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Richard Heene

BALLOON DRAMA WAS A HOAX, SHERIFF SAYS

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - -The flight of a runaway balloon purportedly holding a 6-year-old boy was actually a publicity stunt intended to get the family a reality television show, but instead could result in felony charges, authorities said Sunday.

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said at a news conference that the boy's parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene, had planned the charade for at least two weeks before they launched the home-made weather balloon Thursday. Alderden said his office is likely to recommend that the parents be charged with felonies. He also said that they may have had help from others, even from within the media.

"There is absolutely no doubt in our...

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