Monday, May 15, 2017
Katie Wendell of Dayton Daily News reminds us that somehow the registrant status of nursing home residents is bigger news than the shooting of three people there
Based on the timeline of events by the same news outlet, it seems the shooter had a prior relationship to one of the victims, none of whom were the residents. Thus, their statuses are irrelevant to the story, because their only involvement in this story is being at the place where the crime occurred. It reminds me of the news stories focusing on the registrants in a trailer park rather than the non-RSO killer in the Aliahna Lemmon case.
I spared Katie a Shiitake nod last year on her nursing home article, but this one just can't be ignored.
What we know about the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville
Nearly half the small home’s residents are registered sex offenders.
By Katie Wedell
Updated: 12:46 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017 | Posted: 10:53 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2017
Kirkersville — The Pine Kirk Care Center nursing home in Kirkersville is a small facility of 24 beds. It had 23 residents at its last inspection by the state.
The Kirkersville Police Chief and two employees of the home were killed today when a gunman entered the nursing home and them killed himself.
The home is rated as average for health and fire safety inspections and nursing levels on Medicare.gov’s Nursing Home Compare tool, which compiles inspection reports of licensed nursing homes from each state.
In late 2016, when the Dayton Daily News did an investigation into sex offenders living in Ohio nursing homes, there were 10 residents living at Pine Kirk who were on the Ohio sex offender registry. Their crimes ranged from gross sexual imposition to rape of children.
Some crimes were decades old, while others occurred within the past 10 years.
A search of the registry today showed there are currently nine residents who are registered sex offenders.
There was also a complaint inspection done at the home a year ago after one resident hit another resident with a cane, resulting in the victim being admitted to the hospital intensive care unit.
Pine Kirk has not received any federal fines or denials of Medicare payments in the past three years, according to the Medicare page.