Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: Can you help settle this argument since the general elections are coming up. Can elected officials collect unemployment if they are not re-elected?

A: Not in Indiana! Elected officials are not eligible for unemployment benefits under Indiana code 22-4-8-2.

Q: I applied for a job as a valet parking attendant where they require a copy of my driving record. Does the Michigan City Police supply this?

A: Actually no, we do not. You may obtain an "Official Driver Record" (ODR) from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This record contains driving history, and current and court ordered suspensions, citations and other violations that can impact your driving record. A viewable driving record may be looked at online at no charge but not printed. A certified copy of your record accompanied by a letter of certification from the Commissioner of the BMV may be purchased for a fee of $4. To make it easier, visit their site where you may purchase, download and print this document at your home.

Q: When police officers are sent to a domestic violence call, if the woman insists that "everything is fine" do you just take her word and leave?

A: Every situation is different so it depends on the circumstances. For example, is there other evidence that a crime has occurred? Are there witnesses telling the officer something different? Are their present injuries? Are there 911 recorded statements that everything is not "fine?" There have been numerous cases where a woman insists everything is fine with the threat of getting hurt further if she tells. We take domestic violence calls very serious. Officers are obligated to investigate each case fully but within the confines of the law. We are also proactive in our investigations and if there is evidence of domestic violence and injury, an officer can make an immediate arrest without the consent of the victim.

Q: I ride a motorcycle with a group of my friends. We ride staggered, with a good distance between us and maintain a safe speed. When we do ride on I-94, one of the guys in our group insists on riding in the left lane. He also rides beside someone in and out of their blind spot. We tell him not to do this because it is dangerous and distracting but he says there is no law against it. Is there?

A: While it is obviously a good idea to stay out of them as much as possible, there is no vehicle code requirement for a rider or vehicle to stay out of a "blind spot." When traveling on I-94 your friend's use of the left lane is governed by proper lane usage. He should only be in the left lane on any highway when (1). Overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction. (2). When traveling at a speed greater than the traffic flow. (3). When moving left to allow traffic to merge, and (4). When preparing for a left turn at an intersection, exit ramp, private road or when a left turn is legally permitted.

This week's riddle

The winner of the $30 Gas Card sponsored by Joe and Betty Coar was Millie Bearickx of Michigan City.

In last column's riddle of which color cell door leads to freedom? The answer of course was the Orange door!

The sponsor for this week's riddle is Dunes Optical of Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 Gas card.

There is a theft of a pair of glasses from Dunes Optical and Detective Kay Pliske is right on the case! Five suspects are being interrogated and they all give her a statement. The statements are as follows:

Alan said, "Dan is the culprit."

Bob said, "I am not guilty."

Charles said, "It was not Eddie."

Dan said, "Alan lies when he says that I did it."

Eddie says, "Bob is telling the truth."

Who is the culprit who took the glasses if two of the statements are false?

The 12th 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.com.

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