New Minas man charged with extortion released on recognizance

Jennifer Vardy Little
Published on July 30, 2014

A New Minas man facing several charges after allegedly leaving a written note threatening to burn property has consented to being remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

Jeffrey Robert Cummings, 23, is charged with extortion. He allegedly left a written note threatening to burn a residence and vehicle belonging to two individuals with the intent of obtaining $5,000 through inducing the threat.

Cummings is also charged with intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to the individual’s vehicle; watching a residence without lawful authority; prowling at night on the property; uttering a threat by leaving the note; and committing mischief by willfully damaging a vehicle valued at more than $5,000 by spray painting obscenities in the form of pictures and words.

Following a July 24 appearance in Kentville provincial court, Cummings was released on a $1,000 non-cash recognizance with sureties Deborah and Stephen Cummings. Judge John MacDougall adjourned the matters to Sept. 2 for election and plea.

The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred in New Minas between July 12 and 22.