Roswell 'Chicken Man' Jailed

Andrew Wordes was taken into custody today for violating his probation.

Andrew Wordes, Roswell's "Chicken Man," was jailed until November this afternoon after appearing before Judge Maurice Hilliard at the Roswell Municipal Court to answer charges for .

The probation stemmed from two separate cases involving illegal grading on Wordes property during 2009 and his violation of a city ordinance that maintains how many inoperable vehicles residents are allowed to keep, according to Assistant City Attorney Bob Hulsey, who was not in court today.  

Wordes - who is known for raising chickens at his Roswell home - was sentenced to pay $1,000 for each violation, in lieu of up to one year of jail time, but the sentence was commuted to 180 hours of community service, which had not been completed by the April deadline, according to Hulsey. At today's probation revocation hearing Wordes "basically asked the court for mercy," said Hulsey. But his request was denied and he was remanded to jail to finish out his sentence.

Wordes had not completed his mandatory community service hours because of illness, although he was working with the city and had no intention of "shirking" his responsibilities, he recently told Roswell Patch. Wordes also said he had long been involved in local service projects and had only recently struggled to stay as active in the community due to an ongoing medical issue.

He told Roswell Patch that he believed his ongoing problems with the city were more about his chickens than his ordinance violations, but the city has disputed that claim.

Wordes returned to the Roswell court today, Aug. 10, instead of yesterday's original hearing date of Aug. 9 "because of conflicting court schedules for me," he recently commented on Roswell Patch. He is expected to be released on Nov. 17, according to Hulsey.

No word on who will be caring for Wordes' chickens while he is in jail. Check Roswell Patch for updates.

Abbey Buff Goose Harris August 12, 2011 at 05:51 PM
I think you have been trying to help him off the property right.
Abbey Buff Goose Harris August 12, 2011 at 05:52 PM
I am still amazed how quickly they were rehomed. I just wish I was closer had been talking to him about helping with one of his favorite roos Rhu Rhu, just a pain because I am in Arizona
Abbey Buff Goose Harris August 12, 2011 at 05:53 PM
They were after him because he won those cases and dragged them through the mud and embaressed them.
Abbey Buff Goose Harris August 12, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Hey I left you and DGC a message in the comments hope you like it
Abbey Buff Goose Harris August 12, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Left you and Bob a message in the comments nice reading if I don't say so myself
Redman Murphy August 12, 2011 at 06:38 PM
I'm here in upstate New York....and I really wish I lived closer so I could help out. I was brought up to respect & watch over my neighbors & my friends.....and to help, not hinder or cause unnecessary grief, especially to those in poor health. I applaud all those who helped Andrew...who pulled together when he really needed them. I'm so glad all his beloved animals are safely in foster homes.......their welfare was most likely weighing heavily upon his mind. I am proud to call Andrew a friend. Kudos to all you wonderful people out there.......God Bless......!!!!!!!
Your Neighbor August 12, 2011 at 07:05 PM
The Roswell Police have known for some time that the neighborhood at Rappahannock Drive (Old Roswell Road/Westside Parkway) is a den of thieves, entitlement recipients and crack-heads. I wouldn't step foot into Manchester at Mansell during daytime hours, either! Good to know their priorities are in order- it's about time they got that guy with those chickens out of his home and into the clink!
Your Neighbor August 12, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Now that Public Enemy #1 is behind bars, the citizens of Roswell shall rejoice! The men can leave the house without fear of being assaulted, your women are free to step outside without fear of being raped, your children can play outside without fear of their bicycles being stolen! Nothing bad will ever happen again! Nobody will ever get hurt and have to feel pain, and nobody will ever die! ...or else you'll just find another goat. BTW- your declining property values? Take a number and get in line! As much as you'd like to point the finger at 'The Chicken Man', your scorn belongs with the politicians and bankers who sold you a lie... or maybe you should take some responsibility yourself for having bought into it!
janet h russell August 12, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Bob, I didn't know there was a limit on helping one's neighbor. I help someone every day of my life. It has been my philosophy for many years. True charity comes from your need not from your want. And if you are concerned about declining property values, you should contact your Congressman.. It has nothing to do with Mr. Wordes. And By the way, I remember when Alpine Drive was known as the street "behind the Pizza Hut". Not such a fancy, expensive zip code description was it?
Anne Josee Santos-Lloyd August 13, 2011 at 04:17 AM
How about you remember what being Neighbors was about? Helping to clean up , if needed!!! How much can one Person do, who does not look like aSPring Chicken!!!!Why don't you move if it bugs you that much, or find some balls and help the Man!!!!
Anne Josee Santos-Lloyd August 13, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Why don't you wusses go help!!!!
Anne Josee Santos-Lloyd August 13, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Are you living on his Property, if not , pull that stick out! Animals are living beings!!! They are more important then Property!!! Why do you live there if it bothers you? I bet your Grandparents would be ashamed of you!
Anne Josee Santos-Lloyd August 13, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Sure hope everyone is going to share in this Man's tragedy about to happen!!!!! Maybe the Neighbors will all pay for his Funeral. Happy old Folks home for you all!!!!!! Just shame!!!!
Anne Josee Santos-Lloyd August 13, 2011 at 04:34 AM
Chickens must have been on Drugs, and Booze, sorry about that! Sure corrupted the Community!!!
Anne Josee Santos-Lloyd August 13, 2011 at 04:36 AM
Aint no Balls to be found on that Species!
Bob Jones August 13, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Thanks neighbors and volunteers- the clean-up looks great!!
Travis Allen August 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM
You're a neighbor? and yet you don't know that it's Alpine Drive, not Alpine Lane? Okay...we'll believe everything you say
Travis Allen August 14, 2011 at 10:46 PM
That wasn't ever a Pizza Hut...Pizza Inn maybe, but not a pizza hut.
janet h russell August 15, 2011 at 01:01 AM
Hi Travis, You are right. It was a Pizza Inn . Pizza Hut was a bit more upscale.
Ramona Mays August 23, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Alpine Drive neighbors are not surprised at the outcome of the chickens. He takes care of them like he does his house and property. Ramona Mays
Ramona Mays August 23, 2011 at 11:54 PM
This situation could have been solved from day one without going to court and using taxpayer money. People have tried to help but if the problem was solved he wouldn't be getting the publicity he so desires. Ramona Mays-Alpine Drive Neighbor
Michael Reissig September 01, 2011 at 04:55 AM
I'm sure that he did take such crappy care of his property Ramona. After all, it's hard to keep a home clean after it gets flooded out after a 2" rainstorm. I forget, how many times did he use his own money to fix his house while Roswell continued to overdevelop and illegally turn his backyard and basement into the new flood plain? It's easy to say 'just get a job and be quiet' when you don't have the city handling the case poorly and harassing a man into unemployment. Also gotta ask yourself, why didn't Roswell apply for FEMA aid to help your next door neighbors Clint and Sheree? For what I hear, they had no problems, lived there for 18 years, used their own money to fix their flooded home and fell behind. Did they do something wrong as well or did I just prove a point? For what it is worth, Fulton County Health Services said that Andrew took better care of his chickens than the county takes care of children in their system.
Ramona Mays September 01, 2011 at 10:41 PM
This has been going on for years. Car repair business with about 20 cars in the yard. Anyone would have helped but that would have solved the probably and like the news media person said then he would not have gotten the publicity he so desired.
janet h russell September 02, 2011 at 12:30 AM
So how do you explain a car repair business directly across the street from City Hall that last week had 16 cars, 1 boat and 2 inoperable pieces of junk on its property? And no one from City Hall or the Roswell police ever made a complaint....so interesting and right in the heart of the Historic District.
Ramona Mays September 02, 2011 at 09:52 PM
We have widows on a fixed income who pay to keep up their property. Most of us had kept quiet over the many years till he approached us and wanted us to be on his side but never listened or cared about us or the neighborhood . He has lived above the laws but we can't. This is my last post because all this is doing is feeding in to the publicity he so wants. All of us want attention and I hope he will find a more constructive way to get it. Up the street the men are working in the hot sun to build a habitat house but I guess that is not as newsworthy as this.
janet h russell September 02, 2011 at 11:45 PM
I doubt Mr. wordes is aware of this stream of comments since he is in jail. Or did you miss that day in court. Sorry you are on a fixed income but at least you have one. Many people have no income right now. As for the Habitat house under construction, that is very nice. I have 2 in my neighborhood so that is not news. They are all over North Fulton and the world.
Andrew Wordes November 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Bob Jones-- I am ANDREW WORDES so why don't I KNOW WHO YOU ARE? I have a number of neighbors I am close to that have helped me as I have helped them over the years. The way I was raised that is what neighbors do..
Andrew Wordes November 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM
My property is in disrepair because of the constant flooding due Roswell's quest for property tax revenue by allowing large commercial and residential tracts with little or no concern for the storm water runoff. I have been told that The Federal Government has also found wrong doing in the way Roswell has been handling STORMWATER RUNOFF. Roswell collects HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars in property taxes for properties that have caused my neighbor and I to flood out. I flooded out as recently as April 2011 after as little as 2.5 inches of rain. They have removed the video but here is the article. http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/14772866/homeowners-have-tough-questions-about-creek-flooding-4-16-2011 Ask Roswell about the large commericail tracts across the creek that have clear cut, and store grease dripping cars, trucks and heavy machinery direct next to the creek. a
Andrew Wordes November 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Thanks for your support Janet Russell~~ Actually I believe we are behind a Domino, TWO Title Pawn agencies and there is even NEW HABITAT for HUMANITY HOUSE on Oakfield Lane (they are running a LIMO service out of) so I don't think we can get much classy a neighborhood than that..
KLS March 27, 2012 at 02:11 AM
He could have been in such bad health because of his property flooding, etc . Possibly mold in the home. This entire situation is so very sad that nobody would come to his aid. I have lived in Roswell 25 years and have old neighbors. I bring them dinner, go to church with them. He only needed HELP. I wish I had known of this story before today's tragedy. Shame on you people. There is so much sadness in the world right now would it have really hurt you or taken too much of your time to help the man?


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