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Marilyns On Monroe

No way! That place looked totally legit and legal! ha ha ha haaa...

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I'm not sure if that is a whole post. I think you forgot this part.

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) -- An adult entertainment business in downtown Toledo was raided Thursday night. Investigators say the alleged sexual acts performed inside this business carry health and safety concerns for the staff and patrons.

Marilyn's on Monroe Street is a strip club. It was raided by the Ohio Investigative Unit working off an anonymous tip.

Benjamin Gates, 32, was taken into custody. He faces three felony drug charges, along with other misdeameanor charges.

Investigators issued arrest summonses for several others.

Krystal Honsberger, 26, of Toledo is charged with illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business.

Tamela Mitchell, 19, is charged with soliciting prostitution and two counts of illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business.

Johnny Gewarges, 29, of Brownstown, Mich., is charged with five counts of illegally operating a sexually oriented business.

Douglas Collins, 21, and Joshua Davis, 31, both of Toledo, were also charged with possession of marijuana.

Agents also filed charges with the Liquor Control Commission. It's possible the strip club owner could face a fine, suspension or have his license pulled.

A manager at the strip club declined to comment on the raid.

posted by hank on Mar 15, 2011 at 06:33:56 pm     #  

Here's the humorous Mar 11, 2011 Blade story

Undercover agents made four arrests and seized marijuana, a pair of boxer shorts, and condom wrappers Friday from Marilyn's on Monore, a Toledo strip club.

Months of investigation turned up marijuana, a pair of boxer shorts, and condom wrappers. That could be a teenage boy's room.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety's Investigative Unit spent months investigating the club.

Hard day at the office, "investigating" a strip club. For months. Boss says, time to make a bust. You bring back a pair of boxer shorts.

The investigation stemmed from an anonymous complaint that drugs were being used inside the club and that there was "improper entertainment," she said.

Imagine how busy those agents would be if they ever learned about college campus life.

posted by jr on Mar 15, 2011 at 06:49:32 pm     #  

Now that's funny....

posted by rch101 on Mar 15, 2011 at 07:30:55 pm     #  

Months of investigation turned up marijuana, a pair of boxer shorts, and condom wrappers.

Tax dollars flushing down the toilet.

posted by JJFad on Mar 15, 2011 at 07:57:37 pm     #  

Maybe they could have saved some time (and $$$$), by sending in an under cover police officer to work as a dancer.

Heather an episode of T.J. Hooker.......back in the early 1980's :

posted by CharlesBronson on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:12:03 pm     #  

So JJ, they should only investigate places when it gets REAL bad? I wonder who would be first in line to bitch then that something wasn't done soon enough? Hindsight is 20/20.

posted by Ryan on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:14:53 pm     #  

Enforcing the law it totally lame, Ryan.

posted by hank on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:21:23 pm     #  

I know a couple of guys who stopped by the day after the bust. THEY WE'RE STILL OPEN... but not allowed to strip on stage. so the girls were basically approaching everyone, inviting them back for private dances... supposedly the girls were all crazy drunk. like crazy crazy drunk.

please don't judge my friends. i am merely a messenger.

posted by upso on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:21:37 pm     #  

The sad reality is that they arrest people for prostitution, fine them and turn them loose. They go back out and do it again. They don't stop and there's no room to put them in jail. Without getting into a whole morality discussion, legalize it. It's legal in some areas of Nevada and is regulated, do it hear.
Same with marijuana. It's illegal, but I couldn't believe how many people do it and/or have it in their houses. I don't, but also don't see why it's any different than alcohol. If people want to do it to themselves, they'll find a way to do it. Especially when supposedly we are in a war on drugs, but yet drugs are everywhere.
If you're over 18 and want to do it, go right ahead. I think we lost the war on drugs.
I'm not saying sell it to schools, or hand it out in school parking lots and/or churches, but alcohol is everwhere and as a society, we've learned to deal with it. Let's do the same with drugs. Instead of wasting money on trying to stop the unstoppable, use the money to regulate it.

posted by hockeyfan on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:32:44 pm     #  

I think most Toledoans are wondering if the marijuana, boxer shorts, and condoms were made in the USA.

So it's possible that a strip club patron or a strip club employee complained about improper entertainment at a strip club.

Who gets to define "improper entertainment?"

The Detroit Lions have been exhibiting improper entertainment for about decade. Since their public safety and indecency violations cross state lines, maybe the feds will get involved.

When it's warmer, this area enjoys improper entertainment on the golf course.

posted by jr on Mar 15, 2011 at 09:32:32 pm     #  

john prine:

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Mar 15, 2011 at 10:17:36 pm     #  

^^ That is one craptastic song right there.

On the subject of Marilyn's.. Is anybody really that surprised about the drugs and "illegal sexual activity" that was happening there? I'm just surprised they didn't find a bunch of cocaine in there.

That's some great police work Lou, good job on finding some guys boxers and some weed. You could find the same thing at a high school.

posted by hunkytownsausage on Mar 16, 2011 at 07:24:38 am     #  

The War on Drugs is just a smashing success! Violent crime is on the rise on our streets and heaven forbid we do anything about it, thank the good lord their are a couple less dubbies in T Town this morning.

posted by dbw8906 on Mar 16, 2011 at 08:00:59 am     #  

"craptastic" ?! i would have thought a song with so much irony and humour would have been immune to such criticism.

"I'm just surprised they didn't find a bunch of ..." - i thought you were going to write "cops in there"

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Mar 16, 2011 at 08:35:22 am     #  

If the police had ignored the reports and done nothing there would have been criticism, because at some point it would have escalated. Either way they lose. Weed should be legalized anyway. Any weed bust is a waste of taxpayers' time and money. Spare me the "it's a gateway drug" nonsense. That gate's been wide open since I graduated from highschool in 1963.

posted by holland on Mar 16, 2011 at 11:25:13 am     #   1 person liked this

"So JJ, they should only investigate places when it gets REAL bad? I wonder who would be first in line to bitch then that something wasn't done soon enough? Hindsight is 20/20."

I guess I don't know what your definition of REAL bad is? Could it have gotten worse, where prostitution and marijuana were invading all areas of Toledo? Is that REAL bad? :opens window shades and looks at house across the street: probably not. What's the definition here? I just don't imagine a stripper committing homicide by suffocating someone with her vag.

I think tax dollars are wasted when law enforcement attempts to apprehend non-violent criminals. I would applaud the efforts to arrest drunkards that are driving home from local bars. I'd be impressed with removing those criminals from the road who are endangering the lives of others. Instead, law enforcement holds out some marijuana and condoms to signify their victory.

Sure, there is the argument that removing possessors and dealers of marijuana (or any other drug) is removing violent criminals from the streets, but I'd disagree. The whole argument is circular and not worth discussing because it is a chicken-or-the-egg argument: dealers/buyers commit violent crimes during the distribution/purchase chain v. the laws that push marijuana underground promote criminal activity.

If after MONTHS of investigation, the best that the investigators can come away with is condoms, possible prostitution and marijuana, then I don't see how anything has been made better. Even though I haven't smoked in years, I could get pot within the day. I've never been interested in prostitution, but I could go on craigslist or backpage and get a whore. Even upso posted that the show went on after the bust.

So, I don't think there was anything getting REAL bad, and I don't think anything has been solved. Just more tax dollars wasted on ignoring the violent criminals and attempting to promote standards.

posted by JJFad on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:35:42 pm     #   1 person liked this

JJFad and I very rarely agree but... when you silence the gun fire that grows louder and louder in more and more neighborhoods in T Town, and when you save the formerly family oriented West Side & Old Orchard areas are that are filling with violent crime (rape on the street in the middle of daylight) then I'm ok with you sending MONTHS of your time to grab a 1/4 of pot.

You will NEVER stop prostitution and if it's off the street corner and not a eyesore, I don't care what people do with their body. If I woman gives it away is legal (if you don't count dinner and a movie as payment) but if she where to make profit off a asset she controls...

posted by dbw8906 on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:53:16 pm     #  

dbw8906 - Just a tiny dissent on "make profit off a asset she controls". That is not always the case. Young teens lured into prostitution by pimps soon lose all control over that asset, as do some of the adult seasoned hookers. Violence committed against prostitutes by their pimps takes the "entreprenurial" element out of some forms of prostitution. Prostitution is a complex societal issue with no easy solutions, particularly when it involves juveniles. Nonetheless, the police have to do their job. I also support legalization of prostutuion. The government has no business in sexual transactions between two CONSENTING ADULTS who are not at risk of spreading sexually transmitted diseases and the matter is conducted in private.

posted by holland on Mar 16, 2011 at 01:45:36 pm     #  

Prostitution on the streets versus what goes on in these clubs are two entirely different scenarios. The clubs in Toledo are a joke compared to Detroit, it's almost like ordering off a menu.

posted by Hoops on Mar 16, 2011 at 02:56:16 pm     #  

That would be one greasy menu...

posted by oldhometown on Mar 16, 2011 at 03:03:32 pm     #   1 person liked this

Kinda reminds me of the Cheech and Chong skit about sending the Platoon out to burn the Marijuana Field in Viet Nam... Took the Troops a month and 250 Pizzas...

posted by rch101 on Mar 16, 2011 at 06:23:30 pm     #  

Remember a year or so ago the legislature passed a statute that banned naked dancing after midnight, so that is the "illegal entertainment". Spending months and money on that infraction about as valid as sending under-covers into bars for smoking ban violations.

In times of shrinking budgets and limited resources, I agree our law enforcement dollar should be spent elsewhere. At lest in a strip club its off the streets and out of your neighborhood or your business front. As for the the nature and oppression of strip club prostitution being drastically different than street prostitution, I would disagree, but I have not been a club owner, pimp, or pros.

I do know that a year ago tomorrow, we almost went to see the midget who was passing out show cards at the Blarney on St. Patty's day. C'mon bye tomorrow I will drink a green (can) beer with you.


posted by CynicalCounsel on Mar 16, 2011 at 07:31:34 pm     #