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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.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People Onboard

March 24, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People
Onboard

An Airbus with 150 people onboard crashed in the southern French Alps on Tuesday,
officials said. The A320, operated by Lufthansa’s budget airline Germanwings, was
flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and went down in the Digne region of the
Alps-De-Haute Province, according to Reuters. There were 144 passengers, two pilots
and four crew members, Germanwings said. "We are sorry to confirm that flight 4U9525
is an accident," the airline said on Twitter. Helicopters spotted plane debris at an

County dirt, gravel road applications now being accepted

March 24, 2015

The Elk County Conservation District is currently accepting applications for projects from local municipalities as a part of its upcoming dirt and gravel road program.
During Monday's regular monthly Elk County Conservation District Board of Directors meeting, Steve Putt, the district manager, announced that the district has received its first allocation check for the program, worth a little over $100,000.
Putt said district officials were waiting to announce that they were accepting applications for the dirt and gravel road program until after the funds were officially received.

7 jurors picked thus far in Martin trial

March 24, 2015

Seven jurors were selected Monday from a pool of 110 for the trial of Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, who will stand trial for the March 23, 2013 stabbing death of his girlfriend, 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
Martin is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of abuse of a corpse.
The selection process will continue Tuesday until the defense and prosecution narrows down a total of 14 jurors (12 main and two alternates) to hear the case. The trial is scheduled to commence immediately following jury selection.

More charges filed in recent search warrant raid

March 24, 2015

Following a search warrant conducted March 5 at 122 Houston Rd., Jeremiah Adam Dilley, 35, of St. Marys, is charged with five felony offenses related to the possession, sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, a stimulant drug commonly known as bath salts.
According to police, Dilley was found in an upstairs bedroom of the home of Chelsea Ann Micale, 27, who was the primary suspect of the investigation.
During Micale's preliminary hearing, arresting officer Anthony Pistner of the St. Marys Police Department described Dilley "growling like an animal" after being cuffed.

Historical Society benefits from support grant

March 23, 2015

HARRISBURG – Four local historical societies, including the Elk County Historical Society, and a local museum have been selected to receive state grants, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
"This is a general operating grant used for paying toward utilities, wages, advertising, supplies, things like that," said Elk County Historical Society Executive Director Mary Kalinowski.
Aside from typical office supplies, the local Historical Society also uses a wide range of archival supplies meant to preserve the fragile parts of the Society's vast collection.

Women Who Care hosting comedy night

March 23, 2015

The Women Who Care (WWC) organization plans to laugh it up on April Fools' Day during a comedy night as part of its annual membership drive.
WWC is a philanthropic giving circle project of the Elk County Community Foundation with a goal of providing grants to local charitable organizations who enhance the quality of life for families in Elk County.
Reservations for the event, taking place Wednesday, April 1 at The Royal Inn in Ridgway from 5:30-8:30 p.m., are due by Wednesday by contacting Paula at 834-2125. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

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