CLEVELAND

Hospital confirms emailing

private patient information

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital has confirmed that an employee sent a group of patients an email Feb. 28 that included “personally identifiable information.”


“The email contained information related to a new departmental billing policy,” according to a news release from the hospital. “While the email message itself did not contain any specific health information about any patient, the nature of the message implied all recipients receiving the message shared the same medical condition. UH has mailed letters to notify each individual who may have been affected.”


In all, 847 emails were included in the group message, according to a UH spokesman.


 

Man charged with rape

at bus stop outside arena

Police said a sex offender raped a 30-year-old woman at a bus stop outside Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Cleveland.com reports.

Rodney Hollis, 34, is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $250,000 bond after his first court appearance Thursday.

Hollis, who is facing a rape charge, attacked the woman about 10:45 p.m. April 2 at the bus stop near the stadium, according to court records.

The woman told police that Hollis walked up to her at the bus stop and the two talked, according to a police report released Monday.

She said Hollis grabbed her throat and choked her, police said. The woman told police she lost consciousness during the attack.

Hollis spent eight years in prison after pleading guilty in 2005 to the kidnapping and attempted rape of an 8-year-old girl, according to the website. In that case, Hollis is accused of shoving the girl to the floor, pulling her clothes off and trying to sexually assault her as she played in her bedroom, according to court records.

He was ordered to register his address with the county sheriff annually for 20 years as part of his sex offender classification.

 

COLUMBUS

State law takes effect

on marriage at age 17

A new state marriage law prohibits children under the age of 17 from marrying in Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News reports the law took effect Monday. It raises the minimum marriage age to 18 for both parties, but allows 17-year-olds to marry if they meet certain requirements. They must have juvenile court consent and go through a 14-day waiting period. The law also says the age difference between the parties cannot be more than four years.

The measure was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Jan. 8.

Previous state law allowed females to marry at 16 and males to marry at 18. It also allowed Ohioans younger than those ages to marry if they had judicial and parental consent.

 

GREEN

Group will hold seminar

on swimming pool safety

The Fair Housing Advocates Association will hold a seminar about safety and swimming pool rules that do not discriminate against children at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Green branch library at 4046 Massillon Road.

The seminar is for tenants, landlords and others interested in fair housing responsibilities.

 

STOW

Officials provide update

on plans for city center

City officials on Monday gave a brief update on the early plans for the construction of an amphitheater and the installation of a play trail at the city center site near the corner of Graham and Darrow roads. They noted the proposal is no longer being called "a downtown plan."

“It’s a city center plan," emphasized Linda Narstedt, director of the city’s parks and recreation department. "We have realized that a lot of people have opposition to downtown [with] the buildings, bars and all of that. We moved away from that plan.”

Stow Mayor John Pribonic added that when people hear the word “downtown,” they envision “traffic congestion [and] buildings.”

Money is being raised to cover the cost of the amphitheater and the play trail. The amphitheater is projected to cost $400,000 and the play trail from $250,000 to $300,000, officials said. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Professor will discuss

constitutional clauses

University of Akron emeritus law professor Will Huhn will give a talk titled "The Constitution's Pardons, Foreign Emoluments and Impeachment Clauses" at noon April 18.

The talk will be in Room 281 of the C. Blake McDowell Law Center at 150 University Ave.

The interactive program will allow audience members to assume roles and re-create the framers' discussions at the Constitutional Convention. Delegates included Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

 

GateHouse Media Ohio, Cleveland.com, Associated Press