PAWTUCKET â€” A 31-year-old city man employed as a union carpenter was arrested after telephoning members of the City Council and threatening to harm them over issues related to the Pawtucket Fire Department and contract negotiations with the firefighters' union.
David F. Bollwage, of John Street, was arrested on Thursday following an investigation of the complaints by Pawtucket Police detectives. He was arraigned in District Court on Friday on five felony counts of threats to public officials.
Bollwage is accused of making threatening calls and/or leaving phone messages on Wednesday night to City Councilors Lorenzo Tetreault, Albert Vitali, Mark Wildenhain, Christopher O'Neill and James Chadwick.
According to the police report, Bollwage admitted to making the calls, saying heâ€™d been drinking and had felt angry after receiving a flier in the mail from the Pawtucket Firefighters Local 1261. The flier, sent out in a mass mailing to the community, details the recent actions taken by the city administration to cut costs, including the removal of Engine Company 4 from service and not filling firefighter vacancies. It urges residents to contact city officials in order to â€śrestore your safety.â€ť
Bollwage reportedly told police that after reading the flier, he decided to call all of the councilors listed. He explained that because he was a union carpenter, the flier had made him mad. He said he had spoken to two councilors and left messages for the others. He said he wasn't sure what he had said but believes he had threatened several of them with â€śpine boxesâ€ť made by the carpenters' union and â€śunexpected house fires.â€ť He ended his statement by saying he had no intentions of following through with any of the threats he had made.
Police said that Bollwage had used his home telephone number to make the calls, and the same phone number had appeared on the caller ID of six city councilors. The number came back to Bollwage's home address.