Terry Bush, a Lawrence County deputy sheriff, is fired for allowing Terry Lee McNelis to escape from him in October. McNelis escaped with Bush's badge, gun and uniform, and was later caught in Wisconsin. McNelis was the second prisoner to escape from Bush.
4The New Wilmington community is shocked by the death of Jared W. Scofield, 18, a high school football, basketball and baseball player, from the bacteria that cause meningitis.
5Girard Hardware will close its 96-year-old Girard store at the end of the month but retain its Boardman store.
6After a 21/2-year court battle, 24 Youngstown police officers are promoted, including Jimmy Hughes, who becomes the city's first black police captain.
7Suspended Attorney Richard D. Goldberg, 54, of Liberty, reports to a minimum-security federal prison in Morgantown, W.Va., to begin serving 41 months for defrauding his clients.
8Former Mahoning County Prosecutor James Philomena begins serving his four-year bribery and racketeering sentence in a minimum security federal prison camp in Montgomery, Ala.
10Three Trumbull County Christian schools propose construction of a $3.5 million Trinity Christian High School on nine acres along Howland Springs Road in Howland.
11Columbiana County Port Authority buys the 36-mile Youngstown & amp; Southern Railway line from Youngstown to Darlington, Pa., for $1.08 million and plans to reactivate it as soon as midyear.
12St. Elizabeth Health Center opens a $2.6 million cancer care center at 8401 Market St., Boardman.
13The multidenominational Mahoning Valley watchdog group against political corruption -- Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods -- introduces a nine-member responsible government panel that will evaluate complaints against public officials who have signed its anti-corruption pledge.
14The Butler Institute of American Art opens its new $4.25 million Beecher Center for Technology in the Arts -- the first institution in the United States and one of only three in the world built expressly for creation and display of electronic and digital fine art.
Ronald P. Skowron, a former Youngstown police patrolman, resigns from the Youngstown Board of Education and makes $418 in restitution to the city in exchange for dismissal of theft and tampering charges against him.
16Army Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi of Niles is charged with sexually assaulting and killing an 11-year-old girl in Kosovo.
19John H. Chicase, 57, of Canfield, former chief of detectives under ex-Mahoning County Sheriff Phil Chance, begins serving his 16-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton on racketeering and tax evasion charges.
20Paul F. Gambrel, 52, former Campbell law director, and Atty. Walter D. Hartsock, 46, a Nationwide Insurance claims adjuster, both of Poland, and Atty. Joseph A. Dubyak, 57, of Orange, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in a scheme to defraud Nationwide.
24Former Mahoning County Sheriff Phil Chance reports to a low-security federal prison in Milan, Mich., to begin serving his 71-month sentence for racketeering.
28David Sweet, dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, is named YSU's new president to replace Leslie Cochran, who retires July 1.
31A grand jury in Warren indicts Atty. Edward A. Flask for the second time in six months -- this time on two counts of bribery and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity related to his work as a special counsel with the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The grand jury indicted Flask in August on 13 criminal counts accusing him of selling his office as a director of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District.