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

Thursday, 24 September 2015 11:44

Akron Marathon Series Gets New Sponsor

Just about a day before the big race, the Akron Marathon has announced a new five - year partnership with Akron Children's Hospital. The new relationship would give the hospital title beneficiary rights to the race series. That means beginning in 2016, it will be known as the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series.

In a news release, officials say it gives the hospital "the ability to enhance the sponsorship and fundraising aspects of the race series."


(News Release) – On the eve of its 13th race, the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation announced today at its annual VIP event that it has agreed to a five-year partnership with Akron Children's Hospital – an institution celebrating 125 years of serving the community.

The partnership gives the hospital title beneficiary rights to the race series, which will be known as the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series beginning in 2016. It allows Akron Children's the ability to enhance the sponsorship and fundraising aspects of the race series.

"We couldn't ask for a better partner to help us achieve our goals of growing the sport of running and promoting a healthy lifestyle," said Anne Bitong, Akron Marathon President/Executive Director. "We're extremely proud to have 'Akron Children's Hospital' on the name of our race series. They have been a pillar of the community for more than a century and are well-known and well-respected in the region."

Akron Children's has been a sponsor of the Kids Fun Run since its inception in 2003, and supported the race series in numerous ways, including providing volunteers race weekend, staffing water stops and offering incentives to its employees who participate in the race. This year, the hospital is the race's preferred charity, allowing runners to make a donation or raise money individually.

"We are grateful to have the generous support of the marathon, the runners who are raising money for the hospital and the greater Akron community in helping fulfill our mission at Akron Children's," said Bill Considine, President and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital. "The runners and our patient families share many qualities, including strength, endurance and determination. We have been proud to sponsor the Kids Fun Run and look forward to our new role in this signature community event."

Known as the Rubber City Race Series in 2015, the Thirsty Dog 8k & 1-mile (June 27) and Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k (Aug. 15) both sold out their 3,000-participant caps. Combined with this weekend's expected turnout of roughly 15,000 competitors in the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay and Kids Fun Run, the series should eclipse more than 20,000 participants in its inaugural year. The series dates were developed to help guide runners through a typical training schedule leading up to the marquee events. The 2016 events will be held June 25, August 13 and Sept. 24.

About the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation
The Rubber City Race Series is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a non-profit group founded in 2002 to provide a world-class marathon and other events that promote health and fitness, stimulate the local economy, galvanize the community and benefit charitable organizations. This year will mark the 13th running of September's marquee event (Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay and Kids Fun Run), which has grown by more than 300 percent since its inception in 2003. The series featured new race dates in June (8k & 1-Mile) and August (Half Marathon & 10k), providing greater opportunity for participation on all levels in the sport of running. Additional information on the series is available at or by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786).

About Akron Children's Hospital
Ranked among the best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Akron Children's Hospital is the fastest growing children's hospital in the U.S. according to Modern Healthcare. We own and operate two pediatric hospitals in northeast Ohio and more than 80 primary and subspecialty care locations. We have the second busiest emergency department in the state and perform more pediatric surgeries than any other hospital in northeast Ohio. With more than 800,000 patient visits each year, we've been leading the way to healthier futures for children and communities through expert medical care, prevention and wellness programs since 1890. Learn more at

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:41

West Point Market Looking For New Home

The signs are up at West Point Market in Akron. The store will be saying goodbye to its Wallhaven location at the end of this year, but the company is already focused on the future.

"We're currently looking for a new home," said West Point Market CEO Rick Vernon.

The new home could possibly come to the Fairlawn, Montrose or Bath area -- but the decision hasn't been made. Vernon said the new store would be about half the size of the original location and is expected to built in the next 8 to 12 months.

The future location will feature some of the company's signature items -- including West Point's Killer Brownies.

Whole Foods will replace West Point Market and a developer is expected to build two other retail buildings on the property.

West Point is still looking for to hire seasonal employees help to close out the year.

Previous Coverage:

Yes, Whole Foods Is Coming To Akron

West Point Development - Interest Before The Plans

UPDATE West Point Market Closing, New Store To Open

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 12:36

DEA Wants Your Drugs

This is a good week to clean out your medicine cabinet.

Many local agencies are teaming up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration this weekend to offer a safe way to get rid of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

There will be a number of drop-off locations set-up on Saturday, September 26 for National Drug Take Back Day.

Last year, Summit County collected about 192 pounds of pills.

To find a drop-off location near you, visit

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 07:54

One Dead In Copley Crash

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning crash that left onbe person dead in Copley.

The crash happened on I-77 southbound near the SR-21 ramp shortly before 5 a.m.

Troopers report Sydney C. Hanlon, 21, of Ridgewood Road in Akron, was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer when she drove off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment, rolling over multiple times before she was ejected and pinned under her vehicle.

Troopers said Hanlon was not wearing a seat belt. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.

Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Akron police are investigating several robberies that happened over the weekend.

Akron police are looking for two people who allegedly robbed the Dollar General store on North Main Street Friday morning. One suspect reportedly walked in with a handgun and jumped over the counter before taking some cash with him. Another suspect was reported as a lookout.

On Friday evening, police say a 29-year-old woman was robbed while sitting inside her car at a South Arlington Street laundromat. She told police a man opened her car door and attempted to grab a bank envelope containing $600 in cash. The man allegedly threatened to kill the woman before fleeing with the money.

About 24 hours later, two men told police they were robbed at gunpoint while sitting on a porch on Adkins Avenue by a man wearing a Halloween mask around 6 p.m. The alleged robber took $100 in cash and shot one of the victims in the hand before fleeing. The victim was taken to Akron City Hospital with non life-threatening injuries .

Akron police are looking for another robbery suspect who targeted a 17-year-old boy in a car. The teen told police he was sitting in his car after playing basketball on Clinton Avenue when five teenagers approached him, one teen pointing a handgun in the victim's direction. The group took the boy's cell phone and $230 in cash before fleeing in a blue Chrysler Pacifica.

On Sunday night, police say they found a 26-year-old man on the sidewalk along Roslyn Avenue with several gunshot wounds to his upper torso. He was taken to Akron General Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim says he was shot after he got into an argument with a man who goes by the nickname of Ti Chi. The suspect fled in a red SUV.

Only a vague description of the suspects were released.

Friday, 18 September 2015 12:16

Bicyclists Struck By Pick-Up Truck, One Killed

A Canton man has been identified as the bicyclist who was killed after he, along with four others, was struck by a pickup truck in Brecksville.

NewsChannel 5 reports 33-year-old Matthew Billings of Canton died at the scene of the crash. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports five people were riding their bikes when they were hit on Snowville Road.

Two people were taken by helicopter to hospitals and three others suffered minor injuries.

The crash is still under investigation. 

On the web:

Friday, 18 September 2015 05:56

LeBron Shows Support, Love For UA

LeBron James is publicly showing his support to the University of Akron and President Scott Scarborough. He posted a picture of himself on Instagram, sitting in front of a blackboard with his foundation's "I Promise" signature phrase, along with the University of Akron's new logo that includes UA's tagline "Ohio's Polytechnic University."


The blackboard also includes "Nothing is given, everything is earned" and "We are family."

Last month, the LeBron James Family Foundation and UA announced a partnership that would offer students in the foundation a chance to attend college for free after graduation.

UA has been in the spotlight recently after announcing a $60 million budget shortfall that led to the elimination of more than 200 positions and the baseball program.

Previous Coverage:

LeBron Gives Full UA Scholarship To Foundation Kids

Thursday, 17 September 2015 12:53

Akron Zoo Gets AZA Accreditation

The Akron Zoo is celebrating the news that it has been granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They were first accredited in 1989 -- and have to reapply every 5 years.

"There's about 2,500 animal holding facilities in the United States, but only about 10 percent of those meet the highest standards possible," said Akron Zoo spokesman David Barnhardt.

The accreditation means the zoo meets the highest standards and demonstrates that it's dedicated to protecting animals and educating visitors.


(News Release - Akron Zoo) The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced yesterday that the Akron Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA's independent Accreditation Commission. The announcement was made at the AZA's annual conference in Salt LakeCity, Utah.

"Only zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums," said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. "By
achieving AZA-accreditation, Akron Zoo demonstrates that it is dedicated to protecting species and educating its visitors about the natural world."

To be accredited, the Akron Zoo underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.

"Our staff & volunteers work very hard to provide the best possible care for the animals we are so passionate about and an inspirational experience for our guests," commented Akron Zoo President & CEO Doug Piekarz. "We are honored to be recognized as one of the top zoos in the country in the areas of animal care, education, conservation and more."

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution's operation, including animal care; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and other areas. Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA's independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied.

Threatening messages posted on social media after a fight near Cuyahoga Falls High School Tuesday afternoon led to the arrest of a juvenile and extra police patrols in the area for the remainder of the week.

Cuyahoga Falls police say five kids were involved in the fight following an verbal argument Tuesday afternoon. Only minor injuries were reported.

The next morning, police received information regarding online threats and text messages targeting Cuyahoga Falls High School. Officers later arrested the juvenile they say is responsible for the threatening messages. The juvenile was taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police are still investigating the incident and are adding extra patrols in the area for the rest of the school week.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:28

77-Year-Old Killed In Medina County Crash

State troopers are investigating a fatal crash that happened Wednesday evening in Medina County.

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol say Catherine Damm, 87, of Blacklick, Ohio, was driving on Station Road near SR 303 when she failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming commercial truck. She was taken by life-flight to Cleveland Metro Hospital with serious injuries.

The passenger in the car, Eleanore Miller, 77, of Medina, was pronounced dead at the scene.