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ODDITIES Man arrested in soap/cocaine mix-up sues in Pennsylvania

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Man arrested in soap/cocaine mix-up sues in Pennsylvania

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A New York man who spent 29 days in jail after Pennsylvania state police mistook homemade soap for cocaine has filed a lawsuit.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports Alexander Bernstein says he had to pay thousands of dollars in court costs before the charges were dropped. He's seeking damages exceeding $150,000. State troopers and the field test manufacturer are named in the suit filed last week.

Troopers smelled marijuana, searched the car and found packages the driver said was homemade soap, but tested as cocaine. Lab tests later showed it was soap. State police declined to comment.

Woman who stabbed boyfriend with pen pleads guilty

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend after yelling at him for eating all of the salsa has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Ronnie Buckner told officers 50-year-old Phyllis Jefferson yelled at him in March at his apartment for finishing off the salsa. Buckner said Jefferson then picked up a pen and jammed it in the left side of his pelvis.

The 61-year-old Buckner said he tried to catch a television that Jefferson had knocked over when she grabbed a small kitchen knife and stabbed him in the stomach.

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