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

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.

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The Akron Zoo is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Zoo spokesman David Barnhardt says the zoo has come a long way in the past 60 years. This weekend, guests can take a trip down memory lane.

"A new sign just went up yesterday on the front plaza and it's a walk down memory lane. It takes you through the early years," said Barnhardt.

The zoo first opened its doors on May 17, 1953. Visitors born in 1953 or before can get in the zoo for only 60 cents through the weekend.

David Barnhardt Talks To WAKR's Ray Horner

Adding to the zoo's history, the Mike and Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge is set to open on July 20th featuring an aviary exhibit, otters and bears.

"It will be one of our largest openings in the history of the zoo."

The zoo is also asking visitors to share their fondest memories of the zoo by capturing their stories on video.

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Thursday, 16 May 2013 06:10

PVC Pipes To Organize Hair Tools

Big name stores are always pushing items used to hold your hair tools. Why spend $30 when you can make your own and even personalize it with your favorite color. A PVC pipe is perfect to hold a hair dryer and straightner.
PVC Pipes To Organize Hair Tools
Thursday, 16 May 2013 05:57

Keep Your Garden Organized

Paint some large rocks and write the names of each fruit or vegetable you plan to grow in your garden. Great way to get the kids involved - plus it helps you keep everything organized.
Keep Your Garden Organized
Thursday, 16 May 2013 05:55

Chalkboard Paint!

The possibilities are endless....
Using chalkboard can help make any normal household item or gift fun. This picture belows shows a a fun way to personalize the stems of glasses.
Chalkboard Paint!

Update 7:36 a.m.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office says missing adult Bert Patterson Campbell of Homeworth  has been found just after 7a.m. Thursday morning. The 82-year-old was deemed to be OK and was released to his family.

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A missing adult alert has been issued for an 82-year-old Stark County man.

Ben Patterson Campbell was last seen at his residence in Homeworth around 6 p.m Wednesday.

Authorities say Campbell suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. He's a white male, about 5' 8" tall, weighs 160 lbs, has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red flannel shirt with a tee shirt and blue jeans and black shoes.

The vehicle he is believed to be in is a gray Ford F-150 with Ohio license plate number PEJ8148.

A picture can be found on


News release: A Missing Adult Alert has been issued by the Stark County Sheriff for Stark County along with the following regions: East Central Ohio, which includes the following counties: Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.

Information as of: May 16, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Be on the lookout for a missing adult. On May 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM, Mr. Campbell was last seen on May 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm at his residence and has not returned.

The incident took place in Stark County, OH Union Avenue North East in the city of Homeworth.

The adult's name is Bert Patterson Campbell and the individual is missing. The adult is a White male, age 82, is 5'8" tall, weighs 160 lbs, has gray hair, and has blue eyes. Mr. Campbell was last seen wearing a red flannel shirt with a tee shirt and blue jeans and black shoes. Mr. Campbell suffers from Alzheimers.

The vehicle involved is a gray 2004 2004 F150 with OH plate number PEJ8148. Mr. Campbell's drives an extended cab Ford F150 .

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle. You can also call 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:22

Health Exchange Scam Targets Ohioans

Confusion surrounding the federal Affordable Care Act has given scam artists a new angle to try and steal personal information.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says the scammers call up residents and claim they are helping them through the process of the health insurance exchanges.

"We are not aware of any federal or state agency that would or should be calling individual consumers asking for that type of private information over the phone that's related to the ACA," said Taylor.

Open enrollment for the exchange isn't set up to happen until October 1.

"The federal government is running the exchange in Ohio and under the federal rules starting October 1, consumers in Ohio will be able to get onto the exchange and make decisions about the type of health insurance the want starting in January."

Taylor says beware of suspicious or confusing phone calls where representatives are asking for personal information.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 09:41

Two Men Arrested In March Robbery

DNA evidence helped authorities link two men to a robbery in Green that happened in late March.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office reports Kenneth Simmons, 19, and David Murren III, 19, both of Green, were charged with aggravated robbery in connection with the robbery at Thomas' Drive Thru on South Arlington Road.

Authorities say two masked men robbed two employees at the store and fled with their cell phones and cash.

DNA evidence was taken from the crime scene and sent to the BCI Laboratory in Richfield. The results of the test matched the DNA of an individual in the database.

When deputies searched Murren's residence, they found additional evidence and arrested 18-year-old Brian Rubino of Springfield who was found in possession of hash oil, drug paraphernalia, and currency.

Simmons, Murren, and Rubino were taken to the Summit County Jail.