The iOpener: Four NEO Nursing Homes on List of Problem Homes; Women Assaulted During Pride

A nurse guides an elderly woman down the hall.
A nurse guides an elderly woman down the hall. [Gagliardi Photography /]

Good morning, iOpeners. It's Wednesday, June 5, 2019. It's early June, but the humidity this morning makes it feel like it's August.

Four Northeast Ohio facilities are among nearly the nearly 400 nursing homes identified in a U.S. Senate report as having a “persistent record of poor care.” Hudson Elms, Canton Christian Home, Eliza Bryant Center and Fairlawn Rehab and Nursing were on the list, which was made public Monday by Pennsylvania Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey. They said these facilities were not included in a shorter, public list of nursing homes that get increased federal scrutiny and warning labels. The senators said they weren’t selected for the extra scrutiny because of budget constraints. Eliza Bryant CEO Danny Williams said they've fixed their problems, but under the federal system, they continue to live under the shadow of those incidents.

Police in Cleveland say a vendor selling items downtown during last Saturday’s gay pride parade and festivities assaulted a 33-year-old woman, knocking her unconscious in front of her wife and five kids. Theo Bishop of Maryland is charged with felonious assault. His bond was set at $5,000 Tuesday. Michelle Trickey tells Bishop punched her in the face while she was haggling with him over the price of the bracelets and flags he was selling. The executive director of the LGBT Community Center, which hosts Pride in the CLE, said Bishop had no affiliation with the event.   

The head of special investigations for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office says the county’s recent murder indictments against imprisoned serial killer Samuel Little in the deaths of two Cleveland-area women decades ago is an act of accountability and justice. Richard Bell said it’s also important for the victims’ families.  The 78-year-old Little is currently serving a life sentence in California State Prison. Cuyahoga County prosecutors say Little confessed to strangling Mary Jo Peyton in 1984 and Rose Evans in 1991. 

The Cleveland Indians connected for four home runs on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night at Progressive Field. Francisco Lindor hit two of them for his 10th career multihomer game. Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers had back-to-back homers, with Bauers’ shot traveling 439 feet. 

Weather forecast: Cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms developing, mainly after 3 p.m. Some storms late this afternoon have the potential to bring hail and gusty winds. High 78. Tonight, rain continues into the late evening. Low 59. Tomorrow, a slight chance of showers in the early morning. Cloudy through mid-morning then gradually clearing. High 70.

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