Q: I am so frustrated and need some help. Someone got access to my pictures and now threatens to post them everywhere online. He is now blackmailing me into dating him. I decided to date him because I don’t want to take the chance he will post them. Is there a way he can be arrested for blackmail?

A: Blackmail is illegal. Depending on the nature of the photographs and how someone came into their possession, this could constitute other criminal activity. For example, did someone hack your computer and steal data or photos? Did someone illegally take pictures of you? Regardless of either of these questions, my advice is to not date someone who is threatening you.

Q: I just don’t get it. We have been watching the “Lock-up” TV show, where it shows real life prisoners and what happens in prison. It upsets me that people are sent to prison for punishment but seem to be having fun. Why should they be allowed so much stuff like a free education and access to the gym and libraries?

A: I think it is far from fun. In Indiana, the State Constitution says the penal code shall be founded on the principles of reformation, and not of vindictive justice. Our prison system is required to provide access to law libraries and educational programs. However, if an inmate wants to pursue post-secondary education, the cost is the inmate’s responsibility. Idle prisoners would require more supervision and can become a threat to the security of the facility. Therefore, it is important to not only provide programming and employment to inmates, but allow them recreational time, as well.

Q: I recently read in the paper where someone was arrested for HTV, what exactly does this stand for? Is this a new kind of charge?

A: No, it is not new just referred to in different ways – Habitual Traffic Violator, also known as Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO). There are three ways to become a habitual traffic violator under Indiana law. First, you can accumulate at least two very serious violations within a 10-year period (operating while intoxicated causing death, vehicle homicide, vehicular manslaughter, for example). Second, you can accumulate at least three serious violations (such as operating while intoxicated, reckless driving, criminal recklessness with a vehicle, etc.) within a 10-year period. And, finally, you can accumulate at least 10 moving violations within a 10-year period (speeding, no insurance, running a stop sign, etc.). The penalties can be a ban ranging from lifetime to 10 years. Being caught operating as a Habitual Traffic Violator is a felony offense.

The winner of the $30 gas card, sponsored by Sauer’s Ford and Lincoln, of Michigan City, was Bobby Komendera, of Michigan City. The answer to last column’s riddle: What color was Adam’s new bike? Of course, it was blue!

The sponsor of this week’s riddle is Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant, 208 Wabash St., Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card.

Sgt. Jason Holaway received a 911 call from the dispatcher just moments ago. Someone reported hearing two men arguing and then gunshots. Sgt. Holaway sped to the scene and, seeing nothing unusual outside, he cautiously entered the house through the open front door with his gun drawn. He found a man in a paramedic’s uniform leaning over a man who was obviously dead, wounded from a severe gunshot wound to the face. Sgt. Holaway paused for a moment, he then ordered the paramedic up against the wall and began to read him his rights while handcuffing him. Why did Sergeant Holaway arrest the paramedic?

The ninth correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. Friday 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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