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

Friday, 14 November 2014 09:06

A Bite Around Town: PizzaFire

They call it the "Chipotle of Pizza" for a reason.

PizzaFire is a casual, fast-fired pizza restaurant in Akron and the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio.

Is it possible to get a fresh, fast and authentic Neapolitan pizza in three minutes or less? Yes, according to CEO Sean Brauser.

Brauser is not new to the pizza world. He's also the CEO and founder of Romeo's Pizza. He wanted to create a new restaurant that gives people the option to create their own pizza with their own toppings. Brauser says they have 40 different toppings to choose from including a variety of cheese and sauce options.

PizzaFire also features 72 Margherita pizzas per day. Each pizza is made with authentic 00 Neapolitan dough, fresh mozzarella, basil, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil and parmigiano reggiano.

 

Friday, 14 November 2014 07:50

Good Samaritan Pays A Price

Abbi Dobson says she was just being a Good Samaritan. Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis also believes Abbi was trying to do the right thing, but says she was still breaking the law.

Dobson, 18, of Akron, was helping to rescue a cat struck by a car along Portage Trail near Northampton Road. She pulled over to the side with her emergency lights on and walked into the street to help the animal. That's when a truck struck her, throwing her over the hood and knocking her unconscious .

"I got taken to Akron City [Hospital] and then the next morning, I don't remember much of it, but the cop came and handed me my ticket," Abbi said.

That ticket was for jaywalking.

It's not the type of news Abbi wanted to hear considering the pain she was in and the fact that she was unable to eventually help the cat.

Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis understands why Abbi made the decision to walk into the street to save the injured cat, but he says an officer's job is to enforce the law.

"We looked to see if the driver made any errors," said police chief Jack Davis. "If the driver had committed any violations, the driver would have been cited. In this case, it was a pedestrian that officers felt created a violation that caused the accident and that's why she was cited."

Davis doesn't want his department and the officer involved in the case to come across as "heartless." He stressed that the officer was sympathetic and concerned about Abbi's well-being.

"She wasn't penalized for trying to help an animal. She could've contacted the police department who would have sent an officer out there to check on it. Unfortunately, her actions caused an accident."

Abbi entered a no contest plea Thursday afternoon. She says she would have entered a not guilty plea, but she didn't want the case to drag out for a long period of time. She was found guilty, but didn't have to pay the fine. Abbi was just left to pay $60 in court costs.

Jerry Dobson, Abbi's father, said he respects the department's position on the case, but still wishes it could have played out differently .

"I respect their decision," said Jerry. "They have a job to do, for sure, and I can imagine what the lady felt like that her. That's not easy to live with, but why make a bad situation worse is my point. I think at some point there has to be a judgment call by whoever the officer is on site."

Davis hopes the public understands that the department's actions in this case was not meant to penalize Abbi for her good deed, but meant to uphold the law when investigating an accident.

"I get what she was doing. We do understand people have compassion for animals. We do," said Davis. "Our officers have compassion for the people. This was just part of the job that he had to do that night."

Abbi is still recovering from her injuries caused by the accident and is dealing with vision problems, possibly caused by the concussion. She still hopes to move forward with plans to become a veterinarian in the future.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:03

24-year-old Shot, Killed In Akron

Akron police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man who was shot multiple times Thursday night.

According to police, the shooting happened in the 1100 block of Diagonal Road around 6 p.m. The victim was shot multiple times following an argument and a struggle with another man outside a home.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy today.

The victim's identity is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family.

Stark County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a double homicide after two people were found dead inside a home in Waynesburg.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office reports deputies received a 911 call requesting a welfare check at a residence in the 6000 block of Fairhill Street SE.

Both victims were found in the home, in separate rooms, with gunshot wounds around 5 p.m.

Deputies have identified the victims as 83-year-old Kenneth Bittnger and 97-year-old Helen Dobransky.

Further details haven't been released.

The deadline to apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus is approaching for those who served in the Iraq War.

To be eligible for the bonus, veterans and Ohioians serving in the war must have been boots-on-the-ground in Iraq from March 19, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2011. There's just a little over a month left to apply for the bonus. The deadline is December 31.

Since the end of October, the program has paid more than 84,453 applications that add up to more than $68.3 million in direct payments.

More information: www.veteransbonus.ohio.govveteransbonus.ohio.gov

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(Ohio Department of Veterans Services - Press Release) Our state and nation will mark Veterans Day tomorrow. In Ohio, this occasion is an appropriate time to reach out to all Iraq War veterans and make sure that they have applied for the Ohio Veterans Bonus – the deadline for those who served in Iraq is Dec. 31, 2014.

To be eligible for this component of the Ohio Veterans Bonus, eligible veterans and Ohioans serving on active duty must have been boots-on-the-ground in the country of Iraq from March 19, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2011.

"The time is growing short for Iraq veterans to claim the Bonus, and we want to make sure that everybody who's eligible has had the opportunity to apply," said Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Tim Gorrell. "We've had great support across the state from veterans telling other veterans about it, in our county veteran service offices, our veterans' organizations, individual veterans, and the families and friends of veterans. There are so many of us who have a connection to a veteran, and I'm asking everybody in Ohio to tell those who've served about the Bonus. It's a great thank-you to our veterans from their fellow citizens, and no one should miss out on it."

Through October 31, the Ohio Veterans Bonus program has paid 84,453 applications that total more than $68.3 million in direct payments. While some of these applications represent multiple periods of eligibility, service in Iraq represents 24,091 of this total, the most of any period of eligible service. In October Bonus applications for service in Iraq showed an increase of nearly 57 percent over September. Currently, the Bonus team is approving more than 135 applications each week.

The Ohio Veterans Bonus will continue to be awarded to those who served in Afghanistan, or anywhere else in the world, since Oct. 7, 2001. Eligibility for the Bonus will end when the President declares an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Overwhelmingly approved by Ohio voters in November 2009, the specific criteria for award of the Ohio Veterans Bonus is service in the Armed Forces, anywhere in the world, of more than 90 days active duty, not for training, during the periods of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. For Iraq, the eligible period is from March 19, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2011; for Afghanistan, it is from Oct. 7, 2001 through a date to be determined by the President. Eligible veterans must have been Ohio residents at the time of their entry into the service, and must be Ohio residents at the time they apply.

The Ohio Veterans Bonus is not subject to federal or state taxes. It pays $100 a month to veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, up to a maximum of $1,000. For veterans who served elsewhere, the payment is $50 a month up to a $500 maximum. Veterans medically discharged due to injuries sustained in-country can receive $1,000, plus up to $500 for months of service elsewhere.

Family members of those killed in action or who died from disease as a result of their in-country service can receive a bonus of $5,000 plus whatever the service member was eligible for, up to a total of $6,500.

Veterans needing more information or to request an application can call toll-free to 1-877-OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838) option 2, visit www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov , or visit any county veterans service office (see www.dvs.ohio.gov for an interactive map of the county offices). The Department has advertised the program extensively statewide through public service announcements on television and radio, newspaper and online ads, social media, at veterans' events, and through partnerships with veterans service organizations and other agencies. Post cards reminding Iraq veterans of the end of the Bonus were sent in June and July to veterans whose birth dates matched the likely age range of Iraq veterans.

The Ohio Veterans Bonus continues a tradition of bonuses to reward Ohio veterans that dates back to the Civil War; however, these other war bonuses are now closed.

Monday, 10 November 2014 13:11

APD: Robbery Suspect Arrested

Akron police say they've arrested a man suspected of robbing the Fifth Third Bank on West Market Street last Thursday.

Police arrested Anthony Cunningham, 26, of Seward Avenue in Akron. Police said Cunningham passed a teller a note, demanded money and fled with an unknown amount of cash.

He was taken into custody without incident and charged with robbery.

Monday, 10 November 2014 13:04

Akron Police Looking For Robbery Suspects

Akron police are looking for two men who allegedly robbed three people Saturday night. Police say two men got out of their white SUV and pointed a gun at three individuals walking on Kenmore Boulevard near 9th Street.

The suspects got away with cash, cigarettes and headphones before fleeing in the their SUV. The victims returned home before calling police.

Police describe the first suspect as a white male, 21 – 25 years old, 5'11" – 6'04", 165 – 190 lbs., with a red beard. The second suspect is described as a black male, 18 – 25 years old, 5'02" – 5'11", 150 – 200 lbs., with a black medium length afro and wearing a red Cavaliers hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.

A 25-year-old Akron man is facing a list of charges after police responded to a shots fired call near his home on Chittenden Street early Saturday morning.

Akron police report officers responded to the call and located a man leaving a house on Chittenden Street with a silver pistol in his hands.After loud verbal commands from officers, the suspect put the pistol down and was taken into custody.

During a search, officers found ecstasy pills and crack cocaine in 25-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Gurley's pockets.

The pistol was loaded with a round in the chamber and 20 rounds in the extended magazine.

Gurley is now facing a list of charges including having weapons while under disability, possession of ecstasy, possession of crack/cocaine and using a weapon while intoxicated.

Saturday, 08 November 2014 09:50

Two Dead In Three-Car Accident On I-271

A second person has died following a three-car accident in Richfield Friday night.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports that the accident happened when a pickup truck crossed over into the opposite side of traffic on Interstate 271. Multiple media reports stated Friday that one person died and two others were injured. The Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed that two people died in the crash.

The Richfield Police Department and the Medical Examiner's Office are investigating the incident. Further details were not released.

The names of the victims are being withheld until their families are notified.

Akron police are reviewing surveillance tape after a local Family Dollar store reported about eight people walked into the store and shoplifted during a protest.

Police tell the Beacon Journal that a group of people were protesting this week's shooting death of 29-year-old Raupheal Thomas who was involved in a confrontation with an Akron police officer Monday evening.

The protesters were allegedly taunting officers outside the police department Friday afternoon during their chilly, hour-long march.

The Family Dollar Store on East South Street reported that several protesters walked into the store and stole about two dozen gloves and stockings caps. Police are investigating the incident.

On the web: www.ohio.com