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Two drone pilots were arrested after cops say their tiny craft nearly collided with a NYPD chopper over the George Washington Bridge.

Remy Castro, 23, and Wilkins Mendoza, 34, of Manhattan, have been arraigned on felony reckless endangerment charges, reports the New York Post. The two were released without bail, but face serious felony charges for their allegedly dangerous drone antics.

Why is flying a drone like this a felony?

Bad parenting is not necessarily a crime. But when it crosses the line into child abuse, crummy parenting can get you arrested and even sent to prison.

Child abuse is always cruel, but some parents find a way to take their cruelty to a higher, and more bizarre level.

Who are this week's notable bad parents? We present Hot-Sauce Dad and "Branding" Mom. Read 'em and weep.

A Georgia mom was arrested after using Craigslist to find her 9-year-old son a ride to his grandparents' house.

Sheila Sherrie Joyner, of Marietta, reached out to a stranger on the online classified site who was interested in sharing expenses while traveling to Florida. Joyner hoped the man could drop her child off in Macon, but the stranger instead called the police, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

When does bad decision-making with your child become criminal?

Ranting at judges is a terrible idea, and one Florida man's nearly one-year jail sentence is a cautionary tale.

Christopher Colon, 27, appeared before Broward County Judge John Hurley via video link from jail, after Colon's arrest for allegedly violating a domestic violence restraining order. However, after Judge Hurley denied Colon's release from jail, the inmate let loose a profanity-laced rant that ended with a jail sentence, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Can you really get a jail sentence just for ranting at a judge?

Some might say the members of the Gamma Phi Gamma fraternity at Ohio's Wilmington College were having a ball. Others might argue they went a little nuts.

One thing's certain: Thirteen Wilmington College students and one alumnus were arrested and charged with misdemeanors after a fraternity hazing ritual ended with one pledge requiring surgical removal of a testicle.

What's the story behind this modern Greek tragedy?

With this summer's concert season set to break attendance records, it's time to remember a few key items on your concert checklist: don't forget the tickets, be sure to put on some sunscreen, and, oh yeah, don't get arrested.

Like any event with crowds of people (and typically a lot of alcohol) concerts seem to generate their fair share of dumb crime stories.

Here are seven sure-fire, and really dumb, ways to get yourself arrested at a concert.

A Minnesota teen participating in the "Cold Water Challenge" was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor after jumping off a bridge last week.

Joseph Mark Sanislo, 19, of Coon Rapids, was charged with disorderly conduct after jumping off a bridge in Brooklyn Park, near Minneapolis, as a friend recorded it on video, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A witness called authorities, and rescuers responded to the scene.

Sanislo apparently took the plunge as part of the "Cold Water Challenge" -- a social-media stunt increasingly popular among teenagers. But not only can the "Challenge" land participants in legal hot water, it can also lead to injuries and even death.

New York State Police officers got a two-for-one deal when a man called in to report being side-swiped by a drunken driver -- only to find himself arrested as well for driving high.

The Daily Freeman reports that Albany resident Malcolm Sidbury called in a hit-and-run accident on the Taconic State Parkway. Officers tracked down the alleged hit-and-run driver, Thomas Robbins, and arrested him for a number of vehicle violations including driving while intoxicated. A breath test revealed Robbins had a 0.25-percent blood alcohol concentration.

However, police also arrested Sidbury for driving under the influence of drugs, which raises the question: How did they know?

More than 60 New Jersey high-school seniors were arrested early Thursday after allegedly trashing their school as part of a senior class prank.

Law enforcement responded to a burglary alarm at Teaneck High School about 2:30 a.m., finding greased doorknobs, urine-soaked hallways, and flipped desks. Although some students may have escaped police capture, 62 students were arrested, reports New York City's WNBC-TV.

What legal trouble could be in store for these high school pranksters?

Call of Duty 'Swatting' Prank Gets FBI Response

A Call of Duty video gamer may be in big trouble after "swatting" and falsely eliciting a large police response after losing a game.

The gamer apparently called Long Beach, New York police and pretended to be Rafael Castillo, the person to whom the gamer lost. While assuming Castillo's identity, the caller allegedly stated that Castillo killed his mother and brother, according to the New York Post.

So what is "swatting" and can the gamer be charged with a crime?