UPDATE: The Stony Ridge 7 are out of jail and free. All were charged with criminal trespass and impeding police business, both misdemeanors, and released.
STONY RIDGE, OHIO — Wood County Sheriff’s deputies swarmed the home of Keith Sadler Friday morning in an attempt to force him out of the foreclosed property.
Sadler and five others barricaded themselves inside the Stony Ridge home five days ago in protest of his bank’s foreclosure of the US 20 (Fremont Pike) property. Sadler’s home was sold after he was unable to keep up with the payments. According to protesters with The Toledo Foreclosure Defense League (TFDL), Sadler exhausted all other options.
Authorities were seen at the home around 7:00 a.m. Friday, preparing to force Sadler and the home’s current occupants out. Sadler began his protest on Sunday and was joined by other squatters from TFDL.
Shortly before 8:00 a.m., Sadler was physically carried out of the home by his arms and feet, by sheriff’s deputies, and arrested on scene. All protestors inside the home with Sadler were also arrested, according to officials. All were charged with trespassing and obstruction.
Sadler has been booked into the Wood County Jail. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Perrysburg Municipal Court at 1:00 p.m.