The Kansas Criminal Justice Information System (KCJIS) requires that information on arrests to include name, age, and address of the arrested, be only published for up to 48 hours. To remain in compliance, the Riley County Police Department will not make press releases available via our archive feature if they contain protected information.

September 10, 2020

Join the Riley County Police Department for free food and a virtual meet-and-greet at National Night Out on Tuesday, October 6th. You can drive through the Riley County Fair Grounds to pick up free hamburger and hotdog meals and view emergency service units all while staying in your vehicle. Meals will be handed out by RCPD employees in personal protective gear. After receiving your free food, you can drive through to Hulburt Arena to see displayed emergency response vehicles.


September 10, 2020

Officers filed a report for rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in Manhattan on September 9, 2020, at approximately 3:00 pm. Officers listed a 15-year-old female as the victim and a 67-year-old male known to her as the suspect.

September 6, 2020

On September 6, 2020, at approximately 12:14 am, Riley County Police Department Officers came in contact with Joshua Stepney, 31 of Manhattan in the 1200 block of Moro St.  Mr. Stepney had an active arrest warrant through the Riley County District Court for Probation Violation.  Mr. Stepney physically resisted the officers when they attempted to arrest him. RCPD Officers placed Stepney’s arms behind his back and utilized a wrist lock technique as he continued to resist being placed in handcuffs. The wrist lock was released once Stepney was placed in handcuffs.

August 25, 2020

The Riley County Police Department arrested a Fort Riley man in connection to a rape of a 12-year-old that occurred earlier this month in Riley County. 

On August 25, 2020, at approximately 6:00 PM, Jamichael Strahan, 19 of Fort Riley, was arrested on the offenses of two counts of rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and contributing to a child’s misconduct. Strahan was issued a total bond of $500,000.00 causing him to remain confined at the time of this release. 

August 17, 2020

For the first time in 46 years, the Riley County Police Department will change the style and color of uniform for sworn officers. Officers wearing the new uniform attended the August Riley County Police Department Law Board Meeting earlier today.

“One of our core values is professionalism—shown through our actions and appearance. We are committed to having professional character, spirit, and dress while serving Riley County,” Director Dennis Butler said.

July 31, 2020

An adult female body found at Konza Prairie Nature Trail on July 22, 2020 has been identified as missing woman, Nicole Grothe, 38, of Manhattan.  Follow-up conducted by detectives and crime scene investigators revealed information that suggested the body was that of Grothe, and the results of the autopsy and dental analysis confirmed the identification today. There is no indication of suspicious circumstances. The investigation is still ongoing.

July 22, 2020

An adult female body was found at Konza Prairie Nature Trail July 22, 2020, at approximately 10 a.m. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is pending. Early indications do not suggest the death to be suspicious. Additional information will be released when available. There is no indication of danger to the public in the area.

July 21, 2020


On July 21, 2020, at approximately 4:12 a.m., the Riley County Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting an attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated assault in the 800 block of N 4th St at McDonalds in Manhattan. Officers listed McDonalds, a 30-year-old male, a 25-year-old male and a 26-year-old male as the victims when it was reported a known suspect brandished a firearm and asked for money.

July 1, 2020

Wednesday, July 1st UPDATE

The RCPD is no longer seeking the public’s help in identifying the parties involved in a Fatal Traffic Accident in Leonardville, KS on June 19, 2020. The Kansas Highway Patrol worked the traffic accident while the RCPD simultaneously conducted a criminal investigation. No criminal charges are anticipated at this time. Further inquiries should be directed to Technical Trooper Ben Gardner of the Kansas Highway Patrol at 785-827-4437.


Friday, June 19th RELEASE

June 19, 2020

A Junction City woman has been arrested in connection to a murder in Southern Riley County. Bobbie Jo Long, 44, of Junction City was arrested today on a Riley County District Court warrant for Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder and Aggravated Kidnapping in connection to the 2017 death of Carrie Jones. 

In 2018 Steven Meredith, 32, of Junction City was arrested in connection to Jones’ death. Meredith was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.

Bobbie Jo Long is confined in the Riley County Jail on a $250,000 bond.