Heene associate sheds new light on Colorado balloon adventure - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Heene associate sheds new light on Colorado balloon adventure

  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • New home video shows balloon at lift off, no boy in sight

    New home video shows balloon at lift off, no boy in sight

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The father of a six-year-old boy who was believed to be floating above Colorado in a helium balloon is lashing out at suggestions that it was all a publicity stunt.>>
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The father of a six-year-old boy who was believed to be floating above Colorado in a helium balloon is lashing out at suggestions that it was all a publicity stunt.>>
  • 6-year-old boy feared lost in balloon found safe

    6-year-old boy feared lost in balloon found safe

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A 6-year-old Colorado boy feared to have floated off in a helium balloon has been found safe at his home, hiding in a cardboard box in the garage attic.>>
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A 6-year-old Colorado boy feared to have floated off in a helium balloon has been found safe at his home, hiding in a cardboard box in the garage attic. Sheriff Jim Alderman turned to reporters during a news conference and held thumbs up and said, "He's at the house." Alderden said an investigator on the scene saw the boy and he was fine. He said the boy apparently has been in the attic the whole time.>>

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A man caught up in last week's high-flying balloon drama in Colorado says he had nothing to do with the alleged hoax.

The former associate of Richard Heene has gone public with background on the 'wannabe' reality star and his desire for fame.

Robert Thomas said he worked for Heene for two months and they developed plans to generate a large media controversy in hopes of gaining attention and selling a show.

Thomas said Heene was obsessed with becoming a star.

"I'll say he was very interested in becoming famous, that is why I parted ways with him," said Thomas. "I had nothing to do with this hoax or the perception of it.

Thomas said when he saw the news of the balloon floating over Colorado, he thought to himself "of course it's Richard Heene, he is the only person who could possibly do something like this."

Charges are expected to be filed next week which could result in jail time for Heene and his wife and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

In addition, they could be asked to pay restitution for the search and rescue effort; a high price for fame.

Child Protective Services is investigating the welfare of the children.

The three boys, between 6 and 10-years-old are currently with their parents.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police release new photo of Manchester bombing suspect, ask for help

    Police release new photo of Manchester bombing suspect, ask for help

    Saturday, May 27 2017 5:23 PM EDT2017-05-27 21:23:18 GMT

    MANCHESTER, England - Manchester Police have released a new photo of the man suspected of killing 22 people in a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday. In the photo released Saturday shows 22-year-old suspect Salman Abedi in a brown hat, jeans, glasses and a black Hollister vest. The background is blacked out.

    >>

    MANCHESTER, England - Manchester Police have released a new photo of the man suspected of killing 22 people in a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday. In the photo released Saturday shows 22-year-old suspect Salman Abedi in a brown hat, jeans, glasses and a black Hollister vest. The background is blacked out.

    >>
  • Police: Woman locked her kids in car trunk while she shopped

    Police: Woman locked her kids in car trunk while she shopped

    Saturday, May 27 2017 4:26 PM EDT2017-05-27 20:26:48 GMT

    RIVERDALE, Utah (AP) - A 39-year-old Utah woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her two young children in her car's trunk while she went inside a Wal-Mart store to shop. Riverdale police say witnesses heard the children ages 2 and 5 making noise and saw the car shaking, got the older child to pull the emergency latch and called 911.

    >>

    RIVERDALE, Utah (AP) - A 39-year-old Utah woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her two young children in her car's trunk while she went inside a Wal-Mart store to shop. Riverdale police say witnesses heard the children ages 2 and 5 making noise and saw the car shaking, got the older child to pull the emergency latch and called 911.

    >>
  • Counterfeit cash getting more advanced in Spokane

    Counterfeit cash getting more advanced in Spokane

    Saturday, May 27 2017 10:05 PM EDT2017-05-28 02:05:41 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - We've told you of counterfeit money being used to buy Girl Scout cookies, and movie money used at a gas station. Now a Spokane bank teller tells KHQ some counterfeiters are getting more advanced with their forgeries. "The first time it came to us as a local business who received two of them and they were just making a regular deposit," she said.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - We've told you of counterfeit money being used to buy Girl Scout cookies, and movie money used at a gas station. Now a Spokane bank teller tells KHQ some counterfeiters are getting more advanced with their forgeries. "The first time it came to us as a local business who received two of them and they were just making a regular deposit," she said.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/