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Man sits on tower to protest homeowners association

WALLSBORO (AP) — A Wallsboro man who sat perched on a 68-foot radio tower behind his home for a week to protest being forced to join a newly formed homeowners association has ended his weeklong demonstration.

Wayne Spires climbed down about 1 p.m. Monday after receiving news that Circuit Judge John Bush is still researching his case.

Sued for refusing to join

The River Falls Homeowners Association sued Spires, Edward Abernathy Jr., Sherri Mummey, Johnny Bass and Christopher Scott for refusing to join and pay a $1,500 road maintenance fee assessed by the association.

“Some people paid and they didn’t want to,” Spires said. “They were forced to because they didn’t want to lose their home.”

Bush delivered an oral judgment Dec. 11 and continued the case to Feb. 5. He wrote in his notes that he will deliver a written order later.

Regina Edwards and Brandon Stone, attorneys for the River Falls Homeowners Association, filed paperwork at the Elmore County Circuit Clerk’s office Monday requesting he give a written opinion on the case before Feb. 5.

Lien on property

Spires said Bush’s oral ruling stipulated that a landowners and homeowners association were the same.

He and his co-defendants have a lien on their property for $3,204.58.

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