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Williams: Reward offered in elderly couple's shooting

Published: Sun, September 26, 2010 @ 11:30 a.m.

The manhunt for those responsible in Saturday's shooting of an elderly couple is expected to heat up today.

Mayor Jay Williams told The Vindicator today: "I intend to issue a 'notice of reward' for information leading to an arrest/conviction [in the case of Thomas J. Repchic, 75, and his wife, Jacqueline] in a few hours."

The Repchics were shot during a drive-by Saturday afternoon on the city’s South Side. Thomas Repchic was killed; his wife, Jacqueline, 74, was shot in the lower part of her body and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Just before the shooting, the couple left nearby St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., where they are members.

Saturday’s killing is the 17th homicide to occur in the city this year, less than a week after the murder of Vivian Martin, a Realtor who was strangled, then burned in a Nelson Avenue home last Monday.

Police had no suspects as of late Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Youngstown police non-emergency number at 330-742-7911.

For more details of this developing story, read Monday's Vindicator or watch Vindy.com.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Society has no place for those who gunned down the Repchics . This was truly a crime of hate . The killer does have plenty who would shelter him on the SouthSide . The reward my entice those with information to divulge it . We should take this crime as a warning that the criminal element knows they have very little to fear from our justice system . As long as crime of this magnitude continues in Youngstown the fallout will impede investors willing to establish major industry within the city .

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2DavedS(9 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Hopefully this reward money will lead us to the cowards that committed this heinous act.The Repchics son was a homicide victim years ago--I highly doubt this was a random shooting and it will only make more people fearful of driving in the city of Youngstown.

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

"Mayor Jay Williams told The Vindicator today: "I intend to issue a 'notice of reward' for information leading to an arrest/conviction [in the case of Thomas J. Repchic, 75, and his wife, Jacqueline] in a few hours.""

And hopefully he issues a strong warning that this won't be tolerable anymore and he would do everything in his power to take back the streets and quit bowing down to these heartless pieces of scum that if found should be shot to death.

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4MFC997(261 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Even sadder still is that if this is the same Repchic's I'm thikning of from the South Side their son was robbed and killed in the same area around 25 yrs ago. Will have to see but if so compounds the tragedy.

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5Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Too bad the cops werent doing their job. It's not like this happened on a back street at 2am there isnt much more of a main street then Market St. The mayors ability to fight crime in this city is a joke from the big $$$$$ spent on "shotspotter" or whatever it is to the tax dollars spent on law enforcement. The thugs are even shooting up the police cruisers. They need to stop everyone on the streets in youngstown and give them a handgun maybe then we would have a fighting chance.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

When the cops do their jobs they are told that the subculture has rights and it's hands off . The trash of the town is brazen for good reason . Gains who himself knows how it feels to be shot made numerous excuses why Jamar Houser's bail was cut to allow him to get out and kill Angeline Fimognari . Our judges like to think that probation is a deterent to hardened criminals . We pay for substandard justice and finance our own demise .

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7USMC0331(152 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


Unfortunately the police situation in the great city of Youngstown is just that, unfortunate! They need to hire more police officers. When you have officers working double shifts and still don't have enough on the road it is sad! Maybe if there were more cops on the road this wouldn't have happened. Maybe if this scums parents were being parents from the begining this wouldn't have happened. Everyone is so quick to say "the cops" this and the "the cops" that. Wake up people! It has to start at home! Cops and teachers are not suppose to raise your kids YOU ARE!

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8Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Then you can have twice as many cops sitting around the gas stations flirting with the clerks instead of patroling the streets

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9DavedS(9 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

@MFC997 Yes it was their son--I don't think it was quite 25 years ago but I know it happened very close to his home.

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10mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

How many more people have to die by violence before the administration and the courts say enough is enough? It seems that the rights of the criminal mean more than the rights of the victims. It is time to take out the trash, and so what if the jails are overcrowded. The scum of the earth have no fear of the law------It's time that changes. In my opinion, a criminal has NO rights!!

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11USMC0331(152 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


every profession has idiots and people who don't do anything. Just because you see a few doing that doesn't mean they all do!

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12USMC0331(152 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


not a lack of? Please go sit in the roll call of a YPD night shift! And tune in on the Internet for the radio traffic. Look how many calls are answered a year! Other Ohio cities don't have old people leaving church and realtors getting killed! Nor the amount of burglaries, rapes, domestics, fights with weapons felonious assaults etc! There are so many crimes that happen that you sheltered people don't know or hear about!

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13USMC0331(152 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Nor the amount of burglaries, rapes, domestics, fights with weapons felonious assaults etc! There are so many crimes that happen that you sheltered people don't know or hear about!

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14MFC997(261 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

There are rumors that they were targeted ... crazy. Was this some sort of retaliation for the Vivian Martin murder ?? If so it is not going to be pretty. They have to get a handle on this and very soon or it is going to spin out of control ...

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15USMC0331(152 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


beautifully put! Yes I do agree on most of what you said. However YPD does not have more police per capita then other cities. They have around 130 police officers. Now about 70 of those are actual patrolman in cars on the road divided between 3 shifts. Oh, and to answer your question in around about way they recieve and take 100,000 calls per year. Structure and responsibility is key I agree. More officers to handle calls for service so others can be proactive! Traffic enforcement would help a little as well.

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16USMC0331(152 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


yep! They are extremely top heavy! Once these fat cats retire they need to hire young excited and motivated officers! I mean we are in place and time we have not been in a long time. We have actual combat veterans returning from war who are gonna want jobs in the law enforcement field. But the mayor wants the police dept to "reflect" the city and wants the right to hire anyone who passes the test! The starting rate of a patrolman has now gone down. So you take the person who scores very low but passes and reflects the city? Can you imagine what it will be like then? Bad idea mr mayor, very bad idea!

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17Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

The bottom line is that our justice system has no teeth . Probation is viewed as punishment for hardened criminals . The masses of unemployed have 24/7 idle time and are destroying the city . Lets put them to work ! Do what it takes !

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18Billybob21(96 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Yeah where are the saturation patrols bring in the state troopers and do a zero tolerance. But do it at night or in the bad neighborhoods dont just do it with the average law abinding citizen. dont just go after the average joe who is speeding or has a headlight out. I will use a slang street word Go Hard!!!

Hit every drug dealer or area where there are complaints of drugs and HIT THEM HARD!!!!!

My heart goes out to the Repchic family God Bless them during these tough times

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19USMC0331(152 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


they are very close to accurate. I will double check but yes the staffing numbers are close. Every time you turn around there is some reason given why officers are not being hired. Between retirements and officers leaving to pursue other careers they are down 50 officers. The city cries broke and there is no money to hire, but the fact is that there are 25 plus administrative jobs that the mayor hired people for that are making a substantial amount of money. Some of those positions have not been filled in 15 plus years! Some even longer. But nothing is done about this. Nothing is said. Someone should look into the spending that's going on in the city. Look what just happened out in California! City officials paying themselves very high 6 figure saleries! The safety director was making 800,000! Also money spent to redecorate a certain mayors office? Take a look at how much that cost! Then he comes on tv saying he took a pay cut a year or so ago! Lol! He dropped his benefits! That's not taking a pay cut mr mayor

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20RUDYBOY(2 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Did anyone stop to think maybe this wasn't a random thing. Maybe this gentleman pissed someone off. Justice to a street thug is to grab his gun and go shooting. I very much agree that parents in this town MUST step up and take care of their own. Most of the shootings taking place in this town are by teens who have a history of violence or disregard to their upbringing in their households. Most of the shootings in this town are not random. There's usually a reason behind them. Mostly drugs. Wake up Youngstown!! Your police officers cannot be proactive since they are usually going from call to call, and most of these reports go no where. Check out the media hook on the second floor of the police station. We were informed at our block watch, this information is available to the public. See what kind of reports your police are taking. Most are a waste of time. And what happens to your police officers when they have to defend themselves? They get fired or they have to answer to a higher authority about why they did what they did. Ask yourselves, would you like to be an officer in this town? Police officers are mortal, too, and not invincible. Those vests can't always protect them from death. Our mayor needs to wake up too. Funny how our city finds the funds to fix roads (downtown) that don't need fixed, and can give tax breaks to companies that promise to hire then leave suddenly when those tax breaks end. The bull in this town goes on and on........

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