AKRON

Block watch

AKRON: Highland Park Block Watch will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sam Salem Community Learning Center, 1222 W. Waterloo Road.

Drug arrest

AKRON: The son of an Akron City Council member has been charged with felony drug trafficking.

Brian Newell Jr., 20, of Akron, was arrested Monday on charges of trafficking heroin. He was being held in the Summit County Jail pending his initial appearance today in Akron Municipal Court.

Newell is the son of Ward 5 Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples.

“Every family has their own issues in life. Unfortunately my son has been struggling with an addiction issue that we are dealing with as a family,” the councilwoman said. “My family comes first. I am a mother first.

“As we go through the legal process and find out all the details we ask that our family’s privacy be respected.”

According to court records, Newell is accused of selling heroin inside a Wren Walk apartment in March. He was investigated by Akron police and charges were filed Sunday.

Newell’s arrest comes while the city of Akron is in the midst of a major campaign designed to combat heroin use. The public service campaign includes newspaper and radio ads along with billboard messages.

In addition, just this month, police issued an alert after five people died in recent weeks after ingesting tainted heroin.

Bank robbed

AKRON: A West Market Street bank was robbed Monday in Akron.

The robber went inside the PNC branch, 1546 W. Market St., about 3 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash. The robber was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the bank.

Police said the man is about 30 years old with a light-brown complexion, light-brown hair, a goatee and possibly a small pony tail.

He was wearing white athletic shoes, black shorts with white trim, a dark short sleeve T-shirt with a long sleeve green shirt underneath, sunglasses and a dark cap.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490.

Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS (2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637. Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.

CANTON

Pantry closed

CANTON: The emergency food pantry at 408 Ninth St. SW will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day, officials with the Stark County Hunger Task Force said Monday.

The pantry, in the Community Campus at Goodwill, will return to regular hours Monday, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

For more information, call 330-455-6667 or go to www.starkhunger.org.

CLEVELAND

Concerts planned

CLEVELAND: On Wednesday nights through the month of July, the Transformer Station gallery is presenting a series of free outdoor concerts on its stage in front of the former power station on West 29th Street.

This week’s Ohio City Stages concert features Chicha Libre, an eclectic ensemble from Brooklyn, N.Y., with world music influences.

Later in the month, the concerts continue with singer Noura Mint Seymali from Mauritania performing on on July 9, followed by Cuba’s Conjunto Chappottin on July 16, BaianaSystem from Brazil brings the music on July 23, and the series concludes with Zimbabwe’s Makoombah on July 30.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. All the concerts are free.

The Transformer Station was originally one of sixteen substations built by Cleveland’s one-time private transit provider, the Cleveland Railway Company, that converted power for the Detroit Avenue streetcar line.

Last year, Transformer Station was opened as a gallery and performance space.

The Ohio City Stages series is presented by Charter One. For more information go to Clevelandart.org.