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Court news: Frazee man sentenced for church burglary

According to court records, on June 12 or 13, 2020, the man was involved in a burglary at the Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church in rural Becker County.

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Frazee man sentenced for church burglary

Anthony Wayne Conger Jr., 34, of Frazee has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree burglary.

According to court records, on June 12 or 13, 2020, Conger was involved in a burglary at the Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church in rural Becker County.

Access was gained through a broken window and there was a broken LG 65-inch television hanging on the basement wall, records state. The TV was cracked on both lower corners of the screen. A 24-inch Vizio TV was also missing.

Tool marks were seen between two metal doors on the west side. It appeared that the prying on the doors caused the doors to become inoperable.

A crowbar was discovered discarded on the sidewalk near the broken window, and a hypodermic needle was on the ground right outside the broken window. The syringe was swabbed for DNA evidence and sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing, which reported a match for Conger.

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On April 25, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a stay of adjudication and continued the case.

Conger was ordered to serve 59 days in jail, with credit for 59 days served, and was fined $500 plus $150 in court fees and ordered to pay $2,475 in restitution.

DL man sentenced for selling meth to task force

Brandon Lee Wichern, 25, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for a felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Jan. 21, 2020, he sold about two-thirds of a gram of methamphetamine to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

On April 21 District Judge Gretchen Thilmony ordered him to serve 64 days in jail, with credit for 64 days served, and fined him $1,000 plus $1,150 in court fees. He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for 20 years.

DL man sentenced for theft at Trump Store garage

Travis Edward Menard, 42, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft.

According to court records, on Aug.16, 2020, a Detroit Lakes police officer was dispatched to the Trump Store in Detroit Lakes on a theft complaint.

The victim, an employee of the Trump Store, said that he was missing $5,000 in cash. He said the money was in the glove box of his van, which was parked in the garage at the store. He said Menard had gone to the garage to clean the van about 90 minutes earlier.

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The victim’s boss came into the store and asked for money, so the victim went to the van to retrieve it. When he got to the van, he discovered that the money was gone and Menard was nowhere to be found. The victim called Menard but could not get an answer.

On April 19, District Judge Jay Carlson ordered Menard to serve a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.

He was ordered to serve 15 days in jail, with credit for five days served. No jail time was required with the successful completion of chemical dependency treatment.

He was fined $300 plus $450 in court fees and ordered to complete the Daystar treatment program in Detroit Lakes. He was ordered to live at Crossing HOME, complete two random urine tests per week, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Related Topics: BECKER COUNTY DISTRICT COURTCRIME AND COURTSPUBLIC SAFETY
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