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Agents search home of ex-Harrisburg mayor, remove items

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 2, 2015 5:23 PM
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Boxes were removed from former Harrisburg Mayor Steven Reed's home in the city's Midtown neighborhood for hours Tuesday. Personnel moving the items declined to identify which agency they represented. State Attorney General's office spokesman Jeff Johnson declined to comment on whether they were seizing evidence for an ongoing grand jury - or other - investigation into Harrisburg's financial dealings during Reed's tenure, including the long-time mayor's spending millions of dollars on artifacts intended for a failed museum.

(Harrisburg) -- Investigators are searching the home of a former longtime mayor of Harrisburg who was involved in a number of failed projects that pushed the city deep into debt.

A lawyer for former Mayor Stephen Reed tells Pennlive.com that the agents were executing a search warrant.

Reed was mayor of the Pennsylvania's capital city from 1982 through 2009. His failed effort to build a Wild West museum in the city and a boondoggle incinerator renovation were among the reasons voters replaced the longtime mayor.

Reed's lawyer tells Pennlive he was told the search could take a couple days.

Agents were seen taking a variety of items from the home, including a saddle and other Western artifacts.

Pennlive says Reed was summoned before a state grand jury in April.

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