Thursday, October 2, 2003

Irate farmer wants crop circle culprits to pay

The Associated Press

BAINBRIDGE, Ohio - Farmer Dale Mark doesn't buy theories that aliens from outer space left the geometric designs etched into his Ross County soybean field.

Mark thinks it was the work of pranksters, and he wants them to pay him $1,200 for the damaged beans he can't harvest. He said he has no insurance to cover the loss.

Passengers in a private airplane discovered last week that the two acres of crops had been flattened into a series of circular designs. One surrounds a triangle, another resembles a peace sign, and a third looks like a bull's-eye.

Some blame teenagers hoping to draw attention to their rural community 55 miles south of Columbus. Others welcome the mystery - and theories that extraterrestrials or supernatural beings are responsible.

"I think it's people who've done it, myself," Mark said. "I really don't believe in aliens."

He says he's waiting to see whether anyone comes forward before filing a report with the sheriff's office. "I'd just like to find out who it is. I don't want them to do it again."

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