Q: I was driving on I-94 in the fast lane only going 78 when I was passed on the right hand side by a vehicle in the middle lane who was definitely going a lot faster than I was. Next thing I know there is a state trooper and he pulls me over and gives me the ticket! I don't think this is fair.
A: Oh, it's pretty fair. "Only going 78" in a 70 is speeding. The explanation of, "Other people speeding worse than I was" doesn't generate much sympathy from a police officer or Judge.
Q: I am getting mail constantly sent to my house from the same travel agency in Florida telling me that I have won vacations, cruises and free transportation. I fell for it once and sent them money and now I know this is a scam. I want it to stop. What can I do?
A: If you believe that you're a victim of mail fraud related to U.S. mail, including mailed sweepstakes, lotteries, deceptive ads, work at home scams, or chain letters, you may report this to the United States Postal Inspector at 1-800-275-8777.
Q: I was so upset the other day when I walked by a handicapped parking spot and saw a motorcycle parked there! When I looked closer it actually had a handicapped license plate. How can a handicapped person operate a motorcycle?
A: Just to clarify, not all handicapped individuals use wheelchairs. Some people might have limited mobility issues either temporarily or permanently, due to a pulmonary or cardiovascular disability, arthritic condition, or orthopedic or neurological impairment and yet be able to ride a motorcycle. Motorcycles can also be adapted to ride (for example hand controls) for individuals with various impairments.
Q: My dad and his dog "Barney" are beloved companions. If we pay for two plots can we bury Barney next to him in one of the cemeteries in Michigan City?
A: Greenwood, Swan Lake and St. Stanislaus, all fall under Indiana State Law 23-14-33-7, which states a cemetery is land or structure in Indiana that is "dedicated to dead human remains." Sorry this means no animals of any sort (including Barney) can be buried in Michigan City Cemeteries.
Q: I would love to be a police officer and have a K-9. Are K-9 handlers allowed to take their dog home with them or do they have to stay at the station?
Q: Our K-9 officers and their dogs are considered a "team" and are truly partners. Our policy is to have them together as much as possible both on-duty and off. We require our handlers to board, feed and care for their dog at their home, and we provide a small stipend to the officer for this. Rarely does that stipend cover everything the officer puts into their partnership and care of their dog. When a K-9 is retired they are awarded to the officer's family as their pet as we could never separate this bond.
The winner of the gas card sponsored by Domino's Pizza in Michigan City was Debbie Owens of Valparaiso. Let's answer the riddle of why was Michael afraid to go home and meet the man in the mask, and who was he? The answer of course was Michael was playing baseball and the man in the mask was the catcher!
The sponsor for this week's riddle is our friend Dr. Thomas Galouzis in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card.
Here's a riddle that's also a rhyme. Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye. Take how many blackbirds that were baked in the pie. Next add the number of "partridges in a pear tree," plus the black sheep's bags of wool and multiply by three. Subtract how often something happens in a blue moon. Answer me this and make it soon, better make it 1 p.m. and please not before noon.
The seventh 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.