BRAIDWOOD – A dispute among neighbors in what would seem like a tranquil residential setting has led to an order of protection, an arrest and two sides pointing surveillance cameras at each other.
The neighbors were in Will County Court on Tuesday on a motion to determine whether a “stalking-no contact” order Mary Williams has applied for will be issued against Donald R. Kinzler.
The dispute had already escalated by Sunday, when Kinzler, 52, turned himself in to Braidwood police and was charged with criminal trespassing and vandalism. Kinzler is the engineering project manager in the Channahon Public Works Department.
Kinzler, who resides in the 700 block of West Kennedy Road, had previously been served with a court order of protection accusing him of stalking Williams, who lives in the house next door.
Kinzler’s and Williams’ residences back up to a large pond that has been frequented by ducks and geese. Williams and her husband, Ken Banderman, said they’ve fed the waterfowl, but Kinzler has shot them with paintballs, thrown rocks at them and threatened to throw firecrackers.
Kinzler’s attorney Jeffrey Baldacci declined Tuesday to comment on the dispute.
Carrie Roberts, who lives across the street, said she saw Kinzler spraying chemicals on the bushes that divide Williams’ property from his about two months ago. Williams and Banderman said the chemicals damaged the bushes.
When questioned Tuesday by attorney Jeff Tomczak, Williams testified Kinzler has a no-trespassing sign he moves when she is out in her garden.
“He will move it directly in front of where I am and hammer it down while glaring at me,” Williams said.
Williams also has put up a no trespassing sign facing Kinzler’s property, but said she does not move it. Both Williams and Kinzler also have put up surveillance cameras toward each other.
“I’m being harassed and intimidated, and I just want him to stop,” Williams said.