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

Authorities are investigating the apparent drowning death of a 4-year-old girl in Trumbull County.

The Summit County Medical examiner's Office and the Champion Police Department reports Tillasia Douglas, 4, of Masury, was swimming with family member at Willow Lake, a privately operated campground, swimming and recreational facility on Mahoning Road. Life guards recovered the girl's body underwater on Monday around 5:45 p.m.

She was taken to taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital and then life flighted to Akron Children's Hospital where she later died early Wednesday shortly after 2 a.m.

The drowning incident remains under investigation. 

 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:43

LeBron Boosts Kenmore Football Team

What better way to surprise an entire high school football team than landing on the field where the kids practice. 

That's exactly what happened yesterday thanks to the LeBron James Family Foundation. The helicopter dropped off the new helmets and black and red Nike uniforms to the Kenmore football team at Lee Jackson Field.

Coach Kemp Boyd tells SociallyGood TV that the positive news is welcomed -- especially after receiving negative attention in the past due to fights and discipline problems at the school.

 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 13:18

Hundreds Of Cats Rescued In Two Months

The Humane Society of Greater Akron is experiencing what they call "critical capacity" at their Twinsburg facility after rescuing 335 cats within a two-month period.

Nearly two dozen cats were rescued following a recent hoarding case and dozens more were taken to the facility after their owner was hospitalized and no one was left to take care of the animals.

***PHSGA SEEKING HELP FOR HUNDREDS OF RESCUED FELINES***PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron is experiencing...

Posted by Pawsibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron on Monday, August 17, 2015

PAWSibilities President and CEO Diane Johnson said it's abnormal to rescue hundreds of cats in a short period of time.

The organization is offering special adoption fees: Cats (over 6 months) are only $25, kittens are only $40 (or 2 for $60) and dogs (over 6 months of age) are only $75.

The Humane Society of Greater Akron is also accepting donations to help provide shelter, food and vet care for the animals. Donations can be made at summithumane.org or can be mailed to 7996 Darrow Road in Twinsburg, OH 44087.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:43

Teen Injured In Drive-By Shooting

Akron police are looking for the person responsible for shooting a 16-year-old boy on Hardesty Boulevard.

The teen told police that someone drove by in a vehicle and fired three shots late Monday night around midnight.

The 16-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the left arm.

He was taken to Akron Children's Hospital for treatment.

No arrests have been made.

An Akron man running in this year's election for a spot on the Akron school board was reportedly charged with OVI early last month.

Former Akron council member Ernie Tarle pleaded not guilty at a pretrial hearing in Stow Municipal Court Monday morning.

Tarle tells the Beacon Journal that he didn't have too much drink when he was stopped by police in Boston Heights on July 7th.

He was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired and expired license plates.

On the web: www.ohio.com

 

Monday, 17 August 2015 12:47

APS: Teachers Wanted

A recent report out by the Dispatch newspaper shows that the Columbus district is still hiring teachers for the upcoming school year -- even after hiring more than 430 new teachers. But they're not the only district facing that issue.

Akron Public Schools (APS) is still looking to hire 20 more educators for the new school year.

"We are aggressively hiring for all kinds of positions," said APS spokesman Mark Williamson. "It's really tough to find teachers right now."

Williamson doesn't know why it's been so difficult to find teachers, but he did note that state pension changes has led to many teachers choosing early retirement -- leaving the district with more vacant positions in the district.

Click here to view the current job openings available on the district's website.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:10

"Olive Jar" Discussion Continues

There has been a lot of attention directly focused on the infamous $556 olive jar that sits in the University of Akron-owned home of President Dr. Scott Scarborough. And there are still ongoing discussions over how it ended up as one of the items purchased by an interior design company hired by the university.

The olive jar, which now has its own Facebook and Twitter accounts, has become a symbol representing the more than $950,000 price tag attached to the renovations made to the president's home as the university deals with a projected $60 million shortfall and the elimination of 213 jobs.

In an interview with WAKR's Chris Keppler last week, Scarborough said he and his wife had nothing to do with the renovations at the university-owned home. Scarborough said he told the board of trustees to make budgetary decisions before he officially started the job as university president. 

"We have recused ourselves throughout this process," said Scarborough.

Scarborough clarified those remarks while addressing the media following the board of trustees meeting Wednesday morning. The president says he was part of conversations regarding special recommendations.

"We didn't ask for anything to be done to the house," said Scarborough. "Once the board approved the contract with the individual elements, they would come back, they would present colors and make sure there weren't any obvious problems."

"They wanted to know if there was any special issues, such as allergies to cats or having in-laws live with us, but that was after the board set the budget for the renovations. Any input that we ever provided was as long as it fits within the university's approved budget."

The budget for the renovations was first reported by the Northeast Ohio Media Group in late July. The more than $141,000 budget for home furnishings, paid to Alan Garren Interiors, included the $556 olive jar.

"I have to admit, that from a budget perspective, we did not look at line-item detail." said Board Chair Jonathon Pavloff. "We approved some money to be spent for that purpose, we turned that over to a professional and that budget was met."

While private donations, allocated for the home improvements, were used to pay companies involved in the renovation project, the university had to pay $435,000 for labor to companies and university employees who worked on the home, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Around $375,000 was paid to Taylor Construction and Stathos Construction for electrical, heating, plumbing and renovations.

"The budget that was approved, seemed reasonable at the time." said Pavloff. "We didn't get into the line-item specifics of how it was allocated. So in total and as that money was designated for that purpose, it was spent for that purpose."

Previous Coverage: 

UA Protesters: "Akron Is Scarred"

Scott Scarborough: Unplugged

Eliminate UA Football: Not So Simple

UA President's House Repairs Cost More Than It's Worth

UA Planning To Cut Jobs, Baseball Program

 

Springfield Township police are looking into a suspicious death on Moonlight Drive and investigators say it may be related to another case in Doylestown.

Police believe that the possible homicide of a female is related to the suspected suicide of a male in Doylestown.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Summit County Medical Examiners Office, and Springfield Township police detectives are on scene.

Further details have not been released.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 05:36

Amber Alert Canceled

Update 5:48am: The boy was found safe in Elyria, according to Lakewood police. 

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An Amber Alert has been issued for a 7-year-old Lakewood boy who was last Monday afternoon.

AmberAlert dawn

Police said James Gibson Jr. was last seen wearing a red shirt with "PS9" on it, blue shorts, and red and black tennis shoes.

He's 3 feet tall with brown hair, hazel eyes and weighs about 30 to 40 pounds

Police believe the boy is with his mother, Dawn Gibson, 43 (Left Photo).

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

(Credit: ohioamberplan.org)

 

Monday, 10 August 2015 11:29

Medina Dad Pleads Insanity

The Medina father facing charges after his baby was found dead in his apartment has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in court Monday morning.

Eric Warfel is charged with gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Authorities said 1-year-old Ember Warfel's body was found by a cable installer in late July. Warfel is accused of putting trash in the room to cover up the smell of the decomposing body.

He's being held on a $1 million dollar bond.

Previous Coverage:

Father Of Dead Baby Indicted By Grand Jury

$1 Million Bond For Medina Father Accused In Toddler's Death