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Man faces charges for allegedly threatening witness
Witness bought drugs from defendant

October 20, 2011

ELKHORN — A 27-year-old Bloomfield man faces a felony charge after he allegedly threatened a woman who was expected to testify in a cocaine delivery case.

Randall R. Kurzinski, 1201 Highway H, has been charged with felony intimidation of a witness and bail jumping.

If convicted of both counts, he faces up to 16 years imprisonment and $35,000 in fines. In a separate case, Kurzinksi is charged with possessing heroin, a felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 3-1/2 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

The victim in the case worked with the Walworth County Drug Unit in June to purchase cocaine from Jeffrey Pipes.

Pipes, 35, of North Chicago, has been charged with three counts of delivering cocaine, as a second and subsequent offense. If convicted of all the counts, Pipes faces up to 42 years imprisonment and $75,000 in fines.

Pipes is scheduled for a two-day jury trial on Oct. 24 and 25.

The victim contacted police on Oct. 8 and said she ran into Kurzinski at the Walgreens store in Lake Geneva. There Kurzinski questioned the victim on why he and Pipes were arrested and taken away by police, but she was not.

After Kurzinski questioned this, the victim's mother stepped in and said this conversation shouldn't take place in front of the victim's child.

As the victim was leaving the store, she overheard Kurzinski point her out to another person. That person and Kurzinksi approached the victim and told her she should watch her back.

When the victim spoke to a police officer about the situation, she became upset and started crying. She told the officer if, for whatever reason, she doesn't show up for the trial police know where to look first.