The Biggar RCMP were busy leading into the new year. Sgt. Dereck Crozier's first report of 2024 detailed some holiday intoxication, an update on previous investigations, and insight into some new local police business.

"Happy New Year everyone! I hope all have had a positive start to the new year, and if not, a wish for positive change in the near future."

Crozier shared that an arson investigation is continuing into the structure fire of an abandoned house in Biggar. The burnt dwelling in question is located at 231 – 2 Avenue West, and no further updates were given. 

The winter weather has been shy so far, but Crozier did give a reminder on weather related incidents involving traffic. They want drivers to keep their speeds low so they aren't caught off guard by icy roads.

"Frost and moisture can cause some slick spots on the pavement, that you don’t want to be surprised by after it is too late."

Police also conducted another pair of check-stops. While the results were mostly positive after indulging in some holiday cheer, one charge that stuck out was a Novice 2 driver found under the influence of cannabis, who as a result was handed a 60-day suspension.

Three individuals causing havoc also stuck out during the week. In one case a 40-year-old Edmonton male successfully lit a fire in the ditch somewhere along Highway #4 at 7:30 AM. On Boxing Day, police received reports of a vehicle driving around the walking path of the Christmas displays, that being a late night call at 11:00 PM. Finally, an arrest was made after a 36-year-old male was caught for impaired driving, after word of a minivan going on a joyride "through the Eagle Creek Colony" according to police.

A case of theft during the week saw thieves hit a sledding shack inside the RM of Glenside. The suspects cleaned out all they could, including stealing the new wood stove and solar panels, and police are asking for any information available on this crime to be submitted to the detachment, or Crime Stoppers.

The final thing on Sgt. Croziers list was a school zone reminder. Students are back in class this week after the holiday break, so drivers will once again need to be more mindful of pedestrian traffic, and their speeds within a school zone.

Police dealt with 38 occurrences total into the new year. These included seven traffic tickets being issued, and 11 written warnings.

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