Monday, July 08, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Fault line watched for seismic activity

Enquirer staff and news services

        EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The ground in southwestern Indiana is being watched more closely since a June 18 earthquake shook a region with little history of seismic activity.

        Monitors installed in northwestern Vanderburgh County a few days after the quake can detect events ranging from the footfalls of a passing deer to dynamite blasts. But they have recorded no seismic movements.

        “That's a little surprising,” said Paul Doss, chairman of the geology department at the University of Southern Indiana.

        The focus of the research is to explore the seldom-documented Wabash Valley Fault.

        “We don't know as much about the Wabash Valley system as we do, say, the New Madrid Fault,” Mr. Doss said, referring to the geological feature that extends northwest of Memphis, Tenn., through New Madrid, Mo., and Cairo, Ill. “The very simple reason for that is the Wabash Valley system has never been instrumented.”

        Last month's earthquake changed that in a hurry. The quake, centered about six miles west of Darmstadt, measured 5.0 in magnitude and caused little damage. However, it was felt at least 250 miles away — as far north as South Bend and as far south as Memphis.

        Within a few days, seismology researchers from across the country began monitoring the Wabash Valley Fault.

        Now, two monitors that Mr. Doss checks every two days are in place near his home outside Darmstadt. Similar monitors are placed in Darmstadt, Blairsville, Caborn and Cynthiana.


Man hospitalized in Wayne Twp. crash

               A two-vehicle crash on Jacksonburg Road in Wayne Township early Sunday sent two men to hospitals.

        Bradley S. Hoekzema, 20, of Fairfield, was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he was listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon.

        Aaron M. Ashcraft, 29, of Madison Township, was treated at Middletown Regional Hospital and released, a nursing superviser said.

        Mr. Ashcraft was driving his 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck north on Jacksonburg Road about 8:40 a.m. when it collided with Mr. Hoekzema's southbound 1991 Honda Civic.


Girl, 8, in critical condition after wreck

               TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP — An eight-year-old Fremont girl remained in serious condition Sunday night after two minivans crashed Saturday, killing a Cincinnati man and injuring nine others.

        Samantha Clonch was listed in critical condition at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Dayton, a nursing supervisor said.

        The wreck occurred about 6:25 p.m. when a 1996 Dodge Caravan traveling west on Ohio 63 ran a red light and struck a 1998 Ford Windstar traveling southbound on Ohio 741, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

        The driver of the Windstar, Alejo H. Cortes, 36, of Cincinnati, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

        Samantha was riding in the Caravan.

        Injured in the Windstar were Melinda Cortes, 34, Nichole Cortes, 14, Selena Cortes, 2, and Alexa Cortes, 7 months, all of Cincinnati. They were treated at Middletown Regional Hospital late Saturday and released.

        Ashley Cortes, 12, and Courtney Cortes, 9, both of Cincinnati, were treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and released.

        Others injured in the Caravan were Lancan Holbrook, 34, Niquel Binder, 31, and Amanda Binder, 6, all of Fremont. They also were treated at the Middletown hospital and released. Ms. Binder was listed in good condition Sunday.

       Last of three escaped inmates captured

        WEST UNION — The last of three inmates who escaped from the Adams County Jail Feb. 21 after overpowering a guard was apprehended Friday.

        Brett Burns, 30, of Peebles, was arrested after an anonymous tip led authorities to a home on David Memorial Road, according to the Adams County Sheriff's Office.

        He was awaiting trial on a charge of illegal manufacture of drugs and now faces felony indictments for escape and felonious assault on a police officer.

        A 26-year-old man who rented the David Memorial Road residence, Arnold D. Wesley, was held for questioning pending formal charges on obstructing justice.

        Mr. Burns and two other inmates escaped after attacking Corrections Officer Edwin Phillips while he was placing an inmate in his cell.

        One of the three, Robert Moman of Manchester, who was awaiting trial on a rape charge, was captured immediately. Justin Conn, 22, of West Union, who was in jail on an illegal manufacture of drugs charge, was captured later.


Man charged with beating bartender

               A Delhi Township man has been charged with beating a bartender at a Camp Washington tavern several times in the head with a baseball bat Saturday night.

        Glen Clark, 22, was charged with felonious assault in the 11:14 p.m. attack at Sonny's Place in the 3100 block of Colerain Avenue. He fled the scene but Delhi Township police apprehended him at 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

        Mr. Clark is to appear today in court.

        The 28-year-old bartender, Dwyane Isbell, was in serious condition Sunday night at University Hospital.


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