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, 08 May 2013 12:16

AUDIO Road To Recovery

The three women found alive in a Cleveland home after about a decade of being held in captivity will soon begin transitioning into their new lives, outside of Seymour Avenue. 

Mental health expert Dr. Gregory Jantz says one of the obstacles that many victims have to overcome is learning how to trust again.

"That internal guidance that we have about how to trust, really, has been destroyed," said Jantz.

Dr. Gregory Jantz Talks To WAKR's Ray Horner

Jantz says the road to recovery can become a long and slow process for those who have dealt with a traumatic experience.

"Over the years, there have been similar situations and I got to tell you, it's not one thing that a person easily recovers from."

Jantz says some of the obstacles victims will go through during the recovery process include learning to trust again and finding out who they are as an individual.

"They've got to get to know who they are again."

Patience will be a key factor for many victims who begin to rebuild their lives from the ground up in their road to recovery, according to Jantz.

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 11:24

AUDIO Akron Mom Holds On To Hope

Carmilla Robinson, the Akron mother of a 19-year-old who was reported missing over the weekend, is holding on to hope after three missing women were found alive in Cleveland Monday.

Police said Taylor Robinson was last seen Friday night after she was dropped off at a house on Kipling Avenue when she went to work as a home health care aide.

Carmilla said she is hoping someone will call authorities with a tip that will lead to her daughter's whereabouts.

"I'm begging for just any help, any information, whether it's small, little, big, minute," said Carmilla. "Please just call."

Carmilla Robinson Talks To WAKR's Ray Horner by Amani Abraham

"I don't want to get anybody in trouble. I just want my baby. I want her to come home."

Carmilla couldn't locate her daughter when she went to pick her up from her job Saturday morning. She only found her daughter's shoes and coat at the home when she arrived.

The mother said her daughter spent most of her time working or with family.

The FBI is now involved in the case. Carmilla said detectives are still searching for any clues and tips. She said authorities are currently following up on a possible tip in Massachusetts. Detectives have not released any new details in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490 or the Missing Person Unit at (330) 375-2530.

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There are many unanswered questions surrounding the kidnapping case involving three missing women found alive inside a Cleveland home Monday.

Three brothers are in custody after Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found alive at a home on Seymour Avenue after they went missing about a decade ago.

The three suspects in the case have been identifed as Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, and 50-year-old O'Neal Castro.

Mary Myers, a University of Akron professor and retired Akron Police detective who specializes in criminal profiling, explains what she believes goes on in the mind a kidnapper or serial killer.

"They have such a need to have a relationshoip and they can't have it otherwise," said Myers. "And so they take people and they hold them captive, almost like (Jeffrey) Dahmer did and Anthony Sowell would take them and use them for his purposes."

Dr. Mary Myers Talks to WAKR's Ray Horner

Myers says many of the victims develop a co-dependent relationship with their captors because they rely on them for food and safety.

"The victim is also involved in this because they end up under the, what we call, Stockholm Syndrome where they need to depend on the suspects for their food, for their safety, for their very lives.

Myers says serious threats make it difficult for the victims to escape. 

"You can imagine that there were probably threats, serious threats, that if one escapes, the other two would be killed," said Myers. "So how could one escape, knowing that you're going to be the cause of two deaths? It would be very difficult to walk away from that."

The victims were released from MetroHealth Medical Center Tuesday around 8 a.m. Officials say the women are in good health.

The Summit County Board of Elections has fired an employee after they found an anonymous comment he wrote on the Beacon Journal's website.

The Beacon Journal reports the comment made by Andrew Wright, a Republican who worked on campaign finance reports, stated that he hoped a judge and a prosecutor would be the next victims of an accused Akron killer.

The comment was made under the name "DeathByAkron" on a story in January about a man who was acquitted by a jury of murder. It targeted Democratic Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands and Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

No charges have been filed against Wright.

The board also approved a motion to adopt a stricter Internet-use policy. 

Wright is the brother of Common Pleas Judge Allison McCarty.

On the web: www.ohio.com

Monday, 06 May 2013 06:09

DAP: Turn Ideas Into City Projects

Downtown Akron Partnership has launched a website encouraging residents to submit project ideas that will enhance the downtown area.

Director of business relations Kimberly Beckett says the project ideas have to stay within a budget of $300 to $500.

"Really, the sky's the limit for ideas. We're really looking to tap into the creativity of the community and kind of get them to take ownership of the downtown area which belongs to them," said Beckett.

Residents have until May 17 to submit their ideas online at MyAkron.net. The public will vote for one of the projects at a final pitch meeting on June 25th.

A final pitch of the project ideas will be presented in June where the public can attend and donate to the winning project.

Beckett says it's an opporutinity for residents to buy into the program.

"It's beoming a trend in cities around the country and it's really just a way to get people to feel like they're an important part of the community, which they are," said Beckett.

Click here to submit your idea online at MyAkron.net.

A registered sex offender in Alliance is facing new child pornography charges.

The Canton Repository reports Alliance police arrested Steve F. Slimak, 42, of Alliance, after a two-week investigation.

He was charged with one count each of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and pandering obscenity involving a minor.

Slimak was convicted of similar charges in 2002.

The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted with the investigation .

Saturday, 04 May 2013 07:49

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured In Crash

A motorcycle crash seriously injured a 20-year-old man in Perry Township Friday evening.

Troopers with the Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol reports the driver, John M. Fellouzis, 20, lost control of his motorcycle on Perry Drive around 6:30 p.m.

The motorcycle overturned and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.  Fellouzis was taken to a hospital with life threatening injuries.

Authorities say the driver only had a temporary motorcycle endorsement and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Friday, 03 May 2013 09:40

Vehicle Pulled From Water In Akron

Authorities say no one was inside of a vehicle that was found in a river in Akron Friday morning.

Akron Fire Captain Al Bragg says the vehicle was found in the upright position in the water near the 1000 block of Cuyahoga Street around 7:30 a.m.

Tow trucks were called to the scene to pull the vehicle out of the water.

Authorities have not identified or located the owner of the vehicle.

The Akron Police Department is investigating the incident.


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Thursday, 02 May 2013 06:32

You Are Your Words

Perfect for any occasion - mother's day, anniversaries or birthdays!
Use your words to create a picture. Lyrics, poems, letters or wedding vows turn into a beautiful picture.
On the web: www.youareyourwords.com
You Are Your Words

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Thursday, 02 May 2013 06:13

Childhood Memories Turn Practical

Do you remember playing with an old tennis ball? Sometimes - you could find a slit on the ball which would make for a great talking object. Now, this can be used as your personal helper.
Hold your keys, grocery lists or even towels.
Childhood Memories Turn Practical
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