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Crime & Courts

Police: DeKalb man broke into estranged wife’s home

DeKALB – A 50-year-old DeKalb man accused of hitting a man he found with his estranged wife was released from jail Monday on electronic home monitoring.

Dennis Hamel, of the 1300 block of North 13th Street, was charged with home invasion, battery and criminal damage to property. The most serious charge, home invasion, typically is punishable with between six and 30 years in prison; probation is not an option.

Hamel went into his estranged wife’s DeKalb home about 11:43 p.m. Saturday and banged on her bedroom door, court records show. A fight ensued with the man who had been startled awake, and the man was struck in the ear and cheek, court records show.

After the fight, Hamel got in a white van and rammed his estranged wife’s garage door twice, causing less than $300 in damage, court records show.

Hamel posted 10 percent of his $40,000 bond Monday. He is next due in court Sept. 12.

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