Cummings

An arrest was made earlier this week after a threatening phone message was left for a Kaufman County commissioner.

On Saturday two phone messages – at least one containing a death threat – were left on Precinct 1 Commissioner Jimmy Joe Vrzalik’s home answering machine.

Capt. Fred Klingelberger of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department said officers tracked the call to Roger Dwayne Cummings, of Kaufman, after investigating the threatening messages.

“He called and was making threats because of a lack of work being done on his road,” Klingelberger said.

Cummings’ name and phone number were discovered during the investigation.

The Kaufman man was arrested on one charge of resisting arrest and a warrant charge of harassment.

Cummings was arrested by the Sheriff’s Department at 7:51 a.m. on Dec. 14, according to the arrest report.

Klingelberger said that while credible threats are not usually left on answering machines, leaving a threat is still an arrestable offense and will be investigated by the authorities.

Cummings has been released on bond.

Road conditions have been an issue in front of the Kaufman County Commissioners for much of the year. Many have lodged complaints at all four commissioners after 18-wheelers and severe weather events have caused damage county roads.

The county is planning more than 20 road projects.

This is a developing story.

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