March 23rd, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ 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 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.
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.
RIDGWAY â€“ 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.
Big Dance Roundup and Look Ahead
Last week we gave you a preview of the tournament and some predictions of teams that we felt could make a run to the Final 4. Well, those predictions were way off and the bracket this writer submitted to his friends and a couple websites sits in about 10 millionth place. All the wise guys were talking about Iowa State and Virginia. Those teams won a combined 1 game. Now we are going to go region by region to see what happened and what we can look forward to seeing next weekend.
The Women Who Care (WWC) organization plans to laugh it up on April Fools' Day during a comedy night as part of its annual membership drive.
WWC is a philanthropic giving circle project of the Elk County Community Foundation with a goal of providing grants to local charitable organizations who enhance the quality of life for families in Elk County.
Reservations for the event, taking place Wednesday, April 1 at The Royal Inn in Ridgway from 5:30-8:30 p.m., are due by Wednesday by contacting Paula at 834-2125. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
The 2015 St. Marys Area Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival, which benefitted the St. Marys Area United Way, was held Saturday at The Highlands. This year's event featured over 40 craft beers and 26 homebrews. An afternoon session ran from 2-5 p.m. while an evening session was held from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
According to Andy Schlimm, one of the homebrewers, the decision to have two sessions this year was made for several reasons.
KERSEY â€“ Fox Township Elementary is playing the waiting game with Mother Nature as they are hoping for consistent spring weather in order to erect their new playground.
The playground pieces and rubber mulch for ground cover arrived late this fall, all of which are being stored outside of the school waiting to be put together, according to Principal Noel Petrosky
The playground will consist of small and large climbing walls, two slides, monkey bars, a sail wall, a swing around, tri-cable climbers, and a twister wheel. The school's current swing set will remain in place.
RIDGWAY TWP. â€“ An 18-wheeler ran off state Route 219 Friday morning and had to be towed out of a ditch.
The Ridgway-based state police say 58-year-old Amrik S. Saini of Brampton, Ontario, Canada was traveling north on state Route 219 when he lost control of a 2007 Volvo VN tractor-trailer on the snow-covered roadway.
The crash occurred in the vicinity of 4561 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Rd. (SR 219) in Ridgway Township.
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