Woman charged with stalking Hall of Famer Uecker
MILWAUKEE -- A 45-year-old woman has been charged with stalking Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker.
Ann E. Ladd was charged with the felony on Tuesday in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. An arrest warrant was issued for her on the same day, according to court documents.
Uecker, the voice of the Milwaukee Brewers for more than 35 years, filed a temporary restraining order against Ladd earlier this month, contending she had been harassing him for years. Two civil hearings in the matter, including one on Tuesday, were rescheduled because the defendant could not be located.
If convicted, Ladd could face up to 3½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Her lawyer, Christopher Stawski, said he met with her on Wednesday and doesn't understand why authorities couldn't find her to serve the papers.
"We plan to vigorously defend these matters in court," Stawski said.
The 71-year-old Uecker said in court documents that Ladd had been sending unsolicited gifts, driving around his home in Wisconsin and contacting him in various cities.
Uecker said he decided to pursue a restraining order after Ladd confronted him in late May at a hotel pool in Pittsburgh. He said she questioned why he had refused her repeated attempts to assist her in charity work.
Uecker is dealing with emotional distress and concerns for his physical safety and the safety of his family, the criminal complaint said.
He won a World Series ring with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 and played in Philadelphia and Atlanta before retiring in 1967.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press