Mayor confirms acting fire chief Fontenault to retire

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Through one of his spokeswomen, Mayor Joseph Solomon confirmed Wednesday that Acting Fire Chief Marcel Fontenault has submitted his letter of retirement.

No additional information, such as when Fontenault submitted the letter, when he would leave or who would now head the department, was made available. Calls to Fontenault were not returned.

Fontenault stepped into the post during a period of change in administrations. Hardly a month earlier, then-Mayor Scott Avedisian announced he would resign after serving 18 years to head the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. This put City Council President Joseph Solomon in the role of acting mayor. Within days of Avedisian’s announcement, Fire Chief James McLaughlin said he would retire in May as well. When McLaughlin accelerated that action, Fontenault took on the job of presenting the department budget to the City Council.

He has found himself in the spotlight more than once since then over questions raised about their policy allowing for untracked changes of shifts, payment for unused sick time that rely on handwritten ledgers and alleged “side agreements” forged by previous fire administrations and their union with Avedisian. Inquiries have gone up as high as the FBI, according to multiple sources who have confirmed they were interviewed by the federal agency.

The City Council voted for an audit of department records last summer. A report has not been released and the Beacon filed an accesses to public records act (APRA) request for any findings or preliminary findings on Jan. 30. In a Feb. 12 response from the City Clerk’s office, the city requested an additional month to respond.

Fontenault began his firefighting career in 1980 as a firefighter/EMT-C with the Nasonville Fire District in Burrillville and joined the Smithfield Fire Department in 1987. He served both departments until joining the Warwick department in 1992. He held the rank of firefighter for nine years, during which he earned a Letter of Recognition and a Citation for Meritorious Performance.

He served as a rescue lieutenant from 2002 until 2010 and earned recognition for his actions during the Station Nightclub Fire and, in 2005, the Mark Wheeler Memorial Award. He was promoted to fire lieutenant in 2010 and took the oath of fire captain in 2016. He became assistant chief in February of 2018.

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Jimmy
Journalistic integrity is gone. Still peddling the FBI story. It’s a sad day when you need to make stuff up to sell papers. The truth will come out someday.
Thursday, February 14
richard corrente
Dear Jimmy, Don't agree. The above article doesn't "still peddle the FBI story". It only mentions the several sources that reported that there was an FBI inquiry. Any moron can make an FBI inquiry. That doesn't make it a valid inquiry, and the Beacon didn't say it did. I don't believe the FBI gave it any credibility and I also don't believe they investigated at all. The Beacon just reported that the inquiry happened. I suggest you cut them some slack. Just a suggestion. Happy Valentines DAY everyone. Rick Corrente The Taxpayers Mayor
Thursday, February 14
Jimmy
Richard, I don’t disagree with your post. I think writing that people “claiming to be interviewed” is another fabrication. From information I have them they do not post both sides of the story. Why bring up the FBI at all When we all know it’s a lie?
Thursday, February 14
richard corrente
Dear Jimmy, Didn't Cote "claim" to be interviewed? If all he did was telephone the FBI and if all they did was ask him "ANY" questions, couldn't he say he was "interviewed"? I'll bet that's all that happened since neither of us know ANYTHING else. Was there "both sides of the story"? I don't think so. I think The Beacon got it right when they just mentioned the contact. That's just me. You certainly can disagree. Take good care Jimmy Happy Valentines DAY everyone. Rick Corrente The Taxpayers Mayor
Thursday, February 14
Thecaptain
Hopefully the administration will forcibly recuperate the $5293.45 that he was overpaid during the July 1, 2015- June 30, 2018 unused sick pay scheme that he participated in. This amount has already been quantified. There also is monies to be repaid from the April 2013 - June 30 2015 during the back half of the unused sick pay scheme in which he participated in. Now we will have to get his "out the door" pay out for unused sick pay, unused vacation pay, and "banked holidays". It would be wise for him to write the check now as opposed to later.
Thursday, February 14
Daydreambeliever
Ahhhh finally Ricky Bobby had a comment. I’m sure this will be just one of his many on this. Well Ricky Bobby everyone is gone so you may get your wish and they go outside the department for a chief. Imagine no Chief, no assistant Chiefs, no Deputy Chief doing the administrative work anymore. Omg what about your future APRA requests ??? Guess they won’t be getting done anytime soon. Can’t wait to see this comment section blow up from the chosen few.
Thursday, February 14
Cat
Daydreambeliever "Imagine no Chief, no assistant Chiefs, no Deputy Chief doing the administrative work anymore." Are you proposing we start fresh and clean with an entirely new crew and contract? Now wouldn't that be interesting.
Thursday, February 14
Daydreambeliever
It’s not feasible however I’m sure the expert at everything could throw his name in the hat and straighten out this department once and for all. Maybe Merolla, Cushman and Block could be assistants. I have no idea what the future holds and neither does anyone else. We can all speculate but it’s the Mayor decision how to move forward. It’s very unfortunate honestly but I do believe the men and women will still answer the call and do their jobs with integrity. If Providence can’t get a Chief what makes you think anyone would want to work here with this Mayor and council ?
Thursday, February 14
Thecaptain
I really dont understand the relevance of your attempts to insult me using the term Ricky Bobby. What exactly does that signify, other than, of course, your limited mental capabilities?
Thursday, February 14
Warwickbeautiful
It shows a tremendous amount of gall and ignorance for Cote to come on this website after he and his cohort disrupted the funeral for a long time city worker on Monday, and causing the family of the deceased man even more grief and stress. Harassing a family during a funeral is vile and disgusting, but what else would anyone expect from Cote.
Thursday, February 14
Thecaptain
Dear Warwick beautiful, I wont mention your name but you are such a fabricator of lies. None of the crap you posted ever took place. You should be ashamed of yourself by making a scene and running across a parking lot screaming profanities at someone minding their own business sitting in a car on the phone while you initiated a confrontation. YOU made the fool of yourself. So now justify your trash behavior with lies. Its expected. Had you not acted lie white trash you would not have to be lying to recover from your despicable actions. Classy. Keep posting your hairdo pics.
Thursday, February 14
Warwickbeautiful
Once again Mr. Cote, you and your accomplice were not invited to the funeral, you were not welcome at the funeral, and you disrupted the funeral and harassed the family of the deceased. Those are facts, and there's a special place in you know where for people such as you and your partner who caused additional stress on a grieving family trying to give their loved one a dignified funeral. Your actions at the funeral home were vile and despicable. Once again, you knew you were not welcome at the funeral-why did you insist on coming to the funeral home and causing trouble?
Thursday, February 14
Thecaptain
You are delusional.
Thursday, February 14
Warwickbeautiful
And you, Mr. Cote are a terrible and heartless individual for going to a funeral and harassing the family of the deceased during the funeral services and then encouraging your "Warwick Watch" partner to slander, degrade, and harass the family of the deceased all over the internet. Have you no shame or morals Mr. Cote?
Thursday, February 14
Thecaptain
Harassed a family? So sitting in my car, alone, at the exit of a parking lot, on a phone, not speaking to anyone in or around the building, not looking at anyone (as no one was in the parking lot) all of a sudden a crazed female walks across the parking lot screaming profanities to a stranger with his window closed, is somehow by you defined as harassing people? I'll consider your statements to be a genetic disorder.
Friday, February 15
Warwickbeautiful
Mr. Cote-The fact remains you showed up at the funeral home with the sole intention of harassing the family of the deceased and the mourners who were there to pay tribute to him. You can try all the lame excuses in the world, but it's obvious you and your partner in crime did not just end up in the funeral home parking lot by accident. While you have the right to go and scream at city council meetings, write letters to the editor, and generally make a fool of yourself, you DO NOT have the right to show up at a funeral that you were not invited to and start harassing the friends and family of the deceased. You can make all the lame excuses in the world, but the fact remains you and your partner went to that funeral for one reason and one reason only-to harass the family and friends of a deceased and very much loved person, and you should be ashamed of your behavior and the disrespect you showed to that family.
Friday, February 15
richard corrente
Dear Warwickbeautiful, Please don't be so fast to judge nice-guy Rob Cote. Everyone knows what a kind, thoughtful, giving personality he has. Just think of all the nice things he's done for so many Warwick citizens. If he was at the same address of the Funeral Home that, just by coincidence, was trying to honor an important deceased member of society, I'm SURE he has a valid reason and we need to give him the opportunity to clear his name. So, Rob Cote, why were you at that funeral? Please tell us. Your followers deserve to know...both of them. Oh, and one more thing...who was the "Warwick Watch" person with you? Happy St. Patricks everyone. Rick Corrente
Friday, February 15
Thecaptain
No one was with me, I was alone, in my car on the phone with John Howell because I received a call telling me that someone from city hall passed away. This person is fabricating a story. I never left my car, never spoke to anyone, never got out of my car, never approached anyone. This crazed female waled across the lot screaming profanities without provocation. She and she alone caused the incident. There was no intent to speak or harass anyone. I will not justify another of her responses. If I was harassing people, where are the pictures or videos? Get a life.
Friday, February 15
Thecaptain
So lets talk about facts such as this "acting fire chief" stealing $5293.45 through the unused sick pay illegal side scheme contrived by the WFD management and union president and city solicitor. That would be Ed Armstrong, Bill Llyod, and Peter Ruggiero. Also, the instruction sheet that was written by Armstrong, and delivered to Karen Bristow with the detailed information on how to cook the books, is in my possession.
Friday, February 15
EMP
So Cote, you hear some one died at city hall and you drove to a funeral home parking lot and called the Beacon? Never crossed your pea brain to look up the obits on the Quinns website? What kind of moron hears of a death, drives to a funeral home during a service and calls a newspaper? You're a liar and the entire city knows it. You knew exactly what you were doing. You were taking pictures calling the Beacon trying to break a big story. How did that backfire on ya? Thank you for bringing it to the attention of the Beacon who wrote a beautiful tribute to a great man. The fact that you were there at all shows your true character. Karma will get you, believe me. The man whose funeral you disrespected had more class and honor in his little finger then you do in your entire body. Kick Rocks, scumbag.
Friday, February 15
Warwickbeautiful
Mr. Corrente-My suggestion to you would be to speak to one of the dozens of family members and hundreds of friends and co-workers of the deceased, who came to pay their respects to a very well liked man, who did more for the city in 10 minutes than Mr. Cote did in his entire life. They will tell you that Mr. Cote entered the funeral home parking lot, started taking pictures of the mourners and vehicles at the funeral home, and when he was asked politely to stop his behavior, he became enraged and began screaming insults at some of the family members and friends of the deceased. Once the family members of the deceased asked the funeral home staff to please have Mr. Cote removed, he got back in his vehicle, sped away, and within a matter of minutes, the pictures he took were up on his partner's "Watching Warwick" website, along with numerous comments by his partner, the moderator of that website degrading the family and friends of the deceased who attended the funeral. Typical behavior by a man who on many occasions has let his temper get the best of him.
Friday, February 15
CrazedLady
Rob Cote, First off let me start by thanking you for the compliment, as you seem to think that i’m WarwickBeautiful. Quite flattering, however you’re far from my type. The only shrimp I prefer is the seafood kind, not small men. I’ve noticed you’ve also been stalking my social media’s. Yes, I post hairdo pictures. That’s part of my career, something you wouldn’t know anything about having. You do seem to know a lot about stalking though. Like I told your pal, Gaven, if you’d like to take further actions regarding Monday morning, please feel free to contact me, opposed to hiding behind a computer and using a teenager as a messenger. I would love to clear a few things up with you. And please don’t consider it a date, because like I already said, you’re not my type and far too old for me. That ship has sailed a long time ago for you. All of us in Warwick cannot WAIT to see your ship sink in your sea of lies, Mr. Captain.
Friday, February 15
Samuel
Mr Cote your story just doesn't ring true. Why in the world would you go to a funeral home because you heard that someone from city hall had died? That makes absolutely no sense at all. And then there were the pictures that Stacia posted that logic would dictate were taken by you and sent to her. It seems that you heard that a city worker died and your only thought was to try to catch someone on the clock attending the services. Shame on you.
Friday, February 15
Thecaptain
Boy, the fabrications keep getting bigger and bigger. I wish you could post pictures on this site so I could post the photo of you and the guy you were with, with his head and arm in side my vehicle. Now your story is I was outside of my vehicle making a scene and you notified the funeral home staff. Feel free to call Jerry, or Pat, or Mike (the owners) who have known me for 30 years and see if you BS story is reality. You people are sick.
Friday, February 15
Thecaptain
So again, lets talk about facts such as this "acting fire chief" stealing $5293.45 through the unused sick pay illegal side scheme contrived by the WFD management and union president and city solicitor. That would be Ed Armstrong, Bill Llyod, and Peter Ruggiero. Also, the instruction sheet that was written by Armstrong, and delivered to Karen Bristow with the detailed information on how to cook the books, is in my possession.
Friday, February 15
The Captain Lies
Mike Quinn was well aware you were there. You ran like the scared rat that you are. An innocent man would have stayed and explained and perhaps even offered condolences or at least apologized for the confusion. The staff at Quinn's has known the family well over 30 years and was disgusted by your behaviour as well. They are a reputable business and surely wouldn't want trouble making trolls disturbing their grieving customers. No one likes you. No one respects you. You and your Warwick Watch buddy are fodder for jokes and memes all over facebook. It must be awful to be you. Warwick Watch must be REALLY MAD they can't delete these comments :)
Friday, February 15
TCP
Rob, come on. You had zero business being at the funeral home. Zero. Being the Master Gatherer of Information (or misinformation) it would have taken you, or any 7 year old with an internet connection about 60 seconds to find out who’s services were being held inside that building. It would have taken less time to determine if it was the Mayor’s mom like you claim to have thought. No City of Warwick Employee (DPW, Fire, Teacher, even Police) wants you anywhere near them or their families. That’s the truth and I find it absolutely mind boggling that you cannot understand this. May this gentleman and his family and friends be able to get the peace they deserve.
Friday, February 15
EMP
Lets get to the point. You were at a place you had no business being, upsetting people you had no business upsetting. MAN UP, admit you were wrong, apologize to the wife and children of the man's funeral you disrespected and we can all move on. For once in your sad life, do the right thing, even if it doesn't contribute to your "agenda".
Friday, February 15
CrazedLady
Well, clearly you’re illiterate. Must be your limited mental capabilities. For one, i’m not “WarwickBeautiful”. I never said you got out of your vehicle, or that I spoke with anyone with the funeral home about you being there. Are you ever going to answer Mr. Corrente’s question? Because you were sitting in the parking lot of a funeral home for a person you didn’t know, trying to break some big story. If not one person saw you, then how would we know you were out there to begin with? We all knew that either you or your girlfriend, Stacia would be there. You think you can go under the radar with your license plate? RC-240, right? And she’s HV-214 in her white Jeep? And what about the pictures that you “weren’t taking”? How did they magically get posted under Stacia’s rant that gained more enemies than followers? Care to explain that? Also, the picture you supposedly got didnt show anyone’s head or arm inside your vehicle. Trust me, we’ve seen it already. Glad you got our good sides. I also wish I could post a picture or video as well, so it could show you screaming and threatening us. Forgot to mention that part huh? You want to throw the word class out there? Remember calling me a douchebag, scumbag, etc etc? Real classy and manly, huh? You think it was only you getting “footage”? Think again. You’re not as slick as you think you are. Have you ever heard the Mariah Carey song called “Obsessed”? I dedicate that song to you, because you’re clearly obsessed with me and my hairdo pictures. I’m very flattered, but like I said, you’re far too old and way too shrimpy for me. And as a professional, I would recommend (free of charge, of course) some “just for men” for that unsightly balding you have going on.
Friday, February 15
Warwickbeautiful
Mr. Cote-The chances of you "mistakenly" going to the funeral home because you thought someone in the mayor's family passed away is baloney at best and a bold faced lie at it's worst. The family that you harassed, screamed at, and disrespected has given you and your partner the chance to man up and apologize for your disgusting behavior at the funeral-why don't you do the right thing and apologize to them and apologize to all of the other people you horrified at the funeral home. Once again Mr. Cote, you have every right in the world to rant and scream at city council meetings, at your home, or at your Watching Warwick partner's home, but you seriously crossed a line and trespassed onto private property where you surely were not invited, and proceeded to turn a beautiful and somber funeral service into a circus side show. Once again, there's a special place in you know where for people like you. Please do the world a favor and crawl back under the rock from which you appeared.
Friday, February 15
Bay Boater
The Captain, ( Funny ) I was there, In the parking lot the entire time, I watched The Lying Captain pull in, Drive over to the Two City trucks that were there, filming of coarse, Then to the Two pieces of Equipment that were parked there, still filming, snapping his pictures away, then Robby was gonna leave the lot, But, decided to back up, drive around the building, park towards the rear of the building, sit there for a while,( a good 8 minutes ) snap snap, more pictures, then park himself where he could watch the front doors and stalk who came out....... So Robby Boy, did I miss anything, you want to dispute this ??? Because like you, I CAN BACK IT UP WITH VIDEO.... So you still want to say you pulled in to call the Beacon... YOUR A LIAR
Friday, February 15
wwkvoter
Anything to distract from public corruption investigation ... and who is doing the distracting? The taxpayers paying the bill? Nope. Again, I am not drawing a conclusion until an proper investigation into these now multiple issues are properly and credibly investigated. but i can say this, one side has consistently harassed the other up to and including trying to cost a fmr elected official his private sector job. Which side of the question does that have the average observer such as myself to lean towards? Right. As to the funeral allegation, funerals should be off limits. But from reading all these posts no one has proven that Rob did more than he has said which is quietly make a phone call (until he was "approached"). If it's more than that, post it to youtube and lets all see. Most of us taxpayers have ONE position on all this - there should be NO public corruption, and the TRUTH should come out wherever it leads. That's all.
Saturday, February 16
wwkvoter
And I should add that filming public employees working for the taxpayer was protected by the Supreme Court. They didnt protect such watchdog activities because it was "harassment". I think the FF's should go to the market in the truck if it will allow for better response time, as a taxpayer I'm personally not that concerned about a little diesel fuel and tire wear. When they come pull me out of my burning house I dont care that they came from Dave's that time, just grateful that they came. That being said, watchdog efforts is a Constitutionally protected right of every citizen to reveal truth, good or bad or debatable... (as annoying as it might be to get filmed getting groceries). Live with it, it's just part of what makes America great. That's what that American flag flying from a fire truck stands for.
Saturday, February 16
EMP
The videos of the incident are in the appropriate hands. I am NOT going to have my fathers services and this @&*%&#s behaviour displayed on YOUTUBE. I dont care what anyone believes. Mr. Cote knows the truth, the SEVERAL witnesses know the truth and hundreds of tax paying citizens know the truth. We have zero motivation to lie...he had the motivation to cause trouble. He was TRYING to cause a scene. Its what he does. You can take a gander at the pictures he took at the funeral home of the Warwick Watch page. That scumbag posted the pictures before the funeral was even over. Maybe his camera accidently went off while he was calling the Beacon concerned about the mayors mother??? Yeah that must be it!
Saturday, February 16
Judybloom
FORENSIC AUDIT!!!!!
Saturday, February 16
Warwickbeautiful
wwkvoter-I would like to respectfully agree with you on two of your points and respectfully disagree with you on one of your points. On the point of Mr. Cote going to city council meetings jumping up and down and ranting and raving like a crazed lunatic, I agree with you-he has every right in the world to do that. It appears that Mr. Cote was starved for attention during his youth, and he feels his outbursts at city council meetings may somehow get him the attention he did not get during his childhood. One good thing about his his crazed outbursts-he gives the members of the city council some comic relief during what would normally be mundane and boring meetings. On the point of Mr. Cote stalking and following the firemen on their trips to the grocery store, while I respectfully agree with you that he has the right to stalk and harass the firemen, it may be very possible that he always had a burning desire to be a fireman, but because of his limited intelligence and psychotic personality, he was never considered for a position on the fire department. All is not lost however, as Mr. Cote is more than welcome to take part in the many fire safety days held at various times by the department, where they hand out replica plastic firemen's helmets and stick-on junior fireman's badges. Finally, on the issue of Mr. Cote going to the funeral of a beloved and well respected city worker and harassing his family and friends, this is where I must respectfully and strongly disagree with you. Mr. Cote and his assistant/partner/paramour went to that funeral with only one thing in mind, and that was to harass the friends and family of a well respected and admired city worker. The fact that they had to be ordered to leave the property by funeral home employees after trespassing and confronting family members of the deceased gentleman is inexcusable. And posting the pictures they took on the "Watching Warwick" website before the gentleman was even buried was just plain rotten. It's surprising that Mr. Cote and his partner in crime did not hide in the bushes at the cemetery and throw rocks at the hearse as the procession arrived, although the thought probably crossed his mind and the mind of his accomplice.
Saturday, February 16
Samuel
Everyone was wondering when Stacia would show up. FORENSIC AUDIT!!! Judy Blooming fool
Saturday, February 16
wwkvoter
Protest politics and policy yes, but stay away from funerals.
Saturday, February 16
Thecaptain
To Warwick skank beautiful and her other lying scumbags, Here is the offer: You stated I was out of my car harassing family members. You stated that I was removed by the owner of the funeral home. You state that I jumped back in my vehicle and sped away. So here is the deal, if any of you scum bags can post 1 picture of me out of my car harassing anyone i will write you a check for $100,000. If any of you lying sacks of s**t can post 1 picture of any funeral home personnel approaching me and asking me to leave the premises, I will write you a check for $100,000. You said I harassed people as they were getting into their cars for the procession. Post 1 pic of me near anyone leaving the funeral home getting into their cars and i'll write you a check for $200,000. You just stated you got it all on video. Put your money where your mouth is. You wont, because you cant, because you are a lying piece of decaying matter. Im waiting for the pictures. Now post a pic of my car driving thru the parking lot and spin that. LOSERS
Sunday, February 17
Warwickbeautiful
Mr. Cote-Judging by your vulgar language on this comment board and the same type of vulgar language you used at the funeral home last week, it's readily apparent that you have serious anger management issues as well as a very guilty conscience (if in fact you do have a conscience). You have been vilified all over the city, and even your 1 or 2 staunchest supporters have stated that your abhorrent behavior at the funeral home was far out of bounds. Once again, there are numerous witnesses that saw you harassing a family in mourning last week, and while your actions did not rise to the level of criminality, some day you will be judged by a far higher power, and unfortunately for you, that higher power is going to sentence you to place filled with fire and brimstone, and where the person in charge has red horns sticking out of his head and carries a pitchfork. And speaking of criminality Mr. Cote, at least the family members of the deceased that you harassed have never been arrested-something that cannot be said for you, as you have been arrested twice in recent years-in 1998 for almost blowing up a neighborhood after pouring gasoline down a sewer drain, and again being arrested in 2012 for making harassing phone calls. With a criminal history such as yours, it's patently obvious that the grieving family at the funeral home would be far more credible witnesses, rather than an individual such as yourself with such an extensive criminal record.
Sunday, February 17
EMP
Mr Cote, You are correct in 2 points. You did not get out of the car and the funeral home did not ask you to leave. You took off like the slimey rat that you are before they had the chance. Never once did i say either of those things. Don't use that as an excuse to distract from your sick mental disorder. You can call me all the names you want. Your opinion of me doesn't matter. My family is supported by hundreds across the city who would love nothing more then your "decaying matter" splattered in the street. I love that you are SO IRATE over your own disgusting behaviour. How does your daughter feel about the entire city hating you? Karma is coming for you Mr. Cote. I can assure you it won't be pretty. There are some lines you don't cross...and you crossed them. I won't respond to you any further. Just know that my family is ecstatic that you are so upset over this. Your blood boiling puts a big smile on all of our faces. You have been exposed as the classless peice of shit that you are.
Sunday, February 17
CrazedLady
Cote, you can call me all of the names that you feel fit. I’m so very pleased that i’m so far under your skin that you feel the need to continue to do so. You must make your wife and daughter so proud. Man of the year award is heading your way. I won’t hold your limited mental capabilities against you and clarify, again, that I never said that you left your vehicle, or were approached by any of the staff at Quinn. Please read that again and let it really sink in. So, you can keep your “$200,000” that you most certainly do not have. I wouldn’t take a drop of water from you if it were the only thing to keep me alive. Please believe that. Like it was stated above, myself as well as my family are extremely happy that you are so twisted over this. We honestly couldn’t be any happier. It’s great to know that your own doings are getting you so upset. And also, just know that those text messages you sent to your friend for him to post were shown to the Mayor, and he is extremely displeased that you stooped so low to bring his mother into this. Kudos to you for not only disrespecting the majority of the city of Warwick, but you earned some great points with the Mayor himself. I applaud you.
Sunday, February 17
Ft. Myers
Thankfully I left this place although it remains entertaining to watch from afar. I am wondering if this is the well respected, civil servant, god bless his soul, that has been such a pinnacle in the community? Plaintiff State of Rhode Island Defendant COLE, RICHARD S DOB: 09/22/1950 SID: RI00066747 Case Summary Case No. K2-1994-0589A RICHARD S COLE Location: Kent County Superior Court FEL ASSLT/DANGEROUS WEAPON/SUB Deg F Date 8/31/1994 Arrest: 08/19/1994 SIMPLE ASSAULT/BATTERY 11-5-3(a) M 08/19/1994 Offense Reporting Agency: Warwick Police Department 99 Veterans Memorial Drive Warwick, RI 02886 MALICIOUS DESTRUCTION PROPERTY CONV M 08/19/1994 Offense Reporting Agency: Warwick Police Department 99 Veterans Memorial Drive Warwick, RI 02886 Criminal Sentence Condition - Adult: Suspended, Judge: JUDGE DARRIGAN , 1Y 11/14/1994, Active 11/14/1994 Condition - Adult: Probation, Judge: JUDGE DARRIGAN CONCURR W/EACH COUNT, 1Y 11/14/1994, Active 11/14/1994
Sunday, February 17
TICKTOCK
How dare you? My father died and you are trying to bring his name through the mud? Who the @*&#^! do you think you are? Because someone called that scumbag out for disrespecting my fathers funeral your going to drag his name through the mud??? He had more class and was a better man then COTE could ever be. You classless piece of shit should be the one in the ground. Do you peices of trash have such little decency that you would drag an innocent man who lost his life through the mud? Yes that is my father. I couldn't possibly be MORE PROUD OF THE MAN HE WAS. He was arrested in 1994 for defending his teenaged son from a grown man's attack. He was then and was until his last breath a better and more honorable man the the pathetic Rob Cote will ever be. He believed in defending his family...and you better believe that his VERY LARGE family and VERY LARGE groups of friends and associates feel the same way. We will defend each other no matter what. Something you should understand VERY CLEARLY. Richard Cole Sr. was a great man, husband, father and friend. He is more then either of you low life scumbags will ever be. You aren't worthy of shining his shoes. Disrespecting a man who JUST DIED is the lowest form of SCUMBAG...there really are are no words. You are filth.
Sunday, February 17
RSR
Wow "Ft myers" aka Cote aka Huyler aka SCUMBAG. There are no depths you won't, go huh? You got called out on your multiple felony arrests and spineless funeral harrassment so you attack a dead man. What a loser. The very little respect you had in this community is gone. I think its time for both of you to hang it up.
Sunday, February 17
Enough
Cole family, Ignore these trolls. You are better then them. Your father/husband/brother/uncle was better then them. Mr. Cole was honored by hundreds of friends the day you laid him to rest. That speaks volumes to the type of man he was. There is nothing these fools could ever say to tarnish his name. He was well loved and respected by all that knew him and so are you. Neither Stacia nor Rob could ever say the same. Ignore these idiots. Grieve your loved one. Don't let these %^@*&s take that from you. -An old friend.
Sunday, February 17
johnnyboy69
also dont forget about cote stealing items on a deep sea dive he wasnt supposed to touch and shooting someone with his spear gun, oh and most recently didnt he just get written up by the PD for dumping a bunch of rat poison all over his front lawn??? i mean who cares about kids and other animals right cote? because you and stacia are animals, , you and your lunatic friend are just about done around here. you, stacia, and john simoneau, the crazy, homophobic racist you associate with. and rob, becareful when giving underage girls alchohol, you never know whos watching. bye felicia
Monday, February 18
scot63
COTE is the real SCUMBAG would not piss on him if he was on fire..
Monday, February 18
Thecaptain
Hey Jimmy, https://www.wpri.com/target-12/mayor-confirms-federal-inquiries-underway-at-warwick-city-hall/1791993823
Monday, February 18
Daydreambeliever
I'm not Jimmy but yes Robert i saw the news just now. I know your gloating but let them investigate and when the findings are final either good or bad maybe everyone can move on. As for the funeral fiasco I'm shocked you didn't say you were trying to catch the firefighters shopping but instead came up with the call to Howell concerning the mayor's mother......lol
Monday, February 18
Jimmy
Clearly Fire Dept is not part of the investigation. Article said inquiry into “City Hall”. And FBI didn’t confirm anything. No one of any importance was/or was not investigated. This is a ZERO story strung along by you. You will unquestionably be a laughing stock in a month. That my friends is Fact.
Monday, February 18
Samuel
Mr Cote asking questions is not necessarily an investigation. I saw the news report also and it had a typical sensational title but then not very much substance, I haven't seen anything about records being seized or things of that nature so let's wait and see. But for you to take to these comment pages like you have mirrors a grade school child yelling out nyah nyah I told you so I told you so. Not very classy at all. And your behavior at the funeral home was worse. I don't buy your story at all, it makes no sense. You clearly went there to try to catch city workers attending the services while being paid. When you discovered that your actions upset the family you could have at least shown a modicum of decency and apologized for upsetting them. Now posting the deceased's arrest record from decades ago was just about the lowest thing I've ever seen. I do not believe it was you however, logic and history would point the guilty finger at only one person and that would be Stacia Huyler. It would be awesome if she did move to Ft Myers though.
Monday, February 18
Jimmy
Mayor Solomon is just as much to blame for that article and he clearly knows the answers as the audit is sitting in his desk. Yet he needed an “extra month” to get the results back to the Beacon.
Monday, February 18
Warwickbeautiful
Mr. Cote-You can attempt to change the subject at hand by referencing this fire department story, but the fact remains you went to a funeral last week with the express intention of harassing a grieving family and the mourners that were there to honor the deceased. Have you no decency Mr. Cote? What if the shoe was on the other foot and you were at a funeral for a member of your family and someone came to the funeral to harass and stalk your family? And your story about how you coincidentally ended up in the funeral home parking lot to make a phone call is the most ridiculous excuse in the world. What's your next excuse-the dog ate my homework? The time has come for you to apologize to the family of the deceased and apologize to the mourners who you harassed. It may pain you at first Mr. Cote, but it will cleanse your soul, and hopefully put this dark chapter in your life behind you. Remember, this family did nothing to you, and their only crime in your eyes was being employed by the city. Hopefully the disgusting show that you put on at the funeral home last week and the scorn you rightly received will make you think twice about pulling this sort of stunt again, but judging by the past behavior of you and your partner/"friend"/main squeeze, the odds are you'll be harassing some other innocent person or innocent family. They say a leopard never changes it's spots, and unfortunately Mr. Cote, that saying fits you to a "T".
Monday, February 18
Jimmy
In my opinion, the Mayor is using this as a stall tactic to not release the audit findings. However, I FULLY WELCOME ANY INVESTIGATION.
Tuesday, February 19
Thecaptain
Still waiting for you to post a pic of the harassment. The check may move you out of poverty.
Tuesday, February 19
RobR
Thecaptain, the fact that you were there taking pictures to further your agenda (witnessed by many and completely in line with your previous behaviour) is harrassment enough. That family did nothing to you and you had no business bringing your political paranoia to that funeral. You owe them an apology, for at the very least, being there at all.
Tuesday, February 19
Cat
No word on who will be the replacement? Honestly, I wouldn't want to have been in his shoes either. Nothing like being left with a mess in your lap from the previous administration. Interesting to note, however, that there is confirmation on the federal investigation. I hope we have the findings of the audit soon along with the outcome of the investigation. It is time to start fresh and move forward with complete transparency. Here is to what hopefully will be a new start for the city. Fingers Crossed!
Tuesday, February 19
Mrs. B
Mr Cote, Your actions, whether intentional or not, caused distress to a grieving family. Is "being right" so important to you that you are unwilling to acknowledge that and take ownership of it? Do you have such a small moral compass? People who insist on being right at all costs tend to lead very sad and lonely lives. I feel sorry for you.
Tuesday, February 19
Jimmy
Cat, explain to me how not one person involved with the Fire Department or Admin (previous or current) has been interviewed by the FBI. If they are indeed performing an investigation surly one of those people would be contacted. So far none of them have been. And it’s your opinion that the department is a mess. Most people would disagree. I am hoping there is an investigation because it will finally prove how wrong some people are.
Tuesday, February 19
Cat
Jimmy, Are you stating that the Mayor is lying to the news? Can you honestly state that you know that no one (current or former) has been contacted? That is a very big statement to make, don't you think? Wouldn't they be bound by the same rule of not discussing an ongoing investigation? You made certain statements that there were no investigations numerous times, however, the Mayor went on the news to state that there is an ongoing investigation. Either he is lying or you don't really know. By mess, I mean everyone leaving this issue with loose ends in the lap of the acting chief. It hardly seems fair that everyone that would have been main points of contact have all left the department. He was left holding the bag and having to provide information or explanation when he wasn't originally involved with any of the contract negotiations and interaction with the former Mayor and city council. . That is what I mean by mess. I don't think it was right to have him be the one where the buck stops. Couldn't agree with you more about the release of the findings of the investigation. I have stated many times that I have nothing but admiration and praise for the job our firemen do for our city. I do have a very big issue with the possibility of a shell game with taxpayer funds. We need everything to be completely transparent moving forward. Everyone on the same page and working together to ensure the WFD is treated fairly and that the city council is working to make the best use of the tax dollars. Unlike the WFD, these men and women were elected to make sure our best interests are protected. Can we at least agree on that?
Tuesday, February 19
Samuel
Hey Cat, do you mean transparency like how you run your Warwick WATCH page? Delete everything and everybody that disagrees with you or proves you wrong? Solomon didn't "go on the news", he was asked a question to which he answered he can confirm that some inquiries were made by the FBI. As this was reported they showed some stock footage of him speaking, surely you could have figured that out on your own couldn't you?
Tuesday, February 19
Jimmy
Cat, I’m not saying the mayor is lying, I’m saying he is in waY over his head and he is trying to buy time. In my opinion he is only digging a deeper hole. The audit is back and he isn’t sure how to release a report that says the FD is running well. It doesn’t help his side in ongoing contract negotiations. He would be smart to listen to the adults in the room. He knows all the answeres he’s not sure how to explain them. And again ID LOVE A FULL AUDIT AHD INVESTIGATION. And a FULL RELEASE OF THE FINDINGS
Tuesday, February 19
Cat
Hi Samuel, I am Cat Hayes. You can reach me at Cathayes2222@gmail.com. I am not Stacia. I really do not care for her or her style. I was very unhappy with how she outed the young transgender girl at Pilgrim. I had plenty of deleted messages in that comment section but I don't regret a single one of them. I have tried to stay out of the other issue that is going on in the comment section because I really don't have any business sticking my nose in it. I do, however, have a vested interest in the issue with the WFD contract and the former administration. Please feel free to reach out if you wish to speak to me.
Tuesday, February 19
Hemiroyed
On Friday June 1, 2012 Rob Cote stated he would be moving from Warwick and possibly out of the state. Apparently he must be banned from everywhere but Warwick. Can anyone imagine why? I honestly would like to start an "auction" bounty on his head / I will start at a brand new plated penny because this turd on the lawn of life isn't even worth a 100% copper cent piece. Any takers on the "CRAPTAIN COTE" challenge?
Tuesday, February 19
Thecaptain
Hey Jimmy: https://www.spreaker.com/user/wpro/cote-podcast-citizen
Tuesday, February 19
Daydreambeliever
Robert, Please keep posting your little news clips from Dan York, our local news outlets it doesn't bother us. We've said all along have an audit, please investigate. Not one FF has ever said not to. We've said time and time again when it's done and the results are in whether good or bad we deal with it. I'm siding with nobody is going to jail or being charged with any wrongdoing. You can scorn us daily and we do make jokes about it because the majority of the public thinks your just that "a joke". You have maybe a handful that actually listen to you. The other 79,995 people in the city don't. Your recent activities this week demonstrated why this is the case and your daughters must be so proud to share a last name with you. Poor girls.
Wednesday, February 20