Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: My brother was recently charged with domestic battery against his girlfriend. The case is pending in court.

His girlfriend is pregnant, and they already have one child together. He wants to know what is going on, but he can't call her, and she can't call him to tell him anything about the baby or pregnancy because of the no-contact order.

How can she get this dropped?

A: I could say a lot, but this is why they have no contact orders. In most cases the only way to have the no contact order dropped is having the alleged victim contact the prosecutor to inform them of the desire to have contact with the defendant.

Be mindful that once domestic violence charges have been filed, the prosecutor will look out for the best interest of the victim even if this means denying her request.

Q: Recently, I paid a visit to our local Bureau of Motor Vehicles to renew my expired permanent handicap parking placard. I learned the new placards are half the size of the old ones and do not have an expiration date.

The lady issued me one placard. I told her I have three vehicles and have three expired placards. She said the BMV will now only issue one placard per eligible person.

This puts me in quite a quandary as we travel extensively. Before we would use one placard to park our car in a designated handicap spot at the airport and take another to our destination. There, we use it in our rental car.

This is no longer a viable option for me and is causing an undue hardship. Would you be a dear and sort it out for me?

A: Yes, I will. In checking with the BMV, I found the policies have changed in Indiana. To attempt to "curb" the individuals who use handicap placards wrongly, it now issue just "two types."

First, you can obtain a handicapped license plate for your vehicle at no extra charge with a completed form from your doctor. Secondly, you can be issued one "no expiration" placard for your car switching dilemma.

The only stipulation with these placards is that you are issued a receipt with the card that indicates the handicapped person. This receipt can be carried with you and shown to any police officer requesting to affirm the handicapped person or driver.

If this person is not in the vehicle, or the driver of the vehicle, you can be issued a $150 ticket for violation of handicapped parking.

Q: A group of my friends and I go hunting on private property. Because my friends are not the greatest shots, I was wondering for safety reasons if it is legal for a citizen to buy and wear a bullet-proof vest?

A: Yes you may. Wearing body armor while conducting lawful activity such as hunting or paintballing is not illegal. In Indiana, wearing body armor while committing or attempting to commit any felony is a Level 6 felony.

This week's riddle

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Dr. Valerie Haughtington was Ted Zieke of Michigan City.

In last column's riddle of what was the four digit number I was looking for in the math riddle? The answer of course was 5156.

This week's riddle is sponsored by Sophia's House of Pancakes, 5250 S. Franklin St. The winner receives a $30 gas card.

On Saturday, you are stopped at the light at the intersection of Greenwood and Franklin streets waiting to turn left. The red light changes and a line of cars pass you in the right lane. There are three cars in front of a car, three cars behind a car and two cars behind two cars. How many cars have passed you?

The 10th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. Friday wins.

To answer a question, or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 219-873-1461, ext. 333 or email

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