Man accused of killing geese pleads not guilty
The Youngstown man police believe is responsible for driving into a flock of geese near Wal-Mart on May 30, killing three and injuring one, entered a not guilty plea on Thursday.
Jason Logiudice, of Youngstown, pleaded not guilty in absentia before Judge David A. D’Apolito, through his attorney in Mahoning County Area Court.
Logiudice is scheduled to appear in Boardman court at 4 p.m. Aug. 1 for his pre-trial hearing. He turned himself in to Boardman police last week and is charged with cruelty to animals, said, Jack Nichols, Boardman police chief.
A woman discovered a full-grown goose and two goslings dead on Doral Drive near Wal-Mart on May 30. A third gosling was injured and managed to make its way to a grassy area nearby. When police arrived, they discovered several body parts of the geese.
Police watched surveillance video and discovered a blue Ford pickup truck traveling south on Doral Drive had passed another van heading in the opposite direction. As the vehicles passed, police noticed several geese fleeing. Police were unable to determine, at the time, who was responsible and couldn’t retrieve license plate numbers from the vehicles. But they received several tips that the driver of the pickup truck was responsible.