Q: OK. It’s time for a confession. I got involved with one of those free dating sites and ended up meeting this guy online. We eventually went out on a date, in which he turned out to be very strange. I was very polite and after dinner made an excuse and left. Since then he continually sends me emails to my home and office. I responded politely to “Please delete me from your email list.” Well, it only got worse to the point that he sends offensive emails to me, my friends and even my family (he copied the addresses from a previous email). How can I protect myself from this defamation? Can I make a police report or sue him?
A: You may begin by blocking his emails and have your friends and family do the same. Without knowing the details for how he is offending or insulting you, it is hard to answer. Of course, you may file a harassment report if you have asked him to stop and he refuses. To establish a claim of defamation in Indiana, you must prove the existence of “A communication with defamatory imputation, malice, publication and damages.” If you wish to sue for damages, you need to seek the advice of an attorney who specializes in these types of claims.
Q: My daughter and her friend were laughing and joking about a snapchat photo on her phone of a high school boy’s “private parts.” I really don’t think it’s funny and isn’t this really against the law?
A: Any sexual related content sent over an electronic device such as a computer or phone, specifically photographs, of a person less than 18 years old is a felony. For example, a 16-year-old cannot send a picture of themselves to another person. Any pictures sent electronically must be of a person 18-years-old or older regardless of who is sending and or receiving the picture. Depending on the content of the message and age of the individual, Federal Charges may be also filed.
Q: My friends and I watch “Counting Cars” all the time and we are excited to try something on our own. Together we bought an old van and over the winter want to make a convertible out of it for the summer. We want to completely take out all the windows and add some cool bench seats. Is this legal in Indiana?
A: This does sound like fun. You can take out the windows except for the windshield. Indiana law 9-19-19-2 states that any motor vehicle that is required to be registered, except for a motorcycle, must be equipped with a front windshield. When you add seats, you must add seatbelts as this is also a requirement. Have fun with your project, but make sure it is completely roadworthy before piling in all your friends. (You’re welcome moms!)
The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Sophia’s Restaurant of Michigan City was Bobbie Komendera of Michigan City. The answer to last column’s riddle of who were the employees, their ages and color hair from Sophia’s Restaurant? Gail was the blonde waitress and the oldest, Angie was the brunette server and is next. Catherine the red headed hostess was the youngest!
The sponsor of this week’s riddle is our friends at General Insurance in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card!
As Charlie Keene from General Insurance was walking to his car for lunch, he found his employee Dan Knoll lying dead, murdered by his car in the parking lot. Detective Greg Radiger has been assigned to the case. Detective Radiger interviewed four suspects and their statements are shown below.
n Each suspect has said two sentences.
n One sentence of each suspect is a lie and one sentence is the truth.
Help Detective Radiger figure out who the killer is.
n Jim: I did not kill Dan. Either Tim is the killer or none of us is.
n Tim: I did not kill Dan. Francis is the killer.
n Kim: I did not kill Dan. Tim is lying when he says Francis is the killer.
n Francis: I did not kill Dan. If Jim did not kill him then Tim did.
The 4th 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 e-mail Yagelski at firstname.lastname@example.org.