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Raulie Casteel , 43, a geologist, is suspected in a string of random highway shootings in Michigan. Livingston County Sheriff
Raulie Casteel , 43, a geologist, is suspected in a string of random highway shootings in Michigan. Livingston County Sheriff
Posted: November 08, 2012

Suspect charged in road shootings

HOWELL, Mich. - A man suspected in two dozen random shootings along a 100-mile stretch of roadway in southeastern Michigan was charged with several gun crimes Wednesday that are likely the first of many charges.

Prosecutors believe that Raulie Casteel, a geologist, is responsible for the shootings last month that mostly targeted moving vehicles on or near Interstate 96. One person was injured.

Casteel, 43, was ordered held on a $2 million bond after being charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and other gun crimes. The charges stem from a shooting Oct. 18 on in interstate in Livingston County's Howell Township.

The driver of the targeted car was able to describe the gunman, his vehicle, and a partial license plate number from a Michigan State University vanity plate. Casteel was arrested Monday at his home in Wixom, about 20 miles away. - AP

Anti-Muslim film producer gets jail

LOS ANGELES - The California man behind an anti-Muslim film that roiled the Middle East was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison for violating his probation stemming from a 2010 bank- fraud conviction by lying about his identity.

U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder immediately sentenced Mark Basseley Youssef after he admitted to four of the eight alleged violations, including obtaining a fraudulent California driver's license.

None of the violations had to do with the content of Innocence of Muslims, a film that depicts Muhammad as a religious fraud, pedophile, and womanizer.

Youssef, 55, was arrested in late September, just weeks after he went into hiding when deadly violence erupted in Libya and other parts of the Middle East in response to the movie. - AP

Marines launch diversity effort

The U.S. Marine Corps, long dominated by white males, is starting a marketing campaign to attract more minorities and women into its officer corps.

The campaign kicks off Thursday with television commercials during professional and college football games, glossy ads in sports magazines, and a series of Internet videos. Titled "Fighting With Purpose," it features a black lieutenant and a female captain who are actively engaged in their home communities as well as in leading Marines.

The goal, senior Marine Corps officers say, is to show potential recruits that the Corps, while fond of calling itself America's 9-11 force, is not just about fighting - a message they hope will resonate with young people in general, but women and African Americans in particular.

- N.Y. Times News Service

Elsewhere:

A former prosecutor who once handled the high-profile Las Vegas drug cases of celebrities Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars was sentenced in Los Angeles Wednesday to a reduced term of 12 to 30 months in state prison following his return from Mexico. David Schubert, 49, fled there to avoid jail after pleading guilty in a crack cocaine possession case.

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