Wrong number for drug deal ends in arrests
CLEVELAND, N.C., July 1 (UPI) -- North Carolina authorities arrested four people on drug charges after one suspect mistakenly called a deputy for a drug deal instead of a fellow suspect.
Rowan County sheriff's deputies arrested Sandra Davis, Henry Cloer, Jermiere Walker and Pamela Henderson on an array of drug charges for the incident, the Salisbury Post reported.
The arrests came after Davis made repeated phone calls to deputy Jagger Naves early Monday. The fourth call ended with a voice mail in which Davis yelled "This isn't even a $10 rock. You need to make this right!"
Naves alerted Cleveland police of a possible drug deal and called Davis back to tell her he was an officer and asked her to stop calling.
Davis called Naves again saying she couldn't meet up in a parking lot because "police were everywhere," a sheriff's office report stated. Davis asked if they could meet in a different lot, to which Naves agreed.
Naves met Davis, who was with Cloer in a pickup truck, in the parking lot and said he immediately recognized Davis' voice as the person who called him earlier.
When asked to step out of the car, a small bag containing a gram of crack cocaine fell from Cloer's pants, the report said. Authorities also found drug paraphernalia in the pickup.
As Naves seized the pair's cellphones as evidence, one of them rang and the number that appeared on the phone's screen was one digit off from Naves' own cell number.
Naves met the caller in another parking lot and Walker and Henderson were subsequently arrested after deputies found three crack cocaine rocks in their car.
Davis and Cloer were arrested and charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Walker and Henderson were charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Henderson was further charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer and felony maintaining a vehicle for storing drugs.
Sonic holds third annual Skate-Off
ORLANDO, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- More than 40 Sonic Drive-In carhops showed up to participate in the restaurant's third annual Sonic Skate-Off regional competition in Florida, officials said.
The carhops -- servers on roller skates who bring your food to your car -- were put through a series of tests Saturday in the Sonic Drive-In parking lot on International Drive, including a mock delivery, an interview and a freestyle event, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Of the carhops from the 3,500 Sonic restaurants nationwide, only six will be chosen to compete in the finals, set to be held in Dallas in August.
Sonic has been employing carhops since its first location was opened in Oklahoma in the 1950s.
"Carhops are nostalgic," said John Salama, the company's vice president of training. "Our skaters are truly the treasure of Sonic. … It's something you can't get anywhere else."
Evelyn Mejia, a 17-year-old from Summerfield, said she was confidant in her performance.
Mejia said she saw previous competitions on YouTube and decided to try out.
"I think I did awesome," Mejia said. "I was nervous at first, but after a while I loosened up a little bit and I got the hang of it."
Participants in the Skate-Off are judged on their technique, personality and wow factor. Each carhop is videotaped during their performance and the results will be announced at a later date.
Noise complaint goes global
NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) -- An online petition to get a New York City landlord to kick out a noisy tenant has gotten signatures from people as far away as India, Lebanon and Slovakia.
The petition was started by the loud tenant's neighbor, Gwendolen Hamdan, the New York Post reported.
Hamdan called the noisy tenant "extremely disrespectful ... with obnoxiously loud music at all hours of the night."
Unfortunately, Hamdan's petition has only generated 12 signatures, despite the global signatures.
"We were trying to keep this with the people on the block," she said.
German city pardons 38 witches from 1600s
COLOGNE, Germany, July 1 (UPI) -- The Cologne City Council in Germany pardoned and rehabilitated the names of 38 "witches" who were executed in the 1600s, officials said.
Council members voted unanimously Thursday to pardon the witches, The Local.de reported.
The move was not a judicial act, as German authorities today do not have the power to overturn rulings made under the Holy Roman Empire, but was intended to restore the names of those who were accused of and put to death for being witches.
Cologne is the 14th city in Germany to try to distance itself from the witch trials. Historians believe about 25,000 women and men were sentenced to death in Germany in the past for allegedly practicing witchcraft.
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