ST. PAUL, Minn. - The woman referred to as "the neighbor from hell" by people in her cul-de-sac has officially started her 90-day sentence for violating a restraining order.
Ramsey County Workhouse spokesman Chris Crutchfield says 49-year-old Lori Christensen arrived at the workhouse at 9 a.m. Monday morning to begin serving her sentence.
Christensen appeared in Ramsey County Court Wednesday for a hearing on charges that she violated probation by disobeying a harassment restraining order. District Judge George Stephenson extended the restraining order. She is not allowed to come within one mile of her old home.
Neighbors Greg and Kim Hoffman had successfully carried out a series of restraining orders again Christensen, whose house sits directly across from their front yard on a cul-de-sac in White Bear Lake.
The Hoffmans said Christensen began an escalating pattern of aggressive behavior following a disagreement between their daughters. They say Christensen posted bizarre signs, videotaped them constantly, and followed Kim Hoffman in her car, among other things. One one day she lifted her dress and danced inappropriately as youngsters showed up at the Hoffman's home for a birthday party.
Christensen said she will abide by the ruling and never go back to the house. She will serve 90 days in jail followed by 4 1/2 years of probation. Christensen indicated that she will sell the house.
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