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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Akron police say a 30-year-old woman was robbed while stopped at a traffic light early Wednesday morning on the city's west side.
Captain Dan Zampelli says it happened in the 700 block of Edgewood Avenue shortly after 1:30 a.m.
The woman told police that she was stopped at a traffic light in the 700 block of Edgewood Avenue where a man stood in front of her car and told her that she had a flat tire.
When the woman stepped out of her car to check the flat tire, the man grabbed her purse and fled the scene. A description of the suspect was not available.
Akron fire officials say one person was sent to a hospital after a car struck a home and two trees in Akron Monday morning.
Fire Captain Al Bragg says they first received a call that a vehicle struck a home in the 1800 block of Wiltshire Road around 9:30 a.m. He says it appears the same vehicle struck two trees after it struck the home.
Bragg says one person was taken to a local hospital. The condition of the victim is not known at this time.
"There is damage to the home that's being assessed as we speak," said Bragg. "We do not have those estimates at this time."
The incident is still under investigation.
A 28-year-old Northfield Village man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping a teenage babysitter.
The Summit County Prosecutor's Office reports John M. Muzic will also be labeled as a Tier III sex offender, which requires him to register his address and employment with the Sheriff for the rest of his life.
In late January, Muzic stopped by his neighbor's house while a teenage babysitter was there and brought the girl back to his house to see his dogs. He then dragged the girl to his bedroom and threatened to kill her, and then raped her. Muzic’s DNA was found on the girl.
On August 28, a jury found Muzic guilty of rape, kidnapping, and gross sexual imposition.
The winning name last year was Cora. Now, the Akron Zoo will be holding another contest to name the zoo's newest addition.
The new giant Pacific octopus, also a female, joined the zoo after Cora passed away in July. The contest kicks off Thursday, September 5 and will run through Friday, September 13. The person who submits the winning name will receive an octopus prize pack and a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo’s Journey to the Reef exhibit.
(Press Release: The Akron Zoo) The Akron Zoo will hold a naming contest for its new female giant Pacific octopus. The contest will start Thursday, September 5, 2013 and conclude on Friday, September 13, at 5 p.m. The person submitting the winning name will receive an octopus prize pack and a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo’s Journey to the Reef exhibit.
People can vote for a name online at www.akronzoo.org. The zoo will narrow the names down to three and then present them in the tank to the octopus and let her select her own name.
The new octopus has been on exhibit since mid-July. She was acquired after the zoo’s original octopus, Cora, passed away due to an age related illness. Cora, whose exact age was unknown, arrived at the zoo as an adult. Typically the life span of a giant Pacific octopus is about 3-5 years. A naming contest for Cora was conducted after her arrival in 2008 and drew 2,220 name suggestions.
Giant Pacific octopuses can be found in the Northern Pacific Ocean from southern California, north along the coast of North America's Pacific northwest and south to Japan. They live in rocky areas, caves and kelp forests, from the shores to depths of more than 500 feet. They eat fish, shrimp, crabs, scallops, clams and other shellfishes. They are considered mollusks and are related to clams, oysters, squid and snails.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. The Akron Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.