Skip to comments.City of Roswell, GA, bullies Andrew Wordes to death over his backyard chickens
Posted on 04/10/2012 4:36:56 PM PDT by WXRGina
An innocent man who had legally been raising a few dozen chickens and other small birds in the backyard of his suburban Atlanta home is now dead, following a crusade of terror perpetrated against him by the City of Roswell in Georgia. Andrew Wordes, who died during a recent raid on his property in which county marshals tried to illegally evict him, was the obvious victim of a rogue state gone mad -- and his blood is now on the hands of the Roswell City Administrator, the Roswell City Council, and the Roswell Police Department, all of which robbed from Wordes his property, his livelihood, and ultimately his life.
Anyone who mindlessly believes that we are still “free” is an idiot. Hate me if you want,but you know it’s the truth.
Crud! I forgot to check the “excerpt” box. The link is up top and right here for the story: http://www.naturalnews.com/035524_Andrew_Wordes_Roswell_chickens.html
The guy had over a hundred chickens some living
in his house, the problem is that he lived in
Roswell when it was country, and it’s not that
any more. Certainly the city was overboard and
I expect there will be lawsuits.
Committed suicide during and eviction standoff with police. Evicting him over chickens.
Any lawsuits win will be coming out of the tax base, not the city official’s pockets.
That claim is not in the story. Do you have a link to a story with this claim proven in it?
Pretty chicken $#!+ if you ask me.
These monsters should be arrested, charged and convicted of murder.
From this story, suicide has not been determined:
And though the incident appears to have been a desperate suicide, which is how some reports categorized it right off the bat, others are worded as to leave room for the potential possibility of foul play.
While it has not yet been determined whether Wordes' death was a suicide or a murder, it is clear that the City of Roswell has a whole lot of explaining to do concerning its role in the escalation of this situation over the past four years.
What a horrible story.
Thank God the LEOs are safe...and the hell with this poor property owner.
As a result of the announcement, his home was broken into, ransacked and vandalized, and his firearms and ammunition were stolen.
Any crimes committed with those stolen weapons should be charged against the foul bastards responsible for making it public knowledge that they were unguarded.
Tyrannical City Government PING!
I was told this by a Roswell resident who lived
close to this guy.
Totally hearsay your honor.
I did not personally count the chickens
before or after they hatched.
They’re are legal gangsters. Thugs of the “law”. Criminals in uniform. They all deserve long prison sentences.
The chicken man' of Roswell: A timeline
February 2009 -- Roswell Code Enforcement officers cite Andrew Wordes for violating the city's ban on raising livestock by having close to a dozen chickens on his nearly 1-acre property.
March 2009 -- Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes joins the fray by agreeing to represent Wordes in municipal court.
May 2009 -- Municipal Judge Maurice Hilliard dismisses the case against Wordes after Barnes argues that the city code relating to livestock is too vague.
December 2009 -- The City Council approves a new ordinance that bans roosters and uses lot size to determine how many chickens a resident can keep.
July 2011 -- Wordes tells police that someone broke into his home, accessed his pens and poisoned his poultry. About 30 of approximately 100 chickens and turkeys die. Lab tests are inconclusive.
August 2011 -- Wordes is ordered to spend three months in jail after Municipal Judge Maurice Hilliard finds him guilty of probation violation. Wordes had been granted probation for having too many vehicles on his property and for grading backfill without a permit.
February 2012 -- Wordes receives word that he is to be evicted from his home for failure to pay his mortgage. He tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he doesn't see a "happy ending" to the matter.
March 26, 2012 -- Marshals arrive at Wordes' home to serve eviction papers. Wordes responds with threats, and an explosion follows, destroying the house. A body is found but has not yet been identified.
This was definitely a case of government officials targeting a person who they felt had got one over on them, with tragic consequences. The only good I can think of is that Roswell city officials were lucky this guy didn't have access to a bulldozer and a bunch of concrete or else he may have taken the fight to them before he went. Not that I care about the government guys but it would have wasted more taxpayer money rebuilding City Hall (those of you who don't know what I'm talking about: Google Marvin Heemeyer )
Petty tyrants wanted his property, and when he didn’t roll over, they played fast and dirty with the rules. When he ran out of options and resources, I think he figured his last chance at defiance was to fire off a flare for the rest of us to see with his death.
“Chicken Man”? Hell, that’s more courage than I’d likely have. God bless his soul, and damnation to his tormentors.
I don’t think you will get much flak for that now. A very few years ago, on the other hand, I dared to say on FR that this is no longer a free country and was roundly denounced by several posters. Things have indeed changed lately and as you say, only an idiot still thinks we are free.
I also said once that there are no degrees of freedom, only degrees of repression and was denounced by those who don’t understand language. Think about it this way, if you are using free in terms of cost it means no charge. Even if I sell you a fifty thousand dollar new car for one penny it is not free, the price is one penny. You can say that for all practical purposes that amounts to being free but technically it is not free so there are no degrees of free merchandise, only degrees of pricing. The same with political and economic freedom, if the government intrudes on your life in even the slightest unnecessary way you are not truly free. Free is a superlative, you can be more nearly free as you can be more nearly perfect but you cannot be more free or more perfect. Why the founders used the phrase “in order to form a more perfect union” I don’t know but it is incorrect.
A good friend of mine lived three doors down from this fellow until she moved about six months ago.
We were talking about this around the time it happened, and from what she said this article is just a bit . . . slanted. The guy was a little odd, had fought with all his neighbors, and his house was a dump since he let the chickens inside. He had not only chickens but turkeys, and he had lots and lots of them, far more than the zoning allows (I think you can have six). Needless to say there were complaints, which he ignored, and then the city and the code folks got involved. There was a long battle, he got cited, fought it, lost, got probation, he violated probation, went to jail, his house went into foreclosure . . . . which all apparently pushed him over the edge.
Any time you live close to other people, there have to be some rules so that what you do on your property does not bother your neighbors. We are not exactly Yard of the Month candidates ourselves, so I do have some sympathy for this man, but if he really wanted to live with farm animals in the living room, he needed to move to a 20 acre parcel rather than stay in a densely populated suburban neighborhood where everybody else had to put up with it.
He could have worked this out, but the combination of intransigence and imbalance was fatal.
Well, there’s more of that hearsay. Other neighbors and friends tell a completely different story that your source relates.
The “six chicken” limit was a “new law” the city came up with after going after him and being put off. If you read the column, it explains that and the fact that he was “grandfathered in.”
Knowing the propensity for abuse of power that petty dictators at all levels have, I tend to take all of the points of this story together to see a terrible injustice perpetrated by these little mini-tyrants in Roswell.
Throughout history when the citizens of a nation find that they can not and will not be accorded either justice or redress from those, Judges, bureaucrats, or politicians, tasked with administering justice and or redress, the citizens find they must correct these miscreants, quite often violently, by hanging, guillotine, or simply shooting.
From watching what is happening in our nation, a correct observation would be that judges, bureaucrats, and politicians, have failed to study or acquire any knowledge of such history.
Just how many people were in his living room putting up with it besides himself?
Article states his property was 2 acres, that's a fairly large piece of ground for a hundred chickens.
BTW, I live in a small, ruralish town, and driving down the street to my house entails an obstacle course of cats, dogs, kids, and yes, chickens. I wouldn't have it any other way.
In jurisdictions I'm familiar with, if a government official directly violates the law or commits a crime under color of law, he is personally liable, criminally and financially, not the taxpayers alone.
That would be cool, if that city was in that jurisdiction.
Word is the foreclosure involved the town buying his mortgage so they could abuse it.
Someone have his address? I work nearby.
335 Alpine Drive, Roswell, Georgia
Do you keep livestock in your living room? Didn’t think so. And why not? Maybe because you are sane? It is obvious that this man was mentally ill.
This is a fairly densely settled area in the city of Roswell proper, just a couple of blocks off the main street. The lots are long and narrow, and the houses are therefore quite close together. You can google Alpine Drive, Roswell, GA and see for yourself.
I love the country. This is not the country. Over 100 birds in a typical small suburban cul-de-sac is just way too many.
Zimmerman is is the same situation!
A former governor who's very influential and a well known trial lawyer volunteered to take his case. If the city bought his mortgage to harass him or was conspiring to take his land for a park (another rumor), they would have been hammered in court.
I think it's more likely that he simply was too stubborn or too unbalanced to follow his lawyer's advice and win his case.
Where is your proof that he kept livestock in his living room?
One acre with a house on it is not enough land for over 100 chickens and turkeys. Assuming that you want to keep some vegetation, not have soil and runoff problems, and allow some actual free ranging and foraging for your birds, a dozen or so is probably all you should have. My friends outside of Woodstock (a smaller and more rural community west of Roswell) have a dozen Rhode Island Reds, ten guinea fowl, and a goose. They also have almost 10 acres and live next door to an 80-acre working farm.
I checked google maps, his lot is bounded on two sides by creeks. That the city wanted his land for parks should surprise no one.
I also don’t think he kept 100 chickens on a regular basis. He was in the habit of hatching and rearing chicks, so for a few weeks after a hatch he’d have a higher population, but it wasn’t permanent.
But here are some quotes from neighbors, from a news story:
"He was a nice guy, but he was fighting a fight that really didn't exist," said John Cherok, a neighbor. "Sometimes you can go too far, and Andy did."And it wasn't just about chickens:
Wordes lived in the two-story home on a quiet street for about 13 years and started raising poultry in 2005. At first he had only a few chickens, and most neighbors didn't seem to mind. But the complaints started pouring in after he got dozens more chickens, roosters that crowed day and night and then pigs, goats and dogs.
"And that's when we noticed the coyote population exploded," said Cherok. "It was like a buffet over there. It just spiraled out of control."
Many of Wordes' remaining chickens died mysteriously last year. He started other fights, including an effort to get reimbursed for flood damage and arguing with the city after he was cited for improperly grading his property. He was jailed for three months last year for violating probation after pleading guilty to the grading violation, and shortly after he was released he was met with an eviction notice.
"He needed something to fight," said Indja Cornwell, a neighbor. "He was distraught over something and he chose this battle for some reason."
Greg Foy, another neighbor, said Wordes was the kind of guy who would help fix your car or otherwise lend a hand.
"But he got in a fight with ghosts and goblins," he said. "And the next thing you know, it blossomed into an Armageddon against the government."
Sometimes they really are out to get you, but in this case I'm not so sure. These accounts square with what my friend told me.
Your numbers reflect your opinion only. I have 2/3 of an acre with 12 laying hens the neighbors love!
I free range them and give the eggs away for free.
I don’t see how .97 acre part way down a suburban street, with houses on both sides, backing up to the parking lot of a business on the main drag, is going to be desirable for a park whether it has a creek on it or not. Especially since there are already two good-sized parks nearby.
If on the other hand you had 100, you might not be feeling the love from your neighbors. It seems like Wordes' neighbors were o.k. with the idea until things got out of hand.
Not everyone has the mental wherewithal to fight such oppression.
Nice hearsay, yet again.
Private property rights are in the cross-hairs of the communist bastards among us. If you look at all the details of the case, you will see mini-tyrants of a city out of control.
I don’t care what your one source and the city-sympathetic media says. The big picture tells a different, horrible story.
If this man didn't have the mental wherewithal to stay out of trouble with that kind of backing, he was well below average in that department.
PS: you appear to be on the side of tyranny.
Oooookay. Suit yourself.
Because the city was approving development left and right without proper consideration to storm run off and flood control.
All the run off from those parking lots and new developments floods the streams and his lot was the corner lot formed by two creek branches. Which was going to get flooded over and over.
The quick and cheap fix was to get rid of the homeowner and take possession of the lot, designate it greenspace and not worry anymore.
He offered to sell it to the city and they declined.
The foreclosure was done by Equity Trust Company FBO 9191 IRA. I think I’ve decoded it For Benefit Of 9191 Individual Retirement Account. So find out the owner of the that IRA bought the lot as an “investment” and you’ll know who was behind this abuse of power.
Watch, it will be sold to the city at a profit by somebody with connections by blood or marriage to somebody in city government. I guaran-damn-tee it.
Just because somebody is paranoid doesn’t mean they don’t have real enemies. He’s exactly the type that is easily targeted because it’s easy to blame him for causing his own problems.
I have had dealings with the City of Roswell both legal and personal, and have always found them fairly reasonable. The mayor is a pretty good guy, long time local roots, a little bit eccentric (collects log cabins and runs his own small sawmill). His wife's an artist. He doesn't strike me as the tyrant type.
Of course, I could be wrong, but before you just run with the idea that this was "tyranny", you might consider some other points of view, particularly since the original account posted here is to say the least highly colored.
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