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, 19 February 2015 08:18

Warming Centers Open

The City of Akron has opened 11 community centers for those looking for a place to get warm as temperatures begin to drop. (See table below for full list.)

Canton has once again opened up their warming station as the cold weather moves in. Canton Fire Station #4 on Cleveland Ave. NW will be open through 12 p.m. on Friday.

The City of Stow has opened up a warming center in the community room at Stow Safety Building at the corner of Graham and Darrow Roads. It's located at 3800 Darrow Road on the Stow City Center Campus. The center will be available through noon on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Ed Davis Community Center

Monday - Thursday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Ellet Community Center

Monday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

             5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 8 a.m – 8 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

                   5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Firestone Park Community Center

Monday - Wednesday: 9 a..m. - 9 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Joy Park Community Center

Monday - Friday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Kenmore Community Center

Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Lawton Street Community Center

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 p.m. 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday: 12 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Mason Park Community Center

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Northwest Family Recreation Center

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Patterson Park Community Center

Monday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m

Tuesday – Friday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Reservoir Park Community Center

Monday and Friday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Summit Lake Community Center

Monday – Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Monday, 16 February 2015 06:23

17-Year-Old Shot, Killed In Akron

Akron police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old who was shot and killed Sunday afternoon.

Police found a 17-year-old with a fatal gunshot wound on the ground near a stop sign at Colfax Place and the alley near Gale Street.

Police said a caller reported hearing several shots and noticed two men running away near the area.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy today (Monday). The victim's name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications.

No suspects have been identified or arrested. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Saturday, 14 February 2015 11:07

UPDATE: Warming Centers, Travel Bans

The "Code Zero" alert is out at Haven of Rest Ministries in Akron -- reminding those looking to keep warm this weekend that the shelter will remain open 24/7 this weekend.

Those looking for a place to get warm can grab a hot cup of coffee and sign up for a meal or shelter for the night at the East Market Street building.

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect beginning at noon today through Sunday at 7 p.m. Temperatures are expected to drop to 8 below zero tonight. The wind chill will be pushing temperatures to 30 below zero.

With the expected cold, Canton city officials say they will have a "warming station" available this weekend. The city is opening Fire Station #4 on Cleveland Avenue for those who need a warm place to visit. It'll be open both Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Update: Medina County has declared a Level 2 Snow Emergency. From the Sheriff's Department, "Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution."

The Ohio Turnpike has issued a travel ban, prohibiting trailers and other large vehicles from traveling the route.  Expect delays when traveling on the Turnpike, as several accidents have been reported. 

The City of Cuyahoga Falls has issued a parking ban. From a press release, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio - Mayor Don Walters would like to alert residents and motorists to a citywide parking ban which will be in effect starting at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, February 16, 2015. The parking ban is needed to assist our street crews in clearing off roadways. Cars parked on city streets will be ticketed and are subject to towing.

Parking bans also issued for Barberton, Brunswick, Mogadore, and Stow.

The Akron Zoo will be closed until Monday and First United Methodist Church of Akron is cancelling its Sunday services.

Saturday, 14 February 2015 08:18

Wind Chill Warning Issued For Weekend

Northeast Ohio will plunge into even more cold this weekend. Getting ready for it, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for much of Northeast Ohio. It's in effect from noon today through Sunday at 7 p.m.

Temperatures will start falling today, with wind chills up to 20 below zero expected by evening -- but it doesn't stop there.

"Wind chill values as the night goes on will be as low as 30 below and on Sunday, with cloudy skies and a chance of snow showers, the high will only be 3 below for a high on Sunday," said meteorologist Frank Kieltyka with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

Kieltyka said the expected wind chill will make it dangerously cold for those who are outside.

"Especially later on tonight and tomorrow, keep the exposed skin to a minimum and try to be outside for the least amount of time as possible.

Temperatures Sunday night are expected to hover around 8 below zero with the high on Monday expected to reach around 10 degrees.

With the expected cold, one area city says it'll have a "warming station" available this weekend.

The city of Canton is opening Fire Station #4 on Cleveland Avenue for those who need a warm place to visit. It'll be open both Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For the latest information, visit www.forecast.weather.gov.

Wind Chill Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
322 AM EST SAT FEB 14 2015

...ANOTHER ARCTIC BLAST WILL HIT THE AREA THIS WEEKEND...

.AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL DROP ACROSS THE AREA EARLY THIS
AFTERNOON. BEHIND THE FRONT NORTHWEST WINDS AND FRIGID AIR WILL
RESULT IN DANGEROUSLY WIND CHILL VALUES. A FEW INCHES OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED...MAINLY ACROSS NORTHEAST OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA
AND WINDS WILL ALSO CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING.

OHZ003-006>013-017>023-027>033-036>038-047-141630-
/O.UPG.KCLE.WC.A.0002.150214T2000Z-150215T2000Z/
/O.NEW.KCLE.WC.W.0002.150214T1700Z-150216T0000Z/
LUCAS-WOOD-OTTAWA-SANDUSKY-ERIE OH-LORAIN-CUYAHOGA-LAKE-GEAUGA-
HANCOCK-SENECA-HURON-MEDINA-SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-WYANDOT-
CRAWFORD-RICHLAND-ASHLAND-WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-MARION-MORROW-
HOLMES-KNOX-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...TOLEDO...BOWLING GREEN...PORT CLINTON...
FREMONT...SANDUSKY...LORAIN...CLEVELAND...MENTOR...CHARDON...
FINDLAY...TIFFIN...NORWALK...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...
UPPER SANDUSKY...CAREY...BUCYRUS...MANSFIELD...ASHLAND...
WOOSTER...CANTON...YOUNGSTOWN...MARION...MOUNT GILEAD...
MILLERSBURG...MOUNT VERNON
322 AM EST SAT FEB 14 2015

...WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EST
SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EST SUNDAY.
THE WIND CHILL WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* WIND CHILL...AS LOW AS 32 BELOW DUE TO TEMPERATURES 9 BELOW TO
  21 ABOVE ZERO...AND WINDS NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP
  TO 35 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...TEMPERATURES WILL BEGIN FALLING THIS AFTERNOON AND FALL
  TO AS LOW AS 10 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT AND SUNDAY NIGHT. SUNDAY
  HIGHS WILL LIKELY REMAIN AROUND ZERO.

* IMPACTS...FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA ARE POSSIBLE IF
  PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN

* SNOW...THROUGH SUNDAY...AROUND AN INCH WEST OF MANSFIELD AND 2
  TO 4 INCHES EAST OF MANSFIELD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A STRONG WIND WILL COMBINE
WITH COLD TEMPERATURES TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS FOR
EXPOSED SKIN. THE WIND WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS 25 DEGREES
BELOW ZERO OR COLDER FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE
OUTDOORS SHOULD USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS WARMLY.

&&

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Saturday, 14 February 2015 06:34

Akron Police: Father Stabs Son To Death

A father has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his son to death in Akron Friday night.

Akron police responded to a robbery reported in the 1100 block of Inman Street where they found a unresponsive man with stab wounds near the side door of the house around 10 p.m.

Detectives determined that a robbery did not occur at the residence. Police said Kevin Golec, 52, stabbed his 22-year-old son during an altercation.

Golec has been charged with murder and felony domestic violence and booked into the Summit County Jail. An arraignment hearing is scheduled in Akron Municipal Court on Saturday at 8 a.m.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy today.

The victim's name is being withheld pending positive identification and other family notifications.

All lives matter. That message filled Cleveland's Public Square as people gathered to honor the lives of three Muslim-Americans shot and killed in North Carolina this past week. 

"Me and a few of my friends got really moved by this when we found out because it could have been any of us," said Cleveland State student Shorooq Elbagory. 

Elbagory chose to wear the head scarf, called a hijab, at a young age to symbolize her faith. She hopes the recent tragedy does not affect a young girl's decision to put it on. 

Those attending the vigil encouraged communtiy members to stand together and build a bridge for open communication and acceptance of all faiths. 

"I think this sends a message that says 'this is not acceptable anywhere in this country,'" said Mark Chupp, professor at Case Western Reserve University. "We do not tolerate this kind of violence against innocent people."

 

Friday, 13 February 2015 10:51

Cold, Cold, Cold Weekend Ahead

It doesn't look like we'll see some relief from the cold weather heading into the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland reports temperatures are expected to climb to the 20s tomorrow, but that will drop throughout the day with the low Saturday night expected to plunge to 6 below zero. Add the wind chill and that number could stand around 24 below.

Around one to three inches of snow is also expected on Saturday.

Below is the weekend forecast for the Akron area from the National Weather Service:   

Detailed Forecast

  • TodayPartly sunny, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -5. West wind 7 to 9 mph.
  • TonightSnow showers likely, mainly after 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 14. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
  • SaturdaySnow showers with areas of blowing snow before 3pm, then snow showers likely with areas of blowing snow after 3pm. Temperature rising to near 22 by 9am, then falling to around 11 during the remainder of the day. Wind chill values as low as -9. Blustery, with a southwest wind 15 to 24 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Saturday NightAreas of blowing snow and a chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around -6. Wind chill values as low as -24. Blustery, with a northwest wind 17 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
  • SundayA chance of snow showers, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 2. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
  • Sunday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around -9.
  • Washington's BirthdayPartly sunny, with a high near 15.
  • Monday NightA chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Summit County Sheriff's deputies were called to two separate school bus accidents early Wednesday morning. Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland confirmed that a Green Local Schools bus was struck from behind by a vehicle on South Main Street around 7:35 a.m.

No injuries were reported. The 36-year-old driver of the vehicle was cited for assured clear distance.

The second accident involved a special needs bus near Nordonia Middle School on Leonard Avenue around 7:45 a.m. The bus struck the side of another vehicle. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

Summit County officials are citing an electrical failure as the reason for closing the Sojourner Truth Building in Akron today.

The North High Street building, which houses the Department of Job and Family Services, will be closed Monday.

Clients with appointments scheduled for today (Monday) at the Sojourner Truth Building will be contacted by Job and Family Services to reschedule. Other locations are not impacted by the closure.

For emergency services, clients are asked to go to the OhioMeansJobs offices located at 1040 East Tallmadge Avenue in Akron.

Friday, 06 February 2015 11:47

Boil Alert Issued In Hudson, Twinsburg Twp.

A boil alert has been issued for most Akron water customers who live in the city of Hudson and Twinsburg Township. A water main break was reported earlier this morning. Akron city officials say that has been repaired. Customers who experienced the loss of water supply have been placed on a precautionary boil water advisory.

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(City of Akron - News Release) Akron, Ohio (February 6, 2015) - At approximately 9:45 AM this morning during the emergency repair of a 24" force main, an unexpected loss of water supply occurred in portions of the City of Hudson and portions of Twinsburg Township. The water supply has since been corrected and service has been restored.

As a precaution, and in accordance with EPA regulations, those customers who experienced the loss of water supply have been placed on a precautionary boil water advisory. Those customers include most Akron water customers who reside in the City of Hudson and Twinsburg Township.

The advisory does not include and is not necessary for those customers in Hudson who reside on the following streets: Corporate Drive, Hudson Drive, Sapphire Drive, Norton Road, Weston Drive, Longfellow Lane, Deacon Court, Hemingway Court, Alsace Court, Westchester Court, Duffield Drive, Bristol Court, Brooklands Drive, Brafferton Avenue, Humelsine Drive, Cottager Drive, Young Road, Georgetown Road and the Trails of Hudson housing community. Also excluded are only customers residing on Darrow Road south of Terex Road.

To ensure customers' safety, please boil your drinking water for a minimum of two minutes. This alert will continue for a minimum of 48 hours, and will only expire upon further notice.

Questions should be directed to Akron Water Distribution Dispatch at 330-375-2420.
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