Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I am a big fan of "Transformers" and I wanted to put the "Decepticon Police" stickers on my car along with the "Emergency 911 Response" stickers. I have seen other people on the Internet do this and it looks pretty cool.

I'm just not sure if it's OK in Indiana. Am I going to get in trouble by the police for this?

A: Yes I believe you will. In researching these sticker packages and viewing them on vehicles, the Decepticon badges not only state "To Punish and Enslave" but also state the word "POLICE."

Also in putting any decals on your vehicle that state "Emergency 911 Response" it can be interpreted by the general public that you are a trained emergency responder.

I would like to remind all drivers there is a fine line when it comes to "impersonating a police officer or police vehicle" and we, along with other departments, do not take it lightly.

Q: I am somewhat handicapped and have always parked in front of my home. Recently a new neighbor has moved in across the street with two younger adult children. The problem is they all have cars and they now park in front of my home.

How can I politely tell them to stop parking in front of my house?

A: Actually it is a good idea to just politely ask them if they would leave an area for you. Unfortunately, contrary to popular opinion, on-street parking is not restricted or otherwise "assigned" to the space in front of your home.

The only exception is for disabled parking in which you must petition the Board of Works for a reserved handicapped sign placed in front of your home.

Q: I just bought my first car and the dealership gave me a temporary 30-day paper plate, which they taped to the back window.

Do I have to go right down and get a new plate, or am I allowed to just drive around for 30 days? I would like to wait until my next paycheck if I could.

A: Congratulations on your new car. The 30-day expiration on a temporary Indiana registration allows you that time to get your proper registration freely within that 30 days as long as you maintain insurance on the vehicle.

However, Indiana law states the temporary plate must be affixed to the rear of the vehicle where a regular plate would go, and must be illuminated at night.

Many auto dealers will tape temporary plates in the back window, however, this is an incorrect display and you could be stopped or ticketed.

This week's riddle

The winner of the gas card sponsored by Petti's Grocery Store of Michigan City was Carol Hemczak of Michigan City.

The answer to the riddle of "who guessed the right amount of jelly beans and how many were in the jar" was Rhonda with 45.

The sponsor for this week's riddle is Jay Goodrich superintendent of NICTD South Shore Line in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card.

We all seem to enjoy Jonathan Goldsmith, the most interesting man in the world who lives vicariously through himself. You know he once taught a German shepherd to bark in Spanish.

Because he is so well off, he decided to give three relatives and their wives $10,000. Together, the wives received $3,960. June received $100 more than April, and May received $100 more than June. Jack Daniels was given just as much as his wife, Captain Morgan got half as much as his wife, and Tom Collins received twice as much as his wife.

What was the first name of each man's wife?

The 7th 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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