Woman Who Gave False ID to Police, Found in Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Faces Hearing on Tuesday

PUNXSUTAWNEY BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday for a wanted woman who gave a false name to police and was found with drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, a preliminary hearing for 33-year-old Kayla K. Stiver – of Rossiter, currently lodged in a Cambridge Springs Correctional Facility – is set for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock.

Stiver faces the following charges:

– False Identification to Law Enforcement Officer, Misdemeanor 3
– Marijuana – Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (20 counts)

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on Saturday, February 23, Officer Miller, of the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department, received a request to respond to the 100 Block of Zeitler Avenue for a report of a suspicious person carrying bags and standing on a porch of a residence. The suspicious person was described as a female with dark hair, wearing a camo coat, jeans, and black boots, and the caller reported the woman walking across the field and into the woods between Zeitler Avenue and Cliff Street.

Officer Miller responded to the area and observed a woman “peaking her head out of a culvert” in the woods near Zeitler Avenue. Officer Miller then exited his patrol vehicle and met the woman near the woodline in the field. The complaint notes the woman matched the description given by the caller.

Officer Miller asked the woman what was going on and asked her name.

According to the complaint, the woman appeared nervous and disheveled and told Officer Miller she was coming from down the street and pointed down the hill, and she initially avoided providing her name. Officer Miller then informed her that he received a call regarding a suspicious person on a resident’s porch and asked her what she was doing while pointing to the residence in question. He also asked her again what he name was and if she had any identification.

According to the complaint, the woman gave her name as “Danielle McCormick” and said she did not have any ID on her. Then, when Officer Miller asked her where her bags were, she directed him into to woods.

Officer Miller spoke to the property owner who approached on foot and asked that the woman be removed. The property owner also stated he had seen the female fighting with another person inside a vehicle at the bottom of the hill near his residence.

The woman was then asked to accompany Officer Miller to his patrol vehicle where he ran the name and date of birth she provided, but no record was found. She was then asked her name and date of birth again and gave the same answer. The complaint notes she was observed to be very uneasy while being asked simple questions and she would not provide any details regarding the altercation she was in that the property owner witnessed.

According to the complaint, the woman reported she just wanted to “go downtown and get a burger at McDonald’s” and stated that she “knows lots of people in town that can come get her.” She was observed to have a slight abrasion to her knee and was asked if she wanted a medic unit to attend to her, but she declined.

While the woman was speaking with Officer Haines, Officer Miller spoke on the phone to an individual who reported that the woman in question was actually Kayla Smith (Stiver). Officer Miller then observed a photo on Facebook of Kayla Smith (Stiver), and it appeared to be the female subject of the investigation.

The complaint states that when the woman was asked how old she was, she replied “38,” and when Officer Miller pointed out that if she was born on the date she gave, she would not be 38 years old, she then stated she was 39, and then said 37. When asked her social security number, she was only able to provide five numbers of a nine-digit number.

Officer Miller contacted Constable Pape and asked him to respond to their location to provide a positive ID on the female, and Constable Pape informed Officer Miller that Kayla Smith (Stiver) was wanted by state parole.

According to the complaint, Constable Pape then arrived and was able to positively identify the woman as Kayla Smith (Stiver). Stiver then admitted to her real identity and state parole was contacted. When asked about anything on her person, Stiver voluntarily produced a used needle and syringe from her inside left coat pocket. She was then handcuffed and a further search produced a small clear vial of suspected marijuana from her inside coat pocket. Her bags were also retrieved from inside the woodline.

At the police station, a small clear vial fell to the floor from her hand that she stated was supposed to be meth but “wasn’t very good.” A search of her bag revealed a sizeable amount of paraphernalia, including twelve needles and syringes, two tubes containing crushed powder that Stiver reported as prescription medications, a metal spoon with residue, a straw containing residue, a multi-colored glass marijuana pipe with residue, and two clear plastic bags containing rolled-up cotton, as well as her Pennsylvania identification card and her Access card.

State parole arrived at the police station a short time later, and Stiver was then transported to a correctional facility.

Charges were filed against her on Monday, March 4, in Judge Mizerock’s office.


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