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Carbon county court news

Published February 23. 2013 09:02AM

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, Mechanicsburg, filed against Daniel Heffelfinger, 473 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, seeking $4,700.19.

Main Street Acquisition Corp., Norcross, Ga., filed three actions as follows: Jane L. Leslie, 72 Leisure Lane, Apt. 404, Jim Thorpe, seeking $3,306.85; Frances Barnafevitch, Box 158, Beaver Meadows, seeking $3,975.84; and Greg Lazorick, 30 E. Fourth St., Jim Thorpe, seeking $3,466.20.

FIA Card Services, Scranton, filed two actions as follows: Norma E. Connolly, 166 Cold Spring Drive, Jim Thorpe, seeking $2,553.43; and Shontae T. Booker Sr., 231 Sunlight Drive, Cresco, seeking $10,143.69.

Discover Bank, New Castle, Del., filed against Charles A. Zimmerman, 376 Main Rd., Lehighton, seeking $9,148.20.

Divorces started

Matthew Souders, 10 W. High St., Coaldale, filed against Heather Souders, 409 Lansford Court, Lansford. They were married Dec. 31, 2007.

Pamela L. Hoats, 128 Fairyland Rd., Lehighton, filed against Edward C. Hoats, 332 N. Fourth St., Lehighton. They were married Nov. 20, 1965.

Frank Tworkowsky, 96 Indian Trail Drive, Jim Thorpe, filed against Denise Tworkowsky, 100 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah. They were married Aug. 13, 2011.

Joan Susan Kloss, 112 North Shore Drive, Albrightsville, filed against Charles Vincent Kiernan Sr., 2448 Tacoma Drive, Blakeslee. They were married Jan. 12, 2013.

Seeks vehicle

Alley Financial Inc., 2740 Arthur St., Roseville, Minn., filed a civil complaint against George R. Andrew, 243 Franklin St., Weissport, and Timothy A. Andrew, 65 Vilno Circle, Lehighton.

The suit states the defendants purchased a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and have defaulted on the loan payments.

The plaintiff seeks possession of the vehicle, or in the alternative, payment of $23,961.29 plus interest, costs and fees.

Mortgage foreclosures

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

U.S. Bank National Association, c/o 323 Fifth St., Eureka, Calif., filed against Gregory A. and Audrena M. Person, 66 Kilmer Trail, Albrightsville, over property at that address. Sought is $186,846.02 plus continuing interest.

HSBC Bank USA, c/o 1661 Worthington Rd., West Palm Beach, Fla., filed against Christine R. and Harry W. Haller III, 211 Cold Spring Drive, Jim Thorpe, over property at that address. Sought is $95,324.44 and continuing interest.

Wells Fargo Bank, c/o 3476 Stateview Blvd., Fort Mill, S.C., filed against Karen L. Kuntzman, 264 1/2 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, over property at 284 Avenue A, Palmerton. Sought is $61,012.99 and continuing interest.

GMAC Mortgage, c/o 3451 Hammond Ave., Waterloo, Iowa, filed against Ashely M. Soldridge, 1047 Mauch Chunk Rd., Palmerton, over property at that address. Sought is $133,421.73 and continuing interest.

Deutsch Bank National Trust Co., c/o 1661 Worthington Rd., West Palm Beach, Fla., filed against Luz Soto, 208 Poplar Drive, Albrightsville, over property at that address. Sought is $110,027.33 and continuing interest.

Suit over death

Patricia Bortz, 607 W. Washington St., Slatington, individually and as administrator of the estate of Victor Bortz, deceased, has filed a civil action against Tuthill Corporation, 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton, over the death of Victor Bortz.

The suit states at times relevant Victor Bortz was employed by Linvengood Excavators Inc. for paving and excavating services. The defendant hired the firm to assist in grading operations on the slopes of its ski area.

On Sept. 21, 2011, Bortz was involved in grading operations using a Volvo A30c articulating hauler to transport 17 tons loads of soil from the leading area to the area that the defendant was grading.

The suit states further that Bortz had to drive the hauler up a steep temporary haul road that was installed by the defendant. During one of those trips up the road suddenly Bortz lost control of the hauler.

The hauler backed down the road, traversed a crossover, traveled across a row of shrubs, subsequently tumbled down an embankment and struck a large ski lift tower.

Bortz was ejected from the hauler and came to rest under the right front wheel of the cab, the suit states. Bortz was pronounced dead at the scene, the suit adds.

Negligence for the death is alleged in the two count suit which seeks damages in excess of "an amount which exceeds the arbitration limit" of Carbon County.

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