Twilight Boutique Moves Out of Strongsville
Sign says it will reopen in Parma
Twilight Boutique, the Prospect Road head shop that was raided by police in March, has moved out.
Neighbors noticed this weekend that the overhead sign was down and the store was empty.
A notice painted on the window says it is moving to Chevrolet Boulevard in Parma.
Its owners, Sean and Sherry Lightner, are due in court this morning for a pre-trial on aggravated drug trafficking charges for allegedly selling K2-type products that contained illegal chemicals.
The store, which was a sore spot for some residents, was open 24 hours a day and sold what employees called decorative accessories and what police called drug paraphernalia, including pipes.
It also sold synthetic marijuana -- chemically coated plant leaves marketed as "herbal incense" with names like K2 and Spice -- that kids and young adults roll into cigarettes and smoke for a pot-like high.
Linndale police, following up on an incident that took place in their village, confiscated 586 packs of the fake pot in the March 2 raid, as well as hundreds of pipes and other smoking implements.
Linndale Sgt. Tim Franczak said lab tests showed the products Twilight Boutique were selling contained an "analog chemical" that was substantially similar to the banned ones.
Both Lightners are set for pre-trial on Monday, court records show. At a pre-trial, the prosecutor and defense attorneys typically discuss the charges and -- possibly -- consider a plea bargain, in which the defendants plead guilty to lesser charges to avoid a trial.
The Lightners are scheduled to go before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg at 9 a.m.
The couple is currently free on $50,000 separate cash bonds. They have not commented, but company representatives have steadfastly denied the charges and said the Lightners will be found innocent.
K2 and other synthetic marijuana disappeared from the shelves briefly after the ban, but were replaced by similar products containing slightly different chemicals.