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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A number of defendants failed to appear for their preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, last week. All had their cases bound over for trial in the Schuylkill County Courts.

Stanley William Kieffer, 21, of 344 Arlington St., Tamaqua, was bound over for trial on charges of unathorized use of a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended/revoked license, failure to carry a license, failure to wear proper eye protection and failure to wear proper headgear. The charges were filed by Coaldale Patrolman Robert Minnick following a Sept. 22 incident.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A 17-year-old McAdoo youth, who was involved in a one car collision which killed two teenagers and injured five last September, appeared in Juvenile Court in Schuylkill County on Monday for sentencing, however, Judge Jacqueline Russell deferred sentencing for 90 days and ordered Joseph Puglio to be evaluated by professionals to aid the judge in imposing a sentence.

Monday, October 26, 2009

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

Karen R. Ruch, Coaldale, to Phillip E. Pace Jr. and Linda Straub, both of Pottstown, property at 119-121 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale, $1 (full consideration $44,700).

Albert G. and Virginia C. Smith, Barnesville, to Earl Horst and John Horst, both of Tamaqua, lot on north side of Plantation Drive in Phase II, Magnolia Gardens, Ryan Township, consisting of 0.48 of an acre, $29,900.

Monday, October 26, 2009

File for divorce

Amy Zimmerman, 35 Swatara St., Tamaqua, started a divorce proceeding against Jeffrey Zimmerman, 20 S. 23rd Street, Pottsville. They were married Aug. 4, 2006.

Tara Nattress, 568 Vermont Road, Mohntoin, Berks County, filed for divorce from Brian D. Nattress, 238 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. They were married July 15, 2006.

Granted divorce

Thomas J. Killian, Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Elizabeth H. Killian, Shenandoah. They were married Sept. 3, 1972.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A total of 13 first-time offenders in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program recently.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if the person fails to complete the program the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Those placed included:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mortgage foreclosures

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

BAC Home Loans Servicing, 7105 Corporate Drive, Plano, Tex., filed an action against Victor M. Lopez, 439 Abbott St., Lansford, for property at that address. Sought is $79,214.72 and continuing interest.

Chase Home Finance, 3415 Vision Drive, Columbus, Ohio, filed an action against Robert Sussman and Rosemary Hogan-Sussman, of 95 Prinecton Ave., Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $174,593.93 and continuing interest.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Attorney Lynn Bressi, Pottsville, who was thecustody hearing officer for Schuylkill County with an office in the courthouse in Pottsville, resigned last week and is now under investigation by Pottsville police pertaining to monies received for legal professional services.

Bressi was hired by President Judge William E. Baldwin, and held the position since 1991. Shortly after she resigned Baldwin sent a memo to District Attorney James P. Goodman to investigate the dealings in her office.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

An Albrightsville man who committed two armed robberies in one day, and an Easton woman who ran a sobriety checkpoint and led police on a high speed chase, were both given long prison terms on Monday in Carbon County court by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Gun used

David Acevedo, 22, was sentenced to serve 28 to 56 months in prison followed by two years of state probation on two counts of robbery.

Acevedo was arrested for robbing a Lehighton man on a borough street, then several hours later, robbing a Kidder Township business.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A jury began hearing testimony Monday in the Schuylkill County Court on the malpractice suit brought by Leonard D. Clouser, 435 Willing St., Tamaqua, against three area physicians, Dr. Kailash R. Makhija and Dr. Richard C. Miller, both of 281 N. 12th Street, Lehighton, and Dr. Thomas J. Dirnberger, 211 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. All three doctors deny any wrongdoing.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Lehigh County man was sentenced to a Carbon County prison term on Monday on a drug charge.

Raymond Babio, 40, of 415 E. Hamliton St., Allentown, was sentenced by Judge David W. Addy to serve 24 to 48 months in prison on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-methamphetamine.

Babio was arrested on Dec. 11, 2007, at SR895 and Bank St. in Bowmanstown by agents of the state Attorney General's office.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Summit Hill man was given a state prison term on Monday for drug dealing.

Allen Ronald Bennyhoff, 43, of 5 N. Market St., was sentenced by Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve one to two years in prison on single count of criminal conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance cocaine.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Nesquehoning woman who allegedly cashed a former housemate's payroll checks was scheduled for preliminary hearings on the charges last week.

Stephanie L. Keck, 30, of 239 E. Catawissa St., waived her right to preliminary hearings on charges brought by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods as well as Coaldale Police Chief Timothy Delaney. Keck allegedly forged and cashed checks meant for Shane Bartenope in October and November of 2008.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Credit defaults

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

Arrow Financial Services, c/o 520 Fellowship Rd., Mount Laurel, N.J., filed three actions as follows: Theresa Seligan, 245 Mauch Chunk St., Jim Thorpe, seeking $1,515.63; Michael Rizzo, 105 Deer View Drive, Jim Thorpe, seeking $2,770.34; and Rita M. Williams, aka, Rita M. Chang, 35 Hummingbird Drive, Jim Thorpe, seeking $5,389.95.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sentenced

Kori Wronski, New Boston, Mahanoy Township, entered guilty pleas to charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct as filed by Mahanoy City police. On the charge of criminal mischief was placed on probation for 12 months by Judge John E. Domalakes and ordered to perform 10 hours of community, pay a $50 monthly supervision fee and make restitution of $2,300 to Jennifer Dombrosky. On a charge of disorderly conduct was fined $100 and pay all costs of prosecution.

Rule contract breached

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sentenced

Joshua Emmanuel Kaylor, 19, Shenandoah, was sentenced by Judge Jacquelyn Russell on a charge of simple assault on Harold Creasy, of Shenandoah, to serve two to 21 months less one day in the county prison, provide 40 hours of community service, pay court costs and make restitution of $190.27 to High Mark Blue Shield and $2,503.56 to Center for Medicare and Medicard Service. He also must have no contact with the victim. On a charge of harassment he was sentenced to serve and additonal 30 to 90 days and when released on probation to pay a $50 monthly supervision fee.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Gaston Realty, Inc., to Donald E. Fahringer, 1273 Mahoning Mountain Road, Lehighton, Lot 3, Sunrise Terrace Estates, $23,500.

East Side Borough

Jean Maranuk to Sharon Mrozinski, P.O. Box 84, White Haven, parcel No. 89-10-B3.09, $5,000.

Franklin Township

Julia K. Ruby to Julia K. Ruby, 855 Walnut St., Lehighton, Lot 4, Ruby and Rubin Boundary Line Adjustment, $1.

Kidder Township

Robert Haeseker to Joseph Sellare, Inc., P.O. Box 1564, Albrightsville, Holiday Poconos Lot 186, Section D, $1.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Scott R. Inhoffer to Scott R. Inhoffer, 101 N. Lake Drive, P.O. Box 248, Lake Harmony, two transactions, parcel No. 99-8-B12.05 and Lot 38, Penns Mountain Estates, $1 each.

Franklin Township

Dennis C. Baxter to Anthony J. Sube, 1710 Green St., Lehighotn, property at 1710 Green St., $242,450.

Jim Thorpe

Tara Sommerfield to Vincent Paul Smith, Catasauqua, Lot 15, Spruce Hollow Acres, $20,500.

Kidder Township

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mortgage foreclosures

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

The Jim Thorpe National Bank, 12 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, filed an action against Lou Ann Hawk, as heir to William D. Hawk, deceased, 107 E. Penn St., Lehighton, over property at that address. Sought is $37,125.39 and continuing interest.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Property transfers

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

Fannie Mae, also known as Federal National Mortgage Association, to Mark J. and Palma A. Croshko, property at 270 First St., Coaldale, $9,500.

Robert C. and Eleanor H. Issenmoyer to Robert C. and Jayne L. Dieruff, lot on north side of Great Oaks Drive, Tall Oaks Section, Lake Hauto, Rush Township, $1 (full consideration $275,000).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

File for divorce

Daniel M. Ambruch filed suit for divorce from Sharon L. Ambruch, both of 7 Wood Road, Zions Grove. They were married Nov. 3, 2001.

Tammy L. Kromer, 109 All Kings Drive, New Ringgold, started a divorce action against Mark J. Kromer, 677 Spruce Drive, New Ringgold. They were married April 21, 2007.

Helen Marie Homolovich, 22 E. High St., Coaldale, filed suit for divorce from Robert Austin Homolovich, 234 E. High St., Coaldale. They were married Nov. 20, 1999.

Granted divorce