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Clinic offers free  legal help for child support issues

The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, in a coordinated effort with Wayne County Friend of the Court, is conducting a Free Child Support Help Program on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., in the “Friends Auditorium.”

The workshop, from 1-4 p.m., will feature a joint Wayne County/Macomb County “Bench Warrant Amnesty Program.”

Participants seeking to resolve child support warrants may do so without legal repercussion.

Payers should bring $500 per warrant in cash, money order, or a credit card payment and a valid government issued photo ID.

Attendees will have the chance to consult with volunteer family law attorneys. These attorneys will assist in completing motion packets and provide some legal direction on child support, parenting time, and custody issues.

There will be a brief presentation of the Arrears Forgiveness Program for Michigan State Owed Arrearage. Child support professionals will be on site to sign up parents and assist with paperwork. If qualified, they may be entitled to have some or all of their State arrearages waived.

This event is one in a series of free child support help programs supported by community service agencies.

Questions should be directed to the Wayne County Friend of the Court at 1.877.543.2660.

Legislature OKs tax cut for 1,00 retired cops, firefighters

LANSING (AP) — Legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder would give an income tax break to an estimated 1,000 police and firefighters who are currently at least 65 and who retired before 2013.

The bill approved unanimously by the Michigan Senate on Tuesday would allow the retirees who were not part of Social Security in their government employment to deduct more of their pension income from being taxed.

The measure would primarily affect retired Detroit police and firefighters along with state police retirees.

Supporters say the legislation is intended to broaden a tax break for retired law enforcement officers that's already provided to other, older retirees.

Under a law enacted by Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers in 2011, anyone born after 1952 has their retirement income taxed the same as other income.

 

Pathologist toting human organs while drunk gets probation

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana pathologist who was hauling human organ samples in his pickup truck when he was arrested on drunken driving charges has pleaded guilty.

Seventy-five-year-old Elmo A. Griggs was sentenced last week to a year of probation in Morgan County after pleading guilty to one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. A second count was dismissed.

The Indianapolis Star reports Griggs has worked as an Indiana pathologist for more than a decade, providing services to the Marion County and Tippecanoe County coroner's offices.

He was arrested Sept. 12 after he was spotted driving erratically along Indiana 67 in Morgan County about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Indianapolis.

A vodka bottle and totes containing slides and organ samples from Griggs' private pathology cases were found in his truck.

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