Q: If a cop tells me to stop speaking in Spanish do I really have to listen to him? Can he arrest me for disobeying his order?

A: Depende de las circunstancias que rodean el incidente. Usted nunca debe desobedecer una directiva de un oficial de policía aunque hablar no es contra la ley.

Q: What happens if someone is drunk when you write them a ticket? Are there things that you have to do as the police to make sure that when they are sober they will know they have to pay the fine?

A: Yep! We usually put those people in jail. If they are that drunk that they won’t remember a ticket, they shouldn’t be driving!

Q: I have ADHD and I read on the internet that I could not get a license to carry a handgun in Indiana. Isn’t this a violation of my 2nd amendment right? What is my recourse?

A: Stop. You are way ahead of yourself. First you must apply for a license and be denied before you begin to look for recourse. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is not a reason alone to deny you. In Indiana, you have to be adjudicated to be mentally ill to be denied a permit to carry a handgun. So, please don’t take legal advice from a guy on the internet.

Q: How are officers assigned reports? Is it whoever is closest to the call or do you split up the calls equally?

A: Patrol officers are assigned to districts. These are specific geographic areas that the officer assigned is responsible for. Non-emergency calls in that district will be held for that district officer to handle. If unavailable, emergency calls will be handled by the next closest unit(s).

Q: My buddy purchased a plastic knuckle I-Phone case for his phone and it looks pretty cool. Is this illegal to own?

A: The “Knucklecase” isn’t so much a weapon as it is a tool. The design was originated to hold your phone firmly in your grasp. This case and other items that people carry are designed for a purpose and any misuse of products that cause harm to someone is on the person carrying the item. You could cause injury to someone with a set of car keys if used against someone improperly. Never treat this item or another as a weapon unless you know the consequences of your actions. 

Q: When police officers patrol, do they decide on their own where to go within their patrol area, or is there a set route that they drive daily?

A: No exact routes are ever taken or repeated. This could result in either a criminal knowing when you would be in a particular place to commit a crime or to ambush an officer.

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by our great friends at American Licorice in La Porte, was Millie Bearickx, of Michigan City. Last column's riddle asking, "How many sons and daughters did Professor Von Strudel really have?" The answer was, of course, three boys and four girls.

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is the Mayor of Michigan City. Thank you for sponsoring Mayor Ron Meer! This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card.

This should be fun, so let’s play a name game. My first begins first and I am myself my second. My next is the end of ends followed by the beginning of hope. Now put me on a line and you will find my name. I live my whole life out of doors, But never on land. Who am I?

The sixth 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 askacop@emichigancity.com.


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