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IMPD hosts town hall meeting

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Just 121 steps away from a town hall meeting  at IPS School 54 sits a makeshift memorial.

In Feb., two people were killed near 10th and Rural streets. It is an area that has been labeled a hot spot because of poverty and criminal activity.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department held a town hall meeting in the center of that community at School 54. The discussion opened with a word of prayer. Mayor Joe Hogsett greeted those seated in fold out chairs. He expressed the importance of a collective effort to addressing issues in the east side community.

Those in attendance were then greeted with a series of slides which included homicide data, trends and even information on social disorders.

The goal is to get residents involved in the process, but IMPD admitted there are some roadblocks in front of that goal.

“For us to get the community involved, they have to feel safe,” said Deputy Chief Chad Knecht.

IMPD also showcased its efforts to engage the residents in the community including, fall break program for students, gun safety and even a mentoring program.

24-Hour News 8 watched as residents listened to each presentation.

“My reaction: everything went wonderful, as I expect I like a lot of the questions that were asked. Working with the community and earning their trust, it will take some work,” said Jomo Cole, who owns a barbershop in the neighborhood.

On Saturday, Chief Roach and Mayor Hogsett will walk the streets of 10th and Rural and talk to residents and business owners in hopes of building relationships.

“We are good telling you what your problems are, but we don’t do a very good job of listening,” said Chief Roach.

During the discussion Roach informed residents of a couple of ways they can volunteer, one option is to help the department build trust in the neighborhood, and the second option will be advising IMPD on how to address problems in the neighborhood.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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