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

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

Cost of Pavlin Case against the Sheriff’s Office to Taxpayers So Far

Having published an article about the case of the Dr. Jerome Pavlin, his wife and son against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, plus a decision concerning summary judgment requests by Federal Judge Federick Kapala. (Through Saturday an amazing 109 people … 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

Witness Says State Police Didn’t Contact Him about Sheriff’s Department Incident with Pavlins

Yesterday I was frustrated because someone in the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department or the Illinois State Police apparently released information about a State Police probe of the way Keith Nygren’s dealt with Crystal Lake seniors Jerome and Carla Pavlin. The … Continue reading

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi Replies to Sheriff Keith Nygren’s Assistant’s Northwest Herald Criticism

Today someone other than the Public Information Office of the Illinois State Police have apparently released a report about the incident involving McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputies and Jerome and Carla Pavlin to the Northwest and Daily Heralds. I have asked … 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