News in brief
Sales tax revenue edges up
MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County’s sales tax revenues have increased somewhat from the last couple of years, though have still not recovered to 2008 levels, according to Sullivan County Treasurer Ira Cohen.
The county has received sales tax payments from the state of about $8.32 million so far this year, compared to payments of $8.26 million received in 2009 and $7.96 million last year. Payments for the equivalent period in 2008 were $8.98 million.
North Branch church reopens
NORTH BRANCH, NY — Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Branch, which was forced to close by the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America due to rising debt and falling membership last year, has been reinstated.
The Synod voted last week to reinstate the church at its assembly following an appeal to the body by the president of the North Branch church, Meta Sorge. Sorge’s parents were the first couple to be wed in the 75-year-old church.
Keesler likely winner in Damascus
DAMASCUS, PA — Dolores Keesler will probably be on the ballot this year as a Democratic candidate for supervisor in Damascus Township. Keesler, who was removed from her seat as the township representative on the Upper Delaware Council, received a combined total of about 97 write-in votes at polling on May 17 in the two polling places.
Township supervisor Joe Canfield, a Republican, received about 35 write-ins on the Democratic ballot. The final write-in totals won’t be released until May 28, after officials have a chance to go over the votes to ensure that they were correctly tallied.
Keesler said she also received about 82 write-in votes on the Republican ballot.
Most-wanted man nabbed in Sullivan
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, NY — Kerry Costello, 45, was arrested by state and federal officers at a house in White Sulphur Springs on Thursday, May 19. Costello is on Massachusetts’ most-wanted list for six armed robberies and an incident in which he rammed his car into a police car in order to escape.
Costello was at the residence of a relative at the time of his arrest by the state police’s Violent Felony Warrant Squad, U.S. marshalls and state police investigators from the Liberty barracks. He is being held in Sullivan County Jail pending extradition to Massachusetts.