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Code Enforcement Officer Walks Into Home (Yells at Sleeping Woman to Mow Her Lawn)
WJBF.com ^ | July 02, 2012 | Michael Miller

Posted on 07/10/2012 9:04:18 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Code Enforcement Officer Walks Into Home

Code Enforcement Officer

Monday morning, Erica Masters was sleeping in her bed when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell came to serve a violation notice for her grass being too long. Erica caught the whole incident on tape.

"He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom. And yelled at me to wake me up, to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice."

Erica says she was freaked out seeing a stranger in her doorway.

"I woke up, I didn't have my glasses on or my contacts in and all I see is this big burly figure standing in my doorway. A big huge guy with a grey shirt. It scared the mess out of me."

After the incident, Erica called the Sheriff's Office to file a complaint against Jimmy Vowell. The Columbia County Environmental Compliance Manager, Mike Anderson, says he is aware of the complaint and that his office is investigating it. He also went on to say that his Code Compliance Officers cannot enter someone's home without their permission, and that even if they had probable cause to enter, they would still need to be escorted by a Law Enforcement Officer. Erica feels as though her privacy was invaded by the county.

"I could have been coming fresh out of the shower. I mean, if I'm not answering the door, maybe it's because I can't hear you because I'm in the shower."

She also worries about the safety of the man who served the violation.

"He didn't even have a concern for his own safety, walking into someone's house, and just trying to get their attention when they could very well be an armed and dangerous person."

Erica says she isn't sure if she's going to press charges against Jimmy Vowell. For now, she's going to work on getting her lawnmower fixed.

"I do understand that my yard needs to be cut. I understand that. I have no problem with that. I understand them having to serve a violation notice, but the way they handled it was completely unacceptable."


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KEYWORDS: ameritopia; augusta; biggovernment; codeenforcement; columbiacounty; creep; fascism; georgia; homeinvasion; invasionofprivacy; jimmyvowell; lawncare; mowthelawn; nannystate; policestate
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Code Enforcement Officer

Shocked: Erica Masters was asleep when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell entered her Martinez, Georgia, home without permission

1 posted on 07/10/2012 9:04:25 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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More coverage ...

Officer marches into woman’s home and yells at her to wake up because her grass is too long

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2171130/Enforcement-officer-enters-womans-home-yells-wake-grass-long.html#ixzz20Eigxh6N


2 posted on 07/10/2012 9:05:37 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
The Columbia County Environmental Compliance Manager

A name that just begs to comply with some acute lead poisoning.
3 posted on 07/10/2012 9:07:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DogByte6RER

When agents of the state feel that it is OK to enter someones home over lawn compliance, just wait till they get hold of your medical records.


4 posted on 07/10/2012 9:09:41 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: DogByte6RER

BAM!

Maybe even...

BAM! BAM!


5 posted on 07/10/2012 9:10:07 AM PDT by moovova (Ladies & Gentlemen...Pandora has left the box.)
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To: DogByte6RER
BANG! BANG!

Really wakes up and puts on glasses.... BANG! BANG! BANG!

I'd be in jail.

/johnny

6 posted on 07/10/2012 9:11:02 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: spodefly

This sounds like a possible molester. Like we’ll forget about your grass if you give me some whoopee.


7 posted on 07/10/2012 9:11:21 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: DogByte6RER
There's no reason for a stranger to walk into someone's house...Perhaps the perp under the right circumstances had nefarious ideas in his head...

I'd say shoot and ask questions later...

8 posted on 07/10/2012 9:13:26 AM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Wasn’t BTK a code enforcement officer?


9 posted on 07/10/2012 9:13:32 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: DogByte6RER
Who wants to bet that Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell was prepared to offer Ms. Masters a different way to settle the violation?
10 posted on 07/10/2012 9:14:03 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: DogByte6RER
Looks like Ton Jones from "Auction Hunters" minus the head tatts
11 posted on 07/10/2012 9:15:25 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: cripplecreek
Long grass is more environmentally sound.

No lawnmower pollution, less CO2 from the lawnmower operator, better water retention, less erosion, better wildlife habitat, etc.

12 posted on 07/10/2012 9:17:05 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: cripplecreek

I had a “word” with a neighbor of mine who had a habit of just “walking in” my house. He’s a good guy, but I explained to him that everybody here have personal weapons either ON them or within arms reach and to startle an occupant may not be the “safest” thing to do. We live in a rural place. He finally got the “hint” one night when he was walking around my back yard after dark. No joke...he’s a really good guy. One of the best neighbors I’ve ever had....and not a mean bone in his body. My wife spotted “somebody” out back from the kitchen window and it was nearly dark. That evening when he realized that three people were all within 20 yards with radios and guns, he got the “hint”. :-) I told him he should be grateful to my son who ID’d him from the back porch steps with a cope on top of a Remington M-700 custom (.308).... because in the low light, I couldn’t tell WHO he was. :-)


13 posted on 07/10/2012 9:17:35 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: JRandomFreeper

My wifee’s plan is to quit shootin when they quit floppin. I approve!


14 posted on 07/10/2012 9:21:51 AM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA! OMG PLEASE vote ABO or OWW and our Country dies.)
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To: hiredhand

There’s a reason why God gave men knuckles, to knock on doors!


15 posted on 07/10/2012 9:22:11 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: hiredhand
We've got a neighborhood password/knock/whistle code to id each other, but many of us around here walk in if the door is unlocked, after knocking and identifying. I'm cool with that. But it has to be negotiated before-hand.

Walk in without an ident? BANG!

/johnny

16 posted on 07/10/2012 9:23:43 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DogByte6RER

I would file charges.
He is lucky, the woman had every right to shoot him.
His employer should fire his a$$.


17 posted on 07/10/2012 9:24:20 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: beaversmom
Wasn’t BTK a code enforcement officer?

Yep, the BTK killer was a compliance officer

18 posted on 07/10/2012 9:24:41 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Paladin2
Long grass is more environmentally sound. No lawnmower pollution, less CO2 from the lawnmower operator, better water retention, less erosion, better wildlife habitat, etc.

Exactly -- she should just tell the city that she is going green with the feds blessing.

19 posted on 07/10/2012 9:24:46 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Paladin2

Too much Tetrahydrocannabinol in long grass....


20 posted on 07/10/2012 9:26:24 AM PDT by Squantos
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To: mcshot
Only 5 rounds in the revolver by the bed. I'd have to move a few feet to get something else to keep going. ;)

/johnny

21 posted on 07/10/2012 9:27:07 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DogByte6RER
He has all the makings of a Darwin Award Winner.
22 posted on 07/10/2012 9:27:21 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: DogByte6RER

I believe there’s a cure for trespass, and, it’s call an auto shot gun — 5 in the tube and 1 in the chamber. Heck, even I can miss inside a house!


23 posted on 07/10/2012 9:31:09 AM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: svcw

He’d have been one dead compliance officer in Michigan.

If he wasn’t dead, he’d be needin some new shorts.


24 posted on 07/10/2012 9:32:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DogByte6RER

He would have been one dead MF if he did that in my house..................


25 posted on 07/10/2012 9:34:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: JRandomFreeper

No you wouldn’t be in jail, but you would have to have a long talk with the cops...................


26 posted on 07/10/2012 9:35:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m disappointed that he at least didn’t suffer a flesh wound...


27 posted on 07/10/2012 9:36:44 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: beaversmom
BTK was also:

"He worked for a time in the meat department of Leekers IGA "

28 posted on 07/10/2012 9:36:51 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: JRandomFreeper; HiTech RedNeck

“Family” can walk in... but even they make noise because they KNOW better. I like this guy, and he’s a good neighbor, but he’s not “family”. :-)


29 posted on 07/10/2012 9:43:18 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: mcshot

K.I.S.S. at its best.


30 posted on 07/10/2012 9:48:40 AM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: DogByte6RER
...He also went on to say that his Code Compliance Officers cannot enter someone's home without their permission, and that even if they had probable cause to enter, they would still need to be escorted by a Law Enforcement Officer.

What possible probable cause could an "Environmental Code Enforcement Officer" present to a judge?

And then we are going to get law enforcement involved?

Really?

I thought we needed more police on the street.

31 posted on 07/10/2012 9:53:33 AM PDT by thedrake
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To: beaversmom

Bingo, yes Dennis Rader (BTK) was a compliance officer. He was also my first thought when reading this article.

Shoot first, ask questions later.


32 posted on 07/10/2012 9:56:45 AM PDT by Brytani (Liberals - destroying America since 1776)
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To: DogByte6RER

Columbia County fired him yesterday afternoon...


33 posted on 07/10/2012 9:56:45 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Definitely press charges.

File a lawsuit against the city,this code “officer”,and his supervisor.

Any non-government person would have been arrested.

The concept of private property is being eroded.


34 posted on 07/10/2012 9:59:14 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Red Badger

No you wouldn’t be in jail, but you would have to have a long talk with the cops...................


might wana check with Gorge Zimmerman on that..


35 posted on 07/10/2012 10:02:58 AM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: DogByte6RER

The value of a home defence pistol/shotgun. I’d have shot the son of a bitch, then gone to the kitchen and put a butcher knife in his cold dead hand.


36 posted on 07/10/2012 10:05:30 AM PDT by Gaffer (NOVEMBER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: hoosierham

” File a lawsuit...”

At least get enough to hire a lawn guy/gal.

(you like my PC’ness?)


37 posted on 07/10/2012 10:05:55 AM PDT by moovova (Ladies & Gentlemen...Pandora has left the box.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Code enforcement “officers” are even lower on the evolutionary scale than parking enforcers.


38 posted on 07/10/2012 10:06:04 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Iscool
no reason for a stranger to walk into someone's house...

I'd take "Get up! Run for your life!! The volcano is erupting!!" .... or similar variants ....as acceptable excuses.

"Get up and mow your lawn!". Nope. Doesn't qualify for the "WBill Panic Button".

39 posted on 07/10/2012 10:07:00 AM PDT by wbill
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To: JRandomFreeper

Not if I were on the jury....I’d say it was panicked, uncontrollable sustained fire.


40 posted on 07/10/2012 10:07:10 AM PDT by Gaffer (NOVEMBER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Didnt the BTK killer in Kansas have that same job, monitoring codes, lawns, etc? And wasnt he supposed to be unusually obnoxious by reputation?


41 posted on 07/10/2012 10:07:44 AM PDT by DesertRhino (perI was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DogByte6RER
alright... so she has a security camera system... The story does not say how he got in? I highly doubt someone who has spent the money to install a camera system would leave the front door unlocked.. And this SCREAMS "welcome to the police state" "But Vowell, who has been placed on administrative leave, will not face criminal charges, it has been revealed." I hope she gets a new friend.. a 357 or 9MM should do nicely. Oh ya. and lock the damn door before you go to bed.
42 posted on 07/10/2012 10:08:56 AM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: THE_RAIDER

I’ll tell you what his intentions were. He knew she lived there and went in to threaten a violation, unless she gave him sex. He’d be dead if he walked in while I was sleeping.


43 posted on 07/10/2012 10:09:04 AM PDT by Gaffer (NOVEMBER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: THE_RAIDER
Check out the A/H.....wonder what that stands for ? Maybe a less clear rendition of "18".
44 posted on 07/10/2012 10:10:13 AM PDT by Gaffer (NOVEMBER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Gaffer

I was thinking the same thing.. He probably checked her out in the computer system. Maybe got her DL info so he knew what she looked like/weighed and all the “stats” and also knew no one else lived at the same address..

If she was closer, I’d go mow her lawn for her just so she does not have to deal with the next guy they send over.


45 posted on 07/10/2012 10:14:14 AM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: DogByte6RER

He sounds like the BTK killer. Little man with big ego and the power of the government. He needs to try that in Texas.


46 posted on 07/10/2012 10:14:49 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: hiredhand
The newest neighbor has been here for over 30 years. We're all like family, so it's ok, in this instance. ;)

I'm very blessed to be in a neighborhood like this.

/johnny

47 posted on 07/10/2012 10:15:46 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You’re right. Or maybe he was just going to steal a few things because he thought she wasn’t home.


48 posted on 07/10/2012 10:16:20 AM PDT by donna (Mitt quote: ...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way...)
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To: DogByte6RER
Lock the front door.

Lock the bedroom door.

Load the gun.

Mow the lawn.

Life is just not that difficult.

49 posted on 07/10/2012 10:19:15 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: DogByte6RER
Erica Masters was asleep when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell entered her Martinez, Georgia, home without permission

But, does this sort of thing ever happen in Kennesaw, Georgia?

50 posted on 07/10/2012 10:19:47 AM PDT by Brass Lamp
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