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Erica Baker

2-5-1999 -- Delphi Automotive Systems became an independent company. Delphi had previously been a division of General Motors but was separated from GM in a corporate spinoff. Delphi is the descendant of Delco, founded by Dayton inventor Charles F. Kettering.
2-7-1999 -- Jordan's King Hussein died of cancer after 47 years on the throne.
2-7-1999 -- A nine-year-old Kettering girl, Erica Baker, disappeared while walking her dog near the Kettering Recreation Center.
2-9-1999 -- Piqua resident Shawn Petitjean was arrested in the Dec. 17, 1998 stabbing death of Tara Latimer, of Troy.
2-10-1999 -- The capital murder trial of James R. Taylor, Sr., began in Greene County. The 68-year-old defendant chose to act as his own attorney. He is accused in the 1998 Valentine's Day slaying of two people and the attempted murder of his estranged wife in a shooting at a Fairborn dance.
2-12-1999 -- President Clinton was acquitted on both counts in his impeachment trial. The Senate vote broke largely along party lines and neither article gained even a simple majority, falling well short of the two-thirds required to remove him from office.
2-12-1999 -- Former Olympic hopeful Chris Nelloms was sentenced to four life sentences for the rape of a child younger than 13. Nelloms must serve at least 40 years in prison before being eligible for parole.
2-14-1999 -- First day of the DDN series "Voices of History."
2-14-1999 -- Ohio congressman John Kasich announced he is running for president.
2-19-1999 -- Wilford Lee Berry Jr. was executed by lethal injection. It was Ohio's first execution in 35 years. Convicted for the 1989 murder of his employer, Cleveland baker Charles Mitroff Jr., Berry was known as "the Volunteer" because he waived all appeals and said he wanted the state to put him to death.
2-22-1999 -- In a storybook ending, Whitehall Farm near Yellow Springs was saved from development by two Dayton attorneys, who bought the entire 930-acre property at auction and declared that it would remain farmland. Residents of Yellow Springs had been battling a proposal to sell the land for housing development, a move which would have brought unwanted growth to the small community.
2-23-1999 -- Officials from Mandalay Sports Entertainment announced at a rally in Dayton that they had finalized the deal to bring a minor league baseball team to downtown Dayton.
2-24-1999 -- James R. Taylor Sr. was found guilty of murdering two people and trying to kill his wife at a Valentine's Day dance in 1998.
2-25-1999 -- John William King was sentenced to die for the murder of a black man, James Byrd Jr., who was dragged to death behind a pickup truck last June.
2-26-1999 -- Perry County Common Pleas Judge Linton Lewis Jr. ruled that Ohio's school funding system remains unconstitutional and needs remedies far more drastic than those approved by the state legislature. Perry gave the state until the end of 1999 to come up with a new plan which would meet the constitutional standard of a "thorough and efficient education."

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