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Stonington arrests related to storm-outage conditions

By Joe Wojtas

Publication: theday.com

Published November 02. 2012 12:00PM   Updated November 02. 2012 12:53PM

Stonington police made two storm-related arrests this morning. The first was of a Mystic man who threatened a cable television worker with racial slurs.

In the second incident a man was charged after allegedly lighting a fire-starter brick in a cooking skillet to warm his coffee in his unit at the Edythe K. Richmond elderly housing complex. The fire filled the unit with smoke and forced the evacuation of other residents.

Alvin E. Pettini, 65, of 42 Deer Ridge Road, was charged with third-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias and  threatening in connection with the 8:34 a.m. incident on his street.

Police said Pettini was upset that his cable television service had not yet been restored, and when he saw a cable company employee who is a minority working on his street, he confronted the man, threatened to assault him and used racial slurs.

Pettini is expected to be released on a promise to appear in New London Superior Court.

A 8:14 a.m., police and Pawcatuck firefighters responded to the Edythe K, Richmond complex at 45 Sisk Drive after police said resident William T. MacVicar, 76, lit the brick. The fire was out when firefighters arrived and there was no damage to the unit. MacVicar was not injured.

MacVicar was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and released on a promise to appear in court.

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