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Key events in 'Balloon Boy' saga

LARIMER COUNTY - The following timeline highlights key events in the "Balloon Boy" saga:

Oct. 15: -- Richard and Mayumi Heene report their 6-year-old son, Falcon, may be aboard a homemade balloon that escaped from their yard. -- After the balloon lands, the Heenes say Falcon was hiding in the garage the whole time. -- On CNN, Falcon tells his father, "You had said that we did this for a show." -- Richard Heene denies the incident was a hoax. -- Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden says deputies believe the Heenes but will investigate. Oct. 16 -- Falcon throws up twice when the family appears on morning news shows. Oct. 17 -- Deputies interview Richard and Mayumi Heene. -- Alderden says the incident was a hoax and that he will recommend charges. -- Deputies search the Heene home. Oct. 18 -- Alderden says he only pretended to believe the couple to gain their trust, and that child protective services have been contacted about the Heenes' three sons. Oct. 20 -- The Federal Aviation Administration says it has opened its own investigation. Oct. 23

-- Court documents are released claiming Mayumi Heene told sheriff's deputies the incident was a hoax. Oct. 26

-- Prosecutors begin a review of the case to decide whether to file charges. -- Richard Heene's lawyer asks for an investigation of whether Alderden broke the law by disclosing that child protective services had been contacted. Oct. 27

-- Larimer County prosecutors ask the Boulder County district attorney to investigate the complaint against Alderden. Nov. 10 -- Boulder County district attorney finds no wrongdoing by sheriff. Nov. 12

-- Prosecutors charge Richard Heene with attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, and Mayumi Heene with false reporting, a misdemeanor. Richard Heene's lawyer says the couple will plead guilty. />

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