Q: Could you please help me and look up the name of Doris G. Wilson who was born on Nov. 17 of 1987. I just want to ensure that she is who she says she is. I met her online several months ago and we became great friends and we correspond just about every day and really have a special connection. Most recently she has asked me to send her some money through Western Union to help get her to the United States so that we can see each other. I just am afraid that I am being scammed.
A: Oh please don’t be afraid – you are being scammed!
Q: I am 11 years old and my parents said that I could ask you a question. What are some of the punishments the police give if you are a kid and you break the law?
A: I was very impressed with your letter, but this is a tough answer. Police officers only arrest for violations of the law. It is Juvenile Probation or the courts that set the punishment. This can range anywhere from a fine to your parents, Teen Court, a visit to the Juvenile Detention Center, to a possible incarceration. Everything depends on the nature of the crime. Thank you for reading the column and taking an interest.
Q: I purchased a couple of handguns for home security and I want to learn how to use and shoot them properly. Am I allowed to legally transport them (unloaded) to a range like Kingsbury? By the way, none of my vehicles have trunks.
A: Yes, you can if you obtain a License to Carry a Handgun. Everyone has the right to own and possess guns in their home, however, to carry or transport them in Indiana beyond this you must have a license.
Q: What is the purpose of those plastic/disposable handcuffs?
A: You answered part of the question yourself. The main reason we use them is for incidents such as drug raids, large disturbances or multijurisdictional events. It is easier to use the disposable handcuffs so when removed they can be just thrown away instead of trying to figure out which handcuffs belong to which officer.
Q: Do police officers have to buy their own gun to use while working? Do they get to choose what kind of gun they carry?
A: Every police agency is not the same. In Michigan City, we buy and issue all officers the same standard firearm a 9 mm semi-automatic Glock. This must be carried both on duty and off-duty. Officers are issued this gun so that everyone is universal in what gun they carry and ammunition they use. Our officers are cross-trained on all safety aspects. We instruct them as well on loading, unloading and putting officers through different shooting scenarios. This training is done on a monthly basis in which all officers must qualify.
Q: Why don’t people ever have lawyers while being interrogated on TV? I know TV is not always accurate, but don’t you have to let them have an attorney?
A: Of course it is everyone’s right to have an attorney present while you are being questioned or interviewed. Unfortunately, television and movies don’t always portray law enforcement and court proceedings in a realistic manner.
The winner of the $30 gift card sponsored by Hoity Toity of Michigan City was Phillip Budrick from Michigan City. In last column’s riddle of who was the burglar and what color was his hair? Well, of course it was Frank who had black hair and a partner named Hank!
The sponsor for this week’s riddle is our friends at Ott-Haverstock Funeral Chapel in Michigan City. This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card!
Here is one for Lynn and Diane to figure out. Good luck!
If today is Monday. What day of the week will it be 61 days from today?
The 8th 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 ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.