According to San Angelo live here :
Steve Hudgeons, Mutual UFO Network assistant state director for Texas, released a media brief yesterday that promised a formal news conference in March at the Dublin Rotary Club Building. The Dallas Fort Worth MUFON chapter and Hudgeons will present information Hudgeons gathered during a late January trip to Stephenville, Texas, after UFO sightings had been reported there earlier in the month.
“The media will be invited to hear the results of our investigations,” Hudgeons wrote.
Hudgeons also reported that the DFW chapter has reserved the Dublin Rotary Building on Feb. 23 for additional witnesses to the Jan. 8 UFO sighting. “We . . . hope to see those that didn’t attend [the Stephenville follow-up investigation] or were unable to attend the Jan. 19th meeting,” Hudgeons wrote.
“We further ask that the Media NOT attend this meeting. We appreciate the new -found sincerity of the Media of late, however, 50 or so years of media ridicule hasn’t been forgotten and has caused many witnesses to shy away from our investigations.”
The Air Force Reserve released a statement on Jan. 23 claiming the bright lights and UFOs spotted in Stephenville had really been ten of their F-16 fighter jets on a nighttime training mission. This information contradicts their earlier denying of activity in the area.
( Full article from sanangelo live-posted feb 7th 2008 ).
I just hope, in light of very recent events, that the Dublin Rotary Building is not made available, for an unknown reason??
The same day i wrote …
Posted by dandare on February 10, 2008
I now report on the nastier side of the Stephenville ufo sighting….
It is reported that one witness was harassed by an unknown source (and later i report on Angelia Joiner losing her job at the Stephenville Tribune )?
As was reported in the Stephenville Tribune (full article below):
More twists in the Sorrells’ saga By ANGELIA JOINER Staff Writer
Monday, February 4, 2008 11:19 AM CST
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.
“If you told me a while back that I would be sitting here talking to you about UFOs I would have said, ‘No way, not in a million years,” Sorrells said. ” Now, I know for the rest of my life I’ll keep looking to find out what it was.”
Sorrells said soon after his Associated Press interview went around the world in mid-January – not only was he allegedly contacted by a Lt. Colonel telling him to keep quiet about what he saw, he was also contacted by a woman named Linda Moulton Howe.
Howe arrived in Dublin last week and stayed with Sorrells and his family to conduct the investigation and left late last week.“I told her everything I knew and showed her my property,” Sorrels said. “After she left, I felt I had honored my commitment with her. Things have settled down a little and I feel free to talk about the experiences I have had. I just didn’t want to do anything that would interfere with her investigation because I want the truth.”
He said the last time he saw the object he was able to get a video on his camera phone and said he has seen some other “pretty good footage” taken by others.
One night Sorrells said he had four helicopters flying at such low altitude that when a spotlight was shined up at them from Sorrells’ pickup he could see the pilot throw his arm up in front of his eyes to block the light. But there has been another strange occurrence recently on his property that leads him to believe the military is involved. It was an unexpected visitor about 1 a.m. who may have left something behind.
“I was in bed asleep,” Sorrells said. “I keep my bird dogs on the east side of my house and three others on the west side. The black lab doesn’t bark until someone comes across the cattle guard and the Catahoula doesn’t bark until she actually sees someone. They were all barking so I got up to see what was going on.”
Sorrells said he walked to his bedroom window and looked out to the top of his driveway – he saw someone.
“I went around the bed and grabbed my rifle,” Sorrells said.
His family was still sleeping, so with one hand on his gun and one hand on his backdoor knob, he peered through the window of the door to see if he could spot the intruder again.
“He had positioned himself in between the car and the pickup 40 to 50 feet from my back door,” Sorrells said. “He stood staring at me rocking back and forth. I didn’t think his feet were moving but the next morning when looking at his tracks I could tell they were.”
Sorrels said it was cold and misting rain and it was obvious the guy was “dressed for the elements with a heavy parka-like coat.”
He said he strained to see if the man carried a gun but could not see one but could clearly see the face of someone he thought to be in his late 20s or early 30s judging from the way he “walked and acted.”
“I’m trying to decide whether or not to open the door,” Sorrells said. “We’re just standing there face to face looking at each other. I’m thinking he’s dressed for the elements and the dogs are raising such a ruckus he must know he’s in danger of being caught. That’s when I realized he wanted me to see him.”
Sorrells said the trespasser had positioned himself in such a way he decided he could be vulnerable if opened his door. He thought of his family and then the man slowly turned and walked into the woods.
“He walked through an area where I’d cleared the brush so apparently he’d been there before because he knew where to go,” Sorrells said.
Sorrells said shortly after the unwelcome caller disappeared the dogs calmed down and he stayed up the rest of the night to keep watch.
Later, when walking through the woods on his property with Howe, he decided to return to a bare spot where his property line ends at a fence.
“It is washed out there and I like to go there to look for deer and turkey tracks.” Sorrells said. He said he’s an avid hunter and keeps abreast of the wildlife on his place. He said he had not been to this particular spot in about a month.
“The first thing I saw was a man’s footprint,” Sorrells said. “Ms. Howe videotaped me putting my foot beside it. The sun was going down and I saw something shiny.”
Sorrells said he walked over and picked up a bullet – a shiny new 25-06 Remington – with some dotted tarnished smudges.
“I think the man that I saw that night dropped this bullet and the tarnished spots are from the misting rain that night,” Sorrells said. ” I just think it was the military showing me they could get to me if they wanted to.”
Sorrells said he just doesn’t think a hunter poaching on his property would’ve dropped the bullet. He said he doesn’t have trouble with poachers. While he knows there is no way to prove it could have been from the same man it’s something he keeps mulling over.
Sorrells returned home with the bullet in hand and took it apart to look at the powder to see if he could glean any information at all. A local gun and ammunition authority said there was no way to identify if such a bullet was from a military source.
“Talking about military powder is like talking about military gasoline,” he said. “There is no difference.”
Meanwhile, Sorrells said he and other witnesses are considering setting up a Web site to encourage people to do what they can to influence government participation in finding out about the curious, sometimes frightening, sightings.
“I’ve heard that other countries are releasing information on what they know,” Sorrells said. “We’re thinking of calling it (the site) ‘Stephenville Lights.’ Too many people have seen something not to try and continue finding out about it. We want to know what it was”.
Some people have suggested that he is only in it for some fame, but i’m not so sure; i believe that he could be telling the truth.
However, this is not the only strange news to come out of this UFO sighting:
Angelia Joiner has lost her job at the Stephenville Tribune for evidently writing too much about the UFO sighting….. well i for one am glad she did, and she must have worked hard, for all the articles were excellent.
She kept us all informed about what was going on….and i say this because as i live in the UK, reliable sources on this were hard to come by, but Angelia’s was one that i came to enjoy, for its frankness and detailed articles. so thank you.
Whatever happened to freedom of speech; the Stephenville Tribune must have got many hits from its website alone, solely on the UFO sighting coverage, and many more must have bought the paper due to these sightings.
Also write a message on the guestbook to protest at Angelia being forced to leave her job (just pretend it was you…. how would you have felt….i know i would have been annoyed).
the link is http://empiretribune.com/guestbook/ (this is now unavailable..).
The american Chronicle has an article on this here . Lastly, i wish Angelia Joiner all the best, and hope she finds work soon…..thanks for keeping us informed about the sighting and good luck.
Posted by dandare on February 12, 2008
Ok….. i have highlighted this article, just in case you are not aware of it…. it is basically a letter of protest aimed at E-T (thats stephenville Empire Tribune), also a link to congress can be found here too. the article can be found here .
Unfortunately i cannot use the congress link, but will be thinking of an e-mail to write to the paper.
Posted by dandare on February 14, 2008
Fox4 has an interesting video about the Stephenville ufo sighting which is definately worth watching….according to this, the sightings came from a 60 mile radius, and are still being seen. see here for video. (posted 13th feb,2008). I am still a bit skeptical about the photos of the ufo though!
Another interesting source i have stumbled across, although written in 1996, mentions in these documents, Air Force procedure with regard to ufos … see here for details (PDF file).
For map of stephenville see here .
Posted by dandare on February 14, 2008
She’s back, and on Stephenvillelight.com , reporting new information about the ufo sightings… it starts
Whatever is hovering over Erath County isn’t leaving. UFO reports are pouring in. Two are from original witnesses, and two new ones are coming aboard.
This time there are pictures and video — Constable Lee Roy Gaitan made sure of it.
The following are accounts from Gaitan, Ricky Sorrells, Mac McKinnon, and a source not wishing to be identified.
Note: Gaitan’s first sighting was with his eight-year-old son on Jan. 8 when he saw a red glow that faded and then reappeared. Later he said he saw bright white lights that seemed to “bounce around in the sky” and took off at a “blazing speed”” (extract from article).
Their Mission Statement near the bottom states:
“Our purpose is to promote full disclosure of knowledge and information regarding unidentified flying objects throughout the world by encouraging the government and military forces of the United States of America through reasonable and peaceful means provided to us by the United States Constitution” (exact words from article).
I look forward to more from this site…. its good news.
Posted by dandare on February 20, 2008
I have added here, all the videos that i previously missed….. for Stephenville UFO sighting. (will add some more tommorrow, if i find some more).
Mark Murphy of Stephenville at MUFON conference
Texas ufo update (from 21st jan 2008 )
Cell phone footage from TV21 (24th jan,2008 )
What people in texas really saw (part 1)
What people in texas really saw (part 2)
Eye witness Rodney Pate
Texas ufo- actual footage (i believe this to be a fake/blip on this video)
the stephenville lights
Posted by dandare on February 24, 2008
Please see full article below for details (posted 21st feb,2008)…..
The former Stephenville Empire-Tribune journalist known nationally for her stories about UFO sightings over Texas last month was not kidnapped by the military nor abducted by aliens.
Angelia Joiner says that after working for the newspaper for 18 months, she left a couple of weeks ago to “pursue other avenues,” including the UFO story. Her departure was noted on several blogs with suspicion.
She is now working with several UFO witnesses to start a Web site devoted to uncovering the truth behind the dozens of reports of strange objects flying Jan. 8 over Stephenville, about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Joiner says that she has been hired recently as news director for radio station KCUB/107.9 FM, which touts itself as “your official Stephenville UFO information station” on its Web site.
“Just in the last five days I’ve received 800 e-mails about UFOs,” Joiner said.
Also online: www.stephenvillelights.com
At the radio station, it mentions that Angelia will be keeping listeners up to date with local sightings.
There are a few UFO interviews on the home page, worth listening to as well.
The radio station also plays some nice music to boot.
Gets my vote……………….
I wish Angelia and the Radio station all the best…
Posted by dandare on February 26, 2008
On saturday 23rd february 2008, MUFON visited Dublin, Texas for a second time, and gathered 17 additional UFO sighting reports. Apart from a few local reporters being present, all other media was not not allowed in, due to some witnesses being intimidated by such a presence (although the history channel’s UFO hunters were present and a reporter from NY times).
According to Angelia Joiner’s article, The chief investigator, Steve Hudgeons, spoke to Ricky Sorrells for nearly 1 hour (he had been interviewed before on the 14th january by another MUFON member).
He then went on to add that through their records, from 1977 – november 2007 there were 400 sighting reports. But from november 2007 to today, there were around 150 reports.
Hudgeons said a final report will be made public, even though there are still ongoing sightings in the area… also a timeline format will be made available on the MUFON site soon, and will include a report on the david Coran video, (on 19/20 jan).
The main report will be available in April, in the MUFON journal; also a news conference will also be held too on the findings.
From Stephenvillelights.com (posted 24th February,2008 )
this article, i have decided to reproduce in full and can be seen below….
Erath County Officer witnesses UFO
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.“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,” Clifton said. “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.
“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,” Clifton said. “What it looked like is difficult to describe because there is nothing to compare it to.”
Clifton said the object had a transparent or perhaps translucent appearance and it had ” a fog or vapor or cloud around it.”
Clifton said he saw colors of white, blue, and red.
“I wasn’t frightened – I was just trying to think of what it might be,” Clifton said. “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.
Now that just adds to the evidence….. What i immediately see as interesting is “the object had a transparent or perhaps translucent appearance and it had ” a fog or vapor or cloud around it.”
And the fact that he spoke of a similar video sighting from 2007 in Canada; i’ve done a quick scan for such sightings, but unless i’m missing something here, am unable to find what he is referring too….will not give up the hunt though.
References/sources for this a post/blog entry :
I apologise for the blog entry here… i was short on time, but wanted to post it as soon as possible.
Posted by dandare on March 3, 2008
Recently, angelina Joiner wrote at stephenvillelights.com about a third police officer (a former protector of Texas governors) who came forward as a UFO witness;
I have enclosed the whole article here, as i feel it is needed to be seen in its full context; with a small summary by me at the end, of the stephenville ‘flap’.
“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.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,” Zimmerman said. “Two white lights were grouped closer together and higher and the third one was closer to the horizon. That one was a was a reddish orange color.”Zimmerman shared a sketch and notes he had jotted down.
“I hope it’s military,” Zimmerman said. “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.”
So as we can see, the stephenville ufo ”flap” was not just confined to the 8th-10th january (although the world media focused in on the 8th-10th january, 2008). MUFON and other sources of information collected, and pieced together, prove that the ‘flap’ took place over a much larger period of time.
There is even suggestions that the starting period, was around december 2007, with sightings in Lubbock and San Antonio (although i’m not sure of this, however this must not be discounted).
However, according to reports that MUFON and other organisations recieved the following week (from the 13th – 19th january), it suggests that the activity was not letting up much.
From Stephenville, the concentration of sightings, later shifted, to other areas in its vacinity.
There are still so many more questions that need answering….. hopefully, MUFON will help fill in the gaps with more information, and answer some of the questions in April, when they report on their findings.
What do you think? does the flap have a reason or is it just random? is it human or something else? I am still searching for an answer to questions… whether we will ever find out the truth, is another story.
Posted by dandare on March 7, 2008