Teen Sister Shot, Left to Die in Taxicab Tells Emergency Operator ‘I’m Dying’ in 911 Call

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

One of the teen sisters shot and left for dead in a taxicab dialed 911 for help, telling the operator “I’m dying,” according to a call released by Texas police on Wednesday.

Amina Yaser Said, 18, and Sarah Yaser Said, 17, were found dead in a parking lot on New Year’s Day in Irving, Texas. The first call, made at 7:33 p.m. on Jan. 1 and determined to be made by Sarah Said, was dialed from a cell phone from an unknown location, according to police. Sarah can be heard telling the operator repeatedly “I’m dying.”The second call came in at 8:30 p.m., reporting a suspicious circumstance at a hotel in the Irving area. (Below is a slideshow of Amina and Sarah Said during happier times.)

A manhunt continues for the girls’ father, Yaser Abdul Said, 50, wanted in connection with the slayings. A capital murder warrant has been issued for Said.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading an arrest and indictment.

Police documents show that Said had threatened to hurt one of the girls for dating a non-Muslim boy.

Patricia Said, the girls mother, wants her husband brought to justice. She and her son plan to remain in hiding until her husband is caught.

The family had some previous domestic problems, police said.

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Texas Town Abuzz Over Dozens of UFO Sightings

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

STEPHENVILLE, Texas —  In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.(Picture is an artist’s conception of a UFO.)Several dozen people — including a pilot, county constable and business owners — insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it.

“People wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible Belt, and everyone is afraid it’s the end of times,” said Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot who said the object he saw last week was a mile long and half a mile wide. “It was positively, absolutely nothing from these parts.”

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While federal officials insist there’s a logical explanation, locals swear that it was larger, quieter, faster and lower to the ground than an airplane. They also said the object’s lights changed configuration, unlike those of a plane. People in several towns who reported seeing it over several weeks have offered similar descriptions of the of the object.

Machinist Ricky Sorrells said friends made fun of him when he told them he saw a flat, metallic object hovering about 300 feet over a pasture behind his Dublin home. But he decided to come forward after reading similar accounts in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

“You hear about big bass or big buck in the area, but this is a different deal,” Sorrells said. “It feels good to hear that other people saw something, because that means I’m not crazy.”   [Full story]