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UAE naval officer must pay
 $1.2M to former employee

PROVIDENCE — A federal judge has ordered a naval officer from the United Arab Emirates to pay $1.2 million to a former domestic worker for his family in Rhode Island who accused him of forcing her to work long hours for little pay.

U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell in August ruled that Col. Arif Mohamed Saeed Mohamed Al-Ali was in default for failing to appear in court in a lawsuit brought by Elizabeth Ballesteros, who cared for Col. Al-Ali’s family in East Greenwich when he was studying at the U.S. Naval War College.

On Wednesday, Judge McConnell ordered Col. Al-Ali to pay Ms. Ballesteros for forcing her to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and for what he called outrageous and inhumane conduct.

Col. Al-Ali previously was acquitted of criminal charges.


Michigan I-96 shooting 
suspect faces arraignment

HOWELL — A man suspected in a shooting spree that targeted motorists along the Interstate 96 corridor in four southeast Michigan counties is facing fresh charges, including terrorism.

Raulie Casteel, 43, of Wixom, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Livingston County’s 53rd District Court in Howell.

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

Defense attorney Charles Groh says the charges are nothing new and are based on allegations already made by authorities in Livingston County.

The attorney general’s charges replace the charges filed earlier in Livingston County.

Mr. Casteel still faces separate charges in Oakland County.

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