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4:12 PM Fri, Nov. 16th

Woman awaiting trial charged again for harassment

Laura Jean Christianson, 43, of Prescott

Laura Jean Christianson, 43, of Prescott

PRESCOTT - A woman awaiting trial in Yavapai County Superior Court on charges including felony stalking and harassment of a police officer late last year was booked into the Yavapai County jail on Sunday on charges of harassment and failure to comply with a court order after an officer saw her following another police officer on Saturday.

The officer also allegedly found a scanner, which she said she recently bought, in her car.

In several incidents in November 2011, Laura Jean Christianson, 43, of Prescott drove past an officer's home, waited in her car near his home, and showed up on calls he responded to, according to police reports.

"After a previous arrest, her release conditions included a court order that she was not to have any non-emergency contact with police, was not to follow officers as they went on calls, and could not possess a scanner," said Prescott Police Lt. Andy Reinhardt.

Earlier this month, during a hearing in Yavapai County Superior Court, Christianson's Phoenix-based attorney John E. Kelly declined a plea deal for his client, asked for trial to be set for September, and agreed to a hearing next week to discuss his motion to remand the case back to the grand jury for a new determination of probable cause. Deputy Yavapai County Attorney Steve Young then withdrew the plea offer.

On Saturday, when the officer stopped Christianson and asked her what she was doing in that part of town, Christianson initially told him she was heading to a park, but the officer told her she was heading in the wrong direction, according to the police report.

When the officer asked if Christianson had a scanner in her car, she allegedly said she did not want to answer that question.

The officer told her he believed she was following the other officer to a call nearby and arrested her for violating a court order forbidding her from surveilling police, according to the police report.

Christianson later told the officer that she had visited a grave at the cemetery in the 1000 block of Willow Creek Road, but when the officer drove her to the cemetery, she told the officer she hadn't visited the grave, because the had not been able to find it, according to the police report.

When they reached the police station, Christianson told the officer she had no idea the officer was going to a call on Marigold and she wasn't following officers around. The officer then told her that he had not mentioned the street, just the north side of town, and that she was stopped a block from that call, according to the police report.

After an officer found a scanner in a backpack in Christianson's car, she told the officer that she bought a scanner a week ago after hearing that law enforcement officers were "talking bad" about her on the radio, according to the police report.

Then Christianson told the officer that she needed to take her medicine, and they let her, but said she took more than she usually does, according to the police report.

Later, Christianson collapsed as the officer tried to have her walk from his car to the entrance gate of the jail, so emergency medical services were called and she was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment, according to police reports.

Later Sunday she was booked into the jail after she was released from medical care, Reinhardt said.