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November 1, 2013

North Webster business is raided

'Stimmelators' owner arrested on drug and prostitution charges

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No fan of StimmelatorsMarilyn Copeland is the owner of the Future Heirlooms custom framing and art studio, located just south of Stimmelators at 119 S. Main St. Copeland said she isn’t at all surprised that the business has run into trouble with the law.

“I thought something must be up when I came into work this morning, because nobody was standing outside waiting to get in over at the little shop there, California Dreamin’ or whatever it’s called,” Copeland said of Stimmel’s other business, which is directly connected to the Stimmelators Gentleman’s Club. “...I knew something shady was going on there, because just in the time it takes me to get out of my car and head into my shop in the morning, you’d see five or six cars come in and out of there. And it was like that all day, every day, even on Sundays. They’re like cockroaches. They just skitter in and out and then they’re gone.”

As for the charges of prostitution, Copeland said that, too, doesn’t really surprise her. Copeland also said that regardless of what happens with Stimmel and his businesses, any increase in police scrutiny toward the operations is a good thing for her business and for the community.

“I think it would be safer for the community, definitely,” Copeland said. “...There are lots of other places in the area people can go if they want a drink or whatever that isn’t so low class, if you want to call it that. So for me personally, I wouldn’t be sad to see it go.”

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