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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.

Maybe these thieves were born knowing exactly what they were going to steal, or maybe it was an accident. Regardless, the LAPD have been investigating the theft of 100,000 packages of Anastasia Beverly Hills brand "Modern Resistance" eye-shadow from a warehouse. The value of each package is approximately $42, which makes the total heist worth approximately $4.2 million.

Despite reports only reaching the media this week, the unbelievably large and shockingly valuable heist happened at the end of January. Reports lack many details, however, police believe that the thieves entered the warehouse through a hole cut into the ceiling.

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.

Girl Scout Cookies -- they make buyers bounce checks to afford them, grown men steal cash boxes from cookie stands (more than once!), troop leaders embezzle over $10,000 in cookie profits, and women attack roommates over a box of Thin Mints.

Walmart parking lots -- where apparently every crime in America is happening.

So what happens when you combine the most crime-inducing sweet treat of all time and the physical nexus of hundreds of violent crimes a year? A "bar room brawl" level melee that left tables overturned, boxes strewn on the sidewalk, and three cases of cookies destroyed. Oh and a dad went to the hospital, too.

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?"