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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sues over fall

Antoinette Mullen, 324 Sand Pit Road, Mount Bethel, filed a civil action against J&R Slaw Inc., 438 Riverview Road, Lehighton.

According to the suit on July 22, 2013, the plaintiff was employed as a tractor trailer driver for F.T. Silfies Inc., of Allentown, and was delivering a load of slag to the defendant's precast concrete plant in Lehighton.

Upon arrival she was directed by an employee of the defendant firm to a silo and was shown what nozzle she should hook up to so that she could off load the slag.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Carbon County drug dealer was sentenced to a long state prison term on Tuesday in the county court.

Ryan E. Wurst, 26, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve a total of 24 to 48 months in a state correctional institution by Judge Steven R. Serfass, who rejected a passionate plea from defense counsel for a county prison term or a reduced minimum sentence.

Wurst previously entered guilty pleas to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin, and in another case to flight to avoid apprehension.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Six first-time offenders, five charged with driving under the influence, were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges.

A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Three people facing criminal counts entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Jim Thorpe incident

Alison Nicole Monfre, 34, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct and harassment. A charge of simple assault was dropped.

She was arrested on March 13 by Jim Thorpe police for an incident at 46 Broadway. Police responded to the address for a report of a domestic incident. On scene officers found Shawn Kane.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Edward Repetz to Edward Repetz, P.O. Box 10, Tresckow, property at 47 E. Market St., $1.

East Penn Township

David Kemmerer to Marshall E. Eldridge, 93 N. Kittatinny Road, Lehighton, property at 93 N. Kittatinny Road, $105,000.

Jim Thorpe

Richard J. Rowe to Janise E. Rowe, 817 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 817 Center Ave., $1.

Timothy D. Boyle to Richard Schultz, Lansdowne, property at 23 W. Third St., $33,000.

Rita Hydro Lasky to Rita Hydro Lasky, Jamesburg, N.J., property at 423 Main St., $1.

Monday, June 30, 2014

West Penn Township:

Sandra L. Roth/Ernest Steigerwalt estate to Heidi L. and Jeffrey Perlaki: Property at 1025 Spring Road for $123,000.

Paul F. Stahler and Vertie L. Stahler to Kim R. Stahler and Kelly R. Kichline: Property at 2270 Sunny Road for $1.

Kevin D. Yediny, David S. Yediny, Anna Yediny to Kevin D., David S. and John P. Yediny: Property at 1360 Penn Drive for $1.

Ephraim D. Yates II to Ephraim D. Yates II: Property at 153 School Drive for $1.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Norfolk, Va., filed five actions as follows: Amanda M. Pointon, 530 Hamilton St., Palmerton, had two actions filed against her seeking $2,342.34 and $1,982.53; Timothy J. Heydt, 628 Pine St., Jim Thorpe, seeking $7,359.79; Debra Papanek, 445 E. Abbott St., Lansford, seeking $906.24; and Daniel McLean, 1338 Twin Crest Drive, Lehighton, seeking $9,438.15.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Lehighton man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday for his part in the operation of a methamphetamine lab.

He was one of five defendants in pending drug-related cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Mahoning incident

Todd Francis Cermak, 31, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of precursors and chemicals for a meth lab.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Ronald J. DeLong Jr. to Ronald J. DeLong Jr., 310 Pinewood Road, Lehighton, Lot 16, Pinewood Acres, $1.

Franklin Township

Daniel Arbeider to Martin Marshall, 383 Vine St., Lehighton, property at 383 Vine St., $165,000.

Jim Thorpe

William E. Gaspar to Lenard Brunson, 504 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 504 Center Ave., $125,000.

Kidder Township

Curtis L. Proctor to Earl Matthews, Berwick, Lot 389, Section C, Holiday Poconos, $68,000.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Carbon County man entered guilty pleas in four pending criminal cases on Tuesday in the county court.

He was one of seven defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Various victims

Randy Edgar, 34, of Lehighton, pleaded to two counts of criminal conspiracy-theft, and one count each of receiving stolen property and criminal trespass. One theft count and the trespass charge are felonies.

Edgar admitted his part in various thefts that occurred over a period of time between October 2013 into February of this year.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Michael D. Komishock to Matthew G. Lazar, 69 Beaver St., Beaver Meadows, property at 69 Beaver St., $70,500.

East Penn Township

Steven K. Brooker to Cheryl A. Brooker, 61 Pine Tree Lane, Lehighton, property at 61 Pine Tree Lane, $1.

Franklin Township

Emma Lynn Liguori to Robert Scott Clymer, 6066 Makala Court, Germansville, property at 483 Fairyland Road, $24,500.

Ernest F. Hoffner to Suzanne Stokes, 751 Interchange Road, Lehighton, property at 751 Interchange Road, $135,000.

Jim Thorpe

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Duane Beers to Larry D. Neeb, 815 Deer Lane, Lehighton, 17.593 acres along the Maury Road, $1.

George H. Neumann III to Jason Robert Kuhn, 422 Skyline Drive, Lehighton, property at 422 Skyline Drive, $198,700.

Jim Thorpe

Wayne Szczepanik to Ernest Wayne Szczepanik, East Brunswick, New Jersey, Lot 14, Spruce Hollow Acres, $1.

Barbara C. Youngkin to Barbara C. Youngkin, 422 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 532 South Ave., $1.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Revenue from deeds

Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 180 deeds, 170 mortgages and 317 other writs during the month of May.

As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $24,204.88. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $18,596; data processing fees, $1,832.25; notaries, $130; commission on transfers and writs, $2,857.33; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $789.30.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


A total of 326 cases were started in May 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 is as follows:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rush Township:

Karen E. Kaczmarczyk (Joyce Blew estate) to Karen E. Kaczmarczyk: Property on the east side of Grier for $1.

Christopher D. Heckman and Jennifer R. Jones to the Federal National Mortgage Association: Property at 40 E. Main St., Quakake, for $1,308.08.

John J. Altavilla (Georgette Evans estate) to Edward and Donna Smith: Property at 22 Tamaqua St. for $100,000.

Susan L. Ritz and Richard H. Schietrumpf to Michael J. Brimmer and Rachel S. Brimmer: property at 7 LaBrecht Place for $240,000.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Joseph Dobrosky, Anna Dobrosky and Joanne M. Patrick to Morgan Jones Jr. and Janine Jones: Property at 620 Arlington St. for $45,000.

Daniel S. Salefski and Laura Salefski Morris to Riverview Bank: Property at 133 Route 209 for $1,189.

First National Trade Co./Jeanne Johnson and Norman J. Johnson to Matthew S. Weber and Bethany Weber: Property at 543 E. Broad St. for $12,000.

Carol Ann Boyle to Eugene S. Boyle Jr.: Property at 225 Brown St. for $1.

Rush Township:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Robert Bergstresser to Robert Bergstresser, 2400 Indian Hill Road, Lehighton, Lot 2, 2400 Indian Hill Road, $1.

Robert Bergstresser to Robert W. Bergstresser Jr., 2400 Indian Hill Road, Lehighton, Lot 1, 2400 Indian Hill Road, $9,215.

Jim Thorpe

Cynthia R. Thompson to Barbara J. Capezio, Philadelphia, property at 62 W. Broadway, $147,440.

Kidder Township

John G. Berzins to Neil Kresge, HC 1 Box 23Z58, White Haven, Lot 235, Pocono Mountain Lake, $5,000.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by county judges.

William J. Provizzi, J75 Janhanna Circle, Hazleton, from Cynthia L. Provizzi, 223 Second St., Weatherly.

Paul R. Mosser Sr., 324 Country Club Rd., Lehighton, from Sherri Mosser, same address.

Lori Buck, 2105 Summer Mountain Rd., Palmerton, from Daniel Buck, 620 Hickory Rd., Palmerton.

Nicole L. Heiland, 190 S. First St., Lehighton, form Todd J. Heiland, 4279 Long Run Rd., Lehighton.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees were signed by the county court.

Desiree C. Eastgate, 242 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, from Joseph D. Eastgate, 139 Rumson Drive, Galloway, N.J.

Andrew S. Yurchak, 618 Pine St., Jim Thorpe, from Debra A. Yurchak, 41 W. Seventh St., Jim Thorpe.

Martin S. Fischetto, Box 1865, Albrightsville, from Mabel Michelle Fischetto, Box 392, Ephrata.

Kristin Zammito, 62 Panther Run Road, Jim Thorpe, from Gaetano Zammito, same address.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Schuylkill County President Judge William Baldwin has sentenced a Tamaqua man to probation in two drug-related cases.

Joshua McArdle, 23, was sentenced to one year of probation on charges of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. He also must serve another one year of probation on a use/possession of drug paraphernalia charge, but at the same time.

The charges were filed on July 10, 2013, by Tamaqua police.