A total of 262 cases were started in December in the office of Carbon County Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens, according to a monthly statistical report released by the officeholder. A breakdown of the cases:
Civil actions, 24; custody complaints,15; district justice appeals, 2; divorce complaints, 10; ejectment complaints, 3; eminent domain/ petition for views, 1; license appeals, 3; mortgage foreclosure complaints, 22; complaint in partition, 1; protection from abuse petitions, 26; replevin complaint, 1; quiet title action,1; zoning appeal, 1; audits/ financial reports, 2; court appointments, 5; judgments, 142; paternity suit, 1; and miscellaneous cases, 2. The office staff also received and processed 85 applications for U.S. Passports.
Behrens' financial report shows $28,519 was generated as follows: prothonotary's fees, $23,306; interest income, 82 cents; custody fees; $400; and data processing fees, $4,811.
The prothonotary also remitted $2,204 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, representing state fees collected locally, and $48 to the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts, this being surcharges on new custody cases in accordance with Act 119 of 1996. Another $1,200 was deposited in the Prothonotary's Automation Fund for future use in automating the office.
Peter Foley to Holiday Pocono Civic Association, P.O. Box 57, Albrightsville, Lot 1, Block R, Section Hemlock Forest, Holiday Poconos, $4,171.
Otto J. Schmidt to Dawn M. Schmidt, Philadelphia, three transactions, lots 328, 329 and 330, Section C, Holiday Poconos, $1 each.
Raymond Russo to Shady Grove LLC, Medford, N.J., property at 7 St. Peters Road, Lake Harmony, $35,000.
Penn Forest Township
Vincent Sciabica to Northeast Investment Group, Inc., 1933 State Rt. 903, Jim Thorpe, Lot 143, Section III-B, Valley View Estates, $1.
Daniel Sinclair to Rebecca Sinclair, Nazareth, Lot V661, Section V, Towamensing Trails, $1.
Haines and Kibblehouse Inc., to Haines and Kibblehouse Inc., Skippack, properties at 1800 and 1959 State Rt. 903, $1.
Earl Galbreath Jr. to Christopher D. Reinert, Hatboro, Towamensing Trails Lot 1756, Section IV, $10,000.
Martin J. Hacker to Ernest Grant, Quakertown, Lot 1887, Section IV, Towamensing Trails, $12,000.