Lunch Break (2/4/16): Fans can drop 5K to stay at Panthers player's house while he's at Super Bowl



Carolina Panthers safety Roman Harper announced on Twitter last night that fans can watch him play in the Super Bowl from his his home. He has listed his Uptown condo for rent on Airbnb for $5,000 a night while he's in Santa Clara to play in the big game. Harper said the tenant would be given a signed football and all money from the stay would be donated to his foundation. (WSOC Staff) 

Duke Energy has been draining water from its coal ash ponds into Mountain Island Lake in order to get to the coal ash below, according to a report from Fox46. Officials with Duke and the county say they're closely watching contaminant levels in Charlotte's largest drinking source to make sure the coal ash pond water is not affecting it negatively. Crews have been draining the ponds for three weeks and has until 2019 to had the coal ash removed completely. (Fox46 Staff) 

Mayor Jennifer Roberts has placed the token "mayor's bet" with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock regarding the upcoming Super Bowl, stating that she will wear a Denver Broncos jersey if the Panthers lose and vice versa. Roberts has already announced that she will be sending a #1 Cam Newton jersey to Hancock in Denver in the event that the Panthers win. Roberts will head to San Francisco tomorrow and return on Monday. (Rad Berky, WCNC) 

Two men were arrested after a carjacking in Uptown led to a high-speed car chase through the city this morning. Police said the men carjacked a Mercedes-Benz at gunpoint at around 2:30 a.m. near East Carson Street and then led police on a chase that reached 100 miles per hour. The men jumped out of the vehicle on Nobles Avenue in west Charlotte and were apprehended. One of the men reportedly yelled that he's innocent while he was being led to the car, so it's a surprise the police didn't let him go. The suspects, who have not yet been named, are facing charges of armed robbery, carjacking and weapon possession. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A 16-year-old high school student in Union County was arrested after a revolver was found in his car following a fight that he was involved in yesterday, according to police. Officials learned there was a gun in Kenneth Shelby Rose's car after speaking with students involved with the fight at Forest Hills High School in Marshville, and he was charged with felony possession of a weapon on school property. (Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer) 

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