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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Michael D. Marzen to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allentown, property at 75 Harrity Road, $1.

John A. Marzen to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allentown, property at 59 Harrity Road, $1.

Sylvia M. Thack to Dino L. Eckhart, 360 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 360 Fairview St., $157,000.

Jim Thorpe

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Chris Noel Parry II, 24 W. 10th St., Jim Thorpe, property at 24 W. 10th St., $80,000.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tax Appeals

Blue Mountain School District won another appeal to have property tax increased on a property located in the school district boundary.

The appeal was on the property of Kenneth Knittle and Lori Blozousky, 200 Chestnut Ridge, Deer Lake Borough. After a hearing Judge John E. Domalakes increased the market value of the property from $100,000 to $190,000 and fixed the assessment on the property at $72,580 for 2008 taxes, $70,870 for 2009 taxes and $75,810 for 2010 taxes.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Invite From President

Leo Haley, court attendant for Judge D. Michael Stine, has received an invitation from President Obama to be one of 16 members of the national chapter of Catholic War Vets to participate in the annual wreath laying on Memorial Day at the grave of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, Washington D. C.

Haley is also first vice president of the national chapter of Catholic War Veterans and has been commander of the Pottsville Catholic War Veterans Post for the past 14 years.

He is a veteran of World War II.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

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.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Divorce granted

Christine M. Deatrich was granted a divorce from John A. Deatrich, both of Pottsville. They were married Nov. 22, 2003.

Sentence drug dealer

Stephen M. Gaughan, 23, Shenandoah, who entered a guilty plea last Feb. 25 to drug charges was sentenced by Judge D. Michael Stine on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance to serve seven days to two years less one day in the county prison and since he served his minimum sentence was released on parole. On a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia he was given a concurrent 12 months probation sentence.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded at the courthouse were as follows:

The Tamaqua Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses to Access Services Inc., Orwigsburg, property on east side of Schuylkill Avenue, $1 (full consideration $115,000).

Lech Tamaqua, LLC to John :J. and Karen Hadesty, property on north side of Broad St., Tamaqua, consisting of 2.2646 acres, $1 (full consideration $110,000).

William T. and Maribeth A. Scheidig to Dana M. MacDonald, property at 404 1/2 Arlington St., Tamaqua, $61,800.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Deeds recorded

Jim Thorpe

Andrew R. Rimsky to Amanda Lee Gimbor, 413 North St., Jim Thorpe, property at 413 North St., $60,000.

Martha Edwards to We All Win Real Estate, Stroudsburg, property on North Street, $30,000.

Kidder Township

Michael Francis Butcher to Jason J. Valentino, Hackettstown, N.J., Unit H-229, Midlake on Big Boulder, $265,000.

Betty E. Lichtenwalner to Betty E. Lichtenwalner, Freemansburg, Pa., property at 307 Holiday Drive, Albrightsville, $1.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Divorces granted

Nadine M. Bennett, 67 Reynolds Road, Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Kevin D. Bennett, 8 S. Lehigh St., Tamaqua. They were married March 21, 2007.

William R. Fryer, Main Street, Kaska, Blythe Township, was granted a divorce from Desta A. Fryer, Saint Clair. They were married July 13, 1991.

Ronald E. Koscil was granted a divorce from Denise M. Koscil, both of Pottsville. They were married Sept. 14, 1985.

Revoke probation

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

Wells Fargo Bank, c/o 3476 Stateview Blvd., Fort Mill, S.C., filed an action against Daniel Devitt, 183 N. 11th St., Lehighton, over property at that address. Sought is $205,933.43 and continuing interest.

Wells Fargo Bank filed against Shelly Ann and Delta Staples, both of 553 Byron Lane, Albrightsville, over property at that address. Sought is $155,386.39 and continuing interest.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Auto crash suit

William Whiteman, 125 Pine Drive, Lehighton, filed a civil complaint against Jennifer McFarland, 2029 Crow Trail, Long Pond, over a auto accident that occurred on May 27, 2009, along Green St., at Hemlock Trail, in Franklin Township. It is alleged that a vehicle operated by the defendant collided into one driven by the plaintiff causing injuries detailed in the suit. Negligence is alleged and sought are damages "requiring compulsory arbitration" plus interest, costs and fees.

Credit defaults

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Breach of contract

Eagle Rock Community Association Inc., Hazleton, which operates the Eagle Rock Resorts in East and North Union townships, filed a civil action against Carl K. and Linda S. Fahnestoch, of 1188 North Colebrook Road, Manheim, who own Lot 225, Plat WSS, Eagle Resorts, Valley of Lakes, East Union Township, alleging they breached a contract by failing to keep up maintenance payments on their property. A judgement for $1,418 plus costs is sought.

Sentenced

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

James F. Brougher to Kim M. Oswald, 278 W. Sunset Road, Lehighton, Cesare Minor Subdivision, Lot 1, $1.

Pauline M. Smith to Joseph C. Daniels, 23 Sandy Lane, Ashfield, property along Blue Mountain Road, $83,000.

Franklin Township

Leon L. Diehl to Samuel E. Smith, 150 Maple Ave., Lehighton, property at 150 Maple Ave., $175,000.

Jesse A. Shellhammer to Jesse A. Shellhammer, 201 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 201 Fairview St., $1.

Jim Thorpe

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Helen G. Ferrence to Mark J. Ferrence, Freeland, property at 117 E. Broad St., $1.

Bowmanstown

Joyce L. Ziegenfus to Peter Ziegenfus, 301 White St., Bowmanstown, property at 301 White St., $1.

East Penn Township

Wachovia Bank to Kevin S. Ahner, 510 Jefferson St., Lehighton, property at 87 Friendship Road, $146,000.

Duane A. Schleicher to Judd S. Schleicher, 223 Breezy Lane, Lehighton, Lot 8 Germans Road, $53,000.

Franklin Township

Woodrow P. Walck to Philip S. Walck, Narvon, Pa., parcel No. 70C-12-9, $1.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Divorces granted

Colleen Milot, 221 Valley Street, Brockton, was granted a divorce from Stephen Willing, 125 E. Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning. They were married Aug. 2, 2004.

Karen Pauly Lohin, Orwigsburg, was granted a divorce from Robert Lohin, Minersville. They were married June 15, 2002.

Sharon M. Fanelli, Minersville, was granted a divorce from William J. Fanelli, Pottsville. They were married Nov. 4, 1995.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Prothonotary's report

A total of 403 cases were started in April 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:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Property transfers

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

Margaret Mary (Matuskevich) Burczy and Stanley Burczy, her husband, McAdoo, to Mella Rose Felicione, Hazleton, property on north side of Jackson St., McAdoo, $90,000.

Steven D. Sturgis and Lisa A. Eisenberg, both of Tamaqua, to Matthew Oswald and Heather Hill, both of New Ringgold, property at 304 Arlington St., Tamaqua, $67,500.

Kurt J. Arbertelli to Lucy Celestine Calisto, property at 92 Water St., New Philadelphia, $1 (transaction from parent to daughter).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Divorces granted

The following divorce decrees have been signed by the county court.

Cheryl Donovan Nieves, 26 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, from Rodolfo, 164 Behrens Rd., Jim Thorpe.

Brian L. Wolfe, 1597 W. Lizard Creek Rd., Lehighton, from Amie Jo Wolfe, 15 Trailer Rd., Ringtown.

Berenika Frederick, 201 Smith Rd., Jim Thorpe, from Jesse R. Frederick, 122 W. Ridge St., Lansford.

Shelly Hartman, 618 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, from Richard Hartman, 247 Second St., Slatington.

Jason M. Martz, 316 Knoll Drive, Lehighton, from Anne M. Martz, same address.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

File for divorce

Charlene Sue Steeley, 6 Rogosky St., Quakake, started a divorce proceeding against Andrew Philip Steeley, 2083 Allenburnt St., Norman, Okla. They were married Dec. 17, 2003.

Mahue Patel, Grenboro, N.C., started a divorce proceeding against Charmi Desai Patel, Telford. They were married April 26, 2006.

Divorce granted

Joseph T. Hollister Jr., was granted a divorce from Jennifer S. Hollister, both of Orwigsburg. They were married Sept. 3, 1999.

Property tax appeal

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mortgageforeclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.

JP Morgan Bank, 7255 Baymeadows Way, Jacksonville, Fla., filed against Joseph D. Lutz, 4 Patricia Drive, Apt. 32, Gilbertsville, over property at 512 Old Stage Rd., Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township. Sought is $99,600.89 and continuing interest.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded at the courthouse were as follows:

Jason D. Grantham to Elizabeth Pauloski, property at 104 Lehigh St., Tamaqua, $68,000.

Melodie A. Schwertfeger, now Melodie A. Wright, and Albert D. and Camille A. Adams, of Catoosa, Okla., to Melodie A. Wright, property at 114 W. Phillips St., Coaldale, $1.

Ger D.J. Smit, Wayminster, and Siebendina J. Smit, his wife, to John R. Dubuc and John M. Dubuc, both of Ryan Township, lot on north side of Meadow View Drive in Smit Subdivision, Ryan Township, $1 (full consideration $28,500).