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Former Auburn City Councilman Arthur Dowdell was arrested Wednesday in Opelika on a charge of harassment.

Opelika police officers arrested Dowdell at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday at Quick Cash Title Loan, said Capt. Shane Healey.

Dowdell was arrested for an incident that occurred at 2:10 p.m. Monday, Healey said.

No other details about the incident or arrest were available on Thursday.

Dowdell served as an Auburn council member from 1995 to 2002. He then took on another term in 2006 until 2014.

Following his time on the council, Dowdell sought a seat with the Lee County Commission in 2018 but lost to Richard LaGrand.

Dowdell has been an outspoken activist for various causes for years and attended a protest last week in unincorporated Lee County about the use of D&J Enterprises’ Recycling Center.

He also has spoken out at council meetings many times since he held a seat on the council.

This is not Dowdell’s first brush with the law. He was arrested for trespassing in 2012 and charged with misdemeanor third-degree criminal trespass.

Additionally, Dowdell had his half-brother file a lawsuit against a council member in 2014, claiming the recently elected council member did not live at the address he claimed. Dowdell, who lost the election, claimed Clemon Byrd won by election fraud. The lawsuit was dismissed.

The Opelika-Auburn News has reached out to the Opelika Municipal Court for the warrant concerning the incident and will report additional details as they become available.

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