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

Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

UPDATE: Power Outage Reported In Akron

10:52 a.m. UPDATE: Power has been restored to the Akron area, according to FirstEnergy's outage map.

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10:40 a.m. UPDATE: FirstEnergy reports the number of customers without power stands at around 4,200 in the Akron area.  

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FirstEnergy is reporting nearly 12,000 customers in Summit County are without power this morning.

About 11,600 customers in Akron and more than 170 customers in Tallmagde are without power, according to FirstEnergy's outage map

The cause of the outage is unknown at this time. FirstEnergy estimates power will be restored by 12:30 p.m. 

More information:

Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

SWAT Team Called, 20-Year-Old Arrested

A 20-year-old old was arrested after a SWAT team was called to a Springfield Township home last night. Officers were called to a domestic disturbance on Lyndon Drive at around 9:30 pm.

Family members of 20-year-old Nicholas Gisentaner told police that he may be armed with a handgun. He refused to come out of the home and made threats to shoot police. That's when the SWAT team was called to the scene.

About three hours later, the SWAT team moved in and found the 20-year-old in the basement of the home and was taken into custody. No weapons were found.

Gisentaner was charged with inducing panic and is currently being held in the Summit County Jail.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Stan Hywet Ready For Spring Season Events

The spring season for Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens begins today with a new exhibit featuring the travel history of the Seiberling family.

 The travel exhibit, named "An Influential Journey", will feature a 16 ft. model of the RMS Lusitania, constructed entirely out of 193,000 toothpicks.

"It's been in the Baltimore museum since it was created and it's the first time it has come this far into the country," said Linda Conrad with Stan Hywet. 

The exhibit opens today to launch the Spring season. Stan Hywet will also host "Inspiration in Bloom" this weekend featuring fresh flower displays in the Manor House.

Click here for more information.

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. is celebrating their most recent honor -- named "USA Brewery of the Year" at the third annual New York International Beer Competition.

"We've got 20-plus employees that turn out great beer, day in and day out, and it speaks volume to the taste of Akron and the greater Northeast Ohio [area] and Ohio as a whole," said Thirsty Dog co-owner John Najeway. "We really got a great craft beer scene here."

The Akron brewery also took home the only "Double Gold" award for their Barley Wine Ale.

"That was a recipe that we commercially brewed. It was actually developed by two Akron brothers, Nick and Justin Herstich that won a contest at West Point Market."

The brewery has recently started distributing their products in Manhattan.

Click here to learn more about Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

Opening Day For New RubberDucks Restaurant

Opening day for the Akron Rubberducks is just days away --- but today they're celebrating with the opening of their new restaurant inside Canal Park.

"We've spent $5.6 million improving Canal Park over the last 18 months and fans can see the cumulation of those improvements on opening day ," said RubberDucks owner Ken Babby. "But you don't have to wait until opening day to see it."

The Game Grill + Bar will open to the public today (Thursday) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A unique feature of the new restaurant is a system of folding-glass walls, which will open to allow fans an open-air view of the minor league action.

The season opens for the Rubberducks on April 3rd. The home opener is on April 10th.


(Akron RubberDucks) The Game Grill + Bar, Akron's newest year-round, full-service restaurant, will open to the public Thursday starting with breakfast service at 7:00 a.m.

The Game Grill + Bar occupies the South Main St.-level space below the area formerly used by Wing Warehouse and Menches Brothers. This 4,000 square foot restaurant is open year-round and serves a full-scale breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus.

"After several months of hard work, we're excited to open The Game and continue to be part of the revival of downtown Akron. The Game will maintain the same great quality experience fans of the RubberDucks have become accustomed to, while offering an extraordinary lineup of culinary options for three meals a day at an affordable price," said Akron RubberDucks owner and CEO Ken Babby.

The Game features all-American style fare and treasured views of Canal Park, with rich state-of-the-art media for watching games and a great environment for conducting business. The Game will also carry gourmet versions of some of Canal Park's popular "Extreme Menu" items, such as "The Screamer" giant sundae, the "Three Dog Night," and the "Nice 2 Meat U" burger.

Weekday kitchen hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Prices range approximately $4-10 for breakfast and lunch and $8-17 for dinner.

A unique feature of The Game is a complex system of folding-glass walls, which will open to allow fans an open-air view of the action. The open-style dining room is highlighted by a custom Akron-related mural painted by local artist Mike Ayers, and custom neon designs on the walls, as well as tire-tread look trimming and brushed-metal bat light fixtures above the tables and bar. The Game also will have valet service along South Main Street.

The Game's full menu and Open Table reservations link are available on the official website and the restaurant's Facebook link is and on Twitter with the handle @thegameakron. Reservations can be made through the Open Table link located on

Chef Steve Smith is an Akron native who developed a passion for cooking from his Italian mother and grandmother. He started cooking professionally at Ken Stewart's Restaurant in 2001. Smith has cooked at the Blue Canyon in Twinsburg, opened the Rosewood Grill, and was the executive sous chef at One Red Door and Flip Side in Hudson. General Manager Cory O'Connor is another Akron native who has almost 10 years of front-of-the-house experience including time with The Carousel Dinner Theatre.

Fans can purchase tickets for Akron RubberDucks games inside The Game and enter the park through a concourse entrance. Those fans already in Canal Park for a game can enjoy enter The Game via the concourse and use their tickets to return to the seating area at any time.

The upper level above The Game is the exclusive special event, meeting, and private-party area called "The Duck Club." A sliding wall of windows allows for a barrier-free, open-air viewing experience sure to thrill fans. Flexible ticket options allow for a seating range of up to 150 people.

The Game is part of the new Canal Park additions for the 2014 season. The approximate additions cost $3.5 million, making an investment total of $5.6 million since Babby took ownership of the franchise in October 2012. This includes the $1.65 million for the HD video board installed in 2013, the largest in Double-A baseball.

The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season will be its 18th since moving to Canal Park and its first since becoming the RubberDucks. The team begins its season on April 3 at Binghamton and the home opener at Canal Park is scheduled for Thursday, April 10 at 6:35 p.m. against the Bowie Baysox. For more information and merchandise featuring the Akron RubberDucks, go to or call 330-253-5151. The Akron RubberDucks are on Facebook at and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.

Monday, 24 March 2014 00:00

Moving Forward: Akron's Heroin Unit

Akron's police chief is moving ahead with plans to create the city's new heroin unit targeting dealers for possible murder charges in cases of fatal overdoses.

Police chief James Nice said 29 individuals have applied for the two detective positons available in the unit.

"We've actually gone through and we've whittled it down to eight individuals," said Nice. "We'll do interviews of those eight and just like a baseball team or any sports team, the two I pick are going to be picked based upon who I believe will be most effective."

James said he'll meet with the captain in the narcotics unit this (Monday) afternoon to review the applications.

The new heroin unit will consist of two detectives that will have a primary mission to focus on heroin overdose investigations and to track the dealers involved in the case.

Previous Coverage:

Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00

UA President Search: Tressel On List

The University of Akron has released the list of 19 candidates in the running for the university's presidential search. Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is on the list. Tressel is currently the executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron.

The Presidential Advisory and Screening Committee is expected to recommend finalists from the applicant pool who will then visit the campus, most likely in April.

UA President Luis Prozena leaves his presidency at the end of June after 15 years.

On the web:


((University of Akron)) The Presidential Search process is progressing as anticipated, with the Board of Trustees as the Search Committee continuing to accept applications for the presidency until the position is filled.
It is expected that the Presidential Advisory and Screening Committee will recommend finalists from the applicant pool who will visit campus (most likely during April) for comprehensive interviews with the multiple Constituency/Advisory Groups representing campus and community.

Meanwhile, there has been a public records request from the media asking the Board to release the applications for the position, along with their application materials. In compliance with the public records statutes, we are providing those materials. As this is an issue of interest and significance to our campus community—first and foremost—we are providing the information to you as well.

The following are applicants currently under consideration:

Martin H. Belsky, J.D.
Randolph Baxter Professor of Law, The University of Akron
(Former Dean of UA School of Law)

Dennis D. Berkey, Ph.D.
Former President and CEO, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.)
(Former Dean of Arts and Sciences and Provost of Boston University)

Ronald V. Bucci, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Professional & Support Services and Administrative Director of Radiology/Anesthesia/Pain Management, Akron Children's Hospital

Charles C. Canver, M.D., M.B.A.
Chief Medical Officer, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center (Danville, Ill.)

F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.
President, Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tex.)
(Former President of Heidelberg University)

Jorge Haddock, Ph.D.
Professor of Business, George Mason University
(Former Dean of Business of GMU and of the University of Richmond)

Leslie D. Hannah, Ph.D.
Director, Cherokee Programs and Chair, Department of Languages and Literature,
Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, Muskogee and Broken Arrow, Okla.)

Pamela J. Kalbfleisch, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts and Sciences, Concordia University Chicago
(Former Professor and Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives, University of North Dakota and American Council on Education Fellow)

Ronald S. Kaplan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science and
Interim Executive Vice Dean, Chicago Medical School (North Chicago, Ill.)

Stephen Lehmkuhle, Ph.D.
Chancellor, University of Minnesota Rochester
(Former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Missouri System)

Peter A. McAllister, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts and Letters, California State University, Los Angeles
(Former Director, School of Music at University of Arizona and at Ball State)

Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President-Academic Affairs, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
(Former Dean of Business of Husson University)

Richard H. Owens, Ph.D.
President, West Liberty University (W. Va.) and
Trustee and Vice Chair, Columbus State College
(Former President of Heidelberg College)

Joi F. Patterson, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Operating Officer, Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, Ind.)

Michele Drabant Perkins, Ed.D.
President, New England College (Henniker, NH)

Faye Ran, Ph.D.
Professor of Literature, Metro College of New York
(Former Associate Provost and Founding Dean of MCNY Graduate School for Business)

Cathy A. Sandeen, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Vice President for Educational Attainment, American Council on Education
(Former Dean, Continuing Education at University of California Los Angeles)

Scott L. Scarborough, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Toledo
(Former Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration of DePaul University)

James P. Tressel, M.A.
Executive Vice President for Student Success, The University of Akron

We are also providing a link to the application materials, including cover letters and resumes provided by the applicants currently under consideration.

Details about the process of selecting the 16th President of The University of Akron are readily available on our website. We will continue to keep you updated with new information especially when the finalists will be coming to campus for interviews.

Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00

Gas Chamber To Be Destroyed

The Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is giving the public a chance to take out some aggression over the weekend by helping to destroy a gas chamber taken from the Medina County Animal Shelter.

Stephanie Moore with the Medina County SPCA said the carbon monoxide chamber was once used to euthanize animals in the county.

"We're going to let the public have a whack at it," said Moore. "We're going to ask for donations to come up and beat on it with a sledgehammer, a hammer, a chainsaw or whatever you want. And then we're going haul it off to a scrap yard."

A resident offered to donate $10,000 to the program as long as the carbon monoxide chamber was destroyed. Anyone who donates to the program will be able to help destroy the gas chamber.

"It will give us a greater opportunity to help more animals and provide more space," said Moore. "And enrich the animals environment."

More says they hope to use that money for an enclosed outdoor patio for the animals.

Donations will go back to the help the SPCA's cat program. The event takes place tomorrow (Saturday) in the SPCA's parking lot at 245 Medina Street between 2 - 3 p.m.


UPDATE: The Amber Alert has been canceled. WUSA-TV reports the boy was found, but further details were not released.


An Amber Alert has been issued for an 11-year-old boy who authorities say was taken by a man out of Lebanon, Virginia. The suspect could be headed to Ohio or West Virginia.

The Russell County Sheriff's Office reports 11-year-old Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn may be in extreme danger. He was last seen in school.

Jimmy GuinnDeputies say the boy was likely abducted by 67-year-old Jimmy Donald Guinn (left picture) who could be driving a purple, 2004 "Snow Bird Trucking" tractor frieghtliner with Virginia plates: 78471PY. He could also be driving a large burgundy diesel truck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.


(Amber Alert) The Trucking Company Name is "Snow Bird Trucking". The Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an AMBER Alert for a child abduction on behalf of the Russell County Sheriff's Office on 03/20/2014 at 11:15 a.m. The Russell County Sheriff's Office is looking for Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn. The child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon, Virginia.The child was likely abducted by Jimmy Donald Guinn. They may be traveling in a 2004 tractor freightliner, purple, Virginia tag 78471PY. The suspect might have abandoned the freightliner truck and could be in a large style burgundy pickup diesel truck. Possibly heading northbound towards West Virginia or Ohio. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Russell County Sheriff's Office at 1-276-889-8033 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.
. Please Contact Russell County Sheriff's Office at 12768898033

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:00

Akron Police Chief Adds New Heroin Unit

Heroin continues to be a problem in the state and across the country. Akron's police chief has decided to tackle the growing problem by forming a unit targeting heroin dealers for possible murders charges in cases of fatal overdoses.

Police Chief James Nice says the department has worked to track high level dealers - those involved with large amounts of drugs - but now they're also coming after the low level dealers that are directly handing the drugs to the users.

"People are dying weekly from heroin overdoses. It's outrageous. It's unlike some of the other drug problems we've had," said Nice.

Nice said low level dealers barely get any jail time for carrying a small amount of drugs, but he believes they should hold some responsibility in cases of fatal overdoses.

"These people, to me, are the most egregious people that are convincing people to use heroin, giving it to them and they're dead an hour later," said Nice. "Nothing is being done with those."

Nice said the department is working to build homicide cases against the dealers. He said they currently have one case pending, but details of the case were not released.

Nice is working to convince state lawmakers to consider the importance of having tougher laws against dealers in fatal overdose cases. He said

"Those are things as a chief that I can speak out on and have word on, but the laws need to change significantly."

The new heroin unit will consist of two detectives that will have a primary mission to focus on heroin overdose investigations and to track the dealers involved in the case.