A Nova Scotia man accused of plotting to kill police officers in Newfoundland will be held in custody until a bail hearing tomorrow.

Mark Baltzer appeared in a court in Stephenville, N.L., earlier yesterday.

The Kings County man appeared before Judge Jacqueline Jenkins, who was interrupted several times by Baltzer while she was reading out the long list of 16 charges against him.

While being led into and from the court house, Baltzer chatted with police and the court sheriffs.

The 53-year-old man was arrested on the Trans-Canada Highway, about 80 kilometres south of Corner Brook, N.L., on Sunday.

RCMP say they were told that a man aboard a ferry headed to Newfoundland had firearms in his vehicle and was planning to drive to the Corner Brook area to kill police officers.

When they stopped a car in the St. Georges area, they found boxes of ammunition, a high-powered rifle, a crossbow, arrows and a machete.

Baltzer faces several charges, including failure to comply with a recognizance, possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of a prohibited weapon and driving while disqualified.

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