Judge says six of Curran's claims 'frivilous;' custody request still pending
SUNBURY - Six petitions filed by convicted killer Richard C. Curran in search of earnings statements and waivers for late income tax filings were dismissed Wednesday by a Northumberland County judge.
The custody petition he filed seeking monthly visits from his daughters, however, remains pending. A domestic relations hearing officer, Marsha Skoff, recused herself from the case, as did President Judge William H. Wiest.
Judge Charles H. Saylor took on the other petitions filed by Curran, calling them "frivolous" in each of the six separate dismissals issued. However, it's not clear if he will also take on the custody petition. A Sept. 8 mediation conference on the matter was not listed on his schedule, his law clerk said Thursday.
Skoff said the county court could appoint another domestic relations hearing officer in the event Saylor does not take on the custody case.
On Aug. 24, 2005, Curran shot and killed his ex-wife Tina S. Curran on
a loading dock outside the formerly named Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where she worked as a nurse. He was convicted of first-degree murder on June 19, 2008, and sentenced to life in prison. He is currently incarcerated at SCI-Albion, Erie County.
Bonnie K. Smith, of Mount Carmel, was awarded custody of her grandchildren on Sept. 16, 2005. The girls are now 16 and 12. Curran is seeking partial custody in the form of monthly visits from his daughters to the state prison.
The petition for partial custody is one of seven legal filings Curran made last month in Northumberland County Court. Included is a request for the return of $2,626.12 cash and other items seized by police after his apprehension at the Canadian border in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Curran had also asked the court to force four past employers along with Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation and the Department of Revenue to turn over earnings statements from 2004 and 2005 and waive late filings.
He can't seek the return of property or fiscal information through petitions, Saylor's law clerk said. Instead, he can file civil complaints seeking the information, which must then be formally served to potential defendants.