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Child Robber Arrested for Robbing Lemonade Stand

A juvenile was arrested for robbing a nine-year-old boy at gunpoint at a makeshift lemonade stand in Monroe, North Carolina. The juvenile made away with $17, but was subsequently caught by police, thanks to video coverage from a nearby security camera. When arrested, drug paraphernalia charges were added to the armed robbery.

The juvenile is in custody, awaiting his court date on both charges. In an outpouring of sympathy for the nine-year-old boy, who also works as a dog walker, lawn mower, and a professional ring bearer, Lowe's gave him a riding lawn mower, and his next lemonade stand made over $250.

Of course. Just when you thought you snuck into that auto impound yard undetected, and just when you thought you could hide between a couple cars when a neighbor called police because you weren't as undetected as you thought, here come the cops with their little drone, hovering right above your cool hiding spot and recording your futile attempts to avoid further detection and, ultimately, detention.

It's truly a sad state of affairs when the police are plastering your image on YouTube, just lying there on the ground, plain as day, not getting away with anything. Oh, and getting arrested on burglary charges.

Slap Hippo in Zoo, Face Criminal Charges

In a video gone viral, an unnamed man at the Los Angeles Zoo stares at the camera of what must be a friend recording the incident. He hops over a protective railing, leans over the sunken enclosure, and smacks a baby hippo on the butt, right in front of the hippo's mother. The man then jumps back over the railing, waves wildly at the camera, and lets out a victory "whoop!" If I were that hippo's momma, I'd sue for sexual harassment. And if I were that man's momma, I'd say "I wish I'd have raised you like an animal. What was that?!"

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.