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River’s Edge bus stolen, taken for a spin

Cody R. Roskowiak

An 18-year-old Delano, Minn., man is facing charges, including a felony and up to six years in prison if convicted, for allegedly stealing a River’s Edge Campground bus on Aug. 1 in the Town of Star Prairie.

Cody R. Roskowiak was charged Sept. 22 in St. Croix County Circuit Court with felony operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, misdemeanor theft and obstructing an officer. He posted a $2,500 signature bond and was released from St. Croix County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, around 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, River’s Edge Campground employees reported that two people had just stolen one of their buses from the campground (1820 Raleigh Rd., New Richmond). They reported that bystanders had last seen the bus heading west from Dairy Queen in Somerset on Main Street. Shortly thereafter, an off-duty county deputy apparently told dispatch he saw the bus heading west on County Road VV near the Somerset American Legion.

A St. Croix County Sheriff’s deputy was able to locate the bus at the intersection of 172nd Avenue and County Road VV . According to the complaint, the bus was stopped at the stop sign and pulled out in front of the deputy to head east on County Road VV.

When the deputy performed a felony stop on the bus, a man later identified as Roskowiak was looking out of the bus doors at him. Roskowiak allegedly exited the bus and asked what the problem was. When questioned, he told the deputy the bus was not stolen and that the bus driver was sitting in the back of the bus.

A second male on the bus did not immediately follow orders to exit the bus until a second deputy arrived. He was later identified as Nicholas H. Pogue, 19, of Delano, Minn. There was no one else on the bus.

When Roskowiak was being interviewed in a squad car, he allegedly gave the officer the wrong name and birthdate, stating his name was “James Raymond Anderson,” according to the complaint. When the information came back as false from dispatch, Roskowiak then gave the correct information, according to the complaint. The two men were transported to the St. Croix County Jail in Hudson.

Pogue, who registered a BAC of 0.17, told officers he followed Roskowiak onto the bus at River’s Edge and wasn’t sure why they were on the bus. He also stated Roskowiak was driving, according to the complaint. Pogue was given an underage consumption citation.

During questioning, Roskowiak allegedly told officers he and Pogue left the river after tubing and got on the bus, which took them to River’s Edge, when in fact, they were trying to get to the Apple River Family Campground but had gotten separated from their group.

Roskowiak told officers when River’s Edge employees told him and Pogue to get on the bus, they did. He then stated he “started to mess with the controls for the bus and ended up putting it into gear,” according to the complaint. Roskowiak then allegedly drove the bus, planning to go to the Apple River Campground, but told officers he missed his turn and it was “a stupid mistake.”

According to the complaint, Roskowiak registered a BAC of 0.11 and was also cited for operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited BAC. His next court appearance is set for 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 3.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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