Cummings Sentenced for Threatening to Run Over Neighbor

CLEARFIELD – A Philipsburg man accused of threatening to run over his neighbor was sentenced Tuesday.

Robert D. Cummings, 62, 544 Rusnak Ln., Philipsburg, pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person and two summaries in one case and to two counts of defiant trespass in a second case.

Judge Paul E. Cherry sentenced him to 90 days to one year in jail and one year consecutive probation. He was fined $405 plus costs. He was ordered to have no contact with the victims.

Prior to sentencing, Curtis Irwin, attorney for Cummings, stated that Cummings has been in Warren State Hospital receiving treatment and was transported by representatives of that hospital to Clearfield for sentencing.

According to the affidavits of probable cause, on Jan. 31, 2015, two members of the victim’s family informed Cummings that he was not to be on their property in Morris Township that is posted with “no trespassing” signs. He acknowledged this.

On Feb. 10, 2015, someone saw Cummings entering a garage on that property. When interviewed by police, Cummings claimed he was in the garage to ask the victim for a ride to get some gas.

On March 16, 2015, police were called again regarding this property. During the call, the victim can be heard yelling “he’s going to hit me with his truck.” The officer could hear the truck as it went past the victim.

The victim was questioned shortly after this at his place of employment. He reported that after he told Cummings he was going to call the police to cite him for trespassing, Cummings “hit the gas pedal and I had to jump out of the way.” He told police he wanted Cummings arrested and removed from his property.

Police were able to take Cummings into custody. When told he was being arrested for the events of that day, he stated “I didn’t do anything.” Cummings was transported to the Penn Highlands Clearfield Emergency Room for an evaluation.

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