Instagram earns night in jail in Cleveland courtroom, Akron hospital to live-tweet surgery, gun store owner sues Twinsburg: News Around Your Area

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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including an alleged drug dealer spends a night in jail for Instagramming in the courtroom, an Akron hospital that plains to live-tweet a surgery, and a gun store sues the city of Twinsburg.

STORE SUES TWINSBURG: The owner of Twinsburg Public Safety and Firearms has filed a lawsuit agains the city for damages in excess of $2 million, alleging that the city created obstacles for opening his store that did not allow him to open the store in a timely manner, according to the Twinsburg Bulletin. Law Director David Maistros said that John Dabrowski, the owner of the store, was approved for a zoning permit from the city in March 11, 2013, and hung a sign above his store in April, but was told that he didn't have permission for the sign or for the occupancy. Dabrowski applied for the sign and the occupancy permit, the latter of which was granted in early May, and Dabrowski opened in summer of 2013. Dabrowski alleges that the occupancy permit was withheld unfairly, and that the city denied his first location choice near Twinsburg Township Square in December 2012. Click here to read more at twinsburgbulletin.com.

PETA AND JEFFREY DAHMER: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has dropped its proposal to turn serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home in Bath Township into a vegan restaurant, according to the Plain Dealer. PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk sent a letter to Stouffer Realty on Friday proposing to create a vegan restaurant to "evoke sympathy for these victims and to suggest that a life-affirming diet can change everything." However, the three-bedroom house at 4480 W. Bath Road — where Dahmer killed and dismembered Coventry Township resident Steven M. Hicks and spread his remains across the property — is zoned for single-family residential use and has well water and a septic system, making it impossible for the group to open a restaurant. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.

SURGERY LIVE TWEET: Akron Children's Hospital is planning to live tweet the second cleft palate surgery of eight-month old Noor Mustafa, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The goal of live-tweeting the surgery, which will span several hours, is to alert parents to the typical experience and treatment for children with a cleft palate. Cleft palate is a congenital split in the roof of the mouth that occurs when the baby's mouth does not form properly. Those wishing to follow the surgery live can follow @akronchildrens on Twitter, or can see tweets, pictures and audio of the surgery on their blog after the surgery at insidechildrens.org. Followers are encouraged to ask questions on Twitter to be answered during or after the surgery. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

AKRON LETTERS: More than 200 University of Akron alumni have volunteered to write letters to more than 2,000 accepted students of the university in an effort to fill more seats at the university, which has seen flagging enrollment in recent years, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Jim Tressell, UA executive vice president for student success, created a group of about 800 alumni committed to outreach to prospective students called the Roo Crew last year, and more than 200 of those alumni are writing letters to students at their former high schools who have applied to UA. The university has also hired a direct marketer, offered scholarships earlier and enhanced campus visits to attract more students. Tressell said applications for fall re already up 44 percent over the previous year, but about six out of 10 accepted students typically go to another school. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

INSTAGRAM: A 19-year-old Cuyahoga County man spent a night in jail after posting Instagram photos from the Cuyahoga County Justice Center that mocked court officials as he was waiting for a pretrial, according to the Plain Dealer. Alex Sifford was in court for allegedly selling cocaine on Craigslist. Prosecutors asked that Alex Sifford's bond be revoked because the posts showed he had "a failure to appreciate the seriousness of his involvement in the criminal justice system." Several of the Instagram photos are taken in Judge Nancy Fuerst's courtroom with his middle finger extended and comments like "In court dey left me n his bitch by myself dey fishy." Sifford, who is facing charges including drug trafficking, drug possession and possession of criminal tools, requested that Fuerst consider allowing him to enter a special diversion program to avoid a felony conviction. Fuerst allowed Sifford to be evaluated for the program but indicated that she wasn't inclined to allow him to enter the program. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.

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