Union County

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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Local News
10:27 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Settlement Looks Unlikely In $91 Million Union County Schools Verdict

Union County Court House
Credit Jimmy Wayne / Flickr

Union County and its school board continue to bicker over funding.  But since October, it’s taken a different tone after a jury ordered Union County to pay the school system $91 million.  Union County commissioners offered a much smaller settlement this month and the school board said, “No, thank you.”


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Charlotte Observer
9:43 am
Fri December 20, 2013

School Staff Had Concerns About Children Whose Mother Was DSS Manager

Credit Charlotte Observer

The welfare of five children now at the center of a high-profile abuse case worried staffers at Union Academy charter school last year, a school supervisor said.

The supervisor said she decided to bypass the local Department of Social Services because she knew the children’s mother worked there as a manager. Instead, the supervisor tried to contact the state DSS directly, but she says her calls were not returned.

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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
9:10 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Union County To Dissolve Health Board After Child Abuse Case

Union County commissioners will move to dissolve the board that oversees the county’s Division of Social Services, according to one commissioner in a series of Youtube videos the county released today. The change would come as part of the county's response to the high-profile child-abuse case earlier this month, where an 11-year-old boy was found handcuffed by the ankle to his front porch. One of the guardians of the child, Wanda Larson, was a supervisor for Child Protective Services, which is part of the division.

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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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Crime
9:45 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Monroe Couple Were Guardians, Not Foster Parents Of Handcuffed Child

The Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy to their front porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck are not the foster parents of that child, as previously reported. DHHS says the foster care license for Wanda Larson and Dorian Harper expired in 2010.


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Crime
3:55 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

$500K Bond For Couple Accused Of Handcuffing Child

Bond was set for $500,000 for Dorian Lee Harper, left and $520,000 Wanda Sue Larson, both 57, of Monroe.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

 Bond was set for about $500,000 each for the Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by the ankle to their front porch. Dorian Harper and Wanda Larson -- a supervisor in the county's department of social services -- had their first court appearance in front of a Union County judge Monday morning. On Friday, an animal control officer found the child while responding to a complaint about a loose animal. While looking for the animal, he followed a trail that led to the child's secluded home.

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Local News
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Government Prayer Case. What's It Mean For Rowan Co. Dispute?

The Rowan County Commission praying at the beginning of its October 21, 2013 meeting
Credit Rowan County

Prayers in government meetings have received a lot of attention in North Carolina. The ACLU has sued the Rowan County Commission, and another group has threatened to sue the Union County Commission for what they say are “sectarian prayers.”

As the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a similar case from New York next week, we explore what the case could mean for North Carolina.


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Local News
9:27 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Union County Appeals $91 Million School Verdict

Credit Jimmy Wayne / Flickr

The dispute between Union County and its schools is not finished.  Union County commissioners have decided to appeal the jury’s verdict that the county owes the district $91 million. 


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