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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Showers, storms could bring heavy downpours & gusty winds

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:39 AM

Multiple chances for showers and storms today in the Dayton area.

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  • Few showers and storms this morning
  • More showers and storms this afternoon/evening
  • Strong storms possible Friday

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TODAY: More showers and storms are likely at times today. There will be breaks for some dry time, but periodically through the day we will have showers and storms move through, including the evening commute home. 

“Heavy downpours and gusty winds will be our biggest concern, but overall the severe threat is not very high”, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

Highs today will be in the upper 70s.

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TONIGHT: The chance for a few lingering showers or storms continues overnight. Temperatures drop into the middle to upper 60s.

FRIDAY: More showers and storms, some of which could be strong to severe, are likely, especially later in the afternoon into the evening hours. Highs peak near 80 degrees.

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SATURDAY: A few lingering showers are expected, especially for the first part of the day. We should dry out later in the day with highs reaching the upper 70s. 

SUNDAY: A mainly dry day with a stray shower or storm possible. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies for the day with temperatures approaching the mid-80s. 

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1 dead, 1 suffers life-threatening injuries after shooting in Dayton 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:24 AM

Shooting on Norman Avenue in Dayton

One person has died and another is at an area hospital with life-threatening injuries after a shooting on Norman Avenue early Thursday morning.

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Officials say the two victims, only described as a male and female in their 40s, were found with gunshot wounds in the 30 block of Norman Avenue around 1:15 a.m.

The female victim was pronounced dead on scene, while the male was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

There is a suspect in custody that detectives are questioning, according to police. 

A neighbor who called 911 reported the male victim was shot first. The female victim went inside, and the neighbor heard an additional shot.

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The neighbor said the suspect was sitting on the porch with a gun. Police confirmed the suspect had been walking around the area with a gun. The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken into custody without incident.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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Woman crashes after driving wrong-way onto I-675 ramp in Miami Twp. 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:04 AM

A woman crashed her vehicle after entering an I-675 on ramp going the wrong direction early Thursday morning.

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Officials responded to the area of southbound I-75 at the northbound 675 on ramp in Miami Twp. around 12:25 a.m. on reports of a crash, initial reports indicate.

Authorities say the area is a construction zone with only one lane, which could have been a contributing factor to the wrong-way entry onto the ramp. No other vehicles were involved.

The woman did suffer injuries believed to be non-life threatening and will reportedly be taken to the hospital by her family. 

Officials did not say if the woman will be cited. 

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Semi drivers getting stuck at U.S. 127 road closure in Preble County

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:59 AM

Semis getting stuck on U.S. 127 at road closure

People living near a road construction project along U.S. 127 say drivers are ignoring road closed signs.

There are dozens of signs along U.S. 127, including one in Eaton that gives a 4-mile warning of the road closure ahead.

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Shelly Rowland’s house is just behind some railroad tracks, where her family shares a quiet street with a half dozen other homes. There’s only one way in, and one way out.

“That kind of isolates all of us down here on Old Camden Pike and on Brower Road,” she said.

Twice in the last 24 hours, the family’s way out has been blocked.

Brower Road is the last opportunity for drivers to turn around before hitting the construction closure on U.S. 127. But semis often can’t make it over the steep grade of the train tracks to turn around.

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Rowland said this is dangerous, “I mean that’s our only way out, Brower Road on 127.”

She said one of her neighbor’s called 911 Wednesday afternoon, but medics were not able to access their street.

“The life squad actually had to carry the person on a gurney over the railroad tracks around the stuck semi to get to the ambulance that’s parked on 127,” Rowland said. 

Law enforcement arrived quickly to make sure the rail was shut down. 

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But with two children, the Rowlands said they are concerned about what their options would be if a semi blocked their path during an emergency. 

“If an accident happens with the semis and we’re cut off —which happened twice today, two hours at a time — what do we do? Nobody can get through,” she said. 

The Rowlands said there is plenty of signage, but now they hope law enforcement can make sure trucks are turning around sooner than they have been.

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