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Two Morris (NJ) men charged in UFO hoax
nj.com/news ^ | April 02, 2009 | by Sarah Schillaci/For The Star-Ledger

Posted on 04/02/2009 8:50:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Two Morris County men were so proud of pulling off a UFO hoax that they chronicled it in an online magazine. But the Morris County prosecutor regarded the stunt as a threat to aviation and tonight said he was filing disorderly person charges against Chris Russo, 29, and Joe Rudy, 28.

"If there is a single word to describe this ... it is in essence 'stupidity'," Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said at a press conference in Morristown. Bianchi said although there were indictable offenses with which he could have charged the men, he wanted to take a "measured approach" toward the offense. Between early January and late February, Russo and Rudy used Duct tape, fishing line, roadside flares and balloons to pull off a hoax that had many in North Jersey wondering whether UFOs were hovering over Morris County.

The hoax, which took place on five separate nights, involved the pair taping a car flare to fishing line, tying the line to a large helium balloon and launching the balloon into the night sky from a field in Hanover located between American Road and Hanover Avenue. They released as many as 11 balloons at once, all the time videotaping the glowing red lights bobbing and swaying above them.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


TOPICS: UFO's; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: deathpenalty; executethesemorons; firingsquad; gaschamber; givethemthechair; hangemhigh; hoax; publicstoning; ufo

Salesman Chris Russo of Morris Plains and science teacher Joe Rudy of Chester tied flares onto helium balloons and launched them in a nearby field on the border of Morris Plains and Hanover.


1 posted on 04/02/2009 8:50:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Give’em a medal. Ain’t much going on out in Morristown.


2 posted on 04/02/2009 8:53:13 PM PDT by romanesq
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To: All
VIDEO: Case closed: Those UFOs over Morristown were a hoax
3 posted on 04/02/2009 8:54:05 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

These men should be praised for their ingenuity in conducting scientific research! What a travesty to think that locals who were made to look like fools may be behind a malicious prosecution like this...


4 posted on 04/02/2009 8:56:33 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: JoeProBono

Hold Muh beer...


5 posted on 04/02/2009 8:57:53 PM PDT by sierrahome
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To: sierrahome

Hold Muh beer...

LOL!

Most fatal acts start with the phrase, “Hey y’all, watch this!”


6 posted on 04/02/2009 8:59:51 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: JoeProBono

Awwwwww, another bottom feeding lawyer wants to make a name for itself.


7 posted on 04/02/2009 9:03:30 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (In this dance of Life, I have two left feet.)
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To: sierrahome

8 posted on 04/02/2009 9:05:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoJo Gunn

9 posted on 04/02/2009 9:10:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

UFO..Unidentified Frothy Organism...


10 posted on 04/02/2009 9:12:35 PM PDT by BigSkyVic
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To: JoeProBono

You’d die if you couldn’t post images, right?


11 posted on 04/02/2009 9:14:03 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (In this dance of Life, I have two left feet.)
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To: romanesq
Another slow day in Morristown, NJ


12 posted on 04/02/2009 9:14:56 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoJo Gunn

You’d die if you couldn’t see my images, right?


13 posted on 04/02/2009 9:16:05 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Just imagine how this makes those poor folks that reported being probed by creatures from those balloons.


14 posted on 04/02/2009 9:20:32 PM PDT by Gator113 (For America to Survive, Obama Must Fail..... Obama=Failure in Chief with the Audacity of Dope.....)
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To: JoeProBono
You’d die if you couldn’t see my images, right?

No, Goonch, I'd die if one day you actually wrote a single solitary paragraph in response to someone.

15 posted on 04/02/2009 9:26:47 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (In this dance of Life, I have two left feet.)
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To: JoJo Gunn

(A closed mouth gathers no feet)


16 posted on 04/02/2009 9:28:22 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Yeah, but your style of autism speaks volumes.


17 posted on 04/02/2009 9:30:58 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (In this dance of Life, I have two left feet.)
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To: romanesq
Give’em a medal.

Me, too. I think UFO hoaxes should be legalized.

18 posted on 04/02/2009 9:32:40 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: JoeProBono

Yet another prosecutor contemplating a career in politics, and seeking to make a name for himself.


19 posted on 04/02/2009 9:35:37 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: JoJo Gunn
Your volume speaks for itself;-}


20 posted on 04/02/2009 9:36:53 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoJo Gunn

21 posted on 04/02/2009 9:50:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Well, now what is George Noory gonna do for Saturday night’s show?


22 posted on 04/02/2009 9:52:04 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9
He'll improvise


23 posted on 04/02/2009 9:54:58 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

heheh. Reeeeally cute.


24 posted on 04/02/2009 9:59:31 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: JoJo Gunn
That was rude. You need one of these:


25 posted on 04/02/2009 10:11:51 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer
Hehe...Morris PD know how to deal with her


26 posted on 04/02/2009 10:15:20 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Funny, I don’t remember my wife telling me she’d been arrested. But I recognize her by the expression.


27 posted on 04/02/2009 10:27:04 PM PDT by stormer
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To: JoeProBono

Barney Franks was in on it, said he was probed.


28 posted on 04/02/2009 10:58:48 PM PDT by NoLibZone (PROUD to be a part of the minority in our current culture. / Obama bows to the ruler of Mecca.)
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To: NoLibZone

29 posted on 04/02/2009 11:14:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Migraine

“I’d have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids!” (Scooby-Doo reference; most episodes involved discovering that a ghost/monster/ufo was fake.)


30 posted on 04/03/2009 1:49:08 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

Scooby-doo reference? Take those philosophical shows in small doses. Too much of that can make you either a hardcore communist, or a libertarian.:)


31 posted on 04/03/2009 6:56:26 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: stormer

Goonch’s cousin, right?


32 posted on 04/03/2009 7:47:16 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (In this dance of Life, I have two left feet.)
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