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

A Kent State student is one of three artists in the final round of a competition to search for the best cover of Taylor Swift's hit single, "Shake it Off."

Marina Strah of Westlake uploaded an acoustic version of the song in the competition. Television and radio host Ryan Seacrest is hosting the competition on his website. You can cast your vote online, once every 12 hours. The winner will be announced Monday, Oct. 20.

On the web: www.ryanseacrest.com

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:04

Police Searching For Robbery Suspect

Akron police are asking for the public's help to identify a man accused of robbing a bank at gunpoint Tuesday. The robbery was reported at the PNC bank in the 800 block of West Market Street.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 27-36 years of age, 5'-09" - 5'-11", and weighs around 140-175 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie with white lettering, a black stocking cap and dark pants.

Police said the man is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

11:12 a.m UPDATE: I-76 at Barber Road is now open.

Previous Coverage:

Barberton police report a box truck fire has forced officials to close I-76 eastbound at Barber Road. Crews were called to the scene to put out the truck fire shortly before 9 a.m.

All lanes are closed while crews clear up the area.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 06:41

High School Football Scores

High School Football Scores - Oct. 10, 2014

Hoban 28 --- Mentor Lake Catholic 21

Canton Central Catholic 56 --- Barberton 14

Canton McKinley 37 --- GlenOak 7

Crestwood 40 --- Ravenna 20

Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 35 --- Parma Padua 3

Ellet 53 ---- Kenmore 0

Field 38 --- Kent Roosevelt 31

Garfield 56 ---  North 12

Green 42 --- Cloverleaf 7

Highland 45 --- Tallmadge 13

Hillsdale 39 --- Rittman 18

Hudson 17 --- Solon 10

Indian Valley 49 --- Manchester 36

Jackson 37 --- Northwest 8

Lake 28 --- Perry 14

Mayfield 31 --- Stow 28

Medina 41 --- Shaker Heights 7

Mentor 21 --- Brunswick 14

Mogadore 48 --- Rootstown 9

Nordonia 52 --- Copley 19

North Canton Hoover 17 --- Boardman 0

Parma 33 --- Cuyahoga Falls 20

Springfield 27 --- Coventry 21

Strongsville 34 --- Twinsburg 13

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 11:27

Stolen Car Chase Ends In Arrest

A stolen car chase ended with an arrest late Monday night in Canton. Police say they noticed a stolen car that was running through a stop sign on 6th Street SW. A cruiser followed the car as more units were called to the scene, but that didn't stop the 18-year-old driver. He fled at a high rate of speed, failed to stop at another stop sign, and then attempted to make a turn causing his car to crash into a garage.

Still - that didn't stop the driver. He fled on foot and the driver of a car spotted him jumping over a fence. He was soon captured and is now facing a a list of charges including receiving stolen property and fleeing and eluding.

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(Facebook Post - Canton Police) On Monday October 6th at 2315hrs one of our officers spotted a stolen vehicle traveling south on Park Ave SW from 2nd St SW.

Since your in a stolen vehicle what do you do? You drive with only your parking lights on and you blow through the stop sign at 6th St SW to draw more attention to yourself.

The officer continued to follow the car while other units were dispatched to assist. While following the vehicle they turned north on Park Ave SW went through the turnaround and continued south.

At that time other officers arrived in the area and the officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver then fled west on 2nd St SW at a high rate of speed failed to stop or slow at the stop sign at Harrison Ave SW and attempted to turn the wrong way (south) onto Raymont Ct SW. Due to his speed he crashed into a garage. He then got out of the car through the drivers side window and fled on foot.

Officers began to search the area when a 2 man car spotted him jumping over a fence on the west side of St. Joseph's.

The Officers pulled the cruiser over and the passenger officer gave chase. After a short run the suspect was captured and charged.

Receiving stolen property (felony)
Fleeing and Eluding (felony)
Resisting arrest.

To the Officer who is easily over 40 well done on catching the 18 year old.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:23

Detectives Arrest Toilet Cam Suspect

Detectives say they've arrested the man accused of using a cell phone to secretly record video in a women's restroom at Portage Country Club. Akron police report 32-year-old Curtis L. Von Tacky of Akron was taken into custody Tuesday morning at his home by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Von Tacky is accused of placing a cell phone in a stall in the women's bathroom of the country club on September 28. He was arrested and booked into the Summit County Jail.

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Previous Coverage:

Country Club Toilet Cam

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:56

Court Turns Down Latest Prade Appeal

Former Akron police captain Doug Prade is still waiting to find out if he'll be granted a new trial for the 1997 murder of his ex-wife.

The Ninth District Court of Appeals has decided that it will not reconsider its previous decision that the new trial ordered by Judge Judy Hunter in January 2013 was not a final order. The Summit County Prosecutor's Office announced the news Tuesday morning. That means that the case will now return to Judge Christine Croce and she'll decide whether he'll get a new trial. Judge Croce will either re-enter the order for a new trial as a "final order" or deny Prade's motion for a new trial.

Prade has a hearing set for this Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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(Prosecutor's Office) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that the Ninth District Court of Appeals has determined it will not reconsider its previous decision

The case now returns to Judge Christine Croce to either re-enter the order for a new trial as a "final order" or deny Prade's motion for a new trial. Prade also has the option to appeal the Ninth District Court of Appeals decision to the Ohio Supreme Court.

A hearing has been set for Thursday, October 9, at 1:30p.m.in Judge Christine Croce's Courtroom. To view entire Journal Entry follow http://bit.ly/1rfbqK6.

Kleckner Elementary School in Green appears to be serving the same purpose as it once had three years ago when it closed its doors for good.

The Green Fire Department and the Summit County Sheriff's Office have been using the building as an education facility, training firefighters, paramedics and deputies.

Firefighter and paramedic Jason Brian with the Green Fire Department was involved in the four-day training session focused on how to prepare and deal with a possible building collapse.

"It's very important that we know how to safely shore up the building to protect ourselves as we're going in and trying to rescue an individual who may be trapped or injured."

The fire department isn't the one taking advantage of the vacant school building. The Summit County Sheriff's Office and local police departments in the area have also used the building for training opportunities.

It's not hard to tell that the building has remained vacant since Kleckner closed its doors in 2011. Broken windows and graffiti have hidden some of the memories students, teachers and staff created inside the building over the school's history.

"It has had a purpose, even though maybe from the outside that purpose hasn't been apparent," said Julie McMahan with Green Local Schools.

Recently, the City of Green Zoning Committee approved the parceling of the land to separate the bus garage from the school building. The school district will keep the bus garage, but sell the building.

Friday, 03 October 2014 10:43

Plain Twp: Man Struck, Killed By Vehicle

A man is dead after he was struck by a car while crossing a Middlebranch Avenue NE in Plain Township. The Stark County Sheriff's Office reports a vehicle struck William Stover Davis Jr. while he ran across the roadway around 4:30 this (Friday) morning. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Further details were not released.

The crash is still under investigation.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:23

Gas Prices Under $3?

We might see some happy drivers this weekend and into next week. The Akron area and the Great Lakes region could see gas prices under $3 per gallon.

That's according to Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy.com. He says some stations in Ohio and Indiana have already dropped the price. It's all thanks to a slide in crude oil prices, falling demand, and a big drop in corn prices.

"We don't even get the chance of $2.99 until, usually, mid or late November," said DeHaan. "So this is really early."

DeHaan says the price drops could happen as soon as this weekend (Sunday night). Other motorists may have to wait several more weeks for the price to come down.

Despite the possible drop under $3 bucks a gallon, DeHaan said price spikes could appear soon after the drop.

"You see those price increases when, basically, retailers have dropped their prices, essentially, too far and they have to raise their prices," said Dehaan "Because, either, they have no gasoline margin, there's no profit left in gasoline for them; or if wholesale prices go up."

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(Press Release - GasBuddy.com) Great Lakes states will likely see more stations dropping their prices under $3/gallon in the weeks ahead as crude oil prices take a beating amidst global economic concerns, falling demand, and a huge drop in corn prices.

Some states in the Great Lakes, such as Ohio and Indiana, have already seen prices at some stations drop under $3/gallon, but as crude prices continue their slide, motorists may soon see $2.99/gallon return to a pump near them. Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota are on the cusp of seeing such prices, and while some motorists could see such prices by the conclusion of the upcoming weekend, other motorists may have to wait a few weeks longer for the decreases to drip down.

For motorists who don't want to wait for average prices to drop under $3/gallon, they can find cheap gas prices using GasBuddy's free smartphone app, which will show them the lowest prices in their area, or anywhere they choose.

Specific major cities in the Great Lakes that could see some prices under $3/gallon in the coming week:

Michigan: Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo
Ohio: Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton
Indiana: Indianapolis, South Bend
Minnesota: Minneapolis

"With oil prices sliding, I know a lot of motorists are giddy at the prospect of the first local gas station dropping under $3/gallon. It seems like it has been a long time, and indeed, it has been close to a year since prices dropped this low," noted GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan.

"While it's not unusual for prices to drop under $3/gallon in the autumn, this year it appears prices are likely to drop to that level several weeks before it happened last year, which simply means motorists will be spending less, freeing up more of their hard earned money."