Lincoln County en Union County DSS Fires Supervisor Accused Of Child Abuse <p>Union County fired Wanda Larson on Friday, accusing the former supervisor with the Department of Social Services of “unacceptable personal conduct and grossly inefficient job performance.”</p><p>Larson, who headed a group of child-protection investigators for the agency, faces child abuse and other charges after an 11-year-old boy under her legal care was found chained to the porch of her rural home, a dead chicken tied around his neck.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 02:14:55 +0000 Michael Gordon and Adam Bell/Charlotte Observer 39807 at Meth Lab Busts On The Rise <p>In the early 2000s, North Carolina experienced a surge in meth use. The state combated that surge by restricting the sale of Sudafed and other over-the-counter drugs that contain precursors for meth. The numbers fell in the middle of the decade, but began creeping up almost immediately&mdash;157 meth lab busts in 2007, 235 in 2010, up to 460 last year.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:57:30 +0000 Ben Bradford 37239 at Meth Lab Busts On The Rise