Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekend 2 Cents: 'Angel' Witnessed Before Fatal Crash -- Arcane Radio...Paranormal Researcher & Author Timothy Renner

'Angel' Witnessed Before Fatal Crash

David wrote in to tell of his strange sighting in Newberry Springs, California:

“A couple of years ago I was a long haul truck driver. This instance I was on I-40 in Newberry Springs, California. I'd probably been through this area previously 30 or 40 times but had never really paid any attention to the name of the town. While travelling through the area, I noticed a woman standing in the desert dressed in bright white. It really caught me off guard because it was so out of place. I looked when I went by and she appeared to be in middle eastern type clothing but she appeared to be bright white. I couldn't really make out any facial features, as well, as her feet and hands appeared distorted almost like she was levitating.

I called my sister and told her about it immediately. I told her the name of the town and what I saw, so she gets on Google to see if anything like that had been reported but it hadn't. 36 hours later, I pull into a rest area in Dragoon, Arizona to go to bed for the night and I was scrolling through Facebook and an article caught my attention. It said something to the effect of a tractor trailer-car accident in Newberry Springs, California. Now keep in mind I never paid any attention to the name of that town before so I clicked on the article to find out that right after I came through there were a few cars and a tractor trailer that were involved in an accident. I think there ended up being about five fatalities in the accident. I immediately thought back to the woman I had seen standing in the desert. My thoughts - maybe she was an angel waiting to usher these souls to the other side. Maybe she was something else but the whole experience left me with more questions than answers.

NOTE: Could this be the accident he's talking about?

Source: Darkness Radio - August 29, 2016

Transcribed by JLB


This week we welcome paranormal researcher & author Timothy Renner to Arcane Radio.

Timothy Renner is an accomplished musician - as well as a member of Seekers, a cryptid & paranormal investigation group located in south central Pennsylvania. His book, Beyond the Seventh Gate: Exploring Toad Road, The Seven Gates of Hell, and Other Strangeness in York, Lancaster, and Adams Counties was published recently. Extensive research and on-site exploration was combined to dispel urban legends while revealing stranger truths. True tales of bigfoot creatures, witches, ghosts, werewolves, and flying phantoms.

NOTE: The area Timothy concentrates on is south central Pennsylvania...basically where Butch and I live. He has done a wonderful job of research. There are a few of my accounts in there as well. Lon

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Living Near Bigfoot - Marion County, Florida

I recently received the following email concerning activity at a residence. The witness had read the Unknown Activity in Mingo County, WV account and states he and his wife wanted to detail some of the Bigfoot activity occurring around their home:

Sir - After reading the Mingo County, WV resident and other stories, we thought that you may want to read what we are putting up with at our home. We live in Marion County, Florida and are a retired couple. We are in a neighborhood very near Ocala National Forest.

When we moved here in 2014, we were told of strange sightings in the area - in particular Bigfoot. We had moved from NYC, so I figured it was just a bunch of hogwash - just like the alligators in the NYC sewers.

To make a long story short, here is a list of things going on here:

- Howling late at night. Intense guttural screams to be exact. Many times they come from different directions at one time.

- I know the Bigfoot are making the noise because we have encountered them. One broke my side garage door not long after we moved in. We weren't home at the time, but I have no doubt that's what did the damage. My wife saw a young one in her garden one evening. She turned the porch light on and it scampered into the brush. She described it as 4ft or so, with long dark hair all over its body.

- They like to leave things around the yard and patio. Usually it's other people's garbage - cans and bottles for the most part. I don't want to encourage this activity by leaving something for them, but I'm sure that they mean no harm.

- I have never seen another animal in our yard, which I believe is unusual because of where we live. We feel that the Bigfoot roam so near to our property that small animals avoid the area. This could be the wrong assumption, but the lack of raccoons, opossums, etc. is strange.

I'm not going to try and take photographs, because I believe that they know better and that it would anger them. A fellow on our block tried to set out a motion sensitive camera. Well the damage they endured from a Bigfoot (a busted camera, broken lawn furniture and uprooted plants) changed those plans.

I have seen people going into the forest at other locations - and it's obvious that they are searching for the Bigfoot, even though the wildlife is protected. My feeling is that they should leave these creatures alone, though I doubt they'll ever find one. They are very keen and aloof - almost magical in the way they go about their lives.

I didn't want to give out our exact location. We don't want the Bigfoot people trampling about the neighborhood. VB

NOTE: It's an interesting account. They didn't leave a phone number, but they did return my email with a few more details I added to the original inquiry. I'm not sure whether they have learned to live with the Bigfoot or rather that they be gone. But I do think that they have gained a certain amount of respect for their neighbors in the forest. Lon

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'...there's something in my room'

Mike in Connecticut called in to tell of his bizarre encounter:

“My story starts when I was probably about 13 years old and grew up just around New Haven, Connecticut. What was happening was, I was sleeping in my bed and like every 13 year old, they get scared. They hear stories and stuff so they always sleep with the door open, with the night light on. So I looked at my door and usually I can see the night light and at this time, I woke up, I couldn't see through the door. It looked like there was something standing in the door. So I pulled the blankets over my head.

So about 10 or 15 minutes later, after I gained the courage to finally slowly start to take the covers down from my face. All I can explain it is it looked like the rabbit from Donnie Darko hanging over my face and laughing. I darted out of my room, woke up both my parents. I said, 'listen there's something in my room.' My father came to my room, turned on the lights. Nothing was in there. He was pissed. So he said, go back to bed.

Ever since I saw that, my life has been riddled with, to be honest, drug addiction and stuff like that. I don't know if that has anything to do with it. If that was a demon or what it was, I feel as though my life ever since has been in a downward spiral. I'm 34 now and I've been battling this thing ever since. I feel as though ever since that time it's been like that for me.”

Source: Darkness Radio - September 19, 2016

Transcribed by JLB


After School Satan Club

MOUNT VERNON — A so-called "After School Satan Club" proposed by the Satanic Temple of Seattle to be held at Centennial Elementary School should be allowed to proceed, an attorney hired to represent the Mount Vernon School District said.

“I think that if the school district denied that application, you would face costly litigation that would be distracting from your mission," said Duncan Fobes of the Seattle-based law firm Patterson, Buchanan, Fobes and Leitch during a Wednesday meeting of the Mount Vernon School Board. "And would ultimately be unsuccessful.”

Fobes was hired by the district's risk-pool insurance group to assess whether the district had legal standing to deny the temple's application.

“We believe that it's clear that, because the district has a policy and procedure that encourages the use of community groups to use your facilities, because you do that, you must open it to this group," Fobes said. "You don't have to sponsor the group, you don't have to help the group.”

A 2001 Supreme Court ruling, Good News Bible Club vs. Milford Central School District, stated that if schools allow any organization to use school property, they must allow all organizations — religious and secular — to have access.

The Mount Vernon district is one of nine throughout the country that has been chosen by the Satanic Temple to host a pilot After School Satan Club program because the districts also host a Good News Bible Club, which is run by the Child Evangelism Fellowship.

"We didn't invite them to the school, they put our name on a website," Centennial Principal Erwin Stroosma said. "We feel like we're pawns in a game — someone else is manipulating us."

The temple's application proposes renting space at Centennial for about an hour after school one day a month during the school year.

"This is going to be infectious and widespread," said Mike Cheek, who has grandchildren in the district. "I know that if there is anything to do with Satan, it is dark and it is evil."

When asked by a parent to raise their hands if they didn't want the After School Satan Club to take root at Centennial, nearly every community member in attendance did so.

"They say they're not going to teach anything bad, but we don't know," Moises Pacheco, whose grandchildren attend Madison Elementary, said through a translator.

Other parents were less concerned.

"It feels like we're all reacting with fear," said Melissa McPhaden. "I'm not afraid of what this church can do, because I have a relationship with my children."

The temple claims to worship no deity, but previously told the Skagit Valley Herald it uses Satan "as a metaphor for fighting religious tyranny and oppression.”

"I think the reason the (temple) is here is because they wanted a reaction," McPhaden said. "And they got the reaction. I don't think they want to start a Satanic club in Mount Vernon."

A representative from the Satanic Temple of Seattle did not return calls Thursday by the Skagit Valley Herald.

Fobes said the district has the right to review the proposed curriculum for the club, but it cannot prohibit the club from school property unless that curriculum uses hate speech, incites violence or includes pornography.

“What this group purports is they support rational thinking activities," Fobes said. "I don't know what they actually do because no one's done it yet. This is a pretty new undertaking by this group.”

The district cannot ban all after-school groups in an effort to keep the temple out, Fobes said, and even if it could, doing so would likely open it up to lawsuits.

“I think it’s not an option here,” Fobes said. “I believe in this particular case you would still face some litigation, not only from the Satanic Temple, but also from the Good News club.”

The district would also lose out on whatever revenue is generated by allowing groups to use its facilities.

"Very unfortunately, our hands are tied in this question," Board President Rob Coffey said. "We must make our facilities available — and in many cases we are eager to make them available — to Boys & Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts. We must make them available whether we like the group or not. There really is no opportunity for us to say no to the Satanic Temple or the After School Satan Club.” - Lawyer: After School Satan Club must be allowed to proceed


Python Range Extends in South Florida

Burmese pythons appear to be slithering into new territory, extending their range and putting more of South Florida's wildlife at risk of becoming lunch.

Python hatchlings were discovered for the first time on Key Largo, an ominous development for the island's wildlife, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Thursday. And last week, a 10-foot python was found on a levee at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in western Palm Beach County, indicating that the huge constrictor may have staked out territory in the northernmost section of the Everglades.

The big snakes, which can swim, have been found for years on Key Largo. But the discovery of three hatchlings in August represent the first evidence that they have established a breeding population there.

"We worry about pythons becoming established in the Keys because there are several at-risk populations of small mammals, like the Key Largo woodrat and the Key Largo cotton mouse, that would be easy prey for Burmese pythons," said Bryan Falk, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Read more at Burmese pythons found in Key Largo, western Palm Beach County


Great Salt Lake Disappearing

SALT LAKE CITY -- On the southern shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.

North of the nearly empty marina, salt-loving bacteria thriving in the low water has turned the liquid pink.

The massive lake, key to the state’s economy and identity, is skirting record low levels after years of below-average precipitation and record heat. A few dozen lawmakers are taking a road trip Thursday and Friday to see the problems firsthand and learn what they can do to help -- besides praying for more rain and snow this winter.

State officials said in July, that the lake is at its lowest level since the 1960s, before the causeway was in place.

The lake, about 75 miles long and 30 miles wide, is America’s largest outside the Great Lakes. Water levels have always fluctuated, but they have been dropping steadily since 2011.

“If this continues ... the ecosystem as a whole is under a pretty significant threat,” said Jason Curry, a spokesman for Utah’s Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

The state estimates that the Great Salt Lake’s ecosystem has a $1.32 billion economic effect. It is a home or major resting place for more than 250 species of birds. Salt and other minerals are mined from the lake and used for fertilizer, melting snow on roadways and other products. Its waters are credited with helping produce dry, powdery snow that attracts skiers worldwide to the nearby mountains. Read more at Beached boats, pink water as drought depletes Utah's Great Salt Lake


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