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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pleads guilty

Ramon Garcia Jr., 32, Pottsville, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by Judge William E. Baldwin to serve three to 18 months in the county prison and received credit for having served 16 days in prison. He also must pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account, a $50 monthly supervision fee and pay all costs of prosecution.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mortgage foreclosures

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

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., 7105 Corporate Drive, Plano, Tex., filed against Johnathon Kaufman, aka, John Kaufman, and Rebecca Kaufman, 40 W. Patterson St., Lansford, over property at that address. Sought is $49,546.22 and continuing interest.

The Jim Thorpe National Bank, 12 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, filed against Max Gasker, 221 W. Columbus Ave., Nesquehoning, over property at 147 E. Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning, seeking $25,252.03 and continuing interest.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Property transfers

Property transfers recently recorded in the Schuylkill County courthouse were as follows:

Timothy Schell, individually and as executor of the estate of Lawrence A. Fritz, late of Sheppton, to Lois J. Long and Roger P. Long, her son, both of Sheppton, property on north side of Market Street, Sheppton, East Union Township, $64,900.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Divorces granted

Doreen T. Burke was granted a divorce from Anthony J. Burke, both of New Philadelphia. They were married June 15, 1996.

Kimberly M. Fletcher was granted a divorce from Daniel J. Fletcher, both of Pottsville. They were married Jan. 2, 2001.

Bail hearing

Monday, April 5, 2010

Revoked

Joseph Robert Shaffer, 30, of 192 Hillside Lane, New Ringgold, was removed by Judge Charles M. Miller from the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program. It is a special probation program for first offenders to permit them to clear their name by completing the conditions imposed by a judge.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Divorces started

Christina Bjorkman, 125 S. Ninth St., Lehighton, filed against Joseph D. Kock II, 631 Pine Hollow Drive, Lehighton. They were married Aug. 4, 2007.

Karl John Guinan, 40 Shawnee Trail, Albrightsville, filed against Nicole Foleno, 745 Main St., Apt. 304, Stroudsburg. They were married Aug. 24, 2002.

Susan J. Hahn, 415 Boyer Farm Rd., Palmerton, filed against Roger L. Hahn Jr., 890 Stagecoach Road East, Palmerton. They were married July 26, 1997.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Divorces granted

Kevin A. Hoffman, 36 Wagner St., Lehighton, was granted a divorce from Ruthann Hoffman, 2003 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold. They were married July 12, 2003.

Jill Marie Rehrig, Kresgeville, was granted a divorce from Anthony Rehrig, 94 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton. They were married Dec. 21, 1991.

Lisa B. Mikovich, 68 Crescent Drive, Nesquehoning, was granted a divorce from John C. Mikovich, 71 Crescent Drive, Nesquehoning. They were married May 19, 2000.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Arthur Smith Davidson to Arthur Smith Davidson, 35 E. Maple St., P.O. Box 306, Tresckow, property at 35 E. Maple St., $1.

East Penn Township

G.A. and F.C. Wagman, Inc., to Walsh Investors No. 34, L.P., property at 73 Dieters Hill Road, $1,061,000.

Jim Thorpe

Kyle W. George to Alfonso A. Lalumia, 429 Lehigh St., Jim Thorpe, property at 429 Lehigh St., $135,000.

Justin V. Yaich to Laurence B. Hurlburt, Bensalem, Pa., Lot 1, Justin V. Yaich Subdivision, $41,750.

Kidder Township

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Credit defaults

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

Capital One Bank, 4851 Cox Rd., Glen Allen, Va., filed against Paul F. Miller, 338 Held St., Lehighton, seeking $1,906.46.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Divorces granted

Amy L. Hope, 816 Lizard Creek, Andreas, West Penn Township, was granted a divorce from James S. Hope, 22 Lower Road, Tamaqua. They were married Sept. 19, 1998.

Candise D. Miller, Orwigsburg, was granted a divorce from Andrew Miller, Schuylkill Haven. They were married May 17, 2008.

Raissa Barnett, Reading, was granted a divorce from Andrew Barnett, Schuylkill Haven. They were married May 10, 2002.

Ranee E. Liskiewicz was granted a divorce from Michael R. Liskiewicz, both of Minersville. They were married July 28, 2008.

File for divorce

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Anna Hametz to David L. Davidovich Jr., 10 E. Cherry St., Tresckow, property at 12 E. Cherry St., $17,500.

Franklin Township

Kevin S. Ahner to Michael Zancofsky, 1131 Fairyland Road, Lehighton, property at 1131 Fairyland Road, $135,000.

Jim Thorpe

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Zachary Wolverton, 178 Pine Drive, Jim Thorpe, property at 178 Pine Drive, $90,000.

Kidder Township

Donald S. Frieman to Joseph E. Henry III, Medford, N.J., property at 111 Warbler Court, Lake Harmony, $198,000.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dispute over bill

A board of arbitration ruled Kenneth and Carrie Klinger, of 200 W. Second Mountain Road, Pottsville, owed a $15,948.11 fuel bill to Economy Gas and Food Markets, SR61, Schuylkill Haven. The defendants operate a trucking company and the suit claimed they entered into a written contract to purchase fuel and other products and owned a bill.

Revoke probation

Monday, March 22, 2010

Credit defaults

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

Chase Bank USA, 3700 Wiseman Blvd., San Antonio, Tex., filed five actions as follows: Jane L. Shellhamer, 776 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton, seeking $7,478.36; Angela Caruso, 132 Drakes Drive, Jim Thorpe, seeking $1,785.245, and a second action, seeking $6,050.06; Connie M Derr, 830 Lake Drive, Lehighton, seeking $7,172.53; and Jerry D. Strohl, 90 Beaver St., Lehighton, seeking $5,910.75.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Landlord-tenant

dispute

A board of arbitration ruled in favor of both parties. James D. and Doris J. Harman, of Sacramento, rented a home in Donaldson, Tremont Township, to Jeff and Brandy Livinghouse and sued for unpaid rent and alleged damages to the property. In turn the tenants filed a countersuit for work done in the premises. The arbitration board awarded the landlord $2,700 and the tenants $725.

Divorces granted

Howard S. Mengel, Ashland, was granted a divorce from Paula Denise Mengel, Mississippi. They were married May 23, 2000.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Wins tax appeal

Timothy P. Brennan, owner of the premises situated at 347 Nichols St., Pottsville, won his appeal in court from the assessment on his property.

The Schuylkill County Board of Assessment fixed the market value at $30,020 and based on the 50 percent assessment ratio fixed by the county, the property was assessed at $15,010.

At a hearing held in court, Brennan testified that the dwelling has no utilities, crumbling walls, ceilings and floor, and no working indoor plumbing. There is no access to the garage, which is blocked by a guiderail from SR61.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Mortgageforeclosures

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

Chase Home Finance, 3415 Vision Drive, Columbus, Ohio, filed against Angel L. Cintron, Box C325, Allentown, over property at 725 Mahoning St., Lehighton. Sought is $90,002.25 and continuing interest.

Chase Bank filed against Keith T. Maxwell, 540 Preachers Camp Rd., Lehighton, over property at that address. Sought is $61,345.93 and continuing interest.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

File for divorce

Melissa Hoffman, 19 Walnut St., Middleport, filed an action in divorce against Stephen W. Hoffman, 181 Tower Road, New Ringgold. They were married Oct. 12, 2002.

Bail hearings

After a hearing Judge John E. Domalakes reduced the bail from $25,000 to $10,000 unsecured for Jephtha Jasan Mills, 25, of 418 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, and set a number of conditions.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Revenue from deeds

Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 141 deeds, 166 mortgages and 340 other writs during the month of February.

As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $22,858.73. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $18,443.50; data processing fees, $1,963; notaries, $70; commission on transfers and writs, $1,612.43; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $760.80.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pleads guilty

Thomas Rhoades, 58, of 158 Angel Drive, New Ringgold, pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment and was fined $25 plus costs of prosecution by Judge John E. Miller. He was cited by Patrolman Jason Lorah, West Penn Township police, at Nothstein's Auto Repair Shop, Clamtown Road, last Oct. 1. Charges of resisting arrest were nol prossed.

File for divorce

Newton E. Mull filed suit for divorce from Lynn A. Mull, both of 214 Oak St., Kaska, Blythe Township. They were married Oct. 12, 2002.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Divorces granted

Lisa Ann Boyer, Auburn, was granted a divorce from Matthew R. Boyer, New Ringgold. They were married July 26, 2003.

Ronda L. Zimmerman, Tremont, was granted a divorce from Joseph M. Zimmerman, Johnstown. They were married Dec. 12, 2004.

Michael D. Barnhardt Jr., Llewellyn, Branch Township, was granted a divorce from Amy B. Barnhardt, Pottsville. They were married Nov. 6, 2004.

Richard D. Simmons was granted a divorce from Kailey L. Simmons, both of Tamaqua. They were married May 20, 2008.