I-96 shooter

Law
11:51 am
Tue February 4, 2014

I-96 shooter Raulie Casteel sentenced to prison in Oakland Co., awaits Livingston Co. sentencing

Livingston County Sheriff's Department

A man who shot at drivers along I-96 and connecting roads in 2012 has been sentenced to 80 to 120 months in prison in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Raulie Casteel pleaded no contest but mentally ill to assault and firearms charges last year.

There were nearly two dozen shootings in 2012 that terrified the region for weeks, but no one was seriously hurt.

Casteel's lawyer maintains that Casteel's undiagnosed mental illness prompted his criminal behavior and the shooting incidents.

Casteel still awaits sentencing in Livingston County. He was convicted there last week of terrorism in a related case. He faces up to life in prison for that conviction and is expected to be sentenced next month.

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Law
2:21 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jurors gets rerun of freeway shooter's testimony

Livingston County Sheriff's Department

HOWELL, Mich. – Jurors deciding the case of a man who shot at nearly two dozen vehicles along a Michigan highway corridor have listened to his testimony again.

The Livingston County jury broke for lunch Wednesday after privately listening to Raulie Casteel's testimony for more than two hours. He's charged with terrorism and attempted murder.

Deliberations began Tuesday but were suspended while Casteel's testimony was played for the jury at the court building in Howell, 30 miles east of Lansing.

The 44-year-old Casteel says he fired at vehicles because he thought they were part of a government conspiracy against him.

No one was seriously hurt, but the shootings scared those living near Interstate 96.

Politics & Government
7:49 am
Tue June 11, 2013

In this morning's news: Detroit's budget meeting, I-96 shooter evidence, DNA testing for suspects

Morning News Roundup, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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Wayne State University hosts Detroit's first public budget meeting

Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s Emergency Manager, told the public Monday night that the city is “technically insolvent” and suffers from an “addiction to debt.” “Orr says Detroit’s chances of avoiding a Chapter Nine municipal bankruptcy are still ‘fifty-fifty,’” reports Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek. Mlive.com reports that 100 people were shut out of the meeting after it exceeded the auditorium’s capacity. 

Evidence does not link bullet to I-96 shooter

Ballistics tests have shown that a bullet recently recovered from an I-96 driver did not come from weapons taken from Raulie Casteel’s home.  According to the Associated Press, “Casteel faces terrorism and other charges in two dozen random shootings in a four-county area last October.”

Potential DNA testing for suspects

Michigan lawmakers are considering a law that requires DNA sample collection from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony. Currently, DNA samples are taken from people arrested on suspicion of murder, rape, and other violent felonies. According to the Associated Press, “civil liberties advocates say collecting DNA before someone is convicted violates the presumption of innocence.”

Law
10:23 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Court appearance for I-96 shooting suspect Raulie Casteel

I-96 shooting suspect Raulie Casteel.
Livingston County Sheriff's Department

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A man charged by the Michigan attorney general's office with a series of shootings on and off Interstate 96 last fall has a court appearance scheduled in Livingston County.

The hearing for Raulie Casteel is set for Friday before Circuit Judge David Reader.

In a separate but related case in Oakland County, Casteel faces attempted murder among 60 charges linked to shootings in Commerce Township and Wixom. The 44-year-old defendant is set to stand trial in that case in November.

The AG's office is prosecuting Casteel on terrorism and other charges in Livingston County.

He's accused in two-dozen random shootings in a four-county area in October. One man was hurt.

Defense attorneys say Casteel is married with no criminal history and has been diagnosed as having a delusional disorder.

Law
2:17 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

I-96 shooting suspect to undergo psychiatric exam

Raulie Casteel faces 60 charges in the I-96 shooting case.
Livingston County Sheriff's Department

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The lawyer for a man charged in a series of shootings on and off Interstate 96 in Michigan says his client will undergo an independent psychiatric examination.

Attorney Doug Mulkoff told Oakland County Circuit Judge Denise Langford Morris on Thursday that he was in the process of arranging the evaluation for Raulie Casteel.

Langford Morris approved a request for a pre-trial date, now set for May 30.

Casteel faces 60 charges, including attempted murder, linked to shootings in Commerce Township and Wixom.

Two dozen random shootings occurred last fall in a four-county area. One man was hurt.

In a separate but related case, the Michigan attorney general's office is prosecuting Casteel on terrorism and other charges in Livingston County.

Defense attorneys say Casteel is married with no criminal history.

Law
11:30 am
Wed January 30, 2013

I-96 shooter suspect found competent to stand trial

Raulie Casteel is accused of a series of shootings along I-96 last October.
Livingston County Sheriff's Department

For 11 days in October, people along the I-96 corridor were on high alert as motorists experienced a rash of shootings. Remarkably 0nly one person was wounded.

Police nabbed the man they say was responsible for the shootings, and today 43 year-old Raulie Casteel was found to be fit to stand trial in Livingston Co.

Casteel faces a separate set of charges in Oakland County, and the Attorney General's office brought a terrorism charge against him.

Casteel's defense lawyers say he is college-educated with no criminal history.

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Law
2:32 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Michigan Attorney General files terrorism charges against I-96 shooter

Livingston County Sheriff's Department

The man suspected of firing shots at more than 20 vehicles along I-96 and nearby roads faces a charge of terrorism and other felonies.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette filed the charges Thursday.

43-year-old Raulie Casteel could face life in prison if convicted. He also faces 60 counts in Oakland County related to the shooting spree.

Joy Yearout is a spokesperson for the attorney general. She said the charges are meant to send a message.

“Certainly terrorism is an unusual charge, but the facts of this case warrant it,” Yearout said.

The attorney general is consolidating cases related to shootings in Ingham, Livingston, and Shiawassee counties.

One person was injured in the shootings.

Law
12:02 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

I-96 shooter prosecution to be led by Michigan Attorney General's office

Raulie Casteel of Wixom is accused of shooting cars along I-96
Livingston County Sheriff's Department

The man accused of shooting up cars along I-96 in four different counties in Michigan will be prosecuted by the Michigan Attorney General's office.

Raulie Casteel, 43 of Wixom, is accused of shooting at 24 vehicles along roadways in Oakland, Livingston, Ingham and Shiawassee counties last October.

He's now being held in jail in Oakland County where he's been charged.

He was also charged with the crimes in Livingston County.

No charges have been filed yet in Ingham and Shiawasee counties.

The Detroit Free Press has more on why the AG's office is leading the prosecution:

"I believe it is beneficial for the prosecution of this case and for the convenience of the witnesses to have a single source of prosecution,” Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse said in a release issued today by state Attorney General Bill Schuette. “It will provide a consistent approach to the case that is not possible with multiple jurisdictions handling multiple cases."

Schuette’s Criminal Division will review evidence collected by the multi-jurisdictional task force and make a decision about what additional criminal charges should be filed, if any, according to the release.

Politics & Government
9:09 am
Thu November 15, 2012

In this morning's Michigan news headlines....

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I-96 shooter suspect to undergo competency exam

The man accused of randomly shooting at motorists along Interstate 96 made his his first appearances in court yesterday. Raulie Wayne Casteel was arrested last week for the shootings.

More from the Detroit Free Press:

Making his first physical appearances in court, the 43-year-old father from Wixom had pre-examination conferences Wednesday in district courts in Howell and Novi. He faces numerous felony charges, including assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent and intentionally firing a firearm from a vehicle.

Neither of Casteel's attorneys would comment after the hearings.

Chrysler to announce new jobs today

More signs of recovery for Chrysler. From the Detroit Free Press:

Chrysler will provide more evidence today that its recovery is in full swing as it details plans to invest $238 million in three Michigan plants and add about 1,250 jobs so it can ramp up production of its engines and pickups.

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and UAW Vice President General Holiefield are scheduled to be at Chrysler's Mack Avenue Engine I plant this morning for the announcement.

Firearm deer hunting season starts today

Hunters are taking to their favorite spots as firearm deer season begins today.

Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody reports, fewer licenses are being handed out this season:

The day before the start of firearms deer season is usually the busiest day at retailers who sell hunting licenses. The state has reduced the number of antlerless deer licenses because of a viral disease, known as Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or EHD.   The disease has been present in Michigan for decades.   But this year, weather conditions led to an unusually early outbreak of the disease.

State officials say virus has killed more than 13,000 deer this fall in more than 30 Michigan counties.

Politics & Government
9:05 am
Fri November 9, 2012

In this morning's Michigan news headlines...

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I-96 shooting suspect expected to be arraigned on more charges today

The 43 year old Wixom man was arraigned in Livingston Co. yesterday on several felony charges. Today, MLive reports Raulie Casteel is expected to face more charges in Oakland County:

It's been confirmed that Raulie Casteel, the suspected I-96 corridor shooter, will be arraigned on additional charges in Oakland County's 52nd District Court in Wixom today.

Court officials said the hearing is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

MLive reports Casteel could face charge in all four counties the shootings took place in, and that federal officials are also considering charges because several shootings took place on an  interstate highway.

The race for Michigan's 1st Congressional District continues

The latest tallies show that 2,328 votes separate incumbent Congressman Dan Benishek (R) and his challenger Gary McDowell (D). Less than 1 percent of the total votes cast.

The 1st Congressional District represents people in Michigan's U.P. and parts of the northern lower peninsula.

From Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan:

A spokesman for Gary McDowell (D) says the campaign will decide as soon as tonight whether to request a recount in the race for the 1st Congressional District. McDowell has not conceded the race – though incumbent Congressman Dan Benishek (R) has declared victory.

McDowell Campaign Manager Zack Knowling says the Democrat won’t concede until the official numbers are in from a state canvassing.

"This is a very close race and we believe we owe it to all the voters of northern Michigan to ensure every vote is counted," said Knowling.

There is no automatic recount for U.S. House races.  If McDowell wants a recount, he’ll have to pay for it: $10 per precinct.

Michigan State House votes on leadership

Representative Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) was narrowly re-elected last Tuesday and yesterday, members of the State House voted to keep him on as Speaker of the House for two more years.

Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) will take over as state House minority leader in January. Former House Minority Leader Richard Hammel (D-Mount Morris Twsp.) will not return next year due to term limits.

Law
1:42 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Wixom man charged with multiple felonies in I-96 shooting case

Raulie Casteel was charged with multiple felonies Wednesday in the 53rd District Court.
Livingston County

The Wixom man thought to be responsible for a series of shootings along the I-96 corridor was charged Wednesday with multiple weapons-related felonies.

From the Detroit Free Press:

Raulie Wayne Casteel, 43, was arraigned in 53rd District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent and intentionally discharging a weapon from a motor vehicle, and on three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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Developing
1:00 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Arrest made in I-96 shooter case

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth is confidant that a suspect in custody is the I-96 shooter.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Update November 7, 1:00 p.m.

Police are beginning to reveal more details about the man they say is responsible for shootings along the I-96 corridor.

They have confirmed that Raulie Wayne Casteel is being held in the Oakland County jail while he awaits arraignment, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office and four Michigan counties are meeting to determine what charges to file against the 43-year-old Wixom man.

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Law
10:25 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Person of interest in custody in I96 shootings

A sketch of a possible suspect in the I96 shootings
Wixom Police Department

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) - Michigan authorities have taken a person of interest into custody in connection with dozens of shootings across four counties that resulted in at least one injury.

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth tells The Associated Press that authorities executed a search warrant late Monday night in Wixom, the Detroit suburb where the shootings began last month.

Wriggelsworth says authorities are "trying to confirm whether he's our guy or not."

Developing
2:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Updates on the I-96 shooter

A sketch of the man suspected of random shootings in a four-county area along I-96 in Michigan.
MSP

Update Thursday, November 1, 2:00 p.m.

A series of shootings on or near I-96 has Michigan motorists thinking twice about driving the interstate.

A police task force reports 24 confirmed shootings since October 16. Here is a summary of what we've learned since then:

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Law
8:48 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Tips up in I-96 shooter investigation, so's the fear

Wixom Police Department

There’s concern that news media coverage of an unsolved shooting spree along the I-96 corridor is spreading fear in the motoring public.

Its happened a couple times since the shooting spree investigation started a few weeks ago.   The news media starts reporting on a new possible incident involving the shooter.  Only later it turned out that it was a minor ‘road rage’ incident or a rock hitting a car windshield.

“So what’s getting out there is ‘you can’t travel 96 without getting shot at.’  That is not the case.” says Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police.

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Law
5:00 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Police: Shooting of man on freeway linked to spree

Sketch of suspect in the recent string of shootings along the I-96 corridor between Lansing and Detroit
Credit Wixom Police Department

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Authorities are linking the shooting of a motorist driving along Interstate 96 in Livingston County to a string of shootings across southeastern Michigan.

Sheriff Bob Bezotte told WWJ-AM the man was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after being shot in the hip by a bullet that came through the driver's-side door. Bezotte says shots were fired at another car earlier but its two occupants weren't injured.

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Crime
3:14 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Stateside: I-96 Shooter, Commuters safer than they may think

A sketch of the suspected I-96 shooter.
MSP

Police are searching for the person responsible for a series of shootings along the I-96 corridor. From  October 16-18, 22 people were reported being shot and although no one was injured, there were some close calls.

Complaints came from Oakland, Livingston, Ingham and Shiawassee counties.

These random attacks evoke memories of the 2002 Washington D.C. shootings that left 10 people dead and three critically wounded.

Often these violent acts are accompanied with a considerable amount of worry and fear- their erratic nature is the source of our distress.

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