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Judge’s organization sets worship service

The Association of Black Judges of Michigan’s annual Worship Service will be held on Sunday, February10, at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in Pontiac.

The church is located at 15 Park Ave.

The judges will report to the church at 9:30 a.m. and a group picture will be taken at 10:15 a.m.

The morning processional will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the service scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m.

For additional information, contact Erica Williams or Kathy Popeck at 313.972.5723.

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Shooting suspect faces seven new charges

HOWELL (AP) — A man suspected in a shooting spree that targeted motorists along the I-96 corridor in four counties has been charged with seven new counts, including terrorism.

The new charges came three weeks after Attorney General Bill Schuette announced he was taking over the cases at the request of prosecutors in Livingston, Ingham and Shiawassee counties.

Raulie Casteel, 43, of Wixom already faced charges in Livingston and Oakland counties.

The attorney general’s charges supersede the Livingston counts, but the Oakland County prosecutor’s office will continue to handle the 60 counts Casteel faces in connection with shootings in Wixom and Commerce Township, Schuette said.

Most of the shootings, which were reported between October 16 and 27, targeted cars near I-96, though authorities said one occurred while a man was taking out his trash. Only one person was hit.

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New metals being tested by U.S. Mint

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn’t getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn’t even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute. The quandary is how to make coins more cheaply without sparing our change’s quality and durability, or altering its size and appearance.

A 400-page report recently presented to Congress outlines nearly two years of trials conducted at the Mint in Philadelphia, where a variety of metal recipes were put through their paces in the massive facility’s high-speed coin-making machinery.

Evaluations of 29 different alloys concluded that none met the ideal list of attributes. The Treasury Department concluded that additional study was needed before it could endorse any changes.
More test runs with different alloys are likely in the coming year, said Dick Peterson, the Mint’s acting director..

The government has been looking for ways to shave the millions it spends every year to make bills and coins.

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Police: Man said he just wanted to scare woman

ATLANTA (AP) — A police officer says the man accused of gunning down a woman after his motorized wheelchair and her car bumped at a gas station told him he only intended to scare the woman.

Macon police Sgt. Shermaine Jones interviewed Frank Reeves, 73 after the shooting.

Jones testified that Reeves told him he intended to fire his gun in the air to scare 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt.

Police say Reeves shot Hunnicutt after his wheelchair came into contact with her Buick outside a Macon gas station.

She later died, despite efforts of bystanders to revive her on the pavement.

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