DURANGO, Colo. – A hearing on a restraining order was scheduled Thursday for the family of one of two girls ordered to pay $930 in medical bills to a woman who claimed the delivery of a plate of cookies scared her to the hospital.
Dick Ostergaard, father of Taylor Ostergaard (search), 18, filed for the restraining order Feb. 4 against Wanita "Ranea" Young's (search) husband, who allegedly made harassing calls to the Ostergaard residence.
Both families said they would try to mediate the matter.
Taylor Ostergaard and Lindsey Jo Zellitti (search), 18, knocked on the Youngs' door and left a plate of cookies on the porch late one night last July.
Young, 49, said nobody answer when she asked who was there and she could see only shadowy figures that ran away to a car parked outside the gate.
The incident happened at her isolated country home where she was with her teen daughter and elderly, ill mother, while her husband was out of town.
Young said she hasn't returned to her part-time job at Wal-Mart (search) and might have to give up the presidency and her seat on the board of the local food bank, a post she's held for 16 years, because of the negative attention she's received.
She's received hundreds of crank calls, along with truckloads of "strange" packages—some containing cookies or cookie crumbs.
"All this over cookies," she said. "Our home is like a funeral parlor. They've robbed us of our laughter. My spirit, my soul, is damaged."
Despite that, Young said she believes going to court was the right thing.
"I don't know how to change. I don't know how to compromise my principles," she said.