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Re: Sheriff Sees Prank And No Aliens In Crop Circle

From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 03:24:40 +0200
Fwd Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 02:09:58 -0400
Subject: Re: Sheriff Sees Prank And No Aliens In Crop Circle

From: The Toledo Blade.





Sheriff just sees a prank and no aliens in crop circle

July 22, 1998

Blade Staff Writer

BROUGHTON, O. - A so-called "crop circle" has some Paulding
County residents scratching their heads - again.

Is it man-made? The creation of a mysterious natural force? The
impression of an alien spaceship?

(The sheriff says vandals created the latest crop circle. Toledo
Blade photo by Lisa Dutton.)

In X-Files fashion, investigators of the paranormal have come
and gone in Latty Township, as they did exactly two years ago to
another field south of Paulding.

They peered, probed, and collected dirt and stalks where wheat
was mashed flat in a perfect circle.

While they returned to laboratories to analyze samples and
ponder data, Paulding County Sheriff Dave Harrow looked the site
over and made his conclusion.

"It looks like a case of vandalism of wheat," the sheriff said.
"It does not look like the work of extraterrestrial beings."

The round patch of flattened wheat was discovered by farmer
Brian Ruble on July 6 while he was harvesting wheat on a farm
owned by Georgia Price.

The mysterious ring is three miles from where an identical crop
circle was found in July, 1996.

Mrs. Price herself inspected the 92-foot circle. There were
noticeable footsteps leading to the circle. But she said they
were from people traipsing the wheat field to stare at the ring.

"The wheat was flattened to the ground, all bent over in one
direction, counterclockwise," she said.

What is it? What caused it? That's what observers ask every time
a crop circle appears.

Theories abound among students of the paranormal. Are crop
circles weather phenomena? Landing pads for unidentified flying
objects? The result of quirky winds or magnetic energy forces?

Or are they hoaxes, made by jokesters?

In 1996, spectators flocked to see the circle on a field farmed
by Dan, Don, and Dave Arends. Investigators studied soil and
wrote reports. T-shirts were sold.

This time, not as many noticed. "Curious people came to look the
first few days," Mrs. Price said.

"I don't know what the circle is. Most folks around here think
it's weather-related or something, or maybe it's caused by them
little green men from outer space.

"We joke about that, but we don't really know."

Sheriff Harrow does not have those doubts.

"It looks like vandalism to me," he said. "The case is closed."

Crop circles have cropped up on farms since they first were
found in England in the 1970s. Since then, thousands of them
have appeared there.

The rings, of all sizes, have been investigated by organizations
which look for evidence of paranormal activity or clues to the
existence of unidentified flying objects.

An investigator from the Mutual UFO Network, Roger Sugden, and
an Eastern Michigan University professor, Jeffrey Wilson, were
on the scene one recent day, Mrs. Price said.

But most crop circles have proved to be hoaxes, perpetrated by
practical jokers.

It was concluded that the 1996 Paulding County ring was

One investigator, Joe Nickell of the nonprofit Skeptical
Inquirer, declared, "They're all hoaxes."

Likewise, a 1996 crop circle in Allen County was declared a

In 1995, several crop circles were discovered in Michigan's
Lenawee County, prompting speculation about alien landings and
supernatural forces.

Five teens confessed to walking in circles to trample the wheat.

And in England, two men were found to have mapped and made many
circles using string and boards to flatten the stalks.

Still, UFO enthusiasts and sleuths of the paranormal prick up
their ears whenever a new crop circle is found. Not all could be
bogus, they say.

"Sure, some are hoaxes, but some are unexplained," said Richard
Thielmann of Toledo, a Mutual UFO Network member.

"Our organization has analyzed wheat and found chemical changes
in stalks and how grain was broken off that could not have been
done by pranksters," he said.

Sheriff Harrow has studied the topic since the 1996 crop circle
caused an uproar in his county.

"I've read documents about them and I went out there to look and
I'm satisfied it was made by people," the sheriff said.

He says he especially does not believe it is UFO-related.

"I personally think if intelligent extraterrestial beings evaded
radar and other detection, they would not make a mark by landing
in a wheat field when there are so many empty paved parking lots
for them to land on."

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