DNA becomes critical in local criminal cases

“We’re a victim of our own success,” said Robert Budgake, director of the Canton-Stark County Crime Lab. “The advance in technology has increased the role of forensics” in detective work. Budgake said his agency has seen the number of DNA cases increase by more than 56 percent over the last six years — from 818 cases in 2004 to 1,280 last year.