Q: I am so frustrated I live in the county and my neighbor has decided to target shoot during the strangest hours, mainly early morning on the weekend and during the week at dinnertime. Is there anything we can do? Is he breaking the law in some way? Can we just call the sheriff’s department? 

A: There is no noise or shooting ordinance in the county, but there is a line of disturbing the peace that can be crossed. Common sense should prevail when it comes to gun safety and appropriate place and time for firearm practicing. Most of the time, people can talk civil with their neighbors. If there is a problem with shooting guns, this is a time to calmly, ask them to move to a different area of their property or at a time when it is not as disturbing. Try to solve your problem on your own before calling the sheriff. Doing that will only cause bad feelings between you and the person you have to live by for many years to come. But if this does not work, the Sherriff’s department will send a deputy and gladly help.

Q: Do cops actively avoid doughnut shops given all of the stereotypes and jokes?

A: Some officers avoid the places, while others don’t mind. For a lot of areas in the country, these are one of the few places open when officers work midnights. So if they need a cup of “Joe,” this might be their best bet. Just so happens a good chocolate frosted goes hand and hand. (Just saying for a friend.)

Q: I just received my gun permit, but it came with no rules. Is there somewhere that I am not allowed to carry a handgun?

A: Yes, there are restricted areas in Indiana. It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon, even sporting arms, on school property (K-12 and day care) or on a school bus. Lawful gun owners may have guns in their vehicles on school property, provided the gun is stored out of plain sight in the person’s locked motor vehicle or that the driver is only transporting someone to, or from, a school event. It is also illegal to carry a handgun on a commercial airplane or in the controlled section of an airport. You may not possess a handgun on a riverboat, at the Indiana State Fair, courthouses, and the Indiana Statehouse and Government Center. Private businesses can develop their own internal policies and may restrict or forbid firearms on their properties.

Q: How fast are fire trucks allowed to go when they are responding to a fire?

A: When the fire department responds to fires and medical emergencies, they do so with emergency lights and sirens operating in full force authorized by Indiana Code 9-21-1-8. Although time is of the essence, the reality is lights and sirens do not give a license to speed. In fact, in most cases fire response vehicles travel below the posted speed limit. The goal when responding to a true emergency is due regard and caution so that no one gets hurt, no property is damaged, and the emergency response team arrives safely.

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Shoreline Brewery of Michigan City was Annette Corbett of Michigan City. The answer to last column’s riddle of why did Sgt. Holaway arrest the paramedic? of couse, was because there was no ambulance outside. Also it is protocol paramedics never enter a potentially hazardous situation until police have secured the scene. And last, but not least, where was the paramedic’s partner?

The sponsor of this week’s riddle is St. Joseph Young Men’s Society in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card!

Take your time and think it through. Look closely at this phrase.

“Railroad crossing, watch out for cars.”

Can you spell that without any r’s?

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.

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