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Carbon County Court news

Published April 06. 2018 12:56PM

Deeds recorded

Penn Forest Township

Jennifer S. McDonough to Stephen F. Stefanide, Landenberg, property at 127 N. Shore Drive, Albrightsville, $60,000.

John W. Neville to Soldi Brothers LLC, 1404 Route 903, Jim Thorpe, property at 21 Sioux Circle, Albrightsville, $1.

Whitney Elizabeth McVicker to Shareeq Elkerson, 19 Hiawatha Trail, F-1, Albrightsville, property at 19 Hiawatha Trail, $148,400.

Louisa I. Kissoon to Robert James Ferguson, P.O. Box 298, Albrightsville, property at 352 Parker Trail, Albrightsville, $135,000.

M&B Contractors Inc. to Rebecca E. Catanzaro, Staten Island, New York, property at 10 Lovelace Road, Albrightsville, $175,000.

U.S. Bank N.A. to Frank Viscardi, Saylorsburg, property at 604 Mansi Drive, Albrightsville, $49,000.

Gerard J. Kniele to Robert J. Castiglia, Marlton, New Jersey, Lot 1330, Section III, Towamensing Trails, $97,000.

Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB, to Emily Enderes, 58 Oak Ridge Drive, Albrightsville, property at 58 Oak Ridge Drive, $178,000.

Prothonotary’s report

A total of 256 cases were started in March in the office of Carbon County Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens, according to a monthly statistical report released by the officeholder.

A breakdown of cases is as follows: Civil actions, 28; custody complaints, 16; complaints to modify custody, 14; district justice appeals, 2; declaratory judgment, 1; divorce complaints, 19; complaint in ejectment, 1; license appeals, 3; mandamus action, 1; mortgage foreclosure complaints, 12; complaint in partition, 1; protection from abuse petitions, 30; protection from abuse petitions against sexually violent individuals, 2; quiet title actions, 5; judgments, 85; miscellaneous cases, 2; paternity suit, 1; stipulations/waivers of liens, 2; and writs of executions, 31.

The office also processed 166 applications for U.S. passports and provided assistance to the public with 44 applications for passport renewals.

Behrens’ financial report for March shows $35,255.09 was generated as follows: prothonotary’s fees, $28,428.74; interest income, $2.49; custody/divorce fees, $3,140; PFA surcharge, sheriff; $25; PFA surcharge, courts, $25; data processing fees, $3,528.86; stenographer fees; $105; and remote access fees, $2,100.

The prothonotary also remitted $4,372.45 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, representing state fees collected locally, and $76.80 to the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts, this being surcharges on new custody cases in accordance with Act 119 of 1996. Another $944.66 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 213 deeds, 141 mortgages and 302 other writs during the month of March.

As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $25,119.21. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $19,441; data processing fees, $1,951.26; notaries, $70; commission on transfers and writs, $2,719.15; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $937.80.

McCall remitted $328 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 $135,360.63, the same amount that was forwarded to the state in realty transfer taxes.

McCall deposited $1,953 in the Recorder of Deeds Record Improvement Fund and $1,302 in the Carbon County Records Improvement Fund, these being fees assessed by state law on each transaction for records management needs. An additional $23,586.50 was collected and remitted to the state for its Judicial Computer System program.

Also, $5,314.20 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 $328,324.17.

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