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BigMeatballDave
10-17-2009, 10:48 PM
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Authorities are pursuing criminal charges in the case of a boy who vanished into his parents' garage while the world feared he was trapped aboard a helium balloon — prompting speculation of a hoax.

The boy's parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene, met with Larimer County investigators for much of the afternoon, but Sheriff Jim Alderden didn't say who would be charged or what the charges would be.

Alderden didn't call Thursday's hours-long drama a hoax, but he expressed disappointment that he couldn't level more serious charges in the incident, which sent police and the military scrambling to save young Falcon Heene as millions of worried television viewers watched.

"We were looking at Class 3 misdemeanor, which hardly seems serious enough given the circumstances," Alderden said. "We are talking to the district attorney, federal officials to see if perhaps there aren't additional federal charges that are appropriate in this circumstance."

Suspicion that the balloon saga was a publicity stunt arose almost immediately after Falcon was found in the garage rafters, hiding in a cardboard box. Richard Heene, a storm chaser and inventor whose family has appeared on the reality show "Wife Swap," and his wife had said one of the boy's older brothers had said Falcon was aboard the homemade balloon when it took off.

Alderden initially said there was no reason to believe the incident was a hoax. Authorities questioned the Heenes again after Falcon turned to his dad during a CNN interview Thursday night and said "you said we did this for a show" when asked why he didn't come out of his hiding place.

Falcon got sick during two separate TV interviews Friday when asked again why he hid.

Alderden said Saturday that deputies were seeking a search warrant for the family's home, and there would be more information at a news conference Sunday.

After the sheriff went inside, Richard Heene and his wife walked out. As reporters yelled questions, all Heene said was, "I was talking to the sheriff's department just now." He then walked to his car with his wife and a friend, and they drove away.

It wasn't clear where the family was late Saturday night. By 9 p.m., an AP reporter at the family home said the couple hadn't returned after leaving the sheriff's office. Their three sons were believed to have been at home being watched by sheriff's officials earlier in the day, but their whereabouts also weren't known to reporters in the evening.

The day began with Richard Heene knocking on the windows of journalists camped outside his home and promising a "big announcement." A few hours later, he did an about-face when he told reporters that they should leave questions in a cardboard box on the front doorstep.

As Heene walked away, a reporter shouted, "Can you tell us once and for all if this is a hoax?"

"Absolutely no hoax. I want your questions in the box," Heene said, waving a cardboard container before going back into his home.

A circus-like atmosphere formed outside, including men holding signs and occasionally yelling "balloon boy." One sign read, "Put balloon boy on TV: America's Most Wanted."

Other gawkers carried aluminum-foil stovetop popcorn makers that resembled the a flying saucer-like helium balloon launched from the family's backyard Thursday, with 6-year-old Falcon Heene believed to be onboard.

The Heenes have said the balloon was supposed to be tethered to the ground when it lifted off, and no one was supposed to be aboard. A video of the launch shows the family counting down in unison, "3, 2, 1," before Richard Heene pulls a cord, setting the balloon into the air.

"Whoa!" one of the boys exclaims. Then his father says in disbelief, "Oh, my God!" He then says to someone, "You didn't put the (expletive) tether down!" and he kicks the wood frame that had held the balloon.

Falcon's brother said he saw him inside the compartment before it took off and that's why they thought he was in there when it launched. Heene said he had yelled at Falcon before the launch for getting inside.

Over the years, Richard Heene has worked as a storm chaser, a handyman and contractor, and an aspiring reality-TV star.

He and his family appeared on the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," and the show's producer said it had a show in development with the Heenes but the deal is now off. TLC also said Heene had pitched a reality show to the network months ago, but it passed on the offer.

Despite his attempts to get on TV, Heene insisted Saturday that he didn't know what kinds of questions were being asked about him because he didn't have cable.

"I'm going to place the box out front. Please write your questions down, because friends are telling me they're saying this and that. I have no idea what the news is saying," Heene said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ap_on_re_us/us_boy_in_balloon

C-Mac
10-20-2009, 10:24 PM
Lifetime pulls balloon boy's 'Wife Swap' episode from schedule (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/20/heene.wife.swap/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn)

(CNN) -- It's just one thing after another for Richard and Mayumi Heene. They've caused such an uproar after last week's alleged balloon boy hoax that Lifetime won't air a re-run of their "Wife Swap" episode.

Those who pay close attention to TV Guide would have noticed that the Heene family's first episode for the ABC reality show was scheduled to air on Lifetime on Thursday, October 29, at 2 p.m. ET.

"It was on the schedule long before the incident," a Lifetime spokesperson said. The incident refers to the giant, homemade balloon that sailed over Colorado on Thursday, purportedly carrying 6-year-old Falcon Heene.

The bubble burst when authorities discovered Falcon had been hiding in a box in the attic. During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the Heene's asked Falcon why he didn't come out as they searched for him, and the boy replied, "You guys said we did it for a show."

That triggered an investigation that revealed the frightful incident was a hoax, police said. Richard and Mayumi Heene are now facing a number of local charges, and the Federal Aviation Administration has begun its own balloon boy investigation, officials said.

"Once we found out" [it was allegedly a hoax], the spokesperson said, "we decided to pull it off the air. At this time, we don't have any plans to air it in the near future."

The episode depicted Karen Martel, whose husband runs a child-proofing business, as being shocked "as the Heene kids jump off banisters and run wild, and appalled by Richard's attitude to women," according to the description on ABC's Web site. "Wife Swap" asks its participants to switch places for two weeks.

"Meanwhile, at the Martels'," the description continued, "Mayumi Heene sees safety gates everywhere and wonders how the family [has] fun. She asks the kids about their anxieties and confronts Jay about the climate of fear in his house."

Lifetime plans on filling the time slot with a "Wife Swap" episode that features another family, but rest assured, the Heene's reality TV debut can still be found on YouTube.

88TG88
10-20-2009, 10:25 PM
lol good

OnTheWarpath58
10-20-2009, 10:35 PM
Good.

I can't believe they cant come up with some Federal charges, seeing as how the FAA had to get involved and reroute air traffic into Denver.

Hell, the National Guard was called in.

Throw the fucking book at 'em.

Pink Paradise 2010
10-20-2009, 11:14 PM
good, something should happen to thoes fame whores.... LMAO

Saccopoo
10-20-2009, 11:35 PM
good, something should happen to thoes fame whores.... LMAO

I'm sorry, but I don't like your negative, belligerent generalizations that have a sexist attitude. The word "whore" as you used it in your post implies an adverse connotation that encapsulates an unconstructive conceptualization based on biological sexual characteristics that I find demeaning and derogatory.

Baconeater
10-20-2009, 11:40 PM
I'm sorry, but I don't like your negative, belligerent generalizations that have a sexist attitude. The word "whore" as you used it in your post implies an adverse connotation that encapsulates an unconstructive conceptualization based on biological sexual characteristics that I find demeaning and derogatory.
I was just thinking the same thing.

Saccopoo
10-20-2009, 11:48 PM
I was just thinking the same thing.

Sorry. I get a little drunk and start using five syllable words and want to discus the finer points of Shakespearean sonnets, quantum physics and shit like that.

My bad.

DaFace
10-20-2009, 11:55 PM
Good.

I can't believe they cant come up with some Federal charges, seeing as how the FAA had to get involved and reroute air traffic into Denver.

Hell, the National Guard was called in.

Throw the fucking book at 'em.

They're trying to.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2009/10/faa_investigating_balloon_boy.html?hpid=news-col-blog

CaliforniaChief
10-21-2009, 01:08 AM
He could star in one of my favorite reality shows: Lockup, San Quentin.

I get pissed just thinking about this hippie freak attention whores.

Pasta Giant Meatball
10-21-2009, 01:14 AM
How would you like to be referred to as balloon boy the rest of your life? :shake: I hope those parents are proud.

KCKID58
10-21-2009, 07:44 AM
The funniest thing I heard, " I'm glad they found the balloon boy,I thought Michael Jackson was ordering take-out from heaven"


ROFL

Fairplay
10-21-2009, 08:25 AM
:evil:

stevieray
10-21-2009, 08:32 AM
while they definitely need to be charged, it also shows how bad the media continually blows things out of proportion.

Amnorix
10-21-2009, 08:40 AM
They should be charged and they should be forced to pay damn near everything they have for the costs the feds, state and city/county paid for their stupid stunt.

And they should probably lose custody of their kids also.

Demonpenz
10-21-2009, 08:50 AM
charge them with everything, but thanks for the entertainment. The Go Falcon Go shirt was good for a belly laugh

MOhillbilly
10-21-2009, 09:19 AM
Fuck im sick of people. Burn them at the fuckin stake, thats a reality show.

FringeNC
10-21-2009, 09:23 AM
Joke I heard about it:

"I sure am glad they found that kid in the balloon."

"For a minute there, I thought Michael Jackson had ordered take-out from heaven!!"

wild1
10-21-2009, 09:28 AM
They should take their kids away.

DaFace
10-21-2009, 09:43 AM
Joke I heard about it:

"I sure am glad they found that kid in the balloon."

"For a minute there, I thought Michael Jackson had ordered take-out from heaven!!"

Wow...what a witty and original joke that certainly hasn't been posted in this same thread already. :p

Lumpy
10-21-2009, 09:47 AM
The funniest thing I heard, " I'm glad they found the balloon boy,I thought Michael Jackson was ordering take-out from heaven"


ROFL

LMAO Win.

Joke I heard about it:

"I sure am glad they found that kid in the balloon."

"For a minute there, I thought Michael Jackson had ordered take-out from heaven!!"

:doh!: Fail.

Wow...what a witty and original joke that certainly hasn't been posted in this same thread already. :p

:clap:

Demonpenz
10-21-2009, 09:55 AM
They should put LJ in that balloon so he has a chance at a touchdown

FringeNC
10-21-2009, 10:18 AM
Wow...what a witty and original joke that certainly hasn't been posted in this same thread already. :p

Sorry! Guess I should have read through the thread.