Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is suing four companies over the deadly painkiller epidemic. State Attorney General Dana Nessel says Michigan is the first state to sue major opioid distributors under a drug dealer liability law. The suit filed Tuesday names AmericsourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and Walgreens. They have been sued in other states, too. Michigan is the 49th state to file legal action against the opioid industry. Only Nebraska hasn’t. Nessel says the opioid crisis has led the state to bear high financial costs. The companies have contended they functioned as a delivery service and kept authorities apprised of the quantities being shipped.
BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who authorities say accidentally shot and killed a fellow hunter on the first day of the state’s annual firearms deer season last year has been convicted on all three charges he faced. An Antrim County jury found 46-year-old David M. Barber of Gaylord guilty last Friday of involuntary manslaughter, felony firearm and trespassing in the November 2018 shooting death of 38-year-old Justin E. Beutel. The Bay City Times reports that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the men were hunting separately when the shooting occurred near the village of Alden, about 20 miles northeast of Traverse City.
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Detroit man has pleaded guilty in a smash-and-grab robbery during which he and two others allegedly stole more than $1 million in jewelry from a northwestern Indiana jewelry store. Twenty-nine-year-old Darren S. Bell pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Hammond to a federal charge of armed robbery that interfered with interstate commerce. Authorities allege that in January 2019, Bell, another Detroit man and a third unidentified individual entered a jewelry store in Hobart, smashed display cases with hammers and fled the fled the store with $1,009,145 worth of miscellaneous jewelry in bags.
DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a nearly 20-year prison sentence for a doctor who performed unnecessary spinal surgeries in California and Michigan. Prosecutors referred to the procedures as “plain butchery.” Aria Sabit pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud but argued that the sentence was excessive. He had a financial stake in Apex Medical Technologies and made money when he used its spinal devices. He worked at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California, until moving to suburban Detroit in 2011. The appeals court noted that some patients are permanently disabled after seeing Sabit.