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UFO ROUNDUP Volume 2, Number 38, October 5, 1997

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Subject: UFO ROUNDUP Volume 2, Number 38, October 5, 1997


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     UFO ROUNDUP
Volume 2, Number 38
October 5, 1997

ALIEN KIDNAP ATTEMPT
FOILED IN ISRAEL

     On September 18, 1997, Palestinian Authority
police investigated the attempted abduction of a
ten-year-old Arab girl by a space alien.
     According to the Israeli newsmagazine
Yerushalayim, ten-year-old Suha A'anam was
studying on the second-story balcony of her family's
home in Dir Al Ajwan, a West Bank village near
Tulkarem, about 64 kilometers (40 miles) northwest
of Jerusalem.  Suddenly, she felt something tugging
her left hand.  Looking up, she spied "an alien" holding
her arm.
     "She screamed hysterically, alerting neighbors to
the scene just in time to save her.  She was taken to
Tulkarem Hospital with scratches to her arm."
     "A neighbor told police that she heard a noise like
a helicopter, looked out her window and saw 'a whirlpool
in the air, spreading ash everywhere.'  opposite Suha's
balcony."
     Six days earlier, on September 10, Muhand Faras, 16,
was walking home from school near Tulkarem "when he
came upon a strange being of a man's size but with a
small 'root' in the middle of his face.  It's skin was colored
'like a frog' (dark green--J.T.)  It had two tiny hands with
three fingers each and long fingernails.  The alien made a
threatening gesture at Muhand's face, screamed something
and then flew into the sky."
     Muhand said he had no idea where the alien went
after that because he "was too frightened to look at it"
and "thought it might shoot something dangerous" at him.
(See Yerushalayim for September 19, 1997.  Also check
CNI News, volume 3, number 15, part 1, for October 1,
1997.  Many thanks to Mike Lindemann of CNI News for
this report.)

ALIENS AMBUSH TWO MEN IN
PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE

     On Monday, September 22, 1997, at 11 p.m., Enrique
Bermudez Sosa parked his car in a wooded area near
Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in Chile, intent on
doing some skywatching.
     Suddenly, Bermudez heard a strange skittering noise
all around the vehicle.  Dousing the headlights, he could
make out small humanoid figures running around his car.
He described the creatures as "small, one meter (three
feet, four inches) tall, long arms, short legs, big heads,
but could not see the eyes or any other (facial) details."
     He counted eight aliens in all.  The creatures
surrounded his car for 40 minutes.  Then they vanished
into the woods.  Bermudez started his car and drove
away at an extremely high speed.
     On Tuesday, September 30, 1997, at 11:30 p.m.,
Dr. Carlos Munoz, an investigator for Agrupacion de
Investigaciones Ovniologicas (AION), the well-known
Chilean UFO study group, returned to the scene with
Bermudez.
     "They got out of the car to do some skywatching,
and suddenly they heard and saw something move
closer to them.  They could only distinguish shadows,
not shapes.  Then they saw 30 meters (99 feet) in front
of them a flourescent tube-like light in vertical position
suspended about one meter from the ground.  This light
had a red color on the upper part and the rest was
white.  The tube was also pulsating."
     Immediately Dr. Munoz grabbed his videocamera
and began shooting.  To his astonishment, the UFO
could not be seen through the viewfinder.  So he put
the camera on his car roof, hoping to steady it.  Still
the UFO did not register an image in the viewfinder.
     The two men then got in the car and fled.  As they
drove away, they heard "a loud engine noise" behind
them.  "And from nowhere appeared a black sports
car with polarized windows."  The sportscar swerved
in front of them, and, as it did so, "all the needles of
the instrument panel (Dr. Munoz's dashboard) jumped
like crazy."  (Muchas gracias a Luis Sanchez Perry
para esas noticias.)
(Editor's Comment: The only road out of Punta Arenas
goes to Rio Gallegos, Argentina.  Only by ship or ferry
is the city accessible to the rest of Chile.  It should be
a simple matter for the Chilean police to track down
the mysterious black sportscar.)

AUSTRALIAN HELICOPTERS
STALKED BY A UFO

     A solitary UFO approached two Australian rescue
helicopters near Lismore, a city near the Queensland/
New South Wales border 100 miles (160 kilometers)
south of Brisbane.
     The first incident took place Monday, September 29,
1997, as a Northern Rivers helicopter was returning to
Lismore from a flight to Brisbane at around midnight.
The Westpac flight crew "watched the flight of an
unidentified flying object" just south of Jacobs Well on
the Gold Coast.  "The UFO had three bright lights
evenly spaced along the side of it.  The pilot said it
'seemed to be flat in appearance.'  The UFO resembled
"an aircraft banking" and "after one minute, it dropped
from sight."
     On Wednesday, October 1, 1997, Wayne Fisher
and Rob Hill, pilots for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue
Service, were "flying at 7,000 feet in a clear night sky"
when a bright light suddenly illuminated the interior
of their helicopter.  "The sudden burst of 'white light' was
at first thought to be lightning, but the sky was clear
and the light came from above and to the rear of the
aircraft."
     "Fearing a collision with another aircraft, the pilot
immediately radioed Brisbane Air Service.  It was
confirmed that 'there is nothing within miles of you.'
Fisher continued his southward flight to Lismore.
     At 10:45 p.m., "Mr. W.P. and his 15-year-old
daughter, K, were driving in the Ballina area when
they saw 'a very large, round metallic bright blue
object that quickly crossed the night sky in four
or five seconds.'" (See the Northern News of New
South Wales for October 3, 1997, "Two Air Crews
in UFO Riddle," page 1.  Many thanks to John Hayes
for forwarding this newspaper article.)

DAYLIGHT DISC SPOTTED AND
FILMED IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA

     On Saturday, September 27, 1997, at 2:30 p.m.,
Arizona Skywatch director Tom King "saw a flashing
silver object in the sky.  After a few seconds of
watching it, I realized I've seen and videotaped these
strange objects in the past.  I ran inside and grabbed
a still camera and ordered my brother Rob to come
out and videotape the thing."
     Returning outside, Tom began shooting still
photos.  "It appeared to be five to ten thousand feet
in the sky at a northwest direction from my vantage
point," he reported.  "I was using a Canon T-50 with
1000 speed film.  It had a 500mm telephoto lens and
a 3X adapter."  He shot four photos of the UFO.
     Arriving with the videocam, Rob King began to
shoot.  But he was unable to get an image because
of "the resolution of the color viewfinder."
     Twenty minutes later, elsewhere in Phoenix,
Mike DeVarennes, who had just spoken to Tom King
on the phone, went outdoors and spotted the daylight
disc.  Grabbing his videocam, he shot one minute
of footage.
     The tape "shows a blinking white dot in the sky.
It is blinking in a pattern of 1/30...Soon afterwards, it
turns largely black, looking like a Hockey Puck.  It
continued to blink a white/silver to black pattern over
and over."
     Mike did "a final zoom on 24X digital towards the
end of the video.  During part of this, a 'Meier"-type
disc is seen in several frames.  This part of the
footage does not appear to be an optical or an
out-of-focus effect."  (Many thanks to Errol Bruce-
Knapp for forwarding these reports.)

TRIANGULAR UFO SIGHTED
OVER RHODE ISLAND

     On Friday, September 26, 1997, at 1:40 a.m.,
six cars driving on Rhode Island Route 10 in the
Olneyville section of Providence, Rhode Island
(population 200,000) spotted a large triangular
UFO flying slowly to the east.
     The six cars stopped on an overpass, and
the occupants got out for a better look.  They had
the UFO in view "for approximately ten minutes.
The object had three very bright lights, arranged
in a triangular pattern, together with five smaller,
dimmer lights arranged in a straight line on the
ventral side of the object.  The object appeared to
slowly rotate during the ten minutes or so, at
which time it began to rise vertically and then
accelerated very rapidly until it disappeared in the
night sky."
     One of the witnesses telephoned the National
UFO Center in Seattle, Washington and described
the object seen.  (Many thanks to Peter Davenport
for this news story.)
(Editor's Note: Check out the black helicopter story
further on in this issue.)

WOMAN SPOTS HOVERING
UFO NEAR TWIN CITIES

     On Saturday, September 27, 1997, at 7:30 p.m.,
Crystal R. stepped out of her home in Brooklyn
Park (population 43,332), a suburb 12 miles
(18 kilometers) northwest of the Twin Cities of
Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota.
     The night was rainy, and, as she halted on the
doorstep, Crystal "saw five cylindrical lights spaced
evenly apart in a circle I would estimate to be
eight to ten feet (2.5 to 3 meters) across.  Lights
were pulsating on this panel around the circle.
Object hovered over the top of our large weeping
willow (tree), which is at least 30 feet (9 meters)
high."
    Crystal said she watched the object hover
"for approximately five seconds."  During that time,
it "made strange low-pitched humming sounds."
    She said she went back into the house for a
moment to get a drink of water and then "looked out
the front door again to see if the object was still
there.  It was, so I observed it, wondering what it
was.  Suddenly, it disappeared.  It did not fly away
or move.  It was just gone and did not reappear to
my knowledge."  (Many thanks to Tim Hagemeister
of NACOMM for this report.)

DAYLIGHT DISC SPOTTED
SOUTH OF AUSTIN, TEXAS

     On Friday, September 26, 1997, at about 3:30 p.m.,
Harvey H. knew he was "going to be in the yard awhile
so I grabbed my 7X50 binoculars because I enjoy
looking at airplanes."
     Facing the south, Harv "was watching a twin-engine
turboprop plane operating out of Austin's Mueller
Airport.  In my lower field of view, traveling in the same
direction as the plane, appeared an object that I still do
not recognize."
     "It was an oval-shaped object of a whitish hue," he
reported.  "Its narrow side was facing the direction of
travel.  It definitely was not unfinished metal reflecting
sunlight.  It moved straight and unswerving.  I don't
suppose I saw it for more than three seconds as it
crossed my field of view."
     "I've looked at aerial objects for a good many years,
but I could not say whether this object was a flattened
softball-like thing flying at 50 miles per hour or if it was
a far larger object at a high altitude flying a tremedous
speed beyond the plane."  (Many thanks to Steve Wilson
Sr. for forwarding this news story.)
(Editor's Note: One mile in three seconds equals 1,200
miles per hour.)

WITNESSES REPORT A UFO
DOGFIGHT IN MISSOURI

     On September 18, 1997, around 8 p.m., Steven L.,
aged 11, was accidentally locked out of his home
and went to a friend's house to await his parents'
return.  The friend, Alan G., aged 12, lives on a
hilltop just southwest of the city of Springfield,
Missouri (population 133,116).
     The boys suddenly became aware of "numerous
moving star-like lights in the clear night sky.  To
their amazement, the white lights were making quick
movements" and flying away from each other.
     Fifteen minutes later, "the boys were startled to
see a strange-looking, triangular UFO with blue, green
and red lights enter the area, towards a group of the
white lights.  Suddenly, the triangle UFO was under
attack by two white lights shooting 'sparks.'"
     The triangular UFO took evasive action, the boys
reported, and flew away to the northwest.
     "Then, about ten minutes later...the triangle UFO
returned, angling between the two white lights.  Then
two smaller UFOs moved in again, shooting more
sparks.  This caused the triangle to make several
turns before disappearing to the southwest."
     Steven and Alan reported "no sound was heard"
during the event.
     At the same time, southeast of Springfield,
private pilot Bruce Lanza, while cleaning his airplane,
"noticed two moving white lights traveling side-by-side
from south to north in the eastern sky, when suddenly
they veered apart from each other."  Lanza reported,
"One went up and the other went down."  He also said
he did not hear any aircraft noise during his sighting.
(Many thanks to Brian Adams of the Ozarks Area
Research Group for this report.)

LAST WEEK'S TYNE TEES UFO
CASE CAUSES CONTROVERSY

     Authorities in the UK have come up with many
varied explanations for the mysterious nocturnal lights
seen along Scotland's eastern shore the night of
Monday, September 22, 1997.
     Alan Pickup of the Royal Observatory at Edinburgh
said the aerial display "was almost certainly a meteor--
perhaps the size of a suitcase."
     "It would have been traveling at anything from 10
to 50 miles per second," he said, "It certainly is a very
rare event.  A meteor bright enough to be seen in
Scotland during daylight has not been seen for some
time."
     The UK's Ministry of Defence stated that the object
was not a meteor but was actually an old Soviet
(Russian) satellite, Cosmos 2343, buring up as it
plunged through Earth's atmosphere.
     However, according to British ufologist Graham W.
Birdsall, the senior operations chief at RAF Fylingdales,
Squadron Leader Paul Raymond, said, "The Ministry
of Defence are saying that the object was Cosmos 2343,
but we can't categorically say that this is the case."
     Birdsall also spoke to sources at RAF Boulmer, who
reportedly claimed that their squadrons had been placed
on alert the evening of Monday, September 22.  No "stand
down" order was received by RAF Boulmer until 9 to 10
a.m. on Tuesday, September 23.
     Also, a Rescue Service lifeboat crew reported seeing
an array of "bright lights going into the sea" that night.
(Many thanks to Graham W. Birdsall for this story.)

NEW WITNESS APPEARS IN
BRAZIL'S VARGINHA CASE

     During August, ufologist Bob Pratt flew to Brazil
and met with Cynthia Luce of MUFON to further
investigate the Varginha case.
     On January 20, 1996, a UFO crashed near
Varginha (population 120,000) in the state of Minas
Gerais.  Seven aliens reportedly survived the crash
and were rounded up by troops of Brazil's Servico
Inteligencia do Exercito, (Army Intelligence Service)
better known as S-2.
     One alien was seen in an empty lot on the Rua
Suecia in Varginha's Jardim Andere section by three
young women, Liliane Fatima da Silva, her sister
Valquiria Fatima da Silva and Katia Andrade on their
way home from work.
     Pratt and Luce investigated the story of another
witness, a man named Carlos Sousa, who claims to
have witnessed a saucer crash in Tres Coracoes,
25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Varginha, one
week before the Varginha crash.
     On January 13, 1996, Sousa "was driving north
from Sao Paulo on the highway to Belo Horizonte
(capital of Minas Gerais state--J.T.)  About 8 a.m.,
he was 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of the Tres
Coracoes/Vargniha highway intersection when he
heard a strange noise."
     "He thought something was wrong with his
pickup truck and stopped.  When he got out, he
realized that the noise was coming from a cigar-
shaped craft about 120 meters (336 feet) in the air
and off to the left side of the highway.  It had windows
along the side and what appeared to be a jagged
hole in the front, a long 'crack' running back to the
middle of the craft, and smoke or vapor coming out
of the 'crack.'  It was moving along to the north."
     "Sousa jumped in his pickup and followed the
UFO.  It crossed over to the right (east) side of the
highway, then went into a steep dive and disappeared.
Sousa thought it had crashed and desperately
searched for a road that would lead to the area.
After 20 or 30 minutes, he found a dirt road and
turned onto it."
     Minutes later, Souza drove over the crest of a
hill and spotted a debris field spread out over "a
wide area, as well as about 40 armed soldiers,
two trucks, a helicopter, an ambulance and
several cars."
     "Sousa stopped and was able to pick up a
piece of very light material, that floated to the
ground as he dropped it.  But soldiers with rifles
rushed toward him and ordered him to leave."
     Later, at a roadside restaurant on the way
back to Sao Paulo, Sousa was questioned by
two men who "knew his name and everything
about him."  He was ordered to forget all about
what he had seen in that farm field.  (Many
thanks to Bob Pratt for letting UFO ROUNDUP
quote from his very detailed report.)

BLACK HELICOPTERS SEEN
IN THREE STATES

     More black helicopter sightings were reported
recently, with incidents in Michigan, Rhode Island,
Arizona and Puerto Rico.
     On Saturday, September 13, 1997, a Michigan
man "while driving up to Ann Arbor" (population
107,316), a city 38 miles (61 kilometers) west of
Detroit, "saw three black unmarked helicopters"
carrying equipment "which could have been weapons.
They were flying in perfect formation over U.S.
(Highway) 23.  They flew right over the road, and
then they went in different directions.  They were
out of sight within a few seconds."  (Email Interview)
     On Saturday, September 27, 1997, at 1 p.m.,
Giles and Stella Mousseau of North Smithfield,
Rhode Island (population 8,500), about 15 miles
(25 kilometers) northwest of Providence, looked
out their window and "saw a black military helicopter
with no markings flying around the neighborhood."
The chopper flew back and forth for 30 minutes at
low level, occasionally hovering "and slowly
zigzagging, like it was looking for something."
At 1:30 p.m., Mrs. Mousseau called her daughter
in Wickford, R.I. and reported the strange incident.
(Email Interview)
     On Monday, September 29, 1997, at 1:10 a.m.,
at an undisclosed location in Puerto Rico, "a
helicopter was seen of a black color, flying over
an area where two UFOs had appeared.  The
helicopter was at a low altitude and flew around
for five minutes."  (USENET Item)
     Recently, while driving to Payson, Arizona
(population 5,068), veteran ufologist Clark
Hathaway and his wife, Julia, had a black
helicopter encounter.  Formerly a resident of
Sacramento, California, Hathaway moved to
New Mexico in 1996 and formed the Four
States UFO Group in Farmington, N.M.
      The Hathaways were driving on Arizona
Highway 87, near the town of Sunflower,
when Clark "noticed approaching what I thought
was a highway patrol helicopter.  As it drew
closer, however, I could see in silhouette the
rocket pods carried under the winglets.  The
gunship was flying no more than 150 feet
(45 meters) above the strip of desert between
the double lanes of the highway."
     "Julia exlaimed, 'That IS a black helicopter!'"
     "I at first uttered a short unprintable but soon
we started to realize that it was indeed a black
gunship with NO visible markings.  By that time
it had drifted to the left...I immediately wondered
where the thing was headed and where its base
of operations was."  (Many thanks to Clark
Hathaway for this report.)

ON THE BOOKSTANDS:

     Scott Corrales's book, CHUPACABRAS AND
OTHER MYSTERIES is out, and it's well worth
the price.  Not only does Scott update us on the
Chupacabra incidents of 1996, he provides a great
summary of Latin America's most important UFO
sightings of recent years.  This is a book that
belongs in every ufologist's library.  It's available
for $19.95 at Greenleaf Publications, P.O. Box 8152,
Murfreesboro, Tennessee USA 37133.
     Preston Dennett's ONE IN FORTY - THE UFO
EPIDEMIC is also on sale.  The book contains dozens
of true accounts of UFO close encounters.  The book
costs $19.50, plus shipping and handling, and can be
ordered from Kroshka Books, 8080 Jericho Turnpike,
Suite 207, Commack, New York USA 11725

from the UFO Files...

1954: FRANCE'S LONGEST DAY

     Forty-three years ago, on October 2, 1954, a wave
of UFOs invaded France.  Here's the summary...
     "The French government meteorological station at
Morvan saw an oval-shaped craft going at amazing
speed, 3,000 feet up."
     "Cigar-shaped objects were seen at Coulommiers,
sixty miles south of Paris, and police photographed
marks left by a strange mushroom-shaped object."
     "Mme. Simone Geoffroy of Diges, a hundred miles
south of Paris, said, 'I saw a curious engine like a
cigar pointed at both ends in a field.'"
     "At Blanzy (Saone-et-Loire department), two men
saw a cigar-shaped thing in a freshly plowed field.
It was about six feet long with a pointed metal
terminal.  As they approached, the fusiform object
rose into the sky vertically."
     "Over the beach at Carry-le-Rouet, three women
saw 'a half-cigar in the sky, throwing out smoke.'"
     "Over Les Invalides airport in Paris, actress
Michele Morgan saw a glowing disk."  (See FLYING
SAUCERS UNCENSORED by Harold T. Wilkins,
Pyramid Books, 1967, pages 56 and 57.)
(Editor's Note:  Michele Morgan starred with Jack
Haley and Gloria DeHaven in the 1943 movie
"Higher and Higher."  Which, incidentally, was
Frank Sinatra's first film.)

That's it for this week.  Join us next week for more
saucer news from "the paper that goes home--
UFO ROUNDUP."  See you then!

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