Saturday, 8 March 2008

Stephenville , Texas UFO - David Caron Video Explained

Stephenville Symbols Of UFO Footage - Comparison

Since the footage captured by David Caron was, “Leaked” onto the internet it caused quite a stir. A YouTube user called, “Sparksabit” has further investigated the alleged symbols evident in the video and has been able to successfully reproduce the effect using an identical video camera.

The following video shows a clip from the David Caron Video then a clip from YouTube Users Sparksabit Video, this is then repeated with a different section from both videos.

Lastly, to make the comparison easier it the shows the David Caron video Inset in Sparksabit video and then the Sparksabit video Inset in David Caron video.

The following video is IN NO WAY intended to detract from the Stephenville, Texas UFO reports. It provides a solution for ONE VIDEO that was allegedly of the Stephenville Lights. David Caron had previously said that the effect was more visible when viewed thorough the viewfinder on his Camcorder, all the following video does is to verify this comment. In my opinion this video confirms that the David Caron video is a star accidentally recorded using the, “JVC Night Alive” setting.

THIS DOES NOT ANSWER ALL STEPHENVILLE UFO QUESTIONS!!

You can really discern patterns better when viewed on a larger screen
so click on this text for an enlargement.

Related Posts:
David Caron Video Leaked
Stephenville, Texas UFO Flap

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Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Stephenville, Texas UFO - David Caron Video Online

David Caron Texas UFO Video Posted Online

Well it's already a convoluted tale of the video allegedly being leaked, posted to the internet and then promptly removed. But by then it was too late and it was already appearing in other places, I've held off posting it but as it's quickly propagated across the internet anyway, here it is.

And here's a news clip showing a section of the UFO footage captured by David Caron and it certainly seems to further authenticate this latest release, hopefully the footage captured by a police dashboard camera is soon to follow.....

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Saturday, 1 March 2008

Another Highly Credible Stephenville UFO Witness Comes Forward!!

Angelia Joiner is still reporting on the Stephenville, Texas UFO and regularly publishes articles to the official Stephenville Lights Website:

Stephenville UFO is viewed by
Former protector of Texas Governors

Filed 2-28-2008
By ANGELIA JOINER - Stephenville Lights Reporter
ajoiner@stephenvillelights.com

Mike Zimmerman, 62, retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety after 25 years but not before he was on protective detail for five Texas Governors. Zimmerman was assigned to protect Governors Briscoe, Clements, White, Richards and Bush for a period spanning 19 years, "Clements was governor twice," he said.

To date, Zimmerman may be the most credible witness to come forward to report what Erath County residents have been coming forward in droves to report since January 8 -- another unidentified flying object (UFO).

He said it was 6:05 a.m. on January 31 when he awoke from a peaceful slumber for a Mother Nature call. As he was returning to bed, something caught his eye through the bedroom window of his home located just past the city limits on U.S. Highway 281 South in Stephenville , Texas .

"I saw three bright lights…..Two white lights were grouped closer together and higher and the third one was closer to the horizon. That one was a reddish orange color."

Zimmerman shared a sketch and notes he had jotted down.

But, there is more to this story…

The two white lights also were shooting out beams of white light in a pulsating strobe light effect. The reddish orange light closer to the horizon did not have beams shooting from it.

"At first I thought it might be three helicopters with really bright search lights until I noticed the beams of white lights shooting out to the side of the bright lights .”

He said he awoke his companion to make sure he was seeing what he thought he was seeing. The couple watched for approximately three minutes he said.

"What I saw is completely different from what Lee Roy (Gaitan) saw…..The beams from the side weren't as obvious as the bright big lights and they were just real quick. The whole beam would just shoot out there and just disappear. If anyone had taken a picture with a timed exposure they would have caught all of them (shooting beams) at one time. It was strange. I have never seen anything like this before at all."

Zimmerman said the sun was rising and he's not sure how the lights disappeared. He said he didn't know if they became less obvious because of the sun's light or if they just left. "I could have turned away for a minute and they left…..I'm not sure what happened, but I remembered looking and they just weren't there anymore."

Zimmerman said his home faces the northwest and his bedroom is on the back of the structure. " I got out my compass and it indicated 115 degrees.....So the objects would have been more to the east ."

Zimmerman said he had talked with Gaitan on January 9 so he was aware of the object Gaitan and his son had viewed on the evening of January 8. When asked if he was able to ascertain if the objects appeared to be under intelligent control, he said he could not say because he didn't see them move.

"I hope it's military…..I know they've got things. I could go either way (opinion of military or alien) but it was out of the ordinary and I have never seen anything like it before."

Zimmerman said as he was watching the shooting beams he at first wondered if something could be going on at Fort Hood . "That's the first thought I had, but that's a long way off and it appeared to be closer than that," Zimmerman said. Zimmerman estimated that with a dime held out with his arm fully extended, the objects would have been slightly larger than the dime. He is currently employed as an officer with the Tarleton State University Police and he said he has not had another sighting, but openly confessed, "I pay more attention now and I'm watching for it."

When asked why he waited so long to come forward, he looked thoughtful and then he said, "It was something I had to think about and it didn't seem the same as what Lee Roy (Gaitan) saw."

The Stephenville UFO saga continues with Zimmerman being the third officer to come forward after Erath County Constable Lee Roy Gaitan and Sheriff's Deputy Jim Clifton.

Source: Stephenville Lights

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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Stephenville, Texas - More UFO Sighting Reports, Mufon & Witness Transcript/s

The Texas UFO sightings are still making news, witnesses are still filing reports and Mufon are still collecting and collating the information. Angelia Joiner recently posted an article to the Stephenville Lights website regarding the recent Mufon meeting on the 23 rd February, 2008.



MUFON investigates more Erath County UFO sighting reports

Filed 2-24-2008
By ANGELIA JOINER -
Stephenville Lights Reporter
ajoiner@stephenvillelights.com

Investigators with Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) collected seventeen new UFO sighting reports in Dublin , Texas , on Saturday, Feb. 23. Not knowing what to expect in the way of numbers of witnesses, eight field investigators attended from the organization from Austin , Waco , Dallas / Fort Worth , and said they were pleased with results. Chief Investigator Steve Hudgeons was asked if he believed the new reports were credible and said investigators are often faced with reports from individuals only wanting to get in on the action.

"Of the reports I have reviewed, I didn't get an impression that witnesses were not honest in their accounts…..As I have said before, this is a very, very, significant sighting."

Hudgeons conducted an interview with star witness Ricky Sorrells, who was first interviewed by Angela K. Brown of the Associated Press, on Jan. 14. After that interview was released, his story of the daytime UFO sighting at his property just outside of Dublin , quickly travelled around the world and major news outlets converged on Stephenville , Texas , the next day.

"I knew most of his (Sorrells') report because we had talked on the phone days earlier, but you never know a person until you have met them face to face…..I found him to be a man of his word because he told me he was going to see me for an interview, and he did come in, even though he was sick and not feeling well. We talked alone for almost an hour. I learned a good deal about his sighting that I hadn't known prior to our visit. He was very direct with his questions and answers. I admire and respect that quality in a person."

Hudgeons said, according to MUFON records, the total number of sighting reports in Texas , beginning in 1977 and continuing through late 2007, is slightly more than 400.

"From November 2007 to date, the numbers of sightings is in the neighbourhood of about 150……We are still investigating nearly 100 reports across Texas ."

Media had been warned off the Saturday gathering due to several witnesses leaving when cameras turned in their direction at the Jan. 19 meeting with an estimated crowd of about 400, and more than a dozen media outlets. But a few local reporters attended, as well as one from the Los Angeles Times, although no cameras were allowed inside the building.

Frank Wachowe, 32, with Mamone Productions, traveled from St. Louis, Missouri, spending about 17 hours on the road, and plans on producing a documentary film on the UFO phenomenon occurring around the area and he is interested in documenting the impact of the sighting on the various communities involved in Erath County His plans include investigating the, " Personal and emotional side of witnessing a UFO ” as well as exploring the extraordinary impact on the culture of a community who has witnessed what the Stephenville community has.

Autumn Humphreys with The History Channel's UFO Hunters was also in attendance, and said a crew from her company will arrive on Sunday, Feb. 24. In an earlier interview, she said the episode, which will include interviews with area witnesses, will probably be aired in late April or early May. Humphreys said the company has set up a temporary office in downtown Stephenville on Graham Street .

Meanwhile, Hudgeons said he and others are working nights and weekends in an effort to expedite a final report, which will be made public.

"I am a project manager for a commercial construction company and I have my own company as a side job drawing blue prints for other construction companies…..I am basically working seven days a week. Now having said that, the events in the Dublin area have been occurring, and are continuing with no foreseeable let up. All of the members on the investig ation team work for a living and we cannot continue (the investigation) forever."

"I woke up this morning (Sunday after the meeting) with three new sighting reports in Texas…..I haven't looked them up as yet to see where they are so I can make assignments."

He stated that a full report in a timeline format will be issued by MUFON soon. The report will include the final analysis of Stephenville resident David Coran's video, of Jan. 19 and 20, which was seen on many news broadcasts and Web sites. Some have referred to the lights in the video as being similar to hieroglyphic symbols.


(Image Source - ovnisusa.com)

"It (final report) will be posted in the April issue of the MUFON Journal, and I plan to hold a news conference at the Dublin Rotary Club in April…..Once again I wish to thank the Rotary Club for hosting our two meetings. MUFON was greeted warmly, and we are very appreciative."

Hudgeons said he and other members always enjoy visiting Dublin Dr Pepper, as well as meeting the friendly folks in Dublin , adding that all of the investigators for the organization are not paid and cover all of their own expenses.

Source: Stephenvillelights Website



The Stephenville Sightings March 9th, 2008 0 Mufon

The next Mufon meeting is to take place on the 9 th March, details are available at the MUFON website and are as follows.

Meeting Information

The Stephenville Sightings March 9th, 2008 - 2:00 PM

Ken Cherry, Steve Hudgeons, James Shatley and Terry Groff will discuss the recent events in Stephenville and Dublin, Texas.

Valley Ranch Public Library
401 Cimarron Trail
Irving, TX 75063

$6 for members
$8 for non-members/guests

All attendees will receive a genuine Dublin Dr. Pepper and/or a MUFON Bumper Sticker while they last. The Media is not allowed. No photography or recording devices without direct permission from Ken Cherry.

Further information available at the local Mufon website.



Stephenville, Texas, recent UFO Reports

Here's a recently posted transcript written by KXAN Austin News' Jim Swift after spending two days talking with the witnesses.



Dublin , Texas , home of the world's oldest Dr. Pepper bottling plant.

Just down the highway a few miles, Stephenville, Texas, known far and wide as the state's dairy capital. But over the last few weeks, these communities and a wider swath of North Central Texas have become the epicentre of the country's latest outbreak of UFO fever.

  • "A big long area of bright, bright, intensely bright lights ," said dental office administrator Claudette Odam.
  • "The lights or the navigation lights are what I saw ," said Mac McKinnon with the Dublin Citizen Publisher.
  • "They were extremely bright. " said retiree James Huse.
  • "In a line, in a straight line and so long ," said Odam.
  • "What was so odd, these lights were flashing like a strobe ," said Constable Lee Roy Gaitan
  • "A strobe that just kept going and going and going ," said Odam.
  • "I have a drawing that I made ," said Huse.
  • "Other lights would start doing stuff ," said Odam.
  • "It appears to be maybe something like this and it's just spinning around ," said Gaitan.
  • "It had kind of a flat bottom on it; it was round, kind of gum-drop shaped, " said Huse.
  • "It would look like, kind of like a light show," said Odam.
  • "They were not just strobing; they were moving around, " said Gaitan.
  • "It was like an energy field of some sort, going through the center of it, " said Huse.
  • "In an instant, they were gone, " said Gaitan.

As reports and rumors spread, the military denied having any activity in the area, only to admit a few days later that there were 10 jets training.

  • " The airplanes, the jets following the lights right over the top of my house and it shook my house ," said Odam.
  • " I could clearly see that they were jets; I could clearly hear that they were jets ," said Gaitan.
  • " They weren't training when we saw them and especially that late at night. You know, I'm not trying to say they're lying or anything, but they've lied once, " said Odam.
  • "It somewhat tarnished their, I guess their word or whatever you want to call it, their credibility," said Gaitan.

But in the end, the big question remains: what's up there?

  • "I think there's other stuff out there. If it's getting close to the end like everybody says it is, maybe they're coming back here to see the same thing we're waiting for, " said Odam.
  • "This didn't just happen; it has a cause, OK ?" said Huse.

All right, if that's the case, what might that cause and effect be? Well, it turns out a consensus may be developing.

  • " You know, for years, you know, all the time I was in the military, they've always wanted to have some kind of hovering device that was silent, and it was also big ," said McKinnon.
  • " Either some type of new weapon or new craft or something that they're working on, " said Gaitan.

But if it is aliens...

  • " We've had no reports of lost cows; we've had no reports of lost milk and no reports of lost cases of Dr. Pepper. So I think they left empty-handed, " said Huse.

But if they took nothing, they did leave plenty of curiosity behind.

Source: KXAN

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Sunday, 24 February 2008

Stephenville , Texas - UFO Reporter Angelia Joiner Hired As News Director

A couple of days ago Angelia Joiner announced that as well as working as a reporter for the official, “Stephenville Lights” website she has also recently been hired as news director for radio station KCUB/107.9 FM, who claims on its website that:

"Mandatory FM is your official Stephenville UFO information station!"



The website's main page currently states that:

“Also, we welcome to the Mandatory FM family, Angelia Joiner, who will be heading up our news department and keeping us in touch with any UFO sightings in the area!

If you would like to get in touch with Angelia, e-mail her at: mailto:ajoiner@mandatoryfm.com: Also, check out Stephenville Lights for the latest UFO sightings in and around the Stephenville area!”



It may seem initially that Mandatory Fm is jumping on the UFO bandwagon but a quick glance at the website shows that it also boasts interviews with James Fox (director of, “Out Of The Blue”) and Steve Hudgeons (Assistant State Director of MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network) so at least they are showing willing and Mandatory FM seem sincere enough in their intentions. They've essentially provided another place Angelia Joiner can be contacted as well as helping to keep her at the forefront of the Stephenville UFO Reports and by doing so are providing an invaluable service not only to the Stephenville community, but also to everyone who considers themselves responsible enough to personally decide what News stories they want to hear about.

Strangely the previous employers of Ms Joiner are STILL running articles on the UFO sightings. This is strange of course as these employers (of the small Australian owned local Stephenville newspaper) decided to axe Angelia Joiner and confiscate her computer as she'd apparently caused them, “ Embarrassment ” by reporting on the Stephenville UFOs. Apparently not nearly enough embarrassment as they've decided to invite more by the fact that they are still covering the incident themselves, so to add to the, “ Embarrassment ” they now have, insincerity, duplicity, double standards, hypocrisy, etc. or perhaps its just that Angelia Joiners articles asked the right questions of the right people?

Source: Mandatory FM

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Saturday, 23 February 2008

Stephenville , Texas – Another Erath County Officer Witnesses UFO

Angelia Joiner has posted another article (22 February 2008) about the Stephenville UFO sightings. The article is on the official, “Stephenville Lights” website where Angelia Joiner is listed as the, “Stephenville Lights ­Reporter.”

Stephenville , Texas – Another Erath County Officer Witnesses UFO

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Erath County officer witnesses UFO

Filed 2-22-2008
By ANGELIA JOINER - Stephenville Lights ­ Reporter
ajoiner@stephenvillelights.com

Another law enforcement officer has come forward in the strange and mysterious UFO sightings in Erath County . Sgt. Jim Clifton of the Erath County Sheriff's Department was with Erath County Constable Lee Roy Gaitan in the early morning hours of Feb. 2 on U.S. Hwy. 377 when both saw something extraordinary in the black sky.

Stephenville, Texas UFO Witness
Stephenville, Texas UFO Witness
County Constable Lee Roy Gaitan

"It was a clear night, no clouds, no moon, and a dark night," Clifton said. "I've never seen anything like that before in my career. I've never seen any aircraft like that. The lights did not appear to be military. I was very amazed at what we saw. "

Clifton said he received a call to check out an alarm at Woody's restaurant and when he got to the eatery, Gaitan had heard the call also and was already there. The two took care of business and then Gaitan told Clifton there was something in the sky.

"He heard the alarm and got there before I did…..I got in the car with him and observed this with him. It looked like it was over the Highland area to the west and it was a large object. "

Clifton said they observed the unidentified flying object through the "dash cam" in the car and could see it quite clearly with the zoom feature. He said the camera is in a permanent mount, which is stationary. So, in his eyes, the video is more than credible because shaking the camera could not be a concern. Clifton said the object had a transparent or perhaps translucent appearance and it had, " A fog or vapor or cloud around it. " Clifton also said he saw colors of white, blue, and red.

"To your naked eye it looked like a bright light and I couldn't really tell if it was moving, but I don't think it was…..What it looked like is difficult to describe because there is nothing to compare it to…..I wasn't frightened - I was just trying to think of what it might be…..I don't have a clue. I wish I had an explanation but I can't think of any explanation. The thing that impressed me was how big it was. It stuck in my mind. "

Clifton said he is looking at the sky more now to try and see it again. He said most people he knows are doing the same. Clifton said he has seen a video from Canada in what he thinks was the year 2007 that is most similar to what he and Gaitan saw. Both men said the sighting was reported to the Erath County Sheriff's office at the time.

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Source: Angelia Joiner - Stephenville Lights Official Website

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Sunday, 17 February 2008

(Video) Stephenville, Texas - UFO Investigation Won't Go Away

UFO Investigation Won't Go Away

Fox News recently aired another video report (13th February 2008) concerning the ongoing Stephenville , Texas UFO flap which commenced January 2008.

"So what really happened over the skies of Stephenville and Erath County when dozens of people reported seeing a UFO last month? We may be getting a little closer to some real answers. FOX 4's Richard Ray is delving deeper inside the investigation and has this report."

Source: Fox News

To view ALL Blog posts regarding the Stephenville, Texas UFO Flap,
then just click anywhere on this text.

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Friday, 15 February 2008

Stephenville, Texas UFO - Mufon CMS Submission (Images)

Mufon CMS Submission (12th Feb 2008)

If you visit the Mufon Case Management System (CMS) and search for Texas UFO sightings, you will see that since January 1 st (2008) there's over 40 reports submitted. Here's just one of them, the UFO was spotted on the 12 th February 2008 by two witnesses who both submitted their accounts along with images.

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Long Description of Sighting Report (2-12-08)

(Configuration of lights that split into two separate groups).


Witness 1:

It was approximately 9:00 pm and my boyfriend and I were driving north, about 1 ½ miles west-southwest of town. He saw a group of lights and pointed them out to me. They were moving slowly and low in the sky. I knew right away these were not planes. There were two groups of four bright white lights, in a straight line, one larger group above the other smaller group, similar to the shape of the ship on Star Trek. The entire group slowly turned to the right, then split into two separate groups, each a group of four bright white lights with a red light underneath. The two groups slowly passed over us and continued on toward the southeast until out of sight. There was no noise at all, completely silent. I am sure that it was not airplanes or a blimp. I tried to take photographs, but wasn't sure if I was getting anything because it was so dark. When we looked at our pictures later, I was shocked to find not only the two groups I was focusing on, but three more groups of different colors in the photo as well. In the photo they appear zig-zagging, but they did not look like this by plain eyesight. I was amazed, excited, and nervous. I could not believe what I was seeing. Also, I circled three lights in the lower right hand corner of each photograph. I don't know what these are, but they are the same in each photo. They are not zig zagged like the others. The photos were taken less than a minute apart.

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Witness 2:

It was around 9:00 pm, and my girlfriend and I were on the way to my house from the high school baseball game. We were driving north down the road and I noticed some strange lights in the sky to my left. I told her to look and she was surprised too. There were four white lights and a red light. The four white lights blinked in a rolling sequence and the red light did not blink at all. I am sure they could not have been planes because they were too close together and were moving very slowly and I could not hear anything. They were low enough that I should have been able to hear something. As they moved along, it seems that the red light was moving ahead of the white lights. I have never seen anything like this.

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Here are a couple of crops of the images with the brightness/contrast adjusted for clarity.

Stephenville, Texas UFO Photograpgh (Mufon Submission)

Stephenville, Texas UFO Photograpgh (Mufon Submission)

Source: Mufon CMS

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Thursday, 14 February 2008

Texas Flap - Purist UFO Sighting Ever?

The Great Texas Airship Mystery.

When mysterious lights appeared over Stephenville in January 2008, it became part of Texas history, was viewed and recorded in the digital files of cell phones, hard drives and on the Internet. But, Texas ' biggest mystery was recorded differently -- and was forgotten in time.

During 1897, in dozens of cities and in hundreds of published accounts, people reported seeing a strange flying machine. Something -- or someone -- was looking down on 1890's Texas .




Historian Says UFO Sightings In Texas Nothing New



Wallace Chariton spends a lot of time in libraries and halls of records, Chariton is a well-published Texas historian. He's scoured the records of a century ago and has written a book on one of the strangest chapters in the state's past called, “The Great Texas Airship Mystery.”

"It's been called the purist UFO sighting ever, ‘The Great Texas Airship Mystery'…..I think the airship mystery, as I call it, is very real…..This was before the Wright brothers. This was before any type of known flying machine.”

Wallace Charito - Texas UFO Flap

In fact, during the frenzy of sightings papers publish an account from Germany of the Stentzel flying bird. It was a crude, bird-shaped craft with a small motor powered by compressed carbolic acid gas. It was hailed as the machine that would first fly. There are no accounts that it ever flew. The same is true for similar designs at the time which seem vaguely similar to the descriptions of the object soaring above Texas , also the sightings all have very similar characteristics of shape, lights on the vehicle, etc.


All persons who have had a good view of it gave about the same description, and all testify as to its carrying a large light, and a few say at times it has many.

(Austin American-Statesman in April of 1897)



Here are some other accounts drawn from the newspapers of the day:

"We could only gain a faint idea of its accurate size, but think it must have been 200 feet long, the sails or wings constituting nine-tenths of the whole…..There seemed to be a huge searchlight attached to the aerial machine and the light was thrown in several different directions….I was astonished by a brilliant flash from an electric search light which passed directly over my buggy. I want to tell you also I was frightened to death by it!!”

Texas UFO Flap, sketch of UFO (1897)

The ship was in the shape of a cigar and had two sets of wings on each side, in 1897 a lot of the cigars were not the cylindrical round shape. They came to a point, interestingly, if you look at a saucer on its side it has the same shape. They had no concept of a flying saucer. Several people report seeing the craft on the ground with crewmembers performing repairs. Many of the stories published are obvious embellishments such as the judge who told him the crew came for North Pole Land and needed an airship to get over the ice for a visit. But many more descriptions are from lawyers, shop owners, railroad workers, farmers and homemakers and seem to describe a similar experience. The reports continue for more than a month in a long list of cities: Dallas , Fort Worth , Austin , Weatherford, Beaumont , Cleburne , Bonham, Garland , Farmersville, Oak Cliff, Sherman, Waxahachie, Stephenville and more.

The sightings span the state of Texas , parts of Oklahoma , Kansas , Illinois , and even California and then they stop abruptly, Wallace Chariton says that:

"Unfortunately that's where the story ends.....What you're left with is hundreds and hundreds of plain ordinary people saying, 'I saw a flying machine!' But I will never discount the fact that so many people saw something that was foreign to them and they all basically described it the same way. So, something happened. This is Texas history. We can't ignore it."

Source: Joel Thomas (CBS 11 News)

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Saturday, 9 February 2008

Stephenville, Texas UFO - Empire Tribune Writer Silenced!!

I'm sure that by now everyone is fully aware of the recent Stephenville UFO sightings, the reason you will know most of what you do is down to the tenacity, integrity and honesty of a reporter for the local paper (The Empire Tribune).

I'm talking about, Angelia Joiner (ex-staff writer).

Over the course of the last month, Angelia has endeared herself to all of the Texas UFO witnesses by providing them with support, acting as a confidante and giving them a much needed voice by telling their stories in her articles.

Here are a couple of emails that Angelia exchanged with the Admin (Bren Burton) of the Open Minds Forum. While Angelia didn't post the messages to the forum personally she gave Bren permission for them to be posted (7th February 2008).



"I think my readers would find a lot more of this sort of story interesting but my newspaper doesn't want any more stories. My boss feels it's time to move on. A city councilman here talked to the Star-Telegram and said the whole thing was an embarrassment to the town (or something to that effect.).

It has been a tough decision but I gave my two weeks notice last Thursday and my last day will be Feb. 14. At that time, I will be unemployed so I probably will substitute teach for a while.[...]

I joined your group because I was so impressed with how nice the men were to offer to help Ricky Sorrells. I don't know how that went yesterday but I could see they were sincerely concerned about him and his situation. That was impressive and I like people that care about others.

[...] I don't want to say anything bad about the newspaper. They are just not interested any more. But it was a record sales month in the history of the E-T for JAN. so I feel good about that.

It's funny how one day I was sitting on top of a huge global story and practically the next I'm looking for a job. Life...it's full of surprises. And, I think that's a good thing. Here's hoping there is something better around the corner.


"I gave two weeks notice but this morning they had confiscated my computer and I was told to pack up and get out. I'm devastated and still in shock.

I was trying to direct people away from talking to me about UFOs and other information during work hours and I had forwarded emails to my home computer so I would not be dealing with that on newspaper time. But, apparently that wasn't the right thing to do either.

I've just been between a rock and a hard spot if you know what I mean.

The publisher said she didn't want me to leave with ill feelings toward the newspaper and I'm trying not to. I'm grateful for the opportunity the newspaper gave me in employing me as a writer. I have only been writing for them 18 months and I've learned a lot but I still have a lot more to learn."

Angelia Joiner - email to Admin/Bren Burton

Source – Open Minds Forum



Just a glance at the headlines (and the leading paragraph/s) is enough to confirm that there is something sadly amiss. Here are some recent articles that she wrote for the Empire Tribune:

Japan interested in UFO sighting - Friday, January 25, 2008
‘Funny lightning' leads to video - Sunday, January 27, 2008
Pilots dispute military statement - Sunday, January 27, 2008
Brazilian news crew investigates sightings - Monday, January 28, 2008
Science club shirts are a hit! - Thursday, January 31, 2008
UFO witness claims harassment - Sunday, February 3, 2008
More twists in the Sorrells' saga - Monday, February 4, 2008

(And here's the only article wrote about the incident since her departure)
Don't look, Ethel! - Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Japan interested in UFO sighting

By ANGELIA JOINER Staff Writer
Friday, January 25, 2008
Steve Allen is haggard. He's hardly sleeping and his mug is becoming familiar on news programs all over the world. Still, he's not given up on his quest for video or photos of what he says was an unidentified flying object he saw with friends on the evening of Jan. 8. The sighting was so odd it defies explanation, and he's been heard to say over and over, “It definitely wasn't from these parts. The military only wishes they had something like that…..Videos are starting to come out,” Allen said. “I've gotten about ten but only two are worth anything.”

‘Funny lightning' leads to video

By ANGELIA JOINER Staff Writer
Sunday, January 27, 2008

Stephenville resident David Caron said it was his seven-year-old grandson, Jeremiah that first alerted him to “funny lightning in the sky.” “That was on Friday evening, January 18,” Caron said. “I went out and saw the skies were clear, you know, he's just a kid. I didn't think that much about it.” It wasn't until the next night that Caron realized exactly why his grandson made the comment and what he meant when he said, “Papa come look. There's funny lightning in the sky.”

Pilots dispute military statement

By ANGELIA JOINER Staff Writer
Sunday, January 27, 2008

At least three pilots in Stephenville disagree with the military's press release issued Wednesday. Steve Allen, Don “Doc” Stewart and Todd Downs all say if Stephenville and the Selden area are in the Brownwood Military Operating Area, it's news to them.

Brazilian news crew investigates sightings

Monday, January 28, 2008
ANGELIA JOINER Staff Writer

If anyone in the world hasn't heard of Stephenville , Texas , it could only be for one reason - they're not listening. Stephenville continues to capture national and international attention with news crews coming from all over the world. Last weekend, a Brazilian news crew came, while another is expected to come from Japan .

Science club shirts are a hit!

By ANGELIA JOINER Staff Writer
Thursday, January 31, 2008

The community went wild over UFO T-shirts designed by Pam Kinsel and Abby Cranford, both juniors, for the Stephenville High School Science Club. According to Kimberlea Adams, teacher and club sponsor, 1,200 shirts were pre-sold at $10 each. “We have raised more than $4,000 for scholarships,” Adams said. “We will award a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving senior this year and for the next three years.”

UFO witness claims harassment

By ANGELIA JOINER Staff Writer
Sunday, February 3, 2008

Ricky Sorrells is frustrated and a little angry. Since his interview with the Associated Press, Sorrells has stayed quiet regarding the daytime UFO sightings on his property near Dublin . And, there is more than one reason for his silence. Sorrells believes military officials have been harassing him by flying military aircraft over his property at low altitudes, at all hours of the day and night. Sorrells runs livestock on his place and said the cattle don't react well to the disturbances. It's also been hard to get any sleep.

More twists in the Sorrells' saga

By ANGELIA JOINER Staff Writer
Monday, February 4, 2008

Answers: Ricky Sorrells just wants answers. And, in light of what he's been through, it doesn't seem to be a lot to ask. Witnessing an unidentified flying object four times since the beginning of the new year, then having military aircraft whizzing over his land and disrupting his sleep and livestock, followed by a string of mysterious phone calls and in person encounters from individuals demanding he “shut up” about what he saw, and landing unexpectedly in the international spotlight, has taken a toll on the 37-year-old man accustomed to the simple life.

(And here's the only article wrote about the incident since her departure)

Don't look, Ethel!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Erath County , an hour's drive southwest of Fort Worth , is known for cow-milkin' and Dr Pepper-drinkin'. Locals think that when media folks land there in numbers, they're “sniffing out” whatever the college kids at Tarleton are up to. But, times they are a changin'. Something big, fast and mysterious streaked across the night sky there recently, and some 50 people saw it. They're ruling out just one possibility-it was NOT the cow jumping over the moon. Whatever it was has perked up the economy a “right smart,” as my old mama would say....

Source – Empire Tribune



To be fair, the last article (Don't look, Ethel!) doesn't dispute any of the earlier evidence, nor does it disagree that something was definitely witnessed in the skies over Texas, but what it does do is present the events in what is presumably thought to be from a less confrontational viewpoint. It's this diluted, trivialised style of presentation that has served only to add the, “Giggle factor” to media reports on the UFO phenomenon and detract from what the real issues are and further destroy what little credibility the subject currently has. I should also point out that NO references are made to any of the original witnesses, and perhaps more noticeably there's no reference to the plight of Ricky Sorrells.

The last two stories about the UFO incident that Angelia Joiner had published were direct witness statements relating to how Ricky Sorrels was being subjected to cowardly, underhand and despicable scare tactics in an effort to intimidate him by (one can only assume) whichever faction of the government and/or military deals with harassing innocent citizens.

The articles reported facts that included low flying military craft over his property at all hours, strange and threatening telephone calls from people who knew more that they would tell and made threats like, “Son, we have the same calibre weapons as you do but a lot more of them.” Also shadowy figures making themselves known on his property in the middle of the night. (It is thought that the shadowy figure left a little message for Ricky in the form of a bullet as it was found at the spot the stranger was lurking). If ever it sounded like someone needed reassurance and a way to voice his experiences, it was Ricky Sorrells.

I don't doubt for a second that the decision to confiscate her computer and ask her to leave the premises had nothing to do with her immediate superiors other than their compliancy with whomever applied the pressure, that still in no way absolves them of blame, neither does it justify their actions in any way, shape or form.

The decision seems particularly unjust when you consider that it's these same people who have obviously authorised the articles for publication in the first place. Angelia has said in a subsequent post at the Open Minds Forum that (8th February 2008):


“What made yesterday so shocking was the fact that I considered my bosses (publisher and editor) friends, too. I was made to feel like a criminal and I don't think I deserved that. In a small setting you get close to the people you work for and I just never expected what happened and was (and still am) completely baffled.”


If the letters section of the Empire Tribune is any reliable gauge of the feelings of the readership then they seem to not only be embracing the current situation but they are positively enthusiastic about it.

Letter To the editor,
Sunday, January 27,
Need a little good news today? Well, it has come from your very own hometown. In a world beset by an unrelenting stream of bad things from Baghdad to Wall Street, Stephenville somehow brought a smile to the world at large. With the recent UFO sightings in these parts, the average person could grin for a brief moment and then wonder about the possibilities of the universe.

Whether you believe that we are alone or not in this vast cosmos is not the point. It's how we reacted to the moment. If people all around the globe, hearing of what one little town deep in the heart of Texas experienced, looked up into their night sky and perhaps pondered, however briefly, that we are all not that much different, good for us. If one little speck on the world map could perhaps embrace something from another world, there is hope.



Evidently their soaring sales, massive spike in web activity and encouraging a greater sense of community within their readership doesn't mean a great deal. This certainly begs the question of exactly which agenda are they working from as they obviously aren't aiming for increased sales and they don't appear to be listening to or accommodating the wishes of their readership, the good people of Stephenville.

Remember Angelia Joiner was just the messenger, doing the job she was paid to do, the job she was asked to do. Because she doesn't compromise her ethics, because Angelia Joiner genuinely cares about the witnesses (and what happens to them AFTER they talk to her) because she strives for the truth so that she may share it with us all, it seems that the these traits make her an expendable asset, when it should really make her indispensable to all except the most corrupt and biased of organisations, but more than that, these traits should make people like Angela Joiner a necessity.

In fact, if these are not the character traits that the Empire Tribune actively encourages and demands from their staff, what traits exactly do they feel are becoming of a reporter? What could they be if not integrity, loyalty and honesty? And more importantly why should anyone trust anything that is printed by a media organisation whose ethics, values and morals are not only flexible but apparently negotiable?

I strongly feel that the actions of Angelias’ employers is tantamount to persecution of the most heinous nature, a persecution borne out of her perseverance in her relentless search for the truth, whatever that may be and wherever that may lead. There’s no doubt about it, irrespective of whose decision this ultimately was the action of firing Angelina speaks louder than any words and I’m sure everyone will agree that the loss is that of The Empire Tribunes much more than it’s Angelia Joiners.

I’m sure Angelia won’t be out of work long but the entire episode is just an extremely sad portrayal of the media in general and it most certainly leads this observer to ask the question of who exerted the pressure, or more importantly from where did this pressure originate…..

Sources:
Open Minds Forum
Empire Tribune

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Sunday, 3 February 2008

Stephenville, Texas UFO Update - Pilots Dispute Military Lies

Pilots dispute military statement.

Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot in Stephenville has found himself thrust into the public eye and since the Stephenville UFO sightings which occurred on the 8 th January (2008). As well as being interviewed extensively by world media he has also become something of a middle man between the Stephenville community and the media. Several witnesses have exclusively contacted him, some of whom have evidence in the form of video or photographs.

Below you can see a recent CBS report which shows some of this evidence.

Yet again the US military are being reduced to little more than a joke with their inconsistent and contradictory statements. Initially Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth , said no F-16s or other aircraft from his base were in the area the night of Jan. 8, when most people reported the sighting.

Lewis said the object may have been an illusion caused by two commercial airplanes. Lights from the aircraft would seem unusually bright and may appear orange from the setting sun.

"I'm 90 percent sure this was an airliner…..With the sun's angle, it can play tricks on you ."

Officials at the region's two Air Force bases — Dyess in Abilene and Sheppard in Wichita Falls — also said none of their aircraft were in the area last week. The Air Force no longer investigates UFOs.

These statements were first published on the 14 th January by the Associated Press who broke the story in the world media, all of the statements leave no room for ambiguity or misinterpretation and are stated as fact by the Air Force representatives.

However, after having a couple of weeks to think about it and as the story quickly propagated through the internet they witnessed a snowball effect, the longer the story went unchecked the more momentum it gathered.

On January 27 th the same Major Karl Lewis (of the 301st Fighter Wing Public Affairs at the NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base) stated that, “Ten F-16s from the 457th Fighter Squadron were performing training operations from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday January 8, 2008 in the Brownwood Military Operating Area (MOA), which includes the air space above Erath County ."

At least three pilots in Stephenville disagree with this press release issued by the military. Steve Allen, Don “Doc” Stewart and Todd Downs all say if Stephenville and the Selden area are in the Brownwood Military Operating Area, its news to them. (See video above)

All three pilots say that space does not include all of Erath County , but only a small portion of Dublin and does not include Stephenville or the Selden area at all.

Stephenville is 11 miles from the MOA,” Stewart said, as he pointed out the area on an aeronautical sectional map.

Downs , who is an employee at Clark Field in Stephenville, said:

“I don't understand why they would do that at all…..They're not hard to know that they are there. It doesn't make sense. I've seen them come by me before. They are real loud and it's not hard to know that they are there.”

Ken Cherry, state director of Mutual UFO Network, said he thinks the military have admitted their involvement purely due to Freedom Of Information requests that have since been filed. Cherry took more than 50 reports from folks in Stephenville. He said the Air Force Reserve's latest statement supports the theory that there was indeed some strange activity in that area.

Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing, declined to comment further on the sightings, but to be fair he's probably done enough already…..

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Don Ledger also wrote about the proximity of the UFO sighting to the Bush ranch:

“The edge of the restricted zone designated as Class D airspace is only about 16 miles southeast of the center of Stephenville. Pilot Davis 's sighting was about halfway between Stephenville and the northwestern arc of the Class D airspace in Selden . In the center of that circular airspace is a 4-5 nautical mile circle designated prohibited airspace. The outer circle is 60 nautical miles [69 statute miles] in diameter centered on the ranch.

Stephenville, Texas UFO

In effect this prohibited area is scant minutes away from the sightings areas.

The launching of F-16s into the areas outside the MOA Military Operational Area] southwest of Stephenville now makes sense as do the hamfisted attempts to cover up the presence of F-16s in the area. I would be surprised if military assets were not tasked to that area if they suddenly had unknowns showing up on their radar and near such a sensitive area. This need not be because of a UFO event but some unknown "aircraft" suspected of - and being treated as - terrorist in nature.

What puzzles me is this. It is no secret that the Bush ranch is close-by, how come the press never picked up on this? I had no idea that this was the case until I saw it on Joel's scan of the air chart. I can be excused living 4,000 miles away in Nova Scotia but where are the local newspapers in this from Dallas for example.

Dallas-Fort Worth Air Traffic Control (Dallas TRACON) would have been well aware of the F-16s since they came from that field and which should have been squawking military Transponder Codes southwest of their field for safety's sake.

Anyway It has me wondering if the reason for the fibbing about the F-16 presence wasn't more to do about concerns about the anomalies violating the airspaces I mentioned above.”

Source: Frank Warren Blogspot

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Saturday, 26 January 2008

UFOCasebook Video Exclusive - Stephenville , Texas UFO Footage Jan 2008

Compelling Video of UFO from Texas

This video was taken in the vicinity of San Antonio , Texas . I cannot verify that it is connected to the recent sighting wave near Stephenville , Texas , but I can assert that it is not hoaxed in any way, and is quite compelling.

The video shows what appears to be a fairly large oval shaped UFO hovering, or barely moving behind a group of trees. The video is displayed at regular speed, and there have been no enhancements to the video. I received the film in the .dat format, and compressed it for Internet streaming. The first :35 contains still frame grabs, and then the film begins and plays in its entirety.

Anyone who is genuinely interested in downloading the original 12 megabyte .dat file for study, can do so by request.

Originally Published by UFO Casebook

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New UFO Mufon Sighting Report, Stephenville, Texas, UFO Sketch Included

This was a broad daylight sighting from our home on the outskirts of Hamilton , Texas . Hamilton is located in the centre of Hamilton County adjacent to Stephenville Texas . This object was travelling from South to North toward Stephenville/Chalk Mountain. We are approximately 40 miles South of Stephenville.

I was out in the middle of the yard with our dogs at approximately 9 AM on a clear, cloudless day with unlimited and unobstructed visibility. I was alerted to look up by our Labrador bird dog frantically barking at the sky. There were no wings, no contrail, and no noise associated with this event. It appeared to be very high and very huge.

It would have taken a silver dollar at arms length to cover the object from fore to aft. It was travelling S. to N. at what appeared, from my perspective, a slow rate of flight. I first observed it at about the 10:00 position off the Southern Horizon and observed it to approx. the 2:00 position. Total elapse time was approx. 45 seconds.

I took my eyes off just long enough to shush the barking dog and when I looked back up... It had just disappeared. Other than our dogs, I personally know of no other witnesses to this event. In fact, I would be very interested to know and compare notes/thoughts with any other observers.

Sketch Of Texas UFO Submitted To Mufon
Sketch Of Texas UFO Submitted To Mufon

This was definitely not a helicopter, airplane, blimp, balloon, bird, etc. Although Hamilton Airport has no Radar capabilities, Ft. Hood @ Killeen and Waco Regional Airport should have seen something.

Lots of luck on getting anything from the military.

I seek no notoriety, publicity, remuneration, ...no nothing. In fact, I demand privacy and confidentiality. I have a low tolerance and much disdain for rednecks & idiots who refuse to accept reality and admit the truth.

Jayne Chambliss (Source: Mufon Submission)

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Stephenville, Texas UFO Sightings, UFO Sketches And UFO Video

New witness accounts of UFO sighting (Taken Saturday 19th Jan 2008) when Mufon began their investigations into the multiple witness UFO reports which occurred on 8th January 2008 in Stephenville, Texas.
More Stephenville, Texas UFO Clips, Witness Interviews



There were reportedly over 30 witnesses, 400 to 500 (depending on which account you read) members of the interested public and the press was represented by over 40 camera crews!!



Ricky Sorrells Stephenville, Texas UFO Witness

Ricky Sorrells, one of the original Texas UFO witnesses recently conducted an interview with LMH of Earthfiles and submitted a couple of sketches of his UFO sighting.

Ricky Sorrells UFO Sketch
Ricky Sorrells Stephenville, Texas UFO Sketch

Close-up of one of the many cone-shaped holes embedded into the surface of the aerial craft

that obliterated the sky above Ricky Sorrells on January 1, 2008, and above the woods on his Dublin, Texas, property where Ricky had gone to hunt deer. Drawing © 2008 by Ricky Sorrells for Earthfiles.com.

Ricky Sorrells (2nd) Stephenville, Texas UFO Sketch
Ricky Sorrells (2nd) Stephenville, Texas UFO Sketch

Gregory W. created this illustration of the Texas UFO
CGI illustration of the Texas UFO (C2C)
(Source:
C2C)



CNN News, NBC Today News & ABC News report




CNN News Coverage, UFO News Reports,



Larry King Live & Anderson 360° Reports

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MUFON Investigators Report on Stephenville, Texas UFO Witnesses (Video)

Dallas (Fort Worth), Texas Mufon Investigator's Report

Terry Groff of, “The Dallas - Fort Worth Mutual UFO Network” wrote about the recent Mufon investigation:

It was sheer madness in Dublin , Texas on Saturday.

A team of MUFON investigators met with approximately 40 witnesses amid the circus that was the hottest thing to hit Dublin , Texas since they opened the oldest Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant in the world in 1891. (They still use the original formula)

Our team consists of:

  • Ken Cherry - Texas State Director
  • Robert Powell - Director of Research, Field Investigator (FI)
  • David Keel - State Section Director (SSD), FI
  • Mike DeGroff - SSD, FI
  • Steve Hudgeons - Assistant State Director (ASD), Sr. FI
  • James Shatley - ASD
  • Myself - FI
  • Gary Neitzel - FI
  • Paula Schermerhorn - FI

(Gary Neitzel was unable to go to Dublin but will be employed on subsequent interviews)

I rode down to Dublin with ASD James Shatley. We could tell we were approaching Stephenville with the myriad of business marquees saying things like "Aliens Welcome" and "ET prefers Purple Tacos", We saw no such signs in Dublin but I'm sure they were there.

We arrived shortly before noon and it seemed relatively quiet. The meeting was hosted by the local Rotary Club who graciously offered their hall for our use.

We walked in and there were only a handful of people there including our team. I thought to myself that perhaps this might be easier than we first thought. There was media there including NBC and FOX but there wasn't a crush of curiosity seekers... yet.

UFO Sketch Presented To Mufon Investigators
UFO Sketch Presented To Mufon Investigators

Just before 1:00 pm the madness began. Ultimately there would be around 500 people filling the hall designed for 200 people. We had the usual suspects that we quickly put in their place, particularly anyone who attempted to come in wearing tin foil hats. They were instantly told to remove them.

I was truly worried that the media would scare away many witnesses and I was right. Many did leave or never showed up because they were afraid of over-exposure. Yet, many did stay and we interviewed around 40 witnesses from all walks of life and age ranges. I personally interviewed a Grade School Teacher, an Anaesthesiologist, a College Instructor, a Rancher, an Escrow Closer, a Day Care Worker and a retired Agronomist.

After a brief introduction of our team we began the interview process. We secured a separate room but it was far from secluded. We didn't allow the media in the room with a couple of exceptions, but the room was still exposed through the open double doors and there were constant cameras poking through the door to get their shots. I did see my face on the evening news in Dallas.

I noticed that this event drew people out that otherwise would not have reported what they saw, mainly because they didn't know how or to whom. Oddly, none of the witnesses I interviewed were witness to the event(s) of January 8th - all were from December '07 - none of which correlated with the others. My witness' reports consisted of a Black Triangle, Neon Green Orbs, repeating orange explosions and one CE3 in the witness' bedroom. This witness also stated that they had been being abducted for years but it had been more than 10 years since the last.

This investigation is ongoing and our intention is to return to Dublin in about a month to do more interviews in which the media will not be invited nor allowed to attend. We plan to publish our results in the April issue of The MUFON UFO Journal.

Source: The Dallas - Fort Worth Mutual UFO Network

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Sunday, 20 January 2008

Watch Recent CNN Larry King Live UFO Show (18 th Jan 2008)


Larry King Live - UFOS: Questions & Controversy
Aired January 18, 2008 - 21:00 ET

Guests:

  • James Fox – Out Of The Blue documentary filmmaker.
  • Stanton Friedman - Nuclear physicist, UFO researcher.
  • James McGaha - Skeptical of his own testimony!!
  • Steve Allen - Experienced private pilot who witnessed Texas UFO.
  • Claudette Odam – Witnessed Texas UFO with Steve Allen.
  • Angelia Joiner - Staff writer for the Empire- Tribune.
  • Plus many other witnesses and experts!!

Watch Recent CNN Larry King Live UFO Show







UFOS: Questions & Controversy

Transcript (PDF) for Larry King Live Show, “UFOS: Questions & Controversy”
(Available by clicking here)

Source: Larry King Live

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Multiple Witnesses to UFO - Stephenville, Texas (January 08th 2008)

The first most of us heard of the recent Texas UFO reports was when Associated Press (see above post) ran a story called, “Dozens in Texas Town Report Seeing UFO” on Monday (14th Jan) even though it was referring to UFO sightings that occurred the previous week on (January 08th 2008).

It has been very interesting to watch how the story propagated throughout the internet and is quickly becoming one of the most publicised UFO events of recent times. The independent witnesses already number quite a few and more are still surfacing along with corroborating video footage and photographs.

Out of the 30+ witnesses who have been identified there's a few which have to be classified as extremely credible, that's not to say the other witnesses aren't as credible but rather that the publics perception tend to favour the former. These witnesses are Erath County Constable Lee Roy Gaitan, local business owner and pilot Steve Allen and an airport technician, I feel their credibility is a little more pronounced due to the fact that the Constable is for all intents & purposes a, “Trained observer” and the other two witnesses are experienced with aircraft which surely makes them less likely to misidentify a terrestrial aeroplane for an extraterrestrial craft. Also several civilians including business owners and reportedly a teacher all gave accounts which seem to concur on the basics of the sighting.

The general consensus of the witnesses was most definitely had seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast, also noticeable and mentioned by some of the witnesses were alternate red and white flashing lights as well as the fact that the object was extremely large and moving extremely fast!!

Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it.

Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth , said no F-16s or other aircraft from his base were in the area the night of Jan. 8, when most people reported the sighting. Lewis said the object may have been an illusion caused by two commercial airplanes. Lights from the aircraft would seem unusually bright and may appear orange from the setting sun.

Officials at the region's two Air Force bases — Dyess in Abilene and Sheppard in Wichita Falls — also said none of their aircraft were in the area last week.

County Constable Gaitan said:

"I didn't see a flying saucer and I don't know what it was, but it wasn't an airplane, and I've never seen anything like it…..I think it must be some kind of military craft — at least I hope it was. I saw two red glows…..They glowed, and then they kind of faded and glowed again. And I looked again. I thought, 'That's just not right.' What was so astonishing was the speed that this thing took off…..I mean, it took off so fast…..It wasn't an airplane…..It wasn't a meteor, because it wouldn't have been bouncing around. It wasn't just one light…..I had never seen anything like that – never….. They danced around, appeared, reappeared…..I sat there watching three or four minutes, got my binoculars from the car …..I was having trouble keeping up with them. We counted nine or 10 of those strobe lights. They were spread out in the sky, about a half a mile, a quarter of a mile. And after a while, they formed a formation, not a single line; they were still flashing, but not bouncing around like they had been. And then it took off—it appeared they were attached, because they all left at the same time. Shot off in the northeast direction, at a very high-rate speed, I couldn't even keep up with the binoculars…..I'm thinking they were some kind of military manoeuvres, maybe some kind of experiment.”

By the time his 8-year-old son Ryan came outside, the red glow had turned bright white and Ryan adds that it looked faster than any jets he's seen.

Angela Joiner, a local newspaper reporter says that it's the talk of the town right now and several of the witnesses she sees every day, knows them personally and is absolutely sure that they all believe what they saw and that they are speaking the truth.

Steve Allen, Mike Odom and Lance Jones were out admiring a beautiful Texas sunset Tuesday evening when they saw something none of them can explain. Allen called it an unidentified flying object. And, because he's been a private pilot for more than 30 years, he has a little more experience judging air speeds and distances than most.

The phones haven't stopped ringing at Steve Allen's trucking company in nearby Glen Rose. He's the guy who was out Jan. 7 watching the sunset at a friend's house near Selden when they all saw some weird flashing lights.

He indicated that the craft was difficult to see, but based on the lights that appeared to be on the edges of the thing he estimated it to be about one mile long and a half-mile wide. The lights went from corner to corner. It was directly above Highway 67 travelling towards Stephenville at a high rate of speed - about 3,000 miles per hour is what I would estimate. No mention of how thin this thing was, but it's a large craft to be sure, and a fast one, something we certainly don't have in our military -- at least not that we're aware of anyhow.

Steve Allen, a 50-year-old pilot, was at a campfire with friends and says the object was a mile long and half a mile wide. “I don't know if it was a biblical experience or somebody from a different universe or whatever but it was definitely not from around these parts,” Allen said.

Allen drew a sketch of the object, which he said travelled at amazing speed without making a sound. While drawing, Allen told Von Fremd that he saw “an arch shape converted in a vertical shape, and then it split and made two of them, and then these turned into just fire and it was gone.”

While town officials search for a logical explanation such as an army aircraft, residents say the UFO was too big, too quiet, and flew too low to the ground to be a plane.

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Stephenville, Texas - 1st Reports Of UFO Sightings (Jan 08 2008)

The first News article published on the current Texas UFO flap started with this article and then Peter Davenport of NUFORC published their two witness accounts (see post above).


STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.

Several dozen people — including a pilot, county constable and business owners — insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it.

"People wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible Belt, and everyone is afraid it's the end of times," said Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot who said the object he saw last week was a mile long and half a mile wide. "It was positively, absolutely nothing from these parts."

While federal officials insist there's a logical explanation, locals swear that it was larger, quieter, faster and lower to the ground than an airplane. They also said the object's lights changed configuration, unlike those of a plane. People in several towns who reported seeing it over several weeks have offered similar descriptions of the object.

Machinist Ricky Sorrells said friends made fun of him when he told them he saw a flat, metallic object hovering about 300 feet over a pasture behind his Dublin home. But he decided to come forward after reading similar accounts in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

"You hear about big bass or big buck in the area, but this is a different deal, " Sorrells said. "It feels good to hear that other people saw something, because that means I'm not crazy."

Sorrells said he has seen the object several times. He said he watched it through his rifle's telescopic lens and described it as very large and without seams, nuts or bolts.

Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth , said no F-16s or other aircraft from his base were in the area the night of Jan. 8, when most people reported the sighting. Lewis said the object may have been an illusion caused by two commercial airplanes. Lights from the aircraft would seem unusually bright and may appear orange from the setting sun.

"I'm 90 percent sure this was an airliner…..
With the sun's angle, it can play tricks on you."

Officials at the region's two Air Force bases — Dyess in Abilene and Sheppard in Wichita Falls — also said none of their aircraft were in the area last week. The Air Force no longer investigates UFOs.

About 200 UFO sightings are reported each month, mostly in California , Colorado and Texas , according to the Mutual UFO Network, which plans to go to the 17,000-resident town of Stephenville to investigate.

Fourteen percent of Americans polled last year by The Associated Press and Ipsos say they have seen a UFO.

Erath County Constable Lee Roy Gaitan said that he first saw red glowing lights and then white flashing lights moving fast, but that even with binoculars could not see the object to which the lights were attached. "I didn't see a flying saucer and I don't know what it was, but it wasn't an airplane, and I've never seen anything like it," Gaitan said. "I think it must be some kind of military craft — at least I hope it was."

Source: Angela Brown – AP

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Stephenville , Texas 1st UFO Reports - NUFORC (Tue 08, Jan 2008)

STEPHENVILLE , TEXAS , TUESDAY, JANUARY 08, 2008

A very peculiar object was reported to NUFORC recently, which reportedly was seen by many people near Stephenville , Texas . We have not spoken with any of the witnesses yet, but an article from the Associated Press was released over the internet on the date of this posting, January 14.

Peter B. Davenport, Director, Natl. UFO Reporting Center
Posted: 21:30 hrs. (Pacific), Monday, January 14, 2008



Report #1:

Flashing strobes, silent, flames out the back side and jets chasing it! On 1-8-2008 at 6:15 pm cst. my friends and I was watching the sunset when several strobes or flashing lights coming from the east at about 3500 foot agl heading west toward Stephenville , TX . Estimated speed was about 2000 to 3000 mph.

The strobes made several changes of flash patterns and configurations. The flight duration lasted about 3 minutes. The front two strobes was about 1/2 mile a part and the back ones was about 1 mile back from the front strobes. The back side of the flashing lights came to a vertical flashing. Then there was 2 separate vertical flames about 1/4 mile apart for several seconds and the craft was gone.

We never head ANY noise from the craft! They headed west towards Abilene , TX . Then about 10 minutes later here came the craft again with 2 jets chasing. They were headed east towards South Ft. Worth, TX, at about 4000 ft. agl. The jets were unable to catch and went off into the distance at FULL throttle.

I am a pilot and have been fling for 30 years and have never seen anything like this. I also fly several times a week in the area. The craft is NOT from around these parts!

The witnesses are 1. ((male name deleted) 254-((number deleted)), rancher/trucker 2. ((male name #2 deleted)) 254-((name deleted)), delivers mail for the U.S. Postal Service 3. ((male name #3 deleted)) (myself) 254-((number deleted)) or cell 817-((number deleted)) owner of a large transportation/trucking firm.



Report #2:

1 MILE LONG BY 1/2 MILE WIDE TRAVELING AT EST 3,000 MPH BEING CHASED BY MILITARY AIRCRAFT. NOT WITNESSED BY ME. KNOW THAT CREDIBLE PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED. MILITARY AIRCRAFT WERE CHASING THE SECOND APPEARANCE. A COMPLETE ARTICLE IS IN THE STEPHENVILLE EMPIRE TRIBUNE 1-10-08 EDITION. THIS ONE IS FOR REAL!

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