Officials: Man threatened drug witness

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Kevin Hoffman
Friday, October 21, 2011
— A police informant in a Walworth County drug case told authorities that friends of the defendant told her "a hit" had been put out on her.

Randall Kurzinski, 27, Genoa City, is charged with intimidating a witness and felony bail jumping after the informant told police she was threatened when she saw Kurzinski at a Lake Geneva store.

Kurzinski is a friend of drug defendant Jeffery Pipes, whose trial is scheduled to start Monday.

Kurzinski asked the informant why police arrested him and Pipes on June 29 but she was let free, according to the criminal complaint. The altercation continued outside the store, where Kurzinski and another man told her to watch her back and warned her that people were coming for her, according to the complaint.

Kurzinski already faced charges after police found heroin and drug paraphernalia at his home this summer.

Police were executing a search warrant after an informant made $100 cocaine purchases from Pipes on three occasions.

Pipes faces three counts of delivering cocaine, and he's scheduled for a jury trial beginning Monday. Pipes has a lengthy criminal record dating to 2002, including cocaine possession and false imprisonment.

The informant has been summoned to testify at Pipes' trial, according to court documents.

The informant told police she was at the Lake Geneva store with her mother and child when she saw Kurzinski.

She told police after she walked outside, Kurzinski continued to harass her. She said Kurzinski told her Pipes put a hit out on her, and she should watch her back, according to the complaint.

Officer Joseph Ecklund of the Lake Geneva Police Department said the informant later told him that if she did

not show up for the trial, "at least (police) know to look first at the defendant and his friend," according to the complaint.

Kurzinski is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 28 on the intimidation charge. His jury trial on the drug charges is set for December.

Last updated: 6:41 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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