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White Earth man accused of stealing copper from farm irrigation systems, causing extensive damage

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A White Earth man was arrested this morning on suspicion of stealing copper from farm irrigation systems -- seriously damaging them in the process -- in order to sell the copper as scrap metal.

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William Lawrence Butcher Jr. was arrested early Thursday morning by Becker County deputies and White Earth tribal police officers who executed an arrest warrant for theft and sale of a substantial amount of copper.

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