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, 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

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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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.


(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 Judge Christine Croce's Courtroom. To view entire Journal Entry follow

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 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."


(Press Release - 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."

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:13

Shots Fired At Canton Store - Again

More shots were fired at the Canton convenience store where a deadly robbery took place on Sept. 22. The Canton Repository reports that police were at the Marathon station this (Wednesday) morning to survey the damage from the overnight shooting. Damage was also reported Friday night when a rock was thrown through a window. Police are still investigating.

Authorities recently tracked down the third robbery suspect, 19-year-old Darrell L. Newman, who is now facing aggravated murder and robbery charges. The other two suspected robbers, Ronnie Lawson and Antonio Gracia, were shot by a wounded store clerk. They later died at a an area hospital. The store clerk survived the shooting.

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:51

CAK: What Not To Bring

While frying pans, firearms, and peanut butter may seem like completely different items, they all have one thing in common. They're not allowed in your carry-on bags at the Akron-Canton Airport. Those items were just a few out of many prohibited items surrendered at CAK's security checkpoint in the past six months.

On Tuesday, CAK and the Transportation Safety Administration presented some of the most recent items that were found at security checkpoints including a knife concealed as credit card and brass knuckles. TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell said despite a number of warnings, passengers are still bringing prohibited items inside their carry-on bags, pockets or wallets.

"I think we've gotten into a culture of rushing when we travel and I think that's part of the problem" said Howell. "People rush, don't take a look at what they have with them in their bags and the other part of it is people trying to avoid the baggage fees with some of the airlines."

Even though an item may be prohibted to be in your carry-on, it may still be allowed in your checked luggage.

TSA officials across the nation are noticing a significant increase in the amount of firearms that are found at secutiry checkpoints. Last year, TSA officials found 1,800 firearms. About 1,400 firearms were found from the beginning of this year through August. That's a 25 percent increase in comparison to the same time last year.

There's now an app for your phone that can help you find out which items are allowed in your carry-on bags and an online search engine on And if you don't have time for that...

"Do the common sense test," said Howell. "If you held it over your head, would it cause panic on an aircraft? Or if you started swinging it around?"

For more information before your next flight click here.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:22

Akron Marathon: How To Prepare For Race Day

Just a couple of days remaining before the streets of Akron fill up with runners for this year's Akron Marathon. Race Director Brian Polen says these next few days are important in preparing for Saturday's race.

"The Thursday before a Saturday race, you're going to want to make sure that you've laid down early," said Polen. "You don't have to necessarily be asleep, but you need to be laying in bed, resting. Letting that body rejuvenate and get ready for race day."

According to Polen, the simple act of getting your outfit ready the night before race day can help make the morning a little less stressful.

And if you're wondering what's on Polen's meal plan before race day:

"For me, I'm a pasta and red sauce guy. A couple of days before a race I try to get as many good, hearty calories in my body as I possibly can."

He also advises runners to get out on the road before 6 a.m. to beat the heavy traffic, which usually begins forming about an hour before the start time.

For more tips and information, visit

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:43

Spirit Coming To Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Spirit Airlines is coming to Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

The airport announced the news at a press conference this morning. The move comes after United Airlines announced earlier this year that it was pulling its hub out of Hopkins.

Spirit will begin its service from Hopkins on January 15, 2015 to three cities and will add five more by mid-April. Flights will be available for purchase on Thursday, Sept. 25.


(Press Release - Spirit Airlines) Everyone knows Cleveland rocks! Now Cleveland can save on air travel. Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) announced today Cleveland will be the 57th city to join its route network, with new service to eight cities. Service starts on January 15, 2015 to three cities, with three more starting February 5, 2015, and two more on April 16, 2015. Think of it - new flights to warmer locales coming just in time to escape the cold this winter and the lake-effect snow that comes with it, for a lot less money than on other airlines."Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio have endured high fares long enough," said Mark Kopczak, Vice President of Network Planning for Spirit Airlines. "Spirit's super low Bare Fares™, with Frill Control™ allows customers to choose only those extras they want to pay for and gives them the most control over their travel budget. By saving on travel, our customers have more money left over for when they get there."Spirit's new flights will be available for purchase beginning Thursday, September 25, 2014.

Cleveland to/from Service Start Date Frequency
Orlando January 15, 2015 Daily
Tampa* January 15, 2015 Three Days/Week
Fort Myers* January 15, 2015 Four Days/Week
Fort Lauderdale February 5, 2015 Daily
Dallas/Fort Worth February 5, 2015 Daily
Las Vegas February 5, 2015 Daily
Los Angeles April 16, 2015 Daily
Myrtle Beach** April 16, 2015 Daily


* Indicates winter seasonal service
** Indicates summer seasonal service

"We are extremely excited to have Spirit Airlines launching new low fare non-stop service from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)," said Ricky Smith, Airport Director of Cleveland Hopkins International. "Today's announcement further establishes CLE as the preferred low fare airport in the region."

Customers can check out the crazy low fares and vacation packages available to all the destinations we fly at and also sign up to receive alerts on Spirit's email deals and offers.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:09

Akron Zoo, Hattie Larlham Unveils New Garden

Local residents will have a new way to grab fresh vegetables in the Akron area.

Hattie Larlham and the Akron Zoo teamed up about a year and half ago to create a new garden using two-acres of the zoo's land. That garden will provide residents with fresh produce that will be available to local residents every Wednesday afternoon (noon to 4 p.m.) at the Hattie's Gardens farm stand on the corner of Copley Road and Edgewood Avenue.

Dotty Grexa, vice president of vocational and enterprise services at Hattie Larlham, said the partnership with the Akron Zoo is a perfect match.

"Our missions are very aligned. We believe in the same things with sustainability, and preserving the environment and taking caring of the community," said Grexa.

The organization states that the location "achieves the zoo's goal of creating affordable, fresh produce within a food desert, a geographic area where affordable and nutritious food is difficult to obtain."

According to Grexa, it's more than just a garden. It's a way to provide more employment opportunities in the community. Hattie's Gardens is a work training program that employs adults with developmental disabilities.

The new garden will also provide fresh produce for the Komodo Kingdom Cafe inside the zoo, a 4-star, green-certified restaurant, and, in the long-term, provide food for the animals.

Discounts will be available members and visitors at the Akron Zoo.