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'Balloon Boy' family moves near Bradenton

Last year, Richard Heene falsely told authorities that his son Falcon was floating over Colorado in a balloon.

Associated Press

Last year, Richard Heene falsely told authorities that his son Falcon was floating over Colorado in a balloon.

Richard Heene, the father at the center of the infamous "Balloon Boy" hoax in Colorado last year, has moved to the Bradenton area with his family.

Heene, who is a felon after pleading guilty to charges related to the hoax, had his mug shot and fingerprints taken at 7:50 a.m. Friday. That is required of felons moving to a county in Florida, said Dave Bristow, a spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Heene's job is listed as general contractor, Bristow said, and he gave an address east of Bradenton in the Lakewood Ranch area.

The nation was captivated in October when Heene contacted authorities and said his son, Falcon, had climbed into a makeshift balloon in their back yard before the balloon took off, headed toward Denver International Airport. When the balloon finally landed, authorities found no one inside. Falcon was discovered hours later hiding in the garage.

Andy Boyle, Times staff writer

'Balloon Boy' family moves near Bradenton 09/03/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 4, 2010 1:00am]

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