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March 30th, 2015

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.

March 29th

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.

March 27th

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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March 26th

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.

March 25th

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.

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