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Bacon abuse, long hair lead to arrest (5 photos)

Thursday, May 29, 2014   by: Donna Hopper

It's back.

After a few years hiatus, Sault Ste. Marie and District Crime Stoppers resurrected its infamous Great Algoma Lock Up fundraising event today at the Station Mall.

With help from Sue Barber and her White Pines OnStage students who acted as judge and council, approximately a dozen area residents found themselves apprehended by Police and facing a variety of interesting charges.

Some of the more colourful charges applied today included failing to comply to office policy requiring you to have a full set of teeth, failure to do the Happy Dance, being an overachiever, being certifiably insane, and making a coworker swallow a worm. found Sault Area Hospital HR Manager Chris Johns (pictured) rotting in the Great Algoma Lock Up cell after he was found guilty of excessive furriness and abuse of bacon.

Although he's not certain, Johns suspects it was his Sault Area Hospital team that had him thrown in the big house.

"Police officers put the cuffs and orange jumpsuit on me and walked me out of the Hospital past all the patients and visitors with my head hung low," Johns said, laughing.

It took just over one hour for Johns to raise the funds required to spring him from the makeshift hoosegow, and even though he was caught off guard he said he was more than happy to do his part to help the cause.

"[Next year] I'm going to have my entire team locked up," he threatened, half joking. "I'll have them all removed from the building at once. It'll be payback time for sure."

Also locked up today as we hung outside the jail cell was Highland Ford owner Darren Smyl, facing the charge of lusting after Corvettes (a Chevy product) among others.

Smyl happily plead guilty to all charges and paid his dues.

The Great Algoma Lock Up originally began in Sault Ste. Marie in the late 80s and was a wildly popular three-Day event, Crime Stoppers President Len Bailey told us.

"We had a lot of requests from the public to resurrect it, so we thought we'd try it for one day," he said. "We're more than pleased with the response. We didn't anticipate this kind of response at all."

"We'll definitely do it again and make it bigger and better."

All proceeds from the Great Algoma Lock Up go to support Sault Ste. Marie and District Crime Stoppers events, programming and initiatives.

To see the video on LOCAL2 click here.

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SooBuddy 5/29/2014 7:30:16 PM Report

Why was this not advertised better....
I had more than a few people to lock up.
young guy 5/30/2014 12:51:09 AM Report


In my 30 yrs of living on this planet. This is the absolute worst article that I have ever read in my entire life.

That's all I gotta say...
Milhouse van Houten 5/30/2014 3:18:03 AM Report

Really 'Young Guy'? The absolute worst?! How so?
dadal 5/30/2014 5:32:34 AM Report


Have you not noticed the past few years the wonderful coverage of events AFTER the event has ended? The one downfall of web based media is the lack of pre coverage. Bigger events will have a casual blurb or possibly be posted in the Soo To Do list but for the most part we never know what we've missed until afterwards.

Unless these events pay $$$$$$ for advertising or create a Facebook page/website, nothing is ever reported. I too would have LOVED to have a few people locked up in the name of charity.

How about a more in depth COMING ATTRACTIONS list on SooToday and Local2 with full press releases. And some reporting of multi day events DURING said events? The dog show last weekend saw a reporter on the LAST day.

You guys can do early reports for sporting events so why not the rest??????
Snobank 5/30/2014 9:22:53 AM Report

Young guy's comment is so whack that it doesn't require a rebuttal so I'm deleting this.
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