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Lipscomb Mayor arrested at house fire scene

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FOX6 News has learned Lance McDade, Mayor of Lipscomb in Jefferson County, was arrested in Brighton on Monday night.

According to police dispatch, McDade was booked by Brighton police. He was later released on bond.

Police sources tell FOX6 News that McDade was arrested while on the scene of a house fire in Lipscomb. That fire happened around 11 p.m. on 12th Street South. We spoke with the homeowner, who says he was not at home when the fire happened and did not witness the arrest.

Mayor McDade spoke with Fox6 after bonding out. He says he went to the scene of a fire in the Lipscomb city limits last night. Brighton fire and police departments were assisting, along with the Lipscomb volunteer fire department.

Mayor McDade said he saw Lt. Janet Lawrence at the scene. He had recently dismissed her from the fire department. McDade said he told a Brighton police officer that Lawrence should not be there, but the officer said there were authorized warrants for her to be there.

A Brighton police officer, who used to work for Lipscomb's department, arrested Mayor McDade on a charge of obstruction of a government action. He has since bonded out, and told FOX6 News he wants to speak with Brighton's mayor so this doesn't happen again.

FOX6 News could not get a mug shot of McDade when we went to the police department around 3 a.m. this morning. We were instructed to call back later today.

McDade has been a target lately.Some people in Lipscomb say they do not like the way he is running the city. Two weeks ago, several people showed up at the Lipscomb City Council meeting to put pressure on McDade to resign.

The Mayor received heat for firing the Fire Department's chief and lieutenant. Both were later reinstated by the council.

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