Thursday, April 26, 2012
Visitors need to enter Roswell City Hall through southern entrance for metal detection.
Increased animosity toward the Roswell City Council and city staff has caused stepped-up security measures, including a metal detector, at Roswell City Hall. Redirecting visitors to the building's ground-level entrance on the south side is the city's way of ramping up security after accusations began to fly when years of legal issues and a foreclosure by Fulton County on Andrew Wordes - Roswell's Chicken Man - literally exploded when his home blew up on March 26. Since then, people from throughout the country began contacting council and staff with threatening messages. The incident gained national attention after reporters from Info Wars showed up at city hall during mid April to question council about Wordes' legal issues over the years…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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. It was Fulton County officials who were on hand to foreclose the property the day Wordes' Alpine Drive home exploded. 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 …
Friday, March 30, 2012
Roswell's "Chicken Man" remembered in tears and laughter at Friday morning memorial service.
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Friday, March 30, 2012
Andrew Wordes was laid to rest this morning, March 30, with family and friends sharing memories before sending him back to the earth The words of Psalm 23 had visible reminders in the setting, particularly "God causes me to lie down in lush pastures." Approximatley 100 people gathered in the lush pasture of Milton Fields for the service. Jim Bell, owner of the eco-friendly burial grounds Milton Fields on Birmingham Road, donated a plot to the Wordes family for his burial. A lover of animals and friend to many, he was known as "Chicken Man" for his battle with Roswell over keeping them at his home. He faced eviction on the day his home exploded with him inside.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Andrew Wordes, also know as Roswell's Chicken Man, will be buried Friday in Milton Fields, just north of Roswell.
The family and friends of Andrew Wordes have organized a Friday memorial service for Roswell's Chicken Man, according his good friend Patti Silva. "The funeral has been set and all the arrangements have been made," Silva told Roswell Patch, after speaking with Wordes brother. Jim Bell, owner of the eco-friendly burial grounds Milton Fields on Birmingham Road, donated a plot to the Wordes family for his burial. "It's right in line with Andrew's purpose and his feelings about sustainability," Silva said. "It's just the most beautiful, perfect place, very peaceful." Despite the explosive way Wordes life ended Monday when his house went up in flames, those who loved him hope to memorialize him on Friday in a peaceful, non-controversial manner…
Though the body found in the charred home Monday, March 26, was thought to be Wordes, official confirmation did not come until late Tuesday.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner has officially identified the body of Andrew Wordes as the one found in his Alpine Drive home, which exploded in Roswell Monday. "There is no cause of death at this time," said the statement released by the Roswell Police Department late Tuesday afternoon. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office would not release any further information at this time, other than to say that Wordes was still at their facility and his next of kin had been notified. Wordes, known as the Roswell Chicken Man, is thought to have caused the explosion that blew up his home Monday afternoon, March 26, while Fulton County Marshals were on the property to evict him. His lawyer has told the press that he had filed a last minute …
The last minute stop order was filed just before Andrew Wordes home exploded, Monday, March 26.
The lawyer Andrew Wordes e-mailed early Monday morning before his home exploded into flames while Fulton County Marshals were on the property to evict him tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he did file the emergency injunction to stop the eviction later on in the same morning. Wordes had sent Ryan Strickland - the Atlanta attorney who had recently taken on the eviction case for Wordes against Fulton County - an e-mail asking Strickland to let him know as soon as the order had been filed and granted. Unfortunately, it was too late to prevent marshals from showing up around 10:45 a.m. and the fiery explosion that came around 12:45 p.m. "Please call me as soon as you know something," he wrote shortly before 4 a.m., Monday morning. "…
Monday, March 26, 2012
Andrew Wordes' home exploded Monday afternoon, March 26, as Fulton County Marshals were on the property to evict him.
UPDATED: Monday, March 26, 7:08 p.m. Years of legal hassles - first over keeping chickens on his property, then over city code violations and finally over his foreclosure - came to an explosive end Monday afternoon when the Alpine Drive home of Andrew Wordes blew up while Fulton County Marshals were on the property to evict him. Roswell Police Spokesman James McGee told Roswell Patch a body was found inside the home by firefighters, but could not confirm whether or not it was Wordes. The home went up in flames following the explosion, which occurred just before 1 p.m. Fire Chief Ricky Spencer said the fire was put out just before 2:30 p.m., on Monday. He also said there were no injuries to emergency personnel, but could not give any …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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 revoked his probation and sent him to jail during August 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. …
Friday, August 19, 2011
Some of "Chicken Man" Andrew Wordes' chickens mysteriously died last month, but toxicology report shows foul play was likely not involved.
The toxicology report on Andrew Wordes' dead chickens has come back from the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine and it doesn't appear to show they were poisoned, as some initially believed. Wordes was devastated when he lost between 45 to 50 of his chickens and turkeys over the July 4 weekend. At the time, he told Roswell Patch he believed that someone had trespassed on his property to poison them while he was out of town. But lab results recently released showed that the amount of lead in the birds livers was below the toxic range. And no toxic organic compound which is was present either, however the report does seem to indicate that not every toxic organic compound may show up in the tests. According to the report, …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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 violating his probation. 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…