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In January 31 1941, Cousin Domenic and his friend Frankie began sled riding piggyback on a homemade sled down the sidewalk of first street in the city of Campbell,Ohio where I grew up as a young boy. The sled was made of  old orange crates. The rungs of the sled had curtain rods nailed to the bottom to give it speed as it glided over the snow. The sled had handle grips that enabled the rider to shift his weight to help glide the sled. It had no moving parts and could not make sharp turns to the left or right such as one made in a factory.


Making your own sled was a common practice, it, was a simple task and easy to do.  Many children unable to afford store bought sleds made their own.  I followed behind Domenic & Frankie on my new sled as we rode down the hill, however before I reached the bottom; I turned off the sidewalk and stopped on First Street, which had been cleared of snow; I knew the sharp turn at the corner of the wall was difficult and dangerous. even with a store bought sled.

As Domenic’s sled approached the bottom of the hill, his friend Frankie rolled off on to the sidewalk when he realized they could not make the sharp turn around the corner.  Domenic, traveling too fast and unable to turn the corner, continued straight into the highway. I couldn’t believe my eyes when my sled came to a stop and I stood up. Domenic was lying in the middle of the highway; his body crushed beyond recognition. I began to cry and scream as I ran toward the corner where this horrifying sight remains with me to this day.  

Cousin Domenic died under the wheels of a Semi-trailer truck loaded with steel. I recall that day very well as I stood there with him and watched as he gave his toy handcuffs to a friend in exchange for the homemade sled that would take him to his death a few minutes later.

The poor truck driver was in shock as he sat in his truck covering his face with his hands. When he finally  got out of the truck, he fell to his knees and began crying. The children began screaming when they watched this tragic event take place.

We would never see or play with Domenic again. It was a day we would all remember for the rest of our lives. The teacher knowing we were cousins asked if I would walk Domenic’s younger brother Frankie, home. Frankie was a year older than I  and we attended school together; he had also watched this terrible accident  happen  

The teachers ushered us into the classrooms and asked to bow our heads in prayer.  Religion was a very important part of the American culture and the right thing to do. I could see the sadness on their little faces, as silence covered the classroom.

Frankie’s dad Bruno and my father Anthony were brothers; I knew how his dad would react when hearing about Domenic’s death.. He was a firm old-fashioned Italian as was my dad, and would show frustration and use profanity rather than cry and show weakness. Later when alone, he world pour his heart out. I knew how upset he would be and was afraid to go inside the house when Frankie told him of the accident. 

My mother was horrified when she heard of Domenic’s death. She was grocery shopping just a few blocks from our home when she heard the news that one of the lentini boys had died in an accident, She began screaming and dropped her groceries’ as she ran from the store.  My brother’s name is also Domenic and our last name is the same. We were often mistaken for brothers.

Each time I visited my cousin’s home, I saw Domenic’s picture hanging on the wall and it reminded me of that grief-stricken winter day.     The site of the accident being visible from our front porch caused much sadness for our family. We moved away from the school shortly after.

      Winter had passed and school closed  for summer vacation. The death of Domenic,  although not forgotten became something of the past. The great depression continued, as families struggled to survive with the little income they could earn





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This is an interesting story of a city known for its large steel mills and population diversity. It’s a place where immigrants of all nationalities settled at the turn of the 19th century; bringing their cultural talents and ideas with them to fulfill their dreams of making a new life for their families.—- The dignity of this once proud valley was ruined when outside interests such as crime syndicates and mob infiltration into politics took advantage of the valley’s prosperity. Political corruption and violent crime in the valley became a way of life for over 70 years. This regrettably overshadowed the genuine qualities the valley had established during the early days of its growth

During the 1950s into the 1990s, Youngstown made headlines on newspapers all over the country, reporting the violence and unsolved bombings caused by the Cleveland and Pittsburgh gang wars. The city would soon become known as “Boom Town and Murder Town USA” as one Mob Syndicate after another attempted to control the various rackets that took in millions of dollars. Unfortunately, like many large cities, greed, mob influence and political corruption made Youngstown, One of the most violent crime infected cities in the nation. The prosperity created by the steel mills in the Mahoning Valley had all the necessary ingredients for crime syndicates to take advantage of and control local government officials. Gambling, prostitution and policy numbers were illegal operations that operated openly without police interference.

Starting in the early 1930s, one of the major sources of income for the mob was banking policy numbers, better known as the Bug Number, I can still recall as a young boy, when people, such as the postmen, various delivery men and even young paper boys would pick up numbers (they were called runners) from people wanting to take a chance and bet pennies to dollars hoping to be a winner. The payoff was $6.00 for each .01 cent bet or $600.00 for a $1.00. Hourly wages were very low and winning a few dollars for a penny provided funds for many items such as groceries and shoes and clothes.

The bug runners worked for the bank and collected money from various places located throughout the valley. The pickup locations were grocery stores, liquor bars and businesses where people frequently gathered. The money was then turned into a central clearing house called the numbers bank, which was controlled by the mob. Individuals running the banks sorted the numbers, counted the money and ultimately distributed it to the daily winners at the end of the day. The daily receipts turned out to be in the thousands of dollars. The winning number was picked using figures from the daily Stock Market results after it closed for the day.


Sandy Naples Boss of the Youngstown crime mob, during the 1940s into the 1950s

 Gambling was another popular activity that took in money for the mob. This was done under the appearance of Stag Parties, which were usually held at local clubs on weekends, in the Mahoning Valley. They were sponsored by various organizations, of which a number of them were legitimate while others provided a method to make money to bribe the politicians     Gamblers from as far as Cleveland and other surrounding areas attended the stags. A permit was required to sell tickets for all political rallies and other supposedly benevolent organizations.  The process was simply a method of control by local law enforcement to root out those who failed to pay off the officials running the city and county. It alsohelped to monitor income that would be distributed among the judges and others involved including the police

      It was late in the evening; I had won some money while  gambling for a couple of hours and decided it was time to leave. As I started toward the stairway, the sound of gunshot rang out from upstairs; the room became deathly quiet. I stood still for a moment trying to gather my senses when I noticed everyone scrambling to hide their money. It was then I realized, that a robbery was about to take place. I thought to myself, what the hell did I get into, here I am with, a pocket full of money and no way out of the basement. Foolishly thinking I would be  safe I crawled under the dice table and put some of my winnings into a empty paper cup laying on the floor; I   than turned it upside down on the  floorboards covering the concrete floor  around dice table and anxiously waited.

Seconds had passed; I looked up from under the table and saw someone with a silk stocking covering his face and  standing at the top of the stairway . In front of him was a man lying on his back clutching  his leg as though  in pain.  Suddenly the bandit began kicking him until he rolled down the steps and hit the floor next to the dice table. I could see it was one of the door attendants with his pants  soaked with blood. Next to him stood one of the bandits waving a gun and yelling from the top of his lungs , all right you Motherf—kers, empty your pockets on the table and take your clothes off; hurry up, make it fast, he yelled  as he dragged the attendant across the floor to he center of the room. Another of the bandits searched the basement to make sure all the gamblers were within site, unfortunately he  found someone  hiding in the bathroom and ruthlessly pistol whipped him.  The man who was now bleeding from a large gash on his face, was then pushed to the floor alongside the helpless door attendant. The bandits hurriedly gathered their loot and left.

It would be some 30 years later  after returning  to Youngstown, that  I learned who  robbed us that  night of the  stag. It appears one of them was a hit-man by the name of Ray Ferritto from Eire Pennsylvania.   Ferritto was arrested in 1980 for killing Danny Green, the Irish gangster   from a Cleveland mob. Ferritto hearing the Mafia had put  a contract out on him ,went into the Witness  Protection program.    He provided information that broke up the Cleveland Syndicate   and send more than 15 men to prison. He left the protection program after a year and told the FBI that  if the Mafia wanted him they can come and get him. He died in 2004 of natural causes. The mob never came to get him.














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In the 1937, steel workers in the Mahoning Valley’s went on strike; the newspaper called it the “Little Steel Strike” The major issues at the bargaining table were wages, pensions, and safe working conditions. When the strike shut down the local steel mills, picket lines began to appear, violence erupted causing at least two people to die, and over forty workers were injured.  Ohio National Guard and State Police were called in to protect many of the Steel workers who crossed the picket lines to enter the mills..  During the Great Depreciation, people living in the cities along the Mahoning River suffered severely from the lost of thousands of dollars in wages. In return, the steel unions had become progressively stronger and soon became the precursor to the United Steel Workers of America.

One day during “The little Steel Strike,” My father Anthony Lentini began driving from our farm in to the city of Youngstown. He was to meet with friends and talk about the ongoing steel strike.  He was not aware that I was in the back seat lying on the floor covered with a potato sack. I was four years old at the time and knew he wouldn’t let me go with him because of the violence on the picket lines that had killed a couple of workers and injured many more. As he drove down the country road he noticed the sack moving and without saying a word, he turned the car around and drove back home. I thought I was going to catch the dickens but instead, after a few words of wisdom; he gave me a hug and sent me into the house,

There was always something interesting happening on our farm , I recall dad going into the barn one afternoon and suddenly, our dog came running out, yelping and barking, close behind him was dad swearing and swinging a shovel; he was trying to hit the dog but it ran to fast. I couldn’t understand what had happened ,because dad loved the dog and it was always by his side. I ask mom what was wrong and she said dad couldn’t figure out why he was not getting as much milk as he normally did. until he caught the dog sucking milk from the cow’s teats. Dad had an awful temper ,but a couple of days later he and his dog were friends again.

Spring was here and dad was adding a room onto our small farmhouse to prepare for the birth of my younger sister Antoinette. he noticed  a broken fence post,and immediately began  repairing it to keep our cow from running loose. Suddenly it began to rain and mom made me go into the house. Dad continued working in the rain and a few days later he became sick with pneumonia. I still can see him sitting near the potbelly stove in the center of our small farmhouse with his feet in warm water and a blanket warm wine mother had given him. A week later the doctor realizing dad wasn’t getting any better called for an ambulance to take him to the hospital. That was the last time we saw dad alive. He died on May 31 1938 at he age of 42.I recall that day very well when my uncle held me up to kiss dad goodby before they closed his coffin.

I remember many events of my youth but none as sad   as the  death of my father in 1938, the loss of our family farm during the great depression and  the unfortunate memory  of watching my cousin Domenic  die  under wheels of a truck loaded with steel while sled riding in January 1941.  

In my later years I took a trip trip to father’s village in Italy and found many cousins including the information about my Grandfather and Grand Mother. her name was Theresa Vasachi in which my older sister and cousin was named for.























James Traficant was an outspoken man who loved this country. He may have been unorthodox in the way he addressed the Congress but,he was always able to get his point out to the American people. In return, he was highly criticized and called a strange character  for being offensive to some of his constituents and the names he called them. His speeches would end up with a statement  “BEAM ME UP SCOTTY ”  which is how he got his message across.  I believe he used these words to mean he had been speaking to people from another world who did not respect the country in which we live. I would say he’s sadly looking down on us and saying I told you so. He is definitely missed.


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WORDS OF WISDOM AND GOOD ADVICE from great philosophers


  • Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

  • Our temper gets us into trouble,but our pride keeps us there

  • What goes out from you will return to you,even if it does hurt someone else along the way.

  • You can’t keep a good man with out staying down with him.

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1  . Fact: Joseph Naples issued a contract to kill one Paul Calautti; Source: FBI Affidavit; Result: Paul Calautti murdered October 11, 1968; Finding: Joseph Naples never brought to trial.

2. Fact: Joseph Naples issued a contract to kill one Joseph DeRose; Source: FBI Affidavit; Result: Joseph DeRose suffered two bullet wounds May 13/14 1980. Joseph DeRose missing-murdered or in protective custody; Finding: Joseph Naples never brought to trial.

3. Fact: Joseph Naples issued a contract to kill one Robert Furey; Source: FBI Affidavit; Result: Robert Furey murdered April 12, 1979; Finding: Joseph Naples never brought to trial.



4. Fact: Joseph Naples and James Prato issued a contract to kill Charles Carrabbi; Source: La Cosa Nostra underboss Angelo Lonardo’s testimony under oath during a U.S. Senate hearing on organized crime (1988); Result: Charles Carrabbia missing-presumed murdered; Finding: Joseph Naples and James Prato never brought to trial.
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  • Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm

  • Adversity introduces a man to himself

  • The difference between stumbling blocks is how you use them

  • He that hasn’t know adversity is but half acquainted with himself

  • Don’t curse the darkness. Light a candle.-Storms make talk oaks take deeper roots

  • The important thing is not what happens to us but how we react to what happens to us.



  • Those who need advice most  like it the least

  • Follow other’s advice ,but make your own mistakes

  • The better the advice, the harder it is to take.

  • It easy to give advice,but harder to inspire conduct.

  • We ask for advice but inspire approval

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  • To be alive is to have  survived everything.

  • Never cut what can be untied.

  • Taste is is not corrupted by simplicity.

  •  The universe speaks for itself ,but often goes unheard.


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    Better to lose a point than lose a friend.

  • To get the best of an argument ,avoid it.

  • Our temper gets us into trouble, our pride keeps us there.

  • Words in excess can put a friend in recess.

  • To argue with a fool is like carrying a lamp beforea blind person.

  • There are as many opinions as there are people.

  • Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, an argument is an exchange of ignorance.

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  • Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

  • Make the most of life, before most of it is gone.

  • It is better to learn caution from the mistakes of others.

  • Pleasant thoughts make pleasant lives.

  • Tomorrow will be a better day if we begin this morning to improve it.

  • Improve your performance by improving your attitude.

  • To stay  the course ,sometimes you have to make wave.

  • Cross the river before insulting the crocodile.

  • When a mouse laughs at the cat , there is a hole nearby.

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  • Confidence Is necessary for agreeable relations with our fellow men. Those who have no confidence in others should not expect others to have confidence in them.

  • Confidence is one of the most important traits of character from the standpoint of securing happiness or of business success.

  • It is impossible for a man to obtain happiness when his heart and mind are filled with suspicion,or distrust.

  • It is also impossible for him to attain business success if he has doubts and misgivings as to the honesty and intentions of all with whom he transacts business. The more people can trust, the greater their success  will be.

  • Confidence is another virtue that must come from consistent and steady adherence to right principles.

  • Confidence requires courage to trust ourselves and courage to trust others, Poise,peace of mind, good manners, strength of character,and many other minor traits are based upon confidence in ourselves.

  • Confidence in our fellow man can only come can only come through confidence in ourselves ,and this cannot possibly endangered without a feeling of confidence in the Supreme Being who alone gave us power to think,feel,or act.





Ferritto got involved in criminal activities in his youth. In 1942 at the age of 13, was convicted of burglarizing two gas stations and was sentenced to two years probation. One year later, while Ferritto was working at a bronzing factory, an accident caused the amputation of two of his toes. Ferritto left high school at the age of 17 and joined the Marine Corps. Because of the injuries sustained to his foot; he was honorably discharged a month later and continued with a life of crime..   During his twenties, Ferritto was a bookmaker and vending machine route man in Erie. Ferritto got married in 1948, and fathered three children before he was divorced in 1956.

Ferritto remarried in 1957 and had one child. During that time, he moved to Warren, Ohio and teamed up with organized crime figure Tony Delsanter, a made man with the Cleveland crime syndicate who managed the families gambling interests in the Mahoning Valley. It was at that time Ferritto, unknown to me, along with others dawned silk  stocking and committed a number of robberies including the stag party I had attended.

In 1958, at age twenty-nine, Ferritto, arrested for burglary, plead guilty and served three of a three to five year sentence. Once released, he Ferritto spent some time In the Cleveland area where he committed sever burglaries with his childhood friends, Allie Calabrese and Pasquale” Butchie “Cisternino.

In the late sixties, Ferritto had moved to Los Angeles where he was associated with a group mobster, which included Julius Petro. In the forties Petro wriggled free from a death sentence on a retrial in a murder case. Ferritto and Petro were associates of Jimmy The Rat)(Fratiano A  federal informer, who was closely associated with the Los Angeles crime family. Fratiano also had local connections with the Cleveland syndicate and was a close friend with Tony the dope Dalsanter from Warren, Ohio Likewise, Ray Ferritto was trying to make himself known as a mob guy.

In 1969, Ferritto booked a flight from Los Angeles to Erie. He and another burglar who was originally from Cleveland drove to the airport with Julius Petro sitting in the front seat.  As they approached the airport, the accomplice wheeled the car into an airport-parking garage spot. Frerritto waited for a plane to take off, thrust a gun to the back of Julius Petro’s head and pulled the trigger. The roar of the jet muffled the shot. The murder resulted from conflict with a well-known and successful bookmaker in Los Angeles.

Ferritto tried to plant a bomb on Petro’s car. While assembling the explosive, Ferritto accidentally detonated the blasting cap, causing a minor injury to his leg. He later chose a gun to do the job.

In 1971, convicted of burglar using with explosives, Ferritto was incarcerated at the California Institution for men in Chino, California. Jimmy Fratiano also happened to be doing time at Chino and the two became friends. In 1974, Ferritto, was released from Chino, and returned to Erie. He started booking again and worked for a vending company owned by his cousin. While in prison, Ferritto developed serious ulcers and had a major operation on his stomach. His illness caused him to become so nervous that he would take handful of antacids and even began smoking Marijuana.

In the Nineteen Seventies Danny Green began competing with the Cleveland crime family for control of union rackets, resulting in a violent mob war. During that period, there were almost 40 car bombings in Cleveland, and eight failed attempts to kill Green. Finally, Cleveland family bosses “Jack White contacted Ferritto and gave him the contract to assassinate Green.

After Ferritto put a tap on Green’s phone and found out that he had a dental appointment on

October 6, 1977, he and another man from Youngstown rigged a bomb inside the door of a car and parked it next to Green’s car while he was in the dentist office.  The killers detonated the bomb as Green entered his vehicle.  Two witnesses became suspicious when they saw Ferritto speeding from the murder scene, one of them who was a sketch artist and the daughter of a suburban police officer, drew an amazing likeness of Ray Ferritto. The Cleveland police identified Ferritto from a police file.

Ferritto hid out in Youngstown with some friends until a search warrant was executed at his house in Erie Pa. where police found the registration papers for the bomb car and arrested him. Upon hearing of Forritto’s arrest, Licavoli the Mafia boss put out a hit contract on him. When Ferritto learned that the Cleveland family wanted him dead, he went into the Government Witness Protection program and provided information in the 1978 trail that indicted Licavoli, Leonardo and 15 others, for Danny Green’s murder. Ferritto also admitted to the murder of the 1969 killing of a Cleveland gangster, Julius Petro.  Ferritto served less than four years in prison for both murders.   Frerritto left the witness protection program after one year and went back to Pennsylvania. He told the FBI       “If the mob wants me, let them come and get me”.   In 1992, convicted of bookmaking and conspiracy charges he was sentenced from 6 to 23 months imprisonment, given 3 years probation and ordered to pay fines of $10,500.  Ferritto retired to Florida in 2000 and in 2004, a newspaper article appeared saying








The famous Arizona sheriff known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, Joe Arpaio, was well-known for his hard-nosed stance against immigration lawbreakers and his tent-based jails. Arpaio and loyalists within the Federal government worked hand-in-hand to curb illegal immigration, while being opposed by the forces of George Soros and the Obama administration. These forces were trying to stop Arpaio efforts at stemming the tide of human trafficking in Arizonawhich has earned Arpaio both staunch enemies and allies.

Arpaio vs. Holder and Obama

Former Maricopa Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has been at war with the Department of Justice for years. This former DEA agent understands the “ins and the outs” of gun-running, drug dealing and child-sex-trafficking as it relates to the former Obama administration.

As the Sheriff of Maricopa County, he was privy to the illegal activites of the Mexican cartels, associated terror groups and key members of the Obama administration who either sanctioned or purposely turned a blind eye to these heinous practices. When Arpaio refused to capitulate and go along to get along, he was targeted.

Arpaio vs. the DOJ and the Drug Cartels

Please allow this writer to remind the readers that under Obama and then Attorney General Eric Holder, that the Fast Furious gun running operation which placed American guns in the hands of the drug cartels in order to blame the Second Amendment for the violence coming to America, that it has already been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Obama and Holder broke the law and Fast and Furious is absolutely proven to be true. As a by-product of this illegal activity in which Holder’s DOJ shipped guns to the cartels, Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry was murdered with one of these guns. Eric Holder was made to answer for these crimes in front  Congress and he refused to answer questions and turn over key documents related to the operation and he was found guilty of Contempt of Congress.

From Politico:

The House has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal, the first time Congress has taken such a dramatic move against a sitting Cabinet official.

The vote was 255-67, with 17 Democrats voting in support of a criminal contempt resolution, which authorizes Republicans leaders to seek criminal charges against Holder. This Democratic support came despite a round of behind-the-scenes lobbying by senior White House and Justice officials – as well as pressure from party leaders – to support Holder.”

The drug cartels that received the guns, courtesy of Holder’s DOJ, used these guns to support their own gun-running, drug trafficking as well as human smuggling, which included children. Further, since it has been conclusively established fact that the drug cartels are in bed with known terrorist groups (eg The Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS), the DOJ, under Holder was also partnered with terrorist groups who have brought drugs, guns and child-sex-trafficking victims and murder to the United States. When Holder was cornered by Congress, he refused to cooperate and was found in contempt. One may wonder why Holder was not jailed? Corruption would be the short answer as an Obama appointee federal judge declined a House committee’s bid to have Attorney General Eric Holder held in contempt of court — and perhaps even jailed — for failing to turn over documents related to the Justice Department’ s response to Operation Fast and Furious. In other words, Congress wanted to jail Holder, but a corrupt Federal judge blocked the effort. Holder’s alleged crimes would have included the following:

  1. Accomplice to the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
  2. Accomplice in drug-trafficking, drug-dealing and child-sex-trafficking by associated cartels who were in possession of Fast and Furious obtained and distributed guns.
  3. Treason for his support for various terrorist groups as a by-product of his direct aid and comfort to the cartels.
  4. Malfeasance of office.



It has been a year since Trump took office and all indications show he has been successful in carrying out his promises to  return the integrity and honor  that made made our country what it was over in its beginning. I don’t understand why the left continues to denie him the credit he deserves. He has done more for our country in his first year then any president and yet, he is continuously  criticized.  His actions although somewhat unethical at times have nothing to do with the results he has shown.

 I find it hard to believe that Americans do not want him to succeed and use his silly tweets as an excuse to this-like him. The snowflakes and Hollywood liberals are out of touch with reality and have no idea what they are doing. The awful filthy movies and TV shows they produce should be banned by the government as unauthorized porn.

Our children are being brain washed with dirty  sex habits and corrupted thoughts . Trump needs to attack those people and stop this madness. Why would you want to impeach someone who show’s a tremendous love for his country and has tried to make good decisions.

Every action he has taken indicates that he is dependent upon his staff to help him do the right thing . He has more then enough money and power and does not need the headaches this job brings.  It’s obvious ,his reasons are do to his loyalty and love of America.

May the New  Year bring more compassion and love to those who are non believers. May it bring us closer together as a nation. We must become  more vigilante of what is really going on in this country and  take action to stop the evilness that has taken over .

Each accomplishment he succeeds in fulfilling is a sign of greatness and should not be interrupted with sounds of impeachment.









After about four hours of deliberation, a jury found Wallace Lewis guilty of stabbing a man to death.Lewis, 28, of Steel Street, was convicted of murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence in the Aug. 10, 2016, death of Howard Ramey, 53.

The verdict came in Thursday afternoon in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, presided over by Judge Maureen Sweeney. A sentencing date has not been set. Police found Ramey in a fruit cellar in the basement of his Palmer Avenue home on the South Side with his arms and legs bound and 25 stab wounds to his head and neck.

Lewis sold drugs from Ramey house in exchange for providing Ramsey with crack cocaine, police said.Ramey’s daughter testified her father got into an argument with Lewis, who wanted Ramsey to pay $30 for the crack cocaine.

The jury heard from Wallace’s co-defendants, Calvin Shelton, 28, and Felicia Ward, 25, both of whom are serving four-year sentences on kidnapping charges for their involvement in Ramey’s death.They aided in tying Ramey up, but said Lewis wielded the knife used to kill Ramsey.

Defense Atty. David Engler claimed Shelton and Ward decided to frame Lewis in exchange for reduced prison sentences, but the jury ultimately sided with prosecutors.

Lewis and Ward later sold the sofa and couch in Ramey’s home to a friend of Ward’s while Ramey’s body remained in the basement, which yielded the tampering with evidence charge.

The murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Any sentence for the felonious assault charge would run concurrent to that, but the mandatory charge could add an additional three years to his prison term.

Crime and murder continue to fill the pages of the newspapers in youngstown, when will it stop?


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Xmas vs Christmas

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ every December 25th, also known as Christmas Day. Although the exact date of His birth is not known, it was placed between 7 and 2 BC based on the two canonical gospels of the New Testament. The date was chosen to coincide with the Roman winter solstice and nine months since the conception of Jesus. It is a Christian holiday marked by festivities and family get-together s where people give gifts to each other especially to children.

People prepare for Christmas a few weeks before its celebration. Homes are decorated with Christmas trees, lights, mistletoe, and nativity scenes. Christmas carols can be heard starting as early as October. Businesses experience heightened activity during this time as people purchase new clothes and accessories for their children, food to prepare at Christmas Eve, and gifts to give to those they love.

All these are done to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, the time when God sent His Son to save the world from sin. Even though there is much debate as to the exact date of His birth, Christians generally accept December 25th as the day of Jesus’ birth. The word “Christmas” comes from the Old English word “Cristes maesse” or “Christ’s mass” which was written to form one word starting in the 14th century. It was derived from the Greek word “Christos” (Christ) and the Latin word “missa” (mass).

The word “Xmas,” on the other hand, is used as an abbreviation of the word “Christmas.” The letter “X” comes from the Greek letter “chi,” the first letter in the Greek word for “Christ,” and “maesse” from the Old English word for “mass.” The word is considered as an informal form of the word “Christmas” and, as such, should not be used in formal writing. It has been in use since the year 1100 written as “Xpes maesse.” It evolved into the word “Xmas” during the middle of the 18th century.

Although the words “Christ” and “Christmas” have been abbreviated in the English language for the past 1,000 years, a lot of Christians decry the use of Xmas instead of Christmas because it takes out “Christ” from the word which is meant to commemorate His birth. It is more associated with the commercialization of the holiday, with advertisements extensively using it because it is more compact, brief, and concise. However it is spelled, though, does not really matter as long as people know what Christmas represents.


1.Christmas or Christmas Day is the holiday which is celebrated by Christians as the birth of Jesus Christ while Xmas is the abbreviation of the word.
2.The word “Christmas” came from the Greek word called  “Christos” and the Latin word “missa” while the word “Xmas” came from the first letter of the Greek word for “Christ” and the word “mass.”
3.The word “Christmas” is the spelling most preferred by most Christians while businesses and advertisements prefer to use the word “Xmas” because it is more concise.

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