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A Kentucky Girl Scouts troop leader, Leah Anne Vick, was arrested this week for allegedly stealing over 6,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. With the average box of Girl Scout cookies containing 20 cookies, that's over 120,000 delicious, purloined treats. The street value of all those cookies is estimated at $26,000.

Vick, 26, signed for and picked up the 6,000+ boxes of cookies to distribute to her troop as part of her role as troop leader, but none of her girls ever reported receiving their inventories. It has also been reported that the Girl Scout's organization believes that Vick may have even stolen additional boxes that were destined for other troops, but were unsure because those boxes were not signed for.

With Mother's Day right around the corner, one Athens, Georgia, man provides insight in what not to do in the days leading up to Mother's Day. For the second time in just three months, and on the Wednesday before Mother's Day, Terry Bernard Ball Jr., was arrested in incidents at his mother's house.

What's more is that each incident that happened involved a pork chop and some rather unbecoming conduct, allegedly.

I don't know about you, but if I had just led police on a multistate chase, only stopped after spike strips were deployed, and was facing drunk driving charges, I might be tempted to use an alias. Maybe I might even use a famous person's name. Mind you, I'd probably go for a less recognizable famous person, like Brian Wilson, or, say, John Krasinski.

I don't think I'd be inclined to use the name of the former First Lady, senator from New York, Secretary of State, and, most recently, presidential candidate. Then again, I'm not Holly Lynn Donahoo, of Louisville, Kentucky.

Last week, a California woman was arrested, 'Whip-it' in hand, inhaling laughing gas in front of a police officer. The woman was in her car, in a hospital parking lot, when an officer arrived at the scene due to a report of a woman in a car with a handgun. In addition to charges related to drug use, she may also be charged with carrying a concealed weapon, which was found in her car.

Although nitrous oxide, Whip-its, laughing gas, or similar chemicals and gases may not be illegal to possess, using these and other legal products as inhalants to get high usually will violate the law. Whip-its, for instance, are commonly used by bakers and hobbyists for purposes that do not involve getting high. However, the laughing gas filled cartridges are frequently abused due to their ready availability, which often confuses individuals into thinking that it's actually legal to use Whip-its as a drug.

A napping toddler was discovered in a shopping cart in the Walmart on Liberty Highway in Anderson, South Carolina at around 8:30 in the morning last Thursday. The only problem? The child's parents were nowhere to be found.

According to the Independent Mail, however, police who responded to the scene did notice a woman lurking around, who attempted to walk away as officers approached her. The woman turned out to be Ashley Spivey, the young boy's mother, who was quickly arrested and charged with child neglect.

A married couple in Ohio got their own surprise when both the husband and wife were cited for misdemeanors by police after their gruesome, bad joke was taken too seriously by their Facebook friends. The pair thought it would be funny to stage a murder scene in their bathtub using ketchup, then post pictures of it online. The police were able to quickly catch up to them, and failed to see the humor.

What's worse is that rather than putting a disclaimer, or note, indicating that it was a garden variety joke, the husband was assuming responsibility, proudly. When law enforcement started receiving hysterical calls about the incident, officers arrived at the couple's home, discovering the not-so-clever ruse.

If you haven't been following the saga of the Prenda Law porn copyright trolling extortion scheme, the following might be a bit a shocking. For those of you that have been following the utterly unbelievable story, it just got better. This week, one of the principals in the scheme just plead guilty.

For those who don't know: Lawyers at the law firm Prenda Law were accused of making pornography in order to have that pornography "illegally" distributed online so that they (the lawyers) could sue (or shakedown, or extort, or blackmail, settlements from) the pornography downloaders. The sheer outlandishness, and brazen flaunting of the law, makes it even that much more shocking that the allegations have been substantiated by the guilty plea.

In a tale that quickly goes from weird to sad, a Las Vegas man was arrested after allegedly attempting to murder a sleeping homeless mannequin with a ball-peen hammer. He is currently only charged with carrying a concealed weapon, but his bail of $50,000 (ten times the normal bail for this charge) is telling.

After two homeless men were murdered while sleeping on the sidewalks under similar circumstances within the last month near the same area, Las Vegas police decided to attempt a mannequin challenge with a different focus: catching a murderer.

Conducting science experiments at home is a dying practice among Americans young and old. Over the past few decades, at-home science kits have faced increasing scrutiny and regulation as a result of incidents involving homemade drugs and explosives.

While at-home science kits still exist, they frequently lack many of the most basic chemicals that interested individuals actually need to conduct experiments. This is due not only to the manufacturer's fear of legal liability over individuals using the chemicals to make explosives or cause others harm, but also as a result of laws prohibiting the distribution of certain chemicals and lab equipment.

If you are considering doing some science at home, then you may want to think twice and check your state's laws before getting started. Law enforcement is not kidding around when it comes to this stuff, and have even arrested children for doing science.

Although parents should teach their kids how to drive, one mother was arrested for starting way too soon. Kwanique Glenn, 25, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, would have gotten away with it too, if only it weren't for that pesky thing called social media.

Back in October 2016, when Glenn arrived at the bus stop to pick up her son, she decided to let her 7-year-old boy take the wheel and drive them home. When police discovered what had occurred, thanks to Officer Social Media, Glenn was taken into custody for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and allowing an unauthorized person to drive. As of last week, Glenn pled no contest to the charges and was convicted and sentenced to a year of probation.