RACINE — A Racine man has been accused of breaking into a woman’s home and assaulting her, and also stealing her phone and handgun.
A trial to determine whether Georgia can continue to ban abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy is set to begin in an Atlanta courtroom Monday.Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney has scheduled two days of testimony in a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the law on multiple grounds, including that it violates the Georgia Constitution’s right to privacy and liberty by “forcing pregnancy and childbirth upon countless Georgians.”The state attorney general’s office responded in a court filing that Georgia’s privacy protections do not extend to abortion because it affects another “human life.”Georgia’s law bans most abortions once a “detectable human heartbeat” is present. Cardiac activity can be detected by ultrasound in cells within an embryo that will eventually become the heart as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. That means most abortions in Georgia are effectively banned at a point before many women know they are pregnant. The doctors and advocacy groups that filed the lawsuit before McBurney in July also argue the law was invalid from the start because it violated the US Constitution and US Supreme Court precedent when it was enacted.SEE MORE: Appeals Court Says Georgia Abortion Law Should Take EffectGeorgia’s law was passed by state lawmakers and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in 2019 but it had been blocked from taking effect until the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, who had protected the right to an abortion for nearly 50 years. The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals allowed Georgia to begin enforcing its abortion law just over three weeks after the high court’s decision in June.The law includes exceptions for rape and incest, as long as a police report is filed, and allows for later abortions when the womans life is at risk or a serious medical condition renders a fetus unviable.The state has argued that the Roe decision itself was wrong and the Supreme Court ruling wiped it out of existence.In August, McBurney rejected a request by the plaintiffs to immediately block the abortion law while the lawsuit was pending, though he stressed that decision did not touch on the merits of the case. Earlier this month, he denied a request by state officials to postpone the trial, which he will decide, not a jury. Additional reporting by The Associated Press.
Bruce E. Rogers Jr., 34, of the 1500 block of Blaine Avenue, was charged with felony counts of burglary of a building or dwelling, intimidation of a victim and possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of battery and criminal damage to property.
According to a criminal complaint:
On Monday, an officer was flagged down by a woman who was crying and said Rogers had broken into her house, assaulted her then stole her phone and gun.
Officers then went to her residence to ensure it was safe before she elaborated further on what happened. She said she received a lot of calls from Rogers because he wanted to pick up some of his belongings and he was becoming an impatient with her. She then got a notification from her doorbell camera that he was outside. He then broke a window and texted her not to worry because he was already inside the residence.
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When she arrived home, she saw that he had already removed his TV from the residence and was headed back inside. He said he did not mean to break her window, but then headbutted her and held her to the ground. He grabbed her phone and said, “Ain’t nobody calling (expletive).” He then left with her phone as well as her handgun.
Shortly afterwards, officers were sent back to her residence due to Rogers arriving again. He was located in the basement and taken into custody.
He admitted to breaking the window but claimed it was an accident. He also admitted to headbutting the woman and taking her gun. He said he took it after she got it from her bedroom during their confrontation. The gun was later found in his vehicle.
Rogers was given a $5,000 cash bond in Racine County Circuit Court on Monday. A preliminary hearing is on Nov. 3 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, online court records show.
Mugshots: Racine County criminal complaints, Oct. 24, 2022
Today’s mugshots: Oct. 24
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Bruce E Rogers Jr
Bruce E Rogers Jr1500 block of Blaine Avenue, Racine, burglary of a building or dwelling, felony intimidation of a victim, possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor battery, criminal damage to property.
Jason A. Sobbe
Jason A. SobbeWind Lake, Wisconsin, disorderly conduct (domestic abuse assessments), misdemeanor bail jumping (domestic abuse assessments).
Jeffrey A Stout
Jeffrey A Stout4800 block of Indian Hills Drive, Mount Pleasant, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (7th, 8th or 9th offense, general alcohol concentration enhancer), possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tobias C Wright
Tobias C Wright1800 block of Franklin Street, Racine, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (4th offense, general alcohol concentration), failure to install ignition interlock device.
Daniel B Barajas
Daniel B Barajas1400 block of Blake Avenue, Racine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of THC, carrying a concealed knife.
Sean C McCloskey
Sean C McCloskey1200 block of Harmony Drive, Racine, misdemeanor battery (domestic abuse assessments), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse assessments), felony bail jumping.
Anthony R Blashka
Anthony R Blashka1200 block of Reeds Court, Racine, armed robbery, burglary (person lawfully present in the enclosure, use of a dangerous weapon).
Randy E Clayton Jr
Randy E Clayton Jr1500 block of Melvin Avenue, Racine, burglary of a building or dwelling (domestic abuse assessments, felony domestic abuse repeater), criminal damage to property (domestic abuses, felony domestic abuse assessment repeater), misdemeanor theft (domestic abuse assessments, felony domestic abuse repeater), misdemeanor bail jumping (domestic abuse assessments).
Zemaj K Crawford
Zemaj K CrawfordOak Lawn, Illinois, possession of THC, unauthorized use of an entity’s identifying information or documents, felony personal ID theft (financial gain).
Kendell Arvern Days
Kendell Arvern Days1300 block of South Memorial Drive, Racine, possession with intent to deliver narcotics, possession of THC.
Adrina M Dennis
Adrina M DennisMilwaukee, Wisconsin, carrying a concealed weapon.
Gregory A Hill
Gregory A Hill2200 block of Lawn Street, Racine, misdemeanor battery (domestic abuse assessments), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse assessments).
Antoine C Johnson
Antoine C Johnson1800 block of Roe Avenue, Racine, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct.
Darren L Moody
Darren L MoodyMilwaukee, Wisconsin, possession of a controlled substance.
Satuan S. Nash
Satuan S. Nash900 block of High Street, Racine, misdemeanor battery (domestic abuse assessments), criminal damage to property (domestic abuse assessments), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse assessments).
LaVelle S. Robinson
LaVelle (aka Kevin Shontae Pitt) S. Robinson500 block of Sixth Street, Racine, possession of drug paraphernalia.
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