Thunder Bay Police Update – May 9 2014

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Thunder Bay Police Service have lost a valued member of the Team. Constable Joe Prevett
Thunder Bay Police Service have lost a valued member of the Team. Constable Joe Prevett
Thunder Bay Police Service have lost a valued member of the Team. Constable Joe Prevett
Thunder Bay Police Service have lost a valued member of the Team. Constable Joe Prevett

THUNDER BAY – Crime Beat – It will be a long week for the Thunder Bay Police Service. Officers are still dealing with the sudden passing of Constable Joe Prevett. There is an expected 500 plus police officers, chiefs and officials expected to attend the funeral for Constable Prevett.

The funeral will take place on Thursday May 15, 2014.

1. Officers will march from 1805 East Arthur Street (old Provincial Court) to St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 211 Archibald Street (March begins at 10:15 a.m.)

2. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Begins at 11:00 a.m.)

3. Formal reception at the main ballroom of the Valhalla Inn following the service.

4. Internment will occur at a later date

T.B.P.S. states, “We are estimating over 500 police officers from North America will attend this event.  There will be a number of police K-9 officers and their police dogs attending”.

Background: On Wednesday May 7, 2014 Constable Prevett was rushed to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge, Ontario after collapsing during a police canine training exercise near Gravenhurst.  Constable Prevett died a short time later.  It has been determined that the cause of death was Coronary Artery Disease.  This medical condition was not detected prior to his death.  He was 50 years of age.

Charitable donations are welcomed in lieu of flowers to the Thunder Bay District Humane Society, and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Foundation – Cardiac Care Unit.

Police Remove $212,000 in Drugs from Streets

Members of the Thunder Bay Police Drug Unit and Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, seized over 8.5 kilograms of marijuana, 7.4 kilograms of cocaine and 100 grams of MDMA or “Ecstasy” after an investigation which lead to the arrest of a 27 year old Thunder Bay man.

The arrest occurred without incident at a south side residence in Thunder Bay just before noon today. The total street value of the drugs seized is listed as over $212,000.

The accused will be making a court appearance by way of video tomorrow morning, charged with 3 counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Update on Infant Sudden Death

Thunder Bay Police have updated the deceased infant incident from earlier this week.

The investigation into the discovery of a deceased infant earlier this week continues.  A postmortem examination was conducted in Toronto on Wednesday May 7, 2014.  Investigators are not releasing the preliminary results at this time.  The scene where the body was discovered was released yesterday afternoon.

The Criminal Investigations Branch joins the Coroner’s Office in urging the mother of the infant to seek help as necessary.

A tips line has been set up.  Anyone with information can call 684-1055 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.tipsubmit.com

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