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

Monday, 09 March 2015 11:44

APD Looking For Kidnapping Suspect

Akron police are looking a 28-year-old man suspected of kidnapping his three-month-old daughter .

Police said they were called to a domestic violence issue Sunday morning in the 600 block of Indian Trail. The victim at the home told police that Deandre Baskerville of Brown Street walked into her house through an unlocked garage door. He took their child, a two-month-old girl, and left after an argument.

Akron police confirmed the child was returned to her mother on Sunday afternoon.

Akron police have signed an arrest warrant for Baskerville on charges of kidnapping and burglary.

Baskerville was last seen driving away in a burgundy Buick Envoy.

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

 

Monday, 09 March 2015 10:20

Babby Inks Deal For Suns

Akron RubberDucks owner Ken Babby has officially announced that he has purchased the Jacksonville Suns. This is the second Minor League Baseball franchise that Babby has acquired. He purchased the Rubberducks in October 2012.

Babby released a statement following the news stating that he remains "deeply committed" to the city of Akron and the Rubberducks.

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Press Release: (AKRON, OHIO) March 9, 2015 – This morning, Akron RubberDucks owner Ken Babby's purchase of the Jacksonville Suns was announced. The following is his statement regarding the purchase and his continued commitment to the city of Akron and all of Northeast Ohio:

"I remain deeply committed to Akron and the RubberDucks. I have made Akron my home and I feel part of this community. I'm excited about Akron's future and thrilled to be part of its momentum. I look forward to strengthening the RubberDucks connection to Northeast Ohio, and continuing to make Canal Park the epicenter of affordable, family fun. We have a lot of fun planned for the 2015 season and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on Opening Day (April 9, 6:35 p.m.)."

Wayne County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a 24-year-old inmate who walked out of a hospital with an IV needle still attached to his arm.

Authorities said Jericho Hill of Akron was arrested on Feb. 20 on charges that he had violated conditions of his probation. On March 2, Hill was taken to Wooster Community Hospital for treatment. He was released by the court on a signature bond with the understanding that Hill would return to jail upon his release from the hospital.

Just two hours after signing the bond, Hill left the hospital without permission.

Authorities said Hill was not under the direct supervision of any law enforcement officers at the time that he left the hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 330-287-5701.

Friday, 06 March 2015 05:23

VIDEO A Bite Around Town

The sign says "little donuts" -- but it really should include some fine print that also says "big in flavor." 

It's small in size, but these cake-inspired donuts are topped with just about everything you can think of, including your favorite cereals. 

Peace, Love and Little Donuts is nestled inside a pizza shop in North Canton on South Main Street, where owner Chris DeFazio focuses on bringing his customers an experience and a reason to come back for more.

The donuts are smaller than your average breakfast donut, but when the toppings stack up, you understand that there's nothing small about the flavor. The donuts are made fresh daily and fried quickly to form a crunchy outside and a fluffy inside.

Defazio opened the shop after learning about his friend's success when the first Peace, Love and Little Donuts bakery was launched in Pittsburgh.

More information: www.peaceloveandlittledonuts.com

The home opener for the Indians on April 10th -- has sold out.

The game against the Detroit Tigers sold out in 11 minutes, making it the 23rd consecutive home opener sellout.

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(Press Release - Cleveland Indians) The Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday morning that the team's Home Opener, on April 10 vs. the Detroit Tigers, has sold out.

The game sold out in 11 minutes, marking the 23rd consecutive home opener sellout and the 22nd at Progressive Field, which opened in 1994.

Since the Indians in 2009 moved the initial on-sale date to Spring, Opening Day sellouts have become official on March 30 (2009), April 8 (2010), March 24 (2011), March 15 (2012), February 25 (2013) and March 3 (2014).

Fans wishing to attend 2015 Opening Day – marking the club's 115th as a charter member of the American League – still can secure tickets a couple of ways.

· By purchasing a full Season Ticket package. Season Ticket Holders once again will save over 40% on average of Single-Game ticket purchasers in 2014. Only those purchasing a full Season Ticket package will receive Opening Day tickets.

· By attending one of the team's Spring Training Opener Watch Parties later today. The Indians will host Watch Parties at 3PM at Melt Lakewood, Barrio Downtown and Sweet Moses, to celebrate those restaurants' presence in the new Right Field District at Progressive Field in 2015.

Monday, 02 March 2015 10:09

APS Moving From 'Days' to 'Hours'

Akron Public Schools is moving forward with the plans to switch the district's calendar from days to hours in order to add extra calamity days to the school year.

The Akron School Board passed a resolution last week that would change the current school calendar from "days" to "hours" to align with new state regulations, which sets a minimum number of hours that each grade level is required to complete.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, school districts, joint vocational school districts and chartered nonpublic schools must be open for instruction for a minimum of:

- 455 hours for students in half-day kindergarten;

- 910 hours for students in full-day kindergarten through Grade 6; and

- 1,001 hours for students in Grades 7-12.

But some schools, like Akron Public Schools, are in session for more than the minimum number of hours required. The extra number of hours they're in session -- translates to about 19 snow days for high school students.

Superintendent David James said the calendar switch would add 12 snow days to the calendar for elementary students and 22 days for middle schools. The move would add more flexibility on how the district decides to make up work, including the use of blizzard bag days and online homework.

James says even though they're in good shape so far this year, he'll still consult with teachers to discuss whether or not students have spent enough time in the classroom.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:35

Sykes: "It's A Win For Us"

The efforts of Akron City Council members and local leaders to change the language in an amendment in the state's transportation budget bill has paid off.

State Representative Emilia Sykes says the language in the legislation that would ban cities from requiring contractors to hire a certain number of local residents for projects will be removed.

"So, ultimately it's a win for us at this moment. We were able to get the language out and we can resume as we were going to proceed," said Sykes.

Akron City Council members traveled to Columbus to testify against the bill at an Ohio House Finance Committee hearing Wednesday morning.

"We're not out of the clear yet, but we jumped over the first hurdle. It was a major hurdle. We had a very strong showing and I'm very excited for us. I'm excited for the city of Akron. I'm excited to keep fighting for them."

The city of Akron is moving forward with the goal of hiring Akron residents to do at least 30 percent of the work in the city's Combined Sewer Overflow project.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:23

DAP Looking For Pop-Up Retailers

Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is launching a new "pop-up" retail initiative to help fill vacant storefront buildings. It's a temporary solution that DAP hopes will result in long-term success in the city. 
 
"It takes a lot of wok to start a business," said Kimberly Beckett, director of business relations with DAP. "So the more we can help with that process, the better and, hopefully, the more successful they will become."
 
Beckett said the project will provide resources and information to help match business owners and entrepreneurs with property owners who have available storefront space. 
 
Tenants will be selected in April following an application process. Retailers are then required to open in May with a six-month lease.
 
Deadline to apply is Friday, March 20, 5 p.m. 
 
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:13

CAK Teams Up With Allegiant Air

Allegiant Air is teaming up with Akron-Canton Airport to offer three new non-stop flights to Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida.

CAK Vice-President Kristie Van Auken says the new air carrier will be providing low fares for round trip tickets - but there's a reason why they can go so low.

"If you want to bring a bag with you or if you would like a soda or cocktail on the airplane, those are going to be extra fees," said Van Auken.

Non-stop service to Hilton Head and St. Petersburg will be available in May. Service to Myrtle Beach will begin in June.

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(Press Release - Allegiant Air) Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces new, non-stop jet service on 22 routes, including a new destination in the Allegiant network -- Savannah / Hilton Head, Ga. To celebrate, the company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with up to $500 off* vacation packages and one-way fares as low as $29**.

"We are pleased to announce this expansion and bring new convenient, low-cost vacation options to five new communities, as well as new destination options for those communities we currently serve," said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company senior vice president of planning. "Allegiant is dedicated to making vacations more affordable for more people, offering travelers the lowest possible base fare and the best deals on vacation packages."

To celebrate its expansion of its unique brand of low-cost, leisure travel, Allegiant is offering all travelers up to $500 off vacation packages. Travelers can visit www.allegiant.com/SAVE500 to take advantage of the company's biggest sale ever. For 48 hours, customers can receive the following discounts:

For vacation packages totaling

$1,500 or more, use promo code SAVE500 to save $500
$900 or more, use promo code SAVE300 to save $300
$600 or more, use promo code SAVE200 to save $200
New routes announced include:
Seasonal Nonstop Service to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) from:

1. Cincinnati, Ohio - begins June 4, 2015 with fares as low as $64**

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

1. Little Rock, Ark. - begins June 4, 2015 with fares as low as $89**

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Telluride, Colo. via Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) from:

1. Los Angeles, Calif. - begins June 5, 2015 with fares as low as $54**

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) from:

1. Akron / Canton, Ohio - begins June 3, 2015 with fares as low as $63**

2. Clarksburg, W. Va. - begins June 5, 2015 with fares as low as $44**

3. Indianapolis, Ind. - begins June 4, 2015 with fares as low as $48**

4. Orlando, Fla. - begins June 4, 2015 with fares as low as $29**

5. Pittsburgh, Penn. - begins June 5, 2015 with fares as low as $50**

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Oakland International Airport (OAK) from:

1. Omaha, Neb. - begins May 1, 2015 with fares as low as $72**

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) from:

1. Akron / Canton, Ohio - begins May 21, 2015 with fares as low as $58**

2. Cincinnati, Ohio - begins May 8, 2015 with fares as low as $60**

3. Columbus, Ohio - begins June 4, 2015 with fares as low as $57**

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from:

1. Concord, N.C. - begins May 8, 2015 with fares as low as $34**

2. Memphis, Tenn. - begins May 22, 2015 with fares as low as $66**

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

1. Brownsville, Texas - begins June 4, 2015 with fares as low as $85**

2. Memphis, Tenn. - begins May 22, 2015 with fares as low as $80**

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

1. Boise, Idaho - begins June 5, 2015 with fares as low as $43**

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

1. Memphis, Tenn. - begins May 22, 2015 with fares as low as $42**

2. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. - begins May 7, 2015 with fares as low as $54**

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

1. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. - begins May 7, 2015 with fares as low as $53**

Year-Round Nonstop Service to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

1. Akron / Canton, Ohio - begins May 21, 2015 with fares as low as $38**

2. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.- begins May 6, 2015 with fares as low as $44**

Tickets for all routes are now available. Flight days and times and the lowest available fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

Allegiant differs in many ways from other U.S. airlines. The company is focused on low-cost, nonstop leisure travel, providing customers with low base fares while giving passengers the option to pay for the amenities they want, like luggage, seat assignments and priority boarding, without including the cost of things they don't need in the price of the ticket.

Allegiant's innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one plane and one route 16 years ago, to offering access to low-cost, nonstop travel over 100 communities nationwide, more than any other domestic low-cost carrier. Allegiant also offers discounts on vacation packages, including hotels, rental cars and attraction tickets, through its website Allegiant.com.

Over the years, Allegiant has carried over 43 million passengers, and the company continues to grow, offering more nonstop service in more communities. In 2014, Allegiant announced service in six new cities and added 25 new routes to its network, at a time when many airlines are consolidating and cutting service. The company recently announced its 48th consecutive quarter of profitable operation while keeping its average one-way fare under $100.

*About the promo codes:

The air+hotel package discount is valid for new reservations on any Allegiant route with round trip airfare and hotel accommodations on the same reservation. Use the promo code SAVE500 to receive $500 off an air+hotel itinerary of $1,500 or more; SAVE300 for $300 off an air+hotel itinerary of $900 or more; and SAVE200 for $200 off an air+hotel itinerary of $600 or more. Limit one promo code per reservation. Must be purchased by Feb. 25, 2015 for travel between Aug. 1, 2015 and Nov. 3, 2015.

**About the promotional one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Feb. 25, 2015 for travel by Nov. 3, 2015. Price displayed reflects purchase by debit card; purchase by credit card subject to surcharge not to exceed $8 each way per passenger. See Allegiant.com for details. For optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com. Additional restrictions may apply.

Monday, 23 February 2015 11:54

Salt Shortage Hits Local Cities

The rough winter season is leaving some local cities with low salt supplies.

The city of Green is moving forward with its alternative snow and ice removal plan as they wait for a new shipment of salt.

"This week we're anticipating 500 tons of salt to arrive in 100 ton increments everyday, as well as 750 tons that was on backorder," said Paul Oberdorfer, city service director. 

The city of Stow is dealing with the same issue. Stow officials are working to conserve its salt supply. They will ensure that there is enough road salt to treat main roads, hills, curves and bridges. In the meantime, Stow will use a liquid de-icing agent to make up for the salt deficit.

There's still a good amount of salt available in the city of Akron, but Public Works Manager Jim Hall did admit that this has been a rough winter season for the city and surrounding areas.

"I believe we committed to around 37,000 tons of salt for the year and that would give us a plus or minus of about 20 percent," said Hall. "We are in the upper end of that spectrum."

Hall says this season has been a little tougher than the past few years, but he's hoping they'll still have a good amount of salt left for next year.