BREAKING: Pamela's Secrets in Harrisonburg Temporarily Closed

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

UPDATE 6:21 p.m.

The Harrisonburg adult store, Pamela's Secrets, was raided for bath salts twice in May and the owner and two employees are in custody for allegedly selling the synthetic drug.

Pamela's Secrets is now boarded up.

Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst asked a judge Friday for an injunction hearing to close this business down. She had a few young women take the witness stand and a couple of them admitted to shooting up bath salts right inside the store.

It took their stories and one story of a girl who almost lost her life to close the business and stop more people from buying the drug.

Ashley Whitmer grew up winning beauty pageant contests and now her brother, Steven Whitmer, said she is fighting for her life. He said doctors had to remove two parts of her skull plus take care of numerous other injuries. Her mother, Tammy Whitmer, is devastated.

"She probably would never breathe on her own again and they wanted me to make a decision to take her ventilator out and I refused," said Tammy.

Ashley almost lost her life because she crashed her car after being high on bath salts. Her brother admitted to doing the drug too.

"Ten times stronger than meth and about 40 times stronger than cocaine,” said Steven. “When you do it, it makes you sweat, makes your heart race about 150 miles per hour and you see shadows in the corners of your eyes."

Steven said he and his sister would get bath salts from Pamela's Secrets.

"One day we went there and it was closed, and there was probably 40 to 50 cars in the parking lot."

He said no one in those cars waited there to buy pornographic material, what the adult shop claims to sell. That is why Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst asked a judge to close the shop down.

"The Whitmer family is one of many families, as you heard the witnesses today, whose lives have been destroyed by this business,” said Garst. “I hope this will measure with success, with more families being safer in our community, and I'll do my best to continue that effort."

Now families, like the Whitmers, are happy to see Pamela's Secrets closed.

"I'm just ecstatic because I do not want another family in this county, this state, this country to have to go through what we went through in the last two weeks," said Tammy.

The family said Ashley is doing much better, but she is still in intensive care in the hospital. They said she just started making movements so they hope she is on the path to recovery.

As for the business, Garst said she will try to close it down permanently at the next hearing.
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A judge orders temporary injunction on Pamela's Secrets. The Adult store will be closed for public nuisance.

On Friday, several witnesses claimed they bought bath salts from Pamela's Secrets.

More updates to follow.


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