June 10th, 2015
Nicholas Martin, 24, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder approximately two months ago in the 2013 stabbing death of his then girlfriend, Alyssa Forsyth.
The life sentence was expected to be handed down by President Judge Richard A. Masson as state law mandates a life sentence for first-degree murder convictions.
Despite not having any control to change the sentence, Masson said that the court had no reluctance to sentencing Martin to a life sentence.
The Ridgway Area School District school board approved a final general fund budget for 2015-2016 fiscal year following a split vote during Tuesday's board meeting.
The approved final budget, which remained unchanged since being presented during a work session on Tuesday, May 5, features no tax increases, no use of reserve funding and the retention of current staffing levels, according to RASD business manager Donna Sidelinger.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ According to Johnsonburg Borough Police Department Officer-In-Charge John Clopp, Jason P. McCandless, 40, of Dagus Mines, was arrested in Johnsonburg on Monday following an incident on Powers Avenue.
According to Clopp, the incident started as McCandless was allegedly driving recklessly on Powers Avenue in Johnsonburg when he hit a curb with the right front of his vehicle.
After hitting the curb, McCandless allegedly exited his vehicle and assaulted another citizen that was on the scene, Clopp said.
SLIPPERY ROCK â€”Â The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders will be playing for the PIAA Class A Softball Championship Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Nittiany Lion Softball Park at Penn State.
The Lady Crusaders didn't use a walk-off this time but they came up with a 2-1 victory over the Cochranton Cardinals Tuesday at Slippery Rock University.
ST. MARYS â€“ A Ridgway man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly brandished a pocketknife at a May birthday party and reportedly made terroristic threats.
Benjamin E. Meyer, 34, of 229 W. Main St., Ridgway, was charged Monday, June 8 with making terroristic threats and criminal mischief-damage property following an incident May 21 in St. Marys at a birthday party along East Eschbach Road.
According to reports, St. Marys City Police Patrolman Jason A. Miller was dispatched to a dispute May 21 at approximately 8:59 p.m. in the 1200 block of East Eschbach Road in St. Marys.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Faced with a growing issue of grass being left uncut in the borough, the Johnsonburg Borough Council is considering its options for taking action against Johnsonburg residents that choose not to cut their grass.
Council has been dealing with this issue for months, and it has been a topic of discussion at several borough council meetings.
KERSEY â€“ Overcast conditions early Saturday morning gave way to sunshine and warm weather, providing ideal conditions for this yearâ€™s Relay for Life of Elk County which was held at Fox Township Community Park from 9 a.m. on Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday. The theme of this yearâ€™s event was Mardi Gras â€“ A Celebration of Life.
While walkers began making their way on the pathways at the park at 9 a.m., the eventâ€™s opening ceremony did not take place until 11 a.m. At that time, Bill Babik, event chairman, took to the stage to welcome all those who were participating in this yearâ€™s Relay for Life.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announces that work will get underway Monday, June 8 to replace a bridge in Ridgway Township on Route 3002. The current single-span, steel girder bridge will be replaced with a new single-span concrete structure. Work will take place one side at a time.
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The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority held a brief meeting on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a new auditor for 2015, as well as to review some old business.
The RTMA will decide in January if it is going to use a new auditor as the topic was tabled after brief discussions on Thursday.