November 14, 2009 |
A man who last month claimed his 6-year-old son had floated away in a helium balloon pleaded guilty to avoid the possible deportation of his wife, a Japanese citizen. Richard Heene pleaded guilty to one felony charge of attempting to influence a public official. Mayumi Heene is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of making a false report. Richard Heene's attorney said that the Heenes would be sentenced to probation, although it's possible that Richard Heene may serve 90 days in jail and his wife 60 days.
November 13, 2009 |
The Nov. 3 special election for the 23rd Congressional District may not be over after all. Though Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman conceded and Democrat Bill Owens was sworn into Congress, the routine recanvassing of votes shows Owens' lead has narrowed to 3,026 votes, with about 5,800 absentee ballots received so far that have yet to be counted. The outcome rests on uncounted absentee ballots, and more than 10,000 were sent out. If the count overturns the election, Owens could be removed from office.