Crime

Centre County district attorney, lawyers, commissioners attend closed-door hearing in Cambria County

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller. CDT file photo

Centre County officials and attorneys — and their attorneys — were in court Wednesday afternoon, albeit far from the usual venue in Bellefonte.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and others involved in forgery allegations against her were in the courtroom of Cambria County Common Pleas Judge Norman A. Krumenacker III at the Cambria County Courthouse.

Krumenacker is the supervising judge of a sitting statewide grand jury in Pittsburgh, said Jim Koval, spokesman with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

Centre County Commissioners Steve Dershem and Michael Pipe, county solicitor Louis Glantz, Bellefonte Police Chief Shawn Weaver, Detective Robert Ruggiero and State College attorney Philip Masorti arrived shortly after noon.

Former District Attorney’s Office paralegal Michelle Shutt, who alleged in an affidavit that she witnessed Parks Miller forge the signature of Judge Pamela A. Ruest on a bail order in 2013, was also present with her attorney, State College lawyer Sean McGraw.

John Abom, who commissioners contracted to be special counsel to the county two weeks ago, and Masorti’s attorney, Tom Dickey, of Altoona, arrived about 1 p.m. Parks Miller was last to arrive shortly afterward.

Cambria County sheriff’s deputies were posted by the door and the meeting was closed to the public.

Everyone was in the courtroom together for about an hour. All parties exited together and some stuck around and re-entered the closed proceedings individually for various lengths of time. Masorti and Dickey, then Shutt and McGraw, then Abom with Dershem and Glantz each went back in the courtroom.

Parks Miller was the last in and left with her attorney, Bruce Castor Jr., at about 4:45 p.m.

Absent were Commissioner Chris Exarchos and State College attorney Bernard Cantorna. Cantorna presented commissioners with the affidavit at a Jan. 20 meeting.

Exarchos did not return a call to his office for comment. Cantorna told the CDT on Monday that he would decline to comment further until the matter was resolved.

Mum was the word all day, as all present also declined to comment on the nature of the proceedings.

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