The Daily Press The Ridgway Record | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-03-31T00:13:46-04:00 found guilty of first-degree murder2015-03-31T00:13:46-04:002015-03-31T00:13:46-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway RecordThis 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.The defendant's father, Michael Martin, called the verdict "disappointing."As Nick was cuffed and led from the courtroom, he smiled at his family members."I'll be alright," he said with a slight shrug. "I love you guys."Ridgway, PAJim MeyerMartin found guilty of first-degree murderRidgway bus involved in Route 6 crash2015-03-31T00:11:41-04:002015-03-31T00:11:41-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway RecordAccording 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.The school bus, a 2013 Bluebird driven by 33-year-old Keith A. Young of Cyclone, was traveling eastbound directly in front of the Chrysler. According to police, the school bus activated its flashing lights and had picked up passengers at a bus stop. After picking up the passengers, the school bus still had its flashing yellow lights activated as it traveled for approximately 500 feet to another bus stop.Ridgway, PANo author availableSchool bus involved in Route 6 crashRidgway Scout raises support for service dogs2015-03-30T00:22:30-04:002015-03-30T00:22:30-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway RecordCondon collected pop tabs in Ridgway for nearly seven months before presenting them to SPCP representatives on Sunday, including the organization's founder, Leslie Kelly. Kelly, accompanied, as always, by her service dog, Nokie, was at the Welcome Center in Ridgway to accept 17 boxes of pop tabs that Condon had collected throughout his collection efforts.Kelly spoke briefly about the SPCP organization and her own experiences with service dogs.Ridgway, PARichie LeckerBoy Scout raises support for service dogsRidgway Parrish to resign from borough council2015-03-27T23:56:13-04:002015-03-27T23:56:13-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway RecordZimmerman 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.Ridgway, PARichie LeckerRich Parrish to resign from borough councilRidgway takes stand in trial2015-03-27T23:53:41-04:002015-03-27T23:53:41-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway RecordMartin, 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."The prosecution attempted to undermine the sincerity of the apology by calling attention to Martin's apparent lack of remorse and seemingly callous remarks up to this point.During his testimony, Martin said he had no intention of harming Forsyth but that he had acted in a blind rage after she had confessed to cheating on him and told him that he wasn't the father of her recently miscarried pregnancy."I grabbed her by her neck, and that's all I remember," he said. "My next recollection, she was face down on the carpet, my knee was across her lower back, my hand was in her hair and my other hand had a knife."Ridgway, PAJim MeyerMartin takes stand in trialRidgway OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet?2015-03-27T18:14:39-04:002015-03-27T18:14:39-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway RecordFind out how Kentucky dominated West Virginia and more.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Ridgway, PANo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet?Ridgway's mother describes Forsyth's final days2015-03-27T00:49:09-04:002015-03-27T00:49:09-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway RecordSusan 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."He had her phone in his hand, reading texts, calling her all kinds of filthy names," Trumbull said. "He took her phone and threw it at her. It hit her in the side of the face, and he spit on her. He said, 'Next time I see you, I'll kill you.'"Trumbull said this confrontation occurred about a week or two prior to Forsyth's death. The court viewed surveillance footage from Sheetz that captured the encounter.Ridgway, PAJim MeyerVictim's mother describes Forsyth's final daysRidgway's Chapel closed due to structural issues2015-03-27T00:46:01-04:002015-03-27T00:46:01-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway RecordThe 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.The ground is currently still extremely wet and soft in the area around the chapel, Kalinowski said.Ridgway, PABecky PolaskiDecker's Chapel closed due to structural issuesRidgway Central discusses education, workforce development2015-03-27T00:43:16-04:002015-03-27T00:43:16-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway RecordSusie 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."Basically, the board is tasked with coming up with a plan to the Department of Education," Snelick said. "Right now, the deadline is December of this year, so not a whole lot of time left to get this plan in place."Ridgway, PARichie LeckerNorth Central discusses education, workforce developmentRidgway Martin's lawyer: 'He did kill her'2015-03-26T00:30:11-04:002015-03-26T00:30:11-04:00Copyright 2015 Ridgway Record"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."They will have to prove to you beyond reasonable doubt that the killing was willful, deliberate and premeditated," Marshall explained.Ridgway, PAJim MeyerNicholas Martin's lawyer: 'He did kill her'Ridgway