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Frustration with CL&P Leads to Arrests

The following information was provided by the Avon Police Department and does not indicate a conviction.

As some Avon residents approached their eleventh day without power, the police arrested two that they said may have been trying to take a different approach to get Connecticut Light & Power to restore their electricity.

Riki L. Motes, 48, who did not have power in her home on 535 Lovely St. Tuesday, was growing frustrated with CL&P crews and made reference to harming herself if her power was not restored, police said. She was charged with disorderly conduct.

Police issued her a $1,000 surety bond.

Later on Tuesday, an ambulance, CL&P and Avon police and volunteer firefighters, responded to a call for help on Juniper Drive just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. Orahan Cirikovic, 39, 170 Juniper Drive, was charged with first-degree falsely reporting an incident after he called CL&P to say that he had been shocked by a downed wire he drove over on his driveway, Lt. Kelly Walsh, of the Avon Police Department, said.

CL&P determined, however, that the wire was not live. Cirkovic then changed his story, police said, stating that his wife was the one who was shocked and that he later was shocked walking over it.

Police issued Cirikovic a $2,000 bond.

He did not have power either.

Both Motes and Cirikovic are scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 16.

Editor's Note: If you have any questions about police item, contact Avon Patch Editor Jessie Sawyer at 860-356-6339 or Jessie.Sawyer@patch.com.

Jessie Sawyer November 21, 2011 at 09:22 PM
Janice, I did bring up your comment with Avon Police Lt. Kelly Walsh to see if it would be helpful to them and also to ask if your interpretation of what happened had been evaluated. She told me that the responding officers did fully investigate the situation and said that all possibilities were considered when the arrest was made. So, the police stand by the information they told me that is reported in this article. Thank you for sharing the information with me though.
Just Me November 21, 2011 at 09:23 PM
If the wife told CL&P that her husband was ok and there was no need to call 911, then NO the police, fire and other emergency personnel shouldn't have been involved. I blame CL&P for making the call to 911. If it was an emergency that required medical assistance then she could have easily called 911 herself. There was no false reporting to CL&P in this case in order to get their power back back on and the facts will speak for themselves on that point when the taped calls to CL&P are heard. Listen, I've chaired the Avon Hero Dinner for our local police and fire departments for many years and have no issue with our police department, just this situation.
Jessie Sawyer November 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Based on what Avon Police Lt. Kelly Walsh told me CL&P called the police as a precaution. The police also still tell me that it was the husband who called and reported that he had been electrocuted, but again this is what the police said and this is an arrest, not a conviction. I did ask for clarification on who called. If the recorded phone call becomes accessible via public record or the charges are dropped, the family can reach out to me so I can provide an update. If they would like to comment on the incident, they can also reach out so I can include their perspective. Jessie.Sawyer@patch.com or (860) 356-6339. Thank you for the comments.
Maria Giannuzzi November 22, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Jessie, CL&P should release the recorded phone call as soon as possible. Something about this case just doesn't sound right. Is it possible that the husband said to the police he had made the call to save his wife from being arrested? Or perhaps both made the call. The wife may have been holding the phone and talking, and the husband was standing right next to her, also talking and listening.
Jessie Sawyer November 22, 2011 at 08:15 PM
CL&P doesn't have to release anything to the press under FOI law because they are not a state or municipal agency. The only way for me to hear it would be if the family was given the recording and they let me listen to it or if it becomes publicly available through the court proceedings. I'm not sure that it will become public record. I can ask about it. Until then, I have to go with what the police say, documentation or comments from witnesses or the family. They can reach out to me if they would like to share their perspective. Any third party information pertaining to a case by someone who did not witness the situation is considered hearsay, so unfortunately I can't use that. I appreciate the concern and questions though. If I learned the charges are dropped, I will provide an update.

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