March 25th, 2015
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.
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.
RIDGWAY â€“ 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.
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.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ 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.
JAMES CITY â€“ 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.