Mystery Of Ohio’s Purple Creek Solved


In less than 24 hours, the mystery of what caused the Little Bear Creek in Dayton, Ohio, to turn a lovely shade of purple was solved. Of course, during that time, everything from UFOs and secret government testing to “Barney using the creek to bathe” were blamed. Turns out it was just chemicals.

–via WHIO

According to WHIO, the Ohio EPA concluded the culprit was the inorganic chemical compound, potassium permanganate, which is commonly used to “treat and clean” water “before it’s discharged” (i.e.: dumped into a creek). A nearby company, Fulmer Landscaping, “discharged” water that had been treated with potassium permanganate into the creek, but they had apparently used too much of the chemical, which resulted in the purple color.

The case is ongoing, but Fulmer Landscaping has agreed to “shut off the process” while the Ohio EPA continues to monitor the situation.

Personally, I still think Barney had something to do with it. Admit it: that’s one evil dinosaur.

Read the full report from WHIO here.




Ohio Suspect Attempts To Elude Police By Driving To Prison


According to The Toledo Blade, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 21st, police attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle as it approached the intersection of Ash Street and Stickney Avenue in Toledo. Rather than pull over, the driver, 33-year-old Jason Davis, instead decided to take off and attempt to outrun the patrol car. The chase was on!

As he drove down Central Avenue, police in pursuit, Davis made a move that, while it might not have been part of his unofficial escape plan, will certainly cause him to spend the rest of his days in infamy: he drove into the parking lot of the Toledo Correctional Institution.

But to be honest, he didn’t just drive in. Rather, Davis was so insistent to get into the prison, that he crashed through a closed gate. Once in the parking lot, Davis attempted to elude police by driving onto the prison’s internal driveway, which is basically a giant loop around the walls of the prison. Police simply waited patiently for Davis to complete his roundabout tour of the prison.  When he returned to the parking lot, police deployed Stop Sticks and brought the chase to a close.

Jason Davis, a man who clearly needs to update his GPS — via NY Daily News

Davis was arrested and is scheduled to be arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court today (Thursday the 22nd). He is charged with two counts of vandalism of government property, failure to comply, possession of drugs, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, drug paraphernalia, and failure to stop at a stop sign. Oh yeah, and not using a turn signal.

No word if Davis had time to pick out a cell while he was on his private tour of the prison.

You can read the entire report from The Toledo Blade here.

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Black Triangle Reported Over Columbus, Ohio


MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) has received a report alleging that a UFO was flying over the Columbus/Westerville area of Ohio on the evening of January 18th, 2015.

According to the woman who filed the report with MUFON, at approximately 7:15 pm, she received a text from her 11-year-old son, who lives with his father in Westerville, Ohio. The boy claimed that he could see a “meteor” above his father’s house. Curious, the woman, who lives in Columbus “about 20 minutes” from Westerville, went outside to see if she could see anything herself.

Sure enough, the woman reporting being able to see what she described as “a very bright, rapidly blinking light hovering in the SE sky.” She said the object appeared to be pulsating “in what looked like red, green, and white lights.”

When it came to movement, the woman was able to discern that the object was moving in a Northeasterly direction, towards her home, although it was moving very slowly. In fact, the woman remarked that after looking at the object for close to 45 minutes, it had still yet to cross over house. At approximately 8:00 pm, “a heavy cloud bank rolled in” and the woman lost sight of the object. She did manage to take several photos with her cell phone, though:

Submitted Photo #1 — via UFO Stalker

Submitted Photo #2 — via UFO Stalker

The report ends with the woman stating that “after checking out the pictures and zooming in”, she realized “this was most likely a UFO.”

If you have seen something similar, you are asked to notify MUFON.


Concerning the photos the woman submitted, with all due respect, the first image has to be the smallest photo I have ever seen attached to one of these reports. What you’re looking at above is the full size image! I tried running it through software to bring the image out some more, but even a simple “zoom” on this pic turns it to pixellated mush. So sorry, nothing much to see here. 

When it comes to the second image, while it’s much larger, it’s still hard to see anything. I assume the UFO is the small green object towards the left of the frame (above), but it’s still too far out there to really see anything:

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Submitted Photo #2 (Cropped) — original version via UFO Stalker

So how about it, Columbus area: see anything weird in the sky last night? if you did, I want to know about it! Of course, let MUFON know, too, but don’t forget about your ol’ strange and spooky pal here!


You can read the MUFON report on this particular sighting by clicking here.


UFO Reported Over Payne, Ohio


Well, well, well, 2015 is certainly starting off strange and spooky here in Ohio, isn’t it? First, we end 2014 with a 7-foot “alien” running across the road in Southern Ohio and now this: a report of a UFO shooting across the skies of Northwest Ohio.

According to a report filed with MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) on January 5th, a gentleman was driving to his home in Payne, Ohio on Friday evening (January 2nd). The report states that approximately “8 miles outside of town”, he noticed a bright white light in the sky, coming from the direction of Payne. When he pointed it out to his wife and asked what it was, she replied that she thought it was an airplane.

As they drove closer to the object, they were able to determine that it was not an airplane and in fact was not moving. It was simply hovering in the sky, approximately 1000 feet in the air. They were able to get to within “2 football fields” of the object, at which point the man rolled down his window and was able to take a few photos:

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Submitted Photo #1 — via UFO Stalker

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Submitted Photo #2 — via UFO Stalker

As he was taking the photographs, the man noted that the object was not making any noise at all. According to the witness, the object then began moving “slowly at first and then accelerated to a speed well over 300 miles an hour as it disappeared from our view within 30 seconds or so.”

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact MUFON…but make sure you fill me in, too!

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Zoomed (and rotated) Photo #1 — via UFO Stalker


You can read the entire MUFON report here.


What Just Happened Here?


If you’re sitting there thinking there’s something wrong with your monitor, relax. There’s no need to adjust anything. I just decided to temporarily ditch the grey background in favor of something a bit more…fun. All the content is still here.

I don’t know about you, but I feel this site was long overdue for a change, so I’m kind of digging the new look. Sort of takes that whole “oh, I’m so serious” edge off of things, too. So who knows, I might keep it for a while, especially since the new layout is going to make it easier to add new section to the site. Stuff like Galleries and that Crybaby Bridge thing that’s long overdue.

What do you guys think? Love the new look? Hate it? Or really don’t care either way? If the spirit moves you (pun intended), feel free to let me know by leaving a comment…not that anyone ever does.

ONW: 7-Foot Creature Spotted In Highland County, Ohio


Well, I’ve finally poked my head out of my 2014 Holiday Bunker and am busy getting reacquainted with my strange and spooky world. So lots of catching up to do! With that in mind, let’s start with this bit o’ weirdness out of Highland County, Ohio.

Seems that on the evening of Friday, December 12th, a former Marine was driving along Carmel Road. As the gentleman’s vehicle crested a hill, he observed “a 7′ tall slim, gray creature with muscular legs that walked like its knees were backwards.”

Upon reaching his home, a report was filed with the Ohio division of Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and the man even included a sketch of what he had seen:

Pretty weird, huh? But of course, these sort of sightings are never as clear-cut as they seem. So this case is already started to get a little confusing.

To begin with, the story first “broke” when it appeared in the December 19th edition of the Highland County Press. In the article, which may or may not have been written by Ron McGlone of MUFON-Ohio (the article’s byline simply states “information by Ron McGlone”), there is only a mention of a single witness, a “60-year-old former Marine”.

Things get even more confusing towards the end of the article, where there is a link and several random, unattributed quotes. Following that link will eventually lead you to the official MUFON report, which was filed by the former Marine’s wife, who was allegedly also in the vehicle at the time of the sighting.

Contradicting McGlone’s statement, the woman states her husband is “almost 60 years old”. Further, the woman gives quite a bit more detail about the alleged encounter:

“We went around the curve by the Carmel church and then up a small incline and approximately 10 feet over the incline and in front of our truck, the ‘alien’ ran across the road and into the woods.”  

The woman’s statement also does a great job of clearing up exactly where the alleged encounter took place. After mentioning that they had recently purchased “a place in the Fort Hill area”, she describes how they were heading home on the night of the 12th:

“After turning on Carmel Road, which leads to our road, we went around the curve by the Carmel church and then up a small incline and approximately 10 feet over the incline and in front of our truck, the ‘alien’ ran across the road and into the woods.”

 Based on that description, I’m convinced the encounter took place in Hillsboro, Ohio. I’ve plotted the Carmel Church (purple bull’s-eye) on the map below. So by my calculations, the encounter took place on Carmel Road, slightly to the left of the Carmel Church:

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Map of Carmel Road, highlighting location of Carmel Church — via Mapquest

But that’s not to say the woman’s statement isn’t a bit confusing, because it raises a few more questions. For one, the woman implies that her husband drew the sketch because he was the only one who actually saw it, even going so far as to state “my husband saw it”:

“He wouldn’t have admitted to seeing it if he hadn’t been in shock. I had him draw it for me when we got to the house. He says it was asphalt gray (our asphalt is gray) and about 7 feet tall, no arms that he could see, but muscular in the legs area; no jawline, and its legs were bent backward and it leaned forward as it ran.”

That seems a little odd, especially since she had just finished stating how the creature ran in front of their vehicle. But perhaps she was just recounting what her husband described seeing and she never saw the creature at all.

Finally, the woman’s statement contains an interesting reference to their being “a perfect circle that stays fresh green, no matter what weather” in the couple’s front yard. So of course, government conspiracy fans are jumping all over this one.

So what sayeth you? Anyone out there have a recent encounter with a 7-foot grey creature with no arms and backwards legs? If you did, you know I’m dying to hear about it!


You can access the Highland County Press article here.

Another article on the encounter, with a bit more information, can be viewed here.

A copy of the MUFON report that was filed can be accessed here.

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Family Living With “Crazy Tokoloshe From Hell”


Just in time for the holidays, a “crazy Tokoloshe from hell” has chosen to move in with a South African family.

But the Tokoloshe is just the latest in a string of bizarre incidents that have been plaguing Zanele Chamana and her family, who reside in Soweto’s Braamfischerville. It all began with the arrival of what Zanele calls a “giant rat.” The family chased it around the house, noting that the rat chose a rather strange way of trying to elude its human pursuers: “it ran into all the corners of the rooms”, Zanele told the Daily Sun. Eventually, the giant rat was able to give the family the slip and they retired for the evening, believing the whole ordeal was settled. The next morning, however, the family “found blood everywhere in the house.”

Zanele’s husband, Jerry Muronga, cleaned up all the blood. The next day, he was attacked and beaten at work and ended up losing his job. It was then that the family began to believe that was no ordinary giant rat and some sort of black magic was to blame.


But the giant rat and blood were just the beginning. The family was soon subjected to mysterious flooding in the home and even unexplained fires. A short time later, the family believes the Tokoloshe arrived. Late at night, they hear it running across their roof. It also makes appearances in their bedrooms at night, frequently targeting Zanele’s 21-year-old-daughter, Phindle. “I see a man walking around in my room and he comes and stands at my bed. That’s when I start sweating”, she said.

Recently, the family’s grandchildren have also reported seeing the Tokoloshe running around the house at night.

All this prompted the family to spend over R50000 (roughly $4,400.00) on everything from sangomas (South African “healers”) to prophets in an attempt to rid of the family of the Tokoloshe. As of this writing all attempts have failed.


A transcript from the Daily Sun article can be found here.

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The Great Mogadore, Ohio, Ghost Hunt


Back in 1959, carloads of local teens descended on the tiny village of Mogadore, Ohio, with the intent of finding a ghost. Some actually claimed to have seen a ghost or two. And at least a couple of them got more than they bargained for.

This wasn’t the first time Mogadore had gotten all Ghost Crazy. Back in November of 1906, after a rash of reported ghost sightings in the village, the Canton Morning News declared the village of Mogadore to be “in the throes of a ghost scare.” Seems that people were wandering the streets of Mogadore at night, looking for ghosts.

Fast-forward over 50 years and the ghosts of Mogadore were at it again. Over the course of several weeks in the fall of 1959, dozens of area residents reported seeing ghostly apparitions throughout the village of Mogadore; flitting about abandoned houses, wandering through moonlit fields, and even walking alongside the road. It got so bad that it became something of a nightly ritual for locals, especially teens, to load up the car and drive around the village in what could only be termed “ghost hunting.”

One particular evening, a group of teens were driving towards Mogadore with the intent of doing a little ghost hunting themselves. Right at the outskirts of Mogadore, they were flagged down by a man who said he was a photographer from the Beacon Journal newspaper, out on a special assignment. Specifically, he was to try and photograph one of the ghosts of Mogadore, which had recently been spotted at an old abandoned house over on Saxe Road. When the photographer asked the teens if they wanted to accompany him on his little ghost hunt, they readily agreed and they were all soon on their way to the abandoned house.

Once there, the group grabbed a flashlight and began making their way up the driveway to the front door of the house. They were halfway to the door when they heard a strange noise coming from some nearby trees. Turning, they were shocked to see a ghostly white figure appear from behind a tree and start advancing towards them. The group scattered, with one of them literally running into a fence, catching his clothes in the process. Perhaps seeing one of their friends in pain steeled the group, for almost in unison, they turned, grabbed some rocks, and being chucking them at the ghost. Apparently, ghosts are afraid of rocks because the spooky figure retreated into the abandoned house, where it promptly vanished.

Shaken by the incident, the group drove to the Mogadore police station and reported what had happened. Patrolmen and Portage County deputies were dispatched to the abandoned house, but they found no signs of any ghosts. As they were preparing to leave, they noticed a car on the side of the road with its hood up. Taking a closer look, police found two men and a woman, wrestling with a dead car battery. Nothing out of the ordinary. Well, not until you take into account the fact that one of the men’s face appeared to be covered in white shoe polish. Or that there was a ghostly white sheet and a white helmet in their trunk. When confronted, the three admitted that they were the ones “haunting” the abandoned house.

The plan had been hatched by friends Thomas Baumgartner and Richard Hamilton. After hearing so many people talking about seeing a ghost in Mogadore, the pair decided to have a little fun. For his part, Baumgartner would paint his face, put on the ghost costume, and hang out near the abandoned house. Hamilton would be responsible for bringing people to the house by posing as a local photographer covering a story. Baumgartner’s wife, Judith, wasn’t part of the plan, but still decided to tag along and watch it all go down from a hiding spot near the house.

Judith Baumgartner checks out the ghostly attire of her husband, Thomas. –via

Both men were charged with disturbing the peace and fined $50 ($30 of which was to be suspended if they kept their noses clean for at least a year). Judith Baumgartner was not charged.

And with that, the case of the Mogadore Ghost came to a close. Or did it? For while dozens of people had reported seeing the ghost of Mogadore over the course of several months, both Baumgartner and Hamilton maintained that they had only pulled their little prank once–the night they were caught. So who or what were all these other people seeing? A real ghost? Or just other pranksters? That question may never be answered, although it did give several people a chuckle pondering what would have happened if the pranksters and a real ghost decided to show up at that spooky old house on the same night at the same time!

Artist’s rendition of what would have happened if Baumgartner’s “ghost” and a real ghost had met up that fateful night in Mogadore. –via


The original article on this story, written by Mark J. Price, can be found here.

For more great stories from Mark J. Price, check out his book The Rest Is History: True Tales From Akron’s Vibrant Past.