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Court News

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



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


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.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mortgage foreclosures

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

First Horizon Home Loans, 4000 Horizon Way, Irving, Tex., filed an action against Brian Magliane and Tania Hewitt, 6403 Woodbury Drive, Slatington, over property at 30 W. Bertsch St., Lansford. Sought is $111,935.55 and continuing interest.

Wells Fargo Bank, c/o Box 961730, Irving, Tex., filed against John D. and Renee L. Ferguson, 504 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $81,517.14 and continuing interest.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Credit defaults

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

Asset Acceptance, Box 2036, Warren, Mich., filed against Nicole Kalez, 812 SR903, Jim Thorpe, seeking $8,513.49.

Palisades Collection, 804 West Ave., Jenkintown, filed against Michele Miller, 338 Held St., Lehighton, seeking $2,439.56.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Divorces granted

Heather J. Marks, Cressona, was granted a divorce from Frederick J. Marks, Minersville. They were married Dec. 4, 1999.


Christopher Paul Achenbach, 29, Saint Clair, was sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell to serve 11 1/2 to 23 months in the county prison followed by three years on probation. He had been found guilty by a jury of charges of carrying a firearm without a license, criminal conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He received credit for 45 days in prison.

Monday, March 8, 2010

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

Mark A. and Patricia D. Yocum, Dresher, Montgomery County, to Luke J.P. Kowalonek and Mark P. Kowalonek, property on north side of Great Oakes Drive, Birch Pools Section of Lake Hauto Development in Rush Township, $265,000.

Michael A. Kristoff, Rush Township, to Frederick G. Wagner, NE Palm Bay, Fla., property at 509 Schuylkill Ave., Tamaqua, $1 (full consideration $145,000).

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Deeds recorded


Jason M. Martz to Anna Martz, 35 Second Ave., Lehighton, property at 509 Lehigh Ave., $1.

Michael Loftus to John D. Kovacs, 723 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, property at 155 Columbia Ave., $123,500.

Daniel Sickonic to Craig Michael Peters, 234 Avenue A, Palmerton, property at 234 Avenue A, $99,900.

Bradley R. Browne to Bradley R. Browne, 736 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, property at 736 Lafayette Ave., $1.

Lori J. Lichtenwalter to William L. Vogel, 145 Columbia Ave., Palmerton, property at 145 Delaware Ave., $122,460.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Divorces granted

Jason F. Curvey, 113 Ben Titus Road, Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Nicole L. Curvey, 406 Hazle St., Tamaqua. They were married Oct. 7, 2000.

Laura J. Herring, 21 Messcherchmidt St., Barnesville, was granted a divorce from Michael J. Herring, 17 W. Church St., Audenreid. They were married May 22, 1996.

George A. Butler was granted a divorce from Velma B. Butler, both of Schuylkill Haven. They were married March 4, 1971.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Divorces started

Jason S. Kimmel Sr., 8 S. Chestnut St., Tresckow, filed against Danielle Kimmel, 160 Berwick St., Beaver Meadows. They were married in June 2004.

Jason David Cope, 4445 Forest St., Lehighton, filed against Peggy Sue Cope, same address. They were married March 13, 1995.

Randall L. Kunkle, 226 S. Sixth St., Lehighton, filed against Gail Kunkle, 12517 W. Ilano Drive, Litchfield Park, Phoenix, Ariz. They were married June 20, 1987.

Duane Eidem, 38 Eidem Rd., Lehighton, filed against Shannon Eidem, same address. They were married Sept. 8, 1992.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Divorces granted

Ann M. Hughes, 221 Hunter St., Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Thomas J. Hughes, 418 Rolling Mill Avenue, Tamaqua. They were married March 3, 2001.

Jennifer M. Keich, 10 Laurelwood St., Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from David C. Keich, same address. They were married June 18, 2004.

Beverly Fish, Minersville, was granted a divorce from Brooke Fish, Northampton. They were married May 24, 1986.

Erica C. Somers was granted a divorce from Matthew A. Somers, both of Pine Grove. They were married May 27, 2006.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Granted divorce

Cathryn L. Brackman was granted a divorce from John M. Brackman, both of Pottsville. They were married April 14, 2007.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Roman J. Baran to Roman J. Baran, Hazleton, property at 1405 E. Broad St., $1.

East Penn Township

Alan T. Steigerwalt to Paul A. Baker, 1849 Municipal Rroad, Lehighton, parcel No. 99-8-B36, $100,000.

Jim Thorpe

Sheriff of Carbon County to Wells Fargo Bank, Ft. Mill, S.C., property at 59 W. Front St., $1.

Sheriff of Carbon County to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, Pasadena, Calif., property at 206 South Ave., $69,531.