SHAMOKIN — A correctional officer at Northumberland County Jail who allegedly fled the prison Monday as an investigation into possible drug violations was taking place was arraigned on $20,000 unsecured bail Thursday morning after turning herself in.
Holly N. Olvany, 48, of Spruce Road, Sunbury, was escorted to the office of Magisterial Judge John Gembic by Northumberland County Detective Degg Stark and a member of the Northumberland County Sheriff's Department.
Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz recommended cash bail for Olvany, stating her failure to comply with alleged requests to remain at the prison during Monday's investigation. He asked for cash bail to assure her appearance at later court dates and additionally requested bail supervision.
Her attorney, Michael Rudinski, of Williamsport, told Gembic the charges filed against Olvany were only misdemeanors, giving her no cause to run. He requested unsecured bail, stating Olvany has a disabled child at home who requires her care.
To further emphasize his client isn't a flight risk, Rudinski said his client appeared at every court appearance after charges for allegedly delivering marijuana to a county inmate at the former prison in Sunbury were filed against her in 2014. Olvany was acquitted at a trial in September 2005.
He also noted Olvany turned herself into the sheriff's department Thursday morning.
Gembic arraigned her on unsupervised bail, but attached bail supervision at the request of Matulewicz.
Olvany is accused to getting into her vehicle and leaving the prison on Monday after realizing she was the focus of a police investigation into an unidentified substance found in a locker by Watsontown Patrolman Tim Kiefaber, a certified drug K-9 officer, and his K-9, Mariska.
The criminal complaint said prior to her fleeing, Olvany told Stark the small vial of clear liquid found in her locker was a crystallized urine sample that was going to be delivered to her daughter's doctor later in the day.
Degg told Deputy Warden Jim Smink to attempt to stop the vehicle Olvany was driving, but she was able to elude police. Authorities said it is clear on video footage that Olvany placed people standing near her vehicle at risk of being seriously injured.
Olvany was charged with misdemeanors of recklessly endangering another person, obstructing administration of the law and disorderly conduct, and summaries of reckless driving and careless driving. She has not been charged in relation to the drug investigation.