Galveston woman files suit over neighbor's harassment

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 22, 2011, 9:00am

GALVESTON - Alleging her neighbor is harassing and defaming her, Lynda Michaelski has filed a lawsuit.

Michaelski's lawsuit, filed Aug. 12 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1, claims neighbor Bernard McIntyre has committed acts that "occurred repeatedly and persistently for many years." The suit focuses specifically on acts allegedly committed during the past year.

"During this time period, the defendant has intentionally committed shocking and egregious acts with the intent of causing the plaintiff emotional distress and instilling fear in her heart," recent court documents state.

The plaintiff claims McIntyre's actions "have ranged in seriousness from annoying to threatening, and even damaging to her sense of security and personal property."

According to the suit, McIntyre trespassed on Michaelski's property, sprayed herbicide on her garden, removed objects from her yard, erected racist symbols on her premises, tampered with her 100-year-old oak tree and spread false and derogatory rumors about her throughout the community with the intent of damaging her reputation and reducing her property value.

She asserts the defendant's conduct has intensified over the last year to the point of becoming unbearable.

Efforts to solve any differences between the two parties were unsuccessful as the respondent continued to verbally assault and harass the complainant, the suit states.

Consequently, Michaelski seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorney Saeed Tellawi of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 Judge John Grady.

Cause No. 65,819

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