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For long time Stony Ridge resident Keith Sadler, barricading himself when the

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Wood County sheriff arrived for eviction was not just about keeping his home.

It didn't last long, though. The sheriff returned this morning and removed Sadler from his former residence, and Sadler and protesters were arrested. 

 

Sadler says there are two stories here. One is his personal story. The other paints a much broader picture.

Sadler purchased his home at 5947 Fremont Pike on March 10, 1998 for $77,000 from his father, Billy D. Sadler, after living with his father for nearly 10 years.

In recent years, Sadler struggled to make mortgage payments after working through injuries, having surgery in July of 2008, going from job to job, and being laid off from factory work.

“Things were really tight. I had gotten behind on some payments, but I was staying about a month behind. Right around the time I had surgery I got a certified letter in the mail saying I had to catch up on my payments. I was four months behind. They started the proceedings and I quit making payments then,” Sadler said.

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And then there were four…

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Jacob Parr, who works at the family-owned
Adams Screen Printing and Embroidery,
designed a T-shirt proclaiming Crystal
Bowersox as “Our American Idol.” Bowersox,
of Elliston, is one of four remaining Idol hopefuls.
(Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

With Elliston’s own Crystal Bowersox’s passage into the next round, Northwest Ohio’s American Idol fever is growing even hotter.

Whether you’ve been a fan from the start or if you’re a little late to the party, you can show your support for Crystal and help the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation with a T-shirt available at Adams Screen Printing and Embroidery in Millbury.

The shirts were designed by Jacob Parr, who works at the family-owned business, at the request of Crystal’s boyfriend’s family.

“Colleen Kusian, Crystal’s boyfriend’s stepmother, for whom we’d done some work last summer, wanted some shirts made to supporting Crystal and she decided to come here,” Jacob said.

Kusian asked that Parr, a freshman graphic design student at Bowling Green State University, come up with a couple of designs from which she’d choose.

“She had brought in one of Crystal’s early CDs. The cover had her name on it written in a curvy, handwritten script, which I thought had a `70s kind of feel,” Jacob said. “So I brought it into the computer and used it as inspiration for the T-shirt logo.

“Colleen liked it, and I’m told, so did Crystal, so that’s the one we chose,” Jacob said.

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Over the past couple of months there have been several burglaries throughout Toledo by two individuals who fraudulently claim to be from the water department or gas company.

The suspects, described as two Hispanic males and/or one Hispanic female; or two white males and/or one white female, are usually dressed in coveralls or uniform type clothing. One even wore a hard hat.

They are very polite and cordial and talk their way into the elderly victims’ homes. Once inside, they split up and keep the victim distracted “looking for leaks.”

Once they leave, the victim finds that money and jewelry are missing. In one case, the victim said they came in a nice red car and pulled all the way into the drive. In an earlier case, the neighbor indentified a blue mini-van as the suspect vehicle. In the most recent case, the suspects were described as two males, one about 40-years-old, with greasy mixed dark and gray hair and one male about 20-years-old. They were driving a full size blue van. They may have followed the victim home from the grocery story.

The Toledo Police Department said the public should keep their doors locked and check to see if vehicles are clearly marked with the City of Toledo or Columbia Gas seal. Water Department employees will have visible identification. If there is any doubt, call 9-1-1 before you allow anyone into your home. If you have information on the suspects, call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111. Call 9-1-1 if you believe a crime is in progress.

Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian served as Master of Ceremonies, and

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representatives of the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Oregon City Schools District were in attendance at Oregon’s Betty Carstensen Memorial Arbor Day held at Coy School off Pickle Road on April 30.

“There’s really no one in the area who has probably done more for promoting trees and conservation, let alone all the other things she had done,” said Don Charlton, chairperson of the Oregon Tree Commission, which sponsored the event.

On Friday, several ornamental and columnar trees were planted around a European Purple Beech tree, which was planted in the center of the east side traffic circle in front of the school last fall in memory of Betty.

“Generally speaking, I think it’s safe to say that everyone who was there was glad they were able to attend. It was a very positive, heartwarming experience,” said Charlton after the event.

“It was well attended, and we felt it was a very memorable occasion. The European Purple Beech tree and surrounding trees are now highly visible from the school and Pickle Road,” said Charlton.

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Mortgage foreclosures have dipped and auto sales have climbed for the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, according to a recent audit by the Lucas County Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas.

The audit showed that mortgage foreclosure case filings in Lucas County dropped by 227 in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of 2009.

Through the first quarter of 2009, there were 1,680 mortgage foreclosure actions filed with the Lucas County Clerk of Courts compared to 1,435 cases filed through the first quarter of this year.

During January, February and March, foreclosure case filings dropped in January, February and March, with March showing the biggest decline in comparison to the same time of 2009.

“This is a significant drop,” said Larry Loutzenhiser, public information officer for J. Bernie Quilter, the Lucas County Clerk of Common Pleas.

“Ohio and Michigan are always slow compared to the rest of the country to recover economically,” he said. “But those numbers indicate we’re moving in the right direction. We hope it will continue.”

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