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Albert Belle charged with stalking ex-girlfriend

2/16/2006 - MLB

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former baseball star Albert Belle was
arrested Thursday and charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend,
police said.

Scottsdale police said the 39-year-old Belle was taken into
custody after a former girlfriend told officers that he had stalked
her.

Belle was being held without bond at the Maricopa County Jail in
Phoenix, according to a county sheriff's department spokesman.

A five-time All-Star outfielder, Belle hit 381 career home runs
in a 12-year big league career that began with the Cleveland Indians in 1989. He also played for the Chicago White Sox and
Baltimore before retiring in 2000 after his second season with the
Orioles.

The volatile Belle often ran into trouble on and off the field
during his playing days.

He was fined in 1994 for using a corked bat and suspended after
instigating a brawl by elbowing an opposing player. In 1991, he
threw a baseball into the chest of a fan taunting him. Years later,
he tossed a ball at a photographer.

Belle, who has lived in Arizona for several years, was arrested
on a DUI charge here in September 2002.