This afternoon I was parked in the Jewel-Osco parking lot to make a telephone call, when a large white SUV slowly pulled into the parking place to my left and stopped. I was near the end of an aisle well out from the front of the store, and another parked car was in the second space to my left.
Anyone concerned about personal safety and on "yellow" alert for dangerous circumstances around him would wonder why a car would be pulling in slowly next to him so far from the store. When I looked over, the driver stared and glared at me but said nothing. Nor did he roll down the front-seat passenger window.
I recognized him and greeted him with, "How are you today?" He said nothing.
After about 30 seconds of staring at me, the driver backed out, proceeded to Route 47 and turned north.
The vehicle? A new (or newer) white Chevrolet; larger than a Blazer. Maybe a Tahoe?
License: Illinois passenger plate 196 3705
Driver: Sheriff Keith Nygren!
I called the Woodstock Police Department and requested an officer to take a report. Ofc. Rob Branum arrived and initiated Report No. 09-10866. He said the license plate is not listed to Nygren or to the Sheriff's Department.
As I told Ofc. Branum, the conditions existed for a hit. Had the driver of that vehicle rolled down the passenger window, he could have shot me and driven away. And then Ofc. Branum would have had a really bad night ahead of him, cleaning up a crime scene with no witnesses.
Ofc. Branum asked me Nygren didn't like me. As many readers know, I have disagreed with many actions of deputies of the sheriff's department and raised questions about matters related to the sheriff. I never would have guessed that he would so blatantly approach me and attempt to intimidate me.
Should I go to a McHenry County judge tomorrow morning and request an Order of Protection?