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Carbon County court news

Published July 15. 2010 05:00PM

Deeds recorded

Franklin Township

Jeffrey Greham to Daniel R. Graham, 455 Acorn Drive, Lehighton, property at 77 Saw Mill Run Drive, $1.

RHouse 516, LLC, to David E. Strohl II, 51 Hawk Road, Palmerton, property at 51 Hawn Road, $138,000.

Jim Thorpe

Alice E. Juracka to Klaudia A. Perlinski, 316 North St., Jim Thorpe, property at 316 North St., $68,500.

Kidder Township

David Caddick to Holiday Pocono Civic Association, A-99 Holiday Drive, Albrightsville, Holiday Poconos Lot 405, Section B, $7,073.50.


Alfred A. Cimerol Sr. to Alfred A. Cimerol Sr., 160 Gilberts Hill Road, Lehighton, property at 14 E. Snyder Ave., $1.

Mahoning Township

Warren Reichard to Edward Kravetz, 279 Thomas Jefferson Road, Lehighton, property at 1621 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive East, $145,000.

Packer Township

Niles L. Grover to Thomas Figas, 671 E. Second St., Weatherly, parcel No. 112-45-A26, $33,000.

Penn Forest Township

Gregory Hartman to Michele Hartman, 61 White Pine Road, Jim Thorpe, property at 61 White Pine Road, $1.

Citimortgage, Inc., to Aynura Szunusova, 70 Laurelwoods Circle, Albrightsville, Lot 6, Laurel Woods, $55,000.

Prothonotary's report

A total of 387 cases were started in June 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:

Civil actions, 77; custody complaints, 32; district justice appeals, 4; divorce complaints, 17; ejectments, 4; license appeal,1; mortgage foreclosure complaints, 41; protection from abuse petitions, 46; replevin complaint, 1; auditor/financial report, 1; judgments, 150; miscellaneous cases, 2; and stipulations/waivers of liens, 11. The office staff also received and processed 136 applications for U.S. Passports.

Behrens' financial report shows that $40,734.33 was generated as follows: prothonotary's fees, $34,113.80; interest income, $16.03; PFA Surcharge, courts, $25; PFA Surcharge, Sheriff; $25; custody fees, $800; and data processing charges, $5,754.50.

The prothonotary also remitted $4,975.03 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, representing state fees collected locally, and $95.20 to the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts, this being surcharges on new custody cases in accordance with Act 119 of 1996. Another $1,605.67 was deposited in the Prothonotary's Automation Fund for future use in automating the office.

Revenue from deeds

Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 233 deeds, 264 mortgages and 446 other writs during the month of June.

As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $33,032.20. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $26,602.50; data processing fees, $2,412; notaries, $100; commission on transfers and writs, $2,778.60; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $1,139.10.

McCall remitted $471.50 in state writ taxes to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, while Carbon County municipalities and school districts shared realty transfer tax disbursements totaling $138,071.70, the same amount that was forwarded to the state in realty transfer taxes.

McCall deposited $2,817 in the Recorder of Deeds Record Improvement Fund and $1,878 in the Carbon County Records Improvement Fund, these being fees assessed by state law on each transaction for records management needs. An additional $20,445 was collected and remitted to the state for its Judicial Computer System program.

Also, $6,454.90 was collected last month for the Affordable Housing Program in Carbon County.

In all, funds collected in the Recorder's office last month amounted to $341,242.

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