The following summary of calls for service/reports filed by the Riley County Police Department is a portion of those received by police. Some names, addresses, and case details are withheld to follow local, state, and federal law and in an attempt to protect community members from being victimized further. Those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Officers filed a report for theft in the 500 block of McCall Rd. in Manhattan on February 7, 2023, around 3:45 p.m. Menards was listed as the victim when it was reported an unknown man stole Snapper and Generac generators, Waterboss water softener, a Bosch impact wrench, and a window. The estimated total loss associated with this case is approximately $2,780. Anyone with information can contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Edward Wright, 27, of Junction City was arrested on February 7, 2023, around 1:45 p.m. on his Riley County District Court (RCDC) warrant for first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault. These charges were brought by the Riley County Attorney’s Office for Wright’s involvement in the homicide of Joshua Wardi on February 5, 2022. He remains confined in the Riley County Jail with a total bond of $500,000. Previously, also in connection the the homicide, Jordan Prather, 24, also of Junction City was arrested by Junction Police on January 7, 2023, for his RCDC warrant for the same charges as Wright. He also remains confined in the Riley County Jail with a total bond of $500,000. You can find the original release of information on this homicide here.