Q: I need help. I was driving down U.S. 20 and all of a sudden, my leg had a cramp on the gas pedal. The officer did not seem to understand my reasoning and gave me a ticket for speeding. Is there a way you can help or can I get a doctor’s excuse?

A: I can’t help and I don’t think a doctor’s note would work either. I suggest contacting an attorney. Oh, and never use the “my leg had a cramp” line again.

Q: Can you tell me how to become a SWAT officer and when do you exactly call them out?

A: There are different protocols for each agency. In Michigan City, our SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team is made up of selected officers from all aspects of our department. Each one is highly trained and carries with them their specific uniforms and equipment. Situations can arise at any given moment so they are always on call. We specifically request SWAT members for situations in which their specialized skills can more safely resolve an incident.

Q: What are the typical questions a detective would ask a murder suspect in an interrogation room?

A: It really depends on the circumstances. Detectives go through vigorous training on how to interview people and how to investigate homicides. It is far too in-depth of a question for me to answer in this column.

Q: I just recently found out that a man that moved in our neighborhood more than a year ago is a convicted sex offender. I was pretty upset when we found this out because I thought it was required for the police to inform us right away.

A: It is true that convicted sex offenders must register with the Sheriff’s Department of their residency. No, it is not true that the police must inform you of someone moving into your neighborhood as this would be very difficult to contact everyone and where do you start and stop?

But to help this issue, the La Porte County Sheriff does offer a free email notification when either a sex offender moves into La Porte County or moves in within one mile of your address. Please visit the La Porte County Sheriff’s website at www.laportecountysheriff.com to register your email and address for these free notifications.

Q: I do not live in your state but read your column online. My local police are of no help and just laughed at me, so I wanted to ask your opinion. My neighbor just moved in and has two real nice cars parked in his garage that have expired Indiana plates on them and both cars seem pretty suspicious. How can I go about finding out what’s really going on with these people?

A: What exactly do you think is going on? Are expired plates considered a heinous crime in your area? If so, let the rest of us know so we can get away from real crime and move there!

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by our friends at the Michigan City Parks Department was Teresa Isenblatter of Michigan City. In last column’s riddle of “Who guessed the right amount of Jelly Beans?” the answer was, of course, Rhonda with 45!

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is Bill Richey and our friends at Automated Data Systems in Michigan City. This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card.

Officer Rich Sosa found a locked safe along with a note in an abandoned building and brought it to the station to turn into the detectives. The note had the following clues to open the three-digit combination to the safe. Using the clues can you tell us the correct combination?

n Clue #1: 682 — One number is correct and well placed

n Clue #2: 614 — One number is correct but wrongly placed

n Clue #3: 206 — Two numbers are correct but both are wrongly placed

n Clue #4: 738 — None of the numbers are correct

n Clue #5: 780 — One number is correct but wrongly placed

The 12th 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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