Crime Watch 8

Residents express relief after FBI raids

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Richard Grundy III is facing federal charges.

Just over a hundred days ago, Grundy beat a slew of charges filed by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

During an interview shortly after walking out of court, Grundy indicated to reporters he would be moving out of the state to avoid harassment.

He couldn’t get out of town fast enough, according to some.

On Friday morning, Nov. 17, the FBI raided 24 homes in the city. The raids resulted in 21 arrests, including Grundy’s.

Those arrested are facing charges including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of controlled substance and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

On Monday, 24-Hour News 8 returned to some of the scenes of the raids. Neighbors were carrying out their afternoon business.

Chris Stabb lived in one of the areas targeted. He expressed relief that arrests were made in the investigations, but he believes it will take more raids.

“It is going to have to be a continuing effort to go after these guys,” Stabb said.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Christopher Bailey said a raid this large will create more opportunities for potential dealers. Bailey had a message for those looking to sell drugs in the city.

“We have a good idea who that is, you could next. We may not get you tomorrow or next year, or the year after. Your time is going to come when the state and local SWAT team will be busting down your door,” Bailey said.

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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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