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 Wayne Law clinics holiday charity effort  assists eight families

Eight families, totaling 13 adults and six children in need, will have a warmer holiday season this year thanks to a donation drive supported by students, faculty and staff at Wayne State University Law School.

Winter Wishes, in its third year, has helped families who are clients of Wayne Law’s legal clinics. This year’s drive raised $1,370 in monetary donations and about $1,825 worth of donated items, including blankets, coats, gasoline and other gift cards, hats, scarves, shoes and toys.
The total goal for monetary and item donations had been set at $2,000, but donations exceeded that by nearly 60 percent, bringing in $3,195.

Winter Wishes began in 2012 as the fall semester capstone project of Wayne Law’s Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic’s designated social work intern.

Kelcey Gapske, the social work intern in the clinic through the Wayne State University master of social work program, led this year’s drive, which also included assisting families in the law school’s Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic and Disability Law Clinic.

“I am truly humbled by the kindness and generosity of the students, faculty and staff of Wayne State University Law School,” Gapske said. “Their selfless contributions have helped to make the holiday season brighter and warmer for eight families.”

The clinics had a bake sale in November to raise money and accepted donations through Dec. 5.

Boy, 15, to stand trial in plan to kill students 

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan 15-year-old will stand trial after authorities say they found his plans to kill up to eight students at his high school, including a girl who may have shunned his advances.
The Monroe News says he named the plan “Three Days to Kill” and notes stated the girl “must be destroyed” and “wiped off the face of the Earth.”

A Samurai sword and homemade knife were found in the boy’s home. Notes and maps of the spot in Jefferson High School’s cafeteria where the girl sat were in his locker.

Assistant Prosecutor Leah Hubbard told a probate judge Tuesday that chemicals found in his room were being analyzed.

Defense attorney Christian Horkey says his client isn’t homicidal and the plans are not those “of a criminal mastermind.”

Horkey has asked to have the teen released to his parents. He says crushed chalk and aluminum were the substances found in his room.

The boy’s name isn’t being released because of his age.

Some parents of students named in the plan would be hesitant to allow their children back in school if the 15-year-old was released from jail, Hubbard told Judge Frank Arnold at Tuesday’s hearing.
“They are all terrified. They are very concerned,” she said.

Arnold ordered the teen to remain jailed “out of concern for public safety.”

A Jan. 28 pretrial conference is scheduled ahead of the teen’s Feb. 9 trial.