Here are today's headlines from around Northeast Ohio, including a Medina County animal gas chamber that may be put up for auction, a pain relief for metastatic cancer patients and an arrest in Akron using new facial recognition software.
FACIAL RECOGNITION: Two of three suspects in Akron's first homicide of the year have been arrested, one of which was identified using Ohio's new facial recognition software, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. This is the first time Akron police have used the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway database, or OHLEG, to identify a homicide suspect, rather than just deceased people. Akron police are still looking for third suspect Ronald L. Bishop. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
CANCER: University Hospitals Case Medical Center released results of a study that shows that cryoablation therapy, or freezing cancer cells, can relieve pain for metastaic cancer patients, according to The Plain Dealer. Cryoablation therapy uses a probe guided through the skin and freezes the cells with liquid nitrogen. In the study, patients scored an average of 8 out of 10 on a pain scale before treatment, and scored 3 out of 10 after treatment. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
DRUG SWEEP: Alliance police arrested 40 people in a drug sweep Tuesday, 38 of whom were Alliance residents, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The sweep was a result of warrants from several separate drug investigations. Most of those arrested were charged with drug trafficking. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
CLEVELAND SHOOTING: Geoffrey Gurkovich, the Cleveland man accused of shooting and killing 5-year-old Jermani Brooks and injuring her 33-year-old mother Noni Brooks Sunday, pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder Thursday, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group. Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Charles L. Patton, Jr. set Gurkovich's bond for $5 million. The victims and two other children were sitting in a parked car on Crossburn Avenue when a gunman got out of his SUV and opened fire, shooting both Jermani and her mother in their heads. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
GAS CHAMBER: In response to Medina County's plan to auction off its animal shelter's gas chamber on the Internet, an anonymous county resident has offered $10,000 for the chamber to be destroyed, according to the Plain Dealer. The donor specified that the money would have to be used to care for cats at the SPCA. The gas chamber is considered "excess property" since the county stopped euthanizing animals with it last year as a result of public outcry. Medina County commissioners have been made aware of the offer. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.