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Racine man allegedly held urn for ransom

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RACINE — A Racine man wanted for burglarizing a woman's home and threatening to urinate in her father's ashes made his initial appearance in a Racine County courtroom Wednesday on related charges.

Ronnie Ball Jr., 29, of the 1300 block of Superior Street is charged with burglary, threats to injure and criminal damage to property.

According to the criminal complaint:

The alleged crime took place April 15, 2016, at the victim's Lathrop Avenue home. Damages included a cut-up mattress and TV, cut power cords to the stove and clothes washer and pickle slices placed in the victim's shoes.

The report said also Bell allegedly stole her father's urn and sent her a text message threatening to urinate in it if she did not send him money.

A warrant was issued for Ball's arrest last August, but Ball did not appear in court on that warrant until Wednesday. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 16.

According to online records, Ball was being held in the Racine County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

He has a previous conviction for burglary in Racine in 2008.

If convicted on the most serious charge he could see up to 7 1/2 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.

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