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The pellet gun carried by Vincente Montano at a movie theater in Antioch, Tenn.

The pellet gun carried by Vincente Montano at a Tennessee movie theater

Would be theater shooter stopped and shot dead
Vincente Montano

Vincente Montano

Antioch, Tenn. — A would be shooter at a movie theater in suburban Nashville was thwarted by police today.
Armed with a gun and a hatchet and carrying two backpacks, the suspect entered the Carmike Theater 8, where “Mad Max” was being shown. Soon faced with police, he was chased by a SWAT team and shot dead.
One person received a minor injury from the hatchet. Three persons complained about the pepper spray the suspect used. No one was shot.
The suspect later was identified as Vincente Montano, 29, who was arrested on an assault charge in 2004 and was committed to mental health care four times between 2004 and 2007, police said. His gun was later identified as a BB gun.
This incident occurred during the week James Holmes likely will learn whether he faces the death penalty for the murder of 12 persons at an Aurora, Colo., theater in 2012
Wednesday’s violence comes nearly two weeks after a theater shooting in Lafayette, La. Gunman John Houser killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself.

Cave City Watermelon Festival starts Thursday
CC Watermelon FestCave City, Ark. — The 36th annual Cave City Watermelon Festival runs Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 6-8, and kicks off with watermelon judging at 5 p.m. Gospel music runs from 5:30 ’til 7:45, and The Palmers perform at 8 p.m.
Admission to the festival and concerts is free.
Open kids’ fishing is scheduled Friday, and the Cave City Cruizers are featured Friday starting at 7 p.m. The Lockhouse Orchestra plays at 7:30 p.m.
A parade steps off at 10 a.m. Luke Stroud and the ’50’s Beat are on stage at noon. Various watermelon-related competition start at 4 p.m. Shenandoah performs at 8:30 p.m.
For the full festival schedule, see cavecityarkansas.info/wateremelonfestival, or the festival Facebook page.

Mammoth Spring Reunion runs through Saturday, Aug. 8
MS cannonMammoth Spring, Ark. — The annual Mammoth Spring Reunion is under way this week at Mammoth Spring State Park.
Bingo, food concessions, vendors, free entertainment and a carnival are featured each night from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Old Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Reunion was first held in 1890 to honor Civil War veterans. It now is sponsored by VFW Post 7831 and Auxiliary.
Saturday state park personnel will present a program “Watersheds of War: Life As An Arkansas Confederate Soldier” at 1 p.m. and demonstrate cannon firing at 2 p.m. For more information, call 870-625-3518 or 870-625-7364.

George W. Bush summoned for jury duty
Dallas, Tex. — Former President George W. Bush was summoned to do jury duty and today showed up at the George Allen Courts Building Ready to do his civic duty.
He sat through one jury selection panel but was not selected to be a juror.
He agreed to have his photo taken with several other potential jurors. One, Desiree Bryant, tweeted “Look who I just met doing Jury Duty!” Bush reportedly said, “Hey, I’m here to serve.”
Secret Service agents were present outside the courtroom.

George W. Bush and Desiree Bryant  (Twitter photo)

George W. Bush and Desiree Bryant (Twitter photo)

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