Man in court from Woodville Twp. farm investigation

<p>Thomas Linke, 73, was taken into custody Tuesday evening on charges of assaulting a police officer and animal cruelty.</p>

A Sandusky County man was in court Wednesday for allegedly trying to run down an officer responding to an animal cruelty call on his property.

Thomas Linke, 73, plead not guilty to charges of assaulting an officer and obstructing an animal cruelty investigator who was executing a search warrant this week at his farm just west outside Woodville on U.S. Route 20.

Linke was taken into custody Tuesday evening for allegedly ramming his Chevy Suburban trailer into a Sandusky County Humane Society volunteerâ??s car. No one was injured.

Woodville Court officer said animal cruelty charges have not been filed as of this time.

Officials with the Sandusky County Humane Society confiscated 12 goats, two cattle, and one sheep from the farm. Officials said that the animal bones of between 55 to 60 animals were also found in the farmâ??s pasture.

Humane Society said officials have previously visited Linke's farm for minor incidents.

Linke was released on his own recognizance. The judge asked to have no contact with people who rent on the property and must stay away from the farm.

His next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16.