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GM-RECALLS

Government says GM owner site was faulty

DETROIT (AP) - The government says General Motors vehicle owners should recheck the company's recall identification website if previous checks indicated their cars aren't being recalled.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says GM's vehicle identification number, or VIN, look-up system has been incorrectly telling some owners that their cars aren't involved in recalls if parts for the repairs aren't ready. The system should have said the cars were under active recalls.

The agency says it asked GM to fix the problem, and owners checking Friday evening or later should see the correct information.

GM has issued 60 recalls covering 29 million vehicles this year.

A message seeking comment was left for GM.

Starting August 20th, all automakers must have systems that allow owners to search recall information by VIN.

OBIT-DICK WAGNER

Guitarist, songwriter for Alice Cooper dies at 71

NEW YORK (AP) - Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper's hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday. His personal manager and business partner made the announcement Friday.

Susan Michelson, Wagner's partner in Desert Dreams Productions, said the performer died at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center in Arizona. He had been there for three weeks, Michelson said. Wagner was 71.

Wagner was born on December 14th, 1942, and grew up in Michigan. His website said he went on tour with Reed in 1973 and joined Cooper a year later. He co-wrote the Cooper hits "Only Women Bleed," ''You and Me" and "I Never Cry." He also worked as Cooper's musical director.

TROOPER-FATAL CRASH

2 charged in fatal crash involving state trooper

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Two Flint residents face charges following a car chase with police that killed a 64-year-old woman.

The Genesee County prosecutor's office says 28-year-old Curtis Lee II is charged with fleeing police causing death, two counts of fleeing police resulting in serious injury and carrying a concealed weapon.

Twenty-two-year-old Jasmin Dent is charged with tampering with evidence, being an accessory after the fact and filing a false report. They were to be arraigned Friday.

A state trooper was chasing a car July 3 before crashing into a third vehicle. Jacqueline Nichols was killed. Two other people in the car with Nichols were hurt.

The driver being chased ran off after striking a utility pole. His female passenger drove that car away.

Prosecutors say Dent later reported the car stolen.

POLICE CHASE-DEATH

Police complete probe in man's shooting death

MUNISING, Mich. (AP) - An investigation into the fatal shooting of a 47-year-old man following a police chase in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been completed.

State police at the Negaunee Post say Friday that a full report has been submitted to the Alger County prosecutor's office for review.

Timothy Mitchell was shot July 14th after a 10-minute chase through Munising, southeast of Marquette. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An altercation was reported in a nearby community and police in Munising had spotted the vehicle in the case, leading to the chase.

A Munising police officer was placed on paid administrative leave while state police investigated the shooting.

REMAINS FOUND-QUARRY

Remains in quarry identified as missing woman

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Skeletal remains found at the bottom of a southeastern Michigan quarry have been identified as those of a 27-year-old woman missing since March.

The Monroe News reported Friday that dental records helped the Wayne County medical examiner's office and a forensic anthropologist identify Jamie West.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

The remains were found Wednesday at least 35 feet from the top of the quarry's edge in an area where there's no water. The quarry is in Monroe County's Monroe Township, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.

The newspaper reported Thursday that clothing found at the scene was similar to what West was wearing at the time of her disappearance.

STOLEN BICYCLE-JUDGES

2 arrested after judge spots own stolen bike

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Two juveniles have been arrested after an Ingham County judge spotted one of them pedaling around on his stolen bicycle.

Police told the Lansing State Journal for a story Friday that 54A District Court Judge Frank DeLuca was riding to lunch Thursday with fellow judges Charles Filice and Patrick Cherry when he saw the bike that was swiped from his home.

Lansing police spokesman Robert Merritt says "some distinguishing items" on the bike helped DeLuca recognize it as his own. The bike was stolen Monday.

The judges called police who made the arrests and recovered the bike.

RAPE-KILLING-GIRL

New trial set for man charged in girl's slaying

DETROIT (AP) - A new trial date has been set for a man charged in connection with the abduction, rape and slaying of his girlfriend's 5-year-old niece.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Friday that 22-year-old Darnell Cheatham's trial is to begin November 17th in Wayne County Circuit Court.

A bond hearing is scheduled Aug. 19.

Cheatham is charged with first-degree murder, torture, arson and other crimes in the death of Mariah Smith. Her burned remains were found in a vacant house in 2011.

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after a jury deadlocked during deliberations. Defense lawyer Kareem Johnson has said Cheatham maintains his innocence.

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