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McHenry County judge scolds Algonquin man facing heroin charges for swearing

More than $3,200 worth of heroin seized from Algonquin couple, police say

WOODSTOCK – An Algonquin man facing felony heroin charges was scolded by a McHenry County judge Wednesday after he swore at a family member of the woman he was arrested with.

Paul S. Benzinger was in court to set a date for a preliminary hearing after McHenry County Sheriff's police said they seized more than $3,200 worth of heroin during a five-month investigation and a search of the home where he lived with Heather Vasil, 23, in the 1000 block of Oak Lane.

The couple face Class X felony charges of delivering a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, along with a litany of other felony and misdemeanor drug charges and misdemeanor endangering the life of a child.

As he was being led out of the courtroom, Benzinger, 28, swore at a woman in the back, prompting Judge Michael Feetterer to bring him back into the courtroom.

“Where do you think you are?” Feetterer asked.

Benzinger responded that a woman sitting in the courtroom had “flipped him off and mouthed off” to him.

Benzinger is being held in McHenry County Jail on $39,000 bond. Feetterer said that if Benzinger was not already in jail, he would have cited him for contempt of court and sent him to jail for 30 days.

“Don't ever use that language in my courtroom again,” Feetterer said.

Benzinger is next due in court at 9 a.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, Feetterer set Vasil's case for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. March 9. She is being held in McHenry County Jail on $32,500 bond.

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