Found guilty

Timothy Stephen Keer, 46, of 101 E. Phillip St., Coaldale, was found guilty by Judge D. Michael Stine following a non-jury trial of criminal charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, driving while his operating privileges were suspended and careless driving. The judge found him not guilty of a charge of disorderly conduct.

Keer has been ordered to appear for sentencing on Tuesday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m., meanwhile he remains free on his current bail.

Keer challenged in court testimony of Patrolman Charles Blesse, Coaldale police, who cited him on Dec. 12, 2008. Keer produced two fellow workers who testified they did not see him drinking during working hours and a girlfriend who picked him up after work said he drank only one swig of wine they bought at a liquor store after work. Keer was arrested a half hour after leaving work.The judge believed the officer.

File for divorce

Missandra J. Malzberg, 105 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, started a divorce action against Michael Malzberg, 22 W. High St., Coaldale. They were married July 3, 1999.

Granted divorce

Anthony Beninsky, Shenandoah, was granted a divorce from Loretta Beninsky, Shenandoah Heights. They were married Jan. 27, 2003.

Mortgage foreclosure

Wells Fargo Bank, fort Mills, S.C., started a suit against Jaime S. Moser also known as Jamie Sue Anthony, to seek a judgement foreclosure on a property at 745 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, for alleged default in payments. A judgement for $63,196.17 is being sought.

JP Morgan Chase Bank, Jacksonville, Fla., filed suit against Mary L. Bevan and Mark D. Bevan, 101 Paint Lane, New Ringgold, claiming they defaulted on mortgage payments on the property located on East Ridge View Drive in Ridgeview Development, Orwigsburg. A judgement for $174,894.49 is being sought.

Rule on appeal

Honeywell Innternational Inc., owner of industrial plants on 26.785 acres near Marlin, Norwegian Township, won a reduction in the value of its properties.

The Pottsville Area School District had appealed to the Schuylkill County Tax Assessment Appeals Board which raised the market value to $3,400,000. Honeywell appealed the decision and Judge Jacqueline Russell reduced the market value to $3 million and set the assessment for 2010 taxes at $1,197,000.

Modify bail

Judge D. Michael Stine modified the bail for Alden Whateley, 44, of 34 E. Union St., Tamaqua, to $20,000 cash or cash equivalant. The judge placed conditions on the bail, Whateley must reside at the Tamaqua address and not relocate without getting approval from the court. He also shall refrain from the possession, transportation, or use of any alcohol or controlled substance.

Stine noted that testimony at the bail hearing revealed Whateley lacks a recent work history, has virtualy no assets and has limited family within this jurisdiction. The court pointed out the record shows he has multiple drug related offenses pending against him and faces significant criminal sanctions if convicted.

Stine also modified the bail of Lance R. Christman, 35, Pine Grove, to $20,000 cash or cash equivalent and he must reside at 22 Laurel St., Pine Grove The court noted Christman has a spotty work history, has no assets, a few ties in the county and faces serious crimninal charges with significant criminal sanctions if convicted.

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded at the Schuylkill County Courthouse were as follows:

Jane B. Payne, Lebanon, as executrix of the last will of Jane R. Bernitsky, late of Middleport, to Bernitsky Coal, LTD, Port Carbon, tract containing 27 acres in Blythe Township, $1 (full consideration $13,600).

Cara J. Humes, individually and as executrix of the estate of Joan P. Unrich, late of Rush Township, property at 1023 Center Street, Tamaqua Heights, Rush Township, $1 (transaction according to terms of a will).

Clyde C. and Christine A. Holman, Barnesville, to Neal E. and Mary L. Pascoe, Mahanoy City, property on south side of Center Street, Mahanoy City, $35,000.

Robert A. Noll, Tamaqua, to Brian S. Faust and Angela R. Smith, Tuscarora, tract containing 1.3552 acres located on the north side of a public road leading from Reynolds to Atlas Powder Plant grounds in Walker Township, $1 (full consideration $142,000).

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. to secretary of HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Bureau, Washington, D.C., property at 39 North St., Oneida, East Union Township, $1 (transaction between government agencies).

Jean E. Hartz to Jennifer M. Hartz, property at 326 Market St., Tamaqua, $1 (transaction from mother to daughter).

Kelly Lynn Neifert, Frackville, to Marsha A. Neifert, Kline Township, property at 17 S. Fourth St., Frackville, $1 (transaction of mortgage to holder of mortgage in default).

Beatrice G. Reed, New Ringgold, to Caryn E. Reeser, as trustee of The Beatrice G. Reed Property Trust, property at 214 Tyson Street, New Ringgold, $1 (transfer to grantor's living trust).

Douglas R. Cook, Tamaqua, to Charles D. Abdo, New York, property at 35 Center St., Tamaqua, also a block garage to rear of Center St., Tamaqua, $1 (fulll consideration $30,000).

Joseph T. Hollister and Jennifer S. Hollister to Joseph T. Hollister, property on north side of Reddale Road, East Brunswick Township, $1 (transaction between spouses).

Commonwalth Properties Inc. to Brianna R. Jacoby, property at 48 Washington St., Middleport, $80,000.

Scott Patterson to Glenn and Pietrina Hoffman, property at 519 W. Centre St., Mahanoy City, $29,900.

Christine Demshick, as executric of the estate of Mary Ann Adams, late of Mahanoy City, to Scott Patterson, property at 315 E. Mahanoy Avenue, Mahanoy City, $15,000.