Father Sentenced to Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings and Weekends in Jail for Felony Child Abuse of Baby Daughter

Father sentenced to a year of weekends in jail for child abuse

By Katy Barnitz / Journal Staff Writer Saturday, May 28th, 2016
A Rio Rancho father convicted of child abuse must spend the next 52 weekends in county jail, a Sandoval County judge ruled Monday.
Matthew Najar, 32, pleaded guilty in February to one count of reckless child abuse, a third-degree felony, according to court documents.

Najar was originally indicted in November 2012 on four counts of child abuse. Rio Rancho police reported being called to a local hospital in December 2011 after health care workers reported that an 11-week-old girl had a skull fracture, according to a Rio Rancho Observer report from 2012. Employees also reportedly said they found healing fractures of the girl’s ribs, left leg and collarbone.

During a sentencing hearing Monday afternoon, Najar told state District Court Judge George Eichwald that he’d made mistakes in his life, but said substance abuse was the root of the problem. He said he’d been clean for three years and asked the judge to allow him to maintain his relationship with his children.

“I want to be a father to these girls,” Najar said. “Give me a chance to be the father that these girls need.”

Najar’s defense attorney Leonard Foster said that, in the many years since the charges first arose, Najar started attending Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous classes, and he’s gone through group therapy sessions with the state Children, Youth and Families Department. He even started his own business with his brother, which allows him to make child support payments and support his children, Foster said. He asked the judge to place Najar on probation. Daytona AA and NA meetings have violent felons, please beware!

Prosecutor Aaron Aragon asked for 18 months of incarceration, combined with substance abuse and anger management courses. Holly Hill Sunrise Park NA Meetings complaints.

Eichwald sentenced Najar to 104 days in custody, “one year of weekends,” he said. He also told Najar to enroll in and complete anger management courses, and to continue attending NA and AA meetings.

“I’m keeping you from losing your job,” Eichwald said.

In a brief interview after the hearing, Najar said he was disappointed with the sentence and nervous about returning to jail every week.

“I was loaded and I dropped my daughter,” he said, adding that he took the infant to the emergency room immediately.

Najar said he’s scared to go back to jail.

“Jail’s ugly,” he said, calling it a “drug- and violence-infested area.”

He said he hopes spending the weekends in custody will remind him why he changed his life.

“I’m scared,” he told the judge. “I don’t want to lose all this.”


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


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




Narcotics Anonymous Members That Killed 80 Year Old Should Not have Been On The Streets

NA Members Alan Wood and Tonia Watson had been in and out of the judicial system for years. They had several parole violations and should not have been on the loose when they killed 80 year old Nancy Dailey.

They attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings together. But they continued to use drugs, Michigan Department of Corrections records show.

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Hershey Man High On Drugs And Naked Jumps On Moving Vehicle

What’s a man to do when under the influence of methamphetamine, cocaine, PCP and marijuana and feeling hot and naked? Jump on a woman’s moving vehicle doing 1700.00 worth of damage, then after all is said and done – go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings!

Hershey man chooses probation
by Dillon Daigger (The North Platte Bulletin) – 3/15/2012

A Hershey man who jumped on a moving car while naked and high on drugs in June was sentenced Thursday to six months probation. Joshua Weir, 23, of Hershey pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and criminal mischief.

Lincoln County prosecutor Tanya Roberts-Connick told the court she didn’t think Weir would succeed at probation. She requested Weir be sentenced to jail and ordered to pay restitution to the car owner. Judge Kent Turnbull gave Weir a choice – 30 days in jail or six months probation. Weir chose probation. He said he’s attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings since he was arrested March 2 and is looking for employment. “Roofing season is just around the corner,” he said.

Turnbull also ordered Weir to pay $1,700 to the car owner and told him he will be subject to random alcohol and drug testing. Turnbull said Weir’s criminal history is “not unknown” to the court. “I don’t think you wanna come back in front of me,” Turnbull said. “If you get any violations, I’ll credit you for time served, but I’ll still hammer you.”

The crime occurred on June 27. Weir went to a friend’s house under the influence of methamphetamine, cocaine, PCP and marijuana, police said. Weir said he felt hot and broke out the friend’s window, “jumped on a car and started running down the street taking his clothes off,” according to a court affidavit.

Weir’s friends tried to get him into a truck to take him to the hospital, but he broke out the truck’s window and ran away, police said.

Soon after, the naked Weir jumped on the hood of a woman’s moving car and banged on the windshield and top of the car. The terrified woman accelerated, causing him to fall off the back, police said.

Weir eluded police for over eight months until he was arrested, according to sheriff’s records.


Violent Felon Who Led Police On 100-MPH Chase On Christmas Eve Is Sentenced to Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Rickey Lee Lidel broke the nose of a person and threatened to stab him. The victim called police and then there was a high speed chase. Here is another violent felon mandated to the rooms Of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Published March 07, 2012, 12:00 AM
Man who led deputies on high-speed chase on Christmas Eve sentenced
A Bemidji man who led area law enforcement on a 100-mph chase on Christmas Eve was sentenced in Beltrami County District Court on Monday. Pioneer Staff Report, Bemidji Pioneer

A Bemidji man who led area law enforcement on a 100-mph chase on Christmas Eve was sentenced in Beltrami County District Court on Monday.

District Judge Paul T. Benshoof ordered Ricky Lee Lidel, 56, to serve 109 days in jail, stayed for two years, with 73 days credited for time served.

The judge also ordered Lidel to serve two years of supervised probation, attend weekly Alcoholic Anonymous meetings for sixth months and pay $1,300 in fines.

Lidel pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and possessing an assault weapon while having a previous felony conviction.

According to an earlier news release issued by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office:

An assault victim suffered a broken nose in a violent encounter with Lidel, who threatened to stab the person with a knife at the victim’s home.

After receiving the call, deputies spotted a silver Grand Am, described by the victim, and attempted to stop Lidel.

However, Lidel drove east on the U.S. Highway 2 bypass from Division Street, leading authorities on a pursuit reaching speeds higher than 100 mph. Lidel stopped the car on Highway 2 and attempted to flee on foot when deputies arrested him.


Community Youth Center Hosting Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

What in the world are these people thinking?! On top of hosting NA meetings at a youth center they plan on expanding to include ‘In addition to NA, the center next month will also begin hosting Reformers Unanimous meetings Friday nights. That faith-based program is geared toward people suffering from substance, gambling, sex and other addictions.’

They say the meetings do not overlap youth activities, yet the NA group is sponsoring an event for the minors. This is totally irresponsible by the youth center and Narcotics Anonymous.If you are a parent, I would not allow your child to go to this youth center! If you are concerned, complain to the youth center! Sex offenders and violent felons are mandated to Narcotics Anonymous meetings and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

LaGrange Community Youth Center hosting Narcotics Anonymous meetings, planning anti-drug day

Posted: Feb 21, 2012 9:14 AM EST
Updated: Feb 21, 2012 10:00 AM EST

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

LaGRANGE, Mo. — To tackle a mushrooming problem with drugs in the area, the LaGrange Community Youth Center is broadening its services.

The center will hold its annual anti-drug program Saturday afternoon. Since last summer, it also has played host to three meetings a week of Narcotics Anonymous.

The program, a recovery resource for abusers of drugs, alcohol and other substances, has grown since moving to the youth center in July after a fire at its original home, LaGrange’s First Baptist Church.

Wayne Gilliland, one of the chairmen of the NA meetings, said typically two or three people might have attended an evening meeting at the church. In the center, attendance has been averaging 10 or more, which he said is large for an NA meeting in the area.

Gilliland attributes that growth in part to the move. While he doesn’t believe the church was necessarily an intimidating setting for the meetings, he said a more neutral community space such as the youth center has proved more comfortable.

“They feel like they’re in a public place, unbiased,” said Gilliland, a former meth addict who has spoken publicly and at the youth center about its dangers. “There are no predetermined things they have to think when they walk in the door.”

The meetings are held at times when the center typically is closed to children — noon Mondays, and Monday and Friday nights.


Gilliland is coordinating the anti-drug day, but others who “have walked the walk and talk the talk” will speak to children and their parents, Bronestine said.

“This type of stuff, this is where the kids will listen,” she said. “These guys, when they’re talking, the kids know that they know what they’re talking about. … There’s a happy ending to these guys’ stories, but these guys have also experienced (friends’ stories) who did not have happy endings.”

In addition to NA, the center next month will also begin hosting Reformers Unanimous meetings Friday nights. That faith-based program is geared toward people suffering from substance, gambling, sex and other addictions.


New Zealand NA Member Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

This NA Member got to stay Anonymous even in court!

Identity kept secret in drug death case

The son of a well-known New Zealand wine-making family has been granted name suppression and released on bail despite pleading guilty to manslaughter. The 40-year-old man pleaded guilty in the High Court at Auckland yesterday to the manslaughter of a drug associate he injected with morphine.

The man retained name suppression after arguing the effect could be detrimental to an unwell family member.
Court documents said the man met the victim at Narcotics Anonymous in Auckland and they agreed to swap a tent for drugs.

They met in the Auckland suburb of Sandringham in March 2010, drank beer and took a diazepam tablet together.
The accused then dissolved a 100mg morphine sulphate tablet and injected half of it in his own neck before injecting the remaining portion in the victim’s right arm.

He went outside and spoke to his girlfriend on his cellphone and when he returned his friend was slumped under the table he had been sitting at. Chest compressions and slaps failed to revive him so the man gathered his drug paraphernalia and left the house.

The man’s girlfriend later persuaded him to return and call an ambulance, by which time the friend was dead.
It took six months for the man to be charged.

In the time before he was charged, the man had offered to pay his girlfriend $50,000 not to testify against him.

A charge of perverting the course of justice was dropped after the man pleaded guilty yesterday.

Defence lawyer Greg Morison said the man had completed a residential drug treatment programme since the crime.

He was undertaking another residential programme in Dunedin which is where he was bailed to.

Justice Timothy Brewer said cases of manslaughter by injecting people with drugs were not as rare as defence counsel had said.

He rejected that naming the man could endanger the jobs of people at the family’s winery as he doubted people would stop drinking the family’s wines as a result of the case.

The judge said he doubted that name suppression would continue after sentencing but he continued interim suppression after Morison said he wanted to obtain affidavits from the man’s sick relative’s specialist.

A home detention report was ordered and the man was bailed to the Dunedin drug treatment programme until sentencing in March.


Mandated NA Member Slits Throat of 80 Year Old Woman

Royal Oak, Michigan Alan Wood 48, a convicted felon with a long rap sheet will be charged in the murder of 80 year old Nancy Dailey.He has done time for home invasion, arson, breaking and entering and attempted rape. In the attempted rape charge was of a woman he had met at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.His partner in crime Tonia Watson 40, will also be charged in the murder.They both should have been behind bars.

A Royal Oak police officer investigates at the home where Nancy Dailey was found dead last month. Alan Wood and Tonia Watson have long criminal histories and were suspected of credit card fraud a month before the slaying, but they remained free, staying in motels in Royal Oak.
A Royal Oak police officer investigates at the home where Nancy Dailey was found dead last month. Alan Wood and Tonia Watson have long criminal histories and were suspected of credit card fraud a month before the slaying, but they remained free, staying in motels in Royal Oak.

Detroit Free Press Staff
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                   Victim: Nancy Dailey, 80, had her hands bound and throat slit.

Ex-cons-raised-alarms-before-chilling-Royal-Oak-killing” alt=”Suspects: Alan Wood, 48, and Tonia Watson, 40, could be charged Monday.” Suspects: Alan Wood, 48, and Tonia Watson, 40, could be charged Monday.Ex-cons-raised-alarms-before-chilling-Royal-Oak-killing” alt=”Alan Wood and Tonia Watson were staying in Royal Oak motels and wandered neighborhoods, offering to do work for money. Police searched Room 103 at the Seville Motel on Woodward, where the couple reportedly stayed in October. A month later, Nancy Dailey was killed in her home. Family members said she hired the duo to do yard work. They were “staying in Royal Oak motels and wandered neighborhoods, offering to do work for money. Police searched Room 103 at the Seville Motel on Woodward, where the couple reportedly stayed in October. A month later, Nancy Dailey was killed in her home. Family members said she hired the duo to do yard work.Michael McCulloch, 54, lives behind the Seville Motel and encountered Wood and Watson in late October. They told him they were homeless and asked for a ride to another motel, and he agreed. Wood asked where they could find work. McCulloch suggested buying rakes and offering their services.A month before an elderly Royal Oak woman was brutally killed in her home, a parolee now suspected in the slaying was called in by his parole officer and police, who say the ex-con was caught on store surveillance video using a stolen credit card.

Instead of violating his parole, authorities turned Alan Wood, 48, loose and told him to return in four days because the parole officer hadn’t yet viewed the surveillance video.

Wood never showed.

Four weeks later, prosecutors say, Wood and another parolee — Tonia Watson, 40 — tied up 80-year-old Nancy Dailey and slit her throat during a robbery at her home.

Wood and Watson are in the Oakland County Jail and are expected to be charged in Dailey’s death as early as Monday, according to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

The two drifters, who were staying at motels in Royal Oak, had been wandering the city’s neighborhoods for weeks in search of work.

That’s how they met Dailey, according to family members, who say she hired them do yard work.

Alan Wood had attacked woman he met at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting

In 1989, he attempted to rape a woman he’d met in Narcotics Anonymous. It was their second date, and after dinner and drinks, the woman asked to be taken home.

Instead, he turned into a dark alley in Royal Oak and attacked her, grabbing her hair, bending back her thumb and trying to get her pants off, according to court records. The woman escaped from the car and ran to a nearby house. Wood later pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal conduct, a 10-year felony, but was sentenced to seven months in the county jail and 24 months of probation.

“It was one of the most terrifying things that ever happened to me,” the woman told the Free Press in a recent interview. “I barely knew him, and it turned ugly fast.”

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