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Three defendants scheduled to appear before Judge Terrence Boyle in the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in July might just touch on close encounters of the fourth kind.
Steven M. Greer, Emery S. Smith and Deborah Foch have been charged in connection with alegedly operating a commercial venture on a national wildlife refuge.
On the evening of Monday, April 12, 2010, when law enforcement officers from responding agencies crossed the dunes on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to see why so many people were on the beach at night, they were stunned to see more than three dozen people in a circle holding up light sticks, a source at the Sheriff's Office told the Sentinel the following day. The light-holders weren't anxious to give out information, but, said the source, the event had something to do with UFOs.
She estimated that 25 to 50 percent of the attendees are repeats.