Trumball County Disturbance
From the late Kenny Young website.
Kenny was a regular visitor to Sightings on the Radio and contributor
to the Sighitngs website. This great case is presented in memory of
a great UFOlogist and sorely missed friend.
What is the Trumbull County Disturbance?
This incident is a remarkable UFO situation happening in 1994 near Youngstown,
Ohio. The case involved the pursuit of a low-flying object by numerous
police officials from a wide area. One officer approached the object
at close range, saying it 'lit up the ground as if daylight,' and also
declared that the electronic/radio instrumentation of his patrol cruiser
was "shut down" by the object.
When did this happen?
The incident actually began before 12:01 a.m. in the early morning hours
of Wednesday, December 14, 1994. Before midnight, the Trumbull County
9-1-1 center had already logged several UFO reports from residents near
the Sampson Road vicinity. Curiously, UFOs were reported in the area
the previous evening, as well as two weeks prior.
Where, exactly, did this occur?
In an area within Liberty Township, about 4-miles north of Youngstown,
surrounded by Weathersfield Township to the west, Vienna Township to
the north and Hubbard Township to the east. The happening occurred near
and above the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, where public relations
officers adamently deny the event ever transpired, despite the acquisition
of 9-1-1 police dispatch tapes to the contrary.
How were the 9-1-1 tapes acquired?
Several telecommunicators at the Trumbull County 9-1-1 center read the
1996 report entitled: "The Trumbull County Disturbance: The Wrong Liberty,"
which appeared on the internet. Intruiged by this account, they researched
the case and acquired a date of the event. Acting strictly as private
citizens and not on behalf of the department, they retrieved the data
from the audio tapes stored at the center. The original tapes were said
to have been 'missing,' but a backup set was located in another storage
It can be demonstrated that police departments across Ohio and other
states are more reluctant than ever to associate their departments or
officers with alleged UFO occurrences, and understandably so. Those
armed with the "badge of truth" do not usually relish their position
as the 'middleman' between the U.S. Air Force and the UFO phenomenon.
"From my information, calls placed from police departments to Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base are forwarded directly to secret offices at the air base
that are solely responsible for monitoring the UFO situation," charges
George Clappison, UFO researcher and investigator.
The Mystery Tattler
To bolster his contention, Clappison cites a 1995 source he identifies
only as "a southern Ohio law enforcement official." After several confidential,
tightly controlled meetings with his source, Clappison was informed
that his contact had a UFO sighting while on-duty about ten years prior.
His dispatch office then alerted the air base of the occurrence. The
officer recalled that within days of the event, he was visited and questioned
by several agents from the Cincinnati offices of the FBI.
The law enforcement official conveyed to Clappison his belief that the
Air Force and various intelligence communities currently monitor and
investigate the UFO situation, despite public denials. According to
the opinion of the informant, the U.S. Air Force monitors and utilizes
the vast resources of police dispatch centers for the collection of
UFO Reporting to WPAFB
Even when reporting a UFO directly to the Dayton, Ohio, air base, a
phone receptionist taking the call will politely refer the caller to
"report the incident to your local police department."
It is known that certain air emergency situations are held under the
authority of the State Patrol for handling and disposition, and as the
Air Force position illustrates, this authority also extends to the State
Patrol for response and investigation of UFO reports.
One should also consider the curious existence of the strange "SIGNAL
50" code word utilized by The Ohio State Highway Patrol during radio
communications to announce the observation of unknown aircraft.
Reporting Procedures & The LeCI Incident
A heated UFO incident at the Lebanon Correctional Institute occurred
on April 8, 1993 in Warren County, Ohio, in which a glowing red object
hovered for nearly three hours over a state penitentiary. The Warren
County Sheriff's Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded
to the multiple witness event, and calls were placed by the dispatch
office to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, requesting aircraft
Wright-Pat denied having any experimental aircraft in the vicinity,
and furthermore stated that they had no radar track of the unknown object,
which, according to a statement given by Commander H. Lake of the adjacent
Warren Correctional Institute, was "presented to the Warren County Sheriff's
Department by his shift supervisor upon their arrival."
Despite denials by the LeCI or WCI prison offices and the Ohio Department
of Corrections and Rehabilitation that any internal documentation of
the event exists, H. Lake stated emphatically, "I don't know what they're
talking about. A report does exist because I wrote the report myself."
Presently , public relations officials at Wright-Patt contend that they
have no documentation available regarding any incoming calls from the
Ohio State Highway Patrol regarding the April 8, 1993 UFO incident at
LeCI. However, FOIA Manager Paul Cassidy stated that "if a phone call
was indeed made to this base, there should be SOME kind of documentation
SOMEWHERE, whether it be in the form of a log entry or scribbled notes."
To the contrary of WPAFB public relations department, O.S.P. log entries
acquired by UFO investigators revealed that several calls were indeed
placed to the Dayton, Ohio, air base. Dispatchers at the Ohio State
Patrol and Warren County Sheriff's Office even confirmed that Wright-Patt
had been alerted by utilizing a special, confidential phone number that
gives them direct access to the high-tech air base. When asked for the
number to be released to researchers, each respective office refused
to disclose it, saying it was a restricted line, and not releasable
to the public.
It can be said with certainty that this writer did hear and detect abnormal
aircraft activity above the Cincinnati region in the form of jet engine
sounds which were heard constantly from around 4:15 A.M. until daybreak
on the night of the incident. The jet sounds were deep and powerful,
unlike common air traffic heard frequently above Cincinnati. Not until
the evening news later that day did this writer learn of the events
at the Lebanon, Ohio, prison, upon which time the heavy droning sound
of the jet noise was recalled.
Event From The Past...
There is a healthy historical precedent for UFO mix-ups between Ohio
police agencies and UFOs, with the U.S. Air Force always having a distant
and uncertain role in the drama.
Case in point: at 4:50 A.M. on April 17, 1966, two sheriffs deputies,
Dale Spaur and Wilber L. Neff, were advised by the Portage County, Ohio,
Dispatch Center to investigate a low-flying UFO reportedly headed in
their direction. The twosome watched as the glowing object approached
their position, illuminating the roadside.
"It's about fifty feet across, and I can just make out a dome or something
on the top, but that's very dark," Spaur yelled into his microphone.
"The bottom is real bright, it's putting out a beam of light that makes
a big spot underneath. It was overhead a minute ago, and it was as bright
as day here."
The dispatcher advised Spaur and Neff to keep the UFO in sight, as a
car with camera equipment had been sent out. Soon, the twosome were
racing along Route 14 at ninety miles per hour.
Other police officers soon joined the chase. Wayne Huston of East Palestine,
Ohio, witnessed the UFO pass his location at more than 80 miles per
hour, and also joined the chase. "It was a funny thing," he later said,
"but when the object got too far ahead of us it appeared to stop and
One police officer later recalled that he had seen two jet-fighter aircraft
being followed by a bright object shaped like a football. The vehicular
pursuit took multiple police officials on an eighty-five mile journey
into Pennsylvania before the object allegedly shot off at great speed
Radar Operators at the Pittsburgh airport control tower advised the
Conway Police Department that they had picked up the UFO on their radar
screens, but later denied this.
Police chief Gerald Buchert of Mantua, Ohio, claimed that he photographed
the object, but was told by the United States Air Force not to make
the pictures public.
The official Air Force conclusion was that Spaur and the others had
been chasing the planet Venus.
Months after the drama, Deputy Spaur was found in hiding by a reporter.
Working as a painter, Spaur lived in poverty residing at a seedy motel.
He had resigned from the police force, and had been divorced from his
wife. "If I could change all that I have done in my life," he said,
"I would change that night we chased that damned saucer."
Given the sad but true public belittlement of UFO witnesses by the Air
Force, the news media and the debunking celebrities, it is understandable
why police officials such as those involved in the LeCI Incident and
the Portage pursuit are reluctant to talk about their full knowledge
of these events.
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