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Recovering addict who thanked first responders, started toy drive dies

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 4:30 PM


            Richard Matteoli holds up photos of himself before he finally went into recovery for heroin addiction. Matteoli thanked Fairborn first responders in July of this year for helping him survive his addiction. He led a toy drive that distributed gifts to local children two weeks ago. Matteoli died this week. STAFF
            Max Filby/ STAFF
Richard Matteoli holds up photos of himself before he finally went into recovery for heroin addiction. Matteoli thanked Fairborn first responders in July of this year for helping him survive his addiction. He led a toy drive that distributed gifts to local children two weeks ago. Matteoli died this week. STAFF(Max Filby/ STAFF)

A Fairborn man who had thanked paramedics for repeatedly reviving him after overdoses and who led a holiday toy drive just two weeks ago has died.

Officials at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed the death of Richard Matteoli, 41, on Monday, but they did not release a preliminary cause Friday.

MORE: Richard Daniel Matteoli’s obituary

Matteoli started Recovery Toy Drive to help children whose parents have died from drug overdoses. He called the children the “most innocent victims” of the opiate epidemic.

The drive received donations from notable local organizations, including the Dayton Dragons and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Toys were distributed Dec. 9.

RELATED: Fairborn man thanks first responders for reviving him after ODs

Matteoli himself overdosed on five or six occasions before he went into recovery. In July of this year, he publicly thanked first responders at the Fairborn Fire Department for saving his life.

He told first responders how he first became addicted to heroin and what his life was life on the drug.

RELATED: Recovering addict collecting toys for children whose parents died of ODs

Matteoli was a student at Ohio State University when he started drinking at fraternity parties and his life went “out of control from there,” he told this news organization in a past interview.

After getting addicted to heroin, Matteoli became homeless and lost touch with his family.

He entered recovery and sought to turn his life around.

He got married and rebuilt his relationship with his mother and son. Matteoli said that he was “more present in his (son’s) life today with him living 1,000 miles away” than he was with him living in town.

His wife, Leslie Matteoli, did not talk about how her husband died, but issued a statement:

“I loved my husband very much. He was a kind loving very giving man that dedicated his life to helping others. I will honor his memory and his legacy.”

Matteoli’s visitation will be at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Xenia, from 1 to 3 p.m. today.

Changes promised in wake of racially insensitive basketball jerseys incident

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:31 PM

Kings Schools Superintendent Tim Ackermann speaks about the basketball jersey incident and the resignation of board member Terry McKiernan during a school board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16. (Nick Graham/Staff)
Kings Schools Superintendent Tim Ackermann speaks about the basketball jersey incident and the resignation of board member Terry McKiernan during a school board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16. (Nick Graham/Staff)

Changes are being promised for Kings Schools in the wake of last week’s racist incident that drew national attention, but Tuesday evening district officials said details about those changes will come later.

That was the message from Kings’ leader and school board members, who took the resignation of their board vice president in the wake of some white, local teens wearing basketball jerseys that displayed racist slurs.

 MORE: Kings and Mason schools facing outcry in wake of racial incidents

The Kings Board of Education voted 4-0 to formally accept the resignation of member Kerry McKiernan, who previously cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings -- from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.

The names on the backs of the jerseys included "Knee Grow" and "Coon." The team played in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League.

McKiernan, whose son played on the now banned team that used Kings’ facilities, did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting and has not responded to requests for comment.

Last week McKiernan emotionally announced his intentions to resign, citing his failure to stop the team from wearing the jerseys during its first four games.

 MORE: Kings board member and father said he shares responsibility for failing to report racist jerseys

Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet he will soon be proposing systemic changes design to raise student, school staffers and community members’ awareness of the importance of racial and other diversity for the predominately white Warren County district.

“It’s really important to move forward and sustainable change is extremely important to us so that we can work to create a more loving, acceptable tolerant society,” said Ackermann. “We believe this is a community and societal issue around racism … intolerance, hate and bigotry and we all need to work together to make Kings the best place for all of our kids.”

He declined, however, to give details as to what district efforts are coming, saying the changes are still being studied.

“I don’t want to create something just to create something. Sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Ackermann.

Tom Squires, an African-American parent at Kings, was among the more than a dozen residents who attended the board meeting.

Afterward, Squires said the jersey incident, which has drawn national media attention, was “unfortunate.”

“We didn’t pay that close of attention as parents and we should have. We have to react swiftly and we have to make sure that people understand that this is not a district that condones that kind of thing,” said Squires, who has lived in the Deerfield Twp. school community for more than a decade.

“When you make a mistake you have to make sure you correct that mistake. Sometimes it’s not always fast but we have to make sure we make the right correction,” he said. 

“This thing (reaction to the incident) is still evolving so it’s kind of hard for me to be critical of the district. They are still trying to make the correction and I think we should give them the opportunity to do so,” said Squires.

Under Ohio school law, the board now has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new board member and agreed during its meeting to accept applications until 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.

Applications will soon be available on the Kings Schools website.

The board will then vote at its Jan. 31 meeting – after interviewing all applicants – on who will fill McKiernan’s seat through his term, which ends December 2019.

VIDEOS: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:06 PM

Meteorite spotted over midwestern states

The fireball lit up the sky Tuesday just after 8 p.m.

>>Bitter cold temperatures to continue

The dashboard cam video was shared by Mike Austin as he was driving north on I-75 near Bloomfield Hills, north of Detroit, Michigan. 

The fireball was also seen from northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario, Canada. 

It is not known whether the meteorite dissipated in the atmosphere or made it to the ground or into Lake Michigan.

Dashcam video shot by WWMT/Kalamazoo photo journalist Zack Lawler in Battle Creek, Michigan.

MONTAGE: Beams of light caused by meteor in Michigan

Fireplace embers ignite house fire on Kensington Drive in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:39 PM

Kensington Drive fire

UPDATE @ 10:49 p.m.: Burning embers that jumped from the fireplace onto something combustible led to the house fire on Kensington Drive, Dayton Fire Battalion Chief Barry Rose said. 

The resident started the fire and then left the house. He was not injured, Rose said. 

Rose estimated the damage to the structure and contents at $10,000.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on the scene of a house fire in the 1900 block of Kensington Drive in Dayton. 

We're hearing there is fire in the attic of the 1-1/2 story dwelling. Crews were dispatched about 9:45 p.m. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Coroner IDs Greenville house fire victim

We're also hearing that everyone who was inside has been able to escape without injury. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

Warren County’s Massie Twp. meeting tonight over fire department future

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:43 AM


            The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.
The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.

The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.

Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer force resigned too.

“They left us with a skeleton crew,” Trustee David Crisenbery said this morning.

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The township, home to about 1,500 residents, is on the south side of Caesar Creek Lake. The department handles emergency calls from the lake.

Since Hines’ resignation, fire and emergency calls are being handled by the remaining department along with mutual aid from fire departments in Wayne Twp., Warren County, and Chester Twp., Clinton County.

The trustees are also weighing creating a joint fire district with Chester Twp. with new levies supporting the operation.

“That is the goal,” Trustee Daryl McKinney said.

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A larger district qualifies for more grants, McKinney said.

The Massie Twp department operates on a $92,000 budget from two levies.

MORE: Beavercreek Twp. to build $2.5 million fire station

Crisenbery said the township could seek an additional local levy to fund part-time paid firefighters. Also, Hines’ replacement could be picked, Crisenbery added.

“Anything’s possible tonight,” Crisenbery said. “All options, I feel, should be on the table.”

Hines said he was working with the Village of Harveysburg on creating a fire department, taking over fire and ambulance services within its municipal limits within Massie Twp.

He accused Trustee Mark Dawson of “micromanaging” him for more than two years.

“I just got tired of it,” he said.

Dawson could not be reached to respond.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the township fire station, 10 N. Harveysburg Road.