Q: I need your help. Could you look up a person named Doris Wilson who was born on Sept. 7, 1988? I met her online and we have been talking for a while but now she is asking me to send money for her children to South Africa. I am now afraid that I am being scammed.
A: Don’t be afraid – you are being scammed.
Q: I know that the FBI and Secret Service have authority over the local police when it comes to presidential security, but what about in general? I see on TV and movies that if the local police are holding someone in jail and the feds want them, you have to just hand them over? Is this true? Do they have the authority to make you?
A: You are correct that both federal agencies have authority over local authorities when it comes to federal crimes or presidential security. However, the remainder of the question is a lot of TV and movie hype. The federal authorities cannot just take our prisoner or release them just because they want to. They can file federal criminal charges over our state charge, but this is done through a federal prosecutor. This is quite a process, not just coming in and unlocking the cell door.
Q: My friend decided to mess with some of his friends at a New Year’s party. He has an old Crown Victoria car and his plan was to use his car and mount red and blue lights inside and try to pull them over for drinking. One of the parents called the police and reported him. Can he really get into trouble for just a dumb joke?
A: Yes, very much so. Impersonating a police officer is illegal in all states. The use of revolving, blinking, red and blue lights is also illegal. Sometimes, carrying a joke too far can turn ugly when it can involve committing a crime.
Q: I hope you can help clear up a question regarding taillights. I purchased some tinting for my taillights, which my dad tells me is illegal because it is too dark. Why would they sell it if it is illegal?
A: Indiana Code 9-19-6-4 states that taillights must, “emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear”. Obviously the light lens applied by the manufacturer of your car follows strict guidelines to ensure visibility and safety. Altering your lights will diminish the light output and may result in receiving a ticket for Improper Tail lamp Display. Anything can be sold, it is how you use it after the fact. If you read the small print from the aftermarket companies, most state “off-road use only”.
Q: I am applying for the Peace Corps and the application is requiring me to be fingerprinted. How much does it cost to get fingerprinted and how do I go about making an appointment?
A: This service is free of charge and can be processed at the front desk of the Police Department. Please bring any required forms in with you when you arrive.
The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by me, Sergeant Chris, was Brian Schwanke, of Michigan City. Let’s answer last column’s riddle of “Who is the man that had no wife, and given a body but not a life? Of course, the answer was snowman!
The sponsor for this week’s riddle is our friends at WIMS AM radio in Michigan City. This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card.
WIMS Radio decided to have a phone in cash game during the Ric Federighi Show! The prize was six bills totaling $88. All you have to do is figure out the denominations of the six bills and you win. Give me a call if you know the answer and I will give you a $30 gas card.
The 10th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.