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Stabbing leads to attempted murder charge

A Troy area man is facing an attempted murder charge after a stabbing that occurred during the Sixth Annual Peace Fest music festival at Zane-Shawnee Caverns early Saturday morning.



Joseph D. Burton, 36, is currently lodged in the Logan County Jail on the felony charge.

About 2:35 a.m. Saturday, deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Tri-Valley EMS responded to the caverns, 7092 State Route 540, Bellefontaine, in reference to a stabbing.

Jason N. Dalton, 37, of New Carlisle, reportedly had sustained several stab wounds. He was treated at the scene, and then was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Security personnel at the caverns identified Mr. Burton as the suspect.

Witnesses said they saw the two men engage in an argument, which eventually turned physical. A knife was recovered at the scene by security and was turned into deputies.

Deputies are working with officials from the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office on the case. Interviews also are planned with Mr. Dalton once he is well enough.

Sheriff Andrew J. Smith said in recent years, deputies have dealt with other complaints during music festivals at Zane-Shawnee Caverns.

In July 2011, several drug trafficking arrests were made during one such event at the caverns, where three men were charged with possession of drugs and drug trafficking in methamphetamine.

Several weeks prior to that date at a different event, deputies arrested a Cincinnati man for possession of a counterfeit controlled substance and assault.

That defendant reported to deputies that he had been assaulted by a male and a female pair at the festival, both of whom accused him of selling them ecstasy that “wasn’t good.”

During the same event that June, several Piqua area teens also were charged with drug abuse and underage consumption.

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