ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Lori Christensen, 49, of White Bear Lake, was back in Ramsey County Court on Wednesday in the latest hearing of an ongoing case. Christensen is the woman dubbed the "neighbor from hell" because of alleged harassment of her neighbors.
Wednesday was the first time Christensen appeared in court with an attorney, Gary Wolf of Minneapolis. In court an Omnibus hearing was set for July 3 at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center where Christensen is incarcerated.
"There is going to be a finding of whether there is probable cause or not and then we go on to a pre-trial and then the jury trial," said Wolf.
This comes a week after Christensen was ordered to jail Wednesday, May 30 by Ramsey County Judge George Stevenson for violating Stevenson's probation orders. Christensen surrendered Monday to begin her 90-day sentence.
"There are three new counts," said Wolf. "Not new in the sense that they just happened, but these are the ones that were the foundation or the basis for the probation violation."
The two stalking and one harassment counts carry potential penalties upon conviction of up to 5 years in prison on each count.
"Of course, she does not have any felonies on her record that is a very meaningful label you put on somebody, a felon. I mean that is going to prevent her from getting jobs and living in certain places and that kind of thing. So it is important to avoid that," said Wolf.
Christensen has been ordered not to contact any of her old neighbors, nor to come within a mile of her old neighborhood. Christensen told Judge Stevenson on May 30 that she would sell her home and never return.
Christensen became a subject of national notoriety for seeming to target her across-the-street neighbors, Kim and Gary Hoffman. Kim Hoffman is a recovering alcoholic and Christensen, in home video shot by the Hoffman's, could be seen pretending to drink and having a giant sign reading "I saw Mommy kissing a breathalyzer."
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