DL man accused of break-ins at three churches

Kenneth Edward Hampsmire, 31, of Detroit Lakes was charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of second-degree burglary.

According to court records, on June 7 break-ins were reported at Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church, Christ Lutheran Church and Wolf Lake Laestadian Lutheran Church, all in the Wolf Lake area.

Doors were pried open and cabinets and rooms were gone through in all three churches. A screwdriver was found at Wolf Lake Laestadian that did not belong to the church. It was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab, which on Nov. 4 reported a positive DNA match for Hampsmire, according to court records.

He appeared in court Nov. 18 and was released on his own recognizance, without bail. His next appearance is set for Dec. 2.

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Stopped by DNR, man charged with 18 grams meth

Timothy John Lydell, 51, of Park Rapids was charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 a DNR conservation officer was positioned at 530th Avenue South in Becker County to watch for hunters illegally shining deer with their headlights.

He saw a vehicle turn in, shine its headlights on the field, and later leave. He pulled the vehicle over and both Lydell, who was driving, and a passenger said they turned in to see the deer in the field. The officer searched the vehicle for firearms after consent was given.

Lydell was wanted on an active warrant and was arrested. A camouflaged pouch was found next to his seat in the vehicle, containing 18 grams of field-tested meth.

Lydell appeared in court on Nov. 19 before District Judge Sharon Grewell, who set cash bail at $1,000 or bond at $10,000, with standard conditions of release, or $30,000 with no conditions.

Accused Fargo counterfeiter arrested in Becker County

Parrish Wade Lusby Jr., 22, of Fargo was charged in Becker County District Court with felony fugitive from justice from another state.

According to court records, he was arrested Nov. 9 in Becker County on a Cass County, N.D., warrant and on a new charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

The Cass County warrant was issued Oct. 31 for counterfeiting bills.

On Nov. 11, Lusby waived his right to an extradition hearing and was ordered released to North Dakota authorities.

Teen charged with felony sex crimes

A 16-year-old rural Osage boy was charged in Becker County District Court on two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, with a person under the age of 13.

According to court records, on Sept. 19, a girl under the age of 7 told her mother about soreness around her genital area, which had been visibly red for about six months, and said the boy had penetrated her with his finger multiple times over several months. His name was not released because he was not 16 at the time of the offenses.