Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I live in the county and some neighborhood kids have been coming on my property messing around in my barn and turning on my water hose. Am I legally allowed to shoot them with a BB gun?

A: 1. WHAT? WHY would you think that it would be even remotely okay to shoot children with a BB Gun? 2. Wrongful use of a BB gun as force against another, especially a child, can land you in prison for a long time! 3. BB guns are not toys. They can and have killed people. 4. The use of force is generally restricted to "Reasonable Self Defense." 5. Whatever trespassing these children may have done, shooting them with a BB gun is way beyond the realm of reasonableness. Re-Read No. 1.

Q: Is it possible for a police officer to also be a real estate agent at the same time?

A: Yes. Most police officers have second and sometimes third jobs. As with anything, you have to be very clear not to mix the two and do private work on public time.

Q: My older brother got into a very minor car accident, which was his fault, while driving my dad's car. He gave the police officer my dad's name and information because his driver's license was suspended. The officer wrote a ticket that now is in my dad's name and now my dad is suspended for not paying the ticket and no insurance! How can we fix this?

A: Your brother needs a criminal defense attorney. It sounds like he has committed at least two crimes, and once discovered, he will likely be arrested for them. An attorney can help him navigate through the system and get things corrected before they get worse.

Q: I'm looking for a good used car or an old police car. I was wondering when you auction off impounded vehicles or what you do with the old police cars?

A: We do not auction off impounded vehicles. If they are not claimed by the owner there is a lien placed by the towing company for towing and storage charges and they then have a "Mechanic's Lien" auction which is published in the newspaper. We also trade in our used police units as far as the package we receive. Our cars this year went to Lakeshore Ford in Burns Harbor.

Q: My son is 16 and just received his first driver's license. Is he allowed to take his friends home from football practice?

A: No he cannot. If you are 16 or 17 when you obtain your driver's license, your license is considered probationary until 18. Probationary licenses carry a number of restrictions: Probationary drivers may not use any type of telecommunications device while driving. This includes hands-free technology. Probationary drivers may not drive between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the first 180 days after getting the license. After 180 days, probationary drivers may not drive between 1 and 5 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday, after 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and before 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. Probationary drivers may not drive with passengers for the first 180 days after getting a license unless one of the passengers is a licensed driving instructor, an individual with a valid Indiana driver's license who is 25 or older, or a parent, guardian or step-parent who is 21 or older.


The winner of the Gas Card sponsored by Eastside Meat and Produce in Michigan City was Sharon Vink of La Porte. Let's answer the riddle of how much money did Becky start out with before going shopping. The answer of course was $20!

The sponsor for this week's riddle is our friends at Domino's Pizza in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 Gas card.

Michael, who is seven years old, is scared and wants to go home, but he knows he can't go home because there is a man in a mask there waiting for him. Who is the man in the mask?

The 11th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.

To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext #333, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.comHint.

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