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It’s a weird world we’re living in. And here at the Phoenix Criminal Law Blog, we report on some of the weirdest of it.

From shoplifting news anchors to stomach-turning job interviews, 2012 was a great year for weird in the Valley. Here are our top five craziest criminal law stories of the past year.

After Friday's tragedy, it's mindboggling that someone would joke around about a school shooting. A 17-year-old Prescott girl, however, is accused of doing just that.

Both Prescott High School and Taylor Hicks Elementary School were placed on lockdown Friday after school officials received a report about a gunman in the area. When questioned, however, the student who made the report told authorities she "made it up," Fox 10 News reports.

The girl now faces felony charges for the hoax.

It's hard to believe that just a few decades ago, corporal punishment was an acceptable disciplinary measure in schools. Now, hitting a student can land you in jail.

Salina Kinlicheeny, a kindergarten teacher at Kinsey Elementary in Flagstaff, knows all about that. Kinlicheeny allegedly slapped a kindergartner who was throwing a tantrum. She's now facing misdemeanor aggravated assault charges, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Ricardo Castro has jealousy issues. A text message from his wife's ex-boyfriend reportedly sent Castro into a murderous rage last week, The Associated Press reports.

While arguing with his wife about the text, Castro began speeding on Interstate 10 and eventually slammed into the back of an SUV carrying six people. Five passengers, all children, were thrown from the SUV. Now Castro is facing seven counts of aggravated assault and two counts of felony endangerment.

You know you've hit rock bottom when you find yourself robbing a dollar store.

According to authorities, brothers Dylan and Joshua Wroe tried to steal items from a 99 Cents Only store in Gilbert. When the store manager confronted them, the brothers assaulted not only him but a number of other employees as well, police said.

The Wroes are now facing aggravated robbery charges, AZfamily.com reports.

An ex-con accused of kidnapping his estranged wife and shooting at a Phoenix police officer has been taken into custody.

Angel Padilla was arrested during a raid on a house near 91st Avenue and Palm Lane on Sunday, AZfamily.com reports. He's now facing a number of charges including attempted first-degree murder.

The arrest ends a month-long crime spree Padilla is said to have carried out across parts of the Valley.

If Holly Solomon had only paid attention in high school civics class, her husband would probably be fine right now.

Holly apparently believed that, by failing to vote last week, her husband Daniel had helped to re-elect President Obama. She was so angry that she allegedly ran Daniel over in her Jeep, the Phoenix New Times reports.

The irony is that Arizona, of course, went for GOP candidate Mitt Romney in last week's election (though thousands of ballots remain uncounted, ABC 15 News reports), so Daniel's failure to vote likely had no effect on the election's outcome.

Roommates can be the worst. Like when they eat your leftovers or refuse to wash their dishes. Or when they tie you up and beat you with a nightstick.

A Kingman couple is accused of doing just that. According to authorities, Samuel Chambers and his girlfriend Tiffany Hill tied up Hill's roommate and beat the man with an expandable baton for several hours, ABC 15 News reports. The duo is now facing a number of charges, including kidnapping and aggravated assault.

David Walker allegedly flew from Chicago to Phoenix to attack his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

Once in Phoenix, Walker broke into his ex-wife’s house and beat her boyfriend, Adam Moring, with a baseball bat, AZfamily.com reports. He’s now facing a slew of charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Despite being stabbed numerous times, William Traynor was able to wrestle his attacker to the ground and keep him there until police arrived.

Traynor woke up about 3:45 a.m. to the sound of an intruder in his home. When Traynor came face to face with 62-year-old Michael Garland, a struggle ensued, CBS 5 News reports.