Huntsdale mayor faces domestic violence charge

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | 6:01 p.m. CDT; updated 6:59 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 26, 2010

COLUMBIA — Huntsdale mayor Deborah Lancaster was arrested on a charge of third-degree domestic assault last weekend, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Both Lancaster and her son, Alan Nichols, were taken into custody Saturday at Lancaster's home after the Boone County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call from Nichols’ wife. The woman, Lancaster's daughter-in-law, said she felt "threatened" by her husband and mother-in-law, Sheriff’s Department Maj. Tom Reddin said.

Lancaster declined to comment.

Lancaster is also an administrative assistant working in finance at the Boone County Fire Protection District. Fire District board member Shelly Dometrorch said Lancaster shares bookkeeping duties with executive assistant and grants manager Shawna Scholl. Fire District employees are required to notify the Fire District within five days after they have been charged with a crime, Dometrorch said.

Fire District Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp said Lancaster had complied with that part of the Fire District's personnel policy.

“This happened in her personal time,” Blomenkamp said. “She was not representing the fire district when this occurred.”

Both Lancaster and Nichols were released on a $1,000 bond Saturday.

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