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Weekend jail incident ‘a riot,’ Police Chief says

Details are still few about Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre call; Police, Fire and ambulances attended the scene
City police cruiser parked outside Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre on Sunday afternoon. James Hopkin/SooToday

While official details have yet to be released by law enforcement authorities, you could now safely say there was indeed a riot at the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre Sunday.

“We just had a riot in the jail over the past weekend. Thank goodness everything worked out,” said Hugh Stevenson, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service chief, referring briefly to the incident while addressing city council on local law enforcement and budget matters Monday.

As reported earlier by SooToday, Sault Police, Fire Services and EMS ambulances responded to a call at the  Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre early Sunday afternoon, police stating there was a disturbance involving multiple inmates inside the facility.

“We never even went inside,” said Sault Police Cst. Sonny Spina, speaking to SooToday Monday.

“We stayed outside. They dealt with whatever they dealt with inside. When everything was done, then our officers got assigned to investigate if any criminal action was done, so right now it’s still with investigation services, there’ve been no arrests, they’re still investigating. We were called there and the whole thing sits with investigation services and they’re following it up,” Spina said.

“I have no details on is a police investigation,” said Aaron Gravelle, Sault Fire Services public education officer.

“I can confirm that there was an inmate disturbance at the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre on Sunday. Given the matter is under police investigation, it would be inappropriate to provide further comment,” wrote Brent Ross, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services spokesperson, in an email to SooToday.

SooToday will have more details as they become available.

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Darren Taylor

About the Author: Darren Taylor

Darren Taylor is a news reporter and photographer in Sault Ste Marie. He regularly covers community events, political announcements and numerous board meetings. With a background in broadcast journalism, Darren has worked in the media since 1996.
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