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Most serious charge against Ligonier Borough man in threats on doctor dropped

| Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

The most serious charge against a Ligonier Borough man accused of threatening to kill a doctor was withdrawn on Friday, according to his attorney.

The Westmoreland County District Attorney's office dropped an attempted homicide charge filed against Paul R. Sieminkewicz, 54, of 105 N. Walnut St. and formerly of 1661 Piper Road in Ligonier Township, according to attorney Dennis Rafferty.

Sieminkewicz then waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Ligonier District Judge Denise Thiel on terroristic threats and harassment charges.

Rafferty declined further comment.

Police said Sieminkewicz, an electrician, went to David Anto's home about 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and asked a woman where he could find the doctor.

The woman told authorities that Sieminkewicz got out of his truck “in an aggressive manner” and had his hand in his front pocket, “appearing to conceal a weapon,” according to a police affidavit.

When the woman told Sieminkewicz that Anto wasn't home, Sieminkewicz told her he was going to find and kill Anto, authorities said.

Township police pulled over Sieminkewicz on Route 711 near the Ligonier Camp and Conference Center. He told police he had a gun in the glove box.

Officers found a Taurus handgun in a holster and 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition in his vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Sieminkewicz told police he was “having some problems with his wife, but that she was at her mother's,” according to the affidavit written by Officer Amber Noel.

“I also asked him if he was having any issues with Dr. Anto, (and) he just stated that he ‘was going to find out,'” Noel said.

Thiel changed Sieminkewicz's bond from $25,000 straight, which he had posted, to $25,000 unsecured.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or

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