New trial date set for for­mer MSP trooper

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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.

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