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Judge Tells Man to Stay Away From Ronstadt

March 11, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ A Colorado man accused of stalking singer Linda Ronstadt for nearly a decade has been ordered by an Arizona judge to stay away from her.

Ronstadt has upcoming concerts and fears for her safety because of Bernie Salazar Ortiz’s long history of stalking her and his schizophrenia, court documents indicate.

Pima County Superior Court Judge John Davis issued a preliminary injunction against Ortiz on March 7 at the request of attorneys for Ronstadt.

The injunction says Ortiz cannot appear at any of Ronstadt’s concerts, come within 1,000 feet of her or contact her in person _ by phone or in writing. He also can’t deliver, directly or indirectly, any cards, packages, flowers or other items.

Court documents indicate Ortiz began trying to meet Ronstadt in May 1997 through her siblings.

Ortiz pleaded guilty to attempted stalking in May 1998 and received probation. He was then sent to prison for violating his probation by harassing the Ronstadts again.

Once Ortiz was released from prison in November 1999, he continued to write unwanted letters to the singer through her siblings and showed up at one of her Sun City, Ariz., concerts in May 2000. He was issued a harassment injunction in September 2000, but it has since expired.

According to court records, Ortiz showed up at a Ronstadt concert in Las Cruces, N.M., last November and left a card and roses for her backstage.

Ronstadt, a native of Tucson, is known for hit albums such as ``What’s New,″ ``Heart Like a Wheel″ and ``Simple Dreams.″

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