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March 24th, 2015

St. Marys' Early Intervention Plan finalized

March 24, 2015

The St. Marys Early Intervention Program (EIP) report has been finalized and was recently presented to City Council.
The next phase entails an implementation plan of the document.
The EIP was an $80,000 study conducted to assist municipalities experiencing fiscal difficulties to develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short- and long-term financial objectives. The project was awarded to the Cincinnati, Ohio-based Novak Group in June.

Martin trial to begin Wednesday morning

March 24, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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.

St. Marys duo works behind the scenes for Colonials

March 24, 2015

Fans of the Robert Morris University Colonials, or anyone who watched the team play this season, may have also occasionally caught a glimpse of a pair of St. Marys natives working behind the scenes keeping stats during the team's home games.
Megan Fritz, a 2011 graduate of Elk County Catholic High School, and Jolene Herbstritt, a 2012 graduate of St. Marys Area High School, were both part of the stat crew for the Colonials this season.

St. Marys man jailed for shooting from vehicle

March 24, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Shots fired from a vehicle at the intersection of Main Street at state Route 219 in Johnsonburg got the attention of an off-duty police officer Monday night.
Christopher Michael Rendell, 23, of St. Marys, was taken into custody after police initiated a traffic stop and reportedly located a .380 caliber handgun and a partially full bottle of Jim Beam honey liquor inside the vehicle.

Seneca now seeks court injunction against Highland Twp.

March 24, 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.

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

March 23rd

Jury selection begins for Martin trial

March 23, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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.

Downed power lines caused by traffic accident

March 23, 2015

Downed power lines were reported late Monday morning along Maurus Street in St. Marys. According to emergency alerts a traffic accident with no injuries was reported at 11:16 a.m. near 691 Maurus St. just north of Elk County Catholic High School.

Jeremiah Dilley charged in bath salts raid

March 23, 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.

Large allocation for dirt, gravel road repairs received

March 23, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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.

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