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In what other state in this great nation would a sheriff's deputy package toy dynamite in a box, insert a note saying "Boom," and use interoffice mail to send it to his lieutenant as a prank? Former Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy James Piper, a 59-year-old with 35 years on the force did just that, leading to the evacuation of the administration building and his own resignation.

Apparently not everyone thinks fake bombs are funny.


Allow us to elaborate. The recent eruptions of the Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i have shown us the beauty and devastation of nature. As gorgeous as lava eruptions and flows can be, however, they tend to be a tad bit dangerous as well. And despite repeated warnings from police, folks still wanted to get their selfies with the Aloha State's latest attraction.

So yes, you can definitely get arrested for trying to get a lava selfie.

Can I Yell at Other Drivers With My Own PA System?

Who hasn't dreamt about using a public address system in their car? Whether it's to politely chastise the guy who cut you off, kindly inform that little old lady that you'll wait while she crosses the street, or dutifully remind another driver that it's incredibly moronic to text or watch videos while driving, a car-based PA system sounds really handy. Sure, sure, it could also be really annoying, depending on who's controlling it. But most of us would use it judiciously, right? 

But before you strap one on your car and begin educating your fellow travelers at will, check your local traffic laws. Yelling at other drivers with your own PA system might not be legal. 

"Sugardaddy seeking his sugarbaby ... Ask me about your monthly allowance." Seems innocuous enough, right? After all, it's 2017 -- alternative relationship are accepted, if not celebrated, and some legal experts are even recommending sugar daddies as an alternative means to fund a law school education.

But putting that message on a business card and handing it out to underage girls at the beach is altogether something different. So say goodbye to your prospects of landing a sugar baby, Richard Basaraba, and say hello to a six-month ban from al the beaches in Volusia County, Florida.

Yep. Yeah. Uh-huh. You can totally get fired if you decide it's a good idea to turn up N.W.A.'s "F* Tha Police" as a few officers stroll into your restaurant to eat. It won't help matters to dance, laugh, and sing along when a deputy comes over to ask you about it. And it certainly won't help your case if that same deputy happens to be a regular customer and know the restaurant's owner, while you are just a lowly dishwasher.

So yeah, sorry dude. Good luck with the job hunt after that.

Free speech or felony? Framingham prosecutors split the difference with a woman who smeared a police station with tasty pork products last year.

Lindsey McNamara was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property after throwing, and then wiping bacon and pork sausage on an intake window at the Framingham Police Department. The Middlesex District Attorney's office dismissed the destruction charge this week, and McNamara must pay $150 in court costs on the disorderly charge.

'Coke Prank on Cops' Gets YouTube Video Makers Detained

A YouTube prank in which four men were detained by officers after admitting to having a trunk full of "coke," as in the soft drink, is drawing less than rave reviews from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Video of the prank has gone viral since being posted on YouTube earlier this week, racking up more than 700,000 views in just over four days. But the LAPD is not impressed, reports Los Angeles' KCBS-TV.

Why are law enforcement officials warning against potential copy-cat prank videos?

Drunk Airman's Double 'Wet Willy' on Cop Lands Him in Jail

A senior airman in the U.S. Air Force has pleaded guilty to disruptive intoxication after giving a police officer a "Wet Willy" over the weekend.

Riley Swearingen, 24, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge Monday in a Mankato, Minnesota, courtroom, reports The Associated Press. Swearingen agreed to the plea deal after initially being charged with a peculiar felony for the apparent prank.

How did Swearingen's moistened fingers end up in the ears of one of Mankato's finest?

Doughnut Vandalism Leaves Ore. Town Glazed and Confused

One Oregon neighborhood is struggling with doughnut vandals in a string of incidents where doughnuts, pastries, and even potato salad has been used to vandalize cars and homes.

The so-called "Bakery Bandits" have struck for the past six weeks in Hillsboro, Oregon, a suburb about 30 minutes west of Portland. Hillsboro Police Lt. Mike Rouches told The Oregonian that in his 25 years of service, he has "never investigated or seen a criminal mischief involving pastries."

Is that the way the cruller crumbles, or are the powdered-sugar perps facing criminal consequences?

For Pizza-Delivery Prank From Jail, Beer Thief Faces 2 Felonies

A jailhouse pizza-delivery prank may have earned a Kentucky man already facing public intoxication and shoplifting charges a few more "toppings" for his rap sheet.

Michael Harp, 29, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and was being booked into the Whitley County Detention Center in Corbin, Kentucky, when he allegedly hatched a plan to prank the officer who had just arrested him, Lexington's WKYT-TV reports.

What was Harp's genius plan, and how might it come back to haunt him in court?