Mt. Iron Mayor Finds Councilor's Convictions Embarrassing

By KBJR News 1

February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 7:13 PM CST

MT. IRON, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Mountain Iron City Councilor Ed Roskoski has been found guilty of two criminal misdemeanor charges related to a dog fight.

The 67-year-old Roskoski, is charged with public nuisance and disorderly conduct, which could result in up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.

His sentencing date is set for March 7.

The charges stem from a dog fight that occurred in a wooded area in Mt. Iron in March of 2011.

Witnesses testified they heard Roskoski command his German Shepherd to attack two labs using the words "sic 'em."

This is not the first court conviction for Councilor Roskoski.

In 2007 and again in 2009 he was convicted of trespassing on P & H Mine Pro property.

With four convictions, Mt. Iron Mayor Gary Skalko says he finds Councilor Roskoski's actions embarrassing and self serving.

"The real losers are the citizens, the people of Mt. Iron," Mayor Skalko said. "It is required by state law that the people have to pay for all the prosecution fees incurred in legal matters such as this."

Skalko says in Roskoski's first two cases, prosecution fees cost the city nearly $12,000.

Roskoski, in a phone interview said the courts denied his attempt at an Alford plea twice.

He said the plea would have given him the option to settle in a plea bargain and eliminate a trial and its expenses.

"I had no choice but to go to trial," Roskoski said. "Even though I lost, there were some issues that came out that were very disturbing for the entire community."

Roskoski declined to comment any further but said he is working with his attorney to issue a statement to the press.

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