Chicago White Sox outfielder Dan Pasqua was arrested at his home in Dumont, N.J., yesterday on drug charges.
Pasqua was charged with two disorderly persons offenses of possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana and a smoking pipe, Bergen County (N.J.) Prosecutor John Fahy said.
He was issued a summons to appear in Dumont Municipal Court on Nov. 13, Fahy said.
Pasqua, a free agent, did not return phone calls to his Dumont home.
His agent, Alan Nero, called the incident an "unfortunate misunderstanding."
Bergen County authorities were notified that a package addressed to Pasqua had been torn open and might contain marijuana, First Assistant Prosecutor Paul Brickfield said.
The package, sent by United Parcel Service from an unknown point in Chicago, was delivered to Pasqua yesterday after a narcotics dog indicated it contained marijuana, Brickfield said. A search warrant was executed an hour later, he said.
Pasqua faces up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000, Brickfield said.
* Reggie Jackson's home was among those destroyed in the fires in Oakland, Calif.
The former slugger was preparing to move, he said, and he had spent the past several months consolidating his belongings.
"I was devastated, absolutely devastated," Jackson said. "I was in the process of getting everything gathered for the move. My baseball memorabilia, my art collection, my gun collection, my bronze collection.
"I don't own a tie. I don't own another pair of shoes, another shirt. It strips you. You're helpless. Defenseless. This is the most devastated I've ever been. The only salvation is I have my health. You don't recognize how important your health is."
Jackson was at the White House on Sunday, doing promotional work for an Operation Desert Storm fund-raiser, when the fire began. He was in New Jersey on business Monday when he learned that his house was among those lost.
He caught a westbound plane late Monday night, and arrived in Oakland early yesterday.
"Everything in my neighborhood is destroyed, and I don't mean partially destroyed," Jackson said. "I heard on the radio 2,393 structures were destroyed. To me, who'd it miss? It's not like it just got Reggie. It got everything. Hey, man, it's like if you hold a paper airplane and burn it and then burn it at the other end to make sure it's burnt."
Jackson also has California homes in Newport Beach and Carmel, though his home in the Oakland hills was his primary residence. He was preparing to move to Carmel full time, he said. He also was considering a move from Newport Beach to Carlsbad, home of Upper Deck trading cards, a company for which Jackson was contemplating working. Last season, Jackson was a coach and a broadcaster with the Oakland Athletics.
This was the third time that a property owned by Jackson has been leveled by fire. The same house burned down in 1976, and his automobile warehouse in Oakland was lost to fire several years ago.
* EXPOS: The concrete ribs supporting the Olympic Stadium have cracks that have grown four times as big since 1985 and are more than a yard long, Tourism Minister Andre Vallerand said.
But Vallerand, the minister responsible for the stadium since October 1989, said he didn't know about the cracks until early this month.
And he didn't learn they were getting longer until independent consultant Vladimir Gorcevski showed him the 1985 and 1990 studies last week.
"It's too soon to say" whether the cracks threaten the stadium's safety, Vallerand said.
Pierre Bibeau, chairman of the Olympic Installations Board, said Monday that cracks in the ribs, also called consoles, were noticed as early as 1975, but apparently didn't worry inspectors.
* PIRATES: Manager Jim Leyland, still rumored as a candidate for the White Sox job, will meet with Pittsburgh's front office within a week to discuss the team's future.
The meeting of Leyland, general manager Larry Doughty and board chairman Douglas Danforth was previously scheduled and is not the result of reports linking Leyland to the White Sox.
Danforth said the Pirates must plot a strategy for re-signing top players. The NL East champions could lose Bobby Bonilla, Steve Buechele and Mike LaValliere to free agency and Barry Bonds, Doug Drabek and John Smiley a year from now.