Police briefs


Arrest made in death of Manhattan bicyclist

According to KMAN, Derik Kesler, 32, of Rossville, Kansas, is set for a court appearance in connection with a vehicular homicide that occurred last June.

Kesler, who will appear in court on Wednesday at 1 p.m., is charged with the death of Mark Jilka, 49, of Manhattan resulting from a fatal truck and bicycle accident.

The incident, which happened June 26, 2014, occurred in the 3200 block of Kansas Highway 177 shortly after 7 p.m. Both vehicles were southbound, and Kesler – in his Dodge pickup truck – struck Jilka while he was biking on the right shoulder.

According to KMAN, a voluntary witness statement from Kesler said he was looking at an address on his phone’s GPS and did not see the bicyclist as he struck him. A law enforcement official who investigated the accident said the physical evidence at the scene was consistent with Kesler’s statement, with no indication of braking prior to the collision, and no visibility restrictions.

Aggravated burglary reported in Chase Place

According to Little Apple Post, Riley County Police Department responded to a report of an aggravated burglary at approximately 11:20 a.m. in the 1400 block of Chase Place.

The victim of the crime, Maryam Alhendi, 20, was in her apartment at the time of the burglary and unaware of the subject when the crime took place. Items stolen include a laptop, identification cards, financial cards, currency and a wallet. The total estimated loss is reported at $900 and no arrests have been made at the time of publication.

Multiple cars vandalized in separate cases

Riley County Police Department responded to a scene in the 700 block of Fort Riley Boulevard after being contacted by the Affordable Transportation Company car dealership around 3:35 p.m. Monday, according to Little Apple Post.

Officers arrived at the scene and found that three cars – a 2005 Dodge Caravan, a 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva and 2006 Chevrolet Colorado – had been damaged after an unknown individual or individuals attempted to gain access to them.

A report was filed for attempted motor theft and criminal damage to property, with damages estimated at $1,200. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made yet.

RCPD filed a report for criminal damage to property in the 1100 block of Bluemont Ave. around 11:35 a.m. Friday, according to Little Apple Post.

Two people, Kyle Hillman, 22, and Hannah Traxler, 21, were listed as victims in the incident. Hillman’s 2004 Dodge Ram was damaged and painted with a paint pen by an unknown suspect with damages estimated around $1,000. Traxler’s 2008 Ford Focus was painted with the same method and damages were estimated at $50.

Police suspect the incident occurred in the late night or early morning hours Friday and are looking for additional information about the crime.