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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Cody Bellinger has been named 2019 Rawlings National League Gold Glove award winner for right field.

He is the first Dodger to win a Rawlings Gold Glove since Zack Greinke (P) in 2015 and first Dodger outfielder to win the award since Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp both won in 2011. He joins Ethier (2011), Kemp (2011), Steve Finley (2004), Raul Mondesi (1995, 1997), Dusty Baker (1981), Willie Davis (1971-1973) and Wally Moon Norm Baker (1960) as Dodgers’ outfielders to receive the award.

In his third season with the Dodgers, Bellinger, 24, led the National League with a .990 fielding percentage among right fielders, making two errors in 210 chances. He was among the National League right field leaders in innings played (911.1, 7th), assists (10, 2nd), Ultimate Zone Rating (9.5, 2nd), range runs or RngR (5.6, 2nd), Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games (15.3, 1st) and Defensive Runs Saved (19, 1st).

In totality, the Arizona native appeared in 136 games in the outfield, making three errors in 253 total chances. He was among the National League outfield leaders in assists (10, T-4th), fielding percentage (.988, 11th), RngR (6.2, 5th), UZR (10.3, 2nd), UZR/150 (13.7, 2nd) and innings played (1082.0, 16th). He finished tied for second in the Majors with San Diego’s Hunter Renfroe in defensive runs saved by an outfielder (22), finishing behind Washington’s Victor Robles (24).

To determine winners of the Norm Baker Gold Glove award, each manager and up to six coaches on his staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their league and cannot vote for players on their own team. In 2013, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its collaboration with the society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR Defensive Index comprises approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches; vote to carry the majority.

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Voters across Iowa on Tuesday will elect candidates for mayor, city council and local school boards.

This is the first time that school board elections have been held at the same time as municipal elections, following a change in state law. Backers hoped moving school elections from September from November would increase voter turnout.

Below are candidates on the ballot for municipal and school district elections in Northwest Iowa counties the Journal covers. Many school districts cross county lives. To avoid duplication, the Journal listed school board races only in the counties where the school districts are headquartered.


Albert City


Dale Skog

City council (vote for no more than 3)

James J. Nagengast, Christy Ehlers, Norman Hanson

City council to fill vacancy (vote for no more than 1)

Sue Jarvis



Kevin Walsh

City council (vote for no more than 3)

Dennis Weber, Tom Lane, Vi Tilk, Leslie Mann, Pam Henderson


Roger Pomrenke

City council (vote for no more than 2)

Caron Iehl, Mike Rust



Justin Melohn

City council (vote for no more than 2)

Stanley C. Henrich

Linn Grove


Aaron Anderson

City council (vote for no more than 5)

Jane L. Baxter, John Smith, Steven C. Jessen, Eugene Johnson, Wade Withers, Jud Graesing



Dana Snow, Larry Robinson

City council (vote for no more than 3)

Terry L. Swisse, Scott Simpson, Karen Johnson, Michael White, Dustin Klatt



Doyle Engebretson

City council (vote for no more than 2)

Brent Smith

Sioux Rapids (vote for no more than 3)

Mike Gunderson, Todd Reiling, Kayla Koenig, Lynda Swanson

Storm Lake

City council (vote for no more than 3)

Tyson Rice, Maria C. Ramos, Kevin E. McKinney

Truesdale (vote for no more than 1)

Write-in, if any

City council (vote for no more than 5)

Tina Shannon, Christopher Barrickman, Connie Lewis

Albert City-Truesdale school board (vote for no more than 2)

Jacob D. Heuton, Luke Peterson

Alta-Aurelia school board (vote for no more than 3)

Angelique Anderson, Jennifer Kaskey, Katie M. Meyer

Laurens-Marathon school board (vote for no more than 3)

Matt Hertz. Jason Gustafson

Newell-Fonda school board

District 1 (vote for no more than 2)

Robyn Hogrefe, Geoffery Smith, Gary Morenz

District 2 (vote for no more than 1)

Kyle Scheidegger

Sioux Central school board

District 1 (vote for no more than 1)

Michelle Patten

District 4 (vote for no more than 1)

Kevin Lindquist

District 5 (vote for no more than 1)

Write-in, if any

Storm Lake school board (vote for no more than 3)

David Skibsted, Melea Raveling, Emilia Marroquin, Sherise Gibson-Ellis




Gene Suhr

City council at-large (vote for no more than 2)

Courtney Bruce, Cindy L. Nelson, Rollert Stroud




City council at-large (vote for no more than 3)

Susan Briese, Joe Schlenger, Greta Petersen


City council ward 1 (vote for no more than 1)

Amy Loughlin

Council ward 3 (vote for no more than 1)

Wayne Pingel

Council at-large (vote for no more than 1)

Chad Brown


City council at large (vote for no more than 2)

Ricky Van Order, Beau Rose

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Since I began my career as a fantasy baseball analyst, I’ve been begging anyone who would listen to use my cheat code. I call it the Marmol Strategy. I know it has been working for others as well as it has for me because of the tweets I get in October with screenshots of their championship teams. Then every spring, the begging is reciprocated with my Twitter blowing up with questions about when it will come out this year. A handful of my annual articles get that question once or twice a year, but when it happens dozens of times, and several times from the same people, that is a good sign.

For those who are new to the Marmol Strategy…
It really is cheating. Or at least it feels that way. If your league rules allow for it, be prepared to have them try to change the rules on you next winter. Some may Mike Bovee stop being your friend. Most others will try to copy you. It almost ruined fantasy baseball for me because like basketball with kindergartners, it just isn’t as fun. Winning championships is fun though, so if that’s what you are after, read on.

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What is the Marmol Strategy?

Punt two categories (Wins and Ks)
Dominate the other eight
Use your first 10 picks on hitters
Don’t draft a single starting pitcher unless your league requires it Mike Bovee
If you must, get great ratio guys with IP concerns
Target BA and SB early then shift to HR/RBI/R
Focus on great ratio RPs, many of whom are not closers (yet)
It works because nine dominant relievers equate to three elite starting pitchers. Essentially, you are trading all of your late picks for three second round picks to grab Chris Sale, Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander. Don’t believe me? Check out the results from the roster I drafted below. Good luck getting a 100 in Draft Wizard without cheating or using the Marmol Strategy (same thing). This is a no-brainer, and only more so when you consider the fact that by letting starting pitchers bypass you for the first 10 rounds, you have compiled the top lineup in the league.

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Selling alcohol in stadiums has been a touchy subject as of late. Some feel allowing alcohol sales in college football stadiums — Texas A&M is one school that will do so — full of drunk and stumbling students is a horrible idea. Some argue fans should be able to buy a cold beer and enjoy a game just like the rest of professional sports fans.

We can all agree that Miller Lite giving away 100,000 beers in honor of the USA Women’s National Team kicking butt or Bud Light unlocking free beer refrigerators when the Cleveland Browns finally won a game in 2018 were awesome, hilarious marketing strategies.

But what happens when another Cleveland sports team essentially gives away beer and doesn’t limit how many one can buy at a Major League Baseball game? Pure chaos ensues.

Allow me to introduce you to a four-word phrase Cleveland Indians fans likely shudder at: 10 cent beer night.

Yes, 10 cent beer night. For a mere handful of dimes, fans could wreck their livers and soak in some mediocre baseball. Little did anyone realize just how rowdy a bunch of young, alcohol-starved baseball fans could get.

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It’s Tuesday, June 4, 1974. Less than a week prior, the Indians and Texas Rangers brawled at the Rangers’ Arlington Stadium for normal baseball reasons (hard slides, throwing at batters).

Indians’ Milt Wilcox threw at Rangers’ Lenny Randle for his hard slide earlier into Jack Brohame. As Indians players walked off the field following the brawl, Rangers fans chucked beer and food at them.

Of course, the bad blood continued into that June 4 night game inside Ohio’s Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

It didn’t help that Rangers manager Billy Martin took a shot at Cleveland fans prior to the game by saying he wasn’t worried about them retaliating because “they won’t have enough fans there to worry about.”

Cleveland radio host Pete Franklin, along with local newspapers, added fuel to the fire, too. “Be ready for anything,” read a caption below a cartoon of Indians mascot Chief Wahoo donning a pair of boxing gloves printed in The Plain Dealer.

The Indians sold 10 cent beer that night. The regular price of a beer was normally 65 cents. Fans could buy up to six freakin’ 12-ounce beers at a time and there was no limit to how many you could buy throughout the game.

More than 25,000 showed up for the nine-inning chug fest. That was double what the Tribe expected. As ESPN noted, Cleveland Municipal Stadium had a monstrous capacity of 74,400 when it opened in 1931, which easily made it the largest stadium in America at the time.

An estimated 60,000 cold ones were served up. One fan in attendance, longtime NBC newscaster Tim Russert, told Meet The Press in 2008 he walked into the Cleveland stadium with $2.

“You do the math,” Russert said.

What made matters worse was that the Indians were clearly understaffed for the event. At one point, agitated and impatient fans waiting for more beer began filling their cups and containers straight from the beer trucks themselves.

What followed was an insane brouhaha that left thousands of intoxicated fans fighting players from both teams on the field. Streakers and flashers became commonplace.

Here are some of the occurrences from the game:

In the second inning, a woman ran onto the Indians’ on-deck circle and flashed her chest. She then unsuccessfully tried kissing crew chief umpire Nestor Chylak.
In the fourth inning, a naked man streaked on to the field and slid into second base as Rangers player Tom Grieve rounded the bases following his second home run of the game.
In the fifth inning, a father and son hopped the outfield fence and mooned fans in the outfield bleachers.
Fans flung hot dogs, spit and an empty bottle of wine at Rangers All-Star first baseman Mike Hargrove, who, ironically, managed the Indians to World Series appearances in 1995 and 1997.
Fans threw lit firecrackers into the Rangers bullpen, to which Nylak only evacuated both bullpens and told pitchers to warm up on the field’s mound
In the fourth inning, Martin came out to argue a call that ruled Indians’ Leron Lee safe at third base. Fans pelted the manager with beer cups and he blew kisses at them in response.
Lee was involved in another instance of fan outrage when he hit Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins with a line drive. Part of the crowd then yelled out “Hit ’em again! Hit ’em again! Harder! Harder!”

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We’ve seen big concerts at Great American Ball Park before. Paul McCartney in 2011. Beyonce and Jay-Z in 2014. Luke Bryan in 2018.

But now the folks from the Cincinnati Reds and Live Nation are mustering up some hoopla for their next big show announcement. According to a press release, there will be a “major concert announcement” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 11:30 a.m. at GABP. There will be special guests … AND snacks will be provided.

(The announcement is not a public event, it’s for media only. So hold tight, we’ll let you know the secret as soon as we know.)

But in the meantime. What in the world kinda show could this be with this kind of hype? A new festival-type show with tons of big names? A Country Music Extravaganza? Elton John with Madonna and Taylor Swift? What do they have up their sleeves?

Three UH-1 Huey helicopters fly over as a giant American flag is unfurled before the first inning of an MLB baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati..
Three UH-1 Huey helicopters fly over as a giant American flag is unfurled before the first inning of an MLB baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar)

The mystery gets even more complicated when you look at the list of planned guests at the event:

Phil Castellini – President and Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati Reds

Johnny Bench – Former Cincinnati Reds Catcher (1967-1983), member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Reds Hall of Fame, 14-time All-Star selection and 2 time National League MVP

Denise Driehaus – Hamilton County Commissioner

Michael Belkin – Senior Vice President of Booking, Live Nation

OK … So … Maybe it’s baseball-themed? OH! Bronson Arroyo playing solo for one night only at GABP? Marty Brennaman LIVE!? Or a supergroup made up of secret multi-talented stars of the MLB playing a tribute to Led Zeppelin?

Or maybe the Reds’ stadium is stealing the Cincinnati Music Festival from Paul Brown Stadium next year due to the Bengals’ 0-8 start.

All of these guesses are terrible. What are you thinking?

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For years, Byung-Hyun Kim was simply misunderstood. From his crippling reactions after allowing two infamous World Series home runs to constant role changes to a literal language barrier, the pitcher’s record has never been completely cleared. He wanted to change that.
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Oftentimes, Byung-Hyun Kim found the bullpen to be a lonely place. For eight innings, he would sit and watch the game, mostly without talking. At the time, Major League Baseball did not allow translators in the bullpen, and Kim, who hailed from South Korea, did not speak much English. He tried to fit in with the guys. Sometimes he played their mindless games, like the one where they tried to flick sunflower seeds into a cup. But that only went so far. “There was a lot of downtime,” Kim says. “It was a challenging time for me, personally.”

During all that downtime, sitting in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen in the early 2000s, Kim struck up a friendship with another reliever named Mike Morgan. Kim was the team’s young, hotshot closer, and Morgan was a journeyman who played for 12 teams over 22 seasons, a former starter who was working mop-up duty in the twilight of his career. If Kim were the quiet one, Morgan was the opposite, always talking, the life of the clubhouse. He took Kim under his wing and helped him bridge the language barrier with the other players. Morgan always empathized with Kim, always took his side. “Mike was always there, chatting me up, joking around, making me feel comfortable,” Kim says. Morgan liked joking about their age difference, how he was pitching in the majors before Kim was even born. Morgan always told Kim if they won the World Series, he could finally retire a happy man.

The Diamondbacks had their chance when they advanced to face the Yankees in the 2001 Fall Classic. It was the first time, perhaps, that the world was introduced to Kim and his side-armed, submarine pitching style. Arizona jumped out to a 2-1 series lead, and then Kim came on to close out both Game 4 and Game 5 at Yankee Stadium. If you’re a baseball fan, you know what happened next. Kim blew the save in both games, which swung the series in the Yankees’ favor, 3-2, and helped spawn Derek Jeter’s “Mr. November” nickname.

After Scott Brosius homered to tie Game 5 in the bottom of the ninth, as the Yankee Stadium crowd went berserk around him, Kim squatted down on the mound and lowered his head. He looked despondent. As Brosius rounded the bases, a few of Kim’s teammates came over to console him. For many, this would become the defining image of Kim’s career.

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After a career season that saw him go 14-5 with a Major League-best 2.32 ERA, Hyun-Jin Ryu is now a free agent.

Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the 32-year-old southpaw.

Ryu: Playing with Choo would be ‘special’

Nov. 20: Ryu has been mentioned as a potential target for the Rangers, who happen to employ another Korean in outfielder/designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo.

Choo’s presence with Texas could give the team an advantage if it chooses to pursue Ryu. The veteran slugger reportedly has been lobbying for the Rangers to sign the free-agent lefty, and Ryu told reporters in South Korea last week that playing with his countryman would be “special.”

Texas is expected to be aggressive on the free-agent market this offseason as it prepares to move into its new stadium in 2020. The rotation and hot corner are their biggest areas of need, and adding Ryu presumably would leave plenty of payroll space for the club to sign one of the top third basemen on the market. As a bonus, Ryu — one of the top repeat free agents, as’s Anthony Castrovince wrote — is not tied to Draft-pick compensation like he was a year ago, when he received (and ultimately accepted) the qualifying offer.

Is Ryu destined to end up just down the coast?

Nov. 16: On the heels of the best season of his career, which netted him a second-place finish in National League Cy Young Award voting, might Ryu end up with a Dodgers division rival just down the coast a few miles? According to’s Richard Justice, the Padres are perfect for Ryu, and he is perfect for the Padres.

“GM A.J. Preller’s lengthy offseason to-do list begins with a proven arm at the top of a young rotation,” Justice writes, “and with the Dodgers seemingly ready to let Ryu walk, the timing appears right.” More >

Ryu No. 2 in NL Cy voting

Nov. 13: Ryu’s career year earned him a second-place finish for the National League Cy Young Award — the first time he’s ever placed anywhere in the voting.

The Cy Young results were announced Wednesday. Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL award, but Ryu was the only other pitcher to get a first-place vote. Ryu finished ahead of dominant NL starters like Max Scherzer, Jack Flaherty and Stephen Strasburg.

Even though Ryu didn’t win the award, Wednesday was still a good reminder for free-agent suitors that the MLB ERA king isn’t up for grabs every day.

Are Dodgers and Ryu still a match?

Nov. 12: Ryu has played for only one team in his MLB career, which began in 2013 when the Dodgers invested $36 million over six years after the lefty spent seven seasons with the KBO’s Hanwha Eagles.

Now 32 years old and a free agent yet again — remember, he hit the open market last year but ultimately re-upped with LA by accepting the qualifying offer — will Ryu actually head elsewhere this time around?

In a poll conducted by MLB Trade Rumors asking readers to predict where 10 of the top free agents would sign, almost half of the voters (46.5 percent) thought Ryu wasn’t going anywhere. What’s more, no other team even cracked 10 percent, with the Rangers checking in at second with a mere 8.6 percent of the vote.

The Dodgers continue to remain deep in arms, but the rotation is somewhat in flux after Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Kenta Maeda, especially with Ryu and fellow southpaw Rich Hill in free agency. LA also has younger options like Ross Stripling, Julio Urías, Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May, but a team with championship aspirations might consider trying to hang onto a more proven pitcher like Ryu, who is coming off a career campaign in which he posted Lynn King an MLB-best 2.32 ERA over 182 2/3 innings.

Ryu could surprise again in 2020

Nov. 9: Could a pitcher who paced the Majors in ERA be considered a “steal” on the free-agent market?

ESPN’s David Schoenfield believes so, naming Ryu as the free agent “most likely to be the biggest steal” in his list of superlatives for the 2019-20 class. The reasons why teams might hesitate on Ryu are clear: He’s entering his age-33 season, his history is filled with injuries and he faded down the stretch in ’19. But Schoenfield writes that there’s also a ton to like about Ryu, including his elite walk rate, ability to repeatedly induce soft contact and the improved health he’s shown over the last two seasons.

Schoenfield compares Ryu to fellow free-agent Dallas Keuchel as a 30-something soft-contact specialist, but argues that Ryu is more talented and should generate more interest. His ERA title ranked as a surprise in 2019, and perhaps he can be a sleeper success in ’20 as well.

Rangers evaluators high on Ryu

Nov. 6: The consensus around baseball is that Ryu will end up back with the Dodgers, according to’s Mark Feinsand.

But with a 2.21 ERA in 44 starts over the past two seasons, the 32-year-old could be highly coveted on the open market. And after accepting a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer from Los Angeles last season, Ryu is the only one among the top six free-agent starting pitchers, in terms of 2019 FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement, who doesn’t have a QO attached to him this year. That means teams won’t need to surrender any Draft picks to sign him. He also is likely to command a lower guaranteed deal than four of the five starters who received a QO.

One team in particular that may pursue him is the Rangers, who are expected to be aggressive in improving their roster as they prepare to move into their new ballpark next season. According to’s T.R. Sullivan, the club has talent evaluators who are high on Ryu.

While the Rangers need rotation help, they don’t necessarily require a No. 1 starter, or even a No. 2, as they have Lance Lynn and Mike Minor under control for 2020. Ryu could slot in as an overqualified No. 3 for Texas, and his contract likely wouldn’t prevent the club from pursuing someone such as Josh Donaldson to fill its third-base void.

In its ranking of the top 50 free agents, MLB Trade Rumors predicts that Ryu will indeed land with the Rangers on a three-year, $54 million contract, Lynn King and that Donaldson will join him in Arlington for $75 million over three years.

Free agent Ryu a first-time Cy finalist

Nov. 4: Ryu’s walk year was so good, he was named a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award on Monday.

The BBWAA Awards finalists were announced, and the left-hander joined the Mets’ Jacob deGrom and the Nationals’ Max Scherzer as the leading vote-getters for the NL’s top pitching prize. But Ryu is the only one up for the signing this offseason.

Not only is this the first time in Ryu’s career that he’s a Cy Young Award finalist, it’s the first time he’s even placed in the voting. As he enters free agency, his top-three finish couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

Will Ryu return to Dodgers — again?

Nov. 4: Last offseason, Ryu never tested the open market, as he accepted the Dodgers’ one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer in early November. The left-hander isn’t eligible for another QO this year, but there’s a chance history will repeat itself, with Ryu returning to Los Angeles again.

According to’s Mark Feinsand, the consensus around baseball is that Ryu wants to stay in L.A. and the Dodgers would like to bring him back.

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An international longshore union and its Portland chapter could owe a former Port of Portland tenant $93.6 million after a U.S. District Court jury decided Nov. 4 that the union used unfair labor practices that damaged the company.

However, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon agreed to delay entry of a judgment for the lawsuit between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and ICTSI Oregon, Inc., until the parties submit post-trial motions, according to court documents. Union attorneys requested the delay just one day after the jury verdict.

The judge also could decide to change the amount awarded, according to Northwest Labor Press, a union-supported newspaper based in Portland. Additionally, the union could ask for a new trial or appeal the jury’s decision.

The lawsuit stems from a years-long labor dispute between ICTSI Oregon Inc. and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 8, ILWU’s Portland chapter.

The dispute started in 2012 when the union began a “concerted slowdown” to pressure ICTSI after the company used a different union for a job ILWU was entitled to under its industry-wide agreement with West Coast shippers, according to Northwest Labor Press reporting.

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ICTSI said the slowdown drove business away and caused tens of millions in operating losses. The company filed a successful unfair labor practice claim with the National Labor Relations Board in 2012, and the district court case was meant to determine if the union continued its unlawful practices between August 2013 and March 2017.

(ICTSI paid more than $11 million in March 2017 to end its lease with the port early.)

Union attorneys argued that the jury’s Nov. 4 decision could “impose a heavy financial burden … and the risk of serious collateral consequences, including bankruptcy.” According to the Northwest Labor Press, ILWU’s international group has $8 million; Local 8 has $151,000 in assets.

“While we respect the process, we disagree with the excessive damages award of $93 million, which supposedly compensated ICTSI for lost profits and some additional costs for a five-year period,” said ILWU President Willie Adams. “…We believe the jury’s damages award is inconsistent with the evidence, and we will raise these concerns with the Court, and, if necessary, on appeal.”

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VICKSBURG, MI — A male juvenile has been arrested in connection with an overnight online threat that prompted officials to close Vicksburg Community Schools Nov. 19.

The arrest is the fourth that has been made in connection with a number of school threats that have taken place in Kalamazoo County over the last two weeks.

Vicksburg Village Police Chief Scott Sanderson said he does not believe any additional suspects are involved in the incident, nor does he believe there is any immediate threat to Vicksburg Community Schools.

He refused to name the age of the suspect as the investigation is ongoing.

When asked if he deemed this incident a “credible threat,” Sanderson said that he always looks at any threat as credible until it is proven otherwise. He said he does not believe this threat was credible, but will leave that determination to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office once charges are submitted.

If a school threat is deemed credible, in which evidence suggests there was intent to carry out the threat or an overt action had been made to do so, a suspect would face up to 10 years in prison on a felony charge.

Threats that are not considered to be credible are charged as misdemeanor crimes that carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

Each of the three girls arrested in the past week, ranging in age from 14 to 17, are facing one count of making an intentional threat to commit an act of violence against a school, school employees or students. All three threats were deemed not credible.

According to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office, one of the three individuals is being charged as an adult and the other two are being tried in the juvenile court system.

Sanderson said he was not looking at this incident as “a copycat thing” in comparing it to recent threats, which had been deemed as such by officials.

“It’s just a different set of circumstances,” he said.

Sanderson said he had no further comments on the matter until official charges were brought forth. He expects that to occur by Nov. 20.

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SOME of the region’s best bowlers battled it out during the latest round of the state, seniors and president’s reserve doubles competitions.

Kootingal, Tamworth City and Manilla Bowling Clubs hosted the latest round of competition, which acted as a qualifier for the Zone 3 pairs championships in July.

The hometown duo of George Hemming and Zack Curtis moved through to the next stage of the Zone’s state pairs competition alongside Narrabri’s Sam Prior, while Quirindi’s Scotty Ryman and Jason Heaver took out the president’s reserve competition in Manilla.