Ligonier man charged with harassing estranged wife
A Ligonier man is accused of sending a harassing text message he claimed came from his estranged wife and applying for a credit card in her name.
Paul R. Sieminkewicz, 55, of 105 N. Walnut St., was charged by Westmoreland County Detective Thomas D. Horan on Friday with perjury, false swearing and identify theft.
According to a criminal complaint filed with District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel, the charges followed an investigation by Ligonier Township police of several incidents involving Sieminkewicz and his wife.
On Dec. 12, 2012, and Jan. 29, 2013, the woman said she received several harassing text messages.
The messages did not reveal a phone number but were generated by “unverified Vtext,” police said. The computer program allows the sender to use any originating phone number, police said.
About the same time, Sieminkewicz's wife reported someone attempted to open a credit card in her name, police said.
A search warrant police filed determined the IP address used to make the credit card application was located at Sieminkewicz's home.
During a Feb. 25, 2013, court hearing on a different matter, Sieminkewicz testified that his wife had sent a threatening text to him and that he “doesn't know anything about Vtext,” police said.
A second search warrant led to an expert's examination of a computer taken from Sieminkewicz's home, which showed the credit card information and a Vtext record using his wife's phone number.
On Jan. 6, the woman gave Horan documents showing an electronic transfer of $189.17 from her bank account for a Comcast bill at Sieminkewicz's home.
He was arraigned before Thiel and is free on $25,000 unsecured bond. He faces a preliminary hearing on Friday.
In 2012, the district attorney's office dropped charges of attempted homicide and harassment against Sieminkewicz relating to an incident at a doctor's residence.
According to court records, Sieminkewicz went to the home of Ligonier physician David Anto on Oct. 19, 2012, and allegedly told a woman there that he was going to find and kill Anto.
Township police pulled over Sieminkewicz on Route 711, and he told police he had a gun in the glove box. Officers found a handgun in a holster and 11 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle, according to an affidavit.
That case remains in the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, where Sieminkewicz faces a remaining charge of terroristic threats.
In 2007, Sieminkewicz unsuccessfully ran for Ligonier Township supervisor.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- United Way surplus funds benefit 9 nonprofits in Westmoreland County
- Penn Township man who shot friend gets probation
- Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral
- Arbitration decides Westmoreland court workers’ pact
- Hempfield leaders kill zoning request for townhomes
- Plenty of ‘pain’ to share, as Westmoreland County budget OK’d with $8M in cuts
- Home of LeNature’s exec up for sale
- Youngwood fire department reaches out to homeless family
- 11 Westmoreland inmates accused of setting fire put in solitary confinement
- Sewickley Twp. to pay $10K for service breach
- Unity name excised from Latrobe parks, recreation