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Victim's mother testifies in murder trial

March 26, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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 26, 2015

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 26, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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 25, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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.

Progress continues on downtown hotel project

March 25, 2015

By the end of the summer, Depot Street in downtown St. Marys will be home to a new 69-room Cobblestone Hotel and Suites.
Although an exact opening date has not yet been set due to any possible spring weather delays, developers are hoping for a tentative June opening.
Progress on the $6.5 million three-story hotel project is steadily moving along.
Project developer Todd "Booka" Hanes of St. Marys-based Creekside Hospitality said they expect to pour the slab floor in one week followed by framing of the building.

Woman seriously injured in fire

March 24, 2015

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.

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

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.

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