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

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:12

Prom Dresses Without The Price Tag

Prom season is just around the corner with many students beginning their search for the perfect prom dress. But that special night can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. That's why a local group is setting out to make the day a little easier for students searching for their dream dress.

"The average prom cost is about $1,100 right now," said Amanda Brant, founder of Ready Dress Go. "So what we wanted to do was we wanted to have an awesome community event where everyone could come together. The girls could have that high end boutique experience without the parents having the price tag at the end of it."

Brant said Ready Dress Go has already collected about 600 dresses.

They'll be creating what they call an "upscale boutique experience without the price tag" on April 10 at Relentless Church in Akron. The group is also expanding services this year with a second boutique that will open on April 25 in Portage County.

More information can be found at www.ReadyDressGo.org or www.facebook.com/ReadyDressGo

Northeast Ohioans had to say goodbye to several White Castle restaurants last year, but they're making a comeback -- at Canal Park.

The Akron Rubberducks announced a new partnership with the fast-food chain that will allow the park to sell the original sliders. It's part of their new Extreme Menu items that the team will be unveiling tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.

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(AKRON RubberDucks) – The Akron RubberDucks announced today a partnership with White Castle featuring Canal Park to sell the Original Sliders, beginning on April 7 when the RubberDucks play the Lake County Captains in an exhibition game starting at 5:05 p.m.

Family-owned, Columbus-based White Castle, offers hamburgers and cheeseburgers in retail locations around the country. Canal Park will be selling hot White Castle cheeseburgers at The Dog Pound concession stand. On the D.G. Yuengling Brewery-sponsored "Thirsty Thursdays," the sliders will be available via in-seat vending. Two cheeseburger sliders will sell for $4.

"White Castle is known for its legendary distinctive taste around the country, and now steamy hot sliders are available at the ballpark" said Jamie Richardson, White Castle Vice President. "Sliders are a natural with baseball!"

"They have been a staple in this area for a long time," said RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander. "We are excited to team up with White Castle to bring them back!"

The White Castle cheeseburger sliders will be part of the previously-announced a special Media Tasting, which will include the new Extreme Menu items for 2015, at Canal Park on Tuesday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Also at the tasting, the RubberDucks will be introducing its new craft-beer logo and menu for the new craft-beer window, which will be located on the concourse behind home plate. This will provide a great pairing for watching a ball game!

A proposal will be introduced to Akron City Council this evening to add tougher animal cruelty penalties for those who do not provide adequate shelter for pets. Akron police Sgt. Kris Beitzel will be presenting the legislation with representatives of the Humane Society of Greater Akron.

Beitzel said part of the legislation is focused on adding strict penalties for neglect -- including improper tethering or tying an animal outside in tough weather conditions.

She said the legislation will define the term "shelter " -- and what it means to provide adequate outdoor shelter for animals.

Beitzel said the legislation would change the original penalty for animal abuse from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor.

The ordinance is similar to the one approved by Cleveland City Council last year.

Baker Blvd. is just too busy after gaining national attention when LeBron James sent the bakery's cupcakes to his neighbors last year. That's why they're closing their doors in Fairlawn.

"Unfortunately, our little four walls can't contain us any longer," said co-owner LaKisha Williams. "We've got to move over to a co-packing way of distributing our cupcakes and sweet treats."

Williams said they decided to close the shop, but will keep selling the cupcakes online -- on a larger scale. The owners have decided to move to North Carolina to work with a co-packing company to help distribute the cupcakes.

"We have truly tried to stay in this location and possibly even expand, but for us, we think the time is right to allow the entire nation to order from us."

It'll take some time for the bakery to set-up the online business.

"Instead of our team making the cupcakes, a machine will basically make our cupcakes. It takes a little bit of time to master the recipes because you're making such a huge amount."

Baker Blvd. will be unveiling a "Finale" cupcake Saturday, March 28 between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday is the last day the shop will be open.

Williams said she hasn't spoken directly to LeBron James about the decision, but she says the LeBron James Family Foundation has been supportive.

Friday, 27 March 2015 12:19

7 Officers Joining APD

The Akron Police Department will be adding seven more police officers to its team. The officers will be sworn in during a ceremony Friday afternoon.

"That'll bring us up to 451 and 451 is just a couple shy of being fully staffed," said Akron Police Chief James Nice. "So I'm one of the luckiest chiefs in the country having a pretty full staff right now."

Nice said he's also expecting to hire about a dozen more officers in the near future.

Mayor Don Plusquellic will administer the police officer Oath of Office to Paul Barnes, Anthony Brandenburg, Timothy Hunt, Brandon King, Samnang Nan, J. Devlin Suanier and Gary White, Jr.

The ceremony also includes the promotions of two captains, Kenneth Ball II and Paul Calvaruso, to deputy police chief.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:37

4 Meth Labs Uncovered In 54 Hours

In just over two days, authorities uncovered four meth labs in Wayne County.

The MEDWAY Drug Enforcement Agency was busy for most of that time trying to clear up the chemicals. Director Donald Hall says it's a tough job, especially with the equipment his team has to carry.

"A large amount of time and resources are spent just processing one (meth) lab alone," said Hall.

Halls said his team has a difficult job when handling several cases in short time, especially with the protective gear and equipment that they are required to wear during the removal process.

The most recent bust was made in Wooster over the weekend after authorities were called to a fire -- reportedly caused by a large buildup of chemical gases from an active meth lab.

Several Wooster police officers were treated and released from a local hospital for short term chemical gas exposure symptoms.

The jury has recommended life without parole for 41-year-old Daniel Tighe who was found guilty of killing his former girlfriend and her son in Tallmadge in 2013.

"What he did is unspeakable. To kill his own son, and his son's mother, and then dump their bodies like garbage is horrific" said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh in a statement. "Tighe has never accepted responsibility nor shown any remorse for killing his young son and deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars. I thank the jury for seeing that justice was done for the Ralston family."

The jury's recommendation is only associated with the aggravated murder charge for the death of his son, Peyton. Judge Lynn Callahan will impose Tighe's life in prison without parole sentence for this charge, as well as sentence him on the other charges on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 2 p.m.

The bodies of Wendy Ralston, 31, and Peyton, 5, were found in a wooded area behind their Stone Creek Drive home in September of 2013.

Friday, 20 March 2015 07:19

VIDEO A Bite Around Town

They take the conventional and offer up a twist.

The Twisted Olive, owned and operated by Gervasi Vineyard, sits on 10 acres of property in the city of Green with the mission of providing guests with a getaway experience.

Just a few months old, the restaurant has managed to create a traditional menu that gives guests an opportunity to 'twist" their meal. Crab cakes turned into sliders creates a modern twist to the traditional, according to Executive Chef Jerry Risner.

Ordering a dish "twisted" shouldn't scare you. It's a chance to enhance the flavor of your meal by topping your favorites with chimichurri and roasted finger hot peppers.

You can cook up a twisted crab cake slider in your own kitchen. The Twisted Olive is sharing their recipe:

Crab Cake Recipe (Portion 2 oz cake, 2 cakes per order)
1 can Jumbo lump Crab Meat
1/2tsp Old Bay
4 Scallions sliced ½ Cup yield
2 whole eggs
1 Lemon ¼ cup yield
1 T Whole grain Mustard
4 shakes tabasco
¼ cup parsley chopped
2 tsp Salt
½ tsp fresh Black Pepper
1 Cup Bakers Joy Bread Crumbs
1 1/3 Cup Mayo

Mix all ingredients add crab at end and fold in so that it doesn't t break crab up too much

Spiced Mango Sauce
1lb Mango Jelly
8 oz Sweet Chili Sauce
Mix both ingredients together

Verde Tartar Sauce
1 cup Mayo
¼ cup Relish
1 Lemon Juice
3 T Parsley Chopped
3 Dashes Tabasco
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
1 T Capers

Plate Up
2 Slider Buns
2 Crab Cakes
½ T Sweet Chilli Sauce per slider
5 Arugula Leaves per cake
½ T Verde Tartar Sauce per slider
1 Slice Roma Tomato per slider

UPDATE 3/19/15 5:40 PM: The Kent police officer involved in the shooting of a man at her Munroe Falls home has been put on paid administrative leave.

The man shot and killed early Thursday morning at the home on Hiwood Avenuehas been identified as 29 year-old Adam Jovicic. The Summit County Medical Examiner says the cause of death was gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

Kent police Lt. Jim Prusha tells NewsChannel 5 that Berkey is on administrative leave.

He tells the station that they are waiting for Munroe Falls police to investigate...but even this early, he believes his officer acted correctly.

Berkey has been a school resource officer at Kent Roosevelt High School.

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(Earlier coverage) Munroe Falls police are investigating the shooting death of a 29-year-old man.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports the victim was found with a gunshot wound around 2 a.m. this (Thursday) morning at a residence on Highwood Avenue. He was taken to Akron City Hospital where died about three hours later. He was reportedly shot following an altercation.

The victim's identity and further details have not been released.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:53

ODOT Construction Season Begins

The first day of spring is just around the corner, but that corner may be lined with orange barrels as the construction season begins.

ODOT District 4 Spokesman Justin Chesnic says one of the major projects in Akron this summer will be the resurfacing of the Kenmore Leg from I-277 to I-77.

Crews will have to close a portion of the Kenmore Leg (one direction at a time) this summer -- but it shouldn't interfere with some big ticket events in the area.

"Our goal is to get everything done out there, and out of the way, before the world golf tournament starts and the Hall of Fame inductions," said Chesnic.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will be spending about $170 million on construction projects in Summit County.

Click here for a list of projects in and around the Akron area.