Q: Can you explain why my caller ID shows a local company and when I answer it is really someone else? It turns out that it is just a scam attempt and it just keeps getting annoying!

A: I get calls every week about caller ID phones reading IRS and other local businesses in which most are an attempt to scam you. The best way to explain it is, “There’s an app for that!” What happens is, scammers are programming their phones with an app to show a business, the IRS, and even can have it say the Michigan City Police! Caller ID spoofing is technology that allows the caller to alter the information on the caller ID. The unfortunate part is we cannot control this type of scam.

Q: If a person happened upon a murder crime scene, called 911, and stayed until the police arrived, would an officer just take their statement right there?

A: You never know what involvement the person might have than just “stumbling” onto a crime scene. Murder, as with other crimes, are taken very seriously and normally we only have one shot at getting information when it is fresh in the mind of potential witnesses. Besides obtaining initial information at the scene, investigators usually return witnesses to the station in order to take a more in-depth statement. However, unless the person is under arrest, transporting the subject to our station must be voluntary. If the witness does not want to go, officers have no choice but to collect the statement on scene.

Q: I know it seems like a silly question, but what sort of training do you give a new police officer on driving a police car?

A: We take driving very seriously as driving in emergency situations with lights and sirens is not an easy task! Police officers go through intense emergency vehicle operations both at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy where they have an outdoor track, and at our department through EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operation Courses). The training and practice does not stop there as we continue to train every police officer every year locally.

Q: My boyfriend was pulled over for speeding and driving like a jerk! After he finally pulled over, I just wanted to get out of the car and walk. The officer yelled at me and told me I had to stay in the car! What are the rights of passengers during traffic stops?

A: Traffic stops typically occur as a result of suspected moving violations committed by the driver of the vehicle. Passengers cannot be held responsible for the driver’s conduct and are generally free to leave. In most cases for the officer’s safety and the safety of the occupants, passengers are asked to remain in the vehicle during the course of the stop.

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by our friends at Escape Quest here in Michigan City was Joe Dabkowski (but I know Arlene got the answer) of Michigan City. In last column’s riddle of, “What was the four-digit number I was looking for in the math riddle?” The answer, of course, was 5156!

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is Apex Auto Care in Michigan City. This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card.

It’s almost Easter so Pete Xidias of Apex Auto Care in Michigan City, took his three children to an Easter party. At the party his children, Niko, Nicola and Hallie each won a prize.

Nicola gave her chocolate Bunny to Hallie in exchange for her Jelly Beans. Nicola then changed with Niko for the coloring book. Then Hallie and Niko swapped prizes. All said and done, who had which gift?

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. #1020, or email ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.

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