Moorhead woman gets jail time after sending Christmas card


A Christmas card has landed a Moorhead woman in jail in the latest chapter of a lengthy dispute with her neighbor, InForum reports.

Sharon Lavonne Rousseau, 65, was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for time served and a year of supervised probation, stemming from a June 24 conviction by a Clay County jury one count of harassment in the face of a restraining order, a misdemeanor.

InForum says Rosseau's civil dispute with her neighbor began over a fence, and went to court in December 2013 after she was accused of sending a Christmas card to the family. In court Monday, Judge Galen Vaa found that by sending the card, Rosseau was in violation of restraining order because it was “a very sinister method of carrying on” the dispute, InForum reports.

The woman's attorney argued his client caused no harm or damage by sending the card to the family, and reports of them being frightened by it were "hyperbole."

InForum featured Rosseau in a 2011 story about her complaints about her postal delivery worker and her repeated attempts to get her mail service to end delivery.

Rosseau detailed her issues with the postal worker in an interview with Forum Communications.

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A year ago, another notorious neighbor dispute happened in White Bear Lake.

Lori Elaine Christensen was sentenced to five years of probation in October 2013 after pleading guilty to a felony count of harassment.

Christensen was also ordered to not go within a mile for a year of Gregory and Kimberly Hoffman, after violating a restraining order the Hoffmans had against Christensen.

The Star Tribune reported that Christensen’s previous incidents of harassment include mocking Kimberly Hoffman, who is a recovering alcoholic, and making fun of the alcoholism during the birthday celebration of the woman’s son.

The Hoffmans dubbed Christensen the "neighbor from hell."

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