New trial date set for former MSP trooper
The trial date has been delayed for a former Michigan State Trooper charged with causing the death of a 15-year-old while the Detroit teen was riding his ATV last August.
Mark Bessner appeared in court Monday for a brief hearing in which a new date for a jury trial was scheduled for him to stand trial in the death of Damon Grimes.
Bessner, who was to stand trial July 9, now is scheduled for Aug. 20, nearly a year after Grimes was killed.
Bessner is accused of hitting Grimes with a Taser, causing the teen to crash into a parked flatbed truck Aug. 26. The teen died from blunt-force head trauma.
State police officials allege Grimes did not obey an order to stop driving his ATV illegally in the street on the city’s east side. Bessner, in violation of Michigan State Police department policy, allegedly used his Taser on Grimes.
Feds charge doctor; state suspends license
A Detroit-based doctor is facing trouble on two fronts: federal charges and the state suspension of his medical license related to drug prescribing practices at his office.
Dr. Asm Akter Ahmed's license was suspended by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on April 6. The state alleges that Ahmed, in 2017, was a "top prescriber" of a muscle relaxant, carisoprodol, and promethazine with codeine syrup, both of which, it says, are "commonly abused and diverted" to users without prescriptions.
Days after the state suspended Ahmed's license, on April 12, the feds unsealed an indictment against Ahmed, among others, for "multiple offenses" related to health care fraud, along with distributing and conspiring to distribute controlled substances, all of which were opioids.
The U.S. Attorney for Detroit, in a news release, explained the alleged scheme: Fraudulent billings to Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield "for controlled substances that were dispensed and high-priced medications that were not dispensed." Those billings produced at least $5 million in profits, the feds allege.
Man charged with impersonating officer
A 23-year-old River Rouge man was charged Monday in connection with a second case of impersonating a police officer.
Blake Purvis was charged with impersonating a peace officer, a one-year misdemeanor, in connection with an alleged incident in November, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday.
It alleged that Purvis pulled over two men driving in the area of Stahelin and Ford Road while impersonating a police officer.
Purvis was arraigned Monday before Judge Roberta Archer.
Purvis also was charged April 4 in connection with an alleged incident March 24. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Purvis allegedly was driving a black SUV around 6:30 p.m. with police-inspired decals on the car and clothes resembling a uniform.