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Several criminal cases are filed in Kane District Court

March 31, 2015

Several criminal cases have been filed in Kane District Court.
Information on the following cases is from official documents and court sources.

*Jill Marie Cleer, 55, of 484 West Wind Rd., Wetmore Township, is charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, fleeing police and leaving the scene of an accident.
Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman arraigned the defendant and set bail at $10,000 cash. Cleer was placed in the McKean County Jail in lieu of bail, but has since been released.

Jury: Martin guilty of first-degree murder

March 31, 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.

Kane softball looks to return to winning ways

March 31, 2015

Coming off a winless season for the first time in the program’s 10-year history, the Kane Lady Wolves are looking to get back on track, working to improve their pitching, fielding percentage, and performance in the batter’s box.
Judy Kessler returns as head coach for her 10th season with Gary Johnson and Pat Tigani as assistant coaches.
Two seniors lead the squad this year, including centerfielder Daria Huckabone, a four-year starter who will captain the outfield.

Lantz Corners Sewer District connections begin

March 27, 2015

HAZEL HURST – A project that began well over a decade ago finally is seeing results.
The first connections have been made this week in the new Lantz Corners Sewer District in the western half of Hamlin Township.
Pumps carry sewage in the district to the Mt. Jewett sewage treatment plant off Kushequa Avenue.
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) years ago ordered the township to address a sewage problem in the Lantz Corners area after tests found numerous failing septic tanks.

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."

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet?

March 27, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet?
Find out how Kentucky dominated West Virginia and more.

Morgan is new road crew chief for Hamlin Township

March 27, 2015

HAZEL HURST – Brett Morgan is leaving his job as the state-certified operator of the Mt. Jewett Water Department to become the new road crew chief/sewage treatment plant operator for Hamlin Township.
Hamlin Supervisors Jim Trussell and Dave Okerlund approved Morgan's appointment at a special meeting Thursday at the township building in Hazel Hurst.
Supervisor Joni Britton did not attend the meeting.

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.

Kane Community Hospital holds annual Heart Forum

March 25, 2015

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.

Will steam train run from Mt. Jewett to state park?

March 25, 2015

MT. JEWETT – 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.

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.

Seneca now seeks court injunction against Highland Twp.

March 24, 2015

JAMES CITY – 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.

Martin trial to begin Wednesday morning

March 24, 2015

RIDGWAY – 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 Onboard

March 24, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People
Onboard

An Airbus with 150 people onboard crashed in the southern French Alps on Tuesday,
officials said. The A320, operated by Lufthansa’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

Dilley charged in bath salts raid

March 23, 2015

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.

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