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UFOs in the daily Press:

The Ravenna UFO, USA, 1966:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper The Sudbury Star, Ontario, Canada, page 15, on April 18, 1966.

U.S. Police Officials Follow Flying Object; 'Somebody Controls It'

RAVENA, Ohio (AP) - "We were closer, closer than I ever want to be again," said a deputy sheriff who chased an unidentified flying object from Ohio into Pennsylvania.

Hundreds of persons in both states reported seeing the "brilliant and shiny" object early Sunday morning.

Police Chief Gerald Buchert of Mantua, about eight miles north of Ravena, said he took a picture of the object from his front yard but the air force told him not to release it.

Buchert said it looked like "two table saucers put together."

Dale Spaur, Portage County deputy sheriff, said he and his partner, W. L. Neff, "were close" to the object in separate cars and chased it 86 miles for 90 minutes, from near Ravena to Conway, Pa., near Pittsburgh.

Spaur said he clocked it at speeds up to 103 miles an hour. From the ground Spaur said it looked like the head of a flashlight, about 40 feet wide and 18 feet high.

Spaur said the lines of the object were distinct. "Somebody had control over it," he said. "It wasn't just floating around. It can manoeuvre."

The deputy said the chase slowed down near Rochester, Pa., when the cars "got tangled up in a mess of bridges... but when I came out from under the bridge it came down and waited for us, just as though it knew these two cars were following it."

"I know nobody's going to believe it, but it's true," he said.

Spaur said the only sound coming from the object was a steady, faint humming, like an electric transformer. Near Conway, Pa., Spaur said the object began hovering and "was going for altitude, straight up."

He said the object disappeared after he and others went to a police station to telephone air force officials.

The federal aviation agency's air traffic control centres at Oberlin and Pittsburgh said they spotted no unknown objects on their radar.

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