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Transcripts of judgment

TD Bank, U.S.A., N.A., Philadelphia, has placed on record a transcript of judgment in its favor against Lucas French, 216 Avenue A, Palmerton.

The judgment in the amount of $1,301.22 was ordered by Magisterial District Judge William J. Kissner of Palmerton on July 12, 2021.

TD Bank also recorded a judgment is won against Nicole B. Stevens, 94 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Judge Kissner ruled in the bank’s favor on March 31, 2022, in the amount of $2,672.09.

Discover Bank, Philadelphia, has filed a transcript of judgment in its favor against Dr. Lisa Bleicher, 716 North St., Jim Thorpe.

The judgment in the amount of $11,051.46 was ordered by magisterial District Judge Eric M. Schrantz of Jim Thorpe on June 22, 2020.

Mortgage foreclosure

CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC, Lake Zurich, Illinois, has filed a mortgage foreclosure complaint against Miranda Lee Bellis, 124 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, over a property at that address.

Sought is judgment in the amount of $158,418.72, plus attorney’s fees and expenses.

Suits over slip and fall

Thomas W. Peto Jr., 217 E. Ridge St., Lansford, is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for damages he allegedly sustained in a slip and fall incident that happened on Jan. 18, 2021 on property of the defendants, James H. and Mary A. Sullivan, 24 Tamarack Trail, Albrightsville.

The plaintiff states he was a service technician with Pencor Services, Inc., at the time of the incident, when he reported to the defendant’s home to run a new telephone line at the property.

Peto states in the complaint he slipped and fell on a piece of plexiglass the defendant left laying on the property between the driveway and the exterior telephone panel.

Charging negligence and carelessness on the part of the defendants, the plaintiff states he sustained serious injuries due to the incident.

Emilia Calkins, 2 E. Fell St., Summit Hill, is also seeking damages in excess of $50,000 following slip and fall incident on March 2, 2022. The defendant is McDonald’s, doing business as Pany Enterprises, L.P., 1257 Blakeslee Boulevard, Lehighton.

The plaintiff alleges she was walking to the ladies’ room in the restaurant on the above date when she slipped on a liquid that was leaking from a trash receptacle that an employee was emptying and fell to the ground.

Calkins contends she sustained serious and permanent injuries that caused her to incur ongoing medical treatment, loss of work and persistent pain and limitations.

Municipal liens

The Borough of Lansford, with offices at 1 W. Ridge St., has filed three municipal liens against property owners it contends are in default of payment for trash collection services. The defendants are:

Bruce Romig, property at 238 W. Abbott St., $504.61 for the years 2019-2020; Dean Strohl, property at 217 E. Patterson St., $777.61 for the years 2019-2020; and Christine Bittner, property at 327 W. Water St., $1,127.61 for 2018-2020.

The Township of Packer has filed seven municipal liens against property owners it contends are in default of payment for sanitation fees. The defendants are:

Diane C. and Laurence N. Fisher, property at 1297 Quakake Road, $2,498.90; Francis W. and Gladys Brown, property at 1068 Brenkman Drive, $943.80; Brian J. Coxe, property at 1207 Packer Drive, $1,151.60; David K. and Sherry R. Mehlig, property at 212 Tower Road, $3,111.80; Todd and Nancy Phillips, property at 405 Bark Hollow Road, $888.65; William J. Wilkinson, property at 2318 Hudson Drive, $2,717; and William J. Jr. and Judith M. Wilkinson, property at 2296 Hudson Drive, $2,717.

The Township of Mahoning has filed a municipal lien against Patricia L. Snyder, 113 Jamestown Drive, Weatherly, for non-payment of sewer fees. The lien is in the amount of $7,891.74 and is owed for property at 113-115 Jamestown Drive for periods from 2016 through 2021.

Borough, business among defendants

The Borough of Jim Thorpe and Failte, Inc., trading and doing business as the Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub, 5 Hazard Square, Jim Thorpe, are defendants in a lawsuit filed by Jane Ann M. and Ammon D. Hontz, 131 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. Third defendant is Stanley McFarland, 46 Broadway, Apt. 2, Jim Thorpe.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $50,000 on three different counts of negligence and carelessness against each of the defendants.

The complaint states on May 5, 2022, Mrs. Hontz was a customer who exited the pub when her right foot struck the base of a kiosk sign post that was left in the ground after a motor vehicle incident two days prior.

The base was left there on May 3 after a vehicle driven by McFarland rolled onto the sidewalk and collided with the post, separating it from the base.

The complaint states Mrs. Hontz fell to the ground and suffered permanent damage to her two top front teeth that caused her to undergo continuing medical treatment.

It alleged she suffered serious and permanent disfigurement, embarrassment and humiliation and that her husband has been has been deprived of the consortium, comfort, society, companionship, services and assistance of his wife.

Negligence is alleged

A five-count complaint has been filed by Kenneth H. Cathcart, 241 Center Ave., Second Floor, Jim Thorpe, against the Credit Acceptance Corporation, Southfield, Michigan, and Tip Towing and Recovery, LLC, Allentown, alleging they incorrectly repossessed a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche owned by the plaintiff that was free and clear of any lies and encumbrances.

Cathcart charges the defendants with violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act and the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, Conversion/Trespass as to Chattels, Negligence and Negligent Infliction or Emotional Distress.

The complaint states Tip Towing incorrectly seized the vehicle on Dec. 26, 2021, on instruction of the Credit Acceptance Corporation.

Quiet title actions

Lot 683 Towamensing Trails Trust, Hatboro, has filed an action in quiet title against Harley Homes of PA, Inc., East Quogue, New York, Skag Holding Corporation, Carlsbad, California, and Deuces, Inc., Lindehurst, New York.

The plaintiff states it became owner of Lot 683 in the development by virtue of a Carbon County Tax Claim Bureau repository sale. The lot was previously owned by Harley Homes with the other two defendants holding mortgages on the property.

The plaintiff contends it is the rightful owner of the lot and asks the court to enter an order barring the defendants from any right, lien, title or interest to the property.

Leonard II and Laurie J. Germino, Albrightsville, have filed an action in quiet title against Towamensing Trails Development, Inc, East Quogue, New York, Pat Noto, Bay Shore, New York, and Harry L. Sowell, Brick, New Jersey.

The plaintiffs state they became the owners of Lot 789 in Towamensing Trails by virtue of a Carbon County Tax Claim Bureau sale held in 2008. The lot was previously owned by Towamensing Trails Development with the other two defendants holding mortgages on the property.

The plaintiff contends it is the rightful owner of the lot and asks the court to enter an order barring the defendants from any right, lien, title or interest to the property.

Unfair trade alleged

Christine A. Raines, 22 Wetzel Road, Jim Thorpe, has filed a civil action against the Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie, and Andrew Waxman, Mechanicsburg, following a motor vehicle accident in Penn Forest Township.

The complaint states Raines was operating a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Nov. 22, 2019, on Rt. 903, approaching the intersection with the Maury Road, when a vehicle operated by Craig S. DeLong, traveling south on Rt. 903, turned onto the Maury Road directly in front of the Raines vehicle, causing a collision in which Raines suffered severe injuries.

The complaint claims Raines brought action against DeLong’s insurance company, Allstate, which tendered the full limits of DeLong’s policy, $100,000, however, Raines sought assistance from her insurer, Erie, under an uninsured motorists claim because the payoff was insufficient to make Raines whole.

The plaintiff claims Erie and Waxman, and employee of Erie, repeatedly responded that the claim was under advisement, contending the insurer breached the contract and participated in unfair trade practices under the Consumer Protection Act against Raines.