Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Jurors will hear closing arguments in the murder trial of a former Michigan state trooper who shot a 15-year-old Detroit boy with his Taser moments before the teen crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died. Mark Bessner and another trooper were pursuing Damon Grimes on a Detroit street in August 2017. Bessner told jurors last week that he believed the teen had a gun, although he admitted that he didn’t report that suspicion after the crash. Grimes wasn’t armed.
IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) — Fire departments in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula are benefiting from a surplus of equipment delivered hundreds of miles from the Lower Peninsula. The Iron Mountain Daily News reports that more than a dozen people unloaded trucks and trailers last week in Iron Mountain. There were air packs, extraction tools, chain saws and other equipment. It’s considered essential stuff, but it’s also very expensive for small departments to acquire.
DETROIT (AP) — Bill Freehan, the catcher who spent his career with the Detroit Tigers, has dementia and is under hospice care in northern Michigan. The Detroit Free Press says the 76-year-old Freehan cannot speak or walk. His wife, Pat Freehan, says she decided to talk publicly as part of a $5 million fundraising campaign for Hospice of Michigan. She says, “I just love the people who have helped me.” Freehan is best remembered for tagging Lou Brock in the fifth game of the 1968 World Series.
DETROIT (AP) — A newspaper investigation says Michigan has 3,000 civilian officers that operate with no state oversight. The Detroit Free Press reports that the state hasn’t created training requirements for the reserve officers, has no standards for screening their qualifications and doesn’t have a process for monitoring their conduct. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards says its unsure when regulations will be put in place.