's license in a one-car crash on Stadium Drive.

29Charles P. O'Nesti, 71, former Youngstown fire chief and aide to U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., dies of cancer in his Youngstown residence.




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