Ohio briefly, July 23

Police fatally shoot suspect in robbery

TOLEDO (AP) — Authorities say police have shot a suspect after a robbery where two people were found stabbed, and the suspect and one of those stabbed have died.

Toledo police say they received a report around 10 p.m. Saturday about a robbery at a Dollar General store. They said suspect Dale Slocum was found outside the store and shot in an encounter with police. Authorities say the 57-year-old man died at a hospital.

Police say 53-year-old Tommy Thacker was found stabbed inside the store and died at the scene. Police Chief George Kral told WTOL-TV Thacker and his wife apparently tried to stop the robbery.

Police say the wife was hospitalized with stab wounds.

Messages seeking additional details were left for police Sunday.

No officers were injured.

Pedestrian struck by 2 vehicles dies

COLUMBUS (AP) — Authorities say a man was struck by two vehicles as he was trying to cross a road in central Ohio and has died.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Daniel Bender was hit by a pickup truck late Friday night as he was trying to cross a road in Prairie Township west of Columbus. Deputies say a second vehicle then hit Bender in the road.

Authorities say the driver of the pickup truck stopped and remained at the scene, while the driver of the other vehicle left the scene.

Bender was taken to a hospital where the Grove City man was pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office was searching for the driver of the second vehicle. The crash remains under investigation.

Ohio man drowns in Tennessee lake

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — An official said an Ohio man has drowned in a Tennessee lake after falling from a boat into the water.

Jeff Roberson of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency told news outlets 52-year-old Richard Curry, of Jamestown, fell from a pontoon boat as he tried to step on a fuel dock Saturday evening at Norris Lake. Roberson said Curry did not resurface after going under. Witnesses said he had removed his life jacket.

The Campbell County Rescue Squad was able to recover the body in about 40 minutes.

Lady Antebellum calls police lip sync of its song ‘amazing’

MIDDLETOWN (AP) — An Ohio police department’s entry in a lip sync challenge sweeping the nation has gotten rave reviews — including from the country music group whose song is featured.

Middletown police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he’s “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments. The Hamilton Middletown Journal-News reported among fans of the video is the band Lady Antebellum, which tweeted that the police department’s cover of its song “Need You Now” is “amazing.”

Since its posting Wednesday the video has been viewed more than 2 million times.

The police chief said it took about an hour to shoot the video. He said some officers were reluctant at first but everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.

Pink Floyd opera makes US debut

CINCINNATI (AP) — An opera based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” album has made its U.S. debut in Cincinnati.

“Another Brick in the Wall” opened Friday at Music Hall. The opera premiered in Montreal last year. Pierre Dufour’s production follows a rock singer named Pink who relives pivotal moments in his life during a stay at a mental health clinic.

The opera includes all of the albums lyrics along with some melodic themes. Dufour believes the progressive rock album’s story of love and loss makes it a great opera.

“In Montreal, people were coming and telling us how in the presentation as an opera they have rediscovered the poetry and the strength of the libretto by Roger Waters,” Dufour said. “You know, it’s a huge human story.”

“Another Brick” star Nathan Keoughan had the task of diving into Pink’s “tortured” life.

“With this opera, you really get to go into the darkness and the various colors of the person. It’s both rewarding and exhausting,” Keoughan said.

Most of the audiences in Montreal were made up of nontraditional patrons who weren’t in the opera’s database, according to Dufour. Keoughan believes many rock fans were attracted to the opera because of its creativity.

The opera will run through July 31.

More information is available at the Cincinnati Opera website.

Montgomery Co. fairgrounds sees

higher attendance

DAYTON (AP) — A county fair in southwest Ohio has seen a huge increase in attendance following a location move.

According to the Montgomery County Agricultural Society, 27,000 people attended the Montgomery County Fair this year at the new fairgrounds in Jefferson Township. That’s about 13,000 more attendees than last year.

The fairgrounds had spent more than 160 years in Dayton before the move.

Agricultural Society Board of Directors President John Yancik said he was happy with the turn out and the response from people. Yancik said the event helped show off climate-controlled facilities.

The agricultural society is considering building another building and gazebo.

Officials say more improvements will be made as funding becomes available.

Police focus on Move Over law

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s State Highway Patrol and state police in five other states are focusing on enforcement of the Move Over law.

The law requires drivers approaching any vehicles with flashing or rotating lights that are parked on the roadside to move over to an adjacent lane. Motorists should slow down and proceed with caution if moving over isn’t possible due to traffic or weather conditions or lack of a second lane.

The safety effort began Sunday is to end at 11:59 a.m. Saturday. It includes state police in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

From 2013-2017, Ohio patrol cruisers were involved in 58 crashes that appear to be related to the Move Over law. The crashes resulted in the deaths of two civilians and injured 34 civilians and 24 officers.

Husband of celebrity chef wins contest

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — After eight previous tries, the husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen has won the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest which takes place in the city where writer Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote during the 1930s.

Michael Groover won the contest Saturday at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, which is where the author often relaxed with friends. Deen applauded the victory of her 62-year-old husband, who is a harbor pilot from Savannah.

The contest on the 119th anniversary of Hemingway’s birth and is a highlight of the Hemingway Days celebration.

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