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A New Jersey man charged with drug possession had an unusual place to store his stash: his 6-year-old daughter’s jacket pocket. Dennis Riker, 41, raised suspicions when he stopped by his daughter’s school, saying he had left his keys in her jacket. The school staff would not let him in because he was not the girl’s legal guardian-that role belonged to the girl’s grandmother. Riker, unbeknownst to the school, called the grandmother to ask her to come to the school. The school called her, too, but believed someone else answered and impersonated her. And then the actual grandmother arrived, saying she wanted the girl’s jacket. It was all so strange that principal Tracey Wolff called in the police. An officer checked the coat and found 25 vials of cocaine and a half-ounce rock of crack in the pocket inside. Riker was charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and possessing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, and was held on $40,000 bail. The grandmother said her son duped her into asking for the jacket. And the 6-year-old? Authorities said she had no idea what was in her pocket. “It’s unconscionable that an adult would knowingly put drugs in a child’s coat pocket,” Hillside, N.J., Police Chief Robert Quinlan said.- ASSOCIATED PRESS You can bet on it The online futures trading Web site Intrade.com is taking bets-forgive us, has opened trading contracts-on whether Alberto Gonzales will long continue as attorney general of the United States. The Web site offers two options for traders who hope to profit by the uproar over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys and the Justice Department’s shifting rationales for the same to Congress. One tests whether Gonzales will announce his resignation on or before March 31; the other gives him until the end of June. He won’t have to be actually out the door on those dates, as long as there is an official announcement from the White House or Justice Department that Gonzales has offered his resignation and it has not been rejected. “A Departure/Resignation may be ‘forced’ or ‘voluntary,’ ” the site noted. All bets-er, trades-are off if Gonzales should die in office.- STAFF REPORTS Quite a catch An accused child molester cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet, then took a limousine to Chicago to appear on The Jerry Springer Show. A judge set bail at $50,000 for Mario Sims, 21, who had been awaiting trial. “A significant bond is legally necessary given the fact he absconded, admittedly for one of the more unique reasons I’ve heard in my time on the bench,” said Racine County, Wis., Circuit Judge Emily Mueller. Sims had been out of jail for about three weeks when he cut off the bracelet and missed a court date in September. A TV.com Web site teaser for the episode said: “Outrageous nuptials! Returning guest Mario is a proud father and is ready to marry his baby’s mother-who’s also his half-sister.”- ASSOCIATED PRESS Turkeys indeed A sports club pleaded no contest to violating animal-cruelty laws by using dozens of live turkeys as targets in an archery contest. The Elstonville, Pa., Sportsmen’s Association was fined $400 and ordered to pay court costs. Authorities said about 40 domestic turkeys were killed in the contest last September. Since the event, the club has elected new leaders who have adopted a rule forbidding the use of “any living entity” as a target, the club said in a written statement issued through its attorney.- ASSOCIATED PRESS

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