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'Balloon Boy' balloon sold for $2,502

'Balloon Boy' balloon sold for $2,502

FORT COLLINS, Colo., July 15 (UPI) -- The giant balloon once claimed to have carried a 6-year-old Colorado boy has been sold for $2,502 to benefit Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims.
'Balloon Boy' balloon up for auction

'Balloon Boy' balloon up for auction

SPRING HILL, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- The parents of the Florida "Balloon Boy" said they are selling the infamous balloon to raise money for victims of the Japanese tsunami.

Balloon Boy, family move to Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The Colorado man who staged the "balloon boy" charade last year had his mug shot taken Friday in Florida after moving his family there, officials said.
Balloon boy's dad gets home detention

Balloon boy's dad gets home detention

FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 25 (UPI) -- A Colorado man who told police his 6-year-old son disappeared in a homemade balloon is completing his sentence with home detention, authorities said.

'Balloon Boy' mom contradicts dad's claims

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The mother of Colorado's "Balloon Boy" contradicted her husband's claims about the hoax in police interviews, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported Saturday.
'Balloon Boy' dad begins jail sentence

'Balloon Boy' dad begins jail sentence

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- "Balloon Boy" father Richard Heene turned himself in to Colorado authorities to begin a 30-day jail sentence Monday, witnesses said.

'Balloon Boy' dad: We thought son in craft

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The father of "balloon boy" says he believed his son was in a flying contraption when it took off over Colorado in October.
'Balloon Boy' dad gets 90 days in jail

'Balloon Boy' dad gets 90 days in jail

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Richard Heene, the Colorado father who admitted falsely claiming his son was adrift in a balloon, must serve 90 days in jail, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Balloon boy bill due

Balloon boy bill due

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The couple who claimed that their son had been carried off on a 50 mile balloon ride last October face sentencing in a Colorado court Wednesday for what turned out to be a massive hoax.
By United Press International
'Balloon boy' parents plead guilty

'Balloon boy' parents plead guilty

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents of the so-called Balloon Boy, pleaded guilty Friday in a Larimer County, Colo., court, attorneys said.
Balloon boy

Balloon boy

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Two adults pleaded guilty to charges related to the hoax in which they said their son had floated away in a balloon in Colorado.
By United Press International
Parents of 'balloon boy' strike plea deal

Parents of 'balloon boy' strike plea deal

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The parents of the "balloon boy" will plead guilty to creating a hoax that their son flew off in a helium balloon from their Colorado home, an attorney said.
Balloon-boy mom: Entire family in on hoax

Balloon-boy mom: Entire family in on hoax

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The mother of the Colorado "balloon boy" admitted that she, her husband and her three sons were all in on the hoax, court records show.
'Balloon Family' dad has jail record

'Balloon Family' dad has jail record

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Richard Heene, the Colorado father at the center of the "Balloon Boy" incident, spent time in jail for a 1997 vandalism conviction, court records show.
Balloon boy

Balloon boy

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Colorado authorities said they are looking further into the possibility that the tale of a boy on a runaway balloon was a hoax.
By United Press International
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Richard Heene
Nate Taylor, a reporter with the Fort Collins Coloradoan, places his questions in the box provided by Richard Heene outside his Fort Collins residence to be used in a press conference that never happened later in Fort Collins, Colorado on October 17, 2009. Officials said on October 18, 2009 that criminal charges are expected to be filed in the Balloon Boy saga, where it was allegedly feared that Falcon Heene, age 5, had drifted off with a homemade balloon made by his dad Richard. UPI/Michael G. Seamans
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On October 15, 2009, the parents of six-year-old boy Falcon Heene claimed that their son was onboard a helium balloon that had floated away in Fort Collins, Colorado. At the time, it was reported by the mass media that Falcon Heene was apparently traveling at altitudes reaching 7,000 feet (2,100 m) in a homemade balloon colored and shaped to resemble a silver flying saucer-type of UFO. The event attracted worldwide attention. Falcon was nicknamed "Balloon Boy" by some in the media.

After an hours-long flight that covered more than 50 miles (80 km) across three counties, the balloon landed about 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Denver International Airport. Authorities closed down the Denver airport and sent several National Guard helicopters and local police in pursuit. After the balloon landed and the boy was found not to be inside, authorities began a manhunt of the entire area, raising fears that he had fallen from the balloon; it was reported that an object had detached from the balloon and fallen to the ground. Later that afternoon the boy was reported to have been hiding at his house the entire time.

Suspicions soon arose that the incident was a hoax and publicity stunt engineered by the boy's parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene, particularly following the Heenes' interview with Wolf Blitzer on Larry King Live that evening. In response to a question about why he was hiding, Falcon said to his father, "You guys said that, um, we did this for the show." On October 18, Larimer County sheriff Jim Alderden announced his conclusion that the incident was a hoax and that the parents would likely face several felony charges. Richard Heene pleaded guilty on November 13, 2009, to the charge of attempting to influence a public servant. On December 23, 2009, Richard Heene was sentenced to 90 days jail and Mayumi Heene to 20 days weekend jail; the former was also ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution.

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