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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A five-bedroom, 8,045 square foot home in Charlotte is currently listed as the most expensive home on the market in North Carolina.

The home at 3683 Pelham Lane in Charlotte is for sale for $5,840,000. The estimated mortgage would be about $21,642 a month.

The house has seven and a half bathrooms, a pool and spa and a “dream-like master bath is dripping in Carrara marble and chrome.”

“Contemporary yet elegant architecture and design make this fully custom home an understated masterpiece,” according to the home’s listing on realty website Zillow.

The most expensive home listed for sale in the Piedmont is a six-bedroom, 10,477 square foot home at 900 Rockford Road in High Point.

That home is listed at $3,750,000 with an estimated mortgage of $13,897 a month.

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Suspected South Charlotte Carjacking Leads To High-Speed Chase on I-77

CHARLOTTE, NC — A suspected carjacking that led police on a high-speed chase into South Carolina Thursday afternoon ended the driver crashed, according to WSOC.

The chase began in South Charlotte along Interstate 77 and Clanton Road. The suspects drove into South Carolina, exited the interstate, then returned to I-77 headed in a northbound direction, said the station, which was videoing the scene from a helicopter. The suspects then crashed alongside the interstate.

Law enforcement officers were able to take a suspect into custody, although two others ran from the scene into the woods, the station reported.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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Charlotte woman claims $590,477 state lottery jackpot

A Charlotte woman on Monday claimed a $590,477 Cash 5 jackpot in the state lottery.

Kelly Canestrare bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at Friendly Mart on East Seventh Street, lottery officials said. She beat odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the May 2 drawing.

After state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $410,387.

Cash 5 drawings are held nightly. Jackpots start at $50,000 and grow until they are won. Monday’s jackpot was an estimated $144,000.

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Equality NC’s Sgro to resign, hired with HRC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality North Carolina (ENC) Executive Director Chris Sgro have announced that Sgro will leave his ENC position and begin a post as Communications Director for HRC on June 5. Sgro plans to use this new opportunity to continue to fight for LGBTQ rights and equality.

“Equality North Carolina has never been about me,” Sgro said in a statement. “It has been the honor of my life to work with you in this capacity, and I will always be with you in the fight for our rights.”

Sgro has been executive director of ENC for nearly four years. During his time as executive director, ENC strengthened its electoral program with focus on the 2016 gubernatorial race that unseated Gov. Pat McCrory. The organization also founded a coalition of pro-equality businesses that included over 500 voices, and hired its first Director of Transgender Policy.

In 2016, Sgro was selected by the Guilford County Democratic Party to take over as a House Representative in the North Carolina legislature after the death of Rep. Ralph Johnson. Sgro was named by the reluctant Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who later heckled Sgro regarding the infamous House Bill 2 (HB2) debacle.

Sgro has also worked for America Votes and CARE, both progressive organizations. Sgro also served in various roles for Sen. Kay Hagan beginning in 2008, helping her campaign and then supporting her during her term.

Under Sgro’s leadership, Equality NC has worked to advance LGBTQ equality in North Carolina, both legally and in daily life. The organization has been popular in headlines fighting against HB2 as well as HB 142, the “repeal” that left much of HB2 in place. Equality NC has been a partner organization with the HRC, and the two nonprofits will continue to work together.

“Over the last year and a half, we’ve worked side by side with Chris and Equality North Carolina to fight HB2 and attacks on LGBTQ people across the state of North Carolina,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing Olivia Alair Dalton. “In that time, we have all come to admire Chris as a talented communicator, strategic thinker, and an inspiring leader. We are excited to have Chris joining our team to continue fighting for equality across North Carolina and every other corner of our country.”

“Chris has been an incredible asset to both Equality North Carolina and the LGBTQ community of North Carolina,” said ENC Board Chairs Kutrow and McDermott.

The search for ENC’s next executive director will be a national affair. Sgro will leave his current post at the end of May.

“Together, we have accomplished so much,” Sgro said. “Equality NC has never been stronger than it is today because our community stepped up during the HB2 battle to stand with us to fight discrimination in our state. We will always stand with them.”

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Authorities arrest NC student armed with weapons, ‘hit list’

A North Carolina high school student was arrested Tuesday in connection with a backpack police found containing several dangerous contraband items including knives, as well as a "hit list," authorities said.

A Union County Sheriff’s deputy assigned as a School Resource Officer at the Forest Hills High School in Union County, North Carolina, found several knives, a bottle of flammable liquid, fireworks, a dismantled shotgun shell and a "hit list" inside the book bag of a student there, the Union County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina said in a statement Tuesday.

Police said the list contained names of multiple individuals and that the school is in the process of notifying everyone identified on the list.

The suspect, whose identity is being withheld because they are under the age of 16, is facing criminal charges, according to police.

Police credited the discovery to a tip it received from a Canadian law enforcement agency concerning chat room discussions where a Forest Hills High School student had threatened to "stab several kids at school today," the sheriff’s office said.

Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey thanked the officers involved for preventing a "tragedy."

"The deputies and specifically the School Resource Officer, along with Union County Public Schools did an outstanding job of quickly identifying the student involved with the chat room discussions and finding the weapons before a tragedy happened," Cathey said in a statement.

The Union County School System also commended the officers for their "immediate response" to the matter in a statement released to ABC News affiliate WSOC on Tuesday.

"We take every threat seriously and staff will continue to work to keep all schools safe," the statement said. "All families at Forest Hills High School have been notified."

Fast-growing NC waffle delivery business to open first store

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Smash Waffles — a waffle delivery service — will open its first eat-in store in uptown Greenville this July.

The waffle delivery company has been up and running since December 2016. Since then, the creators of the delivery sensation have “smashed” and delivered over 75,000 waffles in Pitt County.

Smash Waffles opened in the Raleigh market in February. When they opened in Raleigh, that resulted in a waiting list of over 500 customers.

The Greenville-based company also plans to open eight more locations in the next 18 months.

The developers of Smash Waffles describe the last four months as a whirlwind.

“We realize that people love the convenience of delivery, but our customers have expressed a desire for an inline location,” said Hunter Harrison, one of the creators. “We have found the perfect spot on Dickinson Avenue to meet that need.”

The Smash Cafe’ will be designed to motivate guests by inspiring innovation, sparking intimate conversation, and promoting relaxation; the aroma of freshly smashed dough and brewed coffee as well as a warm and edgy eclectic decor will contribute to the atmosphere.

The Smash Waffle menu includes The O.G. (the original waffle that started it all, topped with honey, cinnamon cream sauce and powdered sugar,) the Campfire (a miniature marshmallow-infused waffle topped with marshmallow cream sauce, Nutella drizzle, graham cracker crumbles and powered sugar,) the Chip Chip Hooray (classic chocolate chip waffle featuring cookie butter and mini chocolate chips,) the Cereal Thriller (crushed cereal – a different type each day, sweet cream sauce and powdered sugar,) the Swirly Sin (cinnamon swirl infused dough and cream cheese icing,) and a unique “Waffle of the Week.”

“We will be expanding our menu with the opening to include more waffle options, specialty coffees, and even ice cream smash-wiches,” explained waffle creator Justin Cox. “Our menu and atmosphere will invite all ages to come in and hang out with us.”

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NC teen with cerebral palsy surprised with dream sports trip

A North Carolina teenager and sports fanatic living with cerebral palsy was surprised by his classmates on Tuesday with a dream sports trip to New York City.

All of the bells and whistles were pulled out to give Christian Heavner a proper send-off on a trip to watch the New York Yankees in action on their home field.

Heavner was driven in a stretch limo that was accompanied by a police escort. He also got to meet his favorite Yankees.

A student group known as the Junior Dream team raised almost $10,000 to pay for the experience.

“He’s a very good, bright young man,” Heavner’s stepfather, John Basile, told ABC affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Heavner, a senior at Cabarrus High School, expressed his gratitude for the people who made his dream possible.

“We have the best school in the state of North Carolina,” he said.

Princess Charlotte Turns 2!

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, turns 2 years old on Tuesday and she’s already mastered posing for the camera. On Monday morning, the Kensington Palace released a photo of the adorable toddler that was taken in April at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s home in Norfolk, England. A statement from the Palace read, "The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this photograph as they celebrate Princess Charlotte’s second birthday."

‘Facts of Life’ Mom Charlotte Rae: I Have Cancer, But I Might Not Get Treatment

Fans of classic 80’s sitcom The Facts of Life are having to “take the bad,” after word that mama Charlotte Rae is battling bone cancer – and she might not fight it!

Rae, who turned 91 on April 22, played Edna Garrett, a housemother at a prestigious private school on the show. She made the shocking confession to People magazine.

“Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer,” Rae revealed. “Now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. I’m not in any pain right now. I’m feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground.”

“Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life. I love life. I’ve had a wonderful one already. I have this decision to make.”

Rae was supposed to start a possible life-saving treatment this week, but decided to cancel, she said.

“I wanted to think about it first,” she explained. “I’ve had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I’d like to choose life. I’m grateful for the life I’ve already had.”

This isn’t the first-time the character actress has faced a harrowing fight against the c-word.

“About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer — which is a miracle that they found it because usually it’s too late,” she said. “My mother, sister and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody even knew.”

Keeping secrets is something the Emmy and Tony Award nominated actress is quite familiar with. As Radar has reported, in the ‘70’s, Rae discovered her husband of 25 years, Grammy Award winning (Amadeus) composer John Strauss, was gay!

“First came the shock of what he had done behind my back, then the sting of being deceived for years,” Rae wrote in her memoir, The Facts of My Life. “All I could feel was the betrayal and, worse than that, my shame.”

Rae and Strauss married in 1950, had two kids and divorced in 1975, after Strauss revealed his secret.

“John’s secret confirmed my feelings of inferiority,” Rae wrote. “That I was less than a woman . . . That I didn’t deserve to be loved and valued.”

And now, as she faces yet another alarming personal crisis, Rae tells People she still has love of life.

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“At 91, every day is a birthday,” she said. “I want to tell everybody to celebrate every day, to savor the day and be good to yourself, love yourself, and then you can be good to others and be of service to others.”

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‘Little House on the Prairie’ star Charlotte Stewart recalls days with Jim Morrison, Elvis and Bill Murray

Charlotte Stewart played Miss Beadle in "Little House on the Prairie." (Courtesy of Charlotte Stewart)

Charlotte Stewart has a theory of what could have caused the sudden death of her drinking buddy and friend with benefits, Doors frontman Jim Morrison.

“He had extremely high blood pressure,” the now 76-year-old actress told Fox News.

Stewart is best known for portraying Miss Beadle on “Little House on the Prairie."

Courtesy of Charlotte Stewart (A still taken from the Super 8 film Charlotte shot on her road trip with Jim Morrison in Nov. 1970. He’s eating a burrito for breakfast and walking toward the camera.)

“He had rheumatic fever as a child and he had an enlarged heart," she added. "And his face was always beet red. You know, blood pressure red. And I think that’s what probably killed him. He was in the bathtub, probably in hot water. He’d probably been drinking as he always did. And his heart gave out.”

Before Stewart found fame with the western drama, which ran from 1974 to 1983, she owned a clothing store called The Liquid Butterfly, which was located across from Elektra Records in California, the label that the rock band was signed under. In her recently published memoir, titled “Little House in the Hollywood Hills,” she recalled how Morrison frequently spent time at her store where they became fast friends.

“We’d go sit at a bar [after work] and quite often I had to take him home because he overdid it a lot,” she explained.

When Morrison was arrested in 1969 for indecent exposure at a Florida concert, he turned to Stewart for support. They drove up the Pacific Coast Highway and found themselves exploring Hearst Castle.

Stewart chronicled their trip on video, and they’d frequently unwind with alcohol. He would drop her off in Los Angeles before he escaped to Paris. It would be the last time the duo would see each other. Just six month after their initial encounter, Morrison was found dead in 1971 at age 27.

“I don’t know what the official report was on how he died,” she said. “But I do know, I never saw him with a drug. Ever. I never even saw him smoke marijuana. Ever. He drank. He drank heavily. It’s my theory that they wouldn’t have found drugs in his system.”

Courtesy of Charlotte Stewart (A still of Charlotte Stewart opposite co-star Elvis Presley in their film, "Speedway.")

In 1968, Stewart would also become a confidant to another music icon: The King. She briefly appeared in the film “Speedway” opposite Elvis Presley, which sparked a brief friendship.

“As soon as we were done with the first shot, he said, ‘You wanna talk?’ I was shocked. He pulled up two chairs together, we sat down, he took my hand and then he began to tell me about his mother,” revealed Stewart. “He talked about Gladys, how much he missed her, how when he was in the army, they wouldn’t let him go see her when she was dying… It wasn’t like he was flirting. He was just being very sweet. He could not have been nicer.”

One person who didn’t impress Stewart was Bill Murray.

“Quite frankly, that was a one night stand,” she said.

The actor, who was appearing in a new sketch comedy show titled “Saturday Night Live” in 1975, used his popularity to help Stewart and her friend get in a local club.

Courtesy of Charlotte Stewart (A candid shot of Charlotte Stewart in costume as Miss Beadle on "Little House on the Prairie.")

“Of course they let Bill Murray in,” she said “We were drinking, dancing and then he came home with me. What can I tell you? And I never saw him again! I wasn’t interested in being anything more than fun. But I thought it was kind of rude of him to just stay the night with me and then never speak to me again.”

But Stewart had other troubles to worry about. After her time as a schoolteacher came to an end on “Little House,” she found herself addicted to drugs and alcohol, as well as facing homelessness.

“Everybody was doing drugs,” she said. “You’ll just go to a party and somebody will go, ‘Hey, you want a sniff?’ I thought at the time it was just what everybody else did… My business manager had been doing drugs… The next thing I knew, my money was gone. He put it all up his nose. My mortgage had not been paid. I lost my house… I had money and then I didn’t. I’m just really lucky to be alive.

Stewart said it was her niece who prompted that journey to sobriety.

Courtesy of Charlotte Stewart

“She told me what a mess I was in a letter,” she explained. “It broke my heart and woke me up at the same time… I entered a recovery program that really turned my head around. I’m still going to meetings and I’m very grateful.”

By 1984, she sought help and slowly began rebuilding her life again, including accepting a role on the 1990s series “Twin Peaks.”

These days, Stewart is happily keeping busy. She still tours with her “Little House” cast across the country where she meets devoted fans. She’s also set to appear in the reboot of “Twin Peaks,” which debuts on May 21st.

Not only has she gotten married nearly two years ago to “a dear old friend,” she also credited former “Little House” cast-mate Alison Arngrim for encouraging her to publish a tell-all.

“Let’s face it, I have to stay busy,” she added. “I love to read, but I can’t spend my days reading or shopping. I work every day and prefer it that way.”