Q: My mom claims there is a law against watching TV if you are home sick from school. Is this really true?

A:Yes ! It is called "Mom's Law." This supersedes all the ones we have!

Q: You seem to be pretty good at settling arguments. What would happen, for instance, if it was "real hot" outside and I saw a dog inside a car suffering. Could I get in trouble for opening up the car or breaking the window to rescue it?

A: Sorry, yes you can. Just because you see something as the "right thing to do" does not mean there isn't potential of having criminal or civil charges against you. Please contact the police and we will gladly come to the rescue of any distressed or neglected animals.

Q: I am 14 and my boyfriend is 17. I was wondering if I am allowed to leave home and move in with him and his family. I get along so well with his family and my parents just don't understand our relationship. My dad even went as far to say they will have me arrested. Can they really do this?

A: Yes, they can. You are only 14 and, as a child, you must obey your parents. Running away won't solve anything and can have negative consequences on you and the other involved family. At your age, you can be arrested for running away or any intimate involvement with another person can land them in jail.

Q: What do you think about police shows like "True Detective," "Criminal Minds," "Blacklist" and "COPS"? Is this how police work kinda goes? Do you think "COPS" is real or is it all staged?

A: The fictional TV shows you mentioned are great series but bear little resemblance to actual everyday police work. It's just not that exciting.

"COPS" is very real, but very edited. They film hundreds of hours of activity to get a few 20-plus minute shows. That means the vast majority of police patrol is never seen, and when something exciting does go down, that is highly edited, too.

Q: My boyfriend is 17 and he wants to move out of his house because his stepdad abuses him and uses him as a "slave" and his mom lets it happen. He has to wake up at 6 a.m., make breakfast for himself and his two brothers, then clean up all of their rooms, and finally make their lunches!

A: Getting up early, cooking, cleaning and taking care of family members is not abuse. This is called "helping your parents." If there is actual abuse going on, he needs to contact the police and we will help.

The winner of the $30 gas card, sponsored by Dr. Thomas Galouzis of Michigan City, was Mary Donnelly of New Buffalo, Michigan. Let's answer last column's riddle of what was 24 blackbirds, one partridge, three sheep and, of course, one blue moon and the answer was 83!

The sponsor for this week's riddle is our friends Joe and family at Scartozzi's Trattoria Restaurant and Catering in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card.

Put on the thinking cap, because here we go: Today is Friday and it is pretty. In Indiana there is a city. In the city there is a park. Down the block there is a street. On the street there is a bus. On the bus there is driver. Around the corner there is a tree. Next to the tree there is a school. In the school there is a desk. Behind the desk there is a bell. In the room they have ten students. Behind the desk is a teacher. What is her name?

The 2nd 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.

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