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Colorado legalized it, to a degree. It might be legal to consume marijuana and even grow a little of your own. Trading four pounds of "homegrown black market" weed for a sheriff's SUV on Craigslist?

Not so much.

A delivered package mysteriously going missing from your doorstep is a real problem. CNBC reports that 10 percent of us will be victims of package theft, which will only increase during the holiday season. And while we could take precautionary measures like having packages delivered to our workplaces or requiring signatures for delivery, where's the fun in that?

Instead, let's rig an empty box with some fishing wire and a 12-gauge shotgun blank that goes off when someone tries to steal the box.

There are all kinds of scams out there: the omnipresent grandparent scam; the finger-painting scam, so popular in the posh kindergartens these days; and, of course, the fake baby funeral scam.

And there's the classic, shoot yourself and your significant other in a faked home invasion to get settlement money from the property manager scam; an oldie, but a goodie.

Tommy Ray McAdoo wanted one thing when he walked into a Nevada bank last November brandishing a steak knife: a prison sentence. Homeless, "freezing and scared" according to his public defender, and suffering from heart kidney disease, McAdoo didn't want to spend more time on the Reno streets.

With a criminal history stretching back to 1964, the 77-year-old had done several stints in jail and wanted to return to "a world he's familiar with." But even more odd than McAdoo wanting to be re-incarcerated is a federal judge obliging him.

When we first heard about the saga of Bud, gray parrot that may have been repeating the last words of his murdered owner, we were skeptical about whether his "testimony" would be admissible in court. Those words -- "Don't f***ing shoot" -- might "come in under Michigan's 'excited utterance' exception or 'statement under belief of impending death' exception," we wrote, but the parrot's evidence would probably be inadmissible in a criminal trial.

But Bud's assertions must have had some effect, as Glenna Duram, wife of murder victim and parrot owner Martin Duram, has been convicted of first-degree murder in the case.

In a story that's too strange to not be true, one South Carolina inmate escaped from prison with a little help from a drone. Fortunately, the inmate is back behind bars, but authorities found him, literally asleep in a Texas motel, with nearly $50,000 in cash, along with a couple guns, and multiple cell phones, just a few days after his escape.

Jimmy Causey, who was sentenced to life for kidnapping, allegedly received wire cutters and a cell phone from a drone. Then, around 8 p.m. on the fourth of July, Causey used the wire cutters to get through four fences and escape. He was not noticed as missing until the next afternoon as it is reported that he made a dummy that he left in his bed so that he would still be counted.

A Colombian judge, Miguel Horacio Gomez Achicue, was arrested at Miami International Airport earlier this month and later arraigned on charges relating to the shipment of gun parts from the U.S. to his home country. Gomez Achicue is accused of sending parts of an AR-15, a civilian version of the military's M-16, from Pembroke Pines, Florida to Cali, Colombia in violation of federal customs laws.

The criminal complaint alleges the firearm parts "were concealed in the package, which also contained clothing and shoes," but not concealed enough, apparently.

Remember back when you were in middle school and you really wanted to a ride to the mall and your mom was all like, "No way, I don't have time to chauffeur you all around town," and you were all like, "But Mom, Jenny (your best friend) is going through a really bad breakup right now and she really needs me to meet her at the Cinnabon," but really you just wanted to see if Chad was there and ask him what was up with his friend Ryan and if he really, really liked you or just kinda liked you?

That's pretty much what a Brevard County man did; only he told 911 his grandmother was having a stroke in the Hooters' parking lot. And while you just had to text Jenny instead and ask her to ask Chad to ask Ryan what was up, Jonathan Clayton Hinkle got arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.

This week, 61-year-old Ana Rockman of Long Island, New York turned herself in to police for a crime that occurred in 2015. Rockman has been charged with breaking into her ex-husband's home and destroying antiques, appliances, artwork, electronics, instruments, and more.

The total value of the damaged property is estimated at $350,000, as several of the items were highly valued. She was released from custody on $5,000 bail, but is facing felony burglary and criminal mischief charges. However, Rockman turning herself in was not an act of altruism: it was in response to a warrant for her arrest.

Darren Byler, of Kodiak, Alaska, is the owner of a retired crabbing boat, named Wild Alaska, which he uses to run a strip club. He recently found himself facing some serious criminal charges related to his establishment's facilities for employee and customer bathroom waste.

However, it seems that much of the drama has subsided for Byler. As such, this past week, he finally reopened to customers. There is no word as to whether his waste facilities have been updated. And his exotic dancer business survives. According Byler, this operation was not charging admission, nor serving alcohol.