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Protection Order Against Senator Extended Through August

Sen. Suzi Schmidt made brief appearance before judge Wednesday, pretrial and status hearing set for Aug. 15



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    State Senator Suzi Schmidt won't be allowed to talk to her neighbors for a little bit longer.

    Lake County Associate Judge George Strickland extended the protection order against Schmidt during a court appearance Wednesday. The order now continues through her next court appearance, a pretrial and status hearing scheduled for August 15, according to the Daily Herald.

    Schmidt's neighbors have had the protection order, which was put in place after her arrest in June on charges of criminal damage and trespassing in relation with her neighbors, extended once before. The first judge-ordered extension was on July 3, continuing the order through Wednesday's July 18 hearing.

    According to the order obtained by Schmidt's neighbors, she allegedly harassed them for more than a year with phone calls, emails and texts. The protection order prevented her from coming within 500 feet of their property.

    Schmidt made news last year when 911 tapes were released of her using her job title to try and persuade police to ignore her husband's domestic disturbance calls.

    "I'm having a little problem with my husband right now," she was heard saying on the tape. "But it’s fine, so if he calls you, you can ignore him."