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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.

The electric company might not have known what Bishop William Marshall was doing the past few years, but the Lord certainly did. And now the United Illuminating Company and Bridgeport Police Department know as well.

Marshall was arrested on third-degree larceny charges after investigators discovered he was siphoning power to his barber shop and tattoo parlor. When God said, "Let there be light," we're not sure he might by illegally reconnecting your shut off electricity meter.

When a person dies, the deceased may still have some legal rights when it comes to how their body is handled and treated. In most if not all states, there are criminal penalties, as well as potential civil liability, for desecrating a dead body.

It sounds like a case for Indiana Jones: a powerful man obsessed with history amasses a treasure trove of artifacts, some of which were obtained under dubious circumstances. Only instead of Indy saying, "It belongs in a museum," it was the city of Harrisburg saying, "Auction these off to the highest bidder," and the Dauphin County prosecutors saying, "You broke the law."

Former Harrisburg, Pennsylvania mayor Stephen Reed had collected tens of thousands of American West artifacts, ostensibly for a "Museum of the American West" that he hoped would be a tourist draw for his cash-strapped city. That museum never materialized, around 10,000 items were auctioned off in 2013, and last week Reed pleaded guilty to criminal charges relating to the theft of artifacts purchased with public funds.

We've all seen the creative ways that expectant parents reveal the sex of their baby. Countless parents have cut into pink and blue cakes, popped colorful confetti filled balloons, and even made ridiculous videos that only their families can really enjoy. However, one soon to be dad went a bit too far and is now facing criminal charges as a result of the booming reveal.

Jon Sterkel, of Nebraska, made a binary explosive, also known as an explosive target, mixed with blue chalk. Then, to reveal the sex of his and his wife's soon to be born baby boy, he fired a bullet at the explosive, setting off a large explosive with a cloud of blue smoke. When the explosion rocked the area much harder than expected, authorities started getting calls from concerned townsfolk three miles away who thought a home or car exploded.

With the inauguration of Donald Trump upon us, a Florida man who posted a video making a clear threat to kill Trump on inauguration day was arrested yesterday outside a Subway submarine sandwich store. While the individual is currently being evaluated by the court in regards to his mental health, from the basis of one report, it looks he has been suffering from known mental health issues. Surprisingly, the man apparently has ties to the Clintons.

The video threat he made against Trump was clear, and was posted publicly on one of Trump's favorite forums, Twitter. Clearly, he missed this helpful, and rather poignant FindLaw Blotter blog from a couple months ago. However, the video gives any watcher pause, as the man at one point inexplicably states: "My other name is lord Jesus Christ," then says: "I'm just following orders." Notably, the man uses the social media handle JesusChrist1701. In his video threat, he also keeps challenging the Secret Service by asking them: "What are you going to do about it?"

Few things in life are more depressing than watching someone repeatedly lose at a lottery or casino game, particularly if the person is really hoping to win. It's reminiscent of watching someone eat soup with a fork.

Tawanda Shields of Pennsylvania, a lottery devotee, had lost a few too many times while playing the state's scratch off lottery tickets to keep losing quietly. Starting in mid-2016, Shields began making threatening calls to the state's lottery headquarters as a result of her repeated losses. And as a result of the many threatening calls, she has been arrested and charged with over 50 counts (individual criminal acts), including charges for stalking, harassment, and terroristic threats.

Criminals often get nicknamed by police as a result of unique methods of committing their crimes. In Wyoming, a burglar left a distinctive calling card: a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The sandwich, along with a cup of coffee, contained DNA evidence, which linked the burglary suspect to the repeated robberies of a hardware/equipment store and a JC Penny store.

The DNA found on the sandwich and coffee cup linked the suspected burglar to six different burglaries, three at the same hardware store and three at JC Penny. The half-eaten sandwich was found at the scene of the first burglary and ever since the police had been calling the burglar the PB&J burglar. At the scene of one of the JC Penny burglaries, police found a coffee cup which linked the suspect to the scene of the crime.

Recently, on the way home from some educational conference in Canada, a small group of travelers got quite a surprise when they reached the border. The group appeared to be in good spirits, and while making witty banter with the border control agent at the US-Canada border, explained that they had bought a lot of those Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs. No one in the group knew that those fun chocolate eggs were illegal in the US.

Needless to say, the border control agent was less than thrilled with the ordeal. Fortunately for the chocolate smugglers, and one random Canadian, rather than do the paperwork, the customs agent let one of the group members walk back over to Canada and give all the Kinder chocolates to someone, and then cross back over.

While the silver screen may glorify international jewelry thieves, the story plays out much differently in real life. Eighty-six-year-old Doris Payne, an international jewelry thief whose career has spanned six decades, was recently arrested in a Von Maur department store in Atlanta, Georgia trying to pocket a $2,000 bracelet.

Payne's arrest record dates back to the 1950s. Since 2010, she has been arrested seven times for various theft charges, all but one involving jewelry items. However, she gained international repute when she was alleged to have stolen a 10-carat diamond in Monte Carlo in the 1970s. Fortunately for Payne, the stone could not be recovered, which resulted in her release.