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Lawyers, Friends Question Andrew Wordes Foreclosure

Just over one week since the blast that burned Andrew Wordes' Roswell home and took his life, his friends and lawyers are still looking for answers.

In the week since Andrew Wordes - Roswell's Chicken Man - died in the blaze that destroyed his home and took his life, local leaders, law enforcement and those closest to him are still asking how it came to this. 

. But despite no current proceedings or grievances facing Wordes by the city of Roswell, according to Assistant City Attorney Bob Hulsey, Wordes' supporters still believe the city is to blame.

The Fulton County Buzz Examiner reports Wordes longtime mortgage holder transferred the deed to a W.C. and Dora Hardeman during February 2011, but no address is listed for the couple. However, a quick Internet search reveals the pair owns several North Fulton properties. Additionally, the Transfer and Assignment document doesn't list a price for which the deed was bought.

Then, , Wordes had been placed in the Roswell Detention Center for nearly three months during the fall of 2011 for not meeting the probation requirements he was required to meet after illegally grading his property. During his time in jail, Wordes home was foreclosed upon. He had .

The feud over whether or not his foreclosure was legal left Wordes angry and ready for a fight, as he told OffGridSurvival.com in a recent radio interview.

Roswell Police and city leaders had passed on tips from local individuals to Fulton County officials that Wordes was capable of destructive behavior.

So, when Fulton County Marshal Antonio Johnson showed up at Wordes' home, March 26, and after two hours of attempting to speak with Wordes was told by a reporter to get off the property, Johnson and his men complied.

Despite a last-minute attempt by Ryan Strickland, Wordes' attorney, to get an injunction to stop the foreclosure, it wasn't going to happen.

“I personally called the judge’s chambers and talked to her staff attorney, who told me the injunction was not going to be signed. We needed to carry out the civil order,” Johnson told the Roswell Neighbor.

According to the Neighbor, prior to allegedly blowing up his home, which he saw as a symbol, Wordes had told Johnson that his "beef" wasn't with the county, but the city.

Lee Fleck April 05, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Assistant City Attorney Bob Hulsey needs to look in the mirror. Roswell’s legal department filed a 55-page civil suit against Mr. Wordes. This was the first civil suit to attempt to take a man’s property in the history of Roswell. After Roswell’s Municipal Judge had thrown out two cases and ordered the City to provide Mr. Wordes legal counsel, a suit was filed in attempt to deny Mr. Wordes his right to a public defender. Mr. Wordes wrote: I just spoke with my court appointed lawyer and he said Roswell filed this as a Civil Lawsuit as opposed to a zoning violation. My lawyer just met with Judge Hilliard who didn't even know that Roswell could file a civil case against me in Roswell Municipal Court. My lawyer said that charges are so involved and that "it looks like you are getting screwed and they are trying to lien and probably take your house." He also said he isn't aware that a civil lawsuit like this has ever been filed in Roswell City Court before. He said "they spent a lot of time figuring out how to get you and it looks like they have". The 55 page lawsuit FILED against Mr. Wordes was dropped when the city knew Mr. Wordes wound lose his house while they keep him in jail. Jailing him and not allowing him to produce evidences and lawsuits that a Federal Bankruptcy Trustee has ordered him to produce.
Lee Fleck April 05, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I am afraid this article is very misleading. According to this article "Wordes longtime mortgage holder transferred the deed to a W.C. and Dora Hardeman during February 2011" Yet according to the formal City of Roswell Administrative Investigation - Vicki Barkley, Dated December 13 2010, it states " Dora Hardeman the mortgage holder of the property owned by Andres Wordes" Aditionally according to the Examiner: "The Transfer and Assignment document was legally filed for Wordes' property on Feb. 10, 2011. The document states "For the value received, the undersigned hereby transfers, assigns and conveys unto Equity Trust Company Custodian [the word "company" is handwritten and initialed] FBO 9191 IRA, all its rights, title, interest, powers and options in, to and under the Security Deed from Andrew S. Wordes together with the note to W.C. Hardeman and Dora Hardeman…" See link http://www.examiner.com/buzz-in-atlanta/new-details-emerge-the-roswell-chicken-man-s-foreclosure
Christine Foster April 05, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Thanks for pointing out the discrepancies, Lee.
lee Turner April 07, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Mr. Fleck, is there any plan to file suit against the city for violating Mr. Wordes' civil rights? This would be a federal offense. The harassment of this man by the police who watched him like a hawk, hoping to stop him on a traffic violation, and the filing of the CIVIL suit against him as you described in your post, should be enough to proceed against the city, I should think. Did Andrew Wordes have any family who will act against the city tyrants to ensure this type of thing doesn't happen to some other Roswell citizen? They shouldn't be allowed to get away with this. And how is grading without a permit a jailing offense?
Lee Fleck April 08, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Mr Turner, This is a federal offense under. Federal Code TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE PART I – CRIMES; CHAPTER 13 - CIVIL RIGHTS; Section 241. Conspiracy against rights: If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same… They shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results, they shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life.
Lee Fleck April 08, 2012 at 04:12 AM
This is the sort of thing that should NEVER happen in America. This tragedy is not solely about Mr. Wordes. And it is certainly not about chickens. It is about the egregious uses to which government power may be put. It was a simple case of Mr. Wordes offending individuals in the machine of government and the reality that a very few civil servants simply didn't like him. Citizens of Roswell, we have a bigger problem on their hands than a merely corrupt government. This travesty take us right past corrupt and into deliberately evil. As John Adams said: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." I am placing the blame for this tragedy squarely upon the people of Roswell. And I hope and pray that we all come to an understanding of our duties and responsibilities. I encourage the citizens of Roswell take a much firmer hold of their governmental apparatus in the future. Andrew Wordes’ tragedy is the true meaning of "Live Free or Die". George Washington stated: “Which is more blameworthy, those who will see and steadily pursue their own interest or those who cannot see or seeing will not act wisely ?”
Jake Lilley April 08, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Before his death, Andrew provided me with a copy of the 87 page civil suit that was filed against him by the City of Roswell. In this lawsuit, the City of Roswell labels Andrew's property a "Nuisance" and a "Blight.” You may find an excerpt of this suit in the text below. I will provide the full 87 page lawsuit in its entirety to anyone who is interested. Bottom line: This is an issue of private property rights. You may technically “own” the property, but the collective will use zoning laws and the power of taxation to direct the use of your land and lay claim to it. This can happen to you. An excerpt from the 87 page Civil Suit is as follows: “The condition of the Property at issue in this Petition is a nuisance as defined in Roswell Code of Ordinances Section 8.8.2 (7) in that the Property is not kept clean and sanitary and free from all accumulations of offensive matter, including dead organic matter, rubbish, junk, animal intestinal waste and urine; in Roswell Code of Ordinances Section 8.8.2 (9) in that the Property is likely to or does harbor rats and attracts other predator animals, such as owls and coyotes; and in Roswell Code of Ordinances Section 8.8.2 (1 0) in that the Property, as kept, substantially detracts from the aesthetic and economic values of neighboring properties. Each of these conditions malces the Property blighted as defined in Roswell Code of Ordinances Section 8. 8.2."
Tbill April 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I noticed a flaw with Wordes' foreclosure deed. The foreclosure deed is worded improperly. In the foreclosure deed the assignee is actually foreclosing on itself instead of the borrower. Also, the fact that there is no return address on the transfer would have stopped any typical foreclosure from happening.
Lee Fleck April 11, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Chickenman goes national: http://www.prisonplanet.com/city-of-roswell-ga-bullies-andrew-wordes-to-death-over-his-backyard-chickens.html
Lee Fleck April 11, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Andrew Wordes travesty goes national. http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-Andrew-Wordes-vs-Roswell-GA.html
Tbill April 11, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Thanks for posting that link. I see the part about the foreclosure. It is so incorrect that the chain of title cannot be followed. In fact Wordes' name is no where on the deed. This is just infuriating!
Steven Van Ginkel April 18, 2012 at 03:49 AM
We can't let Kay and Vicki get away with this. If they did something illegal, they have to be held liable.
August April 18, 2012 at 05:04 AM
This leaves me speechless. Why hasn't this been all over the mainstream media?
Steven Van Ginkel April 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
It's a power grab. Big Brother gov't is doing everything they can to control the population. They control the media, everything. Does anyone know if Andrew's neighbors even complained about the chickens? I am new to the area, but I am concerned about gov't abuse. My dad is going through the same thing. In his case, both the mayor and the city council are causing him grief.
Tbill April 18, 2012 at 05:11 PM
According to the new report on Prison Planet, no the neighbors did not complain and in fact they liked him. He gave everyone free eggs. Check on Prison Planet, they actually came to Roswell, GA interviewed neighbors and tried to talk to city hall officials.
Lee Fleck April 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Roswell BLOCKS media entry to city hall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4r3EkpgrVg&feature=relmfu
Steven Van Ginkel April 19, 2012 at 02:48 PM
So, what's the reason the city admin and code officer were after him? Just the chickens? Why was he thrown in jail? Why was his house taken away from him (or about to be)?
Tbill April 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM
You'll have to read the articles. It gets complicated. Basically his property was flooded on numerous occasions. The flooding being caused by improper drainage at the fault of the county. Wordes was unable to collect available funds provided by FEMA because the city refused to provide the proper documentation he needed. He was in jail for grading his property without a permit. Property was foreclosed because of non payment. Also, the house was uninhabitable because of the flooding. Just going by memory.
Lee Fleck April 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Roswell BLOCKS media from entering City Hall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4r3EkpgrVg&feature=relmfu
Steven Van Ginkel April 24, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Who's doing what about this? The city admin and the code officer are getting away and nobody is doing anything about it. Is that right?
Lee Fleck April 24, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Steven, I suggest that you speak your mind next Monday April 30th at Roswell City Hall. Starting at 5PM the "Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc." will have a public hearing and for two hours Auditors who are her to re-accredit the Roswell Police Department will be present to hear comments from the public. If you are unable to attend they will be manning a phone bank from 2 to 4 PM and the phone number to call in and talk to an auditor is 770-640-4509. Additionally starting at 7 PM there will be a Roswell City Council "Open Mic" public hearing during which the public can express any topic with the Mayor and City Council. I encourage that you direct your questions to those who were elected to serve the public. “Which is more blameworthy, those who will see and steadily pursue their own interest or those who cannot see or seeing will not act wisely ?” ----- - George Washington
Lee Fleck April 26, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Wordes mortgage purchaser exposed http://www.examiner.com/article/further-details-emerge-the-roswell-chicken-man-s-foreclosure

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