Feb. 11 police briefs


Suspicious package reported on Seth Child Road

Riley County Police Department responded to a complaint of a suspicious package in the median of Seth Child Road above Kimball Avenue on Tuesday at approximately 8:40 a.m. according to an RCPD press release. Manhattan Fire Department and bomb technicians with the RCPD also responded to the scene.

The package in question, a black tube several inches in length, was collected by technicians and rendered safe. Officers found after further investigation that the item, constructed from household items to include fireworks, was improvised and explosive.

“We don’t have any reason to believe that this explosive was made to do harm to anyone, but, we’re sure proud of our bomb technicians for removing it from our community and making it safe,” RCPD Patrol Capt. Josh Kyle said in the release.

Shooting death ruled accidental

RCPD responded to a call of a shooting in the 14000 block of Gardiner Road in Randolph, Kansas at approximately 1:20 a.m. Monday, according to an RCPD press release. Officers on scene found a male identified as Steven Hoard, 46, of Randolph with a sustained gunshot wound to the head and deceased.

The accident occurred after Hoard tripped while holding a firearm on his property. RCPD ruled the death an accident and suspect no foul play.

Arrests made in graffiti case

According to a RCPD press release, three arrests were made following a thorough investigation regarding graffiti vandalism that occurred in October 2014.

Jackson Meyer, 19, Austin Cranston, 18, both of Manhattan and Justin Ward, 18, of Wamego were arrested on a search warrant last Thursday and Friday. All three were given a bond of $3,000 and were no longer confined as of the time of the press release.

The vandalism in question occurred last October and involved buildings in downtown Manhattan, K-State’s campus and Pottawatomie County being tagged with various colors of spray paint and included multiple images, words and offensive phrases. Damages were anticipated by RCPD to total in excess $15,000.