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An improvised weapon was found during a cell search at State Correctional Institution at Muncy, according to an affidavit dated October 31, 2019.

Inmate Katelynn Soudan Harvey, 23, claimed she possessed the weapon for self-defense purposes, the affidavit stated.

A corrections officer found Harvey in possession of a "'shank' type weapon made from scissor blades which were fastened to a BIC pen," according to Montoursville State Police Trooper James Nestico.

"Harvey provided that she intended to employ it on any inmate that may attack her," Trooper Nestico wrote. 

The improvised weapon was approximately nine inches in length, with a blade length of approximately three-fourths inches, Trooper Nestico wrote.

A corrections officer found the improvised weapon when he searched Harvey's cell on August 17, 2019, at approximately 6:05 p.m., according to the affidavit.

Trooper Nestico said Harvey admitted to having made the weapon several weeks prior, and that she also admitted was her weapon and not her cell mate's.

Harvey was arraigned on October 31, 2019, before Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp, on charges of one first degree misdemeanor count each of possession of a weapon and weapons or implements of escape.

She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Judge Kemp on November 8, 2019.

Harvey was transferred to Lycoming County Prison to await her hearing.