Man arrested on meth count after traffic stop


HOLTON — A traffic stop earlier this week in Jackson County led to the arrest of a Topeka man in connection with methamphetamine possession, authorities said.


The traffic stop was conducted around 5:30 p.m. Monday near 4th and Montana in Holton, said Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse.


During the traffic stop, Jackson County sheriff’ deputies located a “significant amount” of what was believed to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, Morse said.


Charles Lloyd Barrand, 40, of Topeka, who was driving the vehicle, was arrested and booked into the Jackson County Jail in connection with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute; possession of drug paraphernalia; felony interference with law enforcement; driving while revoked; and no insurance.


Barrand remained in the Jackson County Jail on Wednesday.


’Get Groove on’ to help crisis center


PITTSBURG — Safehouse Crisis Center is hosting its annual Bags to Riches Ladies Night Out fundraiser on Tuesday, March 10, at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.


The shelter is hosting the event to help support the victims who visit the shelter, including paying for the shelter program itself, repairs, things that may come up unexpectedly, toys for the children of victims, and additional expenses, said Rebecca Brubaker, Safehouse Crisis Center executive director. In the past year, over 1,000 victims have been assisted from all seven counties served by Safehouse, approximately two thirds of which were from Crawford County.


The “Come and Get Your Groove On” event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, then heavy appetizers and a live auction, which is selling purses. Tickets are $35 and the event is open to people 21 years and older. Tickets may be purchased by calling Safehouse at 620-231-8692.