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Chicken Man Set For Thursday Eviction

Andrew Wordes claims the city knowingly kept him from continuing the fight to keep his house when they put him in jail for probation revocation last August.

Andrew Wordes - also known as the Roswell Chicken Man - blames the city of Roswell for his pending eviction in more ways than one.

Wordes is set to be evicted from his Alpine Lane home on Thursday, Dec. 8. But he contends it never would have happened this way had the city of Roswell used Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to purchase his property, which was damaged by floods during 2009. His accusations go deeper still, telling Roswell Patch he believes the city purposefully so that he would miss a Sept. 8 bancruptcy court date.

Roswell City Attorney David Davidson said there is no truth to the theory that Roswell put Wordes in jail to further along his foreclosure.

"Mr. Wordes probation was revoked for failure to do his community service," he said. "The city had nothing to do with his choice not to follow the judge’s order."

Wordes - who is known for raising chickens at his Roswell home - was cited by the city on two separate occassions: the first involved illegal grading on his property during 2009; the second was a violation of a city ordinance that maintains how many inoperable vehicles residents are allowed to keep.

"I'm not trying to be the neighbor from hell," he said. "My property didn't always look this way."

He says the deterioration of his property stems from flooding, which he blames on the city. In trying to mitigate the damage, money ran out and things broke down.

"I was told to leave things as they are until the case was settled," he said, explaining the rundown condition of the property.

But the city has said it is not at fault for Wordes property flooding and sentenced him to pay $1,000 for each violation, in lieu of up to one year of jail time. However, the sentence was commuted to 180 hours of community service, which had not been completed by the April deadline, hence the reason for his jailing, Assistant City Attorney Bob Hulsey told Roswell Patch back in August.

, he was also in and out of bancruptcy court. In fact, the day prior to his probation revocation hearing in front of Roswell Municipal Judge Maurice Hilliard, Wordes was in court fighting against the foreclosure of his home.

Davidson said the city has nothing to gain from Wordes' foreclosure.

In recent years Wordes' private mortgage holder - a woman in her 80s - sold the property to a private investor, "whose sole purpose is to take the house,” said Wordes, who is currently looking for a new attorney to represent him.

However, according to Wordes, there may have been light at the end of his long, litigious tunnel.

The investor's attorneys told him that they would potentially hold off on foreclosure if he showed back up on Sept. 8 with a 'proof of claim' and information which might lead to a potential lawsuit against the city of Roswell.

That never happened since he was in jail and unable to negotiate with attorneys.

"I informed Hilliard and the chief of police, but I was basically told 'too bad,'" Wordes said.

The law firm of John J. McManus, which represents the investor who owns Wordes' property, never returned phone calls by Roswell Patch.

When he got out of jail in early November, Wordes found his home had been ransacked and looted. He said authorities were notified of the potential danger to residents at that time, since Wordes kept an "arsenal" of guns that could be stolen.

"The city put the community at risk knowing I had guns and not doing anything to stop the looting," Wordes said.

But, Channel 2 reports that the city did assign a patrol car to watch the house and didn't see anything suspicious going on.

Roswell Police Department Spokeswoman Lisa Holland said there are no leads in Wordes' burglary case.

"Mr. Wordes could not provide any serial numbers to any of the guns that were stolen and there are no suspects," she said.

Becky Nelson December 07, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Although I am sure that there is more to this story, seems to me that our quaint community of Roswell has some lazy communication problems. I have met all parties mentioned in this article and none of them seem to be doing anything wrong within the confines of their "job". But, since this is a complex set of problems, I guess someone in the Roswell leadership needs to step up more. If the flooding truly stemmed from the city, then that research needs to be done... If his house "didn't always look like this", then that history can be reconstructed. If the chickens are a nuisance, but they were there first and the annoyed neighbors bought second... sorry new neighbors! Personally, we have two neighbors who have chickens in their back yard and the only reason I know they do is because they told me! Seems like a man is going through a lot of chaos over solvable items that should be talked about over a cup of coffee. Becky
JAMES MOORE December 07, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Becky, Unfortunately Roswell doesn't seem to be able to work things out over a cup of coffee . That would imply the use of common sense. They follow a set of loosely written scripts that have no unifirmity between departments.
S H Yarbrough December 07, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Aren't foreclosures due to lack of meeting one's obligation to the mortgage holder? It would seem Mr Wordes' claims are extraneous to this point.
Andrew Wordes December 08, 2011 at 04:28 AM
I always wonder about person or weasles who post negative comments with a fake name like they have something to hide. There can often be extraneous variables and/ or circumstances you aren't aware of. Like Roswell's flood storm water flooding my property repeatedly for ten years and destroying everything I own. You have been there and watched it yourself. Why do you think the neighbors next to me abandoned their home of 18 years? It is all public record that the stormwater floods us out. http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/14772866/homeowners-have-tough-questions-about-creek-flooding-4-16-2011
G January 03, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I have seen the mess first hand and it has nothing to do with the flood. When you have a mercedes in your carport covered inside and out with chicken poop...you have a problem. You have a pig living in your house pooping and peeing on everything that has nothing to do with Roswell. When you can't get your water bill paid because you would rather spend the mayors loan on your cell phone bill...really? The hoarding committed at this property should have been taken up with the health department! Flushing a toilet and cleaning the kitchen would have been a good start. Poor Fred is all I can say.
Andrew Wordes January 03, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Easy to lie and make up stuff that is false that you don't even know about or you would sign your name.

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