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

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:16

Elderly Residents Robbed In Home Invasion

Akron police say a pair of elderly residents were victims of a home invasion robbery late Tuesday night.

Authorities say one of the residents recognized one the men who knocked on the door of the home in the 600 block of Springdale Street.

The victims let the two men come inside the home, but that's when the suspects pulled the hoods of their sweatshirts over their heads and forced the residents to the ground.

The suspects fled with the victims home phone, two television sets, house and car keys, a bank card and $300 in cash.

Only a vague description of the suspects were released.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:54

LeBron James Looking For Interns

LeBron James is a busy man - and it looks like he needs a little help.

An announcement on the official website for James, LeBronJames.com, features a post for internship opportunities with the NBA player. The internships target students interested in online content development and digital sports marketing. Internships are available in Ohio, South Florida and New York.

Below is a list of responsibilities the interns are expected to handle:

- Maintaining basketball and technology industry dossiers
- Researching trends and advancements in the technology & sports space
- Assisting the content development team with updating LeBronJames.com
- Communicating and interacting with LeBron fans around the world

Interested candidates must be available at least 10 hours a week .

Below is a list of basic qualifications:

- Must currently attend college or a four year university.
- Access to a computer & phone
- Works well in a team setting and takes direction
- Strong communication skills and work ethic
- Has a strong urge to learn and improve
- Demonstrates a strong knowledge of basketball and technology trends
- Proficient with creating spreadsheets and detailed reports (Word/Excel)
- Familiarity with leading social media and blogging platforms (i.e. WordPress, Tumblr, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter)
- Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, InDesign)

Thinking about sending a resume? Click here to find full details on where to submit a resume. Deadline is June 4 at 10 a.m.

Even though the spring season brings warmer weather and plenty of outdoor activities, it can also bring severe weather with heavy rain - increasing flood risks.

Lt. Don Burroughs with the New Franklin Fire Department says after Memorial Day, lakes in surrounding areas get a little busier and local flooding becomes a problem in communities, which is why his team went through some extra training this year.

"They finished up their classes about a month ago," said Burroughs. "While they were there, they worked with the Ohio Fire Academy and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - the water craft division - and worked on river rescue, flood rescue and boat operations."

Flash flooding in local neighborhoods can also cause severe problems, expecially when sewer drains and manhole covers are loosened and knocked off, leaving a dangerous opening in the ground.

Burroughs says the best thing you can do is stay out of areas where flooding becomes a problem.

"The biggest thing is to stay out of that water and wait for the local fire department or the Department of Natural Resources, the water craft people, to get them out of there safely."

Despite concerns of rising gas prices, drivers are still planning to hit the roads this Memorial Day weekend.

Kevin Thomas, Vice President of the AAA Akron Auto Club, says road travel is up because many are avoiding traveling by air.

"Some of it has to do with availability; a lot of it has do with the cost of flying right now and there's a lot of fatigue in air travel, said Thomas.

Thomas says gas prices generally don't impact the travel plans of many motorists.

"More than 60 percent of the people, it's not affecting their plans," said Thomas. "And the people that it does affect their plans relative to travel, doesn't prohibit their travel, they modify their behavior ."

Many drivers will change their dining or hotel plans to save money, rather than eliminating or reducing the driving portion of their plans, according to Thomas.

About 35 million drivers are expected take a trip, 50 miles or more, on the road this weekend.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:18

Candy Buffet Made Easy

Create a candy buffet using glass candle jars (most likely a dollar or 50 cents at craft stores) and a cheap candlestick. Easy way to impress your guests and show off your creative skills on a low budget.
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Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:15

Personalized Party Cups

Graduations, birthdays and themed-parties. Whichever occasion you choose, you can create a personal touch using temporary tattoos to make personalized cup. Easy and cheap for a great conversation piece.
Personalized Party Cups
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Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:13

Wedding Gift Idea

12 date nights to fill the first-year for newlyweds. A perfect gift to last the whole year.
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:37

Akron Man Arrested At OVI Checkpoint

An 23-year-old man was arrested after state troopers found a loaded handgun, drugs and ecstasy pills at an OVI checkpoint in Akron over the weekend.

Troopers with the Canton Patrol Post held the checkpoint on South Main Street in Akron late Friday night (May 17) where they detected the smell of alcohol inside a vehicle driven by Noah Eskridge, 23, of Akron.

Troopers found a loaded 9 mm handgun, eight grams of heroin, a gram of marijuana and 18 ecstasy pills with a street value worth about $1,400.

Eskridge was taken to the Summit County Jail and was charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and OVI.

Troopers say if convicted, he could face up to 11-and-half years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.

Update: 4:44 p.m.

The Brunswick City School District has closed Brunswick High School until after Memorial Day due to the spread of norovirus. It was announced earlier Tuesday the district closed all elementary and middle schools for the remainder of the week.

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The Brunswick City School District has closed all elementary and middle schools for the rest of the week to prevent the spread of norovirus - also known as the stomach flu.

The closure was posted on the district's Facebook page where they also linked to further information related to norovirus.

School officials also postponed the 8th grade field trip to Washington D.C. The trip will be rescheduled to some time in the first quarter of the next school year.

Brunswick High Schools remains open because officials say it has not experienced a drop in attendance.

Classes are set to resume next Tuesday after Memorial Day.

An earthquake that was originally reported in Canada, just northwest of Ottawa, left some local residents shaking in their seats.

A Senior Geologist at ODNR with OhioSei tells NewsChannel 5 the 4.4 magnitude earthquake happened shortly before 10 a.m. The earthquake was first reported as a 5.0 magnitude, but was later downgraded.

Several residents in the Cleveland area reported feeling the tremors. A woman called AkronNewsNow to report a similar story.

On the web: www.newsnet5.com