Designer footwear donated to clothing bank after police investigation

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (October18, 2014) — Vanderburgh County students in need will now be able to pick up some designer footwear, thanks to the Evansville Police Department.

A 2011 shooting investigation at Fairmont Apartments led detectives to narcotics inside the victim’s apartment. After responding to the reports of a woman shot, they found Angela Funches with a gunshot wound to the arm, which she said she received during a struggle with her assailant. A search of her apartment turned up over $4,000 in cash, around a quarter of a pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and 79 pairs of designer shoes.

Funches plead guilty to dealing marijuana in 2013 and forfeiture procedures were started shortly after. The cash was awarded to the state, and the 79 pairs of shoes donated to the  Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation’s PTA clothing bank.

Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “With cold weather on the way, the finalization of this forfeiture comes at an ideal time. As a result, 79 students will have a decent pair of shoes to get them through the winter.” Sheriff Wedding added, “This outcome also sends a clear message to drug dealers that when you are caught, you will lose your ill-gotten gains.”


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