- UFO baffles Sandusky County Pyramid-like
- object similar to one seen same night near
- By Brad Dicken - Staff Writer
- Sandusky Register (OH)
- CLYDE - UFOs might be the stuff of fiction and over-imaginative
minds, but if you ask Jaime Kwiatkowski about Thursday night she will probably
- 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
- 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 cockpit 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 cockpit, 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
- 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
- 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,"
- Davenport said the truth about the object might never
- "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),
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- "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
- 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
- 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
- "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
- 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
- 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
- By Pamela E. Gran - Staff Writer
Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH)
- 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
- 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 cocker 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,"
- 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)
- 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
- 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