March 27th, 2015
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RIDGWAY â€“ 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.
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.
RIDGWAY â€“ 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.
RIDGWAY â€“ 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.
Elk County Catholic High School held its 2014-2015 Winter Athletic Awards program on Tuesday evening, but unlike in past years, only students in the school's own winter sports programs were acknowledged. Students participating in the three co-op sports programs with St. Marys Area High School were acknowledged in an awards program held at the same time across town at SMAHS.
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.
The St. Marys Area High School held their Winter Sports Awards Program Tuesday night honoring those student/athletes who participated in the three co-op sports of wrestling, swimming and diving and gymnastics. St. Marys Area and Elk County Catholic co-op in these sports.
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.