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Authorities Preparing to Charge Heene Family

10/18/2009 1:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Larimer County Sheriff's Department is preparing to file charges against members of the Heene family over the balloon incident earlier this week.

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Sheriff Jim Alderden indicated criminal charges could be filed against one or both parents.

He said the charges now would likely be misdemeanors, but that "hardly seems serious enough given the circumstances. Alderden also said he would consult with the DA and with the FAA about pursuing more "appropriate charges."

Alderden said deputies were working on a search warrant of the Heene's home.

The significance of a misdemeanor conviction is that authorities could go after the Heene family for the cost of emergency responders.

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Chris    

FIRST

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Patrick M.    

Ok forget it press conference is off now for sure! This was the last straw.. Sorry folks no press conference.

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3.

jef    

I hope they have to pay out the a$$!

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Coolestever63    

why are we wasting time on them?!?!

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5.

Sassy    

GOOD!

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Canexicana    

Has someone been watching too much "Jon Gosselin" lately????

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moonbear    

Thank you, there is a God.

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Patrick M.    

I just got an email from TMZ

Hello Richard,



Thank you for commenting on our site. We appreciate your comment and would like to get more details from you on this story. But first I would like to verify that this is Richard Heene, since the email is a different name. If so can I have your contact information and I will personally call you to clarify this situation : )



Regards,

1800 days ago
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Balloon Dude    

Make them Pay the Money back and then Force them to eat that giant Jiffy Pop Bag.

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Cali MJ Fan    

Does this mean we will never know what questions were in the magic box? Damn!

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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

Bye, bye, TV show.

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jealousy is envy    

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Rob    

atleast they can wait until after the press conference to press charges. i wanna hear what he has to say and what the questions are.

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indie's_papa    

wonder if he shows up to answer the questions now

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Jena    

FINALLY! HA!

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