Jim Marshall, former Minnesota Vikings all-pro defensive end, was charged in Duluth, Minn., with one count of third-degree possession of cocaine.
If convicted of the charge, a felony, he faces a mandatory four-year prison sentence.
Police said they received "confidential, reliable information" that Marshall would arrive in Duluth Thursday to sell or distribute cocaine. Police obtained a warrant and set up surveillance. Marshall's late model red Cadillac was spotted about 1:30 p.m. and pulled over a few minutes later, police said. . . .
Gambler Howard Spira, charged with trying to extort money from New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, pleaded not guilty in New York to an expanded indictment his lawyer called "a turkey."
The superseding indictment on which Spira was arraigned was approved Thursday by a grand jury in Manhattan. The original indictment was handed down last March in Tampa. It was moved to New York at Spira's request.
Eight of the 11 counts were the original ones, in which Spira was charged with trying to extort money from Steinbrenner and making threats against him and former Yankees slugger Dave Winfield.
Two of the new counts charge Spira with threatening and attempting to extort money from Houston lawyer Earle Lilly and threatening Scott Saidel, a Pace University Law School student in a telephone conversation with Saidel's girlfriend Sept. 17.
The third new count says Spira threatened a United Airlines employee in a 1989 phone call about lost luggage.