Ask a Cop: Does Indiana still use electric chairs?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: Are they still using the electric chair at the Indiana State Prison? Can someone go there and take a look at it? If sentenced to death can a prisoner have a choice of how they want to be executed?

A: No, Indiana stopped using the electric chair in 1995. The electric chair was used between 1913 and 1994 to execute 61 men. The chair is currently on display at the Indiana Department of Corrections Museum in New Castle, Indiana. Prisoners do not have a choice of execution as the only method is lethal injection. Indiana uses a three-drug protocol to carry out the execution orders. This is Brevitol – to induce unconsciousness; Pancuronium or Vecuronium Bromide – to paralyze the respiratory system (stop breathing); and Potassium Chloride – to stop the heart.

Q: My wife and I are in an argument and we have now placed a bet. I hope you can answer this and make me the winner! We live in Long Beach and we do not know the rule when it comes to the double stop light at Karwick Road and U.S. 12. My wife and I disagree as she says we have to stop, but I say we can go through the first to the second light if there is no train. Who is right there is a huge dinner riding on this?

A: Sorry ... of course she is right! The reason for the two traffic lights is because of the train. The first one stops you or another vehicle from getting “stuck” on the tracks. If the first one is red (even if there is no train in sight or if there is room to idle between the lights) you must remained stopped at the first one until it is green, not stop and proceed to the second light when it is clear. So, pony up on the dinner date!

Q: I go at least once a week to Greenwood Cemetery to pay respect to my dad. When I got there this week I found someone had pried off the Mason emblem and by doing so damaged the stone. It is very upsetting. Is it a crime? Is there a way I can press charges if someone is caught?

A: I am very sorry. Cemetery mischief is taken very seriously. Anyone who disturbs, defaces, or damages a cemetery monument, grave marker, grave artifact, grave ornamentation, or cemetery enclosure, commits cemetery mischief a class A misdemeanor. However, it turns into a level six felony if the loss is more than $2,500. Anyone witnessing this type of behavior or theft please contact the police.

Q: I just moved to Michigan City from Florida and I was wondering, where can you find a complete list of all the laws?

A: The Indiana codes may be found at the Michigan City Library, in the Burns Indiana Statutes; they may also be viewed at:

Please do not forget the local city ordinances at and visit the clerk’s page. Or just “Ask A Cop”!

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Barker Pub of Michigan City was Arlene Dabkowski of Michigan City. Let’s answer last column’s riddle of when would Chief Williams be done shooting if he started at noon and shot 60 bullets every minute thereafter? Of course, the answer is 12:59 p.m.!

The sponsor of this week’s riddle is Rich and his staff at Walgreen’s located at 1816 Franklin in Michigan City. The winner receives $30 gas card!

Here’s a riddle where you ask yourself why? Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye. Take how many blackbirds that were baked in the pie. Next add the number of “partridges in a pear tree,” plus the number of black sheep’s bags of wool and multiply by three. Subtract how often something happens in a blue moon. Answer me this and make it soon, better make it 1 and please not at noon.

The 6th 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. #1020, or email

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