Can you arrest my cheating wife?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: My wife is a cheater! I recently have found out that she has been seeing her boss secretly behind my back for over a year. I am going to confront her and kick her out of the house this weekend, but my question is, can I file criminal charges of “adultery” on either one of them besides filing for divorce?

A: Wow, I am very sorry, but no, you cannot file criminal charges for cheating. Adultery laws were removed from Indiana law back in 1976. In divorce proceedings judges cannot use adultery or infidelity as the only basis for divorce, however they can consider the financial impact a partner who cheats on their spouse may have.

Q: We have another work debate and are looking to you for the answer! Some of us feel that “California Stops” are acceptable by police officers and some of us don’t! What is the real story, and lunch is riding on this one!

A: I love these debates! Sorry, a popular, but illegal, California driving habit is the legendary “California Stop.” This is the act of slowing down or rolling through, but not fully stopping, at a stop sign. It is illegal in California, Indiana and all other states. To stop at a stop sign your wheels need to come to a complete stop. This means no forward motion of your vehicle, then yield to the right of way and proceed when clear.

Q: I was driving my grandmother’s car where she has a handicapped license plate, so I parked in a handicapped spot at Blue Chip. When I came out, I found a ticket on my car for handicapped violation! As I looked closely at the ticket, it states I was driving a Chevy Cobalt and I was really driving a Pontiac G-6. Can I beat this ticket in court?

A: Everyone has the right to plead their case in court. This seems like an honest mistake by the officer whether he just assumed the make and model as these vehicles do look alike. Nevertheless, the questions remain, were you in violation of improper handicapped parking? And two, why would you wrongly use your grandmother’s handicapped privilege? Pay the fine.

Q: I saw a DNR officer pull a car over on Dewey Street the other evening. Is this really allowed for DNR officers to stop cars in the city for things that have nothing to do with hunting or fishing?

A: Yes, of course they can! Department of Natural Resources Conservation officers have full police powers as any state, city, or county police officer. They may enforce all Indiana State laws including all traffic violations, besides the enforcement of our conservation laws. So please respect these officers and the great job they do!

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by my friends at Shady Creek Winery of Michigan City was Steven Galinowski of Michigan City. The answer to last column’s riddle of where were the petite woman with the brown hair and the man with the beard located? The answer was, the casino at a blackjack table! The shoe, of course, was a “card shoe.”

The sponsor of this week’s riddle is our friends at Sophia’s in Michigan City. Thanks for all you do for us. We really enjoyed the breakfast you provided for our officers! The winner receives a $30 gas card!

Think about this as it is your quiz for this Friday. This paragraph is uncommon and most unusual, and as you study this, it may shock you. What is so unusual about this paragraph you may ask? If you look hard, you should find what it is without too much difficulty. Try hard to spot it if you can. How long did you think about it? Call “Ask A Cop” at 1 p.m. to win a gas card, sit and wait if it’s way too hard.

The 7th 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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