March 26th, 2015
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.
The remote monitoring of personal medical conditions is on the horizon.
"It won't be long before we all get monitored remotely," Dr. Timothy Trageser said Wednesday. "I don't think it's that far away."
Trageser, a cardiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)-- Hamot Medical Center in Erie, was a featured speaker at the annual Kane Community Hospital Heart Forum at the large meeting room at St. Callistus Catholic Church in Kane.
Trageser sees heart patients at a clinic at the Kane Community Hospital (KCH), which is part of UPMC-Hamot.
MT. JEWETT â€“ Will another steam-powered tourist train run from Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge State Park?
This idea surfaced Wednesday at a 90-minute meeting of a group planning to develop and maintain a trail from Mt. Jewett to the park.
Brian Sees, a Kushequa contractor, said he would consider "buying a steam engine" for a tourist train if the railroad tracks remain in place.
He believes "we ought to keep the tracks" for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad rather than pull them up to create a trail.
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.
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.
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.
He is alleged to have stabbed Forsyth, his then-girlfriend, inside his Johnsonburg apartment and then dumped her body in an area park where she was found two days later. He is charged with criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of abuse of a corpse.
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People
An Airbus with 150 people onboard crashed in the southern French Alps on Tuesday,
officials said. The A320, operated by Lufthansaâ€™s budget airline Germanwings, was
flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and went down in the Digne region of the
Alps-De-Haute Province, according to Reuters. There were 144 passengers, two pilots
and four crew members, Germanwings said. "We are sorry to confirm that flight 4U9525
is an accident," the airline said on Twitter. Helicopters spotted plane debris at an
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€“ 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.