Crime Watch 8

Residents respond to increased patrols near 10th and Rural

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Residents along East 10th and Rural streets have noticed a shift. This comes after increased drug activity, two homicides and several shootings and stabbings in a two-month span.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has increased foot and car patrols in the area. Homeland Security is in the process of adding cameras to the neighborhood.

24-Hour News 8 asked residents their thoughts on increased patrols in their neighborhood.

“I’m thrilled to death; we are just tired of violent crime, but petty crime as well,” said resident Chris Stabb.

In March, Mayor Joe Hogsett called 10th and Rural a focus area. During that month, Hogsett walked the neighborhood with residents and officers. He listened to their concerns.

Hogsett is planning to go back to the neighborhood next week to talk to residents.

“Man I’m loving it. I like it because we need more police presence; there is a lot over here that needs to be done, ” said resident Jomo Cole.

According to IMPD, most of the people arrested for committing crimes near 10th and Rural streets don’t even live in the neighborhood.

Cole expressed why he believes everyone in Indianapolis should care about crime near 10th and Rural: “It could be their neighborhood next, because once we push them out of here, they are going to have to go somewhere,” said Cole.

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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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