Crime

Citing investigation, police remove documents from DA Parks Miller’s office

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller leaves the county courthouse in Bellefonte on Saturday.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller leaves the county courthouse in Bellefonte on Saturday. CDT photo

Police searched the office of Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller Saturday evening as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of forgery.

A statement released to the media at about 6 p.m. said, “the Bellefonte Borough Police Department conducted a search warrant at the Centre County District Attorney’s Office in reference to the ongoing investigation of the crimes of forgery, tampering with public records or information, and theft of services.

“Several items were seized from the District Attorney’s Office for purposes of this investigation.”

Police entered the courthouse at about 4:45 p.m. and stayed for about an hour. Officers stood outside the front and rear entrances while others were seen in the District Attorney’s Office on the top floor.

Parks Miller arrived at the courthouse at about 5:30 p.m. and was allowed to enter. She was seen in her office, and departed about 15 minutes later.

Officers left shortly after her departure.

Parks Miller did not comment.

The district attorney has been accused by a former Centre County paralegal of forging the signature of Judge Pamela A. Ruest on a July 18, 2013, bail order.

The allegation came to light Tuesday during a meeting of the county commissioners. Parks Miller has denied the allegations and said she had turned the matter over to the state Attorney General’s Office.

On Tuesday, attorney Bernard Cantorna, speaking on his own and on behalf of other members of the Centre County Bar Association, addressed the commissioners to make the allegations known and to request an investigation.

Commissioners Steve Dershem, Chris Exarchos and Michael Pipe voted unanimously to authorize county solicitor Louis Glantz to take measures to file petitions in Centre County Court to appoint an “independent prosecutor” to investigate the allegations.

On Thursday, Centre County President Judge Thomas King Kistler signed an order to have the document Parks Miller is accused of having forged turned over to Bellefonte police for “purposes of examination.”

Bellefonte Police Chief Shawn Weaver said Friday his department has primary jurisdiction over the Centre County Courthouse and other county buildings that fall within the boundaries of the borough.

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