The Kane Republican | AP iAtom feed 2015-03-31T23:14:04-04:00 Drupal Several criminal cases are filed in Kane District Court http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8800 2015-03-31T23:14:04-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Several criminal cases are filed in Kane District Court 8800 article en 14 1 2015-03-31T23:14:04-04:00 2015-03-31T23:14:04-04:00 8800 14 Several criminal cases are filed in Kane District Court 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. According to documents, Cleer struck a telephone pole at Greeves and Lincoln streets and fled the scene. Kane Police Chief Heath Boyer and McKean County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Woods spotted the Cleer vehicle and activated their sirens and emergency lights. Cleer failed to stop, court records show. 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. 1427858044 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427858044 100 7078 14 NEW breaking news.jpg sites/default/files/NEW breaking news_46.jpg image/jpeg 828771 1 1427858041 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/NEW breaking news_46.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Jury: Martin guilty of first-degree murder http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8798 2015-03-31T00:20:06-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Jury: Martin guilty of first-degree murder 8798 article en 14 1 2015-03-31T00:20:06-04:00 2015-03-31T00:20:06-04:00 8798 14 Jury: Martin guilty of first-degree murder 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. The defendant's father, Michael Martin, called the verdict "disappointing." As Nick was cuffed and led from the courtroom, he smiled at his family members. "I'll be alright," he said with a slight shrug. "I love you guys." Forsyth's mother Susan Trumbull declined to comment. During Monday's proceedings, Trumbull was accompanied by a large group of friends and family members wearing purple-ribbon T-shirts, a show of support for victims of domestic violence. 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. 1427775606 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427775606 100 Jim Meyer 7076 14 Nicholas Martin.jpg sites/default/files/Nicholas Martin_5.jpg image/jpeg 20007 1 1427775605 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/Nicholas Martin_5.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Kane softball looks to return to winning ways http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8795 2015-03-31T00:17:16-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane softball looks to return to winning ways 8795 article en 14 1 2015-03-31T00:17:16-04:00 2015-03-31T00:17:16-04:00 8795 14 Kane softball looks to return to winning ways 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. “[Huckabone] will be a vital component of the team’s defense,” coach Kessler said. “She is extremely fast and gets a great jump on the ball off the bat. “Her arm is strong and she hopes to increase the eight assists she had last year throwing runners out at the plate.” 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. 1427775436 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427775436 100 Joseph Bell 7073 14 Kane softball .JPG sites/default/files/Kane softball .JPG image/jpeg 93436 1 1427775436 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:52:"Photo by Greg Reedy – The 2015 Kane softball team.";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/Kane softball .JPG Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Lantz Corners Sewer District connections begin http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8776 2015-03-27T23:10:49-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Lantz Corners Sewer District connections begin 8776 article en 14 1 2015-03-27T23:10:49-04:00 2015-03-27T23:10:49-04:00 8776 14 Lantz Corners Sewer District connections begin 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. Dan Slagle, a Pittsburgh area engineer, designed the project and helped the township obtain loans and grants for the work. 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. 1427512249 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427512249 100 Ted Lutz 7054 14 NEW breaking news.jpg sites/default/files/NEW breaking news_45.jpg image/jpeg 828771 1 1427512248 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/NEW breaking news_45.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Martin takes witness stand in murder trial http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8775 2015-03-27T23:06:34-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Martin takes witness stand in murder trial 8775 article en 14 1 2015-03-27T23:06:34-04:00 2015-03-27T23:06:34-04:00 8775 14 Martin takes witness stand in murder trial 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." The prosecution attempted to undermine the sincerity of the apology by calling attention to Martin's apparent lack of remorse and seemingly callous remarks up to this point. During his testimony, Martin said he had no intention of harming Forsyth but that he had acted in a blind rage after she had confessed to cheating on him and told him that he wasn't the father of her recently miscarried pregnancy. "I grabbed her by her neck, and that's all I remember," he said. "My next recollection, she was face down on the carpet, my knee was across her lower back, my hand was in her hair and my other hand had a knife." 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." 1427511994 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427511994 100 Jim Meyer 7053 14 Nicholas Martin.jpg sites/default/files/Nicholas Martin_4.jpg image/jpeg 20007 1 1427511992 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/Nicholas Martin_4.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 VIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet? http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8774 2015-03-27T18:14:29-04:00 Kane Republican krnews1@zitomedia.net Copyright 2015 Kane Republican VIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet? 8774 article en 14 1 2015-03-27T18:14:29-04:00 2015-03-27T18:14:29-04:00 8774 14 VIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet? VIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet? Find out how Kentucky dominated West Virginia and more. <script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script> <div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="28782114" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div> VIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet? Find out how Kentucky dominated West Virginia and more. <script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script> <div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="28782114" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div> 1427494469 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427494469 100 7052 14 Video of the day.jpg sites/default/files/Video of the day_23.jpg image/jpeg 1691 1 1427494468 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/Video of the day_23.jpg krnews1@zitomedia.net Copyright 2015 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Morgan is new road crew chief for Hamlin Township http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8772 2015-03-27T00:04:57-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Morgan is new road crew chief for Hamlin Township 8772 article en 14 1 2015-03-27T00:04:57-04:00 2015-03-27T00:04:57-04:00 8772 14 Morgan is new road crew chief for Hamlin Township 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. A borough councilman in Mt. Jewett, Morgan will begin his new duties Monday, April 6 at the rate of $16.50 per hour. He said he receives this same amount as the water plant operator for Mt. Jewett. 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. 1427429097 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427429097 100 Ted Lutz 7050 14 main story.jpg sites/default/files/main story_18.jpg image/jpeg 74187 1 1427429097 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:249:"Photo by Ted Lutz – Brett Morgan (left) is the new road crew chief/sewage treatment plant operator for Hamlin Township. Supervisor Jim Trussell (right) congratulates Morgan after the appointment Thursday at a special board meeting in Hazel Hurst.";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/main story_18.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Victim's mother testifies in murder trial http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8771 2015-03-26T23:57:56-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Victim's mother testifies in murder trial 8771 article en 14 1 2015-03-26T23:57:56-04:00 2015-03-26T23:57:56-04:00 8771 14 Victim's mother testifies in murder trial 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. 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. 1427428676 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427428676 100 Jim Meyer 7049 14 Nicholas Martin.jpg sites/default/files/Nicholas Martin_3.jpg image/jpeg 40680 1 1427428675 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:15:"Nicholas Martin";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/Nicholas Martin_3.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Kane Community Hospital holds annual Heart Forum http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8768 2015-03-25T23:33:13-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane Community Hospital holds annual Heart Forum 8768 article en 14 1 2015-03-25T23:33:13-04:00 2015-03-25T23:33:13-04:00 8768 14 Kane Community Hospital holds annual Heart Forum 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. In his remarks, Trageser said the "smart-phone" has "changed lives" and soon will be able to remotely monitor blood pressure, glucose levels, heart pacemakers and other personal medical conditions. 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. 1427340793 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427340793 100 Ted Lutz 7047 14 3.25.15 hospital forum.jpg sites/default/files/3.25.15 hospital forum.jpg image/jpeg 79077 1 1427340793 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:160:"Photo by Ted Lutz – Kane Community Hospital (KCH) held its annual Heart Forum on Wednesday at the large meeting room at St. Callistus Catholic Church in Kane.";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/3.25.15 hospital forum.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Will steam train run from Mt. Jewett to state park? http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8767 2015-03-25T23:31:56-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Will steam train run from Mt. Jewett to state park? 8767 article en 14 1 2015-03-25T23:31:56-04:00 2015-03-25T23:31:56-04:00 8767 14 Will steam train run from Mt. Jewett to state park? 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. 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. 1427340716 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1427340716 100 Ted Lutz 7046 14 trails.jpg sites/default/files/trails.jpg image/jpeg 74289 1 1427340716 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:253:"Photo by Ted Lutz – "Corky" Hull (right) of Smethport speaks Wednesday at a public meeting in Mt. Jewett on the proposed development of a trail from Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge State Park. About 20 attended the meeting at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall.";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/trails.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72