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Woman Charged with Stalking Rev. Michael Pfleger



    A Deerfield woman was charged Monday with stalking the Rev. Michael Pfleger — allegedly violating an order of protection he took out against the woman earlier this month.

    Lydia Kuzniar, 55, of the 1100 block of Montgomery Drive in Deerfield, was charged Monday afternoon with felony counts of stalking and aggravated stalking in violation of an order of protection, a police source said.

    Police arrested Kuzniar at 11:13 a.m. Sunday at St. Sabina Church, 1210 W. 78th Place, where Pfleger is pastor, police said.

    Authorities couldn't immediately say what she was doing at the parish, but said she was previously arrested at the church Nov. 8 for allegedly trespassing. Pfleger had a "no-contact" order served to her two days later, police said.

    Kuzniar allegedly violated that same order of protection about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11, when she was again arrested at the church for trespassing and misdemeanor stalking, according to police.

    Pfleger, an outspoken anti-violence activist, has been pastor at the Auburn Gresham neighborhood church since 1981.

    Kuzniar is expected to appear in bond court Tuesday.

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