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North'd Co. schools allocated more than $24M in federal funding

HARRISBURG — Shamokin Area School District is slated to receive $6,197,669 in federal relief funds to help Pre-K to 12 schools return students to classroom learning and equitably expand opportunity for students who need it most, according to a press release from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office.

In addition to Shamokin, Northumberland County allocations are; Southern Columbia ($1,594,392), Mount Carmel ($3,943,160), Line Mountain ($2,598,755); Shikellamy ($6,486,139), Warrior Run ($3,537,352).

The funding is part of a nearly $5 billion program through the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund, which passed through Congress and was signed by President Joe Biden.

“All schools have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and I commend school communities for rising to the challenge to combat the toll it has taken,” Wolf said. “This extra funding is critical to help schools meet the unique needs of educating students at this time while keeping school buildings safe when students return to the classroom.”

Twenty percent of money allocated to schools must be used to address learning loss and the social, emotional and academic needs of underrepresented students, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness and children in foster care, according to the press release.

Money must be used by September 2024, and schools must apply through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to obtain the allocated funds.

According to the state’s press release, applications on the PDE website will be posted withins the coming days.


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County judicial sale: List of properties sold, buyers and prices

SUNBURY — Northumberland County held its annual judicial sale Friday and broke a record with the sale of more than 100 properties for $722,000.

Janel Barwick, director of the county tax claim bureau that conducts the sale, reported 111 of 152 properties were sold for a total of $722,460.31 in bids. There were 180 registered bidders.

The money generated from the sale is divided between the county, school district and municipality where the properties are located.

Barwick said, “This was our largest judicial sale in the 11 years that I have been with the tax claim department.”

Below is a list of all properties sold, purchasers and winning bid amount.

Kulpmont Borough

1136 Scott St., owned by Francis and Janet Romanelli, sold to Autumn Bell, $14,500.

615 Chestnut St., owned by ETC Cassidy, sold to Raju Pablani, $7,800.

Marion Heights Borough

141 W. North St., owned by David P. & Krystal Klinger, sold to John A. Matejick, $5,100.

249 North St., owned by Gerardo Ponce, sold to Alejandro Veras Inoa, $3,000.

Mount Carmel Borough

515 W. Avenue, owned by Kristopher Stokes, sold to Raymond Abboud, $9,800.

440 W. Avenue, owned by Michael F. Freeman, sold to Margie Mejia, $8,100.

305 W. Second St., owned by Stephanie Knorr/Ryan Winkler, sold to Raymond Abboud, $9,000.

114 N. Beech St., owned by Julian M. Ross, sold to Rosario Solis, $4,500.

220 N. Vine St., owned by Paul Yucha, sold to Raju Pablani, $7,000.

120 N. Maple St., owned by Brock Bridy, sold to Cesar J. Nunez Sosa, $5,600.

51 N. Hickory St., owned by SITU Realty LLC, sold to Jose Ariel A. Perez Martinez, $7,800.

226 E. Avenue, owned by O’Neil Amir Bahadur, sold to Jesse Storm, $2,900.

435 E. Avenue, owned by Gloria Schwiezer, sold to Scott R. Wesner, $9,500.

414 E. Avenue, owned by Thomas J. Lynott, sold to Raymond Abboud, $13,000.

227 N. Locust St., owned by Laurie M. & Shawn Hartman, sold to Daniel Derck, $2,541.32

25-27 S. Oak St., owned by Joseph Thompson, sold to Jose Ariel A. Perez Martinez, $16,000.

109-111 S. Oak St., owned by Delaware Investors Trust, sold to Margie Mejia, $15,000.

31-35 E. Fifth St., owned by William J. Schultz, sold to Raymond Abboud, $12,000.

132 S. Hickory St., owned by Carmella A. Makowski, sold to Margaret Mushoperi, $3,200.

224 E. Fifth St., owned by Victor J. Jr. & Shirley Radzewicz, sold to Edwin Dejesus, $3,081.12.

33 S. Walnut St., owned by Norman Prinsloo, sold to Margie Mejia, $5,000.

37 S. Locust St., owned by Stan Sagal, unsold

121 S. Almond St., owned by John and Linda Yuskoski, sold to Edwin Dejesus, $4,000.

220 E. Seventh St., owned by Gregory M. Calkins, sold to Margie Mejia, $4,600.

413 S. Hickory St., owned by Juanita S. Bulliner, sold to Jason T. Smith, $3,600.

441-443 E. Seventh St., owne d by Ronald Jr. & Trishia Husted, sold to Margie Mejia, $5,900.

329 W. Fig St., owned by Sheryl A. Sabol, sold to Tyler Perez, $7,300.

246 S. Poplar St., owned by Roger S. Ayissi, sold to Paula Bailey, $3,500.

41-43 S. Poplar St., owned by DKH Ministries DKH Trust, sold to Tyler Schmidt, $4,000.

17 W. Seventh St., owned by Robert M. Ficca, sold to Daniel Abreu Dipre, $3,600.

234-236 W. Sixth St., owned by Usama Abu Zakhaia, sold to Margaret Mushoperi, $2,200.

Mount Carmel Township

174 Main St., leased by David & Sandra Bailey, unsold

149 E. Saylor St., owned by Jaia LLC, sold to Weston Milligan, $2,600.

153 E. Saylor St., owned by John Browning & Kathleen McNamara, sold to Margaret Mushoperi, $2,800.

155 E. Saylor St., owned by John Browning & Kathleen McNamara, sold to Tyler Perez, $3,300.

329 E. Saylor St., owned by John D. Simchock, sold to Thomas Ponento, $2,200.

219 W. Saylor St., owned by Raymond E. & Susan Keiter, sold to Lamar Rozier, $5,300.

Coal Township

8678 State Route 61, owned by Shamokin Property Group LLC, unsold

60x100 lot on N. Hess St., owned by Elsie & David A. Grosz, unsold

30x118 lot on Main St., owned by Vanesa Lehman, unsold

127 Main St., owned by Vanesa Lehman, sold to Weston Milligan, $2,100.

93x103 lot owned by Michael A. Barone, sold to Joshua Zeigler, $1,164.

1040 W. Lynn St., owned by Northeast Apartments LLC, sold to Lamar Rozier, $1,608.93

1221 Chemung St., owned by Joseph A. Murphy, sold to Alex Barak, $4,700.

1202 Tioga St., owned by Jason Nahodil, sold to Lamar Rozier, $2,500.

1200 Tioga St., owned by Jason Nahodil, sold to Paula Bailey, $2,512.79.

1202 Chemung St., owned by Veronica L. Leisenring, sold to Raymond Abboud, $6,200.

1234 Chemung St., owned by George Atiyeh, sold to Jesse Storm, $2,700.

12.5x77.5 lot on S. Owl St., owned by Good Faith Ministries, unsold

15x50 lot on S. Owl St., owned by Good Faith Ministries, unsold

833 W. Spruce St., owned by Marion A. & Carol A. Valanoski, sold to Francis Mejia, $7,500.

35 S. Poplar St., owned by Freddie & Elisabeth D. Hummel, sold to Francis Mejia, $8,500.

108 S. First St., owned by Jamie A. Ruckle, sold to Raymond Abboud, $1,069.72.

25x150 lot on Pine St., owned by Troika Realty Holdings LLC, unsold.

842 W. Pine St., owned by Kelly M. Wilson & Shawn F. Hartman, sold to Raymond Abboud, $15,500.

835 W. Mulberry St., owned by Lauren McGoldrick, sold to Raymond Abboud, $15,500.

860-862 W. Holly St., owned by Laura Hodle & Harun Arslan, sold to Christina Jones, $6,600.

504 S. Vine St., owned by Wilbur & Grace Zigner, sold to Jesse Storm, $4,183.20.

1571 Hemlock St., owned by Peter L. Poploski, unsold.

1535 Wabash St., owned by Church of Jesus Christ Richard The Lion Heart Nights Templar, unsold.

1533 Wabash St., owned by Joseph S. Ramer, unsold.

1445 W. Montgomery St., owned by Joseph M. Delorso, sold to Andrew R. Miller, $37,000.

1422 W. Holly St., owned by Eleonora Reid, sold to Alex Barak, $7,000.

1523 W. Wood St., owned by Thomas J. Wilke, sold to Raymond Abboud, $1,700.12.

1519 W. Wood St., owned by Opimus Stategies LLC, sold to Rosario Solis, $1,454.96.

1309 W. Spruce St., owned by Lawrence J. & Carol A. McGinn, sold to Raymond Abboud, $8,000.

1431 W. Independence St., owned by Grazia Piverger, unsold.

1245 W. Walnut St., owned by Stacy S. Snyder, sold to Inez C. Williams, $4,900.

1247 W. Walnut St., owned by Troy Walker, sold to Lamar Rozier, $2,400.

1304 W. Walnut St., owned by New Heights South LLC, sold to Teresa M. Brunnelson, $2,800.

15x95 lot on Eagle Avenue, owned by Benjamin R. Holtzapple & Natasha Drost, unsold.

City of Shamokin

142 E. Lincoln St., owned by Michael Robinson, unsold.

29x45 lot on E. Lincoln St., owned by Michael Robinson, sold to Kolya Kramarenko, $1,358.55

105 N. Marshall St., owned by Eric Greenemeier, sold to Shakina Meredith, $1,969.74.

23-25 S. Gold St., owned by Aleah M. Thompson, unsold.

15 N. Grant St., owned by William P. Gheen Jr., sold to Sneha Pablani, $7,100.

17 N. Grant St., owned by Ronald Herb, sold to Robert V. Franklin, $5,200.

26 N. Marshall St., owned by Malcolm & Timothy Derk, sold to Inez Williams, $5,400.

128 Birch St., owned by Christopher Mull, sold to Weston Milligan, $4,100.

149 N. Grant St., owned by Mark Benja, sold to Alejandro Veras Inoa, $4,500.

169 N. Grant St., owned by Haven D. & Carol A. Whary, sold to Alex Barak, $7,000.

331 N. Pearl St., owned by John Kucharik, unsold.

925 E. Webster St., owned by Veronica M. Buckley, sold to Weston Milligan, $1,777.54.

913 E. Clay St., owned by Roger Stanislas Ayissi, unsold.

230 W. Walnut St., owned by Richard T. Zigner Sr. & Beth Petrovich, sold to Cesar J. Nunez Sosa, $4,300.

19 E. Church St., owned by Nancy J. & Irvin L. Heim, sold to Jesse Storm, $2,400.

27 N. Seventh St., owned by IBN Islam & Brandy Little, sold to Lamar Rozier, $2,097.13.

15 N. Seventh St., owned by Factotum Resources LLC, unsold.

47 N. Market St., owned by James F. Dunn, sold to Lamar Rozier, $1,622.76.

117-119 S. Market St., owned by Acorn Estates LLC, sold to Hugo Suquilanda, $7,600.

203 S. Seventh St., owned by DTC FL Investing LLC, sold to Weston Milligan, $2,027.04.

8 S. Eighth St., owned by Carolle Letang, sold to Weston Milligan, $2,000.

423 S. Coal St., owned by Glenn L. Donovan, unsold.

421 S. Coal St., owned by Francis B. Donovan Jr., unsold.

319 S. Market St., owned by Tracey Abronski, unsold.

329 S. Diamond St., owned by Robert F. & Gayle Weimer, sold to Inez Williams, $7,000.

549 S. Seventh St., owned by Myrlange Orleans, sold to Christina Jones, $1,517.46.

Four lots on Bear Valley Avenue, owned by Good Faith Ministries, unsold.

30-32 N. Rock St., owned by Rosalie R. Kralik, sold to Rosario Solis, $2,693.53.

28 N. Rock St., owned by Jessica A. & Russell W. Jr. Deimler, sold to Paula Bailey, $2,600.

33 S. Shamokin St., owned by Michael E. Wolfe, sold to Sneha Pablani, $4,100.

54 S. Franklin St., owned by Dale L. Gates, sold to Sneha Pablani, $5,600.

42 S. Pearl St., owned by Robert J. Evert, sold to Sneha Pablani, $4,800.

330 S. Shamokin St., owned by Paxton Lee Weston, sold to Jesse Storm, $2,700.

432 S. Shamokin St., owned by Northeast Apartments LLC, sold to Hugo Suquilanda, $12,100.

133-135 S. Shamokin St., owned by William P. Gheen Jr., sold to Tony Getchey, $2,500.

114 S. Pearl St., owned by Five Star Trading Inc., unsold.

118 S. Pearl St., owned by Brookelynn Hamilton, unsold.

449 S. Vine St., owned by Sandra A. Hornberger, sold to James Houlihan, $4,200.

15 S. First St., owned by Shamokin Property Group LLC, unsold.

118 S. Second St., owned by Shamokin RE Holdings LLC, unsold.

25x75 lot on W. Spruce St., owned by Paul & Renee M. Healey, sold to Lisa Neidig, $1,166.12.

609-615 W. Mulberry St., owned by Esther Kolody, sold to Daniel Richardson, $2,000.

628 W. Mulberry St., owned by J Harper LLC, sold to Robert V. Franklin, $1,588.62.

610 W. State St., owned by Shamokin Property Group LLC, unsold.

339 S. Fifth St., owned by George E. Holman & Denise M. Long, unsold.

337 S. Fifth St., owned by George E. Holman & Denise M. Long, unsold.

333 S. Fifth St., owned by George E. Holman, unsold.

1010 N. Pearl St., owned by Ross E. & Diane K. Hein, sold to Jose Ariel A. Perez Martinez, $6,500.

1003 E. Dewart St., owned by Homestead Property Investments LLC, sold to Jesse Storm, $2,900.

719 E. Sunbury St., owned by Edith M. Brokenshire, unsold.

717 E. Sunbury St., owned by Shamokin Property Group LLC, unsold.

1006 E. Commerce St., owned by Adam Mundt, unsold.

1016 N. Washington St., owned by Daniel Fitzgerald, sold to Weston Milligan, $3,300.

1004 N. Orange St., owned by Glen A. Shurock Jr., unsold.

101 E. Sunbury St., owned by CKM Estates LLC, sold to Francis Mejia, $22,000.

828 N. Sixth St., owned by Geoffrey L. Mako, sold to Weston Milligan, $3,100.

227 W. Sunbury St., owned by Northeastern Valley Allied Entrepreneurs Housing LLC, sold to Brandin Schrum, $4,500.

Herndon Borough

210 Riverside Lane, owned by Derl H. & Dianne L. Knarr, sold to Chelsea Torgersen, $48,000.

Point Township

222 Witmer Drive, leased by Barry Straub, unsold.

Ralpho Township

.13 acres on Valley Avenue, owned by Joan M. Smith, sold to Marcy Carapezza, $2,475.56

Rockefeller Township

238 Kline Road, leased by Lisa D. Paul, sold to Mary Kovaschetz, $1,880.73.

City of Sunbury

444-446 Market St., owned by Mary & Antonia H. Varias, sold to Catharina Kurver, $11,000.

30x18 lot on Church St., owned by City of Sunbury, sold to Catharina Kurver, $1,084.14.

245-247 Penn St., owned by City of Sunbury, sold to Catharina Kurver, $3,300.

436-438 Race St., owned by George J. Falso, sold to Michael Kreamer, $31,000.

514-516 Market St., owned by Barone Realty LLC, sold to Catharina Kurver, $56,000.

West Chillisquaque Township

167 Ivy St., leased by Charles Smith, unsold.

124 Holly Circle, leased by Eric W. Hanford, unsold.

183 Beech Circle, leased by Tasha Clayton & Roger Ball, unsold.

252 Fern St., leased by Kiara Knarr & Travis Biddinger, unsold.

Zerbe Township

439 Trevorton Road, owned by Haven D. and Carol A. Whary Living Trust, sold to Raymond Abboud, $21,000.


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SASD to offer nationally-recognized Strengthening Families Program

COAL TOWNSHIP — The Shamokin Area School District will be offering families a chance to participate in the nationally-recognized Strengthening Families Program, which teaches parenting and youth skills to reduce risk factors that lead to substance abuse and depression.

The program for high-risk and general population families with children 10 to 14 years of age will take place at the Shamokin Area Middle/High School one night a week from 5:15 to 8 p.m. between April 27 to May 31.

Parents and children attend the weekly skills classes together to learn various skills. Families must complete five out of the seven sessions in order to complete the program.

Dr. Karol L. Kumpfer, a psychologist and University of Utah professor emeritus, developed the original program in 1982 on a National Institute of Drug Abuse grant for substance-abusing parents with children ages 6 to 11 years. The purpose of the grant was to discover what skills parents needed to keep their kids from using alcohol and drugs.

The program has been replicated by multiple agencies and is now taught in all 50 states and in more than 35 countries. It is recognized by multiple agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

According to the Shamokin Area School District, studies have shown that children who completed the program decreased drug use and had fewer conduct problems while parents increased skills in general child management and positive feelings toward their children.

During the program at Shamokin, families will be provided with a sit-down meal. They will then split into two separate groups for one-hour sessions to be facilitated by district staff. Parents and children then come together for a group family session lasting another hour.

Each week incentives will be awarded for participating, including Amazon gift cards, passes to Knoebles Amusement Resort, gift baskets, gas cards and a free weekend of camping at Nikomahs Campground.

For more information, call the school district or visit www.indians.k12.pa.us and click the resources tab at the top of the page.


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Geisinger partners with Acadia Healthcare to expand behavioral health services in central and northeastern Pa.

DANVILLE – Geisinger and Acadia Healthcare Co. have formed a joint venture to address the urgent need for expanded, high-quality inpatient behavioral health services in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

As part of the joint venture, two new freestanding inpatient behavioral health facilities will be constructed in Moosic and Danville with plans to serve adult and pediatric patients beginning in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

Geisinger, which serves more than 1 million people across 45 counties, has partnered with Acadia Healthcare, the nation’s largest stand-alone behavioral healthcare company, to establish these new 96-bed, 73,000-square-foot facilities.

Geisinger said it chose Acadia Healthcare as its partner based on their shared commitment to quality care, strong clinical outcomes and successful track record of collaborating with numerous premier health systems. Geisinger and Acadia will be investing a combined close to $80 million into these two facilities that together are expected to create approximately 200 new jobs by 2024.

“At Geisinger, we are setting out to make better health easier for the communities we serve,” said Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Geisinger’s president and chief executive officer. “This joint venture was a natural fit based on a shared commitment to identifying behavioral health needs in the community and partnering to bring world-class care close to home for everyone who needs it in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Both the Danville and Moosic locations are easily accessible from the entire central and northeastern Pennsylvania regions, and are near Geisinger hospitals in Danville, Scranton and Plains Township. Construction is scheduled to begin in Moosic in Fall 2021 and in Danville in 2022.

The partnership, Geisinger said, will provide an opportunity for it to consolidate inpatient behavioral health programs from Geisinger Medical Center, Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital and Geisinger Community Medical Center into these new facilities, which will allow an opportunity for these vacated units to be repurposed for additional capacity, including expanded private room availability.

“Acadia is proud to be partnering with a leading health system like Geisinger to provide these life-saving services to individuals and families throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania,” said Debbie Osteen, chief executive officer of Acadia Healthcare. “We look forward to collaborating with Geisinger to create these two state-of-the-art, patient-centered facilities that will provide hope and healing for those in need. The increased bed availability and freestanding structures will enable us to care for more patients who require these critical services and help meet the growing need for inpatient behavioral healthcare in these communities.”

A recently released 2020 Mental Health America Report estimates that 47 million Americans now struggle with mental health challenges, an increase of 4 million people since the 2018 report, which mirrors trends locally in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Upon completion, the two new inpatient behavioral health facilities will address current and future demand for adult, pediatric and adolescent patients who struggle with acute symptoms of mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder. This vast array of acute behavioral health services provides a level of care previously not seen in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, especially for children and adolescents.


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Seven-day average of new cases in county hovers around 16

HARRISBURG — The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Northumberland County hovers around 16, down from an all-time high of 90 in early January.

The first confirmed case in the county was reported on March 26, 2020. More than a year later, 8,524 residents have tested positive for the virus, including 45 new cases since Saturday, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Health.

SCI-Coal Township reported five inmates and nine employees with active cases. One inmate has died from COVID-19. Statewide, there were 111 inmates and 106 employees with active cases.

On Monday, there were 5,032 additional positive cases throughout the entire commonwealth, bringing the total to 1,020,300. The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 4,400 lower than it was at the peak on Dec. 25, according to the department.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 21 stood at 7.6%. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3; however, the moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

There were 34 new deaths linked to COVID-19, including one in Northumberland County.

Some 23,461 Northumberland County residents have received partial vaccinations while 16,419 residents are fully vaccinated. Statewide, vaccine providers have administered 5,043,676 vaccine doses.

According to the CDC, Pennsylvania is the 12th state in the country in terms of percentage of population which has received at least one dose.

Gov. Tom Wolf said the increasing rate of vaccinations was a reason behind lifting some of the restrictions on restaurants and increasing gathering limits.

Relaxing restrictions

Effective Sunday, restaurants may resume bar service, alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food, the curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted, and indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75% for those restaurants that are self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process.

Capacity for other businesses also will be increased, including moving personal services facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities to 75% occupancy.

The governor also revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 25% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size, and maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size.


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Judge orders attorney to turn over doctor's note in Olvany case

SUNBURY — On Tuesday afternoon, a senior judge ordered the attorney for suspended Northumberland County correctional officer Holly N. Olvany to turn over a doctor’s note within 10 days to the district attorney’s office that can be used as evidence at her trial on a misdemeanor of false swearing.

After reviewing case law presented by Northumberland County Assistant District Attorney Robyn Zenzinger, Senior Judge Harold F. Woelfel Jr. ordered defense attorney Michael Rudinski, of Williamsport, to turn over a note from Dr. Jeff Greco, of Mount Carmel, that the lawyer presented at Olvany’s preliminary hearing as potential evidence in the case.

The note, which is dated Feb. 28, 2019, states that Olvany was at Greco’s office Feb. 4, 2019, which is the date Olvany allegedly left the county jail abruptly during a drug investigation.

Zenzinger requested Tuesday’s criminal motion hearing to seek the note as part of the commonwealth’s discovery evidence in the case against Olvany.

In her argument, Zenzinger told the judge that Rudinski had failed to release the note to the district attorney’s office despite several requests.

She cited a 2008 Pennsylvania Supreme Court murder case known as Commonwealth vs. Jose Pagan in her argument to obtain the note. The case law states that to ensure justice is done, it is imperative to the function of courts that compulsory process be available for the production of evidence needed either by the prosecution or defense.

Although a doctor’s note is not listed among the items the defense must turn over to the prosecution as discovery evidence under Rule 573, Zenzinger said case law allows the commonwealth to request items not listed under the rule.

Rudinski argued that he wasn’t entitled to turn over the doctor’s note that he showed the court on a cell phone during Olvany’s preliminary hearing if he didn’t plan to call Greco as a trial witness.

Following Woelfel’s ruling, Rudinski presented Zenzinger with a copy of the doctor’s note.

The case has not yet been scheduled for trial.

In November, Magisterial District Judge Michael Toomey, of Sunbury, dismissed a felony of perjury against Olvany, 49, of Spruce Road, Sunbury, for lack of evidence. Toomey ruled the element of the offense wasn’t material to the summary of careless driving.

The judge held the defendant for court on the false swearing offense.

Olvany was charged by Northumberland County Detective Degg Stark with the offenses after she allegedly gave contradicting statements while testifying at an Aug. 12 summary appeal hearing on a charge of careless driving before Senior Judge Dudley Anderson, of Lycoming County, who found Olvany not guilty of the summary offense.

Court documents alleged Olvany told then-Northumberland County Assistant District Attorney Michael Finn under cross examination that she had an appointment with her physician (Greco) on Feb. 4, 2019, but later said she did not have an appointment.

Greco, in a statement to investigators, said Olvany never had an appointment scheduled with his office.

The criminal complaint reads, “Olvany knew her statements were false at the time they were made, in that she had no such doctor’s appointment that day (or at any time that week) to deliver a urine speciman.”

The careless driving charge was the only remaining charge against Olvany relating to a Feb. 4, 2019, incident during which the district attorney’s office alleged she fled from the county jail, where she worked as a correctional officer, in a vehicle as an investigation into a possible drug violation was taking place.

Olvany was never charged in relation to the drug investigation, but was originally charged with two counts of obstructing administration of the law and one count each of furnishing drug-free urine, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct, reckless driving and careless driving.

Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, dismissed five of the seven original charges, but allowed the careless driving and furnishing drug-free urine charge to proceed to court.

The furnishing drug-free urine charge was later withdrawn by the district attorney’s office after results from the state police crime lab came back inconclusive.

Olvany remains suspended without pay but with benefits from her position at the jail.


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Sunbury man gets 30 years for child porn

WILLIAMSPORT — A Sunbury man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to production of child pornography.

Charges of sexual exploitation of minors were dropped against Christopher Suarez, 32, in U.S. Middle District Court.

Suarez originally was charged by state police in March 2019, then faced federal charges the following month, following incidents that occurred in October 2018 in Northumberland County.

In early October 2018, Suarez coerced “a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct,” an indictment states, and “distributed ... a video” of the incident.

After he serves his sentence, Suarez will be on supervised release for 10 years and must comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The court recommended that Suarez be placed in a facility “with the best treatment programs available for ... sex offender, mental health and substance abuse.”

Upon his sentencing, Suarez was immediately remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service by Judge Matthew W. Brann.

In addition, two other separate cases against Suarez are pending in Northumberland County and he is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, April 7, before Judge Paige Rosini.

According to Julia Skinner, first assistant district attorney, Suarez pleaded guilty on May 28 to two counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a pair of incidents involving underage youth. The first incident involved a 6-year-old girl and occurred between Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2018, and the second involved an 8-year-old boy and occurred between Sept. 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019. The arresting officer in both cases was state police Trooper Kevin Kearney.


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