sheriffsmSearch efforts continued through the weekend for the male subject that jumped into the Wenatchee River on Friday in an apparent attempt to avoid contact with deputies. Alen Bolic (28yoa) with a last known address in Tacoma, WA has not been seen since entering the river near the mouth of the Tumwater Canyon Friday afternoon. On Saturday, the agency’s swift water rescue team searched eddies downstream from the point Bolic was last seen. A sheriff’s office helicopter was used to check a long section of the river from above. Search coordinators believe there is a high probability Bolic drowned a short time after entering the very cold water. He was last seen floating towards a section of white water rapids just south of the Tumwater Canyon. Family members have been contacted in the matter.

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Sheriff Brian Burnett reports Chelan County deputies are searching for a 28 year old male theft suspect who fled into the Wenatchee River near Leavenworth this afternoon. The subject has not been seen since entering the river near the entrance to Tumwater Canyon at approximately 2:20pm.

Deputies had been attempting to locate the suspect since Monday when he was captured on video stealing two bottles of liquor from a Leavenworth grocery store. The subject is known as a homeless transient who has been in the Leavenworth area for about one month. He is also a person of interest in a malicious mischief incident which occurred earlier this week.

At approximately 1:20pm this afternoon a deputy observed the subject walking along Highway 2 in downtown Leavenworth. When deputies attempted make contact with him, he fled toward Black Bird Island and was later observed by citizens running away from deputies on a park trail toward the Enchantment Park. Deputies were unable to locate him at that time.

Later in the afternoon, deputies went to check for the suspect at a camping location commonly used by transients along the Wenatchee River at the mouth of the Tumwater Canyon. The suspect was identified at that location and immediately fled toward the river when he noticed deputies approaching from a distance. He was verbally directed to stop, but ignored that order and jumped into the water from the shoreline. He began swimming across the swollen river, but was swept downstream. At one point, the subject was seen momentarily grasping a large boulder in the river several hundred yards downstream. The subject apparently lost his grip of the boulder after a few seconds and again began floating/swimming down the river toward a section of rapids.

Several deputies, Chelan County Fire District 3 personnel, Cascade medics, and citizens responded and began searching for the subject in, or along the river. The search effort continued until dusk with no sign of the subject. He was last seen wearing a bright green tee-shirt and blue jeans. The search will resume again on Saturday morning. At this time, it is unknown if he drowned, or exited the river and is hiding from law enforcement.

The subject’s name is being withheld until relatives can be identified and then contacted in this matter.

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L-R Scott Anderson-North Cascades Bank Alyssa Lamar-student MHS

The Manson School District received about 90 donated computers last week, after North Cascades Bank replaced their equipment- and felt the outgoing gently used computers and related hardware could best be put to use in a local school.

Lori Way, Technology Coordinator for the Manson School District, said the computers and flat screen monitors will be used in both the elementary school and the middle school. “They will be used as student work stations in the elementary school for numerous activities, tests, reading, writing and math enrichment,” she said. “The middle school will be setting up mini-labs to facilitate differentiated instruction in math, science and English- and for projects, robotics, research and computer design.”

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L-R Ricardo Escoto, Matt Charlton, Dasha Blythe, Kaya Reagan, Kelli, Evans, Lori Way and Scott Anderson

The bank delivered the donation last Tuesday, by way of three packed vehicles, and students, along with some help from a few teachers, and even Superintendent Matt Charlton, helped carry in the computers.

“A long standing core value of our bank has been to support education in our communities,” said Scott Anderson, North Cascades Bank President. “Having this equipment put to use in our schools is a great opportunity for us to reinvest in our community.” Lori Way said the school is very grateful for the amazing donation. “This donation was very much needed and appreciated by the Manson School District,” she added.

Language Arts teachers, Jennifer Koth and Heather Teague are reaching out to the community to help with a program called College Bound Book Talks.

The program was launched last year by Koth and Teague and proved to be a success. This year, the pair will match freshmen and sophomore students with community volunteers to discuss college bound books each student has chosen.

books165“Students really liked the option to talk with their teachers about a book, rather than write a review or take an Accelerated Reader test,” said Koth, who teaches Language Arts II. “Book talks go much deeper than standard AR tests, which are comprehensive. Our book talks discuss novel themes, character development and plot advancement. The conversation then takes its own form as the discussion evolves and deepens.”

Although volunteers are not required to have read the novel being discussed, it is helpful.

To help kick off the College Bound Book Talks Program, a grant was used to purchase more than one thousand dollars worth of new books from Riverwalk Books in Chelan.

“Libby Manthey has been great to work with and has donated novels for my classroom as well,” added Koth. “Students are also starting to come to me with novel request lists and we are doing our best to purchase the books they are seeking.”

For Koth, the program is building a long list of books she plans to read.
“I have heard reviews through the kids on over 300 novels. My ‘to-read’ list is growing enormous as students make recommendations.”

If you would like to be a part of this program- contact Jennifer Koth by calling 687-9585 and sign up.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on December 8, 2014 Chelan County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested 55 year old Benito C. Sedano in connection with the unidentified remains located in Manson, Washington on August 27, 2014. Sedano was booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Kidnapping 1st degree and Assault 1st degree.

The male located on August 26, 2014 was identified as 33 year old Ignacio Ramirez. Ramirez died from multiple gunshot wounds and was buried in a shallow grave in a remote area of Manson. Through their investigation, Chelan County Detectives learned that on August 24, 2014 Sedano contacted Ramirez and his friend at a trailer in downtown Manson. Sedano was armed with a pistol when he approached Ramirez and his friend. There was a brief conversation before Sedano forcefully kidnapped Ramirez. Sedano forced Ramirez into Sedano’s vehicle and drove him to an unknown location. Ramirez was not seen or heard from again until his remains were located on August 27.

On December 8, 2014 the Chelan County Regional SWAT Team, along with Okanogan County SWAT, and Chelan County Detectives executed a search warrant at Sedano’s residence in Manson. Detectives recovered weapons, ammunition, and other items that could possibly be evidence related to the homicide of Ramirez. The investigation continues and Detectives are still actively investigating the incident.


Unidentified body located in remote Manson area

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on August 27, 2014 Chelan County Sheriff’s Detectives recovered the remains of an unidentified male in a remote part of Manson, Washington. Detectives responded to the scene to recover the body and collect any information leading to the cause of death for the unidentified male. Due to the condition of the body Detectives are not currently able to determine the time of death, the male’s age or his race.

Detectives are currently working to identify male, the time of death, and why the male was in the remote location.

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Australians MacKenzy (age 7) and Cooper (4) Claridge of Newlands Arm, Victoria, and their cousins Ben (11) and Georgia (15) Claridge of Aranda, Australian Capital Territory, proudly display their Certificates of Adoption awarded in 2014. The four kids each adopted a tree in 2013 as well.  The lucky trees are the first ones to have Australian adoptive “parents.” Ben and Georgia visited Stehekin and the Buckner Orchard in 2008. (Photo by Ally Claridge).

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