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Local News
9:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program

Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson were indicted on child abuse charges in December. Larson was fired from her job as a child protective services supervisor.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

A state review of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years. 

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Politics
12:44 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Mayor Of Indian Trail Denied Foster Care License For Public Comments In Abuse Case

Mayor Michael Alvarez says he received a letter from DSS that says that because of his public comments about DSS, he and his wife are no longer being considered for a foster care license.
Credit Courtesy of Indian Trail

The mayor of Indian Trail and his wife won’t be allowed to care for a foster child, and the reason has nothing to do with whether they can do the job.


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Crime
4:04 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse

The Monroe couple, Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson, accused of child abuse in Union County.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

We now know more about the charges of abuse against a Union County couple accused of handcuffing a boy to their front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

Grand jury indictments released Tuesday elaborate the history of abuse that authorities say the 11-year-old faced under the couple's guardianship.


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Local News
9:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Cabarrus Looks To Arm Social Workers With iPads

Todd Shanley, Cabarrus County Information Technology Services manager and Derrick Heath, director of Child Protective Services advocate for the pilot program during a Cabarrus County Commissioners work session on Monday.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Social workers across the country are trading in their notepads for tablets. A handful of the state's counties have gone digital and now Cabarrus County is looking to join their ranks.  

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners is considering a proposal to give county social workers iPads so that they can quickly access case and client information from the field.


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Charlotte Observer
9:14 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Union County DSS Fires Supervisor Accused Of Child Abuse

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.”

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.

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The Charlotte Observer
11:37 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Union County Faulted Over Handling Of Previous Child Abuse Complaint

The Union County Department of Social Services used a “bogus” interpretation of state law in dismissing a 2012 sheriff’s complaint against a top DSS official, a child-protection expert said Thursday.

The DSS supervisor, Wanda Larson, was arrested last week in connection with a new abuse case involving the same boy as in 2012.

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Local News
1:32 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Mecklenburg Residents May See Delays In Getting Food Stamps

Mecklenburg County residents who receive food stamps may experience some delays in getting that assistance over the next several months.  The county is transitioning to an online system called NC FAST that will make it easier in the long run to apply for all kinds of assistance through the state.  But entering those applications will take extra time. 

Rodney Adams with the county’s Department of Social Services says people should initially expect longer lines at DSS offices and in some cases delays in receiving food stamps. 

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Local News
2:38 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

DSS Director’s Firing Sticks

County Manager Harry Jones has upheld the firing of Mary Wilson, who oversaw Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services.  That comes after an employee panel heard Wilson’s appeal of her termination.  

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