Ask a Cop: Can you arrest 'call girl' for wanting more money?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I sure hope you can help as I might have really screwed up. I recently met a girl online through Craigslist, and I really like her. After our first date I found out she really is a “call girl.” We have had sex several times and now she wants more and more money from me every week after we have sex. Can I have her arrested?

A: What?????? You have to be kidding me, right? If by “call girl” you mean prostitute, prostitution is a crime, and frequenting a prostitute is also a crime in Indiana. Better try a real online dating service!

Q: This really bothers me, but I am confused on a yellow roadway sign that has a “black cross” on it. What does this mean?

A: This means “You skipped Driver’s Ed!” You should have learned this in Driver’s Education or when you took your driver’s test. Yellow diagonal signs are informational signs that prepares drivers for specific road conditions or hazards ahead. A Black “+” indicates an upcoming intersection that crosses the road you are on. This also warns you to use caution as you approach, because vehicles may be turning off or pulling onto the roadway.

Q: Do you put monthly quotas on your officers to write tickets?

A: No, we do not, and to be honest, quotas are unethical. We do gauge productivity of officers through the reports they write, tickets issued, and contacts made, however, there is no minimum or maximum. We also send our officers to neighborhoods, playgrounds and regular school visits. So these are the programs we encourage.

Q: I am from Ohio and looking for a new car and I think I found one from a private party in Michigan City. I had a “CARFAX” report done and found that the car was in an accident in Michigan City a year ago. Can I get a copy of this report to see the extent of the accident and damages?

A: What a great idea! Of course you can. All accident reports are public knowledge and can be obtained through our department for an $8 fee, or you may buy one through the internet at for $12.

Q: I work at a local moving company and drive a semi-truck. I took it home for the evening so that I could get an early start. When I went to my truck in the morning, I found a ticket on my windshield for improper parking. Am I not allowed to park in front of my house at night as there were no signs that said I couldn’t?

A: Sorry, but no, you may not park a semi-truck. Michigan City has a parking ordinance that prohibits parking and driving in certain areas. It is unlawful to park or drive a semi-truck in a residential area or lot that is zoned for residential use. This is why most truck drivers that live in Michigan City park their rigs in areas such as truck stops and then drive a car home. Violation of truck parking in a residential area is deemed a “public nuisance” and tickets are then issued.

The winner of last column’s riddle, sponsored by our friends at Woodruff and Sons in Michigan City, was Kathy White, also from Michigan City. Let’s answer last column’s riddle of what was Shifty Sam stealing from the Woodruff construction site? Well, of course, the answer was WHEELBARROWS!

The sponsor of this week’s riddle is Belle Tire at 4431 Franklin in Michigan City. The winner receives a $50 gift card!

A police officer is right behind a man he's never met before and witnesses him driving under the influence, and while the man is clearly drunk, the officer just allows the man to leave and follows right behind him. The officer witnesses this 17 more times, and still no arrest. How come?

The 3rd 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 219-873-1461, ext. 1020, or email

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