Sheriff Nygren Hit With Suit Charging Failure to Supervise Resulting in “False Arrests and Use of Excessive Force” by Deputies; Launching Pad – Wonder Lake Arrest Last Christmas

Attorney Louis J. Meyer filed another Federal case Monday, December, 23, 2013, against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, McHenry County, a deputy and Kieth Nygren personally. Wonder Lake and one of its policemen are also defendants. Here’s what the suit … Continue reading

Judge Kapala Notes Settlement of Excessive Force and False Arrest Case Brought by Citizen Against McHenry County Sheriff’s Department

Minute orders by Federal Judge Frederick Kapala, sitting in Rockford, announce a so-far undisclosed settlement of a case brought by 61-year old Peter Matwijiw against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department. Matwijiw was injured on July 3, 2009, by Deputy Robert … Continue reading

Why Louis Meyer Filed the Pavlins’ Illegal Search & Seizure Case in Federal Court

A commenter asked why Dr. Jerome and Carla Pavlin’s Fourth Amendment case against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department was filed in Federal Court, rather that State Court (since the same right is contained in the Illinois State Constitution). I asked … Continue reading

Going to Trial on a Fourth Amendment Violation

McHenry County–or at least its insurance company or risk management agency–got off the hook for the $100,000 deductible in its policy. That was more than eaten up by attorneys’ fees before a $300,000 settlement was agree upon. That settlement came … Continue reading

The Federal Judge Wrote, “…summary judgment is appropriate as to plaintiffs’ claim that defendants violated their Fourth Amendment rights by entering their house to arrest Carl.”

Meanwhile in an alternative universe, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren told the Northwest Herald, “Our officers did nothing wrong. “Our people did the right thing, and I support them 100 percent.” The headline above is excerpted from that part of … Continue reading

County Settles Case Against Sheriff’s Department for Violating Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Pavlin’s Fourth Amendment Search Protections

You may remember that McHenry County Sheriff’s Department deputies were found by Federal Judge Frederick Kapola to have violated the U.S. Constitutional rights of Dr. Jerome and Carla Pavlin. The Fourth Amendment to be specific. Here’s what that part of … Continue reading

Summary of Jerome and Carla Pavlin Case against the Sheriff’s Department and Legal Fees So Far

You might be interested to know that the suit brought by Dr. Jerome and Carla Pavlin against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department has racked up $186,148.46 so far. The last time we checked in November, 2011), the total was $118,000. … Continue reading

Rockford Federal Judge Refuses to Change Pavlin Verdict Against Sheriff’s Department

“Defendants’ motion to alter judgment is denied.” That’s the summary of the decision rendered by Judge Frederick J. Kapala in the case in which Jerome and Carla Pavlin sued a whole passel of McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeremy Bruketta Kyle … Continue reading

Major Portions of Pavlins’ Case against Sheriff’s Department Going to Trial

Major parts of the case filed July 17, 2009, by Crystal Lake senior citizens Jerome and Carla Pavlin against McHenry County has withstood attempts to have it dismissed and will go to trial in Federal Judge Frederick Kapala’s new Rockford … Continue reading

Seipler Talks about Nygren’s Having “Top Heavy” Office – One Supervisor for Every Three Deputies

The following press release has been received from Zane Seipler, who is running against Sheriff Keith Nygren in the GOP primary election on February 2nd. It comments on this Northwest Herald article. I’d be willing to bet that the inspiration … Continue reading

Sheriff Keith Nygren, Deputies Sued

Here’s the suit by Jerome and Carla Pavlin of rural Crystal Lake. McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s office dismissed the charges brought by the sheriff’s department last week. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOISWESTERN DIVISION JEROME … Continue reading