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Facility owner may appeal closing after murder

As police search for her drifter brother, the owner of a Wilkinsburg personal-care home is weighing whether to appeal the revocation of the facility’s license.

The state shuttled Quinerly Personal Care Home’s 22 residents to other facilities Thursday, about two weeks after Yvette Quinerly’s brother, Ronald Coleman, 46, vanished.

Police want to further question Coleman, a former manslaughter convict who’s wanted on a 2001 rape charge, in the recent beating death of an East Liberty woman. They say Coleman had been living at the home. The body of Carolyn Rankin, 49, was found Sept. 5 in the basement stairwell of an abandoned building behind the home.

Based on evidence gathered at the scene, police still are investigating whether Rankin was killed on the Quinerly home grounds and then dragged to the adjacent property, state Welfare Department spokeswoman Stacey Ward said Tuesday. Allegheny County homicide detectives could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Ward said the decision to yank the home’s license was linked in part to the Rankin case and Coleman.

“It is our intent, because of the event that took place, to close the home,” she said.

The revocation isn’t connected to the home’s inspection record, Quinerly said. Inspections of the facility have always “gone very well,” she said. Reports from unannounced inspections conducted since Rankin’s killing could be released later this week, Ward said.

“The main thing was the perception of an unsafe environment for the residents that Ronald Coleman put them in,” Quinerly said.

Police questioned Coleman at the home Sept. 5 and 6, but have been unable to track him down since. Quinerly also says she hasn’t seen her brother since police last questioned him.

“I haven’t talked to him, haven’t seen him, and I do not know his whereabouts,” she said yesterday as she packed boxes at the home.

Welfare Department officials cited “serious concerns for (residents’) health and safety” when they cleared the Quinerly facility last week. Quinerly has 30 days to appeal the revocation.

“My family and I are trying to pull things together,” she said. “I’ve received information on the procedure for filing an appeal to get our license back, and I’m working toward that direction.”

Quinerly says her brother performed odd jobs at the facility, but did not live there. Because he was not a regular employee, Quinerly said she did not conduct a background check.

Coleman served 17 years in a New York prison on an involuntary manslaughter conviction. He was released in 2000, and a year later was charged in a Wilkinsburg rape.

The recent inspection record of the Quinerly home, where residents ages 23 to 92 were housed, was marked by a few deficiencies that the facility quickly resolved. Inspectors in May found three broken chairs, a cluttered storage area and a closet ceiling that needed to be repaired. All those problems were fixed by the time inspectors returned June 11.

Quinerly has operated the Wilkinsburg home for the last two years. She also operated a personal-care home in Millvale for 13 years.


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