Ask a Cop: Can a 12-year-old stay home

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: We live in an apartment complex here in Michigan City and one of the tenants has a daughter that is 12 years old and she is not attending any school. She tells my children it’s because she just doesn’t want to! Now of course my kids want to stay home! Can her parents just allow this?

A: I am sure there is more to this story. Actually, it really depends on if she has been withdrawn legally under home schooling or another provision. You could start by just asking her parents or contact Child Protective Services with your concern and they will investigate.

Q: My retired friends and I take daily walks in the morning and evening for exercise. During our walks the question came up about whether it's safer to walk with traffic or against it?

A: Actually, Indiana Law states in absence of a sidewalk a pedestrian shall only walk on the shoulder as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway as possible. In the absence of a shoulder (whether walking or running in roadway) the pedestrian shall walk only on the left side of the roadway against traffic. This gives you more of a reaction time if the driver is inattentive to you.

Q: I watch a lot of police shows and I find it very confusing when they show interrogations. Are police allowed to lie to someone while they are interrogating them? For example, like telling them you have their fingerprints, or promising a lighter sentence to confess?

A: The answer is Yes and No. Some lies are OK, and some are not. Criminals lie to the police all the time and it is our job to figure out the truth. Suggesting that we have more information than we actually do is a way criminals trip themselves up in their own lies. We are not allowed to promise lighter punishments, not being prosecuted, or just set free for telling the truth. In all cases the court will always determine if the police officers’ actions were reasonable.

Q: I am so upset because I am somewhat handicapped and for years have always parked directly 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 stop them from parking in front of my house?

A: It's a good idea to politely ask them if they would leave an area for you. Contrary to popular opinion, on street parking is not restricted or otherwise “assigned” to the space in front of your home. It is a first come first serve situation when it comes to city streets. 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.

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Midwest Wheelcoaters of Michigan City was Meredith Payne of Michigan City. Let’s answer the question in an ordinary 52 card deck of playing cards, how many eyes appear on all four jack cards? The answer, of course, is 12. There are two one eyed jacks and two two-eyed which they appear twice on each card.

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is our friends at Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home here in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 Gas Card.

Tyler, who is in 1st grade, was having trouble with his math homework and was getting very frustrated. To encourage him, his dad, Eric, made him a homework deal. He agreed to pay Tyler 8 cents for every math problem he correctly solved and to fine him 5 cents for each incorrect solution. At the end of 26 problems, neither owes anything to the other. How many math problems did Tyler solve correctly?

The 9th 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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