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The Michigan State Police says a trooper who fired his Taser at a Detroit teenager before the 15-year-old crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died has resigned.

State police spokeswoman Shanon Banner tells The Detroit News that Mark Bessner resigned Sept. 22 and two other state police employees were suspended Sept. 26 in connection with the case.

Bessner had been suspended amid ongoing investigations.

Bessner's lawyer has said his client made a split-second decision under tough circumstances.

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A prosecutor says a police officer in western Michigan who resigned after holding a gun to the head of a handcuffed robbery suspect won't be charged.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announced the decision Tuesday in the case involving the former Grand Rapids police officer.

Body camera footage released Monday shows the officer pointing the gun at the man as he was on the ground Aug. 16.

Becker says putting a gun to a suspect's head is "completely inappropriate" and violates protocol, but wasn't a criminal act.

Legislation up for a final vote in Michigan aims to stop police misconduct from being kept a secret when officers apply for a new job at another department.

The bill is expected to win approval Tuesday in the House after clearing the Senate earlier this year.

It would require law enforcement agencies to keep records of the reasons for and circumstances surrounding any officer's employment separation.

The officer would have to sign a waiver allowing a prospective employer to ask for the records.

Wildlife regulators say a doe killed in Montcalm County during Michigan's youth deer hunting season probably had chronic wasting disease.

Preliminary tests indicate the 3 1/2-year-old female may be the 10th free-ranging deer in the state diagnosed with the deadly illness.

The Department of Natural Resources says it's awaiting confirmation from the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

A State Police report says a drone that sneaked contraband into a Michigan prison in May went undetected for nearly two months.

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz says video surveillance shows that inmates at Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility received two packages dropped by a drone May 29.

Prison officials suspect the packages contained cellphones that were found inside the prison in July.

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A plea agreement is expected to allow a teenager to avoid a no-parole sentence in the strangulation death of his 18-year-old half-sister in western Michigan.

Seventeen-year-old Savon Schmus pleaded guilty Monday to a murder charge and prosecutors will recommend a minimum sentence of 30-40 years.

He'd earlier been charged as an adult with open murder and faced life in prison without parole.

Sentencing is Oct. 30. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker says the decision was based on U.S. Supreme Court decisions about mandatory no-parole sentences for juveniles.

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The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that said significant changes to Michigan's sex offender registry law could not be applied retroactively.

Michigan asked the high court to take up the issue after a 2016 federal appeals court ruling, but the Supreme Court declined in an order Monday.

The appeals court said that retroactively applying the changes to people already on the list would unconstitutionally increase punishments after offenders' convictions.

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The Supreme Court won't take up a challenge to a Michigan law that allows the state to temporarily take away local officials' authority during financial crises and appoint an emergency manager.

The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case.

Voters and elected officials were challenging a state law that says that to rescue financially stressed cities and school districts the state can reassign the governing powers of local officials to a state-appointed emergency manager.

An emergency manager was in place during the water crisis in Flint.

Michigan's 300,000-plus residents who owe extra driver "responsibility" fees for certain traffic offenses would see their debt eliminated under bipartisan bills backed by the House speaker and others. The legislation announced Thursday would forgive more than $600 million in fees that have been assessed. Michigan already is phasing out all new responsibility fees by October 2019. 

A Michigan man who sent thousands of cigarettes to a friend overseas appears to be on the hook for thousands of dollars in taxes. Davor Vulic purchased 1,800 cartons of cigarettes from an out-of-state business and shipped them to a friend in Bosnia-Herzegovina, who covered all costs.