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09:49 PM on 07/11/2012
Thank goodness I actually live and work near Martinez and have access to all the local news about this story. I quote: "Surveillance cameras show Vowell knock on the front door, When it swings open, he peeks in." So he knocked on the door and it swung open, which means-- whether or not it was locked-- it wasn't pulled shut all the way. This doesn't excuse him from entering the place, but after reading both sides of the story I have a better idea of what went on. If he'd found an old lady who'd fallen and broken her hip, and he called an ambulance to come get her, the story would be that he was a "hero." But it was a young lady who wasn't injured, just too "out of it" to pull her door shut all the way the night before and then too "out of it" the next morning to wake up when someone knocked on her door and then called out to see if anyone was home. He should have called the police instead of going inside himself to investigate, so he definitely used poor judgment. Wouldn't that have been nice, if the police went in and found her hung over from the night before? Of course then the story would have been about how the police had "broken into" her home and scared her.
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tajiblue
12:34 AM on 07/12/2012
I disagree.
He lied.
He got caught telling a lie.
He made up some story about a gas smell after he found out about the video.
If he was actually concerned he should have called the police to begin with and waited until they got there.
As a compliance officer, he probably had a very good idea of the occupant of the house. And he broke into her house over a grass level violation?
Imagine if you are a woman sleeping, home alone, and wake up to a 200+ lb man barreling into your bedroom screaming.
If the county has any sense they should hire an investigator to see what else this guy has been doing.
Gmasters
Never underestimate the Power of Human Stupidity!
02:52 PM on 07/12/2012
Or, it means that he "knocked" so hard he broke the door.
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stlbrz
09:24 PM on 07/11/2012
Could have ended up as lawn fertilizer.
09:08 PM on 07/11/2012
I would have put holes in that dude.
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msbusy
I dont have to agree with your BS
08:43 PM on 07/11/2012
I have a title now so I can do what I want....He failed the police exam I just know it...SMH.....what a idiot.
09:09 PM on 07/13/2012
Actually he was an police officer in another county but was fired for stealing evidence
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msbusy
I dont have to agree with your BS
10:54 PM on 07/13/2012
LMAO
08:29 PM on 07/11/2012
To bad she wasn't packin'.
An unknown person who comes in my house yelling will get shot.Heck,they could be high on bath zalts and hungry for some flesh!
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BIGBADWOOF
08:02 PM on 07/11/2012
Give an oaf a uniform and his natural bullyness comes out.
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Clay Cullum
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07:23 PM on 07/11/2012
Mr. Vowell . . . you are the weakest link. Good bye. (You've been promoted to Lower Middle Management!)
07:11 PM on 07/11/2012
breaking and entering isnt that a crime
06:58 PM on 07/11/2012
oops sorry i didnt look at the video first. i stand corrected as far as he is concerned.
06:56 PM on 07/11/2012
the one thing that has not been made clear to me is?was the lady a black/white person or if the compliance officer was black/white. in georgia that makes all the difference in the world.
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adam in oregon
05:58 PM on 07/11/2012
Time to find out where he lives to wake him from his sleep. Just because we can. There is no criminal intent, I just want to see how he sleeps. That isn't a crime now right?
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J0E1
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05:59 PM on 07/11/2012
Absolutely.  I think everyone in town should take turns breaking into his house and waking him up at night.
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topkatt27
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04:33 PM on 07/11/2012
He knew exactly what he was doing and it wasn't the first time. He was hoping that he would catch her showering or changing clothes. If he drives up and down the streets looking for violations, I'm sure that he is aware of who lives on the property. I would also think that he has easy access to any property or public information about the owners of the home, since part of his job is contacting them.
All I can say is that I wouldn't need to move away because it would be the last time he did it. If there were any others in the city government that might consider abusing there authority they would only need to watch the news or read the police report on what happened to the last guy.
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tajiblue
06:17 PM on 07/11/2012
Dennis Rader was a compliance officer.
mrmajestyk46
Majestyk Brand Melons
06:59 PM on 07/11/2012
that's exactly who he reminded me of also, for those who don't know, Dennis Rader was the BTK killer.
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vesaversa1
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04:32 PM on 07/11/2012
This guy was lucky he didn't get shot .
03:46 PM on 07/11/2012
he's quite lucky she wasn't a gun owner.
03:33 PM on 07/11/2012
Yes, Erica, you may have a Vowell. :)
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janelee
03:58 PM on 07/11/2012
now thats funny!!!!