Amani Abraham

Amani Abraham

Amani Abraham is the morning web editor and also tracks morning drive traffic for 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX during weekday mornings and is a reporter/anchor. She's no stranger to AkronNewsNow.com, having worked as an intern with Rubber City Radio Group as a producer for the Daily Vodcast and other video projects.. Amani is a 2011 graduate with a Communications degree from the University of Akron, where she excelled in her work on the student radio station WZIP-FM and Z-TV, the University's television program. You can reach Amani through the newsroom 330-864-6397 or by email aabraham@rcrg.net

Update 11:58 a.m. -- (University of Akron) Power has been restored to the following buildings, and classes and labs will meet in these buildings at their normal times:

Bierce Library,
Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences,
Buckingham Building,
Goodyear Polymer Building,
Kolbe Hall,
Knight Chemical, and
Mary Gladwin Hall
Please note: There may be short, intermittent power outages the rest of the day.

Building still without power:

Bulger Residence Hall,
Orr Residence Hall,
Robertson Dining Hall,
Ritchie Residence Hall,
Spanton Residence Hall, and
Sisler-McFawn Residence Hall
Power to these buildings is expected to be restored by the end of the day Thursday. Faculty and staff members who work in these buildings should check with their supervisors about where and when to report for work.

The rest of campus is open and operating normally.

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Previous Coverage: 

Several buildings at the University of Akron have no power this morning after officials say an unmarked electrical cable was cut earlier this morning during construction work on a new tunnel between Bulger Residence Hall and Crouse.

More than a dozen buildings have been affected including:

Bierce Library
Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences
Buckingham Building
Bulger Residence Hall
Goodyear Polymer Building
Knight Chemical
Kolbe Hall
Mary Gladwin Hall
Orr Residence Hall
Robertson Dining Hall
Ritchie Residence Hall
Spanton Residence Hall
Sisler-McFawn Residence Hall

Classes in those buildings have been canceled until noon. School officials are working to relocate the afternoon classes.

UA will inform students and faculty members of changes through university e-mail. The rest of campus is open and operating normally.

Construction crews are working on a new tunnel between Bulger Residence Hall and Crouse to refeed utilities to the north quadrant of campus.

Click here for more information.

A Chippewa High School assistant principal has been charged with sexual battery after police say he was sexually involved with a female student.

NewsChannel 5 reports Matthew Hathaway, 28, was arrested in Doylestown Monday afternoon.

Details were not released, but officials said the student no longer attends the school.

Hathaway is facing three counts of sexual battery.

On the web: www.newsnet5.com

 

 

Add another nonstop flight to CAK's lineup.

Allegiant Air at the Akron-Canton Airport is adding a nonstop flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida beginning October 2nd. Flights will operate twice a week.

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(Akron-Canton Airport News Release)- Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces the addition of nonstop, low-cost jet service from Akron / Canton to Fort Lauderdale beginning Oct. 2, 2015. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering introductory fares as low as $69* one way.

For a limited time, Northeast Ohio residents can save even more on their Fort Lauderdale vacation by using promo code FLL100 for an extra $100** off an air+hotel vacation package.

"South Florida is a very popular destination for Northeast Ohio travelers, and we look forward to offering them even more low-cost travel options," said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company senior vice president of planning. "With the addition of new flights to Fort Lauderdale, Allegiant will offer Akron / Canton travelers nonstop, low-cost flights to four of the country's top vacation destinations."

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) and Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport (FLL) beginning Oct. 2, 2015. Flight days, times and the lowest available fares can be found only at Allegiant.com. Fort Lauderdale will join existing year-round service to Tampa Bay and seasonal service to Myrtle Beach and Savannah / Hilton Head.

"We are thrilled that Allegiant Air is adding nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale," said Rick McQueen, Akron-Canton Airport president and CEO. "Southeast Florida is one of Northeast Ohio's favorite destinations. It is also an important dot on our route map. Allegiant's ultra-low fares and vacation packages are sure to be extremely popular as colder weather sets in. Thanks for adding another awesome destination from CAK, Allegiant!"

Located in the center of Florida's Gold Coast, Fort Lauderdale offers the ultimate escape to sunny South Florida. Allegiant partners with more than 20 of the area's most exciting hotel properties, provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car, and offers great deals on local activities. Northeast Ohio travelers can book their entire Fort Lauderdale vacation for less by visiting Allegiant.com.

The heroin epidemic continues to thrive in cities across the country -- including in the city of Barberton. In a 48 period (Saturday and Sunday), police responded to four heroin overdoses in the city.

Barberton Police Chief Vince Morber said officers in the department have been trained to use the drug naloxone, also known as Narcan, to help save lives by temporarily reversing the effects of a heroin overdose.

"Our officers were real receptive to it as well," said Morber. "They really believe in our motto 'Respecting life, protecting people and serving our community.'"

The police department has been using the drug naloxone since March. In about a three month period, officers administered the drug 25 times.

"We deal with the day to day problems, but it's a lot. It's affecting every facet of our community."

Morber said the department works with the ADM Board and Oriana House to help send counselors to the hospital rooms following an overdose to offer assistance to those who may be suffering from a heroin addiction.

Investigators are trying to figure out what happened to two people whose bodies were found inside a house in Sagamore Hills.

Police tell NewsChannel 5 that it appears to be a murder-suicide.

A 55-year-old man and a 46 year old woman were found dead in the Orchard Grove Avenue house after neighbors became worried around 8 p.m.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has yet to release the identities of the two people inside the home.

An update will be released once autopsies are completed and positive identifications are made.

On the web: www.newsnet5.com

U.S. Marshals and Tuscarawas County Sheriff's deputies say they were able to locate and arrest a violent fugitive who has been on the run since early May.

Authorities said Michael D. Evans ,30, was wanted for failing to appear on aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges and was named as a suspect in a a homicide in Miami, Florida after a 46-year-old man was found in a pool of blood inside a motel rented by Evans and his family.

Evans allegedly went on the run with his wife, Kristy Evans, 34, and her 7-year-old daughter. He was found in Kansas Thursday night around 8 p.m.

Kristy Evans was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant out of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office for obstructing justice. The 7-year-old child is currently in the custody of children services in Kansas awaiting transfer of custody to a relative in Ohio.

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(The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive) Task Force (NOVFTF), in conjunction with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office of Ohio, have located and arrested violent fugitive Michael D. Evans.Evans, age 30, was wanted by the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges. He went on the run in early May with his wife, Kristy Evans, age 34, and her 7 year old daughter. The NOVFTF worked jointly with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office to locate Evans. It was discovered in early June that Evans was in the Miami, Florida area and was the primary suspect in a homicide that occurred at the Sunshine Inn Motel in Miami. The victim of the homicide, 46-year-old Joseph Everett Moniz, was found in a pool of blood inside a room at the Motel rented by the Evans family while on the run from the Ohio charges.The NOVFTF continued to work closely with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office and developed leads in the case. This week, the investigation led to the Kansas area and the U.S. Marshals led Kansas Apprehension Fugitive Task Force (KAFTF) was requested to assist with the investigation. Due to the collaborative effort, Evans was apprehended yesterday, at approximately 8:00 p.m. (EST), by the KAFTF at the Motel 6 located at 3404 Vine Street, Hays, Kansas. Also present in the motel room at the time of arrest were Kristy Evans and her 7 year old daughter. Kristy Evans was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant out of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office for obstructing justice. The 7 year old daughter appeared to be in good health and is currently in the custody of Children Services in Kansas awaiting transfer of custody to a suitable relative in Ohio.

Authorities were also able to recover a 2005 Audi A4 convertible with Florida Temp Tags in a Walmart parking lot near the Motel in Kansas. This vehicle is believed to be the vehicle that Joseph Everett Moniz was driving prior to his murder. Michael Evans and Kristy Evans were taken to the Ellis County Jail in Kansas to await extradition to Ohio. Investigators from Miami are in route to Kansas to continue the homicide investigation of Joseph Everett Moniz.

Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office stated, "We are relieved that this dangerous fugitive is now in custody and that this innocent young girl is now safely removed from potential harm. We worked closely with the U.S. Marshals throughout this investigation and our great team effort was a direct factor leading to the arrest. We hope to continue this relationship and ensure those that flee from justice have nowhere to hide."

The Ohio Attorney General's Office is moving forward with several initiatives aimed at helping local universities better respond to sexual assaults.

The office will offer training sessions this summer at several universities, including the University of Akron (UA) on July 30th. The initiative is focused on creating a stronger foundation to help prevent and educate the community on sexual assaults happening in and around campus communities.

"The whole idea is to make sure that the victim program that is in that county is also in that college campus," said Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine.

Dewine said it's important for universities to team up with local organizations -- similar to the campus at UA.

"The rape crisis center out in Medina County has a person on campus in Akron to help students if they're sexually assaulted ," said Dewine.

The office will also be dedicating $3 million in competitive grants for campuses to help strengthen sexual assault victim advocacy programs.

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(Ohio Attorney General's Office) Ohio Attorney General DeWine today announced several initiatives to help Ohio's colleges and universities better respond to sexual assaults.

"Sexual assault happens far too often in this country. We know it happens in Ohio, and we know that it happens on college campuses," said Attorney General DeWine. "Streamlining investigations and prosecutions and improving victim services are crucial to addressing campus sexual assaults."

DeWine made the initiative announcement at Columbus State Community College, which has been recognized for its efforts to maintain campus safety.

"I share Attorney General DeWine's commitment to providing a strong infrastructure of swift and effective response to any sexual assault or sexual misconduct on campus, and I thank him for his leadership on this issue. The leaders at Columbus State in law enforcement, student conduct and human resources have aligned our policies and procedures with national best-practices in this area, and we welcome the opportunity to become an early partner in the Attorney General's collaborative approach to addressing these critical issues," said Dr. David Harrison, President of Columbus State Community College.

DeWine announced three initiatives the Ohio Attorney General's Office would be implementing:

Victim of Crime Grants: Attorney General DeWine announced his office would be dedicating $3 million in competitive grants for campuses to strengthen their sexual assault victim advocacy programs.

Memorandums of Understanding: The Attorney General's Office has prepared resources for schools to develop agreements with law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim services providers. These plans clearly define each party's role when a sexual assault is reported, which is important since, in many cases, law enforcement investigations and campus disciplinary proceedings commence simultaneously.
Campus Sexual Assault Investigation Training: The Attorney General's Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy will be offering advanced regional trainings this summer focused on best practices for investigating sexual assaults reported to have occurred on campus. Dates and locations are:

* July 21, Bowling Green State University
* July 23, The Ohio State University
* July 27, Ohio University
* July 30, The University of Akron
* August 5, Miami University

Initiative resources, including the OPOTA course description and Memorandum of Understanding materials, are available on the Ohio Attorney General's website.

 

A local college football player is getting recognized for his talents on and off the field.

The NFL has released another list in their 15 for '15 series, focusing on the smartest college footballs players on the field.

Kent State defensive back Jordan Italiano made the list -- carrying a 3.978 GPA as a chemistry major on a medical track.

He was named a first-team Academic All-American last year and also picked up the MAC's distinguished scholar-athlete award.

Italiano is also talented on the field where he made 96 tackles and three interceptions.

Also on the list, offensive lineman Jacoby Boren with the Ohio State University.

On the web: www.nfl.com

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:12

Akron Man Wanted For Murder

Detectives are searching for a 24-year-old man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Canton man.

Akron police say detectives have signed warrants for aggravated murder and felonious assault for DaShawn Marquice Tomlin with a last known address on Howe Street. He's been named the suspect in the murder of 26-year-old Charles R. Vinson who was shot to death outside of an after-hours house near Boulevard and West Thornton streets on May 24.

Tomlin also has a warrant for aggravated robbery for an unrelated incident. More information and a picture of the suspect can be found on WAKR.net.

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(News Release - Akron Police Department) Detectives signed warrants for aggravated murder and felonious assault for DaShawn Marquice Tomlin, 24, with a last known address on Howe Street in Akron. Shortly after 3:00am in the morning on May 24, officers responded to the area of Boulevard Street and West Thornton Street for a shooting.

When officers arrived they observed a male, Charles R. Vinson, 26, of Ellis Avenue NE in Canton, Ohio, down on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. Vinson was transported to Akron General Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. The cause of death is a gunshot wound to the torso.

It appears that Vinson was shot outside of an after-hours house. Tomlin also has a warrant for aggravated robbery for an unrelated incident.Dashawn Tomlin is 5'09" and 170 lbs. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dashawn Tomlin is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous.

 

Akron police were busy over the weekend handling several shootings on Saturday. Police say a 17-year-old boy from Hartford Avenue reported that he was shot in the shoulder by an unknown person while walking near the pedestrian foot bridge on Stoner Street around 2:30 a.m.

The victim was taken to Akron General Medical Center where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

The second shooting happened Saturday morning around 11 a.m. Several witnesses told police that shots were fired by a man on foot and another man who was hanging out of a dark colored vehicle near Manchester Road and West Thornton Street. The bullets struck a house and three cars were involved in a minor accident as the drivers tried to flee the area. Only a vague description of the suspects were released.

The third shooting was reported about an hour later after a 54-year-old man was shot while walking near the intersection of Princeton and West South streets. Donald Jemison of Lake Street says he heard the gunshots before realizing that he was struck by a stray bullet. Authorities say Jemison went to the hospital before calling the police.