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, 04 December 2013 10:35

Akron Man Killed In Traffic Accident

Akron police are investigating a fatal traffic accident that happened on the city's west side Tuesday evening.

Police said Michael W. Smith, 32, of Akron, drove off the side of the road and struck a tree near the intersection on East and Russell avenues. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Smith was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.

 


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Monday, 02 December 2013 10:40

BBB: Beware Of Holiday Charity Scams

'Tis the season of giving, but it's also the season of taking for scam artists posing as charitable organizations.

"There are so many scam artists that use virtually the same word in an organization's name, that we're all familiar with, but they do it in a slightly different order," said Christy Page, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in Akron. "So you think you're giving to one organization and really it's somebody who's just trying to take your money."

Page said a couple of ways to avoid giving money to a scam artist is to research the charity online before making a donation and beware of on-the-spot donations over the phone.

"You really need to beware of excessive pressure in fundraising to make that immediate, on the spot decision," said Page. "If it's a legitimate charity, they're going to welcome your gift whenever you want to send it."

You can verify if a charity is legitimate by visiting the BBB's website at www.bbb.org and by checking registered charities with the Ohio Attorney General's Office. 

Melinda Mason went through months of recovery and now has two metal rods in her legs to remind her of a car crash in April caused by a drunk driver.

Mason, 21, is beginning a new chapter in her life after her vehicle was struck by a drunk driver on Route 62 in Stark County in April 2012. Both Mason and her sorority sister, Rain Motz, suffered serious injuries.

"Just because I'm out and about talking, doesn't mean that I'm 100 percent." said Mason. "My legs still hurt, bad, all the time," said Mason.

Mason, a student at Mount Union, suffered two broken femurs, a mild brain injury and a dislocated arm which resulted in nerve damage. She spent months in physical and speech therapy to recover from her injuries.

Local law enforcement agencies joined Mason at Mount Union in late November to discuss the importance of driving safe, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year. 

"My message right now is to high school students and middle school students about how impactful one decision can be. One unwise decision , that never affects just us. It affects everyone around us."

Mason shares her story with students around the area with hopes that they will understand the consequences of making one bad choice.

"No greater joy comes than doing stuff like this. This is what I knew what I was made for. It took something really, really terrible to see what I was destined to do and I'm so thankful," said Mason.

The drunk driver involved in the accident was sentenced to four years in prison. 

 

Friday, 29 November 2013 11:01

Tree Lighting, Fireworks Tonight in Akron

Archie the Snowman and a list of festive activties will make its way back to downtown Akron for the holiday season.

On Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is our big holiday lighting ceremony where we light u the city's christmas tree, along with fireworks," said Maria Nagal, Marketing Director for Lock 3. "It's a really cool night to be there."

A list of event and activities are lined up for families and friends including Archie the Snowman, the Reindeer Run and the popular lighting ceremony.

A new addition to this year's schedule includes an extension of the ice skating rink through the end of February.

Also, the Peacemakers, the Akron RubberDucks, the Village Network, and The Lebron James Family Foundation will provide events and activities during three sponsored weekends in February.

City of Akron Press Release:

For the 10th consecutive season, Lock 3 in Downtown Akron will be home to Northeast Ohio’s most popular spot to ice skate and celebrate the holiday season. Along with brand new family-friendly events occurring all winter, Lock 3’s most frequented winter attraction - its ice skating rink - opens this Friday, November 15th, and will remain open until the end of February.

Returning this year is a large range of events and activities that have made Lock 3 the premier holiday destination, including the popular 10,000-square-foot ice rink sponsored by First Merit, and the famous Archie’s Enchanted Encounter, sponsored by Chapel Hill Mall, which gives adults and children the opportunity to chat with the magical 17-foot-tall snowman.

“People can watch Lock 3’s giant Christmas tree and fireworks light up the Downtown Akron sky during the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony on November 29th, then slip on their mittens and snowball down Reindeer Run, 150 feet of festive downhill fun specifically designed for children under 14 years of age,” noted Tish Jernigan, Akron’s Lock 3 and Downtown Operations Manager.

Lock 3’s Magical Train will provide guests with a Polar Express-like ride around Lock 3 to see the lights, cottages, and ice rink. Returning to sell his wares at the Holiday Market is German craftsman, Mario Hausdorfer, along with other local artisans.

New-to-the-schedule this year is the extension of the ice skating rink through the end of February. Warm up from the frigid temperature with hot pancakes, sausage, and all the fixings at “Breakfasts with Santa” in December and Pancake Breakfasts on Saturdays in November, January and February. Boy Scouts will have an opportunity to earn their belt loops for ice skating and marbles during select dates from December – February. Students can ice skate with a discount on special “Schools Out” days.

Also, the Peacemakers, the Akron RubberDucks, the Village Network, and The Lebron James Family Foundation will provide events and activities during three sponsored weekends in February.

For time and dates of all events and activities at Lock 3, along with more information about each, visit www.lock3live.com, call 330.375.2877, or e-mail inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:46

Come Home LeBron

You may not recognize his name, but you might remember when James Blair decided to run onto the court during the Cavaliers game against the Heat in March. He was wearing a t-shirt with a message for LeBron James to come back home. That moment has launched the "Come Home LeBron" campaign.

You can hate him or love him, but some fans just want the NBA superstar to come back home. James Blair's stunt to get LeBron's attention has led to the campaign launched by former Cuyahoga Falls resident Josh Raggi.

"When LeBron gets out there and looks up and sees a lot of those green shirts, I'm sure he'll know that those are the people that are still behind him and would support him if he ever wanted to come back," said Blair. 

The team leading the campaign will be giving out 2,000 bright green shirts with the message: "Come Home LeBron." It's a strategy that Blair hopes will work, but he said their not "begging" the king to come back.

"It's more to show him that there's still fans that support him and would take him back, than it is for us begging him to come back."

Unfortunately, Blair won't be at the game because he's still banned from Quicken Loans Arena after his stunt on the court. He plans to appeal the decision in March.

The campaign is just getting started. The "Come Home Lebron" campaign will continue through March where they plan to give out 10,000 shirts to fans at the next matchup between the Cavs and the Heat.

More information: comehomelebron.com and twitter.com/ComeHomeLebron

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:53

Simple Thanksgiving Place Cards

A simple idea to spice up your Thanksgiving Day table!

Simple Thanksgiving Place Cards
Source: http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/slideshow/diy-thanksgiving-place-cards/

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:49

Easy Thanksgiving Dessert

Skip the pie shell and try something different. Phyllo shells are one of my favorite ways to entertain guests. You can find the miniature shells in the freezer aisle at your grocery store. Fill it with your favorite pumpkin pie recipe for the filling or try a pecan tart recipe (below).
Easy Thanksgiving Dessert
Source: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Mini-pecan-phyllo-tart...
Monday, 25 November 2013 11:09

UA Rifle Team Hosts "Turkey Shoot"

The University of Akron rifle team is giving the community a "shot" at its new electronic target system during this year's "Turkey Shoot" fundraiser.

"I should start by saying no turkeys are harmed in the performance of this fundraiser," said UA rifle coach Newt Engle. "It's all paper." 

The fundraiser gives community members an opportunity to shoot Olympic style air rifles used by Akron's nationally ranked team. The two-day event will help the team raise money to pay for items including clothing and gear for competitions.

"You can be introduced to the rifle team and what we do, you can actually shoot some of the Olympic grade rifles that our rifle team uses and we can do it in a fun way that becomes a learning way."

The fundraiser will also showcase the team's new electronic target system.

"It almost looks like a video game when you're shooting," said Engle.

Senior Mathew Bound said the interactive event gives the community an inside look into the rifle team.

"We've gone into two back-to-back conference championships and we're going into a three-peat this year. So we're kind of Akron's best kept secret as I like to put it," said Bound.

The rifle team's fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Robert A. Pinn Shooting Range, in UA's Schrank Hall South, Room 7.

Monday, 25 November 2013 05:54

Elderly Man Found Dead In Canton Home

An 88-year-old man found shot to death in his Canton home over the weekend.

Police tell NewsChannel 5 they found Eugene Render in the 300 block of Montrose Avenue NW in his kitchen with multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities do not know how long the victim's body was in the home before officers found him Saturday evening. Further details were not released and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton Police Department.