A 30-year-old former Wellsville police officer pleaded not guilty to a charge of animal cruelty Friday in Douglas County District Court.
Jacob D. Stus, formerly of Baldwin City but now living in Alaska, turned himself in to police on Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of animal cruelty and interference with law enforcement. According to Baldwin City Police Chief Greg Neis, Stus is accused of beating and killing a feline that came onto his property on June 19.
He was a police officer at the time of the crime but resigned in August, according to Wellsville Police Chief S.W. Gillespie.
Stus is free on a $2,000 bond, and his next court appearance is Jan. 8.