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Martin found guilty of first-degree murder

March 31, 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.

School bus involved in Route 6 crash

March 31, 2015

HAMLIN TWP. – 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.

Boy Scout raises support for service dogs

March 30, 2015

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.

Rich Parrish to resign from borough council

March 27, 2015

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.

Martin takes stand in trial

March 27, 2015

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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Victim's mother describes Forsyth's final days

March 27, 2015

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.

Decker's Chapel closed due to structural issues

March 27, 2015

ST. MARYS – Structural issues with Decker's Chapel have resulted in the 159-year-old landmark being closed to the public, at least temporarily.
The site is owned by the Elk County Historical Society, and when contacted by The Daily Press on Thursday afternoon, Executive Director Mary Kalinowski explained that a combination of the harsh winter weather and drainage from the road above the chapel resulted in the building's foundation shifting. The left rear corner has sunk almost completely into the ground, while on the opposite side, the building has lifted slightly off of the foundation.

North Central discusses education, workforce development

March 27, 2015

Education and workforce development were major topics of discussion Thursday morning during the regular monthly meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board of directors.
Susie Snelick, North Central's Workforce Investment Board Director and a member of the board of trustees for the Rural Regional College Initiative, presented an update regarding the Rural Regional College Initiative during Thursday's North Central meeting.

Nicholas Martin's lawyer: 'He did kill her'

March 26, 2015

During opening remarks Wednesday morning in Nicholas Martin's murder trial, defense attorney Michael S. Marshall told the jury that the defense doesn't dispute that Martin killed Alyssa Forsyth.
"I'll start out by letting you know that you're not going to have to decide whether Nick killed Alyssa Forsyth," he said. "He did kill her."
Marshall explained that he believes the evidence will show that Martin, who is charged in the March 2013 stabbing death of Forsyth, is guilty of third-degree murder (voluntary manslaughter), not first-degree murder.

Council to vote on new water policies

March 26, 2015

A proposal for a new Ridgway Borough water policy will be one item on the agenda for the council's April 20 meeting.
The borough's water, sewer, refuse and streets committee held a meeting Wednesday to discuss the new water policy to ensure that it was ready to go to a council vote in April.
"Everything is working real well," said Kim Zimmerman, Ridgway Borough manager. "We just want to tweak a few things."
Under the new water policy proposal, the borough will change how water bills are handled with sales completed through a judicial or repository sale.

Ridgway skatepark may soon be on the move

March 25, 2015

The skatepark in Ridgway may be looking for a new home in the near future if the YMCA decides to officially ask Ridgway Borough officials to move it off of YMCA-owned property.
Jane Bryndel, president of the Ridgway YMCA's board of directors, said the YMCA's board has approved a vote to ask the Ridgway Borough to move the skatepark, which is located on YMCA property.

Court injunction against Highland Twp. sought by Seneca

March 25, 2015

JAMES CITY – Seneca Resources last month initiated a federal lawsuit against Highland Township over Seneca's proposed injection well.
Seneca now is seeking a "preliminary injunction" to prevent the township from stopping the injection well plan-- the conversion of a natural gas well into an underground disposal site for drilling wastes.
In a motion, Seneca is asking the federal court in Erie to issue an order to "immediately" block the township from "directly or indirectly interfering with Seneca's operations in conjunction with its planned" injection well.

St. Marys woman hospitalized in fire

March 25, 2015

ST. MARYS – A fire broke out early Tuesday morning at a residence along Hemlock Road in St. Marys, sending an elderly woman to a Pittsburgh medical facility with severe smoke inhalation.
Police say 80-year-old Anna Mae Evans of 143 Hemlock Rd. was injured as a fire ignited when she was "smoking a cigarette while utilizing oxygen" according to a public information release report filed by State Police Fire Marshal Corporal Greg Agosti.

Martin trial to begin Wednesday

March 25, 2015

With jury selection completed Tuesday afternoon, the trial of Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today at the Elk County Courthouse.
Martin is charged in connection with the March 2013 stabbing death of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.

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