Erie Mayor Joe Wilson fighting restraining over rent dispute in court Monday

ERIE, Colo. - Erie Mayor Joe Wilson is due in court Monday to challenge an order by a judge to stay at least 100 yards away from a woman who rents property he is trying to sell.

The court order was issued after confrontations between the mayor and the tenant drew police to her home.

The temporary protection order was requested by 65-year-old Karol Hopper. It requires the mayor to appear in court on Monday to argue why the order shouldn't be made permanent.

Hopper told the court she was seeking the protection order against the mayor because he had cut the security chain on the driveway gate a week ago and tried to "force his way into the house." She also accused Wilson of following her as she walked away from him, and felt his "body language becoming very hostile" and was "threaten (sic) by his demeanor."

"He was scaring me so bad, I was crying so hard that I could hardly speak with the 911 officer," Hopper wrote to the court. "I feared for my life, my heart was pounding 100 miles a minute. My friends could not believe that an official was acting so wild and crazy."

In a written statement Wilson provided law enforcement, he said he was trying to gain access to the property so that an insurance inspection could be performed on the house and that he had properly notified Hopper a day earlier, the Camera reported.

Wilson said he was notifying Hopper that she was in violation of the terms of her lease, including illegally boarding horses, failing to pay rent on time and running a dangerous electric line from the home to a trailer outside. Wilson said the tenant needed to correct those issues or vacate the property by the beginning of March.

Hopper disputes Wilson's claim that she's violated her lease agreement, the newspaper reported.

Wilson, 54, lists himself as an agent, principal and co-listing broker for the property's owner -- MCB Trust, based in Cheyenne. Wilson told the Boulder Daily Camera his dealings with Hopper are a private business matter and have nothing to do with his office.

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