SHAMOKIN — Preliminary hearings for a Northumberland County Correctional Officer and a Shenandoah man recently charged in unrelated incidents have been continued.
Hearings were initially scheduled Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III for Holly N. Olvany, 48, of Spruce Road, Sunbury, a correctional officer at Northumberland County Jail in Coal Township, and Christopher William Weston, 37, of Lost Creek Road, Shenandoah.
Olvany’s hearing was continued at the request of her attorney, Michael Rudinski, of Williamsport.
Weston’s hearing was continued because he hasn’t been assigned an attorney yet, although he’s expected to be represented by Michael O’Donnell, who served as his lawyer on other charges.
The hearings have not yet been rescheduled.
Olvany, who allegedly fled the prison Feb. 4 as an investigation into possible drug violations was taking place, is charged by county Detective Degg Stark 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.
Weston is charged by Trooper Raymond Snarski, of state police at Stonington, with 27 offenses including third-degree murder and homicide by vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance in connection with an April 11 car accident on Snydertown Road that claimed the life of his passenger, Kaylee Valari Pukiewicz, 21, of Shenandoah.
Olvany, who has been a prison guard for many years, is free on $20,000 unsecured supervised bail.
Weston was denied bail by Gembic at his arraignment Friday due to the third-degree murder charge and remains in county prison.