When it comes to victims of home invasion, you could do a lot worse than Erica Masters. The Georgia woman says she woke up one morning to find a man standing in her bedroom's doorway—to rebuke her for neglecting her lawn. "I didn't have my glasses on … and all I see is this big burly figure standing" there, Masters told ABC 6 after the July 2 incident. "It scared the mess out of me."
The man turned out to be Columbia County code compliance officer Jimmy Vowell. He "yelled at me to wake me up … and sign the violation notice," Masters says. She called 911, but the dispatcher refused to send a squad car after realizing Vowell was a county employee. Vowell was fired yesterday. In a Facebook message to the Columbia County News-Times, he said he'd smelled something strange coming from inside the house, and that the front door swung open when he knocked. (Read more Georgia stories.)