Thursday, February 20, 2014


Former A Forever Recovery employee Michael Daunora, shown at left in a Porter County, Indiana mugshot, is finally going to have his day in court.

Daunora's jury trial is scheduled to begin March 24 at 1:00pm at the Porter County courthouse in Valparaiso, Indiana. Daunora's final pre-trial conference is set for next Friday, February 28, at 9:00am.

On October 13, 2013, Joshua Scott called Valparaiso police to report someone breaking into his home. Police found two flatscreen televisions in Scott's backyard, and collected information on two possible suspects.

Travis Talley, Porter County mugshot
After a search of the area, officers located Daunora and Travis Talley, both of Valparaiso, and arrested them on charges of Class B felony burglary. Talley was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Officers processing the burglary scene reportedly noted a strong odor of marijuana in the house on West Street and saw assorted drug paraphernalia. After getting a search warrant, they found more than 2.5 pounds of marijuana and approximately $10,000 in cash in the house, according to the police report. Scott had more marijuana in his vehicle, police said at the time.

Joshua Scott, Porter County mugshot
Scott was arrested on two Class D felony charges — dealing marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, and for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Scott, who on December 17, 2013 violated a condition of his pre-trial release, is currently in custody awaiting his March 24 jury trial.

Miss Fortune has followed Daunora's story, writing about his journey from court-ordered "student" in April through his arrest in October.

In my November 4 post, I revealed that although A Forever Recovery's Per Wickstrom maintained publicly during a June 17, 2013 Wright Township Planning Commission meeting that "graduates of the rehab program must return to their community and remain sober for 90 days before they can apply to BDR for employment", that so-called "restriction" apparently didn't apply to A Forever Recovery and Daunora.

In addition, official Wright Township Planning Commission meeting minutes indicate Wickstrom asserted that while there could possibly be residents who are there in lieu of jail time "BDR does not knowingly accept court-ordered residents or sex offenders".

Michael Daunora's case appears to show those statements by Wickstrom omitted important information about the business practices at his rehabilitation facilities.

According to his official Porter County Superior Court records, Daunora's March 28, 2013 sentencing order for a case that included possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (generic Xanax) stated he would be allowed to "travel to inpatient treatment". While in jail, Daunora completed a chemical dependency and addiction program offered to Porter County jail inmates by Valparaiso-based Porter Starke Services.

On April 4, 2013, Daunora's travel permit was granted, and shortly after he entered A Forever Recovery in Battle Creek for inpatient treatment.

In May 2013, Daunora's probation was officially transferred to Michigan.

And on June 20, 2013, Daunora updated his Facebook page to reflect his status as an "employee" of A Forever Recovery.

Miss Fortune will continue to follow this case, and bring you more news as soon as it breaks.

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