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February 19, 2019

On February 19, 2019, at approximately 3:50 PM, Samantha Bland, 29, of Laredo, TX was arrested by the Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. Bland was arrested on a Riley County District Court warrant for aggravated intimidation of a witness.  This incident was in connection with a report filed by the Riley County Police Department for murder in the 1st degree on October 28, 2017. Bland was issued a total bond of $125,000.00. Bland is still confined at the time of this report.

January 30, 2019

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the Riley County Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery in the 1000 block of N 3rd St at Dairy Queen in Manhattan. 

Suspect was described as unknown race male  approximately 5’8” and 150 lbs wearing a grey hoodie, black pants, and black gloves carrying a tan Dillons grocery bag. 

The suspect fled the scene westbound. There were no injuries. This is an active investigation and officers are still on scene. 

January 29, 2019

On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at approximately 3:50 p.m., the Riley County Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a robbery in the 2000 block of Tuttle Creek Blvd at United Bank and Trust in Manhattan.

January 26, 2019

Officers responded to the report of an injury accident near the 1000 block of Westloop Pl on January 26, 2019, at approximately 6:50 AM.  When officers arrived on scene they found a 2004 Dodge Neon driven by Justin Pate, 22, of Manhattan had struck a pedestrian, Curt Billinger, 47, of Manhattan.  Billinger was transported to Via Christi for treatment of his injuries.  The accident investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time. 

January 22, 2019

Officers responded to a report of an unattended death in the 100 block of Manhattan Town Center Plaza in Manhattan on January 22, 2019, at approximately 10:36 AM. Officers listed Justin Downie, 46, of Topeka as the victim. It is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

January 16, 2019

The individual has been located. 

January 8, 2019

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at approximately 8:45 p.m., the Riley County Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery in the 500 block of Leavenworth street at Fifths Liquor in Manhattan.

Stephen Cortez, 21, of Manhattan was arrested in connection in the 800 block of Osage in Manhattan on Friday, January 11, 2019 at approximately 3:35 p.m. Cortez was arrested on the offense of Aggravated Robbery. Cortez was issued a total bond of $50,000.00. Cortez is confined at the Riley County Jail. 

January 3, 2019

“Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

December 19, 2018

Though I announced my retirement in February, I none-the-less felt it appropriate to draft this memo to document my previously stated intent; specifically, that at the conclusion of 36 years as an officer with the Riley County Police Department, I intend to retire. My last working day will be December 31, 2018.

December 19, 2018

On Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., incoming Riley County Police Department Director Dennis Butler will be sworn in as a law enforcement officer in Riley County. 

Members of the media and the public are invited to attend the ceremony which will be held at the Riley County District Courthouse in Judge Wilson’s Courtroom, 110 Courthouse Plaza in Manhattan.