White Bear Lake neighbor from hell is a Met Council executive assistant [UPDATE]

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Christensen literally gave the little girls living across the street from her nightmares.
If the most recent allegations against her are true -- and based on her track record, it's nearly impossible to believe they aren't -- you have to wonder what the decision makers at the Metropolitan Council saw and continue to see in Lori Christensen.

Christensen -- 49, a single mother, and employed as an executive assistant with the Met Council -- faces three felony charges and the possibility of 10 years in prison after making her White Bear Lake neighbors miserable for a half-decade.

One couple who live next door to Christensen and her young daughter have a court order forbidding her from having any contact with them; an elderly woman who lived on the other side of the street moved because she could no longer tolerate Christensen's behavior; and Christensen now faces two felony counts of stalking and a felony count of violating a restraining order taken out against her by the across-the-street Hoffman family.

The Hoffmans moved to the tree-lined Homewood Place cul-de-sac 15 years ago, and Christensen followed them about three years later. Relations were amicable and their daughters played together until an incident about five years ago where Christensen's daughter allegedly poured nail polish on one of the Hoffman girls.

When Greg Hoffman went to tell Christensen about it, she got angry, admonishing Hoffman to take care of his own children. And it's been all downhill from there, both for the Hoffmans and for other neighbors unfortunate enough to live in proximity to Christensen. In total, police have received more than 80 calls regarding her behavior in just the last three years.

From the Daily Mail
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Christensen was filmed flashing some leg while taunting her neighbors with a lewd jig.
The taunts became so unbearable, that Kim and Greg Hoffman, who live opposite Christensen, began filming her in action.

They caught her performing a lewd dance as their son celebrated his 12th birthday and yelling obscenities at the family, KMSP-TV reported.

She has also pasted as many as 50 signs to her garage reading: 'Get a life', 'the guilty talk the loudest' and 'I saw mommy kissing a breathalyzer' - a reference to the fact Mrs Hoffman is a recovering alcoholic.

She also twisted the lyrics to the song Drunken Sailor by singing: 'What do you do with a drunken mother?'

Other accusations include making masturbatory gestures to Greg Hoffman and shouting, 'I wish you'd died' to his wife.
The Star Tribune quotes White Bear Lake Police Chief Lynne Bankes as saying that during her 35 years as a police officer, "I have never met or heard of anybody who is so persistent in their negative behavior toward their neighbors -- or anyone." Bankes said she's consulted with ministers and psychologists to try and better understand Christensen, to no avail.

Christensen actually spent last Christmas in the workhouse for violating the restraining order the Hoffmans have against her. During the sentencing hearing for that violation, a letter written by Christensen's boss, Met Council Chief Information Officer David Hinrichs, was read in court. The letter lauded "Lori's high standards and strong character over the last two years." Hinrichs wrote he was "lucky" to have her on staff and "would hire her again in a minute."

Christensen is still employed by the Met Council with an annual salary of $51,917, the Star Tribune reports. If nothing else, she must be really good at not bringing her home-life to work, otherwise how else can you explain her still having a job?

:: UPDATE ::

The Star Tribune reports that Christensen has been banned from her Homewood Place home until her next court hearing.

On Friday, Ramsey County District Judge George Stephenson will determine whether Christensen violated her probation by allegedly videotaping her neighbors and calling authorities about suspected code violations at the neighbors' home, including slight siding damage and litter from overflowing recycling bins.

Christensen can remain free until Judge Stephenson makes a ruling. Though she's banned from her home, she can return once with police to pick up her dogs and some personal items.

Stephenson went as far as to direct Christensen to refrain from calling 911 about the Hoffmans even if she witnesses their house burning down.

"You will not be the one to call 911 to report it," the judge said.

:: UPDATE 2, May 30, noon ::

During a court appearance today, Christensen admitted she violated her probation and was sentenced to 90 days in the Ramsey County workhouse. She's expected to report to jail Monday, the Star Tribune reports.

Judge Stephenson also ordered her to stay at least a mile away from her house for the remainder of her four-and-a-half year probation. Christensen, for her part, said she has no plans to return home.

So look out, rest of the Twin Cities -- in about three months, Christensen could be moving in across the street from you.

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48 comments
Buddy Summers
Buddy Summers

Just another lib Obama supporter acting out.... She should be flogged in public ....

Johnsass
Johnsass

Her daughter goes to my school and is in my class. Will she really go on Dr. Phil?

Benderloin
Benderloin

Menopause is an ugly thing to witness...especially in public!

Dhecker
Dhecker

I think she's Hot.  Reminds me of Porcelain Elvis.

smartgirl06
smartgirl06

I feel so very sorry for her daughter.  I can't IMAGINE what it is like for her to live behind the walls of that house with her mother, always knowing someone is complaining about her.  That would feel awful to know your mom is making so many people angry, upset, and always talking about as a way of life, not to mention having the police come to your door as a child for so many years--it HAS TO BE awful for her. 

Which begs the question---why hasn't children's services gotten involved?  How could her mother's behavior NOT be looked at from what it is doing to the child perspective?

Dealing with the mother is one thing, but no story so far has mentioned what will happen with the daughter...  I hate stories like this, and parents like this who don't give a damn about their own children over their own egos...

But I do have to add that I think there HAS to be a psychologically-off reason why she is able to CONTINUE to do this for SO MANY YEARS without stopping!  Ugh!

Creeper
Creeper

Her act alike/look alike twin lives on 108th Ave Coon Rapids.

DuluthToronto
DuluthToronto

She has Helter Skelter, Charles Manson eyes. Now I'm gonna have nightmares. She looks like hell for being 49! I'd have guessed 10-15 years older easily.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Is there any question why she is a "single mother"?

Although she a perfect fit the Met-Council.  That agency is power hungry and extremely controlling, and has been intruding into the lives of many within the 7 county for decades.  Unelected bureaucrats...

Bianca
Bianca

Gotta say.. Kudos to KMSP for picking this story up months ago. I thought it was a joke, the first time they aired it, but apparently there IS a story here.

John
John

I'm a recovering alcoholic with two years of sobriety. From reading this story it wouldn't surprise me if she had substance abuse issues of her own. Often, the type of person that points their finger at someone and tells them they're a bad person for drinking does it to feel better about their own alcohol intake.

dm
dm

i've been dealing with a neighbor for over 2 years and finally got a harassment order against her.  It didn't make her stop.  instead she's now in high gear.  I don't  know what else to do.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

she probably has some mental health issues but alas the cost of medical care in this country - she may not get the help she needs.

 

StrangerThanFiction
StrangerThanFiction

In my non professional but studied opinion, I say this woman has a Cluster B Personality Disorder; most likely she's afflicted with Borderline Personality Disorder. Someone with BPD shows a gross lack of boundaries, love of drama and causing divisions, using projection as a defense mechanism and painting a perceived 'enemy' as evil. They also think they are not the ones with a problem, and if are diagnosed with a personality disorder are extremely resistant to treatment, and are difficult to treat. Many professionals mis-diagnose the disease as Bi-polar.

In her case, she's ignored harassment orders, posted signs and performed lewd and crude actions. She also has a record of drunk driving. Could it be her calling attention to Mrs. Hoffman's own battle with alcohol be a way to assuage her own conscience? 

Borderlines frequently are charming people to those they wish to fool...looks like she can maintain to keep her job, but she has to have a release somewhere. Usually persons with BPD 'take it out' on family never running afoul of the law. Those are the high functioning Borderlines. Too bad she seems to be taking it out on her neighbors, that puts her in the low functioning category. 

For this illness to be sever enough to spill over into the public, (low function) someone in the home is affected by it too, in the form of being a scapegoat.  I truly worry for her daughter...Why? Because I was raised by a mother with BPD. No, I'm not a professional qualified to diagnose, but I have had to study this illness as a matter of self preservation. I hope some qualified professional steps in and looks at her home life, and maybe saves her daughter's soul.

Ms_pi_2006
Ms_pi_2006

Creepy..I live in the neighborhood.  What this woman has been doing is illegal and thankfully will be stopped.  I do worry about her daughter.  Thankfully the Hoffmans have stood up to her bullying and bad behavior.

Dee99mm
Dee99mm

There are two sides to all stories - what's her story?  There has to be more than spilled nail polish to set her off....the other family can't be that perfect...can they???

D
D

What is the difference between what this gal is doing to her neighbors across the street, and what John Hoff (north Minneapolis blogger "Johnny Northside") does to his victims?Both stalk, harass, intimidate, retaliate, insult,and call names to their victims. Christensen posts signs in her yard, Hoff posts signs in his blog. Christensen yells names and insults, Hoff posts names and insults. Christensen makes peoples lives miserable, and so does Hoff. Neither care about the harm, physical or emotional they inflict on their victims.Hoff got slapped with a $60,000 civil judgment, Christensen may go to prison.If what Christensen does is NOT protected by the 1st Amendment, then Hoff's blog postings should NOT be either. Harassment is harassment, and both are a couple of bullies.Both belong in prison.

DavetheDog
DavetheDog

She looks much older than 49. I was guessing close to retirement age. Sad story--I wish the Hoffmans peace...

Vandalin
Vandalin

She has a young daughter? What happened to the little girl?

Dr. J
Dr. J

I'm surprised she isn't the Tea Party endorsed canidate for US Senate running against Senator Klobuchar in the fall.   She's at least as sane as Michele Bachmann.

ct
ct

What a f***in freak! Hope she goes to jail. Her poor daughter is gonna be one messed up adult!

Guest
Guest

It is amazing to me that a person can live nearly 50 years and never be put in her place. Fry the bitch.

vitajex
vitajex

I have my neighbors dancing lewdly out in the open all the time.

God, I hate living next door to The Gypsy Rose Lee Assisted Living Home for Retired Burleque Dancers.(No, I don't...)

Tony
Tony

If it is her car in the drive, she dances very well for a person with handicap plates on her car.

idrivefast
idrivefast

Document EVERYTHING. Call the police every time she violates the order (which she most likely will). Oh, and make sure that your permit to carry is up to snuff. 

UnknownLegend
UnknownLegend

Someone with a 'good job' in the public sector more than likely has excellent health and mental benefits. The question is, is she willing to avail herself to them?

Victim of a crazy person
Victim of a crazy person

To Unknown legend,

Thank you for a very well-written opinion.  I am going to print it so I can refer back to it in the future when things get bad here again.  I have a neighbor (renter) who is almost as the sick as the woman in this story.  She constantly trespasses, cuts trees, moves things on my property, encroaches on my property, harasses me, threatened to kill me, etc.  I finally had security cameras installed and she got so upset that she had the nerve to try to get a PPO on me – which was denied.  Stating on the PPO everything she has done to me.  I

 have called the police, rental company, and had attorneys write letters to the owners regarding her cutting trees.  No one will do anything unless she is caught in the act..  I try not to reacted to her antics unless she trespasses and does damage.  When you call the police over and over – you only lose your creditability.

The owners won’t evict her because she has put about 25,000 worth of improvements in the rental house.  I’m not joking, who does that in a rental house?

I wish she would get security cameras because I have nothing to hide.  I am gone about 12 a day 5 days a week.  My neighbor does not work.   

I have often wondered if my neighbor is bipolar or paranoid psychophrenic and I see how it affects her family.  I think they must sleep with one-eye open. I just want her to leave us alone. 

Katiefletcher3333
Katiefletcher3333

No, when the entire cul-de-sac is hararssed by a woman pretending to masturbate in her driveway and creates lewd signs and hangs them on the garage door, there is no excuse. She called children names from her yard and would literally have screwing tantrums directed toward her neighbors. She herself told Tom Lyman she isn't crazy, but that doesn't mean she's not evil with a rage issue.

Brad R
Brad R

One harasses slumlords. One harasses recovering alcoholics. 

Nadya
Nadya

 I thought she was around 62.  She smokes and drinks herself and those age a person.

Nadya
Nadya

 The daughter apparently poured nail polish on one of the Hoffman daughters which is believed to be what started this whole thing, so I think the apple does not fall far from the tree.

Jimbud
Jimbud

I'm not sure who is more disturbed. Dr. J or this woman from WBL.  Why would a poster feel the need to bring politics into a sad story like this?  Hate and some deep inner issues I would guess. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Met Council Chief Information Officer David Hinrichs needs to have a review. Who the heck hired this woman? Typically, liberals like Ted Mondale are on the Met Council and who ever hired her probably needs to go to HR Class again. 

Of course the democrat candidate running against Bachmann is a ONE % multi-millionaire who is bored.   

Guest
Guest

You had me and then you lost me.

anb
anb

Rude. She doesn't deserve to be dead.

Pnk
Pnk

lol...very observant, tony...she does seem to get along fine doesnt she?

dm
dm

i have call 11times in 2 months because she cuts the measurement line for building a fence. Once, for putting a camera in a upstair's window facing directly into a bedroom window. once for running into me at a store and being in my space.  She has to stay 25 feet away. This time for calling  the city on me.  things have been quiet this week because of a security camera i have facing the line and also because of this news story.

Unknown Legend
Unknown Legend

Victim of a crazy, sorry you are having this problem. I'm shocked that the police will not issue a warrant on the trespass and destruction of property (I take it those were your trees she cut down?). Hopefully your security system will catch her in some sort of future trespass rather than an assault on your person. The security evidence should be enough for the authorities in your city to arrest or issue a citation; if the will not, take your proof to your city council person and press them to have LE take action. If your council member is like mine, you may have to threaten to take your story and evidence to the media. Sincerely, good luck with this and stay safe. At times, especially when I hear stories like yours, the most eloquent and profound thought I can manage is that crazy people sure suck!

TheBlob
TheBlob

Well, severe mental health issues could be an excuse, if you're willing to wade into the murky depths of that argument.  But I guess the issues aren't severe enough for her colleagues at the MET council to notice, so who knows.  Maybe they're all crazy.

Dr. J
Dr. J

 I'm sorry I made you cry insulting Michele Bachmann.  She definately deserves all the respect a homophobic bigot liar usually gets. 

Nadya
Nadya

 I can only guess they have a "close" relationship outside of the office.

Dr. J
Dr. J

 Republicans have no senses of humor.  It's because they are usually mean and hateful bigots.  That's why they do things like boo dead soliders and cheer for people to die. 

6669
6669

ehh, may as well.

AH
AH

She was even seen running away from an interview from a local news organization, and by "running" I mean just that. She can run faster than I.

Pnk87825
Pnk87825

lots of nut jobs are smart. geniuses have been serial killers..

Ebc1973
Ebc1973

You are talking about Fred Phelps, and Westboro Baptist Church. For the record, he is a Democrat, not a Republican.  Just so you know.

Dr. J
Dr. J

 Thank you for proving that Republicans have no senses of humor with your unfunny comments.   I'm in 2nd grade to answer your unfunny question and I'm already funnier and smarter than you.

Barlowmaker
Barlowmaker

 "Dr. J" should get off the computer and go play outside with the other kids.

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