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Misappropriation of taxpayer funds; "unnecessary and lavish" spending; authorizing salaries over state law restrictions; misuse of state resources, including cars and computers; and even using state money to frame personal photos, documents, photos, and artwork. They sound like charges levied against corrupt congresspersons or city officials.

But nope -- those are all parts of 14 articles of impeachment filed against the four sitting justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on Tuesday. (The fifth justice wasn't included, as he resigned last month.) The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee moved to impeach the four justices based on a staggering amount of financial malfeasance, including $3.7 million to renovate and decorate their offices. So, what happens if the entire court gets the boot?

If you ever ask the cops, "What are you going to do, take me to jail?" you pretty much know the answer. And when you're raising hell in a bar at 2 a.m. because your songs didn't come on the jukebox, you're not leaving the cops much choice in the matter.

Florida man Michael Grzech got his answer in handcuffs after bartenders tried to close the bar before Grzech's selections seared the speakers at The Jetty Lounge in Fort Pierce. The only remaining questions? Was Grzech waiting on "Jukebox Hero" or "Closing Time"?

When Pranking Your Kids on YouTube Becomes Criminal

Pranking has been a favorite American pastime for decades, dating back to Candid Camera and Three Stooges to present-day What Would You Do? and Johnny Knoxville. It's one thing when the pranks are staged and the victims are knowing adults. It's an entirely different thing when the victims are your own children.

With the advent of IRL (In Real Life) webisodes, monetized according to popularity on YouTube and Facebook, it should come as no surprise that some families are going to take it too far. One has, but the question might be, who's to blame?

Teacher Charged With Animal Cruelty for Feeding Puppy to Turtle

Sometimes you read a story and all can you can do is close your eyes, shake your head slowly, and maybe mutter, "But why, though?" This is one of those stories. For some reason, a teacher in Idaho decided to feed a puppy to a snapping turtle. And as if that wasn't bad enough, he did it in front of students. After word got out about the teacher's actions, the news quickly spread and sparked outrage. Now, the teacher has been charged with animal cruelty and could spend time in jail.

3 Police Impersonators Finally Charged in Michigan

We can probably all agree that Flint, Michigan has had a rough few years. And when your water is contaminated, the last thing you need is a bunch of people pretending to be cops. But finally, after years of eluding authorities, three impersonators have been charged and five others may be brought in soon as well.

Caught red-fingered? With his hands in the Play-Doh jar? Any way you pun it, one man's cat burglar-like efforts to thwart anti-theft devices at a Leicester, Massachusetts Walmart backfired in a pretty impressive fashion, leading to his arrest.

The evidence he left behind? A solitary fingerprint in a piece of yellow and red Play-Doh.

There's a fine line between what you can do during a traffic stop by police and what you should do. Sure, maybe you can flip off, insult, or swear at a police officer, but that doesn't mean you should.

What you should do is not pull up to a traffic stop to pick up your daughter, attempt to pull rank on some local cops as a Port Authority Commissioner, then drop the f-bomb on your way out. Otherwise you can quickly resign from that position.

Teacher Arrested for Classroom 'Fight Club'

Some stories just leave you shaking your head -- like news about Bill Cosby or anything recent involving Lindsay Lohan. And things take a special turn when the story involves teachers behaving badly or children getting hurt.

After a series of events that combines both, a former substitute math teacher has been arrested and charged for essentially supervising a classroom "fight club." It's hard to see what a fight club has to do with math, but at least the teacher can use his skills to add up the amount of jail time he's facing if convicted.

Virginia Man Runs Over Himself, Faces DUI Charge

There are many straightforward ways that a person can get a DUI: being pulled over for driving erratically, DUI checkpoints, or being involved in a car accident. And then, there are less conventional ways to get a DUI, such as while riding a horse on the freeway.

Regardless of how you end up being arrested for a DUI, your day or night turns from good to bad in an instant. But, being charged with a DUI after being hit by your own car, is just adding insult to injury. While this may sound like something out of a TV show or movie, it actually happened to a man in Virginia.

Here's a good rule of thumb: If it's illegal for Amazon, it's illegal for you, too. For years, the mega-retailer has been trying to utilize drone delivery, even experimenting with exploding drones (for safety's sake, you see), to no avail. So if Amazon can't use a drone to deliver that book to your door, you probably can't use one to deliver bud to a customer.

This would've been helpful information, perhaps, for Benjamin Paul Baldassarre and Ashley Lauren Carroll, who police claim had been using a drone to distribute drugs throughout their Riverside, California neighborhood.