Manhattan Woman Arrested On Attempted Murder Charges


A 26-year-old Manhattan woman has been arrested on probable cause for Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Burglary after a 31-year-old woman was seriously injured early this morning.

On Friday, June 12th, around 6:30 a.m. the Riley County Police Department Dispatch Center received a non-emergency call from a 31-year old Manhattan woman reporting she had been battered by another adult woman known to her a few hours earlier.

Initial investigation revealed the victim received serious but non-life threatening injuries to her head resulting from blunt force trauma. She was treated in the Emergency Room at Via Christi Ascension and later released.

Further investigation by officers and detectives throughout the day led to the arrest of Ashley Nicole Wright, 26, of Manhattan. Wright is confined in the Riley County Jail on a $250,000.00 bond. This is an ongoing investigation. No other arrests are anticipated.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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