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

Thursday, 11 April 2013 06:01

Akron Man Dies In Head-On Crash

Troopers are investigating a fatal car crash that happened Wednesday afternoon in Massillon.

The Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol reports Gary Herring, 62, of Akron was killed after he drifted left of center on State Route 241 (Wales Avenue) and struck a truck head-on.

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

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Troopers say both drivers were wearing seat belts. Authorities do not believe drugs and alcohol were a factor in the crash. The crash happened during rainy conditions on the roads.

Troopers say this is the 9th fatal crash in Stark County in 2013.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:48

ODOT: Construction Season Is Here

It's about that time when drivers begin to notice more orange barrels popping up throughout the area as construction season begins for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The construction kick-off event for ODOT District 4 was held near State Route 93 (Manchester Road) where crews are already working on a roadway widening project.

District 4 Public Information Officer Justin Chesnic says ODOT is going door-to-door to let businesses and residents know about how construction in the area will impact their commute.

"That has actually helped a lot of businesses prepare," said Chesnic. "It's actually cut back on our complaints that we've gotten and kind of helps them to understand what's coming their way."

Chesnic says one of the biggest projects in Summit County is a $53 million pavement replacement project on Interstate 271.

"It's a highway that's 50 to 60 years old. Not just the pavement, but the base underneath it, the concrete, is starting to fail - so we have to go and rebuild the road completely."

Chesnic says even though it's a busy construction season, no major closures will impact drivers on the interstates.

Click here to find the full list of construction projects in your county.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:31

Metro Parks Launches Mobile App

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is launching its own mobile app to help visitors navigate their way through the parks and trails.

The app will feature GPS enabled directions, maps and a list of daily events for all 14 parks and 125 miles of trails. The free app will be available for iPhone and Android users beginning May 1st.

Park officials say they've spent less on the app because they used an online content management platform, with graphics designed in house by park staff.

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(Press Release) Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will launch a mobile app May 1. It will be available for FREE on iOS and Android, and include the following features:

•GPS enabled directions, downloadable maps, restroom locations and more for all 14 of the district’s parks and the multipurpose Bike & Hike Trail, Freedom Trail and its sections of the Towpath Trail

• Brief descriptions of 40 trails, with filters based on difficulty and distance

•A comprehensive calendar of programs and events
• Click to call phone numbers for rangers, the administrative offices, the visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm and seasonal information

•Locations of birding “hot spots,”
landmarks, fishing are as, sled hills and more

•Information about reservable pavilions and shelters

•Alerts, news, and rules and regulations

• Social media links for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Custom built mobile apps can cost tens of thousands of dollars. By using an online content management platform, with graphics designed in house by park staff,Metro Parks will be able to publish and host the app for less than $500 in 2013. In addition, staff can manage content directly rather than rely on a third party developer.

Beginning May 1, the app will be available on the iTunes Store and Google Play.

“This cross platform app will provide easy access to all of the information visitors need to enjoy the Metro Parks,” said Nathan Eppink, Chief of Marketing &
Communications.

Call 330-865-8065 or visit www.summitmetroparks.org for more information.

Friday, 05 April 2013 11:49

Bond Set At $2M For Murder Suspect

Bond has been set at $2 million for the 18-year-old arrested in connection with the murder of a New Franklin couple.

Shawn Ford Jr., 18, of Akron appeared in Barberton Municipal Court Friday morning.

He is facing two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, among other charges for the deaths of Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and his wife, Margaret, 59. Ford was the boyfriend of the couple's 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea.

Authorities say Ford used a sledgehammer to kill the couple in their home Tuesday afternoon. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office says the couple died from blunt impacts to the head.

Ford's next appearance in court is scheduled for April 10 at 1 p.m.

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Friday, 05 April 2013 05:28

Akron Digital Academy To Stay Open

The Akron Digital Academy has reversed a decision to close the school after the board of directors listened to emotional statements made at a public forum.

The Beacon Journal reports a crowd of nearly 100 parents, educators and students attended the meeting.

About a week ago, the online charter school announced plans to close at the end of the school year due to low enrollment and because of the new course standards requiring some major changes in the way the digital academy did business.

The school is expected to move forward with plans to restructure the school, which may include closing the academy's two satellite locations in churches.

On the web: www.ohio.com

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Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:25

Summit ME: Couple Died Of Blunt Impacts

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has released the cause of death for the New Franklin couple found dead inside their home Tuesday afternoon.

The report released says the cause of death for both 56-year-old Jeffrey Schobert and 59-year-old Margaret Schobert is blunt impacts to the head. The case is being investigated as a double homicide.

Construction workers found the couple dead in their bedroom at their Rex Lake Drive home Tuesday afternoon. New Franklin police has scheduled a press conference for Thursday at 2 p.m..

Authorities say the couple's daughter was assaulted a week earlier. New Franklin police and the Akron Police Department are working together to determine if the cases are related.

 

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Thursday, 04 April 2013 07:05

Pitcture Idea For A Trip

I came across the picture on Pinterest and I had to share it. This is something I've added to my list of "must-do's!"
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Thursday, 04 April 2013 06:17

Cupcake Frosting In Minutes

Who knew?! I may be the last person finding out about this little gem, but it's still worth it's own post. Just before you pop out your freshly baked cupcakes from the oven, place a marshmallow on top to create a simple layer of icing. This is great if you are running out of time or ingredients.
Cupcake Frosting In Minutes

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Thursday, 04 April 2013 06:13

Simple Tray/Centerpiece

Your style changes pretty fast these day, but you don't need to spend a fortune creating a sophisticated or edgy look around the house.
I've posted a few things about different ways to use picture frames, but this one is my favorite. Use the frame as a tray under flowers or any centerpiece to give an extra dramatic look. Use a unique pattern as the...
Thursday, 04 April 2013 06:06

DIY Tire Ottoman

Using rope and a couple of pieces of plywood - you can create your very own ottoman! If you love to build your own furniture or crafts - this is something that you will want to try out for yourself!
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