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

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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Monday, 29 April 2013 06:51

Bomb Threat Closes C. Falls High School

Cuyahoga Falls High School is closed today after schools officials received a bomb threat, similar to one that was sent about a month ago.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols says school remains closed today until further notice. He says the FBI is working with local law enforcement to clear the campus.

"We became aware of an email threatening the campus with a device to be detonated between 9a.m. and 2 p.m. on the campus of the high school," said Nichols.

Nothing turned up following the last investigation, but Nichols says law enforcement officials will once again work to find the source of the email.

Nichols says school remains closed until further notice.

Visit AkronNewsNow.com for the latest information when it becomes available.

Friday, 26 April 2013 10:58

Drug Take Back Day This Saturday

State and local officials are teaming up for National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration reports more than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off at the last five take back events at collection sites across the nation.

Several collection sites will be available throughout the area including in Akron at the METRO Regional Transit Authority Center on South Broadway Street.

Also on the list, Bath, Copley and Springfield Township police departments.

Click here to search for a local collection site near you.

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(Press Release) On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Summit County Community Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to METRO Regional Transit Authority Center-Visitor’s Parking Lot at 631 South Broadway St., Akron, OH 44311. The service is free and anonymous.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. The METRO Regional Transit Authority Center site in downtown Akron collected 102 pounds of pills which ranked 17th out of the 88 sites in Northeast Ohio. Collections from all 88 sites were taken by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to a central location where they were disposed of in an environmentally safe way.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement, agencies like Summit County Community Partnership and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
For more information, please call (330) 374-0947 or (330) 322-5007.