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  • Balloon-boy parents get balloon back

    05/14/2010 9:24:22 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 524+ views
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The runaway UFO-like balloon that the world thought was carrying a 6-year-old boy is back in the hands of the parents who pleaded guilty to the hoax.
  • "Balloon Boy" Dad Cries and Denies Hoax In New Interview With Larry King - Video

    01/06/2010 3:37:48 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 572+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 6, 2010 | Michael
    Here is a couple of short videos of Larry King's interview with "Balloon Boy's" father, Richard Heene, where he denies any hoax and says that he only plead guilty to "save" his family because of threats of deportation...(Videos)
  • Balloon boy parents are sent to jail for hoax

    12/23/2009 5:34:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 762+ views
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/23/2009 | P. Solomon Banda
    The parents who pulled the balloon boy hoax in hopes of landing a reality TV show were sentenced to jail Wednesday — 90 days for him, 20 days for her — and barred from profiting from their newfound celebrity status for the next four years. Choking back tears, Richard Heene apologized in court for the frenzy he caused when he claimed his 6-year-old son Falcon had floated away in a giant helium balloon shaped like a flying saucer. "I'm very, very sorry. And I want to apologize to all the rescue workers out there, and the people that got involved...
  • 'Balloon Boy' parents Richard and Mayumi Heene to plead guilty, says lawyer

    11/12/2009 4:45:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 852+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/12/2009 | Larry McShane
    The parents of the "Balloon Boy" are about to land - perhaps behind bars. Richard Heene and his wife, Mayumi, reached a deal with authorities to enter guilty pleas over their October hoax that transfixed the country, their lawyer said Thursday. Heene, 48, will plead guilty to a felony - attempting to influence a public servant - while his 45-year-old wife will plead to a misdemeanor charge, attorney David Lane said. Although Lane initially said the deal would spare the couple from jail time, the lawyer later said he expected prosecutors to request some time behind bars - 90 days...
  • Boulder County DA launches investigation into sheriff at center of Heene family balloon hoax probe

    10/31/2009 4:02:12 PM PDT · by purpleporter · 14 replies · 625+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/29/09 | Ethan Sacks
    It's deflating news for the sheriff at the center of the investigation into the Colorado balloon hoax. The Boulder County district attorney announced Wednesday that he would personally investigate allegations that Larimer County Sheriff John Alderden improperly conducted his probe into the alleged balloon hoax committed by the Heene family. A lawyer for Richard Heene wrote a letter to the Larimer County district attorney on Monday, accusing Alderden of breaking a Colorado law that prevents officials from publically disclosing information in a case involving charges of child neglect Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/10/29/2009-10-29_boulder_county_da_opens_investigation_into_sheriff_at_center_of_heene_family_bal.html#ixzz0VYcCtwTT
  • Balloon Boy Dad Action Figure Goes on Sale

    10/29/2009 1:58:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 712+ views
    KARK ^ | Thursday, Oct 29, 2009
    The father of Colorado's so-called Balloon Boy may not have gotten his reality TV scheme off the ground, but Richard Heene is at least getting his own action figure. Connecticut-based toymaker Herobuilders.com is adding Heene to a quirky collection that includes the Sarah Palin Super Hero and the Obama Joker doll. There's also a Bernie Madoff Action Figure with a fistfull of hundred-dollar bills and a Dick Cheney doll hoisting a shotgun. Heene's mini-me wears an "I'm with Stupid" t-shirt with the arrow pointing upwards. It sells for 34.95. Heene and his wife, Mayumi, called 911 earlier this month to...
  • Media Discovering that Obama Balloon a Hoax

    10/24/2009 9:43:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies · 1,931+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 24th 2009
    October 24, 2009 Media Discovering that Obama Balloon a Hoax Monte Kuligowski It was a tremendous run in voyeurism while it lasted. It was big and shiny and puffed up and filled with hot air. It rose quickly and soared high and far. It was larger than life. But it couldn’t stay afloat forever. The Obama image was put together with duct tape and glue. It was a complete fabrication. It is now deflating and heading to earth. Soon it will be discovered that it was empty -- that the entire image was a fraud. The image was that of...
  • Mom admits to "Balloon Boy" hoax: court record

    10/23/2009 4:52:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,618+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/23/09 | Keith Coffman
    DENVER (Reuters) – The mother of a Colorado boy thought to be aboard a homemade helium balloon has admitted to investigators the whole thing was a hoax, according to a court document made public on Friday. ... "The motive for the fabricated story was to make the Heene family more marketable for future media interest," the affidavit states. The document also says the Heenes, who had starred in the reality television show "Wife Swap," had devised the hoax about two weeks before and had instructed their three children to lie to authorities and the media.
  • Affidavit: Mom told deputies balloon saga was hoax

    10/23/2009 4:53:28 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 55 replies · 3,414+ views
    AP via Google ^ | October 23rd 2009 | DAN ELLIOTT (AP) Oct 24th
    DENVER — The mother of the 6-year-old boy once feared missing inside a runaway helium balloon admitted the whole saga was a hoax, according to court documents released Friday. Mayumi Heene told sheriff's deputies that she and her husband Richard "knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence" in Fort Collins, according to an affidavit used to get a search warrant for the home.
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-21-09 (The Reality Zone---A Tragicomedy Featuring Rod Serling)

    10/21/2009 4:46:33 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 36 replies · 1,453+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 22, 2009 | PJ-Comix
    (Richard Heene, father of Balloon Boy Falcon, is sitting in his backyard with his head in his hands. Falcon walks up to him and Heene looks up sadly.) BALLOON DAD: Why Falcon? Why did you tell Wolf Blitzer on live TV that I told you to hide in the attic for the show? BALLOON BOY: Because that is what you did tell me, Dad. BALLOON DAD: But that was the real reality we must never talk about. What counts is TV reality. And now I can never return to TV reality shows like "Wife Swap." My credibility was blown...
  • Balloon Boy's Father 'Wanted TV fame Before World Ends In 2012'

    10/20/2009 6:21:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies · 1,173+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 20th 2009
    Balloon Boy's Father 'Wanted TV fame Before World Ends In 2012' Richard Heene, the man suspected of the alleged "balloon boy" hoax, was driven by a conviction that the world will come to a cataclysmic end in 2012, according to a friend. Nick Allen in Los Angeles 20 Oct 2009 Robert Thomas, who claims to have been a confidante and researcher for Mr Heene, has been interviewed by police. Mr Thomas's lawyer, Linda Lee, claimed: "Heene believes the world is going to end in 2012. Because of that he wanted to make money quickly, become rich enough to build a...
  • Balloon Boy Family Now Under Federal Investigation

    10/20/2009 2:46:55 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies · 969+ views
    people.com ^ | 10/20/09 | Vickie Bane
    It's not every day the Federal Aviation Administration has to consider the flight of a silver UFO-looking helium balloon. "This is unusual," acknowledges Mike Fergus, spokesman for the FAA in Washington state, which opened an investigation into the two-hour balloon flight in FAA-monitored airspace. "But we investigate any air incident. The investigation is solely focusing on if we had any violations of our regulatory authority or regulations." Fergus says he is not at liberty to discuss specifics, nor can he guess as to when the probe will be complete. He says the FAA can only file civil charges if a...
  • Parents in Balloon Case to Surrender

    10/19/2009 12:57:05 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 39 replies · 1,519+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | 10/19/09 | DAN FROSCH
    The Colorado parents accused of concocting a publicity stunt by pretending that their young son had climbed aboard a homemade helium balloon and was hurtling through the skies above Fort Collins, Colo., will voluntarily surrender to authorities as soon as charges are filed, which is expected to happen on Wednesday, the lawyer for the father said Monday morning. David Lane, a Colorado civil rights lawyer who is representing Richard Heene, said both Mr. Heene and his wife, Mayumi, would plead not guilty and would turn themselves in to avoid further public spectacle.
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-18-09 ("Up, Up on the Screen (In My Helium Balloon)")

    10/18/2009 7:11:00 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 52 replies · 1,403+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 18, 2009 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    I know, I know, you're asking, "What about the Pitt wedding DUFU?" Well, before we get to the gasbag that got hitched, first we need to deal with a gasbag that got UN-hitched! I refer, of course, to the Balloon Boy saga, and the DUmmies' reaction to the story. But before we hear from the DUmmies, let's join the Heene Family Singers in singing one of their favorite Ballooney Tunes: UP, UP ON THE SCREEN (IN MY HELIUM BALLOON) Tune: "Up, Up and Away (In My Beautiful Balloon)" Original Would you like to hide in my helium balloon Would...
  • Balloon Boy Update – Sheriff Filing Charges Update: End of Western Civilization

    10/18/2009 2:51:50 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies · 1,215+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | October 18, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    Does stories like this realize what the late Andy Warhol said years ago, that everyday people will have their "15 minutes" of fame? Uh Oh … well can’t say I am surprised. The evidence we pointed out here seemed pretty overwhelming. But if it was a hoax, I can asssure you … this guy won’t go down without a fight. I promise.
  • They were lying

    10/18/2009 12:22:05 PM PDT · by nmh · 52 replies · 2,121+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/18/09 | AP FOX News
    Colorado Authorities: 'Balloon Boy' Flight 'Was a Stunt' Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden announced at a press conference on Sunday that Colorado authorities have ruled the "balloon boy's" flight a hoax. "It has been determined that this is a hoax. We believe we have evidence at this point to indicate that this was a publicity stunt," Alderden told reporters. Authorities believe the alleged plot was hatched in an attempt by the Heene family "to better market themselves for a reality show at some point in the future," Alderden said. "They were lying." ... http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,568420,00.html
  • 'Balloon boy' incident was hoax, sheriff says

    10/18/2009 12:25:47 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 64 replies · 2,699+ views
    CNN ^ | October 18, 2009
    (CNN) -- Three days after the world watched a giant balloon fly through the air and a tearful family express fears that their 6-year-old boy could be inside, authorities announced what millions already suspected: The whole thing was staged. It was carried out by a couple who met "in acting school in Hollywood" and "put on a very good show for us," Sheriff Jim Alderden of Larimer County said Sunday. Authorities know there was "a conspiracy" between Richard and Mayumi Heene, he said. "It has been determined that this is a hoax," the sheriff said, adding police "believe we have...
  • Colo. Sheriff Calls Balloon Saga A Hoax

    10/18/2009 10:09:18 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 81 replies · 2,549+ views
    AP Report ^ | October 18th 2009
    Colo. sheriff calls balloon saga a hoax He says ordeal was staged to generate publicity for a reality TV show FORT COLLINS. Colo. - A sheriff said he was pursuing criminal charges in Colorado's "balloon boy" saga, which he described Sunday as a hoax to generate publicity for a reality TV show. Deputies searched the home of the boy's parents Saturday night, carrying away several boxes and a computer. The boy's parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene, met with Larimer County investigators for much of Saturday afternoon amid lingering questions about whether he perpetrated a publicity stunt when his 6-year-old son...
  • Colorado sheriff: Runaway balloon saga was hoax

    10/18/2009 10:38:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 2,493+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/18/09 | AP
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. – A sheriff says a Colorado couple's report that their 6-year-old son was in a balloon that was hurtling away from their home was a publicity stunt. Sheriff Jim Alderden says Richard and Mayumi Heene "put on a very good show for us, and we bought it." The sheriff says no charges have been filed yet, and the parents aren't under arrest. But he says he expects to recommend charges of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
  • Criminal Charges To Be Filed In Balloon Boy Saga (Video Report CNN)

    10/17/2009 8:56:53 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 11 replies · 824+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 10/17/09 | talkradio03
    Sheriff: "We do anticipate that there will be some criminal charges filed in regards to this incident"......Breaking news report from CNN (Video)