FOUR CATTLE MUTILATED NEAR ST. JOHNS, ARIZONA
On Monday, July 20, 1998, four cows were found mutilated on a ranch near St. Johns, Arizona (population 3294), a town on Highway 191 about 135 miles (216 kilometers) east of Flagstaff.
According to Mary C. of Concho, Ariz., all four cows were carrying calves at the time. "The blood was gone (from the cattle) and the eyes were gone," she reported, "Also about 30 feet away from them were the unborn calves."
The tongues of the four cows and the unborn calves were removed by the mutilators. The loss was estimated at $10,000. According to Mary, the Arizona Cattleman's Association plans to investigate the incident.
According to Terry W. Colvin, there have been other mutilations recently in eastern Arizona. "Something is killing and mutilating cattle, horses and other animals in the southeastern Arizona counties of Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz."
"Robert Marsett, a cowhand with the Sands ranch, told of a recent kill and mutilation," Colvin reported. "The carcass appeared where only live cattle were seen the day before, but the dead cow smelled as though dead for several days. Marsett says coyotes and vultures did not approach the carcass. Nearby cows failed to nuzzle the carcass, as usually happens. Some blood was drained, organs were removed, and some samples were taken in the genital/rectal area." (Many thanks to AGETI and Steve Wilson Sr. for these news stories.)
On Wednesday, July 15, 1998, at 10 p.m., Karl J. and three friends spotted "a very large UFO over the general area of Schnebly Hill" in Sedona, Arizona (population 7,720), a town on Highway 89A about 24 miles (38 kilometers) south of Flagstaff.
Karl described the UFO as "several times larger than a passenger airliner such as the Concorde" and as "a dark-colored equilateral triangle with a bright white light on each corner and a larger light source, a glaring orange-red light in the middle. It came from the general direction of Flagstaff (north) and then changed direction. It made very little, if any, sound. The entire sighting lasted five to ten minutes, ending when it flew out of visual range."
Another witness, Michelle, reported, "The triangular- shaped object was moving across the sky faster than conventional aircraft. But because of the excessive size of the craft, it created the impression that it was moving in a slow, steady rate. It was a dark or amber brown in color and giving the impression of an effervescent gilded glow" which "helped to define its triangular shape. It came from a northerly direction and abruptly veered off in an eastern direction."
"If I held up a watermelon at arm's length in front of me, it would not have obscured the triangular shape from view," she reported, adding that the object was "perhaps bigger than a flying football field." (Many thanks to Peter Gersten of Citizens Against UFO Secrecy, CAUS, for forwarding these reports.)
On Wednesday, July 22, 1998, at 10 p.m., Pamela S. and her husband were relaxing on the deck of their home in Matunuck, Rhode Island (population 550) when they spotted a V-shaped UFO passing overhead.
"It was a warm evening, and I was laying down on my deck," Pamela reported, "Suddenly, I saw this huge V-shaped object coming from the south heading north. It appeared to glide across the sky, and I could not hear any engine-type noise."
Matunuck is a village on Rhode Island's southern Atlantic Ocean shore, located on Potter Road just off U.S. Route 1, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Providence, the state capital.
As the UFO came in over the ocean and flew north over Washington County (better known to Rhode Islanders as "South County"--J.T.), she added, "I would say it was silent. It appeared to have several box-shaped areas that sort of glowed. I wouldn't call it a light."
"Unfortunately, my husband was resting and did not have his eyeglasses on, but he too saw the V-shaped object but could not see any details." (Many thanks for Peter Gersten of CAUS for forwarding this report.)
(Editor's Comment: Now the UFOs are really close to home. Your editor lives about 20 miles north of Matunuck.)
On Thursday, July 16, 1998, in mid-afternoon, James D. was at his home in Corvallis, Oregon (population 44,959) when he spotted a gleam in the sky.
"I was in our front yard in Corvallis, Oregon, admiring the blueness of the sky," James reported, when he "looked up and watched a plane go by, north to south, at a high elevation angle above the western horizon. While still facing west with my head turned up, I suddenly saw this whitish thing speed by from nearly overhead, traveling toward the west in a perfectly straight line until it disappeared in the distance at about 20 degrees elevation. But it was only visible for about two seconds, or maybe only 1.5 seconds, so fast was it going."
"It seemed to be at a considerable height, like 500 to 1,000 feet," he added, "It was sort of a 'misty' white object with no shaded underside and no highlights reflecting the sunlight."
Corvallis is at the intersection of Oregon Highways 99E and 24 approximately 81 miles (129 kilometers) south of Portland. (Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for forwarding this report.)
On Thursday, July 22, 1998, at 1:35 a.m., four brightly luminous UFOs hovered over a suburban neighborhood near Lake Boulevard in Redding, California (population 66,462). The objects were seen by a woman and her two grandchildren.
According to Bonnie R., her mother, E.R., her 12-year-old niece N. H., and her six-year-old nephew Devon R. watched the UFO display for over 45 minutes and even telephoned her while it was going on.
The incident began when Devon "was awakened by the extremely bright light coming through the bedroom (window), and he woke his sister up. They couldn't see any bodies (fuselage) because of the intensity of the light, but they seemed to be the size of a golf ball held out at arm's length. They seemed to be white. It started at 1:35 a.m. and went on until well past 2 a.m."
"The UFOs were in close proximity to the house," she added, "probably less than a tenth of a mile (0.2 kilometers) away. It started with four bright lights which were rising up and then sort of bobbing in the air side-to-side maneuvers, then they 'exploded' and more lights and smaller sparks flew around them."
"My nephew was screaming because he had never seen such a thing, but my mom, of course, was terrified that they had come to abduct her again. And Devon got on the phone and" described what they were seeing, and "he did tell a pretty good description."
Redding is on Highway 299 approximately 212 miles (339 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco. (Email Interview)
On Tuesday, July 14, 1998, at 12:31 a.m., Jack L. Curtis was driving on California Highway 58 near Mojave (population 3,673) when he spotted a mysterious bluish-green fireball cleaving the desert's night sky.
"I was traveling eastbound on Highway 58 about 75 miles east of Bakersfield. I was about ten miles (16 kilometers) east of Mojave when I noticed another fireball," Jack reported.
"This one was blue/green in color and unlike the others (Jack reported last month--J.T.) had a short orange-yellow flickering tail. Visibility estimated at four seconds start-to-end. The highway at this location runs directly eastward, and the fireball was at about 40 degrees above the horizon at start and end on the highway. The azimuth was approximately 70 degrees, according to the marine compass mounted on my dash (dashboard). It was in a very steep descent, appearing to be flying straight toward the ground. The size was about the size of a fist, and the tail was about two feet in length and was really flickering and changing (color) between orange and yellow."
This was Jack's fourth fireball sighting since April. Mojave is located about 80 miles (128 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. (Email Interview)
On Friday, July 17, 1998, at 11:10 p.m., a woman in Pinckney, Michigan (population 1,603) "noticed a 'white light' flashing just outside her kitchen window. She found this odd because the kitchen window faces a large open field, not the road, and that 'it does get pitch black out there.'"
Moving closer to the window, the witness "looked outside and noticed 'a bright red light, I mean, bright' which just appeared in the southeast flying slowly in a northwesterly direction. It stopped above the tree line outside her kitchen window. She described it as 'a softball-sized, round, bright red light...like a big tomato' with no defined edges. The light hovered in this position for approximately ten to fifteen minutes."
Deciding not to go outside for a closer look, the woman watched as the UFO moved slowly westward" before vanishing from view.
Pinckney is on Michigan Highway 36 about 52 miles (84 kilometers) west of Detroit. (Many thanks to Alex Cavallari for this report.)
The following night, Saturday, July 18, 1998, at 10:50 p.m., a couple in Marlette, Michigan (population 1,924) spotted a UFO.
According to Jeffrey S. Westover of Michigan MUFON, the couple--Lee, 54, and Norman, 52-- were "stargazing from their backyard patio" and saw "a bright golden-yellow star-like object moving from the northwest, near the Big Dipper, to the southeast. 'It flew at least as twice as fast as a (commercial) jet and traveled in a perfectly straight line,' said Norm, 'There was no sound.'"
"Five minutes later, a second star-like object followed exactly the same path, originating from the northwest, passing through the Big Dipper and traveling to the southeast. Both objects were comparable in brightness to 2.5 magnitude stars."
At approximately 11:15 p.m., Lee and Norm witnessed "'a single white light, moving at typical jet speed' and as bright as a third magnitude star. The bright light was steady, not pulsing, as it moved through Ursa Major. With the witnesses facing north, and the object moving away at approximately 70 degrees altitude, it suddenly flared. The flare expanded the light to about ten times its original size."
"'We both exclaimed, WOW! at the same time,' Norm said. The flare lasted for about a second before the light returned to its original size. A few seconds later, it flared again. At this point, the light disappeared to the north." (Many thanks to Jeffrey S. Westover of Michigan MUFON for this report.)
On Sunday, July 19, 1998, at 9:40 p.m., Cameron Smith was in his hometown of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada (population 58,134) when he "saw two wobbly discs of a silver gray colour fly by slowly at the speed of an aircraft."
Smith wants to know if anyone else in Alberta had a sighting that night. Witnesses can write to him at #8 Arquetel Close, Red Deer, Alberta 74R 1G7, Canada.
Red Deer is 84 miles (134 kilometers) south of Edmonton, the provincial capital. (See Filer's Files #29 for 1998. Many thanks to George A. Filer, Eastern Director of MUFON, for this news story.)
On Saturday, July 18, 1998, at midnight, Stephen T. was on Wellington Road in Bilston, a suburb of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK, when he sighted a triangular UFO.
"It appeared to be silver in colour and was traveling eastward," Stephen reported, "There were no apparent lights that I could see. The object appeared to be only 1,000 feet up. It was traveling fairly fast. The object had rounded aerodynamic corners. It was about 80 degrees above the horizon. It was a fairly clear night with little cloud in place. I had the object in view for about five to ten seconds, after which time it reached the horizon and disappeared into a cloud in the distance." (Email Interview)
On Sunday, July 12, 1998, at 7:10 p.m., a man driving on motorway A505 in Royston, Hertfordshire, UK suddenly spotted a squadron of "eight to ten UFOs" hovering over a field.
"The witness was driving at the time of viewing the objects and had first viewed them from the A10 Royston roundabout (rotary in the USA). The objects were interacting with each other" and remained in one single portion of the sky. "Their movement seemed unflowing (quirky) and electrical. The objects were hovering just above the peak of the hill. The sighting lasted approximately two minutes. As it was still early evening and pretty light out, the objects were reflecting the fading sunlight...a silver or white colour coming off the objects."
On Sunday, July 19, 1998, at 3:30 a.m., two witnesses in the Vauxhall section of central London "noticed two golden-orange luminous objects" crossing the sky. "The objects came from the south and were heading east." The UFOs moved in close tandem, "almost as a single object," and remained in view for one minute, 45 seconds before disappearing behind some nearby buildings. (Many thanks to Roy Hale of ELUFON and Errol Bruce-Knapp for these news stories.)
Black helicopters were sighted last week in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
On Saturday, July 18, 1998, "an all-black helicopter with no markings" was seen by motorists just north of Madison (population 191,262), the state capital of Wisconsin.
Also on Saturday, July 18, at 12:30 a.m., "three helicopters flew west to east over XPI's headquarters. 'The helicopters flew so low they knocked the power off the VCRs,' said Scott Leeper, who was inside the building" in Rockwell, North Carolina (population 1,598), a small town on Highway 52 about 130 miles (208 kilometers) southwest of Raleigh.
XPI is a ufological investigation group closely affiliated with American UFO Newsletter. AUFON editor Stefan Duncan was not in the building at the time of the overflight.
On Sunday, July 19, 1998, the solo black helicopter was seen again, this time south of Madison, Wis. Eyewitnesses said the pilot "flew a grid pattern over the area." The helicopter "remained in sighr for approximately ten minutes."
On Monday, July 20, 1998, at 5:39 p.m., a single black AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter was spotted flying west above Interstate Highway 76 about two miles south of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (population 18406), a suburb of Philadelphia.
Also on Monday, July 20, at about 2 p.m., a motorist on Interstate Highway 94, just west of Ann Arbor, Michigan, reported sighting "a black helicopter with no markings at all, just a few numbers on the tail (boom)."
At least one Michigan helicopter was identified as belonging to the Michigan Air National Guard. While flying over the Thornapple River near Hastings, Michigan (population 6,549), the crew was searching for hidden marijuana fields when they spotted a man on the ground "shaking his fist" at them and "acting in a suspicious manner."
When the man climbed into a truck and drove away, the ANG helicopter notified authorities and gave them a description of the vehicle. Police arrested the man, Mark Koernke, 41, also known as "Mark from Michigan," a militia spokesman and co-host of the radio talk show Intelligence Report. Koernke had been wanted by Michigan authorities for weeks on charges of assault and failure to appear in court.
According to radio co-host John Stadtmiller, Koernke and another woman, Annie Dawson, were being held at the Washtenaw County Jail near Ann Arbor pending an upcoming court appearance.
Hastings is on Michigan Highway 37 about 38 miles (61 kilometers) southwest of Lansing, the state capital.
On Tuesday, July 21, 1998, a private pilot waiting to take off from Midway Airport, at the intersection of 55th Street and Cicero Road in Chicago, Illinois saw "three black helicopters parked out at the far end of the runway."
On Thursday, July 23, 1998, AUFON editor Stefan Duncan reported seeing "a small black unmarked helicopter fly fast and low over the trees about 100 yards" from the XPI building in Rockwell, North Carolina. (See American UFO Newsletter #13 for 1998, the Grand Rapids, Michigan Free Press and the Battle Creek, Michigan Enquirer for July 22, 1998. Many thanks to all the readers who contributed reports to this story.)
(Editor's Note: Mark Koernke's videotapes America In Peril 1 and 2 were among the items confiscated from the Heaven's Gate group's cache in Encino, California in late March 1997. See UFO Roundup, Volume 2, Number 13.)
1970: A UFO ENCOUNTER IN NEW SOUTH WALES
"On Thursday, 30th July 1970, a Mr. Phillips was standing on a lookout above Laura Cascades which overlooks the Jamison Valley" of New South Wales "when directly ahead of him, a strange object of brilliant falmaing silver colour suddenly appeared from behind Mount Solitary. The time was 5:30 p.m. and the sky was clear. Mr. Phillips judged the object to be about 10 kilometres (6 miles) away across the valley, and four or five degrees east of due south and about the same angle above the horizon."
"The object was quite large, as big as a large aircraft, and emitted no noise. It was shaped like a sphere, the top being joined to a cylinder and the conical section between them appearing to follow an exponential curve. After remaining motionless for half a minute after its appearance, the mysterious craft suddenly moved off at a terrific speed, soaring upward into the sky and disappearing from sight." (See MYSTERIOUS AUSTRALIA by Rex Gilroy, Nexus Publishing, Mapleton, Qnld., Australia, 1995, page 25)
And we'll be back next weekend with more saucer news from around the planet, brought to you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you then.
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