Mental Health Court Participants Must Have a Severe Psychiatric Medical Diagnosis and Attend AA and NA Meetings

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Jail alternative is no free pass

By Kim Palchikoff, Special to the Sun
Sunday, June 7, 2015

Like thousands of Las Vegas students, 25-year-old Kara VanderEyk could hardly wait for graduation day. Both her parents flew in from Michigan because they understood their daughter’s struggle to get to the wooden podium.
VanderEyk proved on graduation day that she was a survivor, a quiet warrior who earned her day in court.

It was there, in the 8th Judicial District Court in downtown Las Vegas, where she graduated from mental health court, a growing nationwide program for mentally ill people often charged with repeated crimes.

Here’s the short version of how she got the court’s attention: “I wanted to see Las Vegas. I was 18 when I came out here. My grandma died, I spiraled into a deep depression, I got hooked on meth, I ended up homeless, on the streets, I wouldn’t talk to anyone, I was scared.”

With her addiction and Las Vegas’ warm weather, VanderEyk slept behind Dumpsters and restaurants, in alleys. In 2013, she was arrested on suspicion of lewd and gross misconduct, and, unable to post bail, she spent 65 days in jail.

Diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality and depression, she was offered a plea deal: instead of more jail time, she could plead guilty and check into Clark County’s Mental Health Court — a misnomer because it is much more. It is a free, voluntary outpatient day program with psychiatrists, detox programs and therapists.

It also comes with housing.

She was dubious but took the deal.

“I figured I’d try it for three months,” VanderEyk said. “If I didn’t like it, I’d leave.”

She stuck with the program.

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As in other specialty courts, the goal of mental health court is to help those who’ve committed nonviolent crimes stay out of crowded jails and prisons and get well.

“Jail is the most expensive bed in the community,” said Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael Douglas, a proponent of mental health court.

“In the past you were found guilty or not guilty for your actions, liable or not liable for problems committed on a semi-regular basis. They weren’t necessarily serious problems, but we began to think about how to prevent people from becoming permanent repeat offenders,” he said.

Participants must have a severe psychiatric medical diagnosis and plead guilty. In lieu of incarceration, they commit to a highly structured, yearlong program. Some are given community service, put on probation or given a reduced sentence. All must regularly visit a psychiatrist and follow the professional’s recommendations.

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Sitting in a Starbucks in downtown Reno, 62-year-old Mark Burchell explained how he went from working as a corrections officer in a California prison to being on suicide watch while confined in a Nevada jail.

“When I worked as a correctional officer I was living the American dream,” he said. “I rode motorcycles in my free time. I drove a Lincoln Continental. I was married. My wife was a police officer. ” As Burchell puts it, the money was good and life was great.

But in time he became delusional, thinking he was a military general destined to save the United States from foreign powers. He started ordering his superiors around. At 38, he was fired and taken to a psychiatric hospital, where he was diagnosed with bipolar and schizoaffective disorder.

Two months later he was dealing with a growing alcohol problem and sleeping in strangers’ unlocked cars, in bus stations or on the street.

Finally in 2004, during court appearances while he was spending four months in jail, his psychotic mental state caught a judge’s attention and Burchell joined the mental health court program, hoping for help.

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Across 44 states there are 367 mental health courts.

Nevada has three (along with 41 courts working with drunken drivers, addicts and veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder).

Some DUI court programs require participants to pay several thousand dollars. Mental health court programs are free.

Services include medication management, group-therapy individual counseling, Alcoholics Anonymous groups, case management, drug testing, housing and food stamps.

At any given time there are about 250 mental health court participants in Nevada, said Sharon Dollarhide, a licensed clinical social worker and a state coordinator for the mental health court program.

In Las Vegas there are 69 participants, including VanderEyk. Sixty-four receive money for housing, food and transportation in addition to medical and therapeutic services.

The cost per person per month ranges from $1,250-$2,575. By comparison, the average monthly cost of caring for an inmate at the Clark County Detention Center runs upwards of $4,000.

Over a year’s time participants learn mental health and life-coping skills while attending up to 20 group-therapy sessions a week. They are prescribed psychiatric medication, get clean and sober, and ultimately try to get jobs and a normal life back.

Attendance at all activities is closely monitored. Dropping out before a sentence is finished, testing positive for drugs or missing meetings can send participants to jail.

It’s a grueling regimen; only 60 percent make it to graduation day. The rest stop showing up, are kicked out for violations or decide they’d rather serve time.

For VanderEyk, a medication problem last summer almost sent her back to the streets.

“I can’t describe how depressed I was,” she said. “No matter what medication I took, nothing seemed to work. I started thinking more and more about going back to the streets and using (drugs) again.”

Fortunately for her, her mental health court training kicked in. She checked herself into the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital and life got better.

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For all the social service programs in which Nevada lags, it is one of five national models for mental health courts.

That’s due largely to Peter Breen, a longtime Washoe County judge who in 2001 founded the state’s first mental health court, in Reno. Clark County followed in 2003.

Breen fields phone calls from judges across the country. Some come to Reno to observe a crucial part of the program — the required weekly court appearances during which participants recount their ups and downs to a judge trained in mental illness issues.

“Participants see that mental health court has a big payoff,” Breen said. “The good that we do is needed and obvious. People are grateful that we change the lives of Nevada’s most vulnerable. For many, their time in mental health court is the best they’ve been in their lives. We’re glad to see that they are truly rehabilitated.”

A big draw for many participants, apart from getting mentally stable or avoiding jail time, is that when they complete the program their court records may be sealed or the charges dismissed.

But while this may sound to outsiders like a get-out-of-jail-free card, to participants, many who have struggled with their mental health for years and lived on the streets, it’s a demanding year of full-time rehab that nearly 40 percent simply can’t handle.

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Many mental health advocates say the courts program is fine for addressing problems that have landed people in jail but argue that more resources should be dedicated on the front end, helping the mentally debilitated before they begin a downward criminal spiral.

Every Friday morning, dozens of mental health court defendants wait their turn in a crowded courtroom to eagerly explain how life is going.

Some have good news: they are three weeks drug-free or have a job interview. Some recite poetry they’ve written and even rap songs they’ve penned.

Many who have earned tokens from AA for their sobriety proudly show them off.

“How are we doing today; how’s that job hunt looking?” Senior Judge Archie Blake politely asked one.

“Well, I put an application in to Wal-Mart,” came the reply.

“Great! Don’t let success spoil you. As long as you’re good, we’re good. We’re here for you.” Holly Hill City Commissioner complaints from citizens.

Few studies have been conducted on the success of metal health courts in reducing recidivism, in part because the strategy is relatively new.

The Urban Institute in 2012 found that mental health court participants in New York were significantly less likely to return to criminal habits than similar offenders with mental illness who did not go through the specialty court system.

Justice Douglas said that for Nevada, the bottom line is economics.

“You’d think it’s a no-brainer, but not everyone gets it. States are slowly realizing that it’s cheaper to treat someone than it is to incarcerate them.”

The state’s funding of the speciality courts was increased by the 2015 Legislature to $13 million a year, from $10 million, to expand services to another 800 or more people.

A year in the Washoe County mental health court program changed Burchell’s life. Medication rid him of his psychotic episodes, weekly AA meetings helped him get sober and a volunteer gig in 2005 at a state mental health complex turned into a state job as a peer mentor for mental health court participants. When clients despair or feel like dropping out, the once-homeless Burchell goes to the rescue.

He attributes the graduation numbers to the high prevalence of drug and alcohol addictions that many can’t break. Ormond Beach and Port Orange AA Meetings.

“It’s such an intense program, some clients will run (from mental health court) and stay on the run until they’re caught. Many want the freedom to use and abuse (drugs); that’s usually what gets them in trouble.”

So part of Burchell’s week as a mentor is spent leading dual diagnosis groups to help prevent addiction relapse.

VanderEyk isn’t sure what she’s going to do now that she has graduated. Now two years drug-free, she’s thinking about a part-time job or volunteering at a women’s homeless shelter. Dangerous AA Daytona and NA Daytona meetings in Holly Hill parks.

Despite taking medications these days, she said, voices in her head come back to haunt her on occasion.

“It’s hard,” she said. “Every day I battle depression.”

Still, she remains hopeful. And excited after her hard-earned graduation.

“The public doesn’t understand,” VanderEyk said. “They think of mental health court as a place for crazy people. But just give us a chance; we can succeed.”

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Judge Tells Man Guilty of Aggravated Assault and Terroristic Threats “You Must Go To AA Meetings”

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Penn Township man pleads guilty to assaulting 3 police officers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

 A Penn Township man blamed alcohol for his assault of three police officers in October.

“I was really intoxicated,” said Jordan T. Cosgrove, 24. “I didn’t mean to do the things that I done.”

“I’m ashamed of myself,” he told Judge Christopher Feliciani. “I embarrassed my family, and I’m terribly sorry.” NA and AA Daytona Meetings are dangerous with felons!

Cosgrove entered a guilty plea Thursday to 17 counts against him, including aggravated assault and disarming an officer. He was sentenced to eight to 23 months in the Westmoreland County jail, followed by seven years of probation.

Penn Township police were called to Cosgrove’s home on Aspen Drive at 2 a.m. on Oct. 2 for a reported domestic argument.

Upon arrival, Cosgrove was arguing inside with a woman and became verbally and physically abusive toward the three officers, police wrote in court papers.

Cosgrove threatened to kill and burn down the homes of two of the officers and attempted to remove one officer’s duty weapon from its holster. The officers suffered various minor injuries during the scuffle, including cuts and a dislocated thumb.

Cosgrove suffered a cut lip as officers subdued him and began spitting blood on them and inside the police cruiser, according to court papers. He attempted to crawl through the security partition separating the front and rear seats of the police cruiser, police said.

Prosecutors requested a sentence of two years’ imprisonment.

Cosgrove wore yellow prison garb to his hearing, which indicates that an inmate is being disciplined. Volusia County Drug Court mandates AA and NA Meetings.

Cosgrove told Feliciani that he has gotten in a few fights during his eight months in jail, most recently defending himself over a pizza.

“I need a second chance,” he pleaded before sentencing.

Feliciani ordered that Cosgrove complete an anger management course and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

“This is a very serious offense that you’ve committed here,” Feliciani said. “I’m going to give you a chance to redeem yourself.”

Another requirement is that Cosgrove attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at least five times weekly, the judge ordered, calling that the “most important” piece of the sentence.

“You have to go to AA meetings,” Feliciani said. “You have to take things seriously.”

Cosgrove pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, obstruction of justice, reckless endangerment, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, institutional vandalism and attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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Hollywood Alcoholics Anonymous Member Cameron Thor Accused of Rape by Teen Jordyn Ladell

Hollywood Acting Coach’s Accuser Comes Forward With Sexual Assault Allegations

 Jordyn Ladell claims she was just 13 years old when Hollywood acting coach Cameron Thor allegedly sexually assaulted her. Violent Felons in NA Daytona Meetings.

Six years later, Thor is facing criminal charges for the alleged assault after Ladell, now 19, worked with authorities to get him arrested. She is telling her story about what she says happened to her when she was in the eighth grade.

“It doesn’t change. It’s never going to go away,” Ladell told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “It’s always going to be the place he raped me.”Drug Court Mandates in AA Daytona Meetings.

It took Ladell years to report the alleged sexual assault to police, then followed a series of attempted sting operations to get Thor arrested. He was arrested on June 3, 2014, and charged with 13 counts, including kidnapping, lewd acts on a child and sexual penetration. He has pled not guilty to all charges and is awaiting trial.

Jordyn Ladell, left, returns with ABCs Juju Chang, right, to the canyon outside of Los Angeles where she claims Cameron Thor allegedly sexually assaulted her.

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Jordyn Ladell, left, returns with ABC’s Juju Chang, right, to the canyon outside of Los Angeles where she claims Cameron Thor allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Thor was known around Hollywood as a high-profile acting coach, who claimed on his now defunct website to have worked with a host of celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Johnny Knoxville and Madonna. He has also played bit parts in blockbusters like “Jurassic Park,” “A Few Good Men” and “Star Trek.”

Ladell was 12 years old when she said she and her mother Pattie Ladell met Thor. At the time, Ladell said she, her parents and her twin brother Josh had fallen on hard times and her mother was a struggling alcoholic.

“People came to repo the cars. Like, they would shut the power off,” Jordyn Ladell said. “My dad would walk two miles to bring us a lunch at school every day because he’d have to find money for that day to get us lunch.”

Pattie Ladell was going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings held at a local bank and Jordyn said she tagged along for support. That is where they said Thor introduced himself.

“He is very intellectual, and he comes across very charismatic,” Pattie Ladell told “Nightline.” “I wanted to be like him actually.”

Jordyn said Thor offered her free acting lessons and said she could make money for her family as a young actress.

“He promised me that I would be able to help my parents. My mom would stay sober and that my parents would stay together if there was just no money problems, because they wouldn’t fight,” she said.

Jordyn said Thor allegedly offered to pay for her to get braces on her teeth, which she said Thor never followed up on.

“I had like a really bad gap in my two front teeth and the one was kind of crooked to the side,” she said. “And kids aren’t nice in middle school, so people were really mean to me about it.”

“I just thought he really … liked her,” Pattie Ladell added. “And thought she was a great kid and was trying to help her, and that’s all I ever thought.”

Jordyn said Thor insisted that she take lessons his home instead of going to his studio, so that the other students wouldn’t find out she was taking his class for free.

When Jordyn and her mother went to Thor’s home for the first time, Jordyn said he showed them around. Jordyn’s mother then went outside to sit in the car during the lesson, and that’s when Jordyn said Thor took her upstairs to a bedroom and shut the door.

“And then he was just really touchy. Like every time he had a conversation with me, it was like hand on my shoulder, hand on my leg, stuff like that,” Jordyn recalled. “He told me I make him hard. I didn’t say a word. I just stared at him. I didn’t really know what he was talking about.”

The lessons continued at Thor’s house while no one else was at home, Jordyn said, and each time, she claims Thor continued to touch her legs and hands.

“The third time, we went upstairs again, he locked the door, and he was even creepier,” Jordyn said. “Like just way more touchy, like weird.”

“Before I left, he said I had to give him a hug,” she continued. “So I gave him a hug and he like pressed his penis up against me and like whispered in my ear, You make me so hard. And I like, pulled away or whatever, and he wouldn’t let me pull away and he kept hugging me… And he wouldn’t let me leave. And he just kept saying, ‘No I can’t go down there like this, your mom can’t see me hard. Your mom can’t see me hard.’”

Jordyn said she didn’t want to tell her parents what happened because she thought they would think it was her fault.

“Just because, that’s kind of how he put it, is that I make him hard,” she said. “I assumed I had to. I had to have done something. That it was my fault.”

But in March 2009, Jordyn, then in the eighth grade, said something happened that changed the course of her entire life. She said Thor picked her up from her house and took her to a nearby park.

“This is where he talked about really inappropriate things and asked me questions like if I’ve ever given head before, if I’ve ever been eaten out or had sex. And I answered no to all those questions,” she said. “And then this is when he took me to his car and took me up to the canyon.”

Jordyn said Thor then told her to ask her mother if they could go for a drive to Malibu. After some hesitation, Jordyn said her mom eventually relented, but instead of going to Malibu, Jordyn said Thor drove her to a remote spot on a quiet road at Encinal Canyon and parked the car.

“He pulled out like a vial of marijuana,” Jordyn said. “He was smoking, and he like rolled the windows up and had locked the car and had taken my cell phone also…I was frozen. I was just scared, terrified… I was lightheaded. I felt dizzy. I felt sick.”

That’s when she said he sexually assaulted her.

“He got on top of me and was kissing me. And he took that… black and white striped thing that I had on off and was kissing me and leaning over on me and was grabbing me, putting his hands in my shirt. And he undid my pants and put his finger in my pants,” she said.

Jordyn said she felt like she couldn’t get away because they were parked next to a mountain with a cliff on the other side.

But when she got home she was silent about what had allegedly occurred.

“He told me no one would believe me,” Jordyn said. “That if I told my parents, my mom would start drinking again.”

Jordyn said she saw Thor once more after that and then got the courage to tell her mother that she didn’t want to go to acting lessons anymore. But she said she remained silent for months about what she claims Thor allegedly did to her in the canyon.

Afterwards, Jordyn said her schoolwork suffered. Finally, about half a year later, Jordyn said she confided in her older teenage cousin, Karlie.

“It was really late,” Karlie said. “And we were just talking and I think I was telling her about a friend of mine who, something kind of inappropriate happened to her… and that’s kind of how Jordy matter of factly just brought up her experience, almost like it wasn’t a big … immediately I was like, ‘Wait what did you just say” And then she got kind of scared and realized that I was reacting.”

Karlie said she didn’t tell anyone what her cousin told her because she was afraid of betraying her trust.

“I had tried hunting her down over texting and Facebook. And she was ignoring me,” Karlie said. “So I tried and I tried and then finally I was like, ‘What do I do here?’ I guess I’m just going to have to risk her being mad at me.”

Karlie said she called her uncle, Jordyn’s father Dean Ladell, and told him what Jordyn had said.

“And she said do you remember when Jordyn was taking those acting lessons?” Dean Ladell said. “And I said yeah I think so… And she said something to the effect of, ‘well something very bad happened during those lessons.’ And I said, ‘what do you mean by that?’… And she said, ‘I think he did something very bad to Jordyn.’”

When he heard what had happened, Dean pulled Jordyn out of school for what he said was a “family emergency.”

“It was nice because I was terrified that they weren’t going to believe me, and I thought they were going to be mad at me. And they weren’t,” Jordyn said.

Her parents got her into therapy, but respected her wishes to not go to the police. Four years later, Jordyn had become a dance teacher and one night Pattie Ladell said she asked her daughter if she would want a student who had the same experience to also stay silent.

“I broke down right there, and that made me want to do something,” Jordyn said.

So Jordyn went to the police and agreed to be part of an attempted sting operation designed to get Thor to incriminate himself. Though she hadn’t spoken to Thor in years, she had to reach out to her alleged attacker through text message under the direction of law enforcement. The texting went on for months and eventually, detectives got Jordyn to arrange a meeting with Thor at a Starbucks.

“Seeing him for the first time in a while was gross,” she said. “It was really hard for me. I was like really scared about it days before.”

Detectives had bugged the table with a recording device, and Jordyn gathered what she said she thought was an admission from Thor at the time, and his defense lawyer disputes that. But detectives and the district attorney didn’t feel they had gathered enough evidence yet to arrest Thor, so they had Jordyn call Thor and speak to him while they secretly taped the conversation. Shortly after, detectives arrested him.

Thor was eventually released on bail and placed under house arrest, forced to wear an ankle bracelet.

In a statement to ABC News, Thor’s defense attorney James Blatt said that they feel “that it is important that his case be decided in a courtroom not in a television program” and that “at this time, there is a continuing, intensive investigation by the district attorney and the defense to determine the truth concerning these allegations. We are confident that after the investigations are completed, Mr. Thor will be exonerated.”

Jordyn, who first shared her story with the Hollywood Reporter, said navigating the criminal justice system has been a horrifying ordeal and telling her story hasn’t been easy. But no matter the outcome, she feels she’s done the right thing by coming forward.

“It’s, by far, the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life,” Jordyn said. “You have to do it for yourself. They victimized you, and you have to take that back. You have to go from being like a victim to a survivor.”

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Documentary featuring Karla Brada Story that Exposes Alcoholics Anonymous to be shown at Cannes Film Festival

"The 13th Step" producer Monica Richardson, left, with Karla Brada's mother and father Jaroslava and Hector Mendez at the Beverly Hills Film Festival where the film won best documentary.

Documentary featuring Brada case to be shown at Cannes Film Festival

Jim Holt May 15th 2015

A film documenting the story of Saugus resident Karla Brada, who was murdered by a boyfriend she met through Alcoholics Anonymous, will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year.


The film, called “The 13th Step,” tells the story of Brada and other individuals victimized by criminal acts of AA members. The parents of Brada, who was murdered by AA member Eric Earle in 2011, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AA. Violent felons in AA and NA Daytona meetings.

“It feels good that the world will know,” Brada’s mother, Jaroslava Mendez, said of “The 13th Step” being shown at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, which started Wednesday and continues until May 24.

Created by documentary filmmaker Monica Richardson, “The 13th Step” premiered at the Beverly Hills Film Festival earlier this month, where it won the Best Documentary Award.

Earle was convicted last September of murdering Brada by willfully and deliberately smothering her to death between the night of Aug. 31, 2011, and the morning of Sept. 1, 2011, inside the couple’s Saugus condominium. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Earle and Brada had met through AA.

Jaroslava and Hector Mendez’s wrongful-death lawsuit, filed by Valencia attorney John Noland, alleges negligence on the part of AA. It was served on New York-based Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., Noland said.

“This lawsuit is to help other people,” Jaroslava Mendez told The Signal shortly after the suit was filed.

Last month a judge approved Noland’s request to refine his lawsuit against AA. He has until mid-June to serve AA’s lawyers the revised version of the suit, he said.

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AA Member Tased and Arrested by Police at AA Alano Club After Hitting 61 Year Old Man

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Man throwing punches at Petaluma Alcoholics Anonymous Club stunned by Taser, arrested

Petaluma police said a man who punched a worker in the face at an Alcoholics Anonymous Club was then hit with a police Taser barb when he took a fighting stance and taunted an officer to fire the shock weapon. Holly Hill AA Meetings smoking in park.

The electric barb hit suspect Bryan Robey, 41, in the back, as the man had turned to run as the officer fired, Sgt. Ron Klein said in a news release. Officers then arrested Robey outside of the Alano Club on Petaluma Boulevard North.

Klein said Robey walked into the club Monday afternoon and began yelling and causing trouble. He was escorted outside by employees and police were called. While outside, the suspect allegedly hit a 61-year-old staff member twice in the face, causing swelling and a cut. Dangerous Daytona AA and NA Meetings at Sunrise Park and Daytona Beach.

Officer Dario Giomi confronted the suspect on the property and said Robey wouldn’t follow orders, instead alternated between walking away from the officer or turning and putting up his hands in front of him as if to fight. He also yelled at the officer to “tase him,” Klein said.

At one point the suspect began walking toward the officer in an aggressive manner and Giomi fired the probe, according to the report.

 Robey was arrested on two misdemeanors, suspicion of resisting arrest and battery. He also was wanted on a no-bail felony warrant.

Officers took him to Petaluma Valley Hospital for medical assessment then he was booked into the Sonoma County Jail where he remained in custody Wednesday morning without bail.

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AA Member Convicted Multiple Times of Domestic Abuse is Sent to Jail

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Galien man gets prison for domestic violence

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015   By DEBRA HAIGHT – HP Correspondent

NILES – A Galien man with a history of domestic violence was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court.

Keith Luman Foust, 27, of Nye Road in Galien, pleaded guilty to third offense domestic violence and was sentenced to a prison term of three to five years. He has credit for 87 days already served and must pay $2,416 in fines and costs.

The incident occurred Jan. 16 when he attacked a woman at a home on Nye Road in Galien Township. Dangerous Felons In AA and NA Daytona Meetings.

Defense attorney Shannon Sible called Foust a “likable guy” when he’s not drinking. “He wants to point out that it’s not like he hasn’t tried. He has been going to AA and working on this,” Sible said. “He has pretty good support. He’s working and his goal is that he wants to get out and make a good home for his children where they can be safe.”

Foust said he’s been attending Alcoholics Anonymous and has hope that he can change in the future. “For the first time in my life, I will be living in a sober environment when I get out,” he said. “I have jobs waiting for me and will be going to AA five times a week. My goal is to provide a stable home for my children. I’ve acted like a real dumb-dumb, but I’m not hopeless.”

The prosecutor handling Foust’s case was not moved.

“This is his fourth conviction for third offense domestic violence – when in the world is he going to learn his lesson?” Assistant Prosecutor Gerald Vigansky asked. “The only way for his family to be safe is to not be around him. He hasn’t learned his lesson. He’s a danger to his family and friends and to society when he’s drinking.”

“You are relatively young, perhaps you can get some traction on sobriety,” Berrien County Trial Judge Dennis Wiley told Foust. “Right now you are a danger to everyone around you, your parents, your wife, your children. You (also) choked your father to the point of passing out. You have five prior domestic violence convictions plus ones for assault.”

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AA Member and Sexual Deviant Arrested With Having Sex With a Minor and Supplying Drugs and Alcohol for Teen Party

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Georgia Mother Accused Of ‘Naked Twister Party’ With Teen Daughter, Sex With Minor

Rachel Lynn Lehnardt, 35, was arrested Saturday night and charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The charges stem from a wild party allegedly held a few weeks ago in her home, according to police reports. The suspect also has lost custody of her five children, ages 4, 6, 8, 10, and 16.

The allegations were made by Lehnardt’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, who contacted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office after meeting with the suspect to discuss her future plans for sobriety, AugustaCrime.comreports.

Lehnardt allegedly told her sponsor that her 16-year-old daughter texted asking if she could have friends over “to party,” according to a sheriff’s report obtained by the Augusta Chronicle.

Lehnardt reportedly agreed and allowed her daughter and friends to smoke pot and drink booze in her home. In addition, the sponsor told investigators that Lehnardt participated in naked Twister with the teens, and showed them photos of herself having sex with her boyfriend. Volusia County Drug Court Mandates Criminals To AA and NA Daytona.

The sponsor told authorities that Lehnardt confessed to having sex with an 18-year-old male in the bathroom during the naked Twister game.

According to the sheriff’s report, Lehnardt allegedly went to bed alone, but awoke around 3:30 when she felt someone having sex with her.

“She stated at first she thought it was the 18-year-old from earlier, but then realized it was the 16-year-old who was in fact her daughter’s boyfriend,” Lehnardt’s sponsor told deputies.

The sheriff’s report then goes into shocking detail:

“Mrs. Lehnardt told [the sponsor] she and her daughter had spoken and that her daughter ‘felt guilty because the 16-year-old was 10 inches long and huge, and if she had just been able to take it, he wouldn’t have needed to rape her mother.'”

 This allegation sounds like rape but Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Steve Morris said no charges are pending against the teen. AA Daytona And NA Daytona Complaints.

“Based on the investigation, there’s no evidence the 16-year-old committed a crime,” Morris told The Huffington Post.

The report states the sponsor goes to the same church as Lehnardt. The suspect allegedly belongs to a sexual addiction support group where she admitted to being a “sexual deviant” who is addicted to pornography.

A Sheriff’s spokesman told AugustaCrime.com that Lehnardt was arrested partially based on the account given by her AA sponsor.

No sexual crime charges are being filed because 16 is the legal age of consent in her state. Lehnardt was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $3,200 bond, according to the Augusta News-Times.

UPDATE: This version of the story includes quotes from Capt. Steve Morris about whether the 16-year-old who allegedly had sex with the suspect will be charged for rape.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS SEX OFFENDER STALKS VICTIM AT AA MEETINGS AGAIN AFTER RELEASE FROM PRISON

Waukesha sex offender accused of befriending victim using fake name

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 6:43 PM EDTUpdated: Mar 26, 2015 7:09 PM EDT

A convicted sex offender could end up back in prison for lying about his name and trying to reunite with one of his victims.

Prosecutors in Waukesha charged 52-year-old Jack Moore this week with illegally changing his name, a class H felony for registered sex offenders.

“We believe that he sought [his victim] out,” Waukesha Police Sergeant Jerry Habanek said Thursday. Dangerous AA Daytona meetings have court mandates.

Back in 1989, the then-27-year-old Moore and his accomplice, Lisa Farkas, lured women back to their apartment. Moore tied one victim up for 10 hours while Farkas sexually assaulted her. A judge sentenced the pair to prison in late 1990.

“It is not a normal crime, but it was a very serious crime,” Habanek said.

Police say Moore got out on parole in 2009 and started going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at a local church in 2010. There, Moore found his victim from about 20 years prior. Dangerous Daytona NA Meetings in Sunrise Park.

“They became friends, they were both battling the same disease, working on it together,” Habanek said. The victim did not recognize him… He looked different. It was 20 years later.”

Moore invited his victim over to his apartment using the alias “Jack Winters.” For several months the victim had no idea who Moore was.  The criminal complaint says they exchanged phone numbers and spoke 72 times on the phone in one month.

“The victim was at his apartment and saw a tattoo that was on his arm,” Habanek said. “That tattoo was something she remembered from the sexual assault.”

The victim confronted Moore, but court documents say he explained, “He had done time, referring to prison, with Jack Moore… And that Moore “was not getting out… for a long time.” The victim didn’t believe Moore and contacted Waukesha police.

“Not only that 20 years ago he had sexually abused her, there was also a secondary betrayal,” Habanek said. “Because he had gone through alcoholics anonymous with her, pretended to be someone he wasn’t.”

Moore claims he didn’t realize who his victim was until several months into their friendship, telling police he figured it out after seeing her name on a utility bill. Moore said he “decided it would not be good to tell her who he was.”

“As you would imagine, she is terrified,” Habanek said of the victim.

Waukesha police couldn’t say why it took four years for charges to be filed, but Moore faces up to six years in prison. He’s due in Waukesha County Court April 6.

Habanek says the victim is even more scared of Farkas, who is currently free on parole. The sergeant warns all abuse victims to always be aware of their surroundings and the people they choose to interact with.

An Investigation by The Atlantic Shows other Treatments are More Effective at Combating Alcoholism

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The 12-step program used by Alcoholics Anonymous has little basis in science, critics allege.

Investigation Questions Effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous

An investigation by The Atlantic shows other treatments are more effective at combating alcoholism.

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Author and award-winning journalist Gabrielle Glaser has a message for people who struggle with alcohol dependence: It might be time to abstain from Alcoholics Anonymous.

The 12-step program has little basis in science, she says, after having done extensive research on the program and reporting her findings for a story in The Atlantic titled ” The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous.”

“I assumed as a journalist that AA worked,” Glaser said at an Atlantic-hosted event Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. “But then when looking at the empirical evidence I found there wasn’t any.”

The effectiveness of AA’s approach has long been debated. But addiction treatment is likely to be even more carefully scrutinized as payment for programs materializes under coverage provided by President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare provides alcohol and substance abuse treatment to 32 million people who didn’t have it before by requiring state Medicaid programs to pay for it and by requiring private insurance plans to cover it, extending coverage to an additional 30 million people. Obamacare also allowed for behavioral health treatment, which encompasses addiction and mental health services, to be reimbursed in a similar way as primary care.

A recent analysis by U.S. News showed that the law has not yet resulted in adults going in droves to behavioral health providers.

The AA program involves admitting powerlessness over alcohol, believing in a higher power, apologizing and making amends to those wronged and abstaining from drinking. Television helped popularize the program – which had risen out of the Prohibition Era – during the 1950s. The organization has about 2 million members, and inpatient treatment facilities use many of the tenets of its 12-step program as part of their approach.

Data of its effectiveness, however, aren’t tracked.

“There is no other realm of medicine that is so segregated,” Glaser said of addiction treatment and the research around it. NA Daytona Meetings Have court mandates.

She points to other approaches that have worked and are based in scientific analysis, including therapy and medication. Glaser said she hopes people are able to find other approaches to treatment. ” Yoga works for a lot of people, Catholicism works for a lot of people … but it isn’t based in science,” Glaser said.

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 11.2 million men and 5.7 million women had an alcohol use disorder in 2012, the latest year for which data are available. Among teens, that number is estimated at 855,000. Beginning to drink at a young age can be a risk factor for developing dependence later in life. Genetics are also thought to play a role, and people who have anxiety or depression can turn to alcohol for self-medication, though it often makes symptoms worse. Excessive use of alcohol is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Of adults in need of treatment for alcohol abuse, 8.4 percent are admitted to a facility, according to the NIH 2012 data.

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that six people a day die of alcohol poisoning – the majority of whom are middle-aged, white men.

Officials with AA said the organization does not comment on reports like Glaser’s and declined to address other approaches to treatment. AA Daytona Dangerous Meetings.

“Alcoholics Anonymous is guided by its Twelve Traditions, one of which suggests that AA express no opinion on outside issues, in order to avoid being drawn into controversy,” the public information coordinator at the General Service Office of AA said in an email. “This includes expressing opinions on what others may say about AA.”

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the NIH, points to various approaches to treatment, including support groups like AA, behavioral therapies, medication or a combination of these. The same is true for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“SAMHSA does not advocate one program over another, since we believe there are many paths to recovery,” an agency representative said in an email.

Other methods of treatment for addiction, such as medication or cognitive behavioral therapy, have shown some empirical evidence for success. In reporting her story, Glaser decided to try naltrexone, a medication that prevents endorphins – the feel-good hormone – from reaching the brain, making the experience of drinking alcohol unenjoyable. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in 1994 for the treatment of alcohol abuse.

Glaser, who said in her article that she did not have a drinking problem but that she bought the drug online and tried it for research purposes, found it to be effective. “[A glass of wine] was about as appealing as drinking a glass of Dimetapp,” she said.

Doctors prefer not to prescribe naltrexone because it can result in liver toxicity if someone drinks heavily and takes more than the recommended dose, she told U.S. News after the event. “Fewer than 1 percent of people who have alcohol problems are on any form of medication, and so few doctors prescribe it,” she says.

Scott Stossel, editor at The Atlantic magazine who interviewed Glaser at the event, pointed out that alcoholism appears to be on a spectrum.

There is a problem with the one-size-fits-all approach, Glasser said of AA’s abstinence rule. “Some need to learn to moderate better, others can’t drink again,” she said.

U.S. health officials recommend typical adults over the age of 21 limit themselves to no more than one drink a day for women, and two for men. “I think our safe guidelines make people feel worse. They say, ‘What the hell!’ and people drink more,” she tells U.S. News.

Glaser points out that other countries, such as Italy, have different alcohol guidelines – as well as better health outcomes.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/03/18/investigation-questions-effectiveness-of-alcoholics-anonymous

NA Member Sues Portland Narcotics Anonymous after Being Scalded by Hot Coffee at NA Meeting

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Attendee at Portland Narcotics Anonymous meeting sues for $10,000, claiming defective coffee maker scalded him

John Anthony Smith’s suit doesn’t state how badly he was burned by hot coffee at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Old Town Portland. 
February 06, 2015
A man who was attending a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Old Town Portland when he claims he was burned by hot coffee from a defective dispenser filed a $10,000 lawsuit this week against the recovery group.

John Anthony Smith states in his suit that he was getting a cup of coffee from an urn when the coffee sloshed out and scalded him last Aug. 21. His suit seeks $1,081 in medical bills from Narcotics Anonymous as well as Central City Concern, where the suit says the meeting was held.

Central City Concern is a nonprofit that aims to help people affected by homelessness, poverty and addictions. It has offices at 232 N.W. Sixth Avenue.

A Central City Concern spokeswoman said Friday her organization allows Narcotics Anonymous to use its space and bring in its own food and beverage, as well as a coffee maker.

“Even though we didn’t feel we were at fault, we did pay his medical bills, minus a $39 medical records fee,” said Central City Concern spokeswoman Kathy Pape. “We just felt like it was the right thing to do. It was the compassionate thing to do, because he was injured.”

Pape said her organization is perplexed about why Smith is still seeking payment of medical bills in his suit. Rapists in NA Daytona and AA Daytona Meetings Beware!

A volunteer who answered the phone at Portland’s Narcotics Anonymous said no one was available to comment about the specifics of the case. But the volunteer said the coffee at the meetings is made for and paid for by volunteers, and that trying to get money out of Narcotics Anonymous would be “like trying to squeeze water from a rock.”

The suit faults both organizations for allowing meeting participants to access the alleged “unreasonably dangerous” or “defective” coffee urn.

In addition to medical costs, Smith seeks up to $8,918 for pain and suffering.

Portland attorney Willard Merkel is representing Smith. The suit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

— Aimee Green

agreen@oregonian.com

503-913-4197

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/02/portland_narcotics_anonymous_m.html

AA Member Charged with Rape of 14 Year Old Teenage Girl Attends More 12 Step Meetings Afterwards

A Spring Hill man who “was horrified with himself” for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl was arrested and charged with aggravated statutory rape.

Ronald Clinton Worrell, 45, 4021 Willford Way, was released on $20,000 bond several hours after his arrest Tuesday, according to Maury County Jail records.

He was arrested by Columbia police, who initially investigated a report of possible child sexual abuse on Oct. 31.

Because of the sensitive nature of the charge, few details of the case were made available.

A heavily expurgated copy of the police report said the assault on the teenage girl happened after she and Worrell watched a movie together at her mother’s home one night in July. Violent dangerous felons at NA Daytona and AA Daytona meetings.

Before the alleged abuse was disclosed to police, “Ron was horrified with himself (for) what he had done and he put himself back in counseling and started AA meetings again,” according to the report. “Ron had been in counseling previously for something and he has been in recovery.” Holly Hill Florida Commissioners and Daytona AA Meetings.

The report said it is not known what Worrell “was recovering from.”

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Greg Oden Plead Guilty To Beating His Girlfriend and Mandated to Attend AA Meetings

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Greg Oden (Provided Photo)

Greg Oden was arrested in Lawrence on Aug. 7, 2014 and accused of beating his ex-girlfriend. AA Daytona and NA Daytona have dangerous felons at meetings! Beware!

Oden pleaded guilty to battery and was sentenced to 910 days in jail. He received credit for time served, so will only be on probation for 909 days.

Court officials say Oden must also complete 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling and Alcoholics Anonymous. A no-contact order in the case is still in place

http://www.southernminn.com/faribault_daily_news/news/local/article_b0e78f40-33ac-505e-a46d-c885d7167d74.html

NA Member is Charged for Sexually Assaulting Woman at NA Meeting Parking Lot

Antonio Maldonado.

Antonio Maldonado

Metro recovery group responds to charges filed against  NA member
Jan 20, 2015
By: Thabie Sibanda, Fox 25 ReporterCONNECT

Members from a “Narcotics Anonymous” group are responding to sexual battery charges filed against NA Member.

The charges and the arrest warrant were issued against 62-year-old Antonio Maldonado Monday. He is accused of taking advantage of a woman recovering from addiction. According to court documents he promised he’d sign participation papers as long as she agreed to sleep with him.

Police say Maldonado sexually assaulted a woman outside of a meeting in south Oklahoma City. Something members say has nothing to do with the good the program does. Sunrise Park Holly Hill has dangerous felons at AA and NA Daytona meetings.

“If that’s something that happened on the inside we would have called the police and had him arrested ourselves,” said member Rickey Nickelberry.

Police say it was back on October 14th when he followed a woman into the parking lot. She was taking a smoke break when Maldonado allegedly pinned her against a truck, groped her and tried to assault her. A group leader happened to be walking out and yelled for him to stop. The victim says Maldonado offered to sign her meeting papers if she agreed to sleep with him. Holly Hill Parks have mandated felons in AA and NA Daytona.

“She also said she believed there were several more victims who basically had been taken advantage of in the same way,” said SSgt. Jennifer Wardlow.

Nickelberry tells Fox 25 there’s a board of people who chair the meetings. Although Maldonado was a chair person in the past he was not at the time.

“So he was not placed in a position from the committee to sign any paper at that particular time,” said Nickelberry. “So if he did say that then he was probably lying at the time.”

Nickelberry is a recovering addict and was sent there by a court order.

“They realized that there is a program that works,” said Nickelberry. “I mean we have an 87% success rate.”

He’s been clean for almost eleven years and he says the group is a sanctuary for addicts.

“It offered hope and the promise of freedom,” said Nickelberry.

He wants to make sure Maldonado’s alleged offenses don’t take away from the work the group does. Sex Offenders and rapists sent to AA Daytona and NA Daytona meetings.

The group says they have no tolerance for that kind of behavior and they tell us Maldonado has since been banned. An arrest warrant has been issued for him so if you know where he is call police. Violent felons mandated to AA and NA Daytona meetings.

http://www.okcfox.com/story/27732804/metro-recovery-group-responds-to-charges-filed-against-former-member

AA Member and Elementary School Teacher Convicted of Molesting Students

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Former elementary-school teacher Laurence E. Hill, 55, taught at Seattle schools for more than three decades.

Teacher sentenced for molesting

Seattle Times staff reporter

A King County Superior Court judge denied a plea for mercy from an admitted child molester and instead sentenced the former Seattle elementary-school teacher to more than five years in prison.

In imposing the prosecutor’s recommended open-ended sentence of five years to life, Judge Douglas McBroom said that he believed Laurence E. “Shayne” Hill, 55, took advantage of his authority numerous times over many years and that the need for punishment outweighed that of rehabilitation in this case.

“You violated trust not just momentarily, but over a long period of time,” McBroom said to Hill.

Hill, who taught at Seattle schools for more than three decades, was accused in May of inappropriately touching a number of female students over the years.

He pleaded guilty as charged in November to one count of first-degree molestation, one count of second-degree molestation and two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Beware of AA and NA Daytona meetings for rapists mandated.

Police and prosecutors said the investigation into Hill began in April when the mother of one of the victims walked into Hill’s classroom at Broadview-Thomson Elementary School to deliver lunch to her then-11-year-old daughter. She saw Hill sitting extremely close to her daughter, and he had his hand on the girl’s buttocks, according to charging documents. The mother reported the incident to the principal.

According to charging papers, Hill had previously been counseled by at least three school administrators or principals for inappropriately touching students.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of two of the victims accuses the Seattle School District and one former principal of ignoring complaints from other teachers, school employees and other administrators about Hill’s bizarre behavior. Police said a total of seven girls told detectives that Hill had touched or kissed them. The lawsuit also claims that Hill kept a rubber breast and phallus in his desk drawer and that he groomed the primary victim with gifts and letters before sexually assaulting her for two years, beginning in 2001.

The abuse continued after the girl graduated to middle school, and was public enough that other students considered Hill a “child molester,” according to the lawsuit.

The school district could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon, but spokesman Peter Daniels has previously said that Hill resigned before the district could complete its investigation and that the district had notified the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the charges against Hill in case he had applied to teach elsewhere.

During the sentencing hearing Friday, Hill said he was remorseful and pleaded for a chance to attend a sex-offender treatment program that would have yielded less time behind bars. AA Daytona and NA Daytona have court mandated violent felons.

“I will go to my grave and beyond grieving the harm I have done,” he said.

His attorney, Kevin Peck, said Hill had achieved 16 years of sobriety through the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program, was a good candidate for rehabilitation and had already lost his career, his reputation and his standing.

The hearing was attended by several of Hill’s friends and supporters from AA, as well as several former students who said his actions had sharply divided their classmates’ loyalties and they had hoped to see him receive a long sentence.

“I think he should have gotten more time,” said 14-year-old Carly Hosford-Israel, a former student who spoke after the hearing. “What he did affects everyone. He deserves a lot more time than they could have given him.” Orange Papers Anti AA Site.

Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or cclarridge@seattletimes.com

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Audrey Conn Kishline Commits Suicide December 19th 2014

Exclusive: New Details Emerge about Audrey Kishline’s Death

By Regina Walker 01/14/15

Sheryl Maloy-Davis tells The Fix about her friendship with Audrey Kishline after Kishline killed Maloy-Davis’s daughter and husband; about the book they wrote together, despite Kishline being too drunk to write; and about her friend’s final choice to hang herself.

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Sheryl Maloy-Davis and Audrey Kishline in Hollywood.

 Since writing about Audrey Kishline’s passing for TheFix last week, I’ve been preoccupied with her story—I’m a psychotherapist who has specialized in addiction treatment for most of my professional career, and I can remember, vividly, both Audrey and the beginning of Moderation Management, as well as the controversy she and it sparked—and the fateful accident that, in March of 2000, changed her life and that of the victims’ families, forever.

Tellingly—and sadly—she wrote, in Face to Face, “I knew in my heart I could never stop drinking. Never.”

After the accident, Kishline largely disappeared from public life. But since her passing, I’ve discovered that the years of silence were marked by a drama of both reconciliation and ongoing struggle, in which a key figure has been Sheryl Maloy-Davis— the wife and mother of the man and child who were killed on the night Kishline got behind the wheel of her truck and tried to drive home to her father from her own house, fleeing a troubled marriage. Maloy-Davis was Kishline’s co-author for Face to Face, which chronicles the aftermath of the accident, and the unlikely friendship between the two women. She told me in a recent interview that on December 19, 2014, Kishline committed suicide, hanging herself in her mother’s home. Dangerous AA Daytona and NA Daytona Meetings.

On the evening of Christmas Day, 2014, Audrey’s mother phoned Sheryl Maloy-Davis—according to Sheryl—to tell her of Audrey’s death. Her mother found her with two empty vodka bottles on the floor, and with every prescription medicine bottle in the house emptied. “She meant it,” said Sheryl. “She overdosed and she hung herself.” Sheryl said that Audrey’s mother had told her that Audrey had been “deeply, deeply depressed for at least two months” prior to her death, and that her drinking had continued unabated.

By phone, Sheryl was clearly grief-stricken, even shocked—she and Audrey, after their reconciliation during Kishline’s prison term, had become friends (close friends)—and had even collaborated on Face to Face. Even more surprising is Sheryl’s friendship with Audrey Kishline’s mother. “Me and her mom just clicked the minute we met each other,” she told me. Though Sheryl knew Kishline had fallen into obscurity in the last years of her life, she still expressed surprise that Audrey’s death had gone unnoticed at first – admitting as well that Kishline, “…had a hard time being forgotten.” But even the book, though meant as an expression of reconciliation, was marked with Kishline’s struggles.

In the second edition of Face to Face, Audrey wrote with blunt candor about her own struggles and shortcomings. In the preface to the second edition of the book—dated June 14, 2012—Audrey wrote, “The book is all wrong,” admitting to not having written the text of the first, 2007 edition, but also having failed to live up to her obligations to promote and support it. “I’m trying to rewrite words that I never wrote…I was drunk…most of the time.”

“Alcohol is the love of my life.” ~ Audrey Kishline “Face to Face”

“Audrey,” she writes to herself, “none of this would be an issue if you had done what the lawyers for Sheryl asked you to do in the first place, in the civil suit. YOU were supposed to write this book. You signed a legal document saying you would do your best to fulfill this request. You’re the one that dropped the ball. You had your chance. And you took the easy way out. You let the agent get someone else to write it.” And then, writing as if defending herself from her own accusations, she admits, “I was drinking too much to write a coherent grocery list.” Dangerous NA Port Orange Florida meetings.

In an email, Sheryl wrote, “they said the book Audrey and I co-wrote was a bestseller. Sadly, though the day before we were to have our media blitz Audrey went off the deep-end and know (sic) one could find her. I was the only one she would call but had no way of finding her. At least she called me and I was able to get her to come back.”

“Where were you,” Kishline goes on in the same dialogue with herself style, in the second edition preface, “when the book was published, and you were supposed to be there for the media to promote Face to Face? To give Sheryl a chance to tell her story, to get her message out about the horrible consequences of drinking and driving?” As if responding to an interviewer, Kishline answers, “Most likely face down, passed out in a park in Portland somewhere. I remember one day clearly. I woke up with my purse underneath me, empty cans of beer scattered about, my glasses broken, missing a shoe, unbathed for weeks, in jeans wet with my own urine. My legs hurt, scratches and cuts . . . my billfold was gone.”

A watershed moment for Kishline was the now well-known message she posted in January of 2000, to the Moderation Management email listserv, in which she frankly admitted that not only was her drinking out of control, but that it had never really been in control at all. In Face to Face, she says that message was precipitated by something specific: a drinking binge that started one morning shortly before she wrote and sent the message. The binge had continued through the entire day. By evening, she feared she’d given herself alcohol poisoning, and called 911. In the time between the call and the arrival of the ambulance, she became terrified that, if taken to the hospital, she’d be found out, and she tried to deny entry to her home to emergency services. The result was that she was taken in handcuffs to a three-day detox program. Convinced she’d be exposed as an alcoholic—a label she’d always strenuously denied—she published her message to the Moderation Management listserv, saying that she was no longer going to be pursuing moderation, but rather, abstinence.

In 2012, after the publication of the second edition of Face to Face, Kishline and Sheryl Maloy-Davis were invited to appear on The Dr. Drew Show, hosted by well-known TV personality and internist, Dr. Drew Pinsky. Sheryl said she was surprised when Kishline told her, “I am so excited. Maybe this will get us our own TV show.”

“I just wanted to get the message, don’t drink and drive, out there,” Maloy-Davis added. “Audrey wanted the media to notice her again.”

It was never her intention originally, says Sheryl Maloy-Davis, to establish a long-term friendship with Audrey Kishline. She believed at the time of her visit to Kishline in prison, to tell her she had forgiven her for the deaths of her husband and daughter, that it would be the last time the two women would meet. Forgiveness was not an easy thing for Sheryl—during the sentencing phase of Kishline’s trial, after being told that Kishline had been given two sentences of 4 ½ years each for the deaths of her husband and daughter, but that the sentences would run concurrently, Sheryl said bitterly, “Which member of my family is the freebie?” But Maloy-Davis, who is a devout Christian, felt that it was God’s will that she forgive Audrey. She was surprised, years later, when she was contacted through her lawyer by Kishline’s attorney with a request from Kishline for permission to call her: “I said sure,” said Maloy-Davis. And the friendship grew.

Sheryl’s contact with Audrey Kishline had been limited in recent years, thanks to financial difficulties both women had, and to illness in Sheryl’s family. “We were trying to figure out a way to get together,” Sheryl says, “but it never happened.”

Over the years, Kishline was psychiatrically hospitalized, and she tried several different medications for psychiatric problems, and also tried a myriad of addiction treatment approaches in a desperate attempt to curtail and eliminate her drinking, but never succeeded. Tellingly—and sadly—she wrote, in Face to Face, “I knew in my heart I could never stop drinking.  Never.” AA and suicide.

Regina Walker is a regular contributor to The Fix. She is a licensed psychotherapist as well as a writer and photographer in NYC. She broke the news of Audrey Kishline’s death a week ago on The Fix.

http://www.thefix.com/content/update-death-audrey-kishline

Man Gets Probation and Mandated to AA and NA Meetings for Assaulting Pregnant Woman

CONARD, BRANDON

Conard takes steps toward sobriety; Judge gives him probation for assault

(Lander, Wyo.) – Impressed with the way Brandon Conard has chosen to fight his addiction, Judge Norman E. Young gave the man a suspended sentence for felony aggravated assault and battery.

Back in June, Conard pleaded guilty to assaulting a pregnant woman as well as misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine. Those charges stem from a Feb. 7 call to his home where he allegedly struck a pregnant woman with a wooden paper holder. While officers were investigating the alleged assault, they reportedly found a silver spoon with a crystal residue on it which was sitting next to a hypodermic needle with a clear fluid and blood inside, the affidavit states.

Per the plea agreement, the state kept its argument for a maximum prison sentence of 3-5 years. Deputy County Attorney Tom Majdic said that while Conard has been going through treatment for his addictions, he needs to serve time for assaulting a pregnant woman. He also said that the victim had also wanted Conard to serve time.

But words from Conard himself and his public defender Terry Martin persuaded Young to allow for supervised probation. Martin noted that on top of already spending about eight months in jail, Conard also spent three months in substance abuse treatment in Casper. For the last two weeks, Conard has been out on an unsecured bond and going to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Conard said he goes to at least one meeting a day. NA Daytona Beach harassing citizens in Holly Hill.

He said he was an addict who was trying to put his life back together for his children. “My son was born while I was in jail, and that’s something I’ll never forgive myself for,” he said.

Young said that in reviewing the case, he had felt Conard should spend time in prison, especially after he allegedly violated bond by causing a scene at a local restaurant and was found with a sizeable number of prescription medications. However, Young said that unlike many defendants, Conard had taken real steps to address his addiction issues prior to being sentenced. He called it “appropriate and admirable.”

Therefore, Conard will serve three years supervised probation. However, if he fails probation, he will likely serve the full 3-5 year prison sentence. He was given credit for 323 days served already in jail and in treatment. A term of his probation will be to continue to attend AA and NA meetings. Daytona AA and NA meetings in Daytona.

http://county10.com/2014/12/30/conard-takes-steps-toward-sobriety-judge-gives-him-probation-for-assault/

Woman Murdered by Serial Killer She Met at an AA Meeting – Cold Case Solved

Family finds some closure in resolution of 1987 homicide of Judith Whitney of Amherst

By REBECCA EVERETT

@GazetteRebecca

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Joseph Graveline of Northfield remembers the day in July 1987 when his late sister, Judith A. Whitney, told him she was going to New Hampshire for a week or two to go camping with a new friend, Edward Mayrand.

“She said he was a really nice guy,” Graveline said Tuesday. “I took her on her word.”

Whitney, 43, never returned to her home in Amherst. Her body was found in woods in Winchester, New Hampshire, four months later. Police and Whitney’s family all strongly suspected Mayrand had killed her, but the New Hampshire assistant district attorney handling the case did not think there was enough evidence to charge him, Graveline said.

Mayrand, formerly of Northampton, died in prison in 2011 while serving a term for the murder of Patricia Paquette of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1994.

But after his death, a New Hampshire cold case unit worked on the Whitney case and last week, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster announced that investigators had concluded that Mayrand killed Whitney, as well as Kathleen Daneault, a 25-year-old Gardner woman, in 1983.

“It was the greatest Christmas present we could ask for,” said Jeannie Graveline, Whitney’s younger sister by 22 years. “It’s confirming what we already know. We knew in our hearts that he had taken her life, but it’s comforting that it’s come to an end.”

Three of Whitney’s siblings interviewed by the Gazette this week recalled her as a bright, outgoing person who loved hunting and the outdoors. She had three daughters and was like a mother to her younger siblings, too. She also had a drinking problem, they said, which led her to the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in 1987 where she met Mayrand.

Even though they never doubted Mayrand’s guilt, the siblings said they felt a sense of closure after hearing that Whitney’s case had been solved. Closure, but not really peace, because they still believe he should have been charged back in 1987.

Though the assistant district attorney on the case told them there was not enough evidence to go forward, they said they felt that there was plenty of circumstantial evidence of Mayrand’s guilt.

“It’s something we’ve all talked about. One of the most frustrating things is he couldn’t be stopped sooner,” said Jeannie Graveline, of Greenfield. “More women would still be here.”

The nine-page statement the New Hampshire cold case unit released Dec. 23 portrays Mayrand as a rapist and serial killer who murdered three women around New England by strangling them. He was first convicted in 1975 after beating, strangling and raping a woman in Warwick who managed to escape. He got out on parole in 1983 and soon after was suspected in the murder of Daneault in 1983 because he was the last person seen with her.

After Whitney’s disappearance in 1987, Mayrand was questioned extensively by police but said he had not seen her since 10 p.m. on July 3. He had violated his parole by leaving his halfway house and the state, so he was sent back to prison to serve the rest of his sentence on the rape charge, according to Gazette archives. He was released in October 1988.

In 1994, he was convicted of strangling and dismembering Patricia Paquette in Providence, for which he was serving a 35-to-60-year sentence at the time of his death.

New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said last week that no other active cold cases are believed to be linked to Mayrand.

The latest investigation into Whitney’s case did not turn up new DNA evidence or other scientific proof. But it did find DNA evidence tying Mayrand to the murder of Daneault. The similar ways the two women were killed, interviews with people who saw Mayrand in the days before and after Whitney’s death, and inconsistencies in Mayrand’s stories about that time frame led police to conclude that he murdered Whitney.
There was evidence that Daneault and Whitney were apparently strangled with strips of cloth torn from their own clothing. Whitney’s body was also found with a drawstring from her raincoat tied around her neck, according to the report.

Recalling Judy

Judith Whitney was born in Kentucky and grew up, the oldest of six children, in Greenfield. She married Warren Whitney and spent most of her adult life with him in Sunderland, where they raised three daughters. They were separated, but not divorced, at the time of her death.

Jeannie Graveline, 48, said her sister Judy “was like a second mother to me, because our mother passed away in 1971.”

“She was a bright, resilient, engaged person,” said Joseph Graveline 65. He said he and Whitney were close because they were the oldest siblings. “For me, she was a very special person. Once, when I was young, I got sick for three days with a fever and she sat by my bedside the whole time.”

Whitney had worked selling firearms at the former Pioneer Sporting Center at 137 Damon Road. “She loved hunting, camping, all that stuff. And she was very outgoing — she loved people,” Jeannie Graveline said. She was a licensed pilot.

Another sister, Tina Graveline, 60, of Greenfield, said Whitney’s problem with alcohol worsened near the end of her life and her family did all they could to help her with her addiction. They were pleased when she “got herself to the point to get help” and started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Mayrand, who was living in the Hairston House for recovering alcoholics at 25 Graves Ave. in Northampton, was also attending those meetings as a condition of his parole, according to Gazette archives.

Tina and Jeannie Graveline said that they believe Mayrand, then 40, preyed on their sister. People out on parole for violent crimes should be meeting separately from others, they said.

“People in AA are vulnerable. And even though (Mayrand) had been in prison for rape and had been suspected in murders, all that stuff was confidential. No one could say, ‘be wary of this guy,’” Tina Graveline said. “And she was always very friendly and tried to help people. I think she took him as a nice guy.”

Joseph Graveline said his sister had told him July 2, 1987, that she would be out of town for a week or two, and he was not worried that she seemed to have stayed away longer. But Warren Whitney, whom she was in the process of divorcing, was concerned, so they went together to report it to police July 20.

Police in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, found her car and a search effort began. But Joseph Graveline said he knew long before they found her body that his sister was “gone,” because she was not someone who would get lost or just not let people know where she was.

Meanwhile, Mayrand told conflicting stories about where Whitney was to police, friends and staff at the Keene motel where he and Whitney had been staying. He drove around in her car until he abandoned it on the side of a road, police said, and gave away her jewelry to women.

Throughout the initial investigation, police were focused on Mayrand. But the Gravelines said the assistant district attorney told them there was not enough evidence to charge him.

“I was really disappointed that the district attorney at the time didn’t think they had a case that they could get before a jury,” Joseph Graveline said.

“They had circumstantial evidence, Eddie’s contradictory statements, and lots of witness testimony,” about his behavior before and after Whitney’s death, he said. “If 12 intelligent, carbon-based life forms had looked at this, I think most people would be smart enough to convict the guy.”

He said it was around 2010 when New Hampshire law enforcement officials informed him they were reopening the cases of Whitney and Daneault because Mayrand would soon be due for parole. “They wanted to prepare a case to make sure he never left prison again,” he said.

They called the family again in 2011 to let them know that Mayrand had died of lung cancer in prison. The next time Joseph Graveline heard from New Hampshire officials was about a month ago when they told him they had concluded Mayrand had killed both women and that they would release a report of their findings soon.

Joseph, Tina and Jeannie Graveline all said they were grateful that the case was re-examined and for the hard work of the investigating officers — some of whom are from another generation, Joseph Graveline said.

“It’s a kind of closure to all this. Even though Mayrand passed in jail,” Jeannie Graveline said. “They didn’t give up on pursuing it.”

http://www.gazettenet.com/home/15017392-95/family-finds-some-closure-in-resolution-of-1987-homicide-of-judith-whitney-of-amherst

New Hampshire Cold Case Unit solves decades-old murder of Amherst woman

By Diane Lederman | dlederman@repub.com

on December 24, 2014

AMHERST — In July 1987, Amherst resident Judith Whitney went to New Hampshire with a man named Edward Mayrand, whom she met at an Alcoholic’s Anonymous meeting the month before. NA Daytona and AA Daytona meetings smoking in Sunrise Park.

She was never seen again.

Four months later, a hunter discovered her body buried in a shallow grave in Winchester, N.H. Complaints about NA Daytona not paying rent in Holly Hill Park.

While police suspected Mayrand, they never had enough evidence to charge him, even though he was in possession of her car and a handgun.

But on Tuesday the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit established in 2009 found that Mayrand was indeed the killer. However, he died in 2011 of metastatic cancer, so he will never be charged.

Mayrand once lived in Northampton at Hairston House, a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. He was on parole for rape when he met Whitney.

According the report for the New Hampshire Department of Justice, Mayrand had a lengthy and violent criminal history beginning with a rape and assault conviction in 1975.

But he was released on parole in 1983. “It was during this period of release in the fall of 1983 that Mayrand committed another vicious crime, and left behind evidence that would eventually lead to his identity as Judith Whitney’s murderer,” according to the New Hampshire cold case report.

During his release, he met Kathleen M. Daneault, and was with her at the Mahaki Restaurant in Gardner on Nov. 17. She was found strangled the next day. But he was never charged.

He later pleaded guilty to a second degree murder charge in connection with the death of a Rhode Island woman and was sentenced to 35 to 60 years in prison. But he never was interviewed about the Whitney murder.

But according to New Hampshire officials in their report, in 2010, the cold case unit started working together with state police officers working for the Worcester District Attorney’s Office to revive the investigation. Those efforts included sharing information concerning Judith Whitney’s murder and the 1983 unsolved murder of Kathleen M. Daneault.

They were able to obtain Mayrand’s DNA before he died, and in September 2014, the DNA testing revealed that “Mayrand’s DNA was on the ligature used to strangle Kathleen Daneault,” according to the report. “This DNA finding along with other evidence convinced authorities that Edward Mayrand murdered Kathleen Daneault.

“The DNA evidence and other evidence, including corroborative evidence based upon details of the two murders and the physical evidence collected, also convinced authorities that Edward Mayrand murdered Judith Whitney,” the report stated.

In a 1995 interview after Mayrand’s arrest in the Rhode Island murder, Warren Whitney, Judith Whitney’s ex-husband, told a reporter for The Republican he was relieved by Mayrand’s capture, and not surprised Mayrand has been charged with another woman’s death.

“I never had any doubt,” Whitney said. “I’m just happy that the man is off the street and he can’t kill again. Enough families have suffered because of him.”

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/new_hampshire_cold_case_unit_s.html

Teen Goes to AA and NA Meetings to Avoid a Prison Sentence

Teen who fled cops twice, wrecked cars gets probation

December 18, 2014  • 

A 19-year-old Onalaska woman who drove her car into a driving school and a police car while on probation for fleeing cops was sentenced Dec. 10 to three years probation with the threat of prison if she does not comply.

In November 2013, just two months after being sentenced for attempting to flee police while driving drunk, Abrianna Marr was reported for driving erratically while high on methamphetamine. Daytona AA and Daytona AA Meetings in Holly Hill and Daytona.

When police attempted to talk to her, Marr started her car and drove away, striking a squad car and a tree, plowing into the side of Zimmerman Driving School in West Salem and eventually hitting a garage. NA Daytona Predators in Holly Hill Parks.

Marr told police she had been up for five days using meth, heroin and “every drug under the sun.”

Since the second arrest, Marr racked up charges for sexual assault, theft, forgery, bail jumping and stealing a car. She eventually pleaded guilty to attempting to flee an officer and a single count of bail jumping; the remainder of the charges were dismissed.

Marr’s grandparents told the judge they’ve seen a dramatic change in her behavior in the past month: She has enrolled in college, is attending AA and NA meetings, and has cut ties with most of her drug-using friends. AA Daytona Predators in Holly Hill Parks.

“She’s acting like a good kid again,” said Ethan Marr. “She’s following the rules.”

As part of the plea agreement, the state did not recommend a sentence, but prosecutor Edward Minser said Marr’s behavior is concerning for public safety.

Judge Scott Horne gave Marr 1½ years in prison and another two years on supervision, which he stayed for three years; he withheld sentencing her on the auto theft charge, adding that if her probation is revoked he would impose the maximum 1½ year term on top of her other sentence.

“In no way, shape or form can any society condone or accept that type of behavior,” Horne said. “I would be fully justified in sending you to prison.”

http://lacrossetribune.com/couleenews/news/local/teen-who-fled-cops-twice-wrecked-cars-gets-probation/article_92dce000-33d2-5e2c-a0a3-dc3945dbd197.html

CBS 48 HOURS ‘The Sober Truth’ on Violence and Addiction in Alcoholics Anonymous

 

A Must watch tonight, AA finally being exposed on a national level for the dangerous organization that they are and how Karla Mendez Brada lost her life because of it at the hands of AA member Eric Earle.

Reporter’s notebook: Addiction and domestic violence

|Correspondent Maureen Maher takes you behind the reporting of this week’s all-new “48 Hours” and discusses the sensitive, but serious topics of addiction and domestic violence. Watch “The Sober Truth” Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. NA and NA Daytona meetings in Holly Hill, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange are very dangerous and full of predators.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/reporters-notebook-addiction-and-domestic-violence/

Here is the full length now online!

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-sober-truth-investigating-the-death-of-karla-mendez-brada/

Shooting an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Located at The Methodist Church

MV1126 Jimmy Moss, mug

Another Shooting at an AA Meeting after verbal altercation. Victim has not been identified.

Yerington man jailed after Friday shooting at AA Meeting

A 74-year-old Yerington man is in custody in Lyon County Jail after he allegedly shot a man after an altercation on Friday. Daytona AA and NA meetings in Holly Hill Fl.

The Yerington Police Department says it was called to The Methodist Church, 121 N. Main St., at 6:40 p.m. for a fight involving a gun. The investigation showed Jimmy Moss, 74, of Yerington was involved in a verbal altercation at an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting that turned into a fight and ultimately resulted in a shooting.

The victim, who has not been identified, was taken by ambulance and later flown by Care Flight medical helicopter to Renown in Reno. NA Daytona Meetings in Daytona Beach Fl.

Moss was booked into jail on suspicion of battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. Bail is set at $80,000.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the Yerington Police Department at 775-463-2333 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/13957587-113/yerington-altercation-department-fight

AA Members Joanne and Patrick Fry Deny Sponsorship of Murder Victim Karla Brada

Couple named in wrongful-death lawsuit deny AA sponsorship

Eric Earle, left, and Karla Brada met at Alcoholics Anonymous. Brada’s parents claim AA and the couple their lawsuit names as sponsors are responsible for their daughter’s murder at the hand of Earle.

Couple named in wrongful-death lawsuit deny AA sponsorship

Lawsuit alleges responsibility in death of murdered daughter

November 17th 2014 Jim Holt

A woman identified as an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor and named in a lawsuit filed by the parents of murder victim Karla Brada denies she was ever the murdered woman’s sponsor.

Joanne Fry is among the defendants named in a wrongful death civil suit filed last month by Sylmar residents Hector and Jaroslava Mendez, whose daughter Brada was murdered in August 2011.

More than three years after the murder, a San Fernando Superior Court jury found Brada’s boyfriend, Eric Allen Earle, guilty of murdering her in the Saugus home they shared. Earle wilfully and deliberately smothered Brada to death, the jury determined in September. Earle was sentenced in October to 26 years in prison.

The same month the Mendezes served their wrongful-death lawsuit. It named Joanne Fry as an AA sponsor and her husband, Patrick, as an AA sponsor. The suit was also served on the local AA office in Santa Clarita and on Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. based in New York City, said attorney John Noland, who represents Brada’s parents.

In the lawsuit filed against them, the Frys are described as “sponsors” who “provided counseling to members attending meetings and specifically became sponsors for Karla H. Brada and Eric Allen Earle.”Daytona  AA and NA meetings in Holly Hill Florida.

The lawsuit alleges the Frys were aware of Earle’s “violent criminal history and specifically his violent history as to violent crimes against women.”

Joanne Fry disagrees.

In a prepared four-page written statement delivered to The Signal in response to the lawsuit, Fry states:

“Many reports have referenced us as ‘sponsors’ for the couple through the AA program but this needs to be made very clear. We were not, ever have been, nor intended to be or become sponsors for Earle or Brada; we simply knew them.

“In addition, the time frame that we knew them was relatively six months. There has been an allegation that ‘jail time’ was spent between Patrick Fry and Eric Earle and this is not true.

“Patrick Fry and Eric Earle were roommates at (the live-in 12-step program) Eden Ministries. This is not a program where you pick your roommates; you are placed into a residence by the reverend of the program.

“Approximately March 2011 was when I, Patrick Fry, became roommates with Eric Earle. Within about two months, Earle was removed from the program for reasons unknown to me. I still resided at Eden Ministries.

“Sometime in the early summer months of the year 2011, I, Patrick Fry, saw Eric Earle again in the mandatory AA program. This is how we knew of each other. I was not a sponsor for Eric Earle or for Karla Brada.

“A sponsor for the program usually goes through and completes the 12-step program of which we did not do. We obtained our sobriety through other resources.

“A sponsor also is implied to be a person the addict can call upon in any situation for help or assistance with their addiction; this was not and never was a method for us knowing Earle and Brada, we simply just knew them through the program.

“The context of us as ‘sponsors’ have only been made in light of the lawsuit and this was never a view point from the AA program or how we viewed ourselves in reference to Earle and Brada or how Eric Earle and Karla Brada looked at us.”

As Joanne Fry left the newsroom, she said in parting: “We were just four people trying to stay sober.”

jholt@signalscv.com
661-287-5527
on Twitter @jamesarthurholt

http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/130008/

NA Member James Effler Sexually Assaulted Toddler Girl in Library Restroom

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JAMES EFFLER- NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEMBER

November 9th 2014 by Anonymous

From Opportunist to Sex Offender

You may have heard “alcoholics/addicts lie- it’s what they do.” Those who truly embrace recovery stop; James Effler was not one of them.

You may have heard “they manipulate people and they manipulate situations.” Those who embrace recovery stop; James Effler was not in that category, either.

Fact #1: His name was not even James. Along the line that some lie for no reason other than they can, he falsified information when applying for a state identification card. His real name is Jimmie Carson Effler, Jr.

I met Effler in November, 1999. I had gone to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting to meet an acquaintance. When the acquaintance did not show up, I was standing outside the building smoking a cigarette before going home. A car stopped on the street and drove away after Effler got out of the car and walked in my direction. This stranger began nagging me to take him home with me, and when I refused, he came up with his first pointless lie. He said he was looking forward to his birthday the next day, and a gift he expected to receive. I later learned his birthday was in March, not November.

Effler began popping up in my face wherever I went. While he said he was an NA member, he rarely attended actual meetings, preferring to stand outside where he could ask people for money, cigarettes, rides, a place to stay, and attending meetings that offered free food. The latter included members’ “clean date” parties, holiday parties, and even a memorial service for a member who had died.

In addition to those of us he suckered into “helping” him, he loved churches. He made the rounds in at least three different states asking ministers and priests for rent money, food money, food, and had no qualms about asking them to give him their collection plates. He said “Ill even say the Sinner’s Prayer if they give me money!”

My initial appeal was I ‘had what he wanted, and was willing to go to any lengths to get it.” Specifically, he’d heard through NA gossip that I had a good job, and to him that meant a source of financial support. I tolerated frequent verbal abuse, two physical attacks, financial problems, and my family temporarily breaking up. Yet “Steppers” continued to tell me he was “doing the best he could,” and that I should continue to help him.

When my family walked away from this mess, Effler went out and committed a crime. I didn’t learn the facts of the crime for more than three years. The reason: as he knew I had no way of knowing what was going on in Texas, he thought a few more lies would mean I’d continue to give him financial support. Asking me to send him money, he wrote a nine-page letter describing the details of the crime- how a sex offender and a prostitute who lived in his building had set him up, and he had not done anything wrong. The facts of the case: he had approached and raped a 31-year-old woman, and was sentenced to three years in the Texas state penitentiary.

As soon as he was released, he showed up on my doorstep. He’d ignored the restraining order I obtained when he was in Texas, and he ignored the second one also. Upon moving into a homeless shelter, he discovered a nearby Alcoholics Anonymous group. He had no trouble manipulating members, even oldtimers, for money.

Early one morning, a disturbing newsflash came on the radio. It said he had been arrested after taking a small child away from her babysitter and into the restroom of a public library. While it was believed he had sexually assaulted the child, he was not convicted of sexual abuse; he was convicted of first-degree kidnapping, and sentenced to life without parole.

One part of the news broadcast was especially troubling: the social worker at the homeless shelter exclaimed “I’m horrified- I can’t believe James would do something like this… after all, he works!!” An educated professional couldn’t grasp an individual having to do occasional day-labor jobs does not mean the individual is a responsible, decent person.

Ultimately, Jimmie Carson Effler Jr.- a/k/a James- got what he wanted: a free ride for the rest of his life. Knowing Effler as I did, I’m sure he has no regrets about exchanging his freedom for having a roof over his head, hot meals, recreation, and everything else that comes at the expense of we taxpayers. From living off churches in Louisiana, California, and Texas, to living off taxpayers in the state of Iowa, it was a short journey with a lot of wreckage to everyone in between.

Here is an article below about this sick NA Member. Just one of many that can be sitting next to you in an NA or AA Meeting.

Homeless Offender caught with 20-month-old girl in library restroom
The man has a prior conviction in Texas for assaulting a woman.

By TOM ALEX
REGISTER STAFF WRITER

Police said a registered sex offender who lived at a Des Moines homeless shelter kidnapped a toddler Tuesday at the downtown library and sexually assaulted her in a locked men’s room while employees worked to open the door.

James Carson Effler Jr., 32, grabbed the 20-month-old girl about 11 a.m. as she played on the floor near her baby sitter, who was using a library computer, investigators said.

Library employees helped the baby sitter search for the girl before they heard a child’s cry. Employees then called police and removed the handle on the restroom’s door to gain access and reach the girl; they held Effler until officers got there, Capt. Kelly Willis said.

“Most of the police work was done by the library staff before we even arrived,” Willis said.

No one else was hurt. The child was taken to a hospital for evaluation, and her parents were contacted. The extent of her injuries was not made public.

The incident illustrates the difficulty lawmakers face in trying to attack child molestation by such measures as requiring offenders to register with the state or limiting where they may live.

Effler was convicted in Texas in 2003 for sexually assaulting a 31-year-old woman.

Javier Sambrano, public information officer for the El Paso, Texas, police department, said the conviction against Effler stemmed from a May 2002 incident in which he knocked on the door at the home of a 31-year-old woman and asked to use the telephone. Once Effler gained entry, he sexually assaulted the woman.

“They did not know each other, he was not someone she knew, but in the area where the victim lived, many of the neighbors often would ask to use the phone,” Sambrano said.

He was sentenced to three years in prison and later paroled. Officials have not determined how long he has lived in Iowa.

Effler is listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, but because the conviction involved an adult victim, he was not covered by a new state law that bans child molesters from living within 2,000 feet of a school or child care center.

Effler, who police say lives at Churches United Shelter, 205 15th St., reported his address to registry officials as 201 1/2 Fifth St. in West Des Moines.

He is charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual assault and failure to comply with rules of the registry, because he was not living at the address listed. The kidnapping charge is the most serious of the three; it carries a life prison term.

The baby sitter noticed the child missing about 11 a.m., police said. She told officers the girl had been playing at her feet while she surfed the Internet at a table not far from the men’s restroom on the main level of the library, 100 Locust St.

The baby sitter and library employees immediately began a search for the child, and then someone heard a child scream in the restroom and saw an adult’s shadow on the other side of the frosted glass.

Library workers tried to force their way into the restroom, then called for a maintenance worker with a screwdriver.

Willis said that employees William Stokes and Pam Deitrick removed the handle and opened the door, and that they then pulled the child out of the restroom and shut Effler inside.

“They are heroes,” Willis said. “They grabbed the baby and shut the door on him.”

Library Director Kay Runge referred all questions about the investigation to the police.

Police have been called to the main library 51 times this year for a host of minor problems.

Tuesday’s incident “was an awful thing, horrendous,” Acting City Manager Rick Clark said. “We are really thankful the library staff was there and attentive and took the initiative to do something about this.”

Effler was jailed in May for public urination and arrested less than a month later for drunken driving. He spent 30 days in jail, according to court records.

Records also show Effler was charged with shoplifting in Windsor Heights on Aug. 29. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine.

Doug Epperson, a psychology professor at Iowa State University who helped Minnesota officials develop guidelines to evaluate sex offenders before they are released from prison, said child abductions by strangers are rare.

“Typically, with a victim that young, it’s a related perpetrator or a perpetrator who is connected in some way with the parents, or it could be a friend of the family,” he said. “Normally a stranger would not have access to a victim that young.”

The March abduction and murder of 10-year-old Jetseta Gage of Cedar Rapids — the man accused in her death, Roger Paul Bentley, 38, was a friend of the family — sparked Iowa lawmakers to pass a handful of laws to crack down on sex criminals.

Police Sgt. Barry Arnold said 20 to 30 of the Churches United shelter’s 125 or so residents have been warned that they must move under the residency restriction law. Effler was not one of them.

Register staff writer Abby Simons contributed to this article.

https://www.wackbag.com/threads/homeless-man-molests-toddler-in-library.33400/

Alcoholics Anonymous and Sponsors Sued For the Wrongful Death of Karla Brada

AA and sponors being sued for the wrongful death of Karla Brada at the hands of long time AA member Eric Allen Earle. 

Parents of murdered Saugus woman sue AA

Lawsuit claims 12-step program did not adequately warn of danger

By Jim Holt October 27th 2014

Parents of murder victim Karla Brada are suing the Santa Clarita Valley office of Alcoholics Anonymous and the couple allegedly assigned to serve as AA sponsors to both Brada and her killer, The Signal has learned.

A wrongful death civil suit filed by Sylmar residents Hector and Jaroslava Mendez was served on named AA sponsors Patrick and Joanne Fry, on the local AA office in Santa Clarita and on Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., based in New York City, local attorney Tom Noland said. NA Daytona Meetings in Holly Hill Florida.

“This lawsuit is to help other people,” Brada’s mother, Jaroslava Mendez, said Monday, adding she believes the civil action will improve the way AA operates.

Last month a San Fernando Superior Court jury found Eric Earle guilty of murdering Brada by wilfully and deliberately smothering her to death between the night of Aug. 31, 2011, and the morning of Sept. 1, 2011, inside the couple’s condominium. He was sentenced Monday to 26 years in prison. AA Daytona Meetings in Holly Hill Park.

The lawsuit alleges the Frys were aware of Earle’s “violent criminal history and specifically his violent history as to violent crimes against women.”

“If this is going to continue with AA, that they’re sending criminals there, then we need to make people aware of that so that they (AA members) know they may be sitting next to a criminal,” Jaroslava Mendez said referring to her daughter’s killer.

In a news release issued Monday by the District Attorney’s office, spokesman Ricardo Santiago described Earle as “a Saugus man with a history of domestic violence.”

Evidence presented at the criminal trial revealed Earle not only assaulted his girlfriend before her death but also assaulted his estranged wife.

Brada’s parents identify Patrick and Joanne Fry as AA sponsors who “provided counseling to members attending meetings and specifically became sponsors for Karla H. Brada and Eric Allen Earle,” according to a copy of the civil suit obtained by The Signal.

In their lawsuit, Brada’s parents allege the AA couple sponsored both Brada and Earle and “facilitated a romantic relationship between them.” Efforts to contact the Frys last week and again Monday were unsuccessful.

A manager at the Santa Clarita Valley office of Alcoholics Anonymous said Monday she is aware of the lawsuit against the office and the sponsors but knows nothing of the claims made in the suit.

“I am also a sponsor,” said the manager, who asked to be identified only as Joanne M. “And, as a sponsor, we lead members through a 12-step program.”

In her 33 years with AA, she said, she did not know of a sponsor intentionally leading any member in the wrong direction.

According to Brada’s parents, the defendants named in the suit “undertook the care, treatment and counseling” of Brada in April 2011.

“The defendants … so negligently, carelessly, recklessly, wantonly, and unlawfully treated, counseled and failed to report apparent abuse of the decedent thereby allowing the abuse to continue and escalate as to directly and proximately cause death of the decedent,” according to the lawsuit.

Brada’s parents filed a similar suit naming Alcoholics Anonymous in 2012, but that suit was withdrawn.

The couple filed the most recent lawsuit with Superior Court in May but it wasn’t served on the defendants until recently.

jholt@signalscv.com
661-287-5527
on Twitter @jamesarthurholt

 

Mexico Man Tries to Strangle AA Member Who Was Speaker at Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

Mexico man charged with assaulting AA speaker

COURTESY OF THE OXFORD COUNTY JAIL

Wilfred T. Merrill

PARIS — Police said a 50-year-old Mexico man is charged with trying to strangle a speaker at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Monday night.

Merrill was arrested on Route 2 in Rumford on Monday night, police Chief Roy Hodsdon said, and made an initial appearance in Rumford District Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Hodsdon said Merrill was attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Mexico around 7:30 p.m. Monday when he assaulted an elderly man. After the two were separated, Merrill fled on foot. NA and AA Daytona Meetings in Holly Hill Florida.

According to Hodsdon’s affidavit filed in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris, the victim told police he was speaking to the group when Merrill approached and tried to strangle him. There was no direct communication between the two before the assault, the affidavit said.

Following a lead, police questioned Merrill’s girlfriend about an hour later outside Mountain Valley Variety store in Rumford. Unknown to police, Merrill sat nearby in her car in the parking lot, the affidavit said.

The woman told police Merrill sped off in her car after spotting officers. A chase ensued with Merrill driving 30 mph over the speed limit. He pulled over near Rowe Ford in Rumford around 9 p.m., the affidavit said.

According to Hodsdon, Merill appeared intoxicated, was disorderly and refused to submit to arrest. He was shot with a Taser after walking toward police shouting,  “Shoot me,” and ignoring warnings to get down, according to the affidavit.

Merrill was taken to a hospital as a precaution and later taken to the Oxford County Jail in Paris. He is scheduled to appear in Oxford County Superior Court on Jan. 6, 2015.

ccrosby@sunjournal.com

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/oxford-hills/2014/10/15/mexico-man-charged-assaulting-aa-speaker/1602676

Speaking The Truth About Alcoholic Women and Elizabeth Pena

ANother excellent article by Gabrielle Glaser exposing the failed systems in place for women with alcohol addiction, and just unsafe 12 step programs like AA really are.

SECRET SHAME

      10.24.14

Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women

Alcoholism and abuse is on the rise among women. Why they drink, and why the traditional treatment methods like A.A. don’t work for them.
When Elizabeth Peña died last week, her family said she died after a brief illness. We now know that the Cuban-American actress’s untimely demise was the result ofdue to alcohol abuse, in addition to acute gastrointestinal bleeding, cardiopulmonary arrest, and cardiogenic shock. NA and AA Daytona meetings in Holly Hill Florida.It’s understandable that her family would not wish to disclose the circumstances. To be a woman suffering from a drinking problem in America is a lonely enterprise, defined by stigma and judgment. And that’s tragic. Women in America are drinking more than ever before, and they are suffering the consequences in sharply rising numbers.I spent three years researching the topic of women and drinking for a 2013 book, and I turned up some pretty arresting statistics. Gallup pollsters have consistently found that the more wealthy and educated a woman is, the more likely she is to drink. Federal studies show that the number of white, black, and Hispanic women who classified themselves as regular drinkers jumped significantly between the 1990s and early 2000s. They’re also the chief consumers of wine. According to the Wine Institute, they buy—and consume—the lion’s share of the 800 million gallons of wine sold in the U.S. each year.

On one hand, the rising drinking among women is a sign of parity. But unfortunately, this is one realm in which identical treatment has disparate outcomes. That is because women are more vulnerable than men to the toxic effects of alcohol: their bodies have more fat, and less water, than men’s. Fat retains alcohol, and water dilutes it, so women drinking the same amount as men who are evenly matched in size and weight become drunk more quickly, and stay intoxicated longer. Women also make less of an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol before it hits the bloodstream.

This may be why serious alcohol-related deaths and illnesses are on the rise. Peña’s death, it turns out, is part of a dismaying trend: Between 2002 and 2012, the number of U.S. females women who died from cirrhosis rose 13 percent. (Among men, the rate for that same period rose 7 percent.) Between 1999 and 2008, the number of severely intoxicated young women who wound up in E.R.s rose by 52 percent. From 1992 and 2007, the number of middle-aged women who checked into rehab nearly tripled.

Between 2002 and 2012, the number of U.S. females women who died from cirrhosis rose 13 percent.

We don’t know whether Peña, known for her roles in “Modern Family,” “La Bamba,” and “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” sought help for her alcohol use. But if she did, it’s likely she was treated with one of a myriad 12-step programs derived from the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. The program, developed in the 1930s, demands that it members abstain from drinking, cede their egos, and accept their “powerlessness” over alcohol.

And that’s a problem.

My research showed that the majority people do not get better—or worse, are harmed through what often amounts to unsupervised group therapy. Anonymity rules help obscure people with criminal records, and many new members, especially women, report being the targets of unwanted sexual advances. A.A. members euphemistically call this “the 13th Step.” After my book appeared, dozens of women wrote to tell me what one study already showed, that a majority are harassed. Many are groped and some are raped. Some are even murdered. In 2011, Karla Brada Mendez was strangled to death by Eric Allen Earle, a man she met at a 12-step meeting. (He was convicted last month.) Unlike Brada Mendez, Earle, who had a violent past, was not attending A.A. voluntarily. A series of judges and parole officers had ordered him to go as an alternative to jail. Because of anonymity rules, none of Earle’s extremely violent past was made known to other attendees, and Brada Mendez’s family recently filed a civil suit against A.A. for wrongful death.

Monica Richardson, a Los Angeles actress and singer, was a longtime A.A. member who became so disturbed by what she found to be growing cases of violence in the group that she left, and has made a documentary about A.A.’s dangers.

Dozens of women wrote to tell me what one study already showed, that a majority of women in A.A. are harassed, groped, or raped. Some are even murdered.

While it is sadly too late for Ms. Peña, there is hope beyond these dismal facts. A growing number of U.S. practitioners are using what therapists and doctors in Europe have been using to treat alcohol use disorder for decades: evidence-based practice. Some, like Manhattan psychologist Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, embrace harm reduction, which seeks to reduce the negative consequences of alcohol or drug use. Others, such as the Centers for Motivation and Change in Manhattan, employ a variety of tools, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, a goal-oriented form of therapy, with their patients. A growing number embrace the use of anti-craving medications long approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the use of alcohol dependence.

And some specialize in treating women, who have different risk factors for excess drinking. Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders as men, and they are more likely than men to treat their symptoms withalcohol. Other risk factors include a history of sexual abuse and bulimia, both of which also affect more women than men. Dr. Mary Ellen Barnes, co-director of an alcohol treatment program offering science-based treatments in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., says A.A.’s message of “powerlessness” is not helpful to most women—and is likely harmful. “Most women are not drinking to excess because they feel ‘powerful’ in the first place,” she says. “Women need to feel powerful, not like victims. If women go to treatment that tells them to embrace being powerless and diseased, how is that going to help?” Barnes uses cognitive behavioral therapy and assertiveness training, a skill she thinks is crucial for women who are problem drinkers.

“Many of the reasons women drink too much have to do with not asking for what they want and need in their personal relationships and the frustrations that come from that,” Barnes says. “When women learn to be assertive, their needs start getting met, they feel happier and more powerful. The reasons for their problem drinking start to go away.”

As a fan of Elizabeth Peña’s performances for decades, it saddens me that her career has been cut short. Almost certainly, it didn’t have to happen.

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