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5 arrested in Kosciusko Co. raid

Published On: Oct 31 2013 11:10:56 AM CDT
5 arrested in Kosciusko co.

Top left to right: Samuel Stimmel, Kimberly Gill, Christine Bennett

Bottom left to right: Kelly Whitman, Donn Lee Rupert

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY -

The following is a release from Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department:

Officers from various Kosciusko County law enforcement agencies conducted an early morning raid that resulted in the arrest of five individuals.

Officers working with the Centralized Drug Enforcement of Kosciusko County concluded an intensive investigation early this morning that was originally initiated in July of this year.  Officers initially conducted a raid at a local Warsaw hotel establishment last evening. This raid resulted in the arrest of four individuals involved in the promotion of prostitution, which had stemmed from an October investigation by undercover officers involving “exotic” dancers.

Officers from the Syracuse, Warsaw, Pierceton, and North Webster Police Departments, along with Indiana State Troopers and deputies from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, then systematically executed search warrants at Stimmelator’s Gentleman’s Club, 114 E. Washington St., California Dreamin’ and at 108 E. Washington St., North Webster, shortly after midnight.  Officers located and seized a substantial amount of synthetic drugs or synthetic drug lookalike substances, as well as a substantial amount of cash.  Officers also executed a search warrant for a semi-trailer located behind Stimmelator’s Gentleman’s club, as well as served an active felony warrant for the owner, Samuel Scott Stimmel, 64, on preliminary charges of corrupt business influence.  Stimmel was subsequently charged with felony promoting prostitution during this morning’s investigation.  Below are the other four individuals that were arrested on preliminary felony charges of promoting prostitution and are being held on individual $2,000 bonds:

 • Donn Lee Rupert, 51, South Bend

 • Kimberly Kay Gill, 32, South Bend

 • Kelly Joe Whitman, 23, South Bend

 • Christine Marie Bennett, 27, Warsaw

Stimmel was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail but has since bonded on the original $100,000 bond.

The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office advises that the defendant’s charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.