March 30th, 2015
After approximately four hours of deliberation Monday afternoon, a jury found Nicholas "Nick" Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, guilty of felony first-degree criminal homicide and the misdemeanor offense of abuse of a corpse in the 2013 death of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
This concludes a four-day trial in which Martin was charged with stabbing his then-girlfriend 112 times and dumping her body at Sandy Beach Recreational Park in Ridgway Township.
Families of both the victim and the defendant were tearful as the verdict was read.
HAMLIN TWP. â€“ A school bus carrying 12 Kane school students ranging from ages 5 to 17 was involved in a crash Monday morning in Hamlin Township on U.S. Route 6.
According to PSP Kane, Stella M. Dragoone, 44, of Smethport, was operating a 2015 Chrysler 200 eastbound on Route 6 in the area of Pine Drive in Hamlin Township.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg basketball program honored its teams with a banquet Sunday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Varsity head coach Bill Shuey introduced all of the players and presented the awards. Senior Brian Feronti won the Bill Fulton Memorial Scholarship Award and the Coachâ€™s Award.
Ridgway wrestling honored its varsity team with a banquet Saturday night at Aielloâ€™s Cafe.
Varsity head coach David Fordoski spoke about a phrase which came out of the season-opening win at Brockway this season, â€śWeâ€™re back.â€ť
â€śLast year I talked about improvement,â€ť Fordoski said. â€śThis yearâ€™s phrase I got from our very first dual meet of the year. Nobody was talking about Ridgway wrestling. Friends said Brockway was going to beat them. We beat them. That was a sign of the season. Thatâ€™s our phrase this year.â€ť
College Basketball Roundup- Sweet 16 Edition
The Midwest Regional final was held at Quickens Loan Arena this year. The undefeated
Kentucky Wildcats came in as heavy favorites to move on to the Final Four in
Indianapolis. That didnâ€™t stop Daxter Miles of West Virginia to proclaim that
Kentucky will be 36-1 after the two teams meet Thursday night. That certainly did
not happen. The Wildcats completely overwhelmed the Mountaineers and doubled them up
78-39. In the early game, Notre Dame topped Wichita State 81-70. This marked the
Devyn Condon, a life scout in Troop 93 for the Boy Scouts of America, presented nearly 310 pounds of pop tabs to the Service Paws of Central Pa. organization (SPCP) on Sunday as part of his Eagle Scout project to raise support for the organization.
Condon collected pop tabs in Ridgway for nearly seven months before presenting them to SPCP representatives on Sunday, including the organization's founder, Leslie Kelly.
According to Ridgway Borough manager Kim Zimmerman, Rich Parrish, one of seven Ridgway Borough Councilmen, has tendered his resignation, which is set to take effect April 1.
Zimmerman said that Parrish cited personal reasons as the reason that he will be resigning.
The remaining six members of the borough council will now be tasked with finding a replacement for Parrish.
The process will start at the council's next meeting on April 20 as they will vote to accept Parrish's resignation.
Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, took the stand in his own defense Friday in the third day of his trial for the 2013 homicide of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
Martin, who has showed little emotion or reaction throughout the trial, offered a spontaneous apology to Forsyth's mother.
"I can't tell you how deeply sorry I am for that," he said from the witness stand. "The only person who loved her as much as I did, if not 10 times more, is her mom. That's the only person I owe an apology to. I can't bring Alyssa back and apologize to her."
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The victim's mother took the witness stand Thursday in the continuing murder trial of Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, who is charged in the 2013 stabbing death of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
Susan Trumbull described her daughter as a beautiful, fun-loving girl who loved her nieces and nephews and her cat. She also acknowledged that Forsyth had an ongoing struggle with drug abuse and a troubled relationship with Martin.
During questioning, Trumbull said she had witnessed an angry confrontation between Forsyth and Martin at Ridgway Sheetz that culminated in a death threat.