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Jury: Martin guilty of first-degree murder

March 30, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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.

ECC students take part in Broadway workshop

March 30, 2015

When Elk County Catholic High School's drama club made their annual two-day trip to New York City earlier this month, the students not only had the chance to see the city and take in a pair of Broadway shows, they also had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with a few members of the cast of "Phantom of the Opera."
Among the individuals with whom the students had the opportunity to work was Jim Weitzer, who they noted plays Andre in the Phantom performances Monday through Wednesday.

School bus involved in Route 6 crash

March 30, 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.

Spring Fling showcases array of vendors

March 29, 2015

The annal Spring Fling vendor show took place on Saturday at Sacred Heart Parish Center in St. Marys. Despite the non-spring-like weather a sizable crowd attended the show which featured an array of vendors selling wares ranging from home decor, jewelry, hair and beauty items to homemade soaps, wood craft items, and flowers, as well as handmade candy. Numerous baked goods including cookies, cake rolls, cream puffs, breads, and more were offered for sale along with lunch items of several types of sandwiches and soups.

Stations of the Cross find new home at ECCHS

March 29, 2015

The Stations of the Cross adorning the walls of the chapel at Elk County Catholic High School are likely to catch the eye of all who enter. Hand-carved and ornate, the stations appear to be a perfect fit for the space and, after seeing them, it is difficult to envision the room without them.
While the chapel may be their new home, the stations ended up at ECCHS because of their former home. They are the original Stations of the Cross that adorned the chapel at St. Joseph Monastery, which closed last year.

ECC students spend day at North Central

March 29, 2015

RIDGWAY – Students from Elk County Catholic were recently the guests of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's staff as a part of a business day which exposed the students to how a real world organization works.
Susie Snelick, North Central's Workforce Investment Board Director, said about 15 students from ECC attended the business day, choosing which departments they wanted to visit based upon what their career goals were.

Martin takes witness stand in murder trial

March 27, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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."

St. Boniface School celebrates Newspapers In Education program

March 27, 2015

Newspapers In Education is an international program that promotes and increases children's literacy by using newspapers as a teaching tool. The program is a unique way for schools, businesses and local newspapers to work together benefitting all involved, now and in the future.
At St. Boniface School in Kersey teachers utilize The Daily Press by tasking students with finding national, world, state and local news, as well as articles about health, science, history and more. The Daily Press also aids in helping students identify words that are certain parts of speech.

Aaron Straub honored by PSADA, ECCHS

March 27, 2015

Aaron Straub wears many hats at Elk County Catholic High School (ECCHS). Many know him as the longtime varsity boys' basketball head coach, and he is returning for his second season as head coach of the boys' tennis team. To the students, he is also an instructor, teaching the classroom component of drivers' training. However, it was all he does through his role as Director of Athletics that recently resulted in him being honored by both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA), as well as his peers at ECCHS.

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March 27, 2015

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Victim's mother testifies in murder trial

March 26, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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 26, 2015

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 26, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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.

Nicholas Martin's lawyer: 'He did kill her'

March 25, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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.

Progress continues on downtown hotel project

March 25, 2015

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.

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