In Memoriam: Andrew Wordes, Enemy of the State

Written by Glenn Horowitz on Friday, 30 March 2012. Posted in Opinion, Glenn Horowitz

The power of the state is the power to destroy. Let us not forget its victims, from the millions killed by despots abroad, to our very neighbors here at home beset by brutal bureaucracies.

In Memoriam: Andrew Wordes, Enemy of the State

“It was as though in those last minutes he was summing up the lessons that this long course in human wickedness had taught us — the lesson of the fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil. ” ― Hannah Arendt

I had a bit of a jolt this past week when I read of the apparent suicide of a man whose name seemed somewhat familiar to me, Andrew Wordes of Roswell, Georgia. Upon reflection I realized the name was that of a man I'd crossed paths with myself in occasional political discussions on Facebook, which explained my startled reaction upon seeing his name and learning of his self-inflicted death on March 26.

I didn't know Andrew and don't recall any conversations with him directly, but he struck me as a pleasant enough sort who seemed to share many of my own views, from distrust of centralized government to the virtues of self sufficiency. The news articles I saw after his death kept mentioning a nickname for Andrew I hadn't seen before, every single one of them referring to him as the 'Chicken Man' early on in each piece. The bizarrely comic nature of the name struck me as jarringly dissonant with the somber facts of the story, and I felt compelled to dig deeper to learn more about it...and why the people discussing it seemed so obviously eager to make the association between the man and that odd moniker inseparable.

Andrew had lived in Roswell for about 13 years, but his troubles with the bureaucrats began in early 2009 when city code enforcement officers issued a citation to him for having too many chickens on his property. A few chickens on a piece of property just a few percentage points under an acre in size, which if not legal, was awfully close to legal. When a neighbor filed a complaint, that gave the government an excuse to act. As we will see later, it turns out that they were actively looking for that excuse.

Wordes fought the citation. I notice that some journalists claim the law was 'vague,' but that's only because of the obfuscations of the municipality in its zeal to prosecute Wordes; actually the law specifically excluded chickens from its regulation of livestock, but the city responded with "a complex set of statutory interpretation arguments" that essentially said they'd made up their minds and had no wish to be bothered by facts. The presiding judge dismissed the case in May 2009, but by then it was too late, the city officials had Andrew in their sights.

Was Andrew Wordes another Charlie Manson or Tim McVeigh, some potential menace to society that drew the attention of local law enforcement? It doesn't seem so; on the contrary; during the above legal proceeding he organized a "Chicken Stimulus Package" to draw attention to his cause, publicly giving away 600 baby chicks to Roswell residents, an act that in saner times would have been taken more as the mark of a gentle soul seeking aid from his community than that of a scofflaw deserving of punishment.

In the summer of 2009 the Roswell City Council rewrote the law, banning roosters and using lot size to limit the number of chickens a resident was allowed to have on that land. From this point on the story accelerates and takes a darker turn. Before I add the summary of the events, I want to add that as I learned more about this case, I found myself asking the big question: why? Why would city officials go to so much trouble, expending time, energy and resources, to nitpick a man about a few chickens, for goodness' sake? I was already getting the strong impression that this was a criminal conspiracy on the part of the city of Roswell, and as any criminal investigator will tell you, there are two salient factors they look for to ascertain criminality: motive and opportunity.

It's clear that the city certainly had the opportunity, between their rewriting laws to suit their acts of aggression against Andrew and his property, and at least one Stasi-style local resident denouncing (complaining about) Andrew, they had all the opportunity they needed. So what's the motive?

The answer came from the city itself, as I discovered when going over this page from Off Grid Survival: back in 2003, the city drew up its '2030 Comprehensive Plan,' including a map of the proposed area it affected, and apparently Andrew's property was smack in the middle of it. The city wanted Wordes' property and boldly planned to use it themselves.

In studying various reports of the timeline of Andrew's ordeal, I was conscious of the fact that all of these reports are technically hearsay. Fair enough, but given officials' habit demonstrated over the years of distorting, omitting or even fabricating facts to support whatever their official story of the moment is, in our brave new world hearsay is often all we have to rely on. The critical factor for me was that all of these accounts, whether they included more or less data than others, meshed smoothly with no glaring inconsistencies between them. In my experience that's been the most reliable way to determine the facts gleaned from the swirling chaos of the Internet. Here's the account I found most instructive, courtesy of the Georgia Outdoor News forums:

CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

* December 2008: Roswell Zoning Department issues a warning for the chickens on his property. (At that time, the City of Roswell’s Code of Ordinances said “On less than two acres you MAY NOT have livestock except for poultry and swine.”) The City decided to issue a citation anyway. Mayor Wood attempts to step in and stop the city, but the city moves forward. Both parties head to court.

* Spring 2009: Mr. Wordes hires former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes to represent him against the city. Both parties presented their cases to Judge Maurice Hilliard who issued a dismissal of the case against the Chicken Man.

* Summer 2009: The Roswell City Council rewrites the law, without a ‘grandfather clause’, to make all but 6 chickens on a property illegal–directly targeting and affecting Mr. Wordes. The law further states that the ‘legal’ chickens must remain in a permanent enclosure.**

(**Mr. Wordes property sits on a flood plain. 3-4 feet of water rises on his property when it storms. Because of this, the city would not issue a permit for a permanent enclosure, therefore making it ‘illegal’ for him to have his birds. This is important because after the storms and flooding in September 2009, with a 6 foot storm surge of Storm Water the sewer backed causing 4 feet of Storm Water and SEWAGE in the basement of his home. In order to save his home AND his chickens, Mr. Wordes borrowed a Bobcat to move the dirt around. He was subsequently issued citations for too many chickens, grading of property without a permit and too many cars on his property. The City also would not submit requests for FEMA funds for the property. The property has flooded several times since this initial flood.)

* Additionally...

* The City of Roswell contacted Mr. Wordes mortgage holder, an elderly woman who has held his mortgage for the entirety of his 16 years in his home. With the threat of liens, citations and grievances, the City pressures Wordes’ mortgage broker into SELLING the note to another broker for 50 cents on the dollar. The current mortgage broker is attempting to foreclose on Mr. Wordes home.

* Mr. Wordes reports to court for his citations after the flood. Judge Hilliard again rules in his favor stating that he is ‘grandfathered in’ to the new law, but must complete 180 hours of community service for the illegal grading and the excessive number of cars on his property. Unbeknown to him, his sentence of Community service also requested him to be on probation which he was unaware of and immediately requested that he be allowed to pay the fine.

* Mr. Wordes is harassed by the Roswell Police Department as well. He is pulled over more times than we can count, thrown in jail on multiple occasions, and given a number of petty citations. It’s common for multiple police cars to sit at the end of Mr. Wordes street and ‘wait’.

* The City of Roswell files Zoning violation for having a Nuisance property and he is appointed a Public Defender of course to be paid for by The City of Roswell. His court appointed counsel states in court that the ordinance is vague and the city will likely lose again.

* Roswell later additionally files a 55-page civil suit against Mr. Wordes in an attempt to take his property from him again charging him with having a Nuisance property. This is the first civil suit to attempt to take a man’s property in the history of Roswell. This civil suit was filed in attempt to deny Mr. Wordes his right to a public defender, as he can no longer afford to pay for representation. Fortunately because of Mr. Wordes involvement with Georgia Carry, they have provided legal representation for him.

* The City lists Mr. Wordes home on the ‘Roswell 2030 Plan’ as a green space and parks area, publicly announcing and solidifying their effort to take his property. (View the plan here http://www.roswellgov.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1552 –the road you’re looking for is Alpine Drive. Can you believe this? He is still the lawful owner of his property but the City has a 20-year-plan to dissolve that. Note that Mr. Wordes has offered to SELL his property to the City, but they have declined. Instead, they want to take the long and painful route of forcing him into foreclosure so the property can be purchased at a reduced price. This would also prevent Roswell from having to face pending lawsuit for damages, "inverse condemnation" and taking of his property, and the many civil rights and due process suits which would follow.

* July 2011: Mr. Wordes leaves his home to attend a political rally. When he returns home, he finds that all of his chickens have been let out and feed is all over the ground. The next day, his birds begin to die. Mr. Wordes realizes that someone has poisoned his birds. Over the course of the next few days, Mr. Wordes loses 1/3 of his livestock, including 45 baby turkeys (10 of which belonged to Roswell Mayor Jere Wood), 25 chicks and 6 adult birds. I spoke with Mr. Wordes personally and he claims there is no doubt in his mind who was behind the poisoning. He alleges that it was his next door neighbor who has rallied with the city through this entire process. You see, Mr. Wordes has a very private backyard that is surrounded by woods. From the street, however, it would appear that people were home because there were a couple of cars parked in the driveway. Unfortunately, Mr. Wordes posted on his Facebook page that he would be attending this political rally. Mr. Wordes has indications that lead him to believe that his neighbor monitors the page through other names (via his neighbors own personal website that has a page dedicated to ‘The Chicken Man’). Mr. Wordes alleges that this neighbor is the only one that would 1) know the seclusion of the property, 2) have access to the property in addition to knowing where everything is and 3) have a motive to commit such an atrocity. A police report has been filed, but is not moving forward at this point due to the lack of proof. The birds were taken to two different forensic labs to determine the source of poisoning but the necropsies have not yet returned. In the meantime, this has become an economic hardship on Mr. Wordes since he cannot sell the eggs from his hens since the poisoning.

 * Mr. Wordes is due in court August 10 at 2:30pm (a specially scheduled hearing on a day the court is not usually in session). The hearing is public at the Roswell Municipal Court. He will be arguing a probation violation for missing a ‘check-in’ over the time his birds had been poisoned. At that hearing Mr Wordes is taken into custody and ordered to serve the remainder of his probation for a trumped up zoning violation amounting to 99 days in jail.

* Roswell of course invited the press and issued a press release stating Mr Wordes house is vacant and the RPD will be keeping an eye on things. Of course within hours, began the three month long ransacking and looting of his home. Everything of value was stolen or destroyed including a large collection of firearms, weapons and ammunition that in the hands of criminals puts the entire community at risk.

Mr. Wordes was foreclosed on while he was in jail for 3 months (for a minor city zoning violation). When jailed the Roswell Police refused his access to his records, to contact his Bankruptcy attorney, was refused to attend a court ordered hearing held for the benefit of him and his creditors in United States Federal Bankruptcy Court and by doing so Roswell refused to allow Mr. Wordes to provide the Bankruptcy Trustee with documentation he had ordered him to provide. That information gave the Bankruptcy Trustee the right to HALT the foreclosure on his home of 16 years while still protecting the mortgage holder.

Roswell opened their court room and held court on an unscheduled day instead of waiting until the next week and made an announcemnt to the press stating his house would be vacant and Roswell Police would keep an eye on it. It was less than 24 hours before the City Chief, Dwain Orr and The City Manager Kay Love were informed in a meeting with a prominent citizen that Mr Wordes house had already been the scene of a burglary and looting and Mr Wordes had a extensive firearms collection. Their statement was that they were not going to do anything and thanks to Roswell there is a large cache of weapons and ammo in the hands of criminals.

Municipalities have engaged in scurrilous practices before to obtain property they wanted, even at the cost of lives. One notorious example is the case of Donald Scott, a Malibu millionaire killed in 1992 during a contrived drug raid by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and agents from five federal law enforcement agencies. Though this raid was cynically orchestrated for the express purpose of using asset forfeiture laws to take Mr. Scott's property, and the report of the Ventura County District Attorney, Michael Bradbury, concluded that the police lied to obtain the search warrant, not one official was ever indicted or prosecuted for this criminal conspiracy. Perhaps this time if there's enough public awareness about Andrew's case the outcome will be different.

You can read Andrew Wordes' own comments on his persecution by the City of Roswell that only add support to the other data I've presented, and you can hear his voice describing parts of his ordeal in a radio interview (see the YouTube clip below).

A side note: as I mentioned earlier, again and again I have seen Andrew referred to as the 'Chicken Man' in every single mainstream article reporting his death. While I don't doubt that the appellation of 'Chicken Man' began as a friendly nickname bestowed on him by friends and neighbors, I firmly believe that the mainstream media has used it so eagerly in a tactic that intentionally prejudices their audience's impression of the man in a wholly negative way; to someone unfamiliar with Andrew's character, any story prefaced with 'Chicken Man' colors their perception of him with a grotesque and cartoonish slant before they digest any actual information about him. Since I really did not know Andrew personally, I refuse to play that game. The mainstream media, with its slavish devotion to the Almighty State, does this as yet another way to aggrandize its master while trivializing any individual with the audacity to stand up to it. Non serviam, guys, that particular sleazy tactic's something I've been aware of for a long time.

I believe that Andrew Wordes had a choice set before him on March 26. He'd been financially ruined and spiritually tortured by the City of Roswell officials' callous acts, and had he simply surrendered would have joined the legions of other homeless and destitute Americans, allowing this case of vicious criminal conspiracy pass into obscurity as did the case of Donald Scott. Viewed in this light his act can be seen as a last effort to alert the public to another atrocious example of the destruction of Americans' property rights, one not of desperation by a disturbed mind, but a considered, selfless...and resigned...last good deed to quite literally send up a flare warning the rest of us of our danger. I pray I never find myself in such a dismal situation, and can only hope I'd comport myself with half of the strength of character and integrity that Andrew showed on that day if I do.

Rest, in peace, Andrew 'AKfortyseven' Wordes. I wish I had known you better.

About the Author

Glenn Horowitz

Glenn Horowitz

Glenn Horowitz was born in 1961 and raised in New York City. He earned his commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates in Gaithersburg, Maryland where he worked as a flight instructor and air taxi pilot from 1986 through 1990. From 1990 until 1993 he worked in the Cincinnati, Ohio area as a civilian contract pilot for various branches of the U.S. military, predominantly the (USTRANSCOM) Defense Courier Service. When that company failed, he was hired as a line pilot flying mainly bank documents and canceled checks from Nashville until 2006 when disability due to multiple sclerosis ended his flying days. Glenn is currently living the disabled life in Nashville.

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Comments (22)

  • wisefoll

    wisefoll

    09 August 2012 at 11:47 |
    You know it's bad when the tentacles of the corrupted octopus reach the city level. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. We live in a time where bad is called good and good is called bad. Had he actually been a criminal he would have been more respected with more rights. This is nothing new. There is a New Testament story where a king wanted a vineyard. The owner of the vineyard wouldn't budge, so the queen as a gift to the king had him killed so they could take the land (hopefully I am remembering that right).
  • Guesticals

    Guesticals

    13 April 2012 at 09:47 |
    Connecting more Local City Council DOTS.

    NADO - National Association of Development Organizations
    NADO is an NGO with "consultative status" with the UN.
    ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
    EDA - Economic Development Administration
  • Tricia

    Tricia

    10 April 2012 at 17:40 |
    ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE! This is a hate crime done by Roswells City Counsil-They all need to be held accountable for their actions-THIS IS MURDER!!! Arrest, try & convict them!!!!! If they do build a park here, people need to go out & turn it into an Andrew Wordes Memorial Park, so that everyone who goes there will know who he was & what the city council did to him-What a shame-Such a corrupt government. Makes me ashamed to call myself a U.S. citizen-Research who's running & get out & vote this Nov!
  • Cranberryrose

    Cranberryrose

    10 April 2012 at 14:02 |
    If some attorney would take this on, I would love to donate $50 to a fund to take these "officials" to court and get them jailed for what they did.
    Let us know.
    Susan, the green space was decided upon, then the city wouldn't pay for his land; sadly, he should have moved and MADE THEM buy it.
  • George N. Weezie

    George N. Weezie

    10 April 2012 at 10:17 |
    I'm surprised that no one is talking about what is driving this "abuse of government". This is perfect example of how UN Agenda 21 is being implemented at the local level. It is about breaking you financially (fines and/or taxation) and harassing you into compliance with arbitrary "codes". This is very real and the greatest threat we face by far. When I first read this story, I immediately recognized it as UN Agenda 21. Here are a few links I found with a brief search:
    http://www.roswellgov.com/index.aspx?NID=588
    Here are your killers: http://www.atlantaregional.com/info-center/arc-region/fulton
    Here is their national lobby group (National Association of Development Organizations) www.nado.org
    NADO is an NGO with "consultative status" with the UN.

    This is an advanced cancer spreading throughout our nation. There are over 500 "regional commissions" aka "regional development commissions" that are nothing more than taxpayer funded lobbyists that lobby your city and county governments to push you into "high density population zones" as part of the "Biological Diversity" plan of UN Agenda 21. That's right. you are paying for your own enslavement. They real threat to your safety is not coming from goat herders in Afghanistan, but they are sitting in comfy offices of "Sustainability" in your code enforcement departments. You have been warned.
    • Abby B

      Abby B

      20 April 2012 at 22:45 |
      Thank you for this information. I questioned what was the incentive/motive behind the local bureaucracy's persistant push to remove Mr. Wordes from his property and blatant deny his human rights.
      Now, how to repeal/remove UN Agenda 21 is a question of deep concern
      for all of us.
  • Rick Pratt

    Rick Pratt

    10 April 2012 at 09:00 |
    I wonder what my ancestor, the Rev Dr Nathaniel Pratt, would say about how his old community has developed in recent years? Sounds to me like the spirit of General Sherman is alive and well in the black hearts of some of Roswell's leaders.
  • Call Me Mom

    Call Me Mom

    07 April 2012 at 01:30 |
    This story is not really about Mr. Wordes or chickens. It is about the egregious uses to which government power may be put, especially a government in the hands of the corrupt. Thank you for bringing this story out and may the citizens of Roswell take a much firmer hold of their governmental apparatus in the future.

    Yes, that's right, I am placing the blame for this tragedy squarely upon the people of Roswell. Just as the blame for our current national government falls squarely on We the People of America. I hope and pray that we all come to anunderstanding of our duties and responsibilities before America goes the way fo Mr. Wordes. This is the true meaning of "Live Free or Die".

    Regardless of the numbers of poultry or the way his acreage looked. the picture there showed beautiful healthy birds. Nor have I seen any complaints about sick birds or diseases or sanitation problems in any of these timelines.

    If the motive wasn't the 2030 comprehensive plan then what was it? Because if it was a simple case of Mr. Wordes had offended someone or the machine of government simply didn't like him, then the citizens of Roswell have a bigger problem on their hands than a merely corrupt government. That would take them right past corrupt and into deliberately evil.

    This is the sort of thiing that should NEVER happen in America, but, as Mr.Adams said: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
  • Lee Fleck

    Lee Fleck

    03 April 2012 at 18:54 |
    The Invisiable new mortgage holder of Andrew's property.

    Under investigation at:

    http://www.examiner.com/buzz-in-atlanta/new-details-emerge-the-roswell-chicken-man-s-foreclosure
  • Lottie C.

    Lottie C.

    03 April 2012 at 10:49 |
    The City pushed Mr. Wordes to the very limit and they should be ashamed. Roswell is billed as a prestigious place to live but code enforcement harass people, the police harass people, why didn't Jere Wood DO SOMETHING more than just haul a few of Mr. Wordes cars to his mother's house. This makes me sick to be living in Roswell - has the code department checked out the shack on Crossville Road full of illegals with roosters, goats, boats, cars and trucks in the back and the dumping of refrigerators, washing machines and junk in the woods?
  • Lee Fleck

    Lee Fleck

    01 April 2012 at 19:11 |
    Having spent time with Andrew Wordes during critical phases of his fiasco with the city, I feel obliged to comment on what I believe led to the tragedy of his demise.

    I was personally involved with Andrew and his welfare was of interest to me.

    I was with Andrew at his home during the flood of 2009. I witnessed first-hand the third round of damage to his home in less than 7 years due to a failure by the City of Roswell’s Environmental Department to maintain the storm water infrastructure where Hog Wallow Creek runs under Highway 9. At that time, Mr. Wordes had lived at this location for some 13 years and had never experienced any flooding prior to 2002 and the upstream development. I was well aware of the city’s failure to solicit FEMA assistance on Andrew’s behalf and the fact that had the city applied on his behalf in a timely fashionthat his property might have been purchased by FEMA as were residents in nearby communities to the tune of $19 million. A local Senator basically forced the City to eventually contact FEMA and Andrew recieved $1,800 for damages.

    I escorted Andrew to City Hall when he filed a formal complaint against the manager of the City Code Enforcement Department who violated established policy and contacted his mortgage holder attempting to pressure this individual into selling his house note. I know the facts as presented and I reviewed the findings of the internal investigation, which was a foregone conclusion before it was even printed. I also have documents stating that a city employee may not contact a mortgage holder unloess there is a code violation or a forclosure has been initiated. neither was the case at the time the City Code enforcement manager contacted his mortgage holder.

    Andrew Wordes notified the Mayor of the City of Roswell, a personal friend at the time, who contacted Andrew's Mortgage and confirmed the violation of city policy.

    The following day the City covered it's muttox by sending a code enforcement officer (escorted by a police officer) to issue one of the numerous code violations.

    Within 24 hours after that formal complaint was filed, I personally witnessed Roswell Police conducting surveillance of Andrew’s home and the restaurant he frequented for meals. My personal surveillance continued for three (3) days, during which time I transported Mr. Wordes so he could purchase groceries and have dinner meals.
    I subsequently notified Mayor Wood of these irregular police activities and he requested an investigation by then Police Chief Ed Williams.

    My accusations of the police harassment of Mr. Wordes were published in the local media and except for one other incident, it ended. I subsequently escorted Andrew to the FBI office in Atlanta and testified on his behalf.

    The day after Mr Wordes was jailed I was the person who had a meeting with the Roswell Police Chief Dwane Orrick and City Administrator and advised them that Andrew's home was unlocked, that unsecured weapons were in his home and that I had been advised by neighbors that strangers were seen on Mr. Wordes property.

    City Administrator, Kay Love states "no city official will enter on to mr Wordes property"

    There was absolutely no reason why Andrew was immediately taken off to jail and not afforded the opportunity to get his personal matters in order and then turn himself in.

    I personally generated a limited Power of Attorney document while Andrew was in the Roswell Detention Center to represent him in regard to financial matters, and advised the Mayor of the Andrew’s need for a notary. And while the Mayor understood the need, a notary was never afforded Andrew. Additionally, as directed by a detention officer, I provided metered envelopes per established protocols so Andrew could communicate with the outside world but the detention arm of the police department never gave the envelopes to him until the day he was released.

    During Andrew’s final days, I contacted Roswell’s Fire Chief and expressed my concerns of what eventually happened based on information I had received from reliable sources. The police and fire departments did conduct an inspection of Andrew’s property at that time and I was advised of their findings.

    Honestly, there is no doubt in my mind that Andrew Wordes was singled out by the City of Roswell and his right to use his property was placed in a strait jacket based upon what others deemed best. This premise became so pervasive in the mindset of the City Administration and City Council members that they attempted to pressure the City Municipal Judge to agree that they had the right to establish restrictive codes and make these codes retroactive to include Andrew so long as they proclaim the magical words "for the public good." Judge Hilliard was obviously the only city employee with a sense of right and attempts to stop Mr. Wordes from having chickens on his property were thrown out.

    It is inconceivable to me that Andrew’s chicken problems were based solely on a single complaint by a mean-spirited neighbor, but I know that to be a fact because I personally witnessed this individual’s complaint during a Council Meeting.

    After Judge Hilliard’s second ruling, the chicken “stuff” actually ended.

    However, Roswell’s legal department was publically humiliated locally, state-wide, and even nationally, and these arrogant individuals took offense to being put in their places by the “Chickenman” and so vengeance was in order.

    Instead of putting an end to this travesty, Roswell’s Mayor and City Council allowed Roswell’s City Administrator to run rampant and coordinate an attack on Mr. Wordes by Roswell’s Police Department, Roswell’s Code Enforcement Department, and Roswell’s Legal Department.

    In essence, Roswell City Council and Roswell Mayor Jere Wood relinquished their authority to a city employee with an ax to grind with Mr. Wordes and these elected officials failed to rein in this absolute abuse of power, which we know now resulted in Andrew Wordes taking his own life.

    The ax to grind, which few know about, came as the result of Mr. Wordes’ effort to stop the early stages of harassment by the city Code Enforcement Department over the chickens he kept on his property. Mr. Wordes officially notified Kay Love as the City Administrator that city employees (except law enforcement personnel) were no longer allowed onto his property without a police escort. Mr. Wordes, as required by law, posted a no trespassing sign on his property that stated the specific state law Andrew was citing to insure his privacy and property rights.

    Few people know, but after receiving Andrew’s letter, the City Administrator considered charging Mr. Wordes with terroristic threats (as has been utilized on other Roswell citizens).

    After receiving counsel from the police department, Ms. Love recognized that Mr. Wordes was within his legal rights, but that was the spark that lit the fuse and is why the City officially declared the “War on Wordes.”

    City employees with unrestrained egos used hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ money as an unlimited source to finance their war.

    SHAME ON THEM!

    Otherwise the cronology is very accurate and now you know the "rest of the story".
    • Lee Fleck

      Lee Fleck

      01 April 2012 at 19:17 |
      Sorry for the spelling errors specially the "muttox" that should have been as you are well aware "buttox"
      • Lee Fleck

        Lee Fleck

        01 April 2012 at 19:28 |
        As for the suggestion that this travesty was the city's desire for Andrew's property. I have to dismiss that idea.

        First allow me to correct some points. The '2030 Comprehensive Plan, had nothing to do with Andrews property because that plan was not finalized until 2011.

        Andrews property was noted as "green space" in the "Midtown Redevelopment Plan" finalized by the City of Roswell in 2003 as were other citizens property in that geographic area.

        IMHO it was nothing more than an outright abuse of power.
        • Glenn Horowitz

          Glenn Horowitz

          01 April 2012 at 22:30 |
          Wow, I'm going to have to take some time to digest all that information, and I thank you for taking the time to write it all down.

          As to the precise motivation for the city's siege against Andrew, your points seem to make sense and are factors I'll have to re-examine...but either way we're seeing a shocking example of a series of abuses of power, the strong not only ganging up on the weaker individual, but carefully constructing the siege to be as devastating as possible to Andrew.

          I don't know which is worse, the idea of the city doing all this to take his property as part of a larger development scheme, or because of a desire to punish Andrew for what basically amounts to a megalomaniacal world view on the part of these officials that motivated the city to persecute him for the 'crime' of lèse-majesté upon their oh-so-special persons!
          • Lee Fleck

            Lee Fleck

            02 April 2012 at 18:59 |
            “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 Turner

    Lee Turner

    01 April 2012 at 07:51 |
    Great writing, Glenn! Great writing! Your presentation of the facts makes it easy to understand the real picture and it's a damning, damning indictment of the city of Roswell! Did Mr. Wordes have any relatives who might file suit against Roswell? I don't want this tragic, sad story to sink into oblivion. Those monsters at Roswell need to be punished.
    • Glenn Horowitz

      Glenn Horowitz

      01 April 2012 at 11:31 |
      Thank you, Lee. This story has gotten badly under my skin for many reasons, not least of which is that I'd encountered Andrew's posts before on Facebook.

      Also, if you review my first piece here, you'll see I came within two weeks of losing my own home, since I'd become disabled pretty quickly and had been without income for quite a while. The government's corrupt and inefficient disability determination bureaucrats knew I was obviously disabled, yet kept pretending I was healthy to put off allowing my disability income for as long as possible.

      Luckily, they'd exhausted their denials after almost a year and a half and had to finally admit the facts. Had they delayed a couple of weeks, I'd have been homeless, penniless, and stumping around with a four wheeled walker. I had a car, but couldn't drive it at that point.

      I have a new vehicle, but I can barely transfer to and from it from my power wheelchair now. I'm not only frantic to escape nearly 3 years of housebound confinement, I'm also frantic to get out and practice journalism in the community, now even worse since this awful event that led to Andrew's death. I mean to go to Roswell myself, begin by interviewing Mayor Jere Wood, and others as I coordinate with local journalists, family and Andrew's friends.

      If you go back to the home page here, you'll see that the Herald's publisher and editor in chief, Dennis Behreandt, has begun promoting my fundraising blog, 'Get Glenn Mobile!' for all of those reasons...if you're inclined, I'd appreciate any help in escaping this prison, and the sooner I do, the sooner I can get to Roswell.

      This story is far from over. There's no doubt in my mind that this was a blatant criminal conspiracy to torture and ruin Andrew in order to steal his property, and I'm betting others feel the same way. I'm sick of seeing arrogant officials everywhere committing crimes including treason against America, and I want to see it stopped. I can't think of a better case to begin with than Andrew's.
  • Carrie B

    Carrie B

    30 March 2012 at 15:48 |
    Susan, Andrew did not regularly keep that number of chickens/fowl on his property. He sometimes incubated and hatched baby fowl, and then sold or gave away those babies. Sometimes he ordered chicks, received the order, and then distributed them - like to kids who wanted to participate in the 4H. The day the chicks arrived there would be a significant number of birds on the property, but they were not permanent.
    Since you say you raise chickens yourself, I assume you're familiar with the process. Drew wouldn't keep more birds than he could properly care for.

    Regardless, the number of fowl he had on his property is NOT the issue. The issue is that the LAW clearly stated he could have as many poultry on his land as he wanted to have. The City decided it wanted that land, decided to change the law in an effort to force him off of the property they wanted, and all of this ensued.

    He did NOT bring this upon himself. He was happily living his life and enjoying his role helping people finding the joys of raising their own poultry, and the City decided it wanted to use its power, influence, and nearly unlimited funds (certainly compared to his) to make his life a living hell so they could get what they wanted. The City Council is corrupt, the local police department is corrupt and complicit, and now a man is dead because the City thought it was above the law.
  • Justin

    Justin

    30 March 2012 at 12:47 |
    I think Susan above is missing the point. The local govt wanted that land for their own use and was determined to get it, as the evidence clearly shows.

    This is just another example of local govt gone wild, and I am glad Glenn so eloquently covered it. This stuff needs to be known.
  • Cindy L

    Cindy L

    30 March 2012 at 12:40 |
    Beautiful! Thank you for telling the whole, true story. Not the pieced together story the news sources chose to tell. RIP Andrew
  • Susan

    Susan

    30 March 2012 at 12:25 |
    Nicely written. I have been following this story for a couple of years. I used to live a city or two away from Roswell, and mostly it is no longer a "country" area. I also love and keep chickens, in numbers that are appropriate for my acreage. Requesting that someone keep no more than 6 on a half-acre lot is not unreasonable. Did you even notice, in your typing, a slight discrepancy? You state, several times, that he has "several chickens", and that is the basis of the controversy. Yet, in July 2011, "Mr. Wordes loses 1/3 of his livestock, including 45 baby turkeys (10 of which belonged to Roswell Mayor Jere Wood), 25 chicks and 6 adult birds". My math tells me that, at that time, he had at least 228 birds going. That does not fit my definition of "several". I remember seeing pictures of his back yard, and it looked nothing like that pretty, green picture at the top of your article...it was an urban barnyard. While I'm sure Mr. Wordes was a wonderful man, as most animal lovers are, he could surely have done something long ago to bring his property into closer compliance with the city of Roswell. It is a shame that he was persecuted instead of helped (although I know that many people have been helping him), and it's a shame he met such a tragic end. But, I think, he is no martyr. He made his own choices.
  • Carrie B

    Carrie B

    30 March 2012 at 10:57 |
    Glenn that was beautiful. Not only did you take the time to make sure you got the facts right (which you did), but you stated plainly what no other media source will - he wasn't crazy, he wasn't disturbed. It really was a "last good deed". Well done, sir. Well done.

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