Fairview mayor charged with shoplifting

Mayor John Blade

Fairview Mayor John Blade has been charged by the Spring Hill Police Department with shoplifting, a misdemeanor criminal offense.

According to reports, the charges stem from a September video taken at the Target retail store in Spring Hill which allegedly shows Blade using the self-checkout and placing unpaid items into his shopping bag before leaving the store.

A warrant for his arrest was issued on Thursday and Blade turned himself into authorities. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Elected Fairview mayor in 2018, Blade has a November 9 court date.

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