Residents of a North Raleigh neighborhood say they fear leaving their homes because a neighbor uses her "Mansion" as an "adult, for-profit club." (Charlotte Huffman, WNCN)
Pamela Verbal with Wayne Cohoe and his wife at a party at the "Mansion." (Courtesy Pamela Verbal)
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Residents of a
North Raleigh neighborhood say they feel threatened by guests who regularly
visit a home they say is being used as an "adult" nightclub.
Neighbors in the
Radcliffe subdivision -- just off Falls of the Neuse Road -- say Pamela Verbal
has used her home as a nightclub since she moved in a year ago, despite appeals
by the homeowners association to cease the operation of the business.
which carry themes like "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Immersia [sic] Pool Party," have
become so wild that neighbor Shawn MacArthur says he and his wife feel like
prisoners in their own neighborhood.
cries constantly while parties are happening ... [She] threatens to leave if I
don't do something about this," MacArthur told a Superior Court judge.
nothing I can put in writing that describes the feeling of living in this
since the parties began a year ago, he has "been forced to accumulate
weapons because I fear for my family's safety."
During one recent
party, called a "Free4All" party and held on May 18, neighbors reported as many
as 600 attendees and 150 vehicles. Wayne Cohoe, who lives across from the
so-called "Mansion," testified that guests and their music were
"extremely loud, degrading, obnoxious, offensive to human decency and to
the adults and children living in the surrounding homes."
He says the
parties are a violation of multiple neighborhood covenants, including using the
home as a business and being a nuisance in the neighborhood. As a result, the
HOA filed a lawsuit against Verbal, and a Superior Court judge ordered that she
can no longer host the parties or have more than five guests in her home at a
order prohibits Verbal from using her home for commercial purposes or
"engaging in conduct that would be a nuisance, annoyance, obnoxious or
offensive to violate the quiet enjoyment of surrounding property."
asserts that she's done nothing wrong and "all allegations are
not been one report of illegal activity at my home," Verbal said Tuesday.
"Have I had parties? Absolutely. Have you seen my home?
"Have the parties
been loud and outrageous? No. My guests have enjoyed my home as well."
Verbal says she
has been targeted by her neighbors for being black and she is being forced out
of her neighborhood. Earlier this month, she put the home up for sale, listing
it for $2.95 million.
only three neighbors plus me that make up this Radcliffe HOA," Verbal
said. "I feel like the neighbors are targeting me because I am black. My
neighbors have stereotyped my guests.
only became a problem after my guests were predominantly black."
But the Cohoes
say a combination of disconcerting guests; loud, inappropriate music; and drug
use has created an unsafe environment for their family.
like we have a right to live here without a giant nightclub and huge parties
every weekend for the purpose of someone making a profit," Wayne Cohoe
wife, who asked not to be identified, says she first learned of the parties
when she and her family were invited to what she thought was an open house in
Wayne Cohoe says
his wife "took a housewarming gift. My wife wrote a sweet card -- welcome
to the neighborhood." But the couple soon realized something was amiss
when they were told to fill out and sign a waiver.
this odd, but we complied," she testified. "We stated we were Pam's neighbors
and asked if this was really necessary. [We] were told, 'Yes' it was
Once inside the
home, the Cohoes said they were "startled to see voluptuous women ...
specifically hired for the event, prancing around in high heels and skimpy bikinis."
women kissing, fondling each other and grinding up against each other,"
Wayne Cohoe's wife explained. "There were lots of attractive women
literally pouring alcohol down other females' throats while standing in the
"I was in utter
disbelief," his wife said. "I literally came home and cried. I was
inconsolable and depressed. It was apparent to me that the house a couple
hundred feet from ours was being used as an adult lifestyle club."
MacArthur says he
was also invited to the same "open house" party that the Cohoes
attended. Like the Cohoes, MacArthur says he found it odd when he was asked to
sign a waiver.
MacArthur says he
was also asked to pay an admission fee of between $10 and $15, but the doorman
waived the fee when he learned MacArthur was a neighbor.
"As I walked
up, there was a valet stand," MacArthur recalled. "I asked how much
they were charging and they said $45. I then said, 'That sounds like a good
responded, 'A damn good business.'"
drinks inside the party cost "$10 or $12" and that he saw some of the
guests smoking marijuana from a hookah.
"I know what
marijuana smells like, and it was definitely that," MacArthur said.
straw," MacArthur said, was when "a beautiful young lady approached
me and asked if I wanted to have a private dance and more for $250."
"I left that
party and haven't been back to another one since then," MacArthur said.
initial party, MacArthur says it was common to see as many as 50 to 75
motorcycles speeding down their street until 2 a.m. He also says Verbal's
parties often include security, which he says is a red flag.
Pam have to have the security guards to keep us safe?," MacArthur asked,
:If she must provide security guards, then it makes me wonder what kind of
people she is allowing into her house and her neighborhood.
"I had a
party for my daughter's soccer team. We didn't need security guards."
Wayne Cohoe says
Verbal promised the HOA president that the parties would stop, but
"apparently it was a Winter hibernation and it all began again this summer
-- bigger and better than ever."
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