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, 25 June 2013 10:12

911 Lines Down In Richfield

Richfield police say the 911 lines in the city are currently not working. The calls are being forwarded to the Bath Police Department until the issue is resolved.

Richfield police are still advising residents to call 911 if there is an emergency. 

The Bath Police Department will contact the business lines for Richfield police to send appropriate help. The business line for non-emergencies is (330) 659-9500 and (330) 657-2911 for Peninsula.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 06:04

UPDATE Two Killed In I-76 Crash

Two people died in a crash involving two semi on Interstate 76 last night.

Akron police report the crash happened eastbound on Interstate 76 near Grant Street when a semi-tractor trailer came to a stop because of traffic.

Lt. Rick Edwards says another semi-tractor trailer failed to control his vehicle and struck the right rear portion of the trailer.

The 40-year-old male driver and a 13-year-old passenger of the second semi died in the crash.

The driver of the first semi was taken to a hospital where his injuries do not appear to be-life threatening.

The identities of the victims are being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies today.

Monday, 24 June 2013 07:20

Food Truck Debate Heats Up

Discussion is heating up over a new campaign to bring food trucks to the city of Akron. Currently, there's a law prohibiting the trucks from operating in the city.

Suzie Graham, president of the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP), said food trucks offer unfair competition when they set-up near local businesses.

"They take business away and then as soon as business slows down, they pick up and drive away," said Graham. "In the meantime, they have not been employing the number of employees that the restaurant has and in the meantime, they have not been paying the taxes into the Akron economy as the restaurant has."

Jeff Winer, co-owner of Orange Truk, a local gourmet food truck out of Copley said for the most part, they're competing with fast-food chains as opposed to sit-down restaurants.

"I'm not getting the customer who wants to sit down and have lunch. I'm getting the person who wants to come, get something that's restaurant quality, and gets it fairly fast."

Winer says he wants every business deserves a fair and equal opportunity to thrive in the city. "We're just asking for the city to be fair. Fair to all businesses. We want to support Akron. We want Akron to be a better place," said Winer.

Incorporating food trucks in the area can result in long-term investment in the city, according to Winer. Several restaurants have proven that theory in Cleveland including Hodge's and StrEAT Burger. Both have opened up a sit-down restaurant as a result of operating a food truck in the area.

Winer and co-owner Steve Sabo are planning to open their own sit-down restaurant in the future.

"Where we choose our restaurant is where we get the most support."

Graham says the Downtown Akron Partnership is looking for a balance.

"Respecting the need for those brick-and-mortar businesses to stay in business and also respecting the need to invite and support things that are trendy and exciting," said Graham.

According to Graham, DAP has reached out to food truck operators, inviting them to local events in the city.

Graham says they are still moving forward with open discussions and hopes new legislation can resolve some of the issues facing both sides.

A 24-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon.

Summit County Sheriff's Office reports it happened on Interstate 77 near the 122 mile post in Coventry Township Coventry Township where the motorcyclist, Ronald Rhome, 24, of Massillon, went off the left side of the roadway and hit a sign post around 2 p.m.

He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, but authorities say speed appears to be a factor.

Thursday, 20 June 2013 10:57

AUDIO Brimfield PD Reality Show?

Could a reality show be next for popular Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver? He's already received two offers to do a reality show after many began following his humorous and honest Facebook posts on the department's page, but don't get your hopes up just yet.

Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver says he wants to keep the integrity of the police department and is not too keen on the idea of having someone follow him around with a camera. 

"It is a fine line." said Oliver. "We cut up and carry on like almost every workplace does. I don't want this to become way out of control."

Oliver received an offer from a production company in New York and an offer from another company on the East Coast.

He joked about the idea of a possible reality show.

"The only way I would do it if they made it some sort of sitcom," joked Oliver. "I could do something like that."

The Brimfield Police Department's page currently has more than 63,000 "likes" on Facebook.

Click here to view the department's Facebook page.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 20:28

Popcorn Bar

Need I say more...
Popcorn Bar
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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 20:07

Diamond Candles

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A prayer vigil and fundraiser will be held tonight in Akron for 19-year-old Taylor Robinson who has been missing since May 4th.

Pastor Shawnte Davon Hardin of the Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church is one of the organizers of the event Tuesday night. He hopes the community will come together to pray for the safe return of Taylor Robinson.

"We set up the vigil for Ms. Robinson and this family, first of all, to unite our community together in prayer," said Hardin. "We as a faith-based community still believe that God touches our community through prayers and that God still answers prayers."

Hardin says in addition to the vigil, a fundraiser will take place to help raise money for the family to assist with the investigation process. He also hopes the community will release any information that could potentially help investigators with the case.

The Akron Police Department is currently investigating the case involving 19-year-old Taylor Robinson who was last seen at a home on Kipling Street where she was working as a home health aide on May 4. Police said Taylor's shoes and coat were left inside the home.

 

Thomas Fields is working with Taylor's mother, Carmilla Robinson, as an independent investigator.

"Fortunately and unfortunately, at the same time, sometimes there are those in the community that are just more comfortable with sharing information with me because they know me," said Fields. 

Fields says he doesn't want to interfere with the Akron Police Department's investigation and plans to contact detectives with any new information he receives. He's following-up on several strong leads, but has yet to act on the leads because of the lack of funds available.

The prayer vigil and fundraiser will begin at 7 p.m. at the Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 825 Buchtel Avenue.

 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:54

Safe, $40K Stolen From Akron Apartment

Akron detectives are investigating a burglary after a safe with $40,000 in cash inside an apartment wall was reported stolen.

Detectives say the burglary happened in the 300 block of Moon Street. The victim told officers that he left a female acquaintance at his apartment when the safe was stolen.

Police say the money was obtained through student loans.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:46

Coventry Twp. Man Arrested For Robbery

Police arrested a 21-year-old Coventry Township in connection with last week's robbery at an Akron bar.

Akron police said Eric D. Jones was charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly putting a gun to a bartender's head and demanding money at Glen's Bar on East Glenwood Avenue. Police say Jones took about $2,500 in cash during the robbery on June 11.

He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

Detectives are also following up on a possible second suspect involved in the robbery.