Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 10, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 11/10/2012

FROM WIRE REPORTS
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Shooting suspect pleads not guilty

NOVI — An unemployed geologist suspected of two-dozen random shootings in southeastern Michigan was charged Friday with attempted murder after police matched his gun to bullet fragments recovered from victims' vehicles.

Raulie Casteel, jailed since Monday in connection with a four-county spree that put drivers on edge for weeks, pleaded not guilty while appearing in court by video.

He faces 60 charges in Oakland County, where many of the 24 shootings occurred in October, and could be sentenced to up to life in prison if convicted of any of the eight attempted murder counts.

Lawyers will meet with a judge Wednesday to discuss whether the cases should be delayed in order for Casteel to undergo a psychiatric exam.

Chrysler to recall 919,000 SUVs

DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling more than 919,000 older-model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs worldwide because the air bags can inflate while people are driving them.

The recall affects Grand Cherokees from the 2002 through 2004 model years and Libertys from model years 2002 and 2003, according to documents posted Friday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

The safety agency said that a part can fail in the air bag control computer, and the front and side air bags can inflate while the SUVs are being driven.