Plainville man accused of misusing 911 system

Published on Monday, 2 July 2018 16:37


PLAINVILLE - A local man has been arrested after police say he has been calling 911 for non-emergencies and unfounded complaints for more than six months.

John Zarcone, 38, of 137 West Main St., faces one count each of falsely reporting an incident and misuse of the emergency 911 service.

According to the warrant in the case, police said Zarcone, since November, has dialed 911 10 times to report things that, with the exception of one call, were either deemed “unfounded” or those that required “no police action.” The complaints include those in which Zarcone allegedly said his house was potentially burglarized - which he did twice in two consecutive days - his children were “defiant,” to report a car was parked in the roadway, to report a drunk driver and to report a possible sexual assault.

Additionally, police wrote in the warrant that they have received other 911 calls for non-emergencies from Zarcone’s family members, and that they have “counseled” the family about the 911 emergency system and its misusage.

Police charged Zarcone after receiving another 911 call from his phone number on June 10, when the caller reported a noise complaint and hung up, the warrant said. Officers called Zarcone back at least 10 times before he returned their call, according to the warrant. When an officer spoke to him, he said the noise complaint call must have come from his son, the warrant continued.

Police said the son’s voice, which they have heard during previous 911 calls, is much higher sounding than Zarcone’s.

Zarcone, who is free on $2,000 bond, was scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Monday. His case was continued to July 10.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Monday, 2 July 2018 16:37. Updated: Monday, 2 July 2018 16:39.