UFO baffles Sandusky County Pyramid-like object similar to one seen same night near Chicago
By Brad thingyen - Staff Writer Sandusky Register (OH) 3-6-99
CLYDE - UFOs might be the stuff of fiction and over-imaginative minds, but if you ask Jaime Kwiatkowski about Thursday night she will probably disagree.
Kwiatkowski, 18, of Clyde, and a friend were driving southwest on Ohio 101 toward Clyde at about 10:30 p.m. when they saw a light in the northwestern sky. She described it as kind of like the aircraft warning lights on towers, but it wasn't blinking. She said her friend, who was driving, sped up and tried to catch the object, which was moving very fast.
The object slowed down and they stopped the car underneath and got out.
"It was a black pyramid with three lights, (one) on each corner," Kwiatkowski said.
They heard a hum and then the object "shot up in the sky like a shooting star heading up."
Kwiatkowski, who said she's lived in Clyde for about five years, said she's never seen anything like the object before. She said a Green Springs woman also reported seeing a similar object that night.
According to the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Wash., which was contacted about the UFO by the Sandusky County Sheriffs Office, this is a very serious sighting.
A similar sighting took place about 10 minutes earlier near Lemont, Ill., west of Chicago, said Peter Davenport, executive director of the center.
"We like to get more than just one report from one individual for any given case," he said.
Davenport said that in Lemont, which is also a rural area, a young woman was driving and saw an object that she thought was approaching fairly rapidly. She also followed the object she saw, which was described as triangular with three lights on each corner and one in the center, moving east.
The woman drove to her mother's house and pointed out the object to her before it disappeared, making what appeared to be a turn to the south. Davenport said the mother reported there were red and blue lights around the edges as well.
"It was essentially the same object," Davenport said, adding that there appears to be no prior relationship between Kwiatkowski and the Lemont woman.
"We have people over a broad geographic region," Davenport said, explaining that the independent sources are why his organization is taking the matter so seriously.
A similar sighting, though considered less reliable by the center, took place near Madison, Wis.
Davenport also said an airliner thingypit crew "over the northern part of the midwestern United States," reported that, slightly before the other sightings Thursday, a ball of green fire shot past their thingypit, causing a burning sensation in their faces. The next morning a crew member reported that his face was red and sore, similar to a sunburn. The crew asked not to be identified to either the press or authorities.
Davenport said he's heard one explanation of the event was that it was a conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.
"(Sometimes) in the past UFOs were found to be bright planets," Richard Speir, director of the planetarium at Sandusky High School, said.
Speir doesn't believe that to be true in this case. The three planets would have set by the time the UFO was sighted.
Speir said the three brightest objects in the sky at that time of night would have been the three stars which make up Orion's Belt. These three stars are in a distinct straight line and he said it was impossible they could have been mistaken as a triangle.
Another UFO was sighted near Fremont on Sunday night by a Fremont man near the 700 block of County Road 126 and later by Sandusky County Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Amor.
In his report Amor described a cluster of steady red, green, white and yellow lights.
"(The UFO) did not give me any indication that it was anything else other than an airplane or a helicopter," Amor wrote in his report.
Kwiatkowski, who said she wasn't interested in aliens and UFOs before Thursday, is taking a definite interest now. She said whatever the object was, it wasn't a plane. Her theory?
"I think it was an experiment from the government," she said.
Davenport said the truth about the object might never be known.
"We rarely are able to come to a definitive conclusion as to what caused a sighting," he said.
Copyright (c) 1999 Sandusky Newspapers, Inc. ___
Is Madison County On UFO Flight Path?
By Melinda M. White Madison Press (London, OH), 5-13-98
LONDON - Something strange is happening in the quiet, rural communities of Madison County, according to Jim Donohoe.
Donohoe, a London area resident, has been compiling evidence on UFO sightings around Madison County and Ohio since 1979.
He has written several books chronicling the different sightings and encounters made by local residents and has even spotted a few UFOs himself.
Donohoe became a believer in extraterrestrial phenomenon in 1953 when his uncle, who was in the Air Force, told him of an encounter he had while working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
His uncle claimed that he had seen the bodies of several aliens beings examined on a table. He said the bodies were like humans except they had larger heads and their eyes and ears were lower on the head than humans.
Donohoe listened to stories about UFO and alien encounters all his life until in 1979 he decided to start compiling and publishing the information.
He claims that Ohio, and Madison County, from time to time are a hotbed of UFO activity.
Donohoe stated that UFOs have been spotted near Madison Lake, London Correctional Institution, Mt. Sterling and along Route 665, better known as UFO Highway.
He feels that only about 10 to 15 percent of reported UFO sightings are actually legitimate, but added, "everything in the world can't be a fake."
One of Donohoe's colleagues, Peggy Tillman, a resident of South Charleston, has also been compiling information about UFOs for many years.
Tillman also became a believer in her youth, when she and her family encountered what she believes was a Bigfoot.
She claimed that she and her siblings witnessed a large man, wearing a shaggy coat that covered his entire body, near their house on several occasions. It wasn't until years later that she realized the mysterious man could have been a Bigfoot.
Tillman believes there are several Bigfoots living in Madison County and throughout Ohio.
"There has to be several," Tillman said. "They usually travel in families."
Tillman claims to have heard reports of Bigfoots near LoCI during the times when UFOs have reportedly been spotted in the area.
Tillman is one of the first Bigfoot researchers to make a connection between Bigfoot and UFOs.
Both Tillman and Donohoe can't explain why Bigfoot and UFOs would be attracted to Madison County, but they believe it could have something to do, with Madison County's proximity to Wright-Patterson.
Another theory involves the power lines that are near Route 665 and the prison.
"The prison farm has its own energy source and they (the UFOs) have some way of tapping into the generators," Tillman said. "They are using the generators like a battery charger."
Donohoe cannot predict when the next UFO sighting will be, but like anything, he said, the sightings have busy and slow times.
"People think they have to go somewhere else to see UFOs. There are as many in Ohio as the rest of the U.S.," Donohoe said. "If you want phenomenon, just walk out your back door."
Copyright (c) 1998 Central Ohio Printing Corp. ___
Three Motorists See UFO On Halloween
By Ian Hill - Staff Writer The Courier (Findlay, OH) 2-8-01
Lakeview resident John Timmerman called what happened on Halloween near Cygnet an unexplained event viewed by multiple witnesses. Most people, however, would call it a UFO sighting.
But no matter how the event is described, Timmerman is sure of one thing: It was something at least three motorists won't soon forget.
"If I saw one, I wouldn't forget it for awhile," said Timmerman, who serves as the treasurer and public relations officer for the Chicago-based J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies.
Timmerman said he has been informed that at least three motorists viewed a large, long, bright object slowly moving west just above the trees on Halloween near the Cygnet exit on Interstate 75. The object hovered for a few moments over the interstate before rapidly moving to either the west or the north.
Now Timmerman is hoping to find other local residents who witnessed the event and are willing to discuss their experiences. He hopes to use their accounts to confirm that the sighting actually took place.
Timmerman said that eventually, he would like to create a report about UFOs that is "more conclusive than what the government is willing to tell us."
So far, he said, he has spoken with two of the motorists who claim to have witnessed the event on Halloween near Cygnet. One is a Bloom dale woman who was delivering food for Chuck's Pizza & Subs in Cygnet when the event occurred.
According to Timmerman, the woman was at the intersection of the northbound I-75 exit ramp and Front Street in Cygnet when she noticed the object above the trees about 500 feet to her north. The woman told Timmerman that the object moved slowly west until it was above the interstate.
The object then stopped, glowed brightly and moved rapidly to the west.
"All she saw was a streak of light," said Timmerman, who has never had his own UFO sighting. He would not release the names of the motorists who witnessed the Cygnet event.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that local airport radar information from Halloween already has been discarded. However, he also said that he had not been informed that any unusual objects appeared on radar in the Cygnet area that day.
After the woman said she watched the object move to the west, she drove to Chuck's Pizza & Subs to prepare for her next delivery. On her way to her next delivery the woman was flagged down by two men outside of a stopped car on Cygnet Road near Rudolph Road. The men had been driving from Florida to Detroit on I-75 when they noticed the object, Timmerman said.
According to an account posted by one of the men on the National UFO Reporting Center Internet site, the object "appeared to be a meteor coming across the horizon from the east and out of space." The account identifies one of the men in the car as a classical piano teacher, while the other man is a carpenter. Timmerman said both men were Detroit residents.
"It crossed over I-75 heading west, when an explosion or emission of some kind lit behind it, illuminating the craft," the account states. "The event looked not like an explosion proper, but rather an orange, yellow and a sparkling gold bolt of lightning with many branches."
Like the pizza-delivery woman, the men said that they watched as the object hovered above the interstate. The account also states that the men then saw a "flash of white light."
However, the men said after the flash of light the object moved north, not west, until it was approximately a half-mile away from their car. They then pulled off I-75 and drove towards Rudolph Road for a better view.
When the men flagged down the pizza-delivery woman they said the object was hovering about 100 feet above the trees to the north of their car. The men asked the pizza-delivery woman if she had witnessed the event.
After trading stories the men and woman agreed that they had witnessed the same event. They watched the object for a few minutes as it hovered above the trees before deciding to meet later at Chuck's Pizza & Subs and discuss the event.
The woman then left to make her delivery.
When the woman left, the men said they decided to try and get a closer view of the object. But as they drove to the north, the object began to approach their car.
"Which, of course, did something to reduce their courage," Timmerman said.
The men quickly reversed their direction and drove to meet the delivery woman at Chuck's Pizza & Subs.
At the restaurant the men and woman discussed their experiences. The next day the men reported their sighting to the National UFO Reporting Center, which is based in Seattle. The director of the reporting center then called Timmerman.
Timmerman, who worked as a savings officer at a bank in Lima until retiring in 1993, has been investigating UFO phenomena since the early 1950s. He has been a member of the board of directors at the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies since 1979.
The center is an international group of scientists, academics, investigators, and volunteers dedicated to the continuing examination and analysis of UFO phenomena.
Timmerman said he has been informed of other sightings in northwest Ohio in the past. However, he said the Halloween sighting in Cygnet was "the first time I've had one worthy of pursuit," since it was experienced by multiple witnesses.
The National UFO Reporting Center Internet site also includes information about a sighting in September near Leipsic and a sighting in 1999 near Upper Sandusky.
Timmerman said that since it was Halloween, many other Cygnet residents may have been outside at night to witness last year's event. He is encouraging local residents who witnessed the event to contact him at (937) 843-3834.
"We are open to new witnesses," Timmerman said, adding that "the case is not closed."
Copyright (c) 2001 Findlay Publishing Co. ___
Ashtabula Township Woman Tapes UFO Near Her Home
By Pamela E. Gran - Staff Writer Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH) 11-7-00
ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP - It's been more than three months since she spotted several unidentified objects in the night sky, but Mary Standy said it's time to speak out about her findings.
Standy has about 15 minutes of tape shot with her family's camcorder to prove what she saw late on July 17. Standy was recording the full moon at about 11:30 p.m. "I was going to use the pictures to make a poster for my daughter's room," Standy said.
What she saw as she aimed the camcorder at the night sky from her bedroom window turned out to be far more than just a scenic view of the moon and picturesque wispy clouds, however.
As Standy videotaped from the east side of her Lincoln Drive home, suddenly she noticed tiny, round white lights streaking from left to right above, below and around the moon.
"They weren't planes and they weren't shooting stars," Standy said, beginning to shake with the memory of her experience.
One of the lights drifted to the right of the moon, disappeared behind a large cloud, then seconds later zipped to the left and was gone from sight.
During about 10 minutes of recording, more than a half-dozen such "lights" alternately appeared and disappeared around the edges of the moon, Standy said.
Standy said she was forced to brace her arms on the window's edge to steady them as she began to react to the incident.
Her dog, a thingyer spaniel, hopped onto the nearby bed and began to growl. Standy also recalled that the fur on the dog's head stood on end as it reacted to whatever was traveling the sky.
An hour later, Standy's nerves suffered a further shock when she went to her front yard and recorded an even more spectacular sight.
Carefully focusing the camera into the cloudless sky, Standy's daughter captured another five minutes of a rapidly darting light, which alternately changed shape from round to elliptical to tubular.
The object appeared white as it darted around the sky, but when caught on freeze-frame, it turned green, red and purple.
Even though it was a warm July night, Standy felt chilled to the bone, she said.
The incident in July is not the first, nor was it the last such experience for Standy.
"I've been seeing objects in the sky since about the age of 9," she said.
On Oct. 21, Standy once again caught something unexplained on film. This time it was a large, white ball of light. At first she thought it was the moon. However, the orb was not in the right position in the sky at the time she was recording about 2 a.m., Standy said.
Standy said she is frightened, not only about what the objects might be, but of the consequences of her coming forward.
Friends and family, as well as strangers, have ridiculed her in the past. Standy was prompted to come forward after reading an article on other UFO sightings in the Ashtabula area which ran in Monday's Star Beacon, she said.
Standy and her family have had difficulty sleeping since the July sighting.
"I didn't sleep for 53 hours after it happened," Standy said.
To this day she is haunted by bizarre dreams in which UFOs enter her home.
Standy has contacted representatives of "Real TV" and other media agencies.
"I don't care what anyone says. I know what I saw, I believe they were spaceships," Standy said, adding there are many questions to which she would like the answers.
Copyright (c) 2000 Star Beacon ___
X-Files Comes To Saybrook
By Diana Lewis - Staff Writer Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH) 2-29-00
SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - For the second night in a row, Dennis Johnson was standing in the dark in his front yard, transfixed by a light in the sky that so far has defied explanation. "It could be an optical illusion, but I know I saw it move," he said Monday evening, outside his North Depot Road home. Pointing toward the southwest, he said, "When I came out, it was there. Now it's straight out, to the west. It's moving north."
That's pretty strange, since most of the other objects in the cloudless night sky - stars, mostly - were "moving" in a different direction, due to the rotation of the earth. "I don't think it's a satellite, or a planet," he said. "I'm just awed by it." This second night, Johnson was content to watch the odd-looking light by himself. But Sunday night, he was desperately looking for corroboration. He got it. Maybe it's because cops enjoy a believability factor the every day, run-of-the-mill UFO-spotter doesn't possess, but Johnson made the difficult decision to call in the law just before midnight Sunday to report the strange moving light in the sky to the west. "About 11:30, I was going outside to have a cigarette, because I don't smoke in the house and I saw this odd-looking star," Johnson said. "It was a flat light, instead of round and shiny, like a star."
Johnson said he walked around the yard, trying to see it from several angles. "It was just a flat-type light, so I lined it up with a telephone pole to see if it was moving," Johnson said. "It moved down, then to the left and the right." Johnson called his wife to the door, and she watched it for a while.
"She told me to be careful who I call about it, because they would think I was crazy," he said.
After watching a few minutes more and noticing it changed color from white to green at times, Johnson called 911. "I told them it wasn't an emergency, but I wanted to know if there were any other reports about it. They told me no," Johnson said.
Johnson didn't know it, but a deputy was dispatched after his first phone call. In his report, the deputy said he drove into the area, scanned the skies, and saw nothing but stars. He did not speak with Johnson.
After watching the object a while longer, Johnson tried to determine how close it was. It could have been hovering over Geneva, he said.
"I called again and said, 'Please send a car so I can show it to somebody,'" Johnson said.
The deputy was dispatched to the area again, with instructions to speak with the stargazer at his home. When he arrived, Johnson pointed out the light, located to the west of their location. "The deputy said, 'Yeah. It's moving,'" Johnson said. In his report, the deputy said he lined up the light with a fixed object and was then convinced the light was indeed moving around in one general area. By this time, two troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Saybrook Post were also on the scene:
The four men took turns looking at the light with binoculars.
"They were all joking. Saying they weren't going to say anything because people would think they were crazy," Johnson said.
Eventually, the three officers left. Johnson, however, stayed outside a bit longer.
"I watched it go over the trees, out of sight," he said. "It just went gradually lower in the sky and disappeared."
Johnson said it took about a half hour for the light to drop behind the horizon. It was moving much faster than the constellations, he said.
A call by the ACSO to Youngstown airport after Johnson's first call yielded no information.
Sheriff Billy Johnson said he believes his deputy "saw something unusual." "I'm not going to say there aren't UFOs," Johnson said. "Nobody's ever come down and tapped me on the shoulder, but I won't rule out UFOs. All we can do is watch, observe."
Copyright (c) 2000 Star Beacon ___
The Day Tristate Was Invaded By Aliens
By Jim Knippenberg The Cincinnati Enquirer 7-7-97
Yep. But we are talking 1947. July 7, 1947. The same week as the Roswell, N.M., UFO crash (or non-crash, depending on whom you believe).
Within the next week, The Enquirer reported, there were sightings in 40 of the then 48 states, including:
Massachusetts: "White, flying saucers whirling around and going at a tremendous speed."
Washington: "An object about the size of a five-bedroom house."
Vermont: "A brilliant object in the night sky . . .stationary."
And, gasp, Cincinnati. An honest-to-goodness series of UFO sightings that sent all three local papers into a frenzy:
"FLYING SAUCERS OVER CINCINNATI," said the all-caps headline on Page 1 of The Enquirer.
"More and more Greater Cincinnatians tell of seeing mystery discs in air," said the now-defunct Times Star's front page.
"Discs soar over Cincinnati, several persons report," said the Cincinnati Post's Page 1 story. It included a sidebar explaining that more than 100 people at a ballgame near Hyde Park reported sightings.
According to The Enquirer's story: "Flying discs were reported coursing through the sky over Greater Cincinnati last night. They were observed moving northward in an even flight at 6 p.m. by a Terrace Park housewife."
That would be Mrs. Arthur C. Stollmaier, then of 908 Elm Ave. She described the objects "as shiny silver plates" with surfaces that "gave off brilliant reflected light" but with "no sign of flame associated with jet propulsion."
Mrs. Stollmaier lives in a Cincinnati nursing home now and couldn't be reached for comment. But her son, Tom Stollmaier of Columbia, S.C., remembers the story:
"Oh, the flying saucer again? This is the first time I thought about it in 30 years," he said. "I was only 5 and don't remember if I saw it or not. I remember hearing about it. . . . The story came up from time to time, but it was never a really big topic in the house."
He said his mother was upset about the story appearing in the paper. "She had made an offhand comment at a party, I guess to one of your reporters, and he went back and printed it."
Upset? Because people would think she was, well, wigged out?
"No, I don't think that. She just didn't want to see it in the paper," Mr. Stollmaier said. "But she knew something had happened. She wasn't always sure what she saw, she just knew she saw something."
Unlike Roswell, there wasn't national hype accompanying the local sightings. Nor, apparently, was there an official investigation. Maybe that's because pilots landing at Lunken and what was then Greater Cincinnati Airport said they saw nothing unusual. Ditto control tower personnel.
TriState Advocates for Scientific Knowledge (TASK), the local group that investigates UFO sightings, wasn't formed until 1993.
The U.S. Air Force wasn't called in because it didn't exist as the U.S. Air Force until September 1947, said Lt. Kim Devereux in Wright-Patterson's public affairs office.
"If there was an investigation," she said, "it would have been done by the Army Air Corps (the Air Force's predecessor)."
"Ooooh, that's a tough question," said Major Ed Worley, an Army spokesman in Washington, D.C. "If it wasn't reported to us, we wouldn't have investigated." Finding out if they did, if it's even possible to find out, would take some time, Major Worley said.
Which is to say that if aliens did a flyby on July 7, 1947, it's their dirty little secret and theirs alone.