Bluemont Scenic Overlook vandalized

The ‘M’ and ‘A’ letters on the Bluemont Scenic Overlook show spray-painted vandalism on them on Monday morning.

Riley County police are investigating after someone vandalized the Bluemont Hill Scenic Overlook over the weekend.

Someone spray painted the M and A letters of Manhattan.

One of the messages said “ZAC” and another “F- — KANSAS!!!” News Radio KMAN reported that someone spray painted “an obscene gesture” on the overlook glass railing but the paint was not there by Monday morning. The rest of the messages and markings had been removed by Tuesday morning.

RCPD spokewoman Hali Rowland said police were notified at about 8:40 a.m. Monday, and officers are filing a criminal damage to property report, listing the city of Manhattan as the victim.

Police estimated there was about $500 in damage to the letters, glass, wood and sign.

The Manhattan Kiwanis Club constructed the letters in 1927 and has maintained the letters since then.

After a $70,000 fundraising project, the club opened up an ADA-compliant viewing platform at the hill in early November.

Police ask that anyone with information contact the RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Anonymous information provided to Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 could result in a cash reward up to $1,000.