Recovery housing key to reducing OD deaths, county group says

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Recovering drug users Sarah Northrop-Fowler, Andrew Leadford and Cory Kabara (right), all discussed the importance of recovery housing Thursday at a Community Overdose Action Team monthly update. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Chris Stewart
Recovering drug users Sarah Northrop-Fowler, Andrew Leadford and Cory Kabara (right), all discussed the importance of recovery housing Thursday at a Community Overdose Action Team monthly update. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF(Chris Stewart)

Overdose deaths in Montgomery County are at the year’s lowest level — about 40 a month — after hitting a high of 80 in May. Now, a community team working on the problem believes a key to reducing the number further is through longer-term recovery housing, which can lower the odds of relapse.

Experts say drug addiction doesn’t end after a month or two in a treatment program. To keep recovering addicts from going back to their old friends and habits requires a transition from treatment back into jobs and the community.

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Cory Kabara, 33, spent nine months in a treatment program and now credits his continued sobriety to the structure provided by a recovery house in a local neighborhood.

“Every single day of the week, we have something to do,” Kabara, a Lima native, said. “At first it can seem overwhelming, but there’s a plan behind it – learning how to deal with life in a positive way … and helping others in the process.”

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Recovery houses located in residential areas is a focus of faith-based organizations, nonprofits, some private citizens and the state of Ohio through county drug boards.

Joshua Recovery Ministries, where Kabara is now a house steward, operates four Dayton-area recovery houses, some of which are supported by the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS).

In all, the ADAMHS board is affiliated with seven providers operating nine local recovery houses with the ability to serve 30 women and 25 men.

“A safe place to recover is vitally important,” Helen Jones-Kelley, ADAMHS’ executive director, said. “Recovery housing relies on peer support and building a mindset and supportive network that individuals can take with them as they transition back into the community.”

Sarah Northrop-Fowler battled addiction for more than half her 31 years. During that time she divorced, lost custody of her son, served time in prison and was brought back to life twice with Narcan, the overdose reversal drug.

“I was homeless, penniless, hopeless. A truly walking, lifeless shell,” she said.

Residing in a Lighthouse Project recovery house has helped her live the last 10 months free of drugs, Northrop-Fowler said.

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The peer-supported arrangement is not to be confused with a group home, Jones-Kelley said. The housing is designed for those well along in their recovery to provide a safe environment supportive of abstinence and help connect residents to community services. The houses are also meant to build structure and routine and to promote life skills development aimed toward employment.

But not everyone approves of recovering addicts living next door.

A group that purchased the Branch of the Vine Church in Miamisburg for recovery housing met resistance this summer by some nearby residents. In 2016, fire engulfed a house on Berwyck Avenue in Harrison Twp. as it underwent renovations to house recovering addicts.

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“I just ask that you be open-minded in considering the benefits that the cities and schools and our children and the once-broken homes could gain while allowing those like myself the opportunity to become clean,” Northrop-Fowler said.

Northrop-Fowler, Kabara and another man in recovery housing, Andrew Leadford, 34, all made the case for the need for recovery houses on Thursday at a Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) update to the community.

Since 2014, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services has invested resources to bring online more than 1,000 recovery housing beds statewide, said spokesman Eric Wandersleben.

“Expanding access to housing remains a key priority and is considered a core tenet of the long-term recovery paradigm,” said Wandersleben.

The latest biennial state budget includes more than $25 million for recovery-oriented system of care that incorporates vital supports housing, peer services and employment as part of the acute care model. In Montgomery County, about $789,000 of Human Services Levy funding is spent for recovery housing matched by federal and state funds, said Jones-Kelley.

Giving a recovering addict a place in the housing comes at a lower cost than jail, according to a 2013 state study. One report showed a per-tenant savings of $29,000 compared to not putting them in housing.

Last year, 4,050 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Fentanyl and extremely potent related synthetic opioids were involved in 58 percent of the deaths. In Montgomery County, 349 people died during 2016 from overdoses, 251 due to fentanyl or analogues.

“I know this epidemic is troublesome to say the least. But there’s so much hope,” Kabara said. “I’ve seen guys come into Joshua Recovery Ministries with nothing – I swear to you nothing but the clothes on their back – and they leave with the custody of their kids.”

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:17 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 eastbound Ramp to I-75 south, Lane closure on the ramp Oct. 19 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to Us 35 east
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 south between Needmore Road and Stanley Avenue, Nightly lane closure Oct. 18 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 
  • US 35 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street, Nightly lane closures Oct. 19 - 20 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 eastbound Ramp  to I-75 north, Nightly RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 19 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to the turnaround a Edwin C. Moses and head back onto I-75 north.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 
  • SR 705 between McClure Road and North Kuther Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 16 - 19. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 119 to SR 66.

Deputies respond to a shooting in Harrison Twp. 

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:02 AM

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported shooting that occurred late Tuesday night, according to initial reports.

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The incident occurred in the 4300 block of Fair Oaks Road around 11:55 p.m.

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Officials continue to investigate the details.

We will update this story as it develops. 

Slow warming trend to get underway

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Warmer temperatures are expected in the Dayton area over the coming days.

Clear skies and seasonably cool weather is expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 40s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clear, not quite as chilly tonight
  • Slow warmup over next few days
  • No rain until late Sunday

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Warmer Mornings(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

DETAILED FORECAST

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Wednesday: Expect lots of sunshine. Temperatures will rebound to near 70 degrees by late afternoon.

Long-range Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

>>Warming trend continues; lower temperatures arrive next week

Thursday: More sunshine is expected through the day. Highs will reach into the lower 70s.

Friday: A few high clouds will arrive, however skies will remain mostly sunny. Highs will reach well above normal, into the lower to middle 70s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures will start the weekend with highs in the middle 70s. 

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Sunday: Clouds will be on the increase, mainly late in the day. It will become breezy and mild with highs in the middle 70s. There is a chance for showers by late evening or at night.

Teen pleads not guilty in death of half-sister, Carroll HS student

Published: Saturday, July 08, 2017 @ 12:28 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 9:45 AM

Jason Tidwell appeared via video conference during an arraignment hearing in the shooting death of his half-sister Mackenna Kronenberger. (MIke Campbell/Staff)
Jason Tidwell appeared via video conference during an arraignment hearing in the shooting death of his half-sister Mackenna Kronenberger. (MIke Campbell/Staff)

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m. (July 18)

Jason D. Tidwell pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including murder in the shooting death of his half-sister Mackenna Kronenberger, during his arraignment hearing Tuesday morning. 

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Tidwell’s bond was set at $1 million. 

Jason Tidwell appeared via video conference during an arraignment hearing in the shooting death of Mackenne Kronenberger. (Mike Campbell/Staff)

Dylan Angel, a man previously jailed but released and uncharged in this teen’s death, is back in Montgomery County Jail. 

Angel is in Montgomery County Jail on an unrelated charge of possession of drugs, from an incident on Bickmore Avenue in Dayton, according to a police report. No other narrative is available from the July 17 incident report.

UPDATE @ 6:46 a.m. (July 18)

Jason D. Tidwell, the half-brother of a teenage girl shot to death in Dayton, is scheduled to arraigned today. 

Tidwell was indicted in Montgomery County for murder, tampering with evidence, felonious assault, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and weapons under disability.

RELATED: ‘Do the right thing,’ friend of slain Carroll student’s message to those not cooperating with police

UPDATE @ 4:24 p.m. (July 13)

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said a grand jury declined to indict Dylan M. Angel in this case “due to insufficient evidence.” He will be released from jail. 

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“The investigation determined that the defendant (Jason D. Tidwell) had been in a fight with another 18‐year‐old, Dylan M. Angel. Gunshots were fired, and one of the shots entered the home of the victim and killed the defendant’s stepsister,” according to a press release from Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

Tidwell remains in jail on $1 million bond. 

UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m. (July 13)

The half-brother of a teenage girl shot to death in Dayton has been indicted in the case.

Jason D. Tidwell was indicted in Montgomery County for murder, tampering with evidence, felonious assault, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and weapons under disability. He will be arraigned July 18.

The grand jury ignored charges against Dylan M. Angel in this case.

This report will be updated.

EARLIER REPORT

The family of a 14-year-old Carroll High School student who was killed by a stray bullet is planning to have a public visitation and private funeral for the slain teen by the end of next week.

Funeral arrangements for Mackenna Kronenberger are being handled by the Tobias Funeral Home Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton Xenia Road.

Kronenberger was killed when a stray bullet fired in front of her house struck her while she was inside during the early morning hours of July 5. Police said she was an innocent bystander.

Two males are facing murder charges — Mackenna’s half-brother Jason Tidwell and Dylan Angel, both 18. Police said the pair were fighting in front of the house on Morse Avenue when each fired shots at each other.

A fund to help defray the costs of funeral expenses has been set up and donations can be made by visiting Carroll High School’s website.