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

Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:35

Missing Teen Report Leads To Arrest

A missing teen report led Summit County Sheriff's deputies to the man they say had sexual relations with a 13-year-old. Authorities say the mother of the teen called deputies to report her daughter was missing.

Deputies found the missing teen as she was getting out of the car driven by Raliegh Abraham, 23, of Parma. Authorities say the two met through an online dating website and arranged a meeting with her. The investigation revealed that Abraham engaged in sexual conduct with the teen.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant with Parma police at Abraham's home and seized computers, drug paraphernalia, and stolen property.

Abraham has been charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and booked into the Summit County Jail.

Community support is pouring in after Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal in Akron decided to close its doors for good following the Ebola scare in the area back in October. A GoFundMe.com campaign aimed to help save the bridal shop has already raised more than $8,500.

Terri Crispin launched the campaign after talking to Coming Attractions Owner Anna Younker. She hopes to raise $60,000 to help Younker purchase new inventory.

"That would allow Anna to stock her store with the inventory she needs to keep going," said Crispin. "She has to make that decision by the end of the month. So if we don't get that amount, she's done."

The first check with the money raised from the campaign will be given to Younker Wednesday night. Crispin is not sure if she can raise enough money to save the business, but she hopes to help slow down the closing process.

"I'm hoping, at the very least, she won't have to lay off all of her employees if this money can help her keep them a little bit longer."

Last week, Younker announced on her store's Facebook page that they would be closing in May after not being able to recover from their financial loss following Amber Vinson's visit.

On the web: www.gofundme.com/SaveBridalShop

 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 06:19

Akron Police: 7 Injured After Chase

A child was ejected from an SUV early Wednesday morning in Akron after police say the driver led officers on a chase.

NewsChannel 5 reports officers attempted to stop the female driver for a traffic violation on Copley Road, but the driver reportedly took off with five kids and another adult in the vehicle.
Police said they called the chase off, but the driver continued to run red lights at a high rate of speed.

Police tried to stop the driver again -- but she didn't stop. She lost control, flipping the vehicle over near West Wilbeth Road. A child in a car seat was ejected, four other children, the driver and another adult were taken to the hospital. There injuries are not known at this time.

The driver was booked into the Summit County Jail on charges of child endangering.

On the web: www.newsnet5.com

 

Friday, 09 January 2015 12:16

More Than 250 Seek Shelter At Haven Of Rest

More than 250 people looking for a place to get warm ended up at Haven of Rest Ministries in Akron Thursday.

"We're anticipating as the weather even gets colder, especially on Saturday, that the number will increase," said Jeff Kaiser, executive director at Haven of Rest.

Haven of Rest has issued a "Code Zero" alert to raise awareness that the shelter is open 24/7 for those who are looking for somewhere to warm-up provide people with a warm, welcoming place to come in from the freezing cold temperatures.

Guests can come in for a hot cup of coffee and can also sign-up for a meal and/or shelter for the night.

More information can be found on www.havenofrest.org.

 

Thursday, 08 January 2015 13:08

Coming Attractions Bridal Shop Closing

The bridal shop that as at the center of the Ebola scare in the Akron area has decided to close its doors for good. Coming Attractions Bridal Shop is closing in May after not being able to recover from their financial loss following Amber Vinson's visit.

Coming Attractions employee Kayla Litz talked to WAKR's Jasen Sokol about the news.

"You know, people say 'Oh you got your dress from the Ebola store,'" Litz said. "It's a bad stigma that just hasn't seemed to go away."

Coming Attractions posted the news on their Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

No word on whether or not Coming Attractions will move somewhere else for a fresh start.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 12:39

Low Gas Prices Sticking Around In 2015?

Drivers might be able to enjoy the low gas prices a little longer as they head into 2015. According to GasBuddy.com, the average price of regular gasoline is expected to stay under $2.70 per gallon.

"Gas prices across Ohio, Akron included, may struggle to reach $3 a gallon. Of course, with prices in many areas under $2 a gallon, even the prospect of $3 a gallon sound almost impossible," said petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy.com.

According to GasBuddy.com, the amount of savings in 2015 is expected to be around $96 billion in comparison to last year.

"In fact, average households could be saving as much as $500-$800 per vehicle in fuel expenses compared to what they spent in 2014."

Although the average price of regular gasoline is expected to stay below the $3 mark, DeHaan said prices will eventually increase heading into the spring season.

On the web: http://media.gasbuddy.com/content/docs/2015forecast.pdf

A 21-year-old Akron man is facing a list of charges after police say he robbed a 19-year-old early this (Monday) morning.

According to Akron police, it happened near East Waterloo Road and South Arlington Street around 3 a.m. The 19-year-old told police he was robbed at gunpoint after walking home from a club. Police followed fresh footprints in the snow to track down the suspect.

Officers said they found the gun used in the robbery in a clothes hamper inside an apartment. Antonio L. Hearn, 21, of West Thornton Street, has been charged with aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property, obstructing official business and tampering with evidence.

Akron police say they've arrested a 16-year-old suspected of robbing a Pizza Hut delivery driver in Akron over the weekend.

Akron police report the driver was robbed at gunpoint in the 1000 block of Nadia Court. Police say the 16-year-old took the delivery driver's car keys, cell phone and money.

The teen was found with a 22 revolver that was allegedly used in the robbery.

He was charged with aggravated robbery and having weapons while under disability. He was taken to Summit County Juvenile Court.

Monday, 05 January 2015 12:55

Akron Store Robbed -- Twice

Akron police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a Copley Road store -- twice -- over the weekend.

On Friday night, police said someone armed with a silver handgun walked into Mr. Pantry on Copley Road, demanded money, walked behind the counter and pushed a store clerk.

The second robbery happened Sunday night around 6:30 p.m. Police believe the same man, armed with a silver handgun, walked in and pushed the clerk before fleeing with the cash.

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

Monday, 05 January 2015 05:29

Wayne County Teen Missing

Wayne County Sheriff's deputies are still searching for a missing 13-year-old girl who was last seen on Tuesday (Dec. 30) at her home near Burbank.

Family and friends have been out looking for Kaitlin Walters and they've started a social media campaign to find her using the hashtag "Find Ohio Kaitlin".

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.