Q: My roommate moved out under not so good terms and won’t talk to me. She still owes me money for rent, NIPSCO and cable. She accidently left one of her credit cards behind and I was going to use it just to recoup my loss and just pay her share of the costs. Is this legal to do without getting in trouble or going to jail?
A: Well, of course you can go to jail! It is a crime to knowingly use a credit card that has been stolen, forged, canceled, revoked or otherwise unauthorized. Please destroy or give back the credit card. If you feel she owes you money by a verbal or written agreement, then small claims court is for you.
Q: I moved to La Porte about eight months ago from Bloomington. One of your officers pulled me over for speeding and told me that my license was “suspended” from an unpaid ticket I received more than a year ago. I had no idea and no one from the license bureau has ever notified me of this. Can I fight this in court?
A: First of all, if it was an “unpaid ticket,” that means at one time you were issued a ticket for something you failed to pay or take care of for some reason. Next, it is very important to make a change of address or name change with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In Indiana, “notice of suspension” is sent to the address you provide for your driver’s license or the address you present to the arresting officer when being issued a ticket. Last, but not least, with proper identification, anyone can go to the license bureau and obtain a copy of your driving status. Best of luck in court, but it does sound like your mistake.
Q: I was injured in a car accident and have had a handicapped placard for more than a year. I made a huge mistake and was stopped by the police for missing a stop sign. He told me that I cannot keep the placard on my rearview mirror. I am afraid I will lose it or forget to put it back on when I park. Is this really true?
A: Actually, this is a very good question. Placards should be removed while driving as this can become a blind spot or distraction when looking through your windshield. I recommend to all my friends who have placards to go ahead and obtain a regular handicapped license plate which is of no extra charge. By doing this, there is never a question of handicapped parking privileges and no worries of losing or forgetting to place your placard on the mirror. Keep your placard for traveling purposes, but never lend it out to anyone as this abuses the privilege.
The winner of the $30 gas card from Karen Janus was Kimberly Hartke of Westville. The answer to the question of, “What were the names of the two people who were standing in a field, holding down fingers and shaking and nodding their heads?” was, of course, the Catcher and Pitcher! Go Cubs!
The sponsor of this week’s riddle is Brandon Jones and our friends at Buffalo Wild Wings in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 dinner gift certificate!
Arriving at work, Brandon found someone got into the walk-in cooler and took four cases of wings. Brandon guessed it was one of five employees who could have done it and Detective Marty Corley was put on the case! Detective Corley calls all five suspects into the station where they were interrogated about the missing chicken wings. All five gave him a statement. The statements are as follows:
Alan said, “Dan is the criminal.”
Bob said, “I am not guilty.”
Charles said, “It was not Eddie.”
Dan said, “Alan lies when he says that I did it.”
Eddie says, “Bob is telling the truth.”
Who is the culprit who took the chicken wings if two of the statements are false?
The 6th 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.